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Atlantic Caucus of Home and School/ School Councils Meet in Fredericton, NB.

The 9th Annual Atlantic Caucus of Home and School/School Council Federations meeting took place in Fredericton, NB on the weekend of October 29th, 2011. 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. Various topics of mutual concern were discussed over the two-day meeting, including the following items.

The Atlantic Caucus is pleased with Health Canada’s Proposed Approach to Managing Caffeinated Energy Drinks, and while it believes that this is a step in the right direction, it is not enough. In line with the Canadian Home and School Federation, we continue to call upon the Federal Health Minister and Health Canada to restrict the sale of energy drinks and energy boosting products to persons over the legal age of majority.

Letter to Minister McIsaac Regarding Looking For Efficiencies in the Education System

The Atlantic Caucus of Home and School/School Councils met in October 2011. Delegates decided to call upon government and school officials to look at department and board spending in each Atlantic province. We are challenging and encouraging our departments of education officials to search for efficiencies in the system and redirect these funds into the classroom.
See the Federation’s letter and see Minister's response

Call for Extra Mile Award Nominations to Recognize Teachers/Staff Personnel

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation is now accepting nominations for the Extra Mile Award. This award recognizes teachers and/or staff personnel who exemplify going the extra mile, over and above the call of duty, in Prince Edward Island’s public education system.
“We have many great educators and staff personnel in our school system who are unsung heros.” says Owen Parkhouse, President. “The evidence of going the extra mile in assisting a student to achieve academically, socially or in other areas of school life is important to the total well-being of the child/youth and is worthy of recognition.”
The PEI Home and School Federation highly regards these people in our education system and knows that all the extras given by an individual should not go unnoticed.

What Is Working In Other Provinces and Countries Regarding PISA Performance

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results which were released on December 7th, 2010 is a wake-up call for Prince Edward Island. Despite the good showing of Canada overall, PEI placed at the bottom of the list amongst all of the provinces. Everyone has a shared responsibility in the education and performance of our children not least of whom are parents. The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation (PEIHSF) looks forward to meeting with the Education and Early Childhood Development Minister, Doug Currie, in the near future to look at what is working in the other provinces and other countries to forge a strategy to bring PEI to the top of the list.
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Home and School Lost Confidence in Board of Trustees of the ESD

At the November 25, 2010 meeting of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, board members discussed, at length, the Eastern School District Board of Trustees’ recent November public meeting and their current decision to cancel meetings over the next month.

It was determined that a statement be forwarded to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development requesting that this issue be resolved.

The statement is as follows:
“The PEI Home and School Federation has lost confidence in the Board of Trustees of the Eastern School District. The Board needs to be functional, accountable and more accessible to the public. At present this is not the case and it is vital that this issue be resolved.”

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Letter to Minister Currie regarding Eastern School Board of Trustees

At the November 25, 2010 meeting of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, board members discussed, at length, the Eastern School Board of Trustees’ recent November 17, 2010 public meeting and their current decision to cancel meetings over the next month.
See the Federation's letter.

Home and School President Shocked At Dysfunction Of Eastern School Board

The president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation says he was shocked at the steamrolling conduct exhibited during an Eastern School Board meeting here Wednesday night and will request an investigation by the Minister of Education. “I was totally distressed by what happened and I don’t think I was the only one,’’ said Owen Parkhouse who made a presentation… more (The Guardian)

Eastern School District Rezoning Process

Response The PEI Home and School Federation receives response from the newly appointed trusee, Patsy MacLean regarding board-wide rezoning.
See ESD letter from Official Trustee, March 23, 2011

The PEI Home and School Federation strongly urges the Board of School Trustees to begin the process of rezoning the Eastern School District (ESD) as recommended in the School Organization Plan released on January 7, 2009.
See Federation's Letter, October 14/10

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.”
Click here for full story….(Journal Pioneer)

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