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Reminder to submit resolutions by January 31

Resolutions submission deadline:  January 31, 2017

Every spring at the Annual General Meeting delegates consider resolutions proposed by local home and school associations and by the provincial board. Resolutions that are passed are forwarded to designated bodies (Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Public Schools Branch, etc.) for response.

Nominate school staff for Extra Mile Award by Jan. 13th

Extra Mile Award

This award recognizes teachers and/or staff personnel, who exemplify going the extra mile - over and above the call of duty.

  • Nominations Due: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Awards Yearly: Two (one east, one west)
  • Awarded: During Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week in February 
  • Find more details: http://peihsf.ca/extramile

 

 

Time for reflection: January is a good time to reaffirm belief in potential of children

Even if you are not one to make New Years’ resolutions, January is a good time to reflect on your situation and set your intentions for the year to come. Research in neuroscience over the past decades has shown us that the human brain is more capable of change than we ever thought possible, even into adulthood.  How we use our brains every day shapes and molds them, so practicing new behaviours and new habits patiently over time really can change the way the brain is wired. The new year is a good time to consider the power of new beginnings and to reaffirm our belief in the potential of our children, to change, learn and grow.

 

Home and School News Update, January 2017

 

1.         2017 Extra Mile Awards
Nominate a school staff person (i.e. teacher, education assistant, administrative assistant, custodian)  for the PEI Home and School Federation's Extra Mile Award.  Submission deadline: January 13, 2017 .  Find more details at:  http://peihsf.ca/extramile
 

2.         Affecting Change in PEI’s Education System
Resolutions submission deadline
is January 31, 2017 for issues to be considered at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Convention on April 8th. Assistance with writing resolutions is available online at http://peihsf.ca/agm/resolutions or from the Federation office at peihsf@edu.pe.ca or (902) 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664. 
 

Islanders invited to raise issues through resolution process

At the September Board meeting of the Provincial Home and School Federation, we held a group discussion around the questions “What do we mean by academic achievement?” and “What is it about grade 12 education that is important to parents?”

 

Our Board Members described a school system that produces well-rounded and engaged citizens who have interpersonal skills and the ability to do whatever they want to do in the future. They envisioned inclusive environments that offer different and interesting learning trajectories for different students- not a “cookie cutter” approach. They believe that success is different for every child and that the education system should “foster their passions.”

 

School communities have opportunity to provide input for change

A second set of public meetings around the review of schools is taking place over the next week. These meetings are intended to give school communities an opportunity to provide input on options for change. Input can also be submitted online or through small group presentations. Details can be found on the Department’s Better Learning for All webpage. Although change has been a constant in Island schools over the past few decades, somehow, the change that is in the air right now seems larger and filled with more interesting possibilities.

 

Chef Tony Geraci Talking to Students about Food

The core of Chef Tony Geraci's approach to school food is an unshakable belief in the power of students.

The power of students to talk about food. To understand food. To come up with plans for better food.

The power of students to read and understand labels. To know what whole grains are. To wonder why the apples they drive by on the way to school aren't the apples they're served in the cafeteria.

In his travels to Prince Edward Island schools this week, that's the message Tony's been delivering to students: you have the power to change school food.

So far Tony's visited Kinkora Regional High School, where he talked to a group of engaged students about how they're growing food on school property, and cooking it up to serve to their peers.

Cafeteria Food Services Request for Proposals, 2013

In May of 2013 the English Language School Board (now known as Public Schools Branch) issued a Request for Proposals for the Provision of Cafeteria Food Services. The RFP mentions the cafeteria food services for

  • Athena Consolidated
  • Birchwood Intermediate
  • Bluefield High
  • Charlottetown Rural High
  • Colonel Gray High
  • East Wiltshire Intermediate
  • Hernewood Intermediate
  • Kensignton Intermediate/Sr High
  • Kinkora High School
  • M. E. Callaghan Intermediate
  • Montague Regional High
  • Queen Charlotte Intermediate
  • Souris Regional High
  • Stonepark Intermediate
  • Summerside Intermediate
  • Westisle Composite High

but also mentions that the contract could by “for all schools or any number of individual schools.”

Chef Tony Geraci visits Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves

On the afternoon of October 23, 2016, Chef Tony Geraci was honoured to be invited to tour Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves on the Abegweit First Nation.

Chef Geraci is on Prince Edward Island for a week at the invitation of the PEI Home and School Federation; he is visiting many individuals and groups involved in growing, processing, preparing and eating food, and the visit to Epekwitk Gardens provided him with an opportunity to see up close how healthy local food is being produced at scale through community initiative. In conversations with Chief Brian Francis, staff and volunteers of the project, and members of the local community, he was able to share his own experiences with community-scale agriculture, and to suggest ways in which the Epekwitk Gardens could become part of the Island-side school food system.

Premier MacLauchlan Cooks with Chef Tony Geraci

This past Sunday, October 23, Premier Wade MacLauchlan graciously hosted Chef Tony Geraci to cook with him and his partner Duncan McIntosh at The Mill in New Glasgow.

The meal they cooked – from a variety of local, healthy ingredients – was shared by a small group of home and school volunteers around a table where local, healthy school food was the topic of the day.

Chef Geraci is on Prince Edward Island this week at the invitation of the PEI Home and School Federation to shine light on our project to introduce a universal school lunch program to the Island's schools; he has done this in other jurisdictions, and is here to share his insights and experiences with Islanders.

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