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New School Calendar Resources from English Language School Board

Staff at the English Language School Board have worked hard over the last year to develop a standardized system for the board and its schools to maintain school calendar information.

The result is a new School Calendars page on the board's website, with a customized calendar for each school.

There's also a calendar that shows a list of all the events on all the calendars for all the schools, something that provides a great “bird's eye view” of the diversity of activities happening in Island schools.

Home and School and the Learning Partners Advisory Council

In the November 5, 2015 announcement of changes to education governance in the province, in addition to the Family of Schools District Advisory Councils, the Premier announced the formation of a Learning Partners Advisory Council, a coaltion to take a broader, longer-term look at education – both before, during, and after public school.

In a letter of November 27, 2015, Premier MacLauchlan and Bill Whelan, who will act as co-chairs, invited PEI Home and School Federation to select a representative to the Council.

Making a commitment: There are plenty of ways for parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, staff to get involved

With the changes to education governance announced by Premier MacLauchlan and Hon. Hal Perry, Minister of Education, on November 5, 2015, home and school members – parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff at schools across the province – have new opportunities for engagement with and influence over the conduct of public education. It is both an exciting time, and one which will require new levels of commitment to the values that home and school has always held dear.

The most immediate action required by home and schools is the selection of a representative to the new Family of Schools District Advisory Councils.

Presentation to English Language School Board

At the regular monthly meeting of the English Language School Board held November 24, 2015 at Stratford Board Office, Peter Rukavina, President, PEI Home and School Federation made the following remarks in a presentation to the Official Trustee:

Trustee Hood, Superintendent Fleet, Board staff,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this evening on behalf of the PEI Home and School Federation.  We wanted to take a few minutes to update the Board on our current projects and concerns.

Provincial School Lunch Program

This April our members unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a Provincial School Lunch Program, under which every student in every school on the Island would be provided with a healthy lunch at no cost.

The Learning Partnership, District Advisory Councils and Home and School

By now you’ve no doubt heard about the changes to the way education is governed and organized in Prince Edward Island announced this morning by Premier MacLauchlan.

The new model, dubbed the “Learning Partnership,” has some significant implications for home and school associations.

Productive discussions at semi-annual association meeting

Forty-eight members of home and school associations from across the province, along with 18 guests from the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, the English Language School Board, education sector unions and others gathered at Three Oaks Senior High School on October 20, 2015 for the Semi-Annual Meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation.

English Language School Board adopts new School Change policy

The English Language School Board released a Proposed Board Governance Policy - School Change in June 2015 and offered the public an opportunity to comment until October 2, 2015. PEI Home and School Federation submitted feedback in advance of the deadline, and the board went on to formally adopt the policy at its meeting on October 27, 2015.

The followed sections of the policy were changed between the draft policy and the policy that was adopted, based on feedback provided by PEI Home and School Federation:

Feedback from 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting

The Federation held our Semi-Annual Meeting at Three Oaks Senior High School on October 20, 2015. The meeting was attended by 48 members and 18 guests and, beyond the business meeting, the heart of the event was a series of three roundtable discussions: a dialogue with Hon. Hal Perry, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture and his Deputy Minister Susan Willis; a dialogue with Chair Osborne and trustees from the English Language School Board, and a conversation led by Katie MacDonald who works with Communications PEI on education-related communications.

Feedback

A feedback form was circulated with the meeting kits, and 41 members submitted feedback. A summary of the feedback received follows:

Building relationships: Details announced for semi-annual meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation

Over the past month at schools across P.E.I., Home and School members have gathered for leadership training workshops, workshops focused on helping our local home and school associations become even more effective.

 

Home and School is a broad-based movement of parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff; to be an effective forum, local associations need local leaders, leaders who know how to run a meeting, keep track of the money, build relationships. Its those skills that our workshops have been focused on.

 

It’s that final point – building relationships – that will be the focus of this year’s Semi-Annual Meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, being held at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.

 

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