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Submission to English Language School Board on Draft "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. The following was the response of the PEI Home and School Federation:

Fred Osborne, Chair
English Language School Board
PO Box 8600,
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 8V7

Dear Chair Osborne,

I am writing on behalf of the PEI Home and School Federation to provide you with feedback on the draft “Proposed Board Governance Policy - School Change.”  Our member associations have been encouraged to offer you additional feedback, sensitive to local school concerns, and you may receive this, in addition, directly from those associations.

Time to Start Thinking About Resolutions!

Policy resolutions are the Home & School superpower: the way that our network of parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff can effect policy and operations in the education system by speaking with a powerful collective voice.

Our Leadership Training Workshops, being held this week and next in locations across the province, include a workshop on writing resolutions, and we include two slide presentations, one on the “ins and outs” of writing and submitting resolutions, and the other a review of the 2014-2015 that was presented to the English Language School Board.

Bringing together education partners to start off the school year...

We were happy to organize a successful event this afternoon at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown that saw the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, the chairs of the English and French language school boards, the Superintendent of the English Language School Board, the President of the PEI Teachers Federation, the heads of the CUPE Local 3260 (Educational Assistants, Youth Service Workers, Student Attendants and Work Place Assistants), CUPE Local 1145 (School Bus Drivers and Mechanics) and CUPE Local 1775 (School Cleaning and Maintenance) and selected trustees and senior staff together for an informal coffee-and-biscuits meeting.

Make the most of the annual meet-the-staff night

In the weeks to come, as we begin this new school year, the yearly “meet the staff” night will be held at each school across the province.  “Meet the staff,” though, is a misnomer, for these events are as much an opportunity for staff to meet families as they are for families to meet staff. If home and school is, at its core, about the ongoing conversation among parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff, then these meetings are an important start to that conversation, an opportunity for setting the scene for a year of engagement.

In this spirit, all members of the school community are encouraged to rethink “meet the staff” night and to create opportunities, beyond “everyone gathers in the gym to hear about when the bells ring” toward building the relationships upon which successful home and school partnerships are built.

Education and Engagement Coordinator

The PEI Home and School Federation (PEIHSF), the umbrella organization representing parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff at English language schools in the province, is seeking an Education and Engagement Coordinator, a part-time, 30 hours per week position responsible for coordinating the federation’s Parent Leadership Grant Program, for spearheading action on the federation’s policy resolutions, and for offering general administrative and operational assistance to the Ex

When all of the partners in public education work together, great things are possible...

The following opinion piece appeared in The Guardian newspaper on June 26, 2015.

If I have learned anything in my 8 years of involvement with Home & School, it’s that public education is a complicated system with many moving parts: issues that appear simple – “let’s extend the school day by 30 minutes,” for example – are, in truth, a complex thicket of issues ranging from bus routes to union agreements to after-school childcare to the provincial budget.

What gives me great hope is that when all of the partners in public education – parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, unions, boards, department – work together, great things are possible.

Queen Elizabeth Elementary school bus driver receives recognition

Press Release: 

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation recognized Steven Waugh, Bus #584 from Queen Elizabeth Elementary School with a 2015 School Bus Driver Award.

Mr. Waugh was nominated by students, parents and staff at Queen Elizabeth Elementary. He carries out his duties with kindness, consideration and respect for all students in his care and represents all school bus drivers across Prince Edward Island. 

“Steven goes above and beyond to be kind to, supportive of, and above all else, protective of the children on his bus every day. He made a huge difference in Wyatt’s attitude towards travelling to school and I am so thankful for him.” says Darby McCormick, parent.

Spring Park Elementary school bus driver receives recognition

                               

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation recognized Danny Murnaghan, Bus #157 from Spring Park Elementary School with a 2015 School Bus Driver Award.

Danny was nominated by students, parents and staff at Spring Park School. He  carries out his duties with kindness, consideration and respect for all students in his care and represents all school bus drivers across Prince Edward Island. 

“I am very pleased by the attention and care he shows for the students who ride his bus.  This is especially important for young children who are in their first year of taking the bus.” says Patricia Devine, parent.

Retirees honoured for their service

This month will see the retirement of many employees that Home and School members have had in their daily lives for many years: 43 teachers, 10 cleaners and custodians, 9 bus drivers, 9 educational assistants and youth service workers, 7 administrative assistants, and 2 board office staff from the English Language School Board.  All were honoured with a dinner in late May hosted by the board. 

Home and School associations are encouraged to ask their school administrators for the names of staff retiring from their school and to recognize these retirements locally. Recognition at graduation or school closing events, a card and gift, or a collection of notes of appreciation from students are among the ways to recognize retiring staff. 

Provincial Heritage Fair Home and School Award Winners

The PEI Home and School Federation is happy to announce the winners of the 2015 Home and School Federation Special Prizes, awarded today at the Provincial Heritage Fair.

Each year two Home and School Federation Special Prizes are awarded to Heritage Fair projects selected from those on the topic of “family heritage,” reflecting the Federation's commitment to family engagement in education.

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