Home and School News, December 2023
🍎 Extra Mile Awardawards of recognition to deserving individuals who work and volunteer for the benefit of children and youth in PEI’s school communities. Nominate a deserving school staff individual for recognition by Jan. 19, 2024. Find details at: https://peihsf.ca/awards/The PEI Home and School Federation presents
🍎 Affecting Change in PEI’s School SystemResolutions are developed around issues that can affect positive change in our school system for all students’ benefit. Your Home and School’s resolutions will be considered at the 71st Annual Meeting & Convention on April 13, 2024. Assistance with writing resolutions is available.
Deadline to submit resolutions: Jan. 31, 2024.
More at: https://peihsf.ca/resolutions/ / How to Write & Present a Resolution / Fillable pdf Resolution Form
🍎 School Staff Appreciation Week 2024 School staff celebration, the week of February 12-16. Your staff appreciation committee can begin now to make safe plans for thanking school staff for the contributions they make to our children and their education. Keep plans simple! A little appreciation goes a long way!
🍎 President/Co-Chair Annual Reports firstname.lastname@example.org. And, we have a google form to help. Go to:Presidents/Co-Chairs Annual Reports are due Feb. 29. To help you get started, we suggest that you record each month’s activities in a bulleted form list, beginning in September. Add what will be happening to finish out the school year, March to June. Collectively, you are writing the history of Home and School in Prince Edward Island. If you need help, contact us at: 902-620-3186 /
🍎 Save the date…AGM, April 13, 2024
Book your calendars to attend the .P.E.I Home and School Federation’s 71st Annual General Meeting, Saturday, April 13, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown. More details to email@example.com / 902-620-3186.🍎 Federation Board Nominations Leading up to the AGM, the PEI Home and School Federation will be seeking nominations for President, Vice President and Directors for Charlottetown Rural, Colonel Gray, Kinkora, Montague and Morell families of schools; all are two-year term positions. For more info, contact the Federation office
🍎 ADD this to your agenda…1. Social Emotional Learning - Ask a teacher to talk about SEL 2. COMPASS survey - Ask your principal for a brief overview 3. AI Chatbots - Ask a tech-skilled parent or staff person to talk about keeping up with AI technology in the home and the school.
Other Community News….
🍎 International Volunteer Day is on December 5, annually https://nationaltoday.com/international-volunteer-day/It’s a day that recognizes the efforts of volunteers in transforming their societies, economies, and environment.
🍎 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND SPELLING BEE REGISTRATIONwww.spellingbeeofcanada.ca/registration. All High school students 15 years and older are invited to be trained to be a Coach, Mentor or Tutor and gain community hours, while helping to make a difference in a child’s life. They can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.The P.E.I. Chapter Spelling Bee Competitions will take place in person in PEI on April 20, 2024. Every child will receive a participation certificate. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each age category will receive cash prizes and trophies. The 1st place winner from each category will be eligible to participate in the Championship Competition in person in Toronto on May 26, 2024. Parents/guardians can register for the 2023-2024 Spelling Bee Competition at
Note: Send community notices for next month's news by Dec. 18 to: email@example.com
Best wishes of the holiday season to you and your family!
Home and School News - June, 2023
1. Hold Elections in June
June is an excellent time to hold Home and School Association election of officers to allow your new Home and School Association's executive time to prepare for the new school year in September. Those who have completed their terms, should ask another parent or teacher rep to fill in their place. Invite parents having children in K-3 to volunteer. If you need guidance, contact the Federation office at 902-620-3186 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Congratulations Provincial Heritage and Science Fair students!
In recognition of students' excellent work, the PEI Home and School Federation awards specialty prizes in the PEI’s Heritage and Science Fairs. Congratulations to:
Science Fair winners:
- Will Pop really rot my teeth? Isaac Ramsay, Bloomfield Elementary
- Should you trust the 5-second rule? Amelia Hayward, Cardigan Consolidated
Heritage Fair winners:
- Haven McCormack, The McCormack Roots Gr. 9, Belfast Consolidated
- Henry Etchell, Doucet House Descendant Gr. 6, L.M. Montgomery Elementary
3. Parent Engagement Project Reports
Reports for completed Home and School Parent Engagement Projects are due in the Federation office on May 31. Contact the office, if you require more information at email@example.com
4. School Calendar 2023-2024
The 2023-2024 school calendar is posted online at:
5. Public Schools Branch Board of Trustees
The Public Schools Branch Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School. Find the agenda and minutes on the PSB website at: https://psb.edu.pe.ca/board-meetings-and-minutes.
6. Guardian Home and School news column
PEI Home and School Federation president, Dionne Tuplin, writes a monthly column for The Guardian newspaper, published on the first Friday of the month during the school year. The June article will be posted on June 2 at News - PEI Home and School Federation (peihsf.ca)
7. Learning continues over the summer months
Encouraging summer reading is a way to keep your child's mind active over the summer. Your library card provides you and your child with a plethora of resources.
8. 2020-21 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey
New data released about student substance abuse. Follow this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canadian-student-tobacco-alcohol-drugs-survey/2021-2022-summary.html
Home and School News, May 2023
1. 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. Submission date: Friday, May 5, 2023
Thank you to Local Associations for attending the 70th Annual Meeting & Conference. The meeting’s slideshows, round table summary, minutes, and resolutions are being posted on our website when finalized. Go to: https://peihsf.ca/agm/
3. Public Schools Branchhttps://psb.edu.pe.ca/news-updatesThe PSB Review of Schools Study Report is available and can be found under News & Updates at:
4. School Trustees Board Meeting
The Public Schools Branch Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 7:30 p.m. at Montague Regional High, 274 Valleyfield Road, Rte. 326, Lower Montague or via Webex at:PSB Board of Trustees. Any member of the public who wishes to make a presentation to the Board must submit a written request to the Public Schools Branch by 4 p.m. on April 27, 2023 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 902-368-6850 for additional information or to register to attend.
5. School Calendar
The Department of Education & Early Years released the 2023-2024 School Calendar, April 17. The first school day for students is Sept. 7. More at: 2023-2024 School Calendar | Government of Prince Edward Island
6. 70th AGM Report
PEI Home and School Federation president, Dionne Tuplin will include an AGM report in May newspaper column to be published on Friday, May 5 and online at: News - PEI Home and School Federation (peihsf.ca)
Home and School News, April 2023
1. Is your school registered?
SIGN UP today for the 70th P.E.I. Home and School Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention.
Date/Time: Saturday, April 15, 2023, 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown
Fee: $40 per person
2. AGM Round Table Topics
Topics: Diversity, Student Well-Being, Home & School Successes/Challenges.
Table Resources: Debbie Langston & Andrea Garland, Diversity Consultants
Elizabeth Kennedy, Student Well-Being Team Lead Consultant
Sara Fletcher & Tina Cardiff, Family Support Workers, Bluefield & Montague Family of Schools.
Guests: Hon. Antionette Perry, Lt. Governor for P.E.I.; Minister or Deputy Dept. of Education, Federation Past Presidents, and more.
Three resolutions will be considered and voted on at the Annual General Meeting on April 15. Home and Schools are asked to review and vote on the proposed resolutions at your local meeting and select your voting delegates who will attend the A.G.M., voting as directed by their Association. Voting should reflect the opinions of your school's parents, guardians, teachers, and staff. Find proposed resolutions online at: peihsf.ca/agm
4. School Bus Driver Award
5. National Volunteer Week, April 2023
Volunteering Weaves us Together! Let's celebrate our individual and collective actions in creating a strong, interconnected, vibrant community! Volunteering weaves us together, strengthening the fabric of our community by sharing our time, talent, and energy to support one another.
#NVW2023 #WeavingUSTogetherNVW 2023 - National Volunteer Week (NVW) - Campaigns - Volunteer Canada
Home and School News, March 2023
1. 70th AGM & Conference
Mark your calendar! The P.E.I. Home and School Federation is pleased to announce that our Knowledge, Collaboration, & Success for the Next Generation A.G.M. & Conference 2023 will take place on Saturday, April 15, at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown.
- Hon. Natalie Jameson, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning
- Hon. Antionette Perry, Lieutenant Governor
- More speakers from Student Well-Being Teams and the Dept. of Education's new Diversity lead, Debbie Langston
More info will be posted at: https://peihsf.ca/agm/ or call us at 902-620-3186.
2. NEW Annual Report submission deadline - March 10
To allow more time following the school break, the deadline to submit Annual Reports has been extended to Friday, March 10. Every Home and School Association is asked to submit a report for inclusion in the Federation's annual Book of Reports. Remember! You are writing a piece of the history of Home and School in P.E.I. Click here to use the NEW President’s Google 2023 Report Form or email a word doc to Kelly at: email@example.com
3. Review Proposed 2023 Resolutions
Proposed resolutions have been circulated to Presidents. Please discuss these resolutions at your next Home and School meeting. Use each resolution as a springboard for discussing the topic; then hold a vote, resolution by resolution, to determine how your school's delegates will vote at the Annual Meeting. Your voting delegates can vote "in favour," "opposed," or they can present amendments. Review 2023 resolutions online at: https://peihsf.ca/resolutions/
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. In addition, a Life Membership is recognized when deemed appropriate with this person's contributions, locally and provincially. You are invited to review the awards' criteria and submit nominations by March 9. Awards details at: https://peihsf.ca/awards/
5. Board of Directors Nominations
The P.E.I. Home and School Federation is the umbrella organization of Home and Schools across the island. It is overseen by a volunteer board elected by delegates from member Home and School Associations. Every year at the annual meeting, elections are held for vacant positions on the board, and members are encouraged to nominate suitable candidates who, in your opinion, have the necessary qualifications to do the work of the provincial Federation. You can access the 2023 Nomination Form at: https://peihsf.ca/agm/
Home and School News, February 2023
1. President's Annual Reports
President's Annual Reports are due February 28. All reports will be included in the 70th Annual Book of Reports. Write about local Home and School activities that have occurred during this school year and to the end of June 2023. For tips, view the 2022 Book of Reports
2. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Celebrate Teachers/Staff Appreciation Week, February 13-17, 2023. Home and School Associations plan ways to thank school staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation week. Start now. Brainstorm ideas to thank school staff.
3. Volunteer of the Year & Life Member Awards
Home and School's Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes one volunteer's significant contributions to helping people in their school communities. The Life Member acknowledges service to the provincial Federation. Associations may nominate individuals from your school community for these awards. Submit by the deadline: March 3. Criteria and Form are online at: https://peihsf.ca/awards/
4. 70th Annual Meeting
The P.E.I. Home and School Federation's Annual General Meeting will be on April 15, 2023, at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. The Federation office will mail the AGM package to presidents and information will be posted at: https://peihsf.ca/agm/
5. 2023 Canada Winter Games/Mid-term Break
PEI is host to the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Our mid-term school break is combined with the games, February 21-28. The PEI Home and School Federation sends best wishes to the Canada Games team of dedicated volunteers and staff, who will welcome Canada's best athletes and the nation to PEI in 2023. Together, we will celebrate our athletes and share PEI's welcoming community spirit with the rest of Canada.
Other Community News
~ KidproofPEI currently offers courses: "At Home Alone+First Aid" (ages 10 yrs+) and Babysitting Training (ages 11 yrs+) with plans to add Bullyproofing and Stranger Smarts courses. Sessions are offered in Summerside and Charlottetown. KidproofPEI is available to do presentations to Local Home and School meetings. Contact: www.kidproofpei.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | 902-724-2702
Home and School News, January, 2023
1. 2023 Extra Mile Awards for Teachers/Staff
Local Home and School Associations can consider nominating a school teacher/staff person for going the "extra mile" for students. The Federation is accepting nominations until Fri. Jan. 20. Find criteria and application at: https://peihsf.ca/extra-mile-award/
2. Resolutions are about change
Do you see a need for change in PEI's education system? The PEI Home and School Federation supports equal opportunity for all students in PEI's education system and promotes this by approving pertinent resolutions at Annual General Meetings and then forwarding these to the appropriate decision-makers who can make changes for the benefit of all island students. Consider important issues that pertain to education, safety, health, and total well-being. Members are encouraged to call the Federation office for assistance and refer to our writing and presenting resolutions guide. You can review the Guide and Federation resolutions at: https://peihsf.ca/resolutions/ 2023 resolutions are due in the Federation office by Tues. Jan. 31.
3. School Staff Appreciation Week - February 13-17, 2023
School Staff Appreciation Week is an opportunity for parents/students to recognize the dedication and
hard work of school staff: teachers, admin support, educational assistants, and custodians. Set up a small committee to brainstorm ways the school community can thank school staff. Remember to keep plans simple!
4. 2023 Annual General Meeting
The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation will celebrate its 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, April 15, 2023. All Home and School Associations are invited and welcome to attend, with each Association designating up to five as their voting delegates. AGM meeting details and registration documents will be circulated to presidents.
5. Annual President's Reports
Presidents are to write their 2022-2023 Annual Report and submit to the Federation by Tues. Feb. 28. You can view annual reports online in the Annual Book of Reports at: https://peihsf.ca/agm/.
6. Home and School Guardian Column
The PEI Home and School Federation's monthly Home and School news column is written by Dionne Tuplin, President for The Guardian newspaper. The next column will be posted on Jan. 6 on our website https://peihsf.ca/news/ and social media platforms.
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
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
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
- Business Meeting
- Forum followed by Group Discussion
- Followed by the Rodd’s signature Buffet Luncheon
- Truth and Reconciliation
- Mental Wellness
- Elected School Board
- Evolution of Home and School
- 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
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.
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 / email@example.com
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
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 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 KindergartenProgram’ (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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
~ 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
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: email@example.com
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