Feb 05

PTA Valentines Fundraiser

valentines lollipopsOur PTA is holding a fundraiser for Valentine’s Day to raise money for our school. 

They are having a Valentine’s Lollipop Sale.

On Friday, February 12, they will be selling gourmet lollipops in the morning.

Students may purchase a sweet treat for only $1.00 for a friend or themselves.

All proceeds will support teaching and learning at Park West School. 

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Feb 05

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Black History Month

EBlack History Month 2very year, for the month of February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History / African Heritage Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Canadians of African and Caribbean descent, past and present.  Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can

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gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.  2016 marks the 20th anniversary since Black History Month was first officially celebrated by the Government of Canada.   The month-long celebration was formally recognized following a motion introduced in the House of Commons in December 1995 by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.  The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons in December 1995 and the Government of Canada officially celebrated Black History Month for the first time in 1996.  In honour of this 20th anniversary, the Government of Canada will recognize this important milestone through its events and promotional materials, including its educational poster (several are on display here at Park West).  Black History Month will highlight key milestones and courageous accomplishments of those who

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helped shape Canada’s Black History.  We recognize contributions and moments from early settlement, the abolition of slavery, the Underground Railroad, and notable black Canadians in all fields who have played defining roles in Canada’s history.   Lots will be happening at our school and in our classrooms this month to honour and celebrate Canadians of African descent and their contributions to the rich diversity of our country.   We’ll be sharing more information in our next newsletter.

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Feb 05

Happy Chinese / Lunar New Year – Dragon Parade

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year:Chinese new year dragon Many people of Asian descent will be celebrating Chinese or Lunar New Year beginning on February 8. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Chinese New Year is celebrated in China and in countries and territories with significant Chinese and/or Asian populations, including Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Mauritius, Philippines, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decorations, material, food, and clothing. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. According to the traditional Chinese calendar 2016 is the year of the monkey. At Park West School we will be observing and celebrating Chinese / Lunar New Year in a variety of ways….with decorations, class presentations and activities, and a Chinese dragon parade throughout our school hallways (on February 8 at 10:30 am).  Students celebrating Chinese/Lunar New Year are invited to dress in their traditional festive clothing and will be invited to join the parade.  Other students may wish to wear red and/or gold on that day in honour of the occasion.  Parents are invited to join us for the parade (in the main lobby of our school).  Park West School wishes all families celebrating Chinese / Lunar New Year a happy holiday.

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Jan 06

A Canadian Winter

winter windshieldThe Halifax Regional School Board does not have an official policy on wind chill/cold weather with regards to students being sent outside for recess and lunch breaks, or whether or not students are kept outside in the morning prior to the first bell.  However, schools are provided with information to assist them in making decisions at individual school sites.   Generally speaking, when the temperature reaches -10 C or below we assess the appropriateness of sending children outside.  We also consider wind chill factors. Wind chill is the cooling sensation caused by the combined effect of temperature and wind.  Environment Canada advises there is an “increased risk” of frostbite and hypothermia with a wind chill below – 27o C.  School administration consults the Environment Canada weather website frequently and uses common sense in determining whether or not students should be outside on a given day.  We also consider the length of time students will be outside, their activity level (heat generation), and exposure to wind and sun (the sun does have a warming affect, even during the winter months).  Whenever possible we do like to see our students being given the opportunity to get outside at some point during the day to get some exercise, fresh air, and have the opportunity to socialize with friends, rather than being confined to their classrooms for extended periods of time.  Student safety, health, and well-being are always paramount.   Parents:  please ensure your children are sent to school dressed appropriately for the weather and possible outdoor play.

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Jan 06

Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

Registration for 2016-2017 School Year: We’re starting to prepare for the next school year already! Registration for students entering grade primary in September 2016 will begin on January 18. New primary students must be five years old on or before December 31, 2016, and live within our school boundaries. When registering parents must provide a birth certificate, N.S. health card number, and proof of address when registering. Registration can be done at the school office Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Contact Ms. Hayes or Ms. Landers (our admin assistants in the school office) or Ms. Aucoin (our Guidance Counselor) at 457-7800 for more information or to make an appointment. Please pass the word around the community so everyone gets registered on time. PLEASE NOTE: only students who live within the Park West School boundaries are eligible to attend this school.

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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 www.hrsb.ca , on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HRSB_Official, 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 www.hrsb.ca

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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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: http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/families/abuse/ChildAbuseRegister.html 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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