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PEI Home and School Federation Guiding Principles for School Food

The PEI Home and School Federation is the umbrella organization of local “home and school” and “parent council” organizations in 55 schools across Prince Edward Island. We bring together parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff to promote the total well-being of children and the highest standards of education for each child in the province.

The Prince Edward Island provincial school food strategy will be a model for how all stakeholders in education can be brought together to promote their shared values for the benefit and wellbeing of all Island children. 

The strategy will be developed and nurtured through a collaboration of students, parents and guardians, government departments, primary industries, cooks and chefs. The following principles will guide the implementation of the strategy.

1.    We will create school environments that make healthy choices easiest for students. 

Discussion before decision-making

Local discussion of proposed provincial policy resolutions is one of the most important activities that home and school associations go through each year.  These resolutions on issues of broad provincial importance are the way that the parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff of home and school can speak with a collective voice and have a direct impact on education policy.

 

Resolutions will be voted on by delegates from each school at the P.E.I. Home and School Federation annual meeting on April 8. Before that can happen, however, the resolutions must be discussed at home and school meetings in each school and a local vote taken on each one to guide the school’s delegates in their voting. 

 

Extra mile awards presented to school staff

Classroom teachers, administrators, educational assistants, administration assistants, custodians, school bus drivers and crossing guards are central to every single school community in Prince Edward Island.  Each day, they come to school ready to tackle a job that is critically important, extraordinarily complex, often joyful, and, at times, heartbreaking. These key people partner with parents to help students reach their potential and become the best citizens possible, people who positively impact their communities anywhere in the world.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is celebrated annually during the second week of February in  schools across Canada.  Parents, students and others in our school communities take time to recognize the work of these individuals and the significant contribution that they make to the success of students.

Remember to say thank you: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will be celebrated Feb. 13-17

“In the new teacher she found another true and helpful friend. Miss Stacy was a bright, sympathetic young woman with the happy gift of winning and holding the affections of her pupils and bringing out the best that was in them mentally and morally. Anne expanded like a flower under this wholesome influence.” 

 

Research has shown that students who feel liked and supported by their teachers do better in school. High quality student-teacher relationships have been shown to reduce disruptive behavior, improve the ability of students to respond to stress, and increase student engagement in the classroom. A strong student-teacher relationship is also correlated with higher achievement in math, improved problem solving speed and early language acquisition. The student’s perception of “connection” to their teacher has been shown to be the single most important school-based predictor of academic growth in mathematics.

 

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.

 

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