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 Parkway Families,

As many of you know, Wednesday, May 17 will be the five-year mark of the Paramus (East Brook) bus accident. On May 17 we are going to have a day of service to honor student Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson who were lost on that sad day. We will celebrate the resilience of their families and the strength of so many others affected by the accident. Celebrating kindness, love, and community at Parkway School on May 17 will help us to remember these special people.

I hope that all Parkway families will participate in our day of service. Please review the details below and think about ways to spread kindness, love, and community on May 17. Below I have added a few suggestions for how you and your family can support our mission.

Parkway/Paramus School Pride - We encourage everyone to wear their favorite Paramus shirt or blue on May 17.

Creating Butterfly Artwork - The butterfly has become a symbol of hope and resilience for our Paramus community. Paramus elementary school students (including our Parkway students) will decorate beautiful butterfly artwork in school. We plan to display these butterflies around our school and bring some to East Brook and Paramus High School. We will hang them at the front entrance at East Brook and Paramus High School so the students and staff can feel our love and support on May 17. **I encourage Parkway families to create butterfly artwork and display the butterflies in the windows at your home or in your car on May 17.

Drive for the Paramus Community Pantry - The drive will take place throughout the week of May 17. We are asking all families to support our food drive. Each grade level has been assigned a few items. If you would like to participate, please have your child bring any of the following items to school Monday through Thursday next week.

  • Preschool: Dish detergent and paper towels
  • Kindergarten: Spaghetti sauce and canned tuna
  • 1st Grade: Juices and paper towels
  • 2nd Grade: Tissues and dish detergent
  • 3rd Grade: Salad dressing and jelly
  • 4th Grade: Shampoo, conditioner, and Chef Boyardee

Cards For Veterans - In class, we will encourage our students to create thank you cards for our local veterans. **Feel free to create your own thank you cards at home, and send them in on Tuesday. We plan to deliver these to the Paramus Veterans Home.

School Beautification - Our students and staff will work on several projects to beautify our school. For example, we will collect debris on our school property.

Light Two Candles - Near sundown on Wednesday, May 17, I am encouraging all Parkway families to join our extended Paramus family by lighting two candles (electric candles are best) and placing them near the end of their driveway at your home or placing them on your front steps. This will help us remember the loved ones we have lost and allow us to come together as a Paramus community. Let’s light up the town to show our love and support. **Please take a picture of your family lighting your candles and email them to me.


Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi
Parkway Elementary School Principal