Nov 27

Information re. HRSB School Closures

snowstormHRSB School Closures: The Halifax Regional School Board takes great care when making the decision to alter the normal operations of schools in the event of severe or inclement weather. Decisions on school closures and/or bus cancellations are posted on the board’s website at , on Twitter at, recorded on 464-INFO (4636) and communicated to all local radio stations. You can also receive notice of school and bus cancellations by e-mail or text message by following the link on the front page (left side) of the HRSB website. If you are interested in learning more on how decisions regarding closures and cancellations are made, visit

Possible Announcements Pertaining to Park West School:
1. All schools feeding into Halifax West High School or the Halifax West FAMILY of schools are closed.
2. All schools in the Halifax Regional School Board are closed.
3. School buses are not running, but schools are open and it is at the parents’ discretion as to whether or not to send their children to school.

In the event of extreme weather conditions you are encouraged to use your judgment when it comes to your child coming to school that day. The safety and well-being of our students is a prime concern. If a large number of our students are absent on a given day major assessments will be rescheduled and the introduction of new work will be minimal. If schools are closed, then EXCEL (all programs) is cancelled. Students who would normally receive early morning, lunch time, or after school care would be affected. Also, school functions and use of school facilities for that date are cancelled as well. Ultimately, the building is closed.

By now all parents should have returned to their child’s teacher the completed form with information for dismissal in the event of an early closure during the school day. Teachers need this information so they can dismiss your child according to your wishes. Please ensure this information is always up-to-date and your children are familiar with the arrangements.

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Nov 24

Music is what feelings sound like….

Our annual Fine Arts Christmas Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 pm, in our gym.  This one-hour concert will showcase the outstanding talents of our students in our bands, choir, and strings ensembles.  Take some time to sit and relax, and enjoy some festive music proudly presented by our students.   Family and friends are invited to attend.  Please join us. 

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Nov 24

Elementary Christmas Concerts at Park West

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Our elementary Christmas concerts will be held on December 8 and 9, with a storm date of December 10.  This year’s Christmas Concert will include a collection of scripts that were written by Canadian and American music teachers and compiled into a collection by Denise Gagne called Holiday Concert Scripts. ​Included are comical scripts, The Night Before Christmas, Christmas Around the World, Christmas Spirit, and more.  Our concerts will include favourite Christmas carols, musical selections celebrating Hanukkah, new songs, and instrumental music. Our wish is for ALL students (and their parents) in the Park West Family to participate in this special community event.  Let’s all celebrate our special holidays TOGETHER, regardless of our beliefs and cultural background.  We are asking parent to ensure students commit to participating with their classes in both afternoon and evening concerts.  The performance schedule for classes is as follows:

Tuesday, December 8

1:15 pm and 6:30 pm

P-Dorey; P-Walker; P-Cavanaugh/Copley; P/1-Morine; 2-Moore; 2-Christie; 2-Webber; 4-Walsh/McIntyre; 4-MacMullin; 4/5-Shupe
Wednesday, December 9

1:15 pm and 6:30 pm

1-Ssebazza; 1-Kostlac; 1/2-MacDonald; 3-Crummer; 3-Jandreau/Starling; 3-Nelson; 5-MacDonald; 5-Curry; 5/6-Casey; 6-Flinn; 6-Bennett

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Afternoon concerts (1:15 pm) will be general seating on a “first-come” basis (no tickets are required for admittance) for anyone who wishes to attend. This is a great opportunity to family members (such as grandparents) and friends to see the concerts. Performing students will each be issued two tickets only for the evening concerts (6:30 pm). This is necessary to accommodate all parents who wish to see their children perform with their classes. We are working hard to accommodate as many family, friends and community members in our audiences as possible with limited seating capacity in our gymnasium.  Please understand that we must adhere to very strict regulations imposed upon us by the Fire Marshal. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we strive to accommodate and be fair to all. Unfortunately extra tickets will not be available from the school. If you would like an extra ticket perhaps a neighbour or friend might kindly pass along an unused one to you. Tickets will be issued to students on Monday, December 7.   Out of respect for all performers we request audience members to remain for the length of the entire concert (only about one hour). Babysitting services are not provided by the school.   If you wish to bring children to the evening performances tickets will be required for their admission and children will be expected to remain in their seats with parents. Children will not be permitted to sit on the floor at the front of the stage. Parking on the school grounds for evening performances will be limited. Visitor parking is available on the side of the building adjacent to the path. Doors will not open for audience members and performing students until 6:00 pm for evening performances.


Kindergarten children at Osoyoos Elementary School sing Santa Claus is Coming to Town as they gesture to words in the song. They performed during the school's Christmas concert at the Sonora Community Centre Thursday.

Best Seats in the House:  Our PTA wants to give you a chance to win two front row reserved seats to our elementary Christmas concerts on December 8 & 9.   They are holding a raffle to award 6 pairs of front row seats for Tuesday night’s performance (Dec. 8) and 6 pairs for Wednesday night’s performance (Dec. 9).  Proceeds raised will be used to purchase things to support teaching and learning here at Park West.  Winners of the raffle will each receive two reserved seats in the front row.    Please note:  each family will still only receive two tickets in total to a performance their child(ren) is/are participating in.  Raffle tickets are $1.00 each.  To purchase raffle tickets complete the form (to be sent home soon) and return it to school, along with your payment, by 9:00 am on Monday, December 7.  Please make any cheques payable to Park West School PTA.  We will return your order form marked paid as your receipt.  The number of tickets you purchase will equal the number of times your name is entered into the draw.  The draw will take place on December 7 at 3:00 pm.  Winners will be contacted by phone that day.  Name cards will be placed on the winners reserved seats the evening of the performance.  If you have any questions please contact Lynn Anderson at 443-1942 or


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Nov 24


turkey dinnerA traditional Christmas turkey dinner will be available for all students registered in our lunch program to purchase from our cafeteria on Wednesday, December 16 at lunch time.  Dinner includes:  slow roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing, seasonal vegetables, gravy, and dessert.  Price:  $9.00.   This special turkey dinner should be ordered in advance (by Dec. 14) from the cafeteria, but may be purchased the day-of while quantities last.   Students not registered in our lunch program may order this dinner for take-out/take-home.  Contact our cafeteria manager, Jane Scrymgeour, in person or via telephone (440-7352) between 8 am and 12:45 pm daily to place an order.  



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Nov 20

B-I-N-G-O !!!

bingoPTA Family BINGO Night

Friday, December 4 @ 6:15 – 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

Park West School cafetorium

$5 for 15 games

Lots of great prizes to be won…….and yummy treats to eat.

$2 for pizza

$1 for water, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

$1 for ice cream and other fantastic treats.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

All proceeds support teaching and learning at Park West School. 

Donations of cupcakes welcome.

For more information, to volunteer, or to donate treats and prizes please contact event organizer Kelly Power





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Oct 19

We Love Our Volunteers

We Love our Volunteers:

May parents like to support their children’s schools by volunteering their time and services. These opportunities include: chaperoning a class trip, reading with students, assisting a teacher in the classroom, and coaching a sports team. Prior to volunteering with the Halifax Regional School Board, all volunteers must provide:

1. A completed Child Abuse Register Search or completed Child Abuse Register Request for Search (Form A) which can be found at: This search must be updated every three years;

2. A certified and true copy of a criminal records check completed in the three months preceding volunteering. This check must be updated every three years.

Copies of both documents must be on file in the school office before being approved to volunteer.

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Sep 08



15 km per hr


Guidelines for vehicular traffic on school grounds:


  • Obey the speed limit of 15 km/hour.
  • Stop for pedestrians at all times.
  • Be aware of crosswalks.
  • Drop off students at curbside in the DROP OFF ZONE in the traffic loop. This is for QUICK drop-offs and pick-ups ONLY.
  • Do not drop-off or pick-up students in the middle of the school driveway or traffic loop. Use the Drop Off Zone.
  • Do not park in the DROP OFF ZONE or traffic loop, unless in one of the four designated parking spots.
  • Only park in VISITOR PARKING areas.
  • Do not park in the Fire Lane.
  • Do not drive or park in the STAFF parking lot.
  • School buses always have the right-of-way. At no time should vehicles impede the movement and parking of school buses on school property.

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