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Tool Kits Help Support Parent Engagement

A new tool kit is now available to support parents who want to become more involved in their children’s learning and school community, says Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Alan McIsaac.

“The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation created a tool kit filled with excellent information for parents,” said Minister McIsaac. “Parents play an important role in our education system. The Parent Engagement Tool Kit serves as a guide to parent-led, school-partnered projects that help better student learning and community involvement.”

The Federation is providing two kits per school – one kit for the Home and School Association and one for the school. Funding for this resource is a part of the Parent Engagement funding from the Prince Edward Island Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The Canadian Home and School Federation (CHSF) held its Semi-Annual Board Meeting 10th - 13th of November in Ottawa.

The Directors attended the National Remembrance Day Ceremony and laid a wreath on behalf of the Parents of Canada. Discussions at the Board Meeting centered on giving Canadian parents a stronger voice for matters pertaining to our children and youth. Items that were discussed include:
· the establishment of a Secretary of State for Children and Youth;
· Bill C-11 which concerns the Copyright Modernization Act;
· drafting a letter petitioning the Ministers of Health (federal & provincial) to restrict the sale of energy drinks to children and youth under the age of majority in their respective provinces;
· finalizing arrangements for the National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week which will be held 12th-18th of February 2012.

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.
For more information, please contact us.

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.”

For further information, please contact us.
 

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.

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