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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.

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.

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