On April 8th, 120 delegates and guests attended the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.
Discussions focused on how all partners in education can work together to ensure an equitable education for all Island students. The agenda included presentations on flexible learning, school food, and citizen engagement, and featured a demonstration of a collaborative workshop facilitated by our Dr. Helen MacDonald Scholars. The results of the workshop have been posted on our website.
The meat of our meeting revolves around resolutions. Resolutions come from our members – parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff – and have been extensively discussed and debated at the local level, by parents and educators, before being considered provincially. Resolutions that are approved at annual meetings form our statement of policies and collectively represent the federation’s position on key education policy issues facing the province of Prince Edward Island. The resolutions are forwarded to the appropriate destinations. Final resolutions are posted online at: http://peihsf.ca/agm/resolutions
The AGM provided an excellent opportunity to launch our new school food video which highlights the amazing visit from Chef Tony Geraci last fall and his discussions with Islanders about food. Young people play a starring role- you may see some familiar faces! The provincial government has announced a school lunch pilot project beginning in September 2017 and the Federation will continue to work toward our vision for school food that is presented in our Guiding Principles. As more details are available, they will be posted on the school food webpage: http://peihsf.ca/topics/universal-school-lunch-program , along with the video and our Guiding Principles. All Islanders can be change agents and our young people can lead the way!
After their successful debut facilitating a demonstration workshop at the AGM, the Dr. Helen MacDonald scholars are ready to support local associations. They have designed three workshops and local home and school associations are invited to request their help facilitating discussions on the following topics: how to improve school food programs, defining educational priorities and identifying the mission and goals of your local associations.
May and June is a great time for local home and school associations to elect their new executives and determine why they exist. Our trained facilitators can help. Contact the federation office.
If you have a favorite school bus driver who goes “above and beyond the call of duty”, be sure to get your nomination forms in before the May 12 deadline. Details and nomination forms for the school bus driver of the year award are at http://peihsf.ca/bus.
Welcome to kindergarten sessions are being conducted at all elementary schools for families with students entering kindergarten in the autumn. The program provides parents with tools and resources to engage their children in learning. Local associations are encouraged to reach out to new parents at these sessions to welcome them into the home and school community. Download the Welcome to Kindergarten app for more fun and creative learning tips. More details are at: http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/psb/parents_students/wtk-sessions/
The 2017-2018 school calendar is available at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/schoolcalendar
The PEIHSF office can provide assistance to local associations on any issues related to the end-of-year winding down, from meetings to award, election of new officers, and planning for next year; email email@example.com or phone 902-620-3186 or 1-800-916-0664.
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Lisa MacDougall, president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, lives in North Rustico with her husband and two children. Her column appears in The Guardian during the school year on the first Thursday of the month. She welcomes comments from readers and information for the column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-620-3186.
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