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Parkway Principal 
 Mercedes Chang
 
 Dear Parkway Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. First, let me start by thanking you all for your warm welcome as I begin my first year as Parkway’s Principal. This summer, I read Leading Change in Your School by Douglas Reeves and was reminded just how difficult change can be, so I appreciate your enthusiasm and confidence in me as I make my transition to Mount Laurel Schools. As August comes to a close, we are eager to welcome your children back to Parkway Elementary School for an outstanding 2018-19 school year. We promise to take good care of all of your children.

What’s New & Exciting at Parkway?

We have been hard at work throughout the summer months preparing the building for another awesome school year. Our office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard-working custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning our building- polishing floors, painting door frames, moving furniture, cleaning windows and much more. Our PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and continue to offer exciting events and programs. Last, but not least, our dedicated staff has been hard at work preparing their classrooms and planning engaging lessons.

In addition to all of this, Parkway has undergone some noteworthy changes and building upgrades, some of which include:

  • The installation of a security vestibule, which serves as an additional safety measure for our school.
  • Our entryway will feature a safety bollard to help prevent vehicle access.
  • The impressive transformation of our Library due in part to a generous donation from Harriet Stearns’ (Parkway’s first librarian) family. We are planning a library reveal for October and hope to see you there.
  • The addition of new playground set on the B Wing side for our students’ enjoyment along with an upgrade to the tube slide in the A Wing playground to a straight slide.
  • The addition of hallway ceiling banners around the school.  The banners feature “Parkway Pete”, our school mascot, with unique motivational phrases.

Welcome Parkway’s New Staff

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to the Parkway family. Our new staff will also be featured in our lobby’s showcase where you can learn more about each of them:

  • Ms. Shayna Cohen is our new ESL teacher and a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey.
  • Mrs. Nini Engel is our school psychologist and case manager and has been a Mt. Laurel staff member l since 1992.
  • Ms. Kristen Geary will be re-joining Parkway as our 2nd-Grade inclusion teacher after spending a few years at Countryside.
  • Mrs. Amanda Mazaleski will join us as our new school nurse.  She is a former special education teacher and has many years of experience as an Advanced Nurse Clinician for Virtua. 
  • Mrs. Kimberly Potter is our Interim Guidance Counselor until the end of November. She comes to us with experience as a former Guidance LTS in Moorestown.
  • Ms. Maddie Remetz is our new 1st-Grade teacher and is also a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey.

This Year’s School Theme

Our 2018-19 school year theme will be, “180 Days of Awesome at Parkway”. We know praise can be a huge motivator, so we’ll be focusing on highlighting and celebrating all that makes Parkway, our students, and our staff AWESOME. Please reach out to me anytime you would like to share something awesome happening at Parkway.

Parkway’s Goals

In addition to our focus on all that is awesome about Parkway, we will be recommitting to Responsive Classroom, which is an “approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness” (www.responsiveclassroom.org). We’ll also be carefully reviewing formative and summative data points to plan instruction that best meets students’ individual needs so we can work from their strengths and positively affect their academic growth.

How You Can Help

I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning.  Parent involvement plays a critical role in our school’s success. Join the PTO and be a part of the many enriching opportunities they help us offer our students.  Some ways to support and increase your child’s academic success include:

  • Make attendance a priority, including limiting tardiness and absences
  • Check Parent Portal regularly to stay informed of student progress
  • Communicate often with your child’s teachers
  • Review the school day with your child
  • Read to or with your child or ask about his or her reading
  • Make math a part of everyday life

Parkway Elementary School truly looks better than ever and we’re ready to show you our “awesomeness”.  I encourage all of you to attend Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 and see for yourselves. You’ll be able to attend one of two sessions at 6:30 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.  The staff and I are looking forward to a successful school year with you and your children.

With Panther Pride,

Mercy Chang