Home and School Federation: 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
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.
Dionne Tuplin, president of the P.E>I. Home and School Federation, lives in Tyne Valley area, with her husband and four children, who attend Ellerslie Elementary School, Hernewood Intermediate and Westisle Composite High School. A Home and School column appears in The Guardian during the school year on the first Friday of the month. For questions about this column or to find out more about the work of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-620-3186/1-800-916-0664.
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 / email@example.com
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:
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.
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
~ 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.
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.