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Letter to Editor (The Guardian)

Dear Editor:
I am writing to comment on Dave Stewart’s article, in the Guardian dated May 13, 2010, on ‘Former mayor warns more school closures coming’. I would like to take this opportunity to say that successful school boards (and organizations) are known for their transparency and effective communications. The children and parents of all School Districts require
and welcome open and unfettered dialogue within their school board.
Owen J.W. Parkhouse
President, PEI Home and School Federation

West Royalty Elementary School Staff Person Receives Extra Mile Award during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Doug Aitken, custodian, at West Royalty Elementary School was presented with the PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award by Bill Whelan, President, on February 19, 2010.
This award honours a teacher or staff person in the school system who exemplifies going the ‘extra mile’ for students to achieve both academically and socially in their young lives.
“In my twenty-eight years in the education system, I cannot think of any individual more deserving than Doug to receive this prestigious award. There are many ways that Doug supports the students, staff and parents of our school community.” says principal, Ken Gaudet, “He is well respected by everyone!”

“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

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.

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

Minister Acknowledges Work Of Home and School Associations

The following is distributed by Island Information Service at the request of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Gerard Greenan rose in the Legislature today to acknowledge the excellent work being done by Home and School associations to improve student learning.

“Parents have more influence on their children’s learning than anyone else. Home and School associations and parent groups deserve to be recognized for the excellent work they are doing to help parents become more involved their children’s learning and in their schools.”said Minister Greenan.

The PEI Home and School Federation has several innovative projects underway such as a new website that contains helpful information for parents on such topics as good homework practices, parent-teacher interview tips, and how to support student learning in intermediate and high school.

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.


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