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Our Principal

Suzanne Barbi is the principal at Parkway School. She began her love of learning by earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Providence College. After a short career in finance, Mrs. Barbi received her master’s in the science of education from Fordham University. She then taught K–4 grade students at P.S. 49 in the South Bronx. As Mrs. Barbi’s leadership responsibilities expanded, she left NYC to pursue her second master’s in education at Harvard University, where she received her degree as well as her principal certification.

After returning to New Jersey, Mrs. Barbi served as an assistant principal, principal, and curriculum coordinator in other northern New Jersey school districts. In 2009, Mrs. Barbi became the principal at Parkway School and found her permanent home as the leader of an amazing community of learners. Mrs. Barbi is committed to creating kind, responsible, thoughtful citizens at Parkway School and thoroughly enjoys her role.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parkway Families,

We are excited to welcome your children back for full days of school beginning this Monday, May 10. The Paramus elementary staff has planned diligently to ensure that the full-day schedule is safe and productive for our students. Here are some important logistical details:

  • Arrival and dismissal procedures will remain the same.
    • Arrival: 8:45–9:00 a.m.
    • Dismissal: 3:00 p.m.
  • Wellness forms are available in the Genesis Parent Portal at 8:00 p.m. the evening before the school day. Please make sure to fill this out each day that your child will be attending in-person learning.
  • The classroom teachers will update Google Classrooms to reflect the new schedules for specials and academic subjects.
  • Check-in time for students will be scheduled between 3:00–3:30 p.m. by the teacher on an as-needed basis.
  • Remote students will continue to live stream with their in-person classmates with a mix of on-screen and off-screen activities throughout the day.
  • Birthday treats and/or gift bags are not permitted at this time.
  • Please continue to send in water and a nut free snack for your child.
  • If you have chosen in-person instruction, you must receive permission from the building principal to have your child live stream for any reason other than quarantine or COVID-related absences.

We have taken many precautions to ensure that students will be able to enjoy lunch and recess together in a safe manner. Our lunchtime protocols include:

  • We will continue to be nut free for the remainder of the school year.
  • Outdoor eating: Students will eat outdoors as frequently as possible (picnic-style).
  • Indoor eating: Students will maintain six feet of social distancing and eat behind plexiglass shields in the classroom.
  • Students will wear masks when playing on the equipment and have outdoor mask breaks when safely distanced at least six feet apart.
  • Students and staff will continue to practice diligent handwashing procedures.
  • There will be no sharing of food.
  • Due to COVID restrictions, the schools cannot accept deliveries. Please do not order food for your child from an outside delivery service. Deliveries will be denied and turned away. Students may bring their own lunch or order through Pomptonian

As always, we thank you for your cooperation as we move into this next phase. Your child’s health and safety will continue to be our primary focus.

Take care,

Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi, Principal