PEI Home & School – Food For Thought At Island Schools

Food for thought at Island schools

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation is quite excited about 2020, in particular about the news that school food projects will be launched in several Island schools.

Two delivery models will be tested in the new year to determine how the provincial program will operate. They will be evaluated over the coming months to determine the best way to expand the program.

One model will be tested at Kinkora Regional High School where staff members have been hired to prepare and distribute healthy meals to KRHS students, as well as at its feeder schools, which are Amherst Cove Consolidated and Somerset Consolidated Schools.

The second model will involve working with existing vendors to prepare and deliver healthy meals to students at Montague Regional High School, West Kent Elementary School and École Pierre-Chiasson.

Such projects start with an idea from local home and schools. This concept began as a result of a resolution passed at the federation’s annual general meeting in 2015.

The federation reminds parents that resolutions are the single most important tool that home and school can use to influence decision makers in government and school boards.

Consider resolutions that will impact positive changes for all students in P.E.I.’s education system. Talk about educational issues raised this year that could be turned into recommendations to improve the system for students’ total well-being in health, safety and learning success from K-12.  Do this by adding resolutions to the January Home and School meeting’s agenda in every school right across the Island. Ask a school principal/teacher to assist with background information on an important issue.

Members in Home and School associations are asked to submit resolutions to the federation office by Jan. 31. Call the federation office for assistance.

Resolutions will be reviewed and approved by a provincial committee.  These will be discussed at the annual general meeting in April and, if passed, they are delivered to the minister of education and early childhood development, the public schools branch and other destinations with a request for appropriate action.

Guidelines on how to write and present a resolution, as well as examples of previously passed resolutions, are available at: http://peihsf.ca/making_resolutions or phone the federation office 1-800-916-0664 / 620-3186. All resolutions must be received in the federation office by Jan. 31

PEI Home & School Federation News – January 2020

Extra Mile Award

Nominate a school staff person (i.e. teacher, education / admin assistant, custodian) for the PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award. Submission deadline is: Jan. 17. More details are online at: http://peihsf.ca/extramile

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week | Extra Mile Award

National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 10-14 provides opportunity for Home and Schools communities to recognize the hard work of our teachers and school staff. Form a special committee to plan something special to say thank you!

Annual Home and School Reports

Presidents of Home and School Associations are asked to submit an annual 1-2 page report detailing your Home & School Association’s activities for this school year. Reports will be inserted into the Federation’s 2019-2020 Annual Book of Reports. If you need assistance, call 620-3186 | 1-800-916-0664 | peihsf@edu.pe.ca. Please submit your report to the Federation office by Feb. 28th.

What’s on your Home and School meeting agenda?

The PEIHSF works to help parents become better informed and more involved in their student’s learning. Join in the educational conversations through Local Home and School Associations. When you receive information from the Federation, add those topics to your Home and School agenda for discussion at your meetings. Topics may include: PEI government is returning to an elected school board; school food, student/staff wellness issues, youth vaping, bullying, etc.

If you have questions about the above info, please contact us at peihsf@edu.pe.ca or 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664

Other ……

How to start a book club for small kids
A book club for small kids isn’t all that different from your typical neighbourhood version. https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/how-to-start-a-book-club-for-small-kids

 How can parents support their children’s development as writers? What does the research tell us about effective strategies for teaching writing? Check writing resources at: Reading Rockets – Writing

The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results indicate that Canadian students remain among the top 10 performers in the world. Of the 79 countries and economies that participated in PISA 2018, Canada ranked fourth in reading, 10th in mathematics and sixth in science. The Canadian report can be found at www.pisacan.ca

Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation’s                                                                   66th Annual Meeting & Convention “Stop. Collaborate & Listen”                             Saturday, April 13, 2019                                                                                                                                         Rodd Charlottetown hotel, 75 Kent Street Charlottetown, PEI

Every school is encouraged to send representatives! Parent, educators and students are welcome! The registration package has been post-mailed to Home and School Presidents and is available online at: http://peihsf.ca/agm One registered delegate will win a one night’s stay on Friday, April 12/19 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Register your school’s delegates by Friday, March 29th.

2.  Proposed 2019 Resolutions…..                                                                                                            Local Home and Schools are asked to review the proposed resolutions at a local association meeting, vote on each one and pass the voting results on to your voting delegates so they will vote on behalf of their local Home and School at the AGM, April 13. Resolutions were mailed to presidents and are posted online at:                   http://peihsf.ca/agm/resolutions 

3.  Announcing: Steve McQuaid Volunteer of the Year and Life Membership Awards Each year at the Annual Meeting & Convention, Home and School volunteers are recognized for their volunteer efforts in their association and at their local school. Home and School Home and Schools may submit nominations for these awards by the deadline:  March 15, 2019.   Find criteria attached and online at:                           http://peihsf.ca/content/awards

4.  Does your Grade 4-8 student need extra help in math?                                                                A UPEI research project is offering a free, eight-week after-school program. Find out how to register your child at:                                                                                                        http://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2019/02/does-your-grade-4-8-student-need-extra-help-math

Does your Grade 4–8 student need extra help in math? | UPEI

UPEI is a public liberal arts and science university committed to encouraging and fostering critical, creative, and independent thinking and research. http://www.upei.ca

 Other community news:                                                                                                                                          * Great Big Crunch, March 28, 2019 marks the 12th Anniversary of the Great Big Crunch.

Tignish Elementary School is participating again this year!  

How the Great Big Crunch works:

Find out more at: https://foodshare.net/program/crunch/

 *   The West Prince Community Partnership Committee, Health PEI, Rural Action Centre, West Prince Chamber of Commerce, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and RDÉE Î.-P.-É. Inc., wish to invite you to Here to Stay. Here to Stay is a West Prince community engagement event in support of the retention of new residents, specifically physicians, healthcare practitioners, and their families. Details include: Tuesday, 5 March 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mill River Resort Road Bloomfield, PEI.

 * Community Sector Network of PEI (CSN PEI) – a newly minted CSN PEI was officially launched on February 14th. For more info, go to the CSN PEI facebook page: facebook.com/CSNPEI/

*   History Award for Excellence in Teaching – Canada’s History Society is seeking nominations for this award at: CanadasHistory.ca/GGAward |   jdawson@canadashistory.ca

Home & School News – March 2019

Shimmy Shakin’ and Healthy Eatin’

What a great time we had at our “Shimmy Shakin and Healthy Eatin” School Dance on March 21st. There was a great turnout of our Grade 3 students and their
parents/guardians. We even had our school mascot show up for a few songs!

We would like to thank Peter Crooks of Canada’s Smartest Kitchen for providing healthy snacks for our event!

Please take a look at some pictures taken from the dance below.

 

Good News Story – Appreciation

We have been busy this school year revamping our Literacy Lab. We have reorganized the space to include a new area for the math manipulatives. In addition to this reorganization, we are pleased to announce that we have purchased a number of books and math resources through the generous support of our Home and School. Please take a look at the pictures below of our new Instructional Centre.

Home and School – Thanks for your continued support!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held during the week of January 7-11, 2019.

  • Parents are asked to register their children for Kindergarten prior to or during the week of January 7-11, 2019.
  • Children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2019 in order to to be eligible for Kindergarten.
  • Parents are asked to register their child at his/her local elementary school during school hours.  If you are unsure of your school zone, please call the Stratford Office (902-268-6990) or Summerside Office (902-888-8400).  Toll Free 1-800-280-7965.
  • A registration form will be completed at the time of registration.
  • Parents are reminded to bring two pieces of information which verify proof of child’s age:
    • Birth Certificate
    • PEI Health Card
  • Verification of home address must also be provided, such as current utility bill.
  • Welcome to Kindergarten sessions for incoming students and their parents will be held at schools in the Spring of 2019.