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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.

Plan now for next year

May is a good month for home and school associations to reflect, take stock, and to work to make sure the transition to the next school year is a smooth one for parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff.

The focused discussions on provincial policy resolutions that took place in the months leading up to our Annual Meeting in April are done. The resolutions that passed at the Annual Meeting are on the PEIHSF website, and they will now be forwarded to the English Language School Board and to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for response.  The provincial board will be also be working to move the resolutions forward, organizing meetings and seeking input, and local members are encouraged to join in this effort. 

An update on the progress on ensuring all of the resolutions are acted on will be provided to members at the Semi-Annual Meeting in the fall.

Resolutions Presented to English Language School Board

The nine resolutions adopted to delegates at our 2015 Annual General Meeting were presented to trustees at the April 28, 2015 meeting of the English Language School Board.

The slides presented to trustees, which summarize each resolution, are available online for review.

We have requested a formal written response from the trustees, as per tradition in previous years, and have offered to meet with the trustees or with the Superintendent and her staff to discuss context and implementation details of any resolution.

Election Questions for Candidates

As part of the Annual General Meeting of PEIHSF, delegates collaboratively developed questions for a “Leaders Debate on Education.” The questions were then collated and boiled down to 11 questions that were asked to the candidates. This document contains all of the questions that were developed; we also have a printable version that you can distribute to members of your school community.

Food and Nutrition

Food insecurity: we know it impacts how children learn. We know it touches every school in the English Language School Board. How do you propose to address it?

We don’t give up on kids

The following appear as an opinion piece in The Guardian on April 15, 2015.

The right education must be offered to every student

Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff from schools across Prince Edward Island gathered in Charlottetown last week for the 62nd annual general meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.

The meeting included the discussion of and voting on policy resolutions brought forward by local associations, the collaborative development of questions for a Leaders Debate on Education, and workshops on a variety of topics.

The common themes that tied together all of our activities were equity and communication.

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