Projects

“He’s Not Average, He’s “Stew” - Kinkora Teacher Receives Extra Mile Award

Kevin Stewart, teacher, at Kinkora Regional High School was presented with the PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award by board official, Anna MacDonald, on February 18, 2010. Affectionately known as “Stew”, Mr. Stewart has been the Grade Nine social studies teacher at Kinkora Regional High since the mid-nineties. He is known as a “creative and effective teacher” who communicates a passion for his subject and brings out the best in each student.

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.

Home and School Federation Welcomes Parent Input On School Rezoning

The PEI Home and School Federation welcomes the Eastern School District trustees’ decision on January 27 to provide greater opportunity for parent input on school rezoning. “I am pleased that the trustees have accepted our recommendations and recognize the importance of slowing down the process to hear from parents,” said Federation President Bill Whelan.
The trustees also voted to construct new classrooms at three Charlottetown schools identified as needing extra space to accommodate incoming kindergarten students. If this new construction is approved by government, the Federation questions the timing for rezoning a subset of schools for September 2010, as recommended by the trustees. “The only effective way to look at rezoning is to consider the entire school board. A piece-wise approach will fail to achieve education and transportation goals,” said Whelan.

Update Regarding January 14/10 Letter To Eastern School Board Concerning Rezoning

 
The PEI Home and School Federation sent a letter on January 14, 2010 to Bob Clow,
Chairman of the Eastern School District Board of Trustees, requesting that the school board revise its policy on school rezoning to allow parents to be involved in the process
in more meaningful ways.
Specifically the Federation requested that the ad-hoc committee looking at rezoning be
expanded to include the principal and one parent from each of the schools to be
rezoned, and that the deadline to draft a rezoning report be extended by 2 months to
March 31, 2010.
The Federation’s position is that parents, principals and trustees need time to engage in
effective communication before a rezoning report is written. Parents must have an
opportunity to input and have their say on rezoning in a way that will have an impact on

Requests for Input - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

New Senior High School Model

The Senior High School Model (SHSM) Committee, established by the Department of Education, has produced a discussion paper containing proposals to introduce new opportunities / modes of curriculum delivery for high school students. In April 2008, the PEI Home and School Federation was invited to review this document and provide feedback to Clayton Coe with the Department of Education. Home and School Association Presidents/Co-Chairs were asked to discuss this information with their Home and School members and forward any comments to the provincial office.
Click here for the Full SHSM Paper and the Federation’s response.


Instructional Staffing Model

Fundraising Guidelines

Over the past few years the Federation has received a number of inquiries from parents and principals regarding fundraising activities undertaken by local home and school associations / parent councils. We know that parents want to be involved in their child’s school community and are willing to support projects aimed to generate funds that benefit their child’s education. The approach to fundraising varies from school to school and this has led to some uncertainty as to the role of fundraising and to the acceptable use of the money raised.

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.

Minister's Directive on Senior High School Graduations requirement - For consultation

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is proposing to revise the senior high school graduation requirements to include a pilot project that would see the number of periods increase from 4 to 5 a day, the number of credits required for graduation increase from 20 to 25 and the number of instruction hours per course decrease from 110 to 92.5 hours. The Federation is asking parents for input by October 21/09. Email your response to: peihsf@edu.pe.ca
For more information please see the Senior High School Graduation Requirements document

Tracadie Cross Consolidated School Bus Driver Receives Home and School Federation Award

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation presented a School Bus Driver of the Year Award to Leonard Mullen, bus driver for Tracadie Cross Consolidated School.
“Dear Leonard, you keep me safe every day. You are always so funny and put a smile on my face. Oh, what a wonderful bus driver you are. For so many years you have kept me safe, so thank you Leonard.” Sincerely, (Student) at Tracadie Cross Consolidated.
It is difficult to sum up in a short paragraph the wonderful contribution Leonard has made to the education system over his career that has spanned nearly four decades! He has welcomed hundreds of anxious faces to their first day of school. He carefully and conscientiously drives our children to and from school each day. He has earned the respect of his passengers through his dry wit and his concern for each student.

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