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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.

Leaders Debate on Education (Audio and Questions)

As part our our Annual General Meeting, we held a Leaders Debate on Education on April 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the leaders of the Green, Liberal, NDP and PC parties on hand to respond to questions from our member parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff. More information about the debate planning and format can be found here.


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