Home and School Information

Wrapping up the school year

 

Another school year is almost in the books. This year has seen its fair share of challenges, and our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers have prevailed over those obstacles. But, we’ve also found reasons to celebrate.

 

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation (PEIHSF) was honored to distribute 4 Extra Mile Awards to very deserving recipients in May and June: Pam MacLeod, resource teacher from Cardigan Elementary; Krista Bryson, music teacher from Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside; Randy Reardon, principal from Englewood Consolidated School in Crapaud; and Bertha Hogan, education assistant from West Kent Elementary. You certainly exemplify going the extra mile for your students.

 

Through its resolution process, the federation requested the government in 2018 to return to an elected school board. On May 5, 2022, the provincial government amended the Education Act, fulfilling its commitment to reinstate an elected school board. For more information about the upcoming changes, go to https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/moving-forward-on-reinstating-an-elected-school-board

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-school-board-elections-reinstated-fall-2022-1.6438549

 

There are changes to how the P.E.I. School Food Program will collect meal orders until the end of the school year. Notices were sent to parents informing them, ensuring no disruption in getting lunches to the students. Read more at https://mailchi.mp/7aa05123ed17/ordering-now-open-7222849?e=d5c9a78e6c

 

The School Calendar for the 2022-2023 year is live and available for viewing. Go to https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/2022-2023-school-calendar for a copy.

 

Congratulations to all the graduates on Prince Edward Island, from elementary to high school, and all the best wishes as you start your new ventures. As we come together to celebrate our children, let’s hold close to our hearts and minds the families and community members of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

 

As the school year draws to a close, now is a great time to consider electing new members to your home and school and/or parent council executives. June is also an excellent time to elect a new executive and board members to your Home and School Associations. Remember, all of our members are volunteers. Without you, nothing is possible. Stepping up to volunteer is a great way to give back and help make changes and improvements. Anyone who needs guidance on holding elections should contact the P.E.I. Home and School Federation office at 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 /www.peihsf.ca.

 

As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, the summer is an excellent time for reading. Find summer reading ideas for students at community libraries and online at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/online-library-resources

 

Have a great summer, be safe, and we look forward to seeing you all for the 2022-2023 school year.

Home and School News, June 2022

 

1.         Elect new people to Home & School executive

Are you leaving your post as a Home & School executive member?  June is an excellent time to elect new executive and board members to your Home and School Associations.  If you need guidance to hold elections, contact the PEI Home and School Federation office at:  620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / peihsf@edu.pe.ca

 

2.         Parent Engagement Project Reports

Reports for completed Home and School’s Parent Engagement Projects are due May 31st.

 

3.         School Calendar 2022-2023

Next year’s school calendar is posted online at:

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/2022-2023-school-calendar

 4.         Elected School Board

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation asked the government to return to an elected school board. On May 5/22, the provincial government made amendments to the Education Act fulfilling its commitment to reinstate an elected school board. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/moving-forward-on-reinstating-an-elected-school-board

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-school-board-elections-reinstated-fall-2022-1.6438549

 5.         School Food Program

There are changes to how the PEI School Food Program will collects meal orders to the end of June at: REMINDER FROM PEI SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM (mailchi.mp)

6.         Find Summer Reading ideas at your community Library

Summer Reading ideas for students can be found at a P.E.I. library in your community.  Find online resources online at:  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/online-library-resources

 Community News…..

~ UPEI Health Centred Research Clinic is looking for participants in a survey to better understand what Islanders think of the COVID-19 vaccine and immunization program. The survey is available in English, French, Mandarin, Arabic, and Vietnamese and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. All participants will have the opportunity to enter a draw for one of four $100 Walmart gift cards.

Link to survey: bit.ly/HCRC-PEI   Contact: Dr. William Montelpare (wmontelpare@upei.ca). This survey has been approved by the UPEI Research Ethics Board (researchcompliance@upei.ca

 

Home and School News, May 2022

 

1.       School Crossing Guard Award

Nominate a school crossing guard to receive recognition for keeping our children safe as they travel to and from school from September to June during school year.
NEW Submission date: Friday, May 13, 2022
More details at: http://peihsf.ca/crossing-guard-award

2.         School Bus Driver Award

Nominate a school bus driver to receive recognition for keeping our children safe as they travel to and from school from September to June during school year.
NEW Submission date: Friday, May 20, 2022
More details at: http://peihsf.ca/bus 

3.         Annual Meeting Feedback Request 

Delegates are invited to provide feedback about the 2022 Annual Meeting & Convention.
Click here for 2022 AGM FEEDBACK FORM 

4.         Annual Meeting 2022 Video

The PEI Home and School Federation 2022 Annual Meeting’s video is linked at on our website at:
https://peihsf.ca/agm/ or AGM VIDEO

5.         Welcome to Kindergarten
The 2022 Welcome to Kindergarten schedule is posted on the Public Schools Branch website at: https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/parents_students/wtk-sessions/

 

Other community news….

  • YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE), a national program offering opportunities for youth (16-17 years old) to improve their second official language skills, explore another part of Canada, and gain valuable work experience. This program is funded by Department of Canadian Heritage, and offered at a minimal cost of $125.  Contact:  Chuan.Liu@YMCAGTA.ORG or  902-314-5323.

P.E.I. Home and School Federation
69th Annual Meeting & Convention
"Understanding”
2022 Agenda & Registration Information

 

REGISTER ONLINE (clickable link)  by Sunday, April 10/22 and your name will be entered into the Early Bird Draw for an overnight stay at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel on Friday evening, April 22, 2022.

 

Date:   Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time:   8:45 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Place:  In-person at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown

Fee:     Registration fee, $40 per person

 

DRAFT AGENDA

- Business Meeting

- Resolutions

- Awards

- Elections

- Forum followed by Group Discussion

- Followed by the Rodd’s signature Buffet Luncheon

 

AGM TOPICS

- Truth and Reconciliation

- Mental Wellness

- Elected School Board

- Evolution of Home and School

 

SPEAKERS

  • Senator Brian Francis, Member of the Senate of Canada will speak about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Hon. Natalie Jameson, Minister Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Hon. Antionette Perry, Lieutenant Governor

….More TBA

 

WHO CAN ATTEND?  Parents/guardians, administrators, teachers, school staff, and students can attend. Extend the invitation to everyone in your school community by posting on social media. Associations are encouraged to pay registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses for your delegates to reduce barriers to attending.

 

Need more info? Call: 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / peihsf@edu.pe.ca 


PEIHSF AGM 2022 Registration - Google Forms

April 2022


1.         REGISTER FOR 2022 AGM & CONVENTION

69th PEI Home and School Federation’s Annual General Meeting & Convention

Date:   Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time:   8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Place:  In-person at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown

Fee:     Registration fee = $40 pp

Extend the invitation to everyone in your school community. Post on social media platforms. Parents/guardians, administrators, teachers, school staff, and students are invited to attend. Associations are encouraged to pay registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses for your delegates to reduce barriers to attending.
Need more info? Call: 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / peihsf@edu.pe.ca

REGISTER by:  April 14/22.


2.         AGM TOPICS/SPEAKERS
Topics: Truth and Reconciliation, Mental Wellness, Elected School Board, Evolution of Home and School. Speakers: Senator Brian Francis, Member of the Canadian Senate, Hon. Natalie Jameson, Minister Education and Lifelong Learning, Hon. Antionette Perry, Lt. Governor ….More TBA
Click here for draft agenda


 

3.         RESOLUTIONS

Resolutions are voted on at the Annual General Meeting.  Home and Schools re asked to review and vote on the 2022 proposed resolutions at a local

meeting. Each Home and School’s AGM voting delegates should reflect the opinions of the parents, guardians, teachers, and staff in your

school. Review Resolution: School Bus Monitors.  There is time to write and submit a late resolution on an emerging issue. The pandemic caused a delay

in submitting resolutions. LATE resolutions may be submitted up to 7 days before the AGM.


 

4.         CROSSING GUARD / BUS DRIVER RECOGNITIONS

~ School Crossing Guard of the Year Award recognizes a school crossing guard on PEI for their service in keeping our walking students safe. Submit nominations by: April 23, 2022.

~ School Bus Driver of the Year Award recognizes school bus drivers on PEI for their service in keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school each day.  Submit nominations by: May 10, 2022.


5.         WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
The ‘Welcome to Kindergarten Program’ (WTK) is designed to help prepare preschoolers for a positive start to their school journey. Parents and their children will attend spring WTK orientation sessions at local schools where they receive early learning and literacy resources and learn how to use them at home. Find your school’s WTK session date on the Public Schools Branch website  

 

Community News….

 - SunSense, a program of the Canadian Cancer Society, is pleased to share that The Canadian Cancer Society has launched SunSense nationally.  SunSense supports our elementary schools to create sun safe environments that reduce the risk of skin cancer. Visit sunsense.ca to learn more about free tools and resources for teachers and how you can become a SunSense Certified school. These include UV bracelets, lesson plans, posters, a shade planning guide, policy toolkit and much more!
 

~ Bricks for Kids Grand Opening Event, April 23, 2022, 11am-4 pm. Help us celebrate the opening of our brand new home, jointly provided by STEAM PEI and Ulnooweg Education Centre. We proudly inspire youth through learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Join us for a day of hands-on, family friendly, Earth-day themed activities and programs with special guests such as Mi’gmaq author, Brandon Mitchell. Brandon will be joining us for a book signing of his recently released graphic novel, Giju’s Gift! Of course, there will be food and cake too! Located on the ground level of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Building in Downtown Charlottetown at 8 Stan MacPherson Way Contact: Amber Jadis amber@steampei.com
 

~ C.A.R.E. Parenting Program An organization working to support parents in Canada, a C.A.R.E. hands-on workshop presented by Dr. Tina Montreuil and Rayna Edels for parents, foster parents, adoptive parents and caregivers will be held virtually on May 17th 2022. Registration is $20 per person and is now open: here! It is a manual-based program aimed at improving child emotion regulation and well-being by improving parent emotion regulation abilities and increasing the use of positive parent emotion socialization practices. This workshop is taking place in the context of the 2022 Child and Youth Trauma Symposium

 

March, 2022

 

Taking time to say thanks

Federation recognizes efforts of those helping P.E.I. students to learn safely

 

Sometimes, it’s important to just stop and say thank you. In the spirit of Teacher/ Staff Appreciation Week, the P.E.I. Home and School Federation made a presentation to the Chief Public Health Office, the Public Schools Branch and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning for going to incredible lengths during the COVID-19 pandemic in helping students continue learning and ensuring their safety in Prince Edward Island schools.

Local Home and Schools had to adjust their annual Teacher /Staff Appreciation week’s activities, using creativity and additional support during this week of appreciation. The Federation looks forward to recognizing school staff with the Extra Mile Award in schools across PEI this spring.

From its beginnings to the present day, the P.E.I. Home and School Federation has focused on the well-being and educational success of P.E.I. children. The 69th Annual Meeting is set for April 23, hosted in person at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Parents, guardians, principals, students and school staff are invited to register.

While each member Home and School is limited to five voting delegates, there is no limit to the number of attendees otherwise from each school. The greater the attendance, the richer the discussions. Local presidents/co-chairs are to submit annual reports to the Federation office.  Report and registration details are available online at: https://peihsf.ca/agm.

Each year at the Annual Meeting & Convention, a Home and School volunteer is recognized for volunteer efforts in their local school with the Steve McQuaid Volunteer of the Year award. Life Membership is also considered annually, but recognition will not necessarily be made every year. Home and Schools are to review award criteria and submit nominations by March 18. Access nomination information online at: https://peihsf.ca/agm.  

The work and care of many important people in our communities goes into making schools safe and caring places for our children and recognizing this work is one of the best parts of our job.  Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, staff, and it’s important to recognize this work. Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, staff and members of the community at-large may, through their local Home and School Associations, nominate school crossing guards and school bus drivers for one of the Federation’s special recognition awards.  Nominations for the School Crossing Guard of the Year Award are due on April 25. Nominations for the School Bus Driver of the Year Award are due on May 6.


How can you support P.E.I.’s school bus drivers, who do their utmost to keep students safe? Pay attention when driving and put phones away. Motorists across P.E.I. are continuing to pass school buses while their red lights are flashing.  Slow down when you see flashing amber lights and prepare to stop. When red lights are flashing, motorists must make a complete stop no fewer than six meters (20 feet) from the bus. It is illegal and dangerous to pass a bus when lights are flashing.

1.       69th Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar!  You are invited to attend the 69th Annual Meeting & Convention, Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent St. Charlottetown.  Home and School Associations may appoint up to five voting delegates to represent their school with all parents, educators/school staff and students welcome to attend.  Speaker registration details will be circulated to presidents asking them to forward to their local school communities.

2.         Annual Reports Due

Submit your President’s Annual Report by March 4th.  All reports will be included in the Federation’s AGM Book of Reports. E-mail reports in a word doc or paste in email message to: peihsf@edu.pe.ca  

3.         Board of Directors Nominations

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation is the umbrella organization of Home and Schools across P.E.I., and is overseen by a volunteer board elected by delegates from member Home and Schools. Every year at the annual meeting elections are held for vacant positions on the board, and members are encouraged to nominate candidates who, in your opinion, have the necessary qualifications to do the work of the provincial Federation. Access the 2022 Nomination Form here.

4.         Volunteer / Life Membership Awards

A Home and School volunteer is recognized annually for their efforts in their local school with the Steve McQuaid Volunteer of the Year Award.  A Home and School Life Member is someone who has contributed both locally and provincially.  You are invited to review awards’ criteria and submit nominations by March 18.  Review nomination information here.

5.         School Calendar 2022-2023

Changes to School Calendar Support Canada Winter Games: The 2022/23 school calendar is now available. Next year’s calendar is similar to other years, with the major changes being the date of Winter Wellness Day, a return to having a School Goals Day in September, and a two week stretch without classes in February to support the Canada Winter Games. The 2022/23 school calendar has 195 total school days, the same as this year, and there are 179 instructional days.