Home and School Parent Council

Home and School News, November 2023 

 🍎 SIGN UP for FREE Volunteer Training 

The Federation is hosting two Home & School Training Workshops. Parents, teachers, and students may attend! Workshops are designed to enhance Home & School effectiveness and parent engagement in public education. New volunteer executive members should attend these sessions. 

Monday, Nov. 6, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Miscouche Consolidated School 

Tuesday, Nov. 76:30 – 8:00 p.m., West Royalty Elementary School 

SIGN-UP by Nov. 4 by emailing Shirley at: ssmedleyjay@gov.pe.ca … Or call 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664. No Cost. Light refreshments provided.  

 🍎 Reminder: 2023-2024 Membership Fees 

Home and School Association Treasurers are reminded to submit this school year’s membership fees by November 1st.  You can now pay by e-transfer to peihsf@gov.pe.ca OR mail cheques to the Federation office. Questions? 902-620-3186 / ssmedleyjay@gov.pe.ca 

 🍎 Parent Leadership Grants 

Parent Leadership Project grants for up to $500 are available to Home and School Associations. Leadership projects are to focus on parent leadership and engagement in your school community.

Go to: https://peihsf.ca/grants.  Submission deadline: Nov. 30th.

 🍎 Recognition and Awards Programme 2023-2024

Awards recognize deserving individuals in school communities. The P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s 2023-2024 Programme begins with the Crossing Guard Award nominations due Nov. 24.  Find more details online at PEIHSF Awards 

 🍎 ADD this to your agenda…
1. Plan a productive Home and School meeting by identifying tasks and duties
2. Focus agenda items on educational objectives/outcomes that work to benefit all students
3. Involve everyone around the meeting table
4. Ask the principal for a school report

5. Practice basic parliamentary procedure 


Happenings in our community… 

🍎 Donagh Home & Schools Craft Fair will be held on Sat., Nov. 18, 2023, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Donagh Regional School (928 Bethel Road, Donagh). 

🍎 Literacy Champion Award - Call for nominations for our Literacy Champion Award. This award recognizes leadership and commitment in the field of literacy and lifelong learning. For more information, contact Amanda Beazley, PEI Literacy Alliance www.peiliteracy.ca 

🍎 Dyslexia Canada - Alicia Smith, Executive Director of Dyslexia Canada, to speak about Dyslexia & The Right to Read on Oct. 25, 6-7 p.m. at Three Oaks Senior High School, Summerside.  

🍎 Live Well PEI accepting applications for Wellness Grant Program
Community organizations may apply for Community Catalyst Grants. Schools may apply for School Health Grants. ($2,500, $5,000, and $7,500). Applications for both grant streams will be accepted online until 9:00 AM on Nov. 6, 2023. More info at: PEI Wellness Grant Program 

🍎 Dates to remember:      November 11           Remembrance Day

                        November 20           National Child Day

                        November 21–27     Canada History Week 


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 

More at: School Bus Driver of the Year Award - PEI Home and School Federation (peihsf.ca) 


2.         Post-AGM 

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 Branch
The PSB Review of Schools Study Report is available and can be found under News & Updates at: https://psb.edu.pe.ca/news-updates  


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: sxgauthier@edu.pe.ca. 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

Each Home and School is asked to send 2-5 representatives to this Milestone A.G.M. Please ensure your school is represented.  REGISTER ONLINE (https://peihsf.ca/agm/) or call 902-620-3186.


 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.


3.       Resolutions

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

School Bus Driver of the Year Award recognizes school bus drivers on P.E.I. for keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school daily. Submit nominations by May 5, 2023. 


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 #WeavingUSTogether
NVW 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. 

REGISTER ONLINE or at https://peihsf.ca/agm  by midnight on March 24, and your name will be entered into the Early Bird Draw for an overnight stay at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.   


  • 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: info@peihsf.ca   


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/