Nov 29

It’s winter!

HRSB 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 02

Equality versus Equity

Do you know the difference between EQUALITY and EQUITY?


equality vs equity

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Oct 20

Order your 2016-2017 Yearbook today!

Yearbook 1We are now taking orders for this limited edition publication, featuring all our students in grades primary to nine, and the highlights of our school year.  It will be filled with lots of memories. 

Order your Yearbook today at:

You can pay by cash or cheque (payable to Park West School).

$25.00 only until December 21st.  $30.00 after December 21st. 

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Oct 13

Safe Arrival

safe arrivalOur Safe Arrival phone number is

902-457-7800 (extension 1)

Please call this number anytime (it’s operational 24 hours a day) if your son or daughter will be absent from school (for part day, full day, or more than one day).  You will be requested to leave the name of your child, his or her class, and the date(s) and time(s) of the absence in voice-mail.  This program is operated by the school  for the safety of our students.  If your child is absent, and we receive a message from you informing us of the absence, we know your child is safe and accounted for.  Please call the Safe Arrival line rather than the school office, or other school personnel, to leave absentee information.

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Oct 12

We love our volunteers.

volunteersWe Love our Volunteers:   Many 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.   

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Jun 08

Dates for 2016 – 2017 School Year


February 01-28  –  Registration month for September 2017

February 20  –  Mi’kmaq Heritage Day  (no school)

March 13-17  –  March Break (no school)

March 22  –  Assessment & Evaluation Day (no school)

April 06  –  PD (morning) & Parent-Teacher Interviews (afternoon)  (no school)

April 14  –  Good Friday  (no school)

April 17  –  Easter Monday (no school)

May 19  –  PD Day  (no school)

May 22  –  Victoria Day (no school)

June 29 –  Assessment & Evaluation Day (no school)

June 30 –  Last day of school (early dismissal) 

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May 24

A “culture of acceptance” at PWS

The Many Faces of Diversity:

Diversity is more than just multiculturalism. It has many faces…including: race, colour, culture, ethnicity, linguistic origin, physical or mental ability, socio-economic class, age, ancestry, national or aboriginal origin, place of origin, religion, faith, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family status, and marital status.

Halifax Regional School Board’s Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding And Human Rights In Learning Policy (policy code C 0.010):

…the Board recognizes that certain groups in our society are treated inequitably because of individual and systemic biases related to race, colour, culture, ethnicity, linguistic origin, physical or mental ability, socio-economic class, age, ancestry, national or aboriginal origin, place of origin, religion, faith, sex or gender, sexual orientation, family status, and marital status.

equality vs equity

We recognize that the biases existing within our society are also present in our school system. We also believe that the school board and its schools, like all organizations in Canadian society, have an ongoing responsibility to understand and work toward eliminating all forms of discrimination. Therefore, we place a high priority on the effective implementation and monitoring of the board’s Race Relations, CrossCultural Understanding and Human Rights (RCH) Policy Framework.

Curriculum materials in our schools will provide opportunities for all students to:
• Understand and develop positive attitudes about diversity, including respect for race, culture, gender, religion, ability and sexual orientation.
• Understand the causes of inequity in society.
• Learn the skills and knowledge required to name, discuss, think critically about, and challenge inequitable practices in schools and society.


We could learn a lot from a box of crayons.
Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull.
Some have weird names and all are different colours,
But they all have to live in the same box.

The Best:

Canadian flag“Canada is perhaps the only country on earth that is strong because of our differences, not despite them. Diversity is core to who we are, to what makes us a successful country. We live it everywhere, in small towns and big cities, all over the country. It is one of our most important and unique contributions to the world. ….I believe our openness is at the heart of who we are as Canadians. It has made Canada the freest, and the best, place in the world to live.”

(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

Embracing Diversity:

Park West School has a Diversity Statement. This document is a statement of our beliefs and values, and is intended to guide our daily practice. It’s a definition of what we, as a school community, believe we are and aspire to be. Cultural competence is enabled when we institutionalize cultural knowledge. This occurs when practices, policies, and programs change. Our Diversity Statement was created by our school diversity team, in consultation with students, parents, and community members:

Diversity is a significant part of the fabric of Park West School. Our school’s mission is to build a school community where we learn from, celebrate, and embrace our diversity; by doing this, we create a culture of acceptance. Park West is strongly committed to ensuring a sense of community in which every member is safe, valued, respected, and treated with dignity. We believe that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhances learning and enriches life. We believe knowledge generates understanding and understanding generates acceptance. We envision a school that welcomes everyone regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, family structure, socioeconomic level, culture, age, sexual orientation, language, and physical or mental abilities. We want Park West students to emerge “culturally proficient,” equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world with open hearts, open minds, a sense of their own value, and a commitment to effect positive change.


At Park West School you will experience a “culture of acceptance”.


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Apr 22

No speeding on school grounds

Kameron 15 kmPlease don’t speed when driving on our school grounds. 

Our students and staff are precious to us.   We want them to be safe.

The speed limit is 15 km / hour. 

Pictured:  our student traffic safety helper

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