Initiatives

What Do Cigarettes, Alcohol and Red Bull Have In Common?

Group calls for energy drink restriction.
Some 'drinks are getting to toxic levels' doctor says. Young people soon won't be able to purchase any of them if the Canadian Home and School Federation has anything to say about it. The federation intends to renew efforts to ban the sale of so-called energy drinks to people under the legal age of majority due to health concerns over beverages such as Red Bull and Rockstar.

“It's our position that they should not be sold to minors because they have such high concentrations of caffeine,” said Owen Parkhouse, president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation. “I think it can develop into as bad a problem as cigarettes and alcohol, but caffeine is more of a socially acceptable addiction.”
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National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week February 14 - 20, 2010

For the twenty-second consecutive year, Home and School Associations and Parent Councils across Canada are celebrating National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week which will be held February 14-20, 2010. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week has become established as an annual celebration in support of teachers and other members of the school staff such as school secretaries, school nurses, teachers assistants, guidance counselors, custodians and bus drivers.

Atlantic Home and School / School Council Caucus Meets In St. John's Newfoundland

The 7th Annual Atlantic Caucus of Home and School/School Council Federations meeting took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on the weekend of October 17, 2009. Representatives from the Home and School Federations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Federation of School Councils in Newfoundland Labrador participated in the meeting.
There was discussion on a variety of topics during the meeting and general consensus on the position of each provincial association regarding parental involvement in school; use of energy drinks by children and youth; and the need for consistency in school fees across the Atlantic region.
The Atlantic Home and School Caucus would like to see a high level of Parental Involvement in school-based activities. While parental involvement is occurring at some level at all schools, parents need to feel welcome at school, and strategies need to be developed to break down the barriers and include all parents.

The PEI Home and School Federation Offers Funding For Parents To Participate In Their Children's Learning

The following is distributed by Island Information Service at the request of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the PEI Home and School Federation. Home and School Federation Offers Funding for Parents to Participate in their Children’s Learning
New funding is now available to support parents who want to become more involved in their children’s learning, says Bill Whelan, president of the PEI Home and School Federation.

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