We are very proud to have an active Peer Mediation program at Parkside school. The Peer Mediation program is based on the belief that students can solve their own conflicts in a responsible and productive way. The goals of the Peer Mediation program are to reduce conflict that impacts negatively on our school environment, to enhance self-esteem through the process of resolution, and to foster student–student and student–teacher relationships.
Students are selected by their classmates to be peer mediators for the school year. This group of students are then trained in the Peer Mediation Conflict Management Program. Once the training is completed, the students begin their job of peer mediating in the school.
Reading Pals has been operating at Parkside School for four years. At Parkside, volunteers, who are referred to as “Grandfriends”, focus specifically on shared reading activities with the children. The children read with their Grandfriends for twenty minutes each week, and in turn the Grandfriends read to the children. Reading Pals is not only a wonderful opportunity for students to gain confidence in their reading, but also an opportunity to share socially and emotionally with an adult. This relationship is mutually beneficial for the students and the volunteer. It is definitely a win – win situation for all involved.
Parents should be made aware that the Board has in place Accidental Death, Dismemberment and Disability insurance for students participating in school activities. The Public Schools Branch website contains information on coverage provided and procedures parents are to follow for submitting claims (claims are not submitted by the board).
Parkside elementary is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to study in French. Full-day French Immersion is available from kindergarten to grade 6.