Parkway Elementary School

Welcome to Parkway Elementary School, where we encourage our students and staff to “always be kinder than necessary.” As a community, we teach our children in a nurturing and positive environment. Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Parents,

Young children often have difficulty filtering the emotions out of their statements, and as a result, conflicts arise. As parents, it is important we guide our children to think about their words before they speak. 

Whether you are a child or an adult, communication starts from within, so it is crucial to develop a sense of self-awareness and mindfulness. When we speak with others, we must think carefully about which words we choose to use, how we sound, and what our body language is saying. This month, we will go over the importance of those three things with your kids, emphasizing that they affect how people respond to us and how others feel about what we say and do. Also, never underestimate the importance of a quiet mouth. Kids need to understand that the first thought that comes to mind is usual not the best thought to come out of their mouths.

One exercise that is very beneficial for students is to give them scenarios and think about their verbal responses to social situations. As adults, we are often faced with specific sticky scenarios that we deal with in a delicate way. Kids need coaching to be less direct and more subtle with their redirections. 

  • What would you say if someone said a mean thing to you about a friend?
  • What would you do if someone took something away from you at recess?
  • How would you respond if someone made fun of you?

By practicing more subtle answers that still assert their rights, our children will be better equipped to handle sticky situations gracefully. 

Have a wonderful month.

Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi
Parkway Elementary School Principal