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,

The art of waiting is not the norm for an elementary-aged child. Currently, our children have instantaneous access to information and entertainment. Furthermore, the isolation of the pandemic has given students more downtime with limited extra-curricular activities. As a result, our students are having difficulty completing independent tasks. Here at Parkway, we are focusing on building agency and curiosity.

At home, parents can help young learners establish personal goals. First, the children need to formulate their own personal goals and choose an area of interest. Their choice can be academic, behavioral, social, or physical, but they need to choose it themselves. Once they set a goal, help them set smaller benchmarks along the way to assess their progress. Next, speak to them about possible roadblocks they may face along the way and have them work out solutions to potential problems before they begin their journey. Finally, let them develop a tracking system and then, get out of their way.

This is one way we can support our children in fostering goals and progress. Now more than ever, we need to take time and listen to the children’s needs. The isolation and uncertainty of the past two years has been tough for everyone. Stopping and listening to the kids goes a long way in helping them to heal and grow.

Have a wonderful month, and stay warm.

Warm regards,

Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi
Parkway Elementary School Principal