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,

The winter months are some of the most productive months in our young learner's academic school year. One of the most fundamental skills children acquire in elementary school is the ability to read. Young children need time to develop their reading skills. The best way to increase children’s reading skills is to practice reading at home. To do this, several types of reading behaviors need to be modeled and implemented at home.

First, we need to give children plenty of options. All independent reading should be at their just-right reading level. To find something just right but interesting, make sure the children go to the public library or purchase books they are interested in and want to read. To get to the higher-level text, children need practice in lower-level texts. Fortunately, recent publications are addressing the need for high-interest, lower-level text (thank you Mo Willems.)

Second, we need to read aloud to our children every day. Children are never too old to hear a story read to them. When reading a book to your child, let them choose something they cannot read independently. One frustration children have from a just-right model of instruction is limited independent book choice. To address this, reading aloud gives them the opportunity to access any story at any level. Therefore, we never say no to a book, we just alter the way the book is delivered to a child.

Finally, home has to make reading a priority. School cannot be the only place students read. There must be time carved out of every day for the children. This should be nonnegotiable and should take precedence over any other activities in their lives.

Thank you and have a great month.

Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi
Parkway Elementary School Principal