Jun 23

Our office hours

The school office will close for the summer months on June 29 at 2:00 pm.   It will re-open on Tuesday, September 6 at 10:00 am for the new school year.  Regular office hours (8:00 am – 3:30 pm) will begin on September 7th.

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Jun 23

Back to school…..September 8th

Students return to school on Thursday, September 8th at 8:25 a.m.  Information signs will be posted on all exterior doors with directions.  Students will be assigned to their new classes at that time.  Next year we are hoping all students (and their parents) will make it their priority to be on time for school on a regular basis.    Our Protocol for Late Students will continue.  

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Jun 23

Registration Information for 2016-2017

Late Registration:   The school office will be open for late registration on Tuesday, August 30, 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00.  Children who live within the Park West School boundaries are eligible to attend this school.  If new neighbours with elementary/junior high aged children move into the area over the summer please encourage them to register on this date.  Proof of address, a birth certificate, and a Nova Scotia health card number are required to complete registration.

Are you in the Right School?  Only children who reside within the Park West School boundaries with parents or legal guardians are eligible to attend this school.   If a child registered at and/or attending Park West School is found to be not residing in our area we will be happy to assist you with registering at the appropriate neighbourhood school.   This includes students who were living in our area and moved out of bounds during this school year, but remained at Park West to finish the current year.

Are You Moving?  If your children attended Park West this year, but you’ll be moving away over the summer, please inform us as soon as possible.  We need to know if they won’t be here in September.  Call our school office at 457-7800 or email us at parkwest@staff.ednet.ns.ca

Staying for Lunch Next Year?  All students who wish to remain at school over the lunch period for the 2016-17 school year must be registered for the lunch supervision program.  Registration forms are available from the school office.

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Jun 21

New student attendance policy coming soon

attendanceThe Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is developing a provincial student attendance policy. They are asking for input through an online survey from teachers, parents, students, administrators and employers about key issues and ideas to help improve overall attendance. The survey can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca/attendance . Responses will be accepted until July 8. Based on that information, the department will develop a new policy that will be implemented in the fall. Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback.


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Jun 16

School Supply Lists for 2016-17

School supply lists for all grades (P – 9) will be posted on our school website and on the school office window during the summer months.

Please don’t stress if you can’t find specific brands, colours, sizes, etc. requested on the supply lists. Just do the best you can. School supplies in quantities for the entire year do not have to be brought to school on the first day.

Click on the links below for school supply lists:

Supplies – Primary

Supplies – 1

Supplies – 2

Supplies – 3

Supplies – 4

Supplies – 5

Supplies – 6

Supplies – 7

Supplies – 8

Supplies – 9


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Jun 08

Dates for 2016 – 2017 School Year


August 30  –  Late Registration Day

September 8  –  First Day of School (8:25 am)

September 30  –  PD Day (no school)

October 10  –  Thanksgiving Day (no school)

October 28  –  PD Day (no school)

November 11  –  Remembrance Day (no school)

November 14  –  Assessment & Evaluation Day (no school)

December 01 –  PD (morning) & Parent-Teacher Interviews (afternoon)   (no school)

December 22  –  First day of Christmas break

January 03  –  School reopens (8:25 am)

February 01-28  –  Registration month for September 2017

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

March 03-17  –  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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