Ecole Parc School Council

Ecole Parc School Council Executive Committee - 2023 2024

Chair -  Amanda Shand

Vice-Chair - Michelle Poitras

Secretary - Danielle Rusk

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Green Space Coordinator:  


Green Space and Indigenous Outdoor Classroom Project

The courtyard mud kitchen is a beehive of activity at recess. Remember the students always need materials to work with. As you clean up your yard and garden at home think of us. Bring any organic material, including the soil from your pots and drop it in the corner storage bins after school hours. Flower heads, leaves, small branches, bean stalks, the students will use it all. No rocks or long branches please.

Our courtyard is named in honour of Elder Wilson Bearhead who started us on our land based learning journey. Every addition and decision made to improve our green space for the students is done with the land based learning philosophy and Elder Wilson’s teachings in mind.  

Year round volunteers work to maintain the existing infrastructure and plants. If you have questions about the green space or want to support this ongoing initiative contact Jennifer Dechaine at

NEW for SPRING 2024: The two raised beds in the courtyard will be replaced with solid wooden frames. The current beds were vandalized last June and needed to be upgraded to a better design. 

Ecole Parc Green Space Past, Present, Future

In 2013 École Parc Élémentaire was established in our current space which was an old junior high school. The playground, with the exception of a basketball court, did not exist. The green space was a blank slate. The Ecole Parc Fundraising Society was established as the fundraising arm of school council and with grant money and many parent volunteers the main playground structure on the east side of the school was built. 

Skip ahead to 2016, the weeds were taking over, the shrubs needed pruning, red shale filing the beds at the front of the school was a mess, and the courtyard was a sad unused space. Who was going to fix it? Someone needed to fix it! 

 Did you know that the green space surrounding the school is the responsibility of the parent school council? Elk Island Public School contracts the City of Fort Saskatchewan to cut the grass but we are required to maintain the rest.

Learning that the 'who' was the parents, school council began the Green Space Improvement Project in an effort to better coordinate maintenance and improvements to the aging green space. With a lot of grant writing and fundraising support from our Ecole Parc families over the years we have been able to clean up the landscaping, plant new trees, develop the courtyard into a play space and outdoor classroom, establish a garden program and much more.  

The green space project is an ongoing project as every year there is maintenance to be done and new ideas to be executed. If you are interested in what has been done and where we are going next you can see all the details on the school website under the Parents School Council tab.

Contact Jennifer Dechaine or Amy Archibald through Mme. Sherri in the main office if you want to be a part of supporting this work going forward. We accept all forms of help from weeding to monetary donations! 

Thank you for all your support in our projects to better enhance our students' learning space here at EPE.

Ecole Parc Families 

DOW Canada

City of Fort Saskatchewan

Fortis Alberta

Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan

Southfort Dental

Grow Your Own Project (Dennis Stelmack)

The Landscaping Company

The Solamillo Family


Shell Canada

Tree Canada

Otto Gloeckler