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Provincial Lunch Program Resolution Updated

The resolution from Montague Consolidated School Home and School Association and Montague Regional High School Parent Council calling for the establishment of a Provincial Lunch Program has been updated following from a meeting with the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance and some additional research spurred by the meeting. The resolution has been broadened to include all children, and the “whereas” clauses have been supplemented with additional references.

The resolution is now titled Establish a Provincial School Lunch Program for All Island Children and this revised version is the one that should be discussed and voted on at your local meetings, and that will be brought forward at our Annual General Meeting on April 11, 2015.

Bloomfield Elementary Brainstorming Workshop Notes

A “brainstorming workshop” was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Bloomfield Elementary School, one of a series of three such workshops scheduled for this winter to allow home and school members to reflect on larger issues in education where we can work to bring about change (notes from earlier sessions at Montague Consolidated, Spring Park Elementary, and Elm Street Elementary are available).

In attendance were parents and guardians from Bloomfield Elementary along with two of the school's teachers and the school principal.

The mandate presented to the group was to identify current issues in education, focusing on broader practical and policy issues rather than immediate ones.

A Philosophy of Public Education for Prince Edward Island Schools

In November of 1989 the “Philosophy Committee” struck by then-Minister of Education Paul Connolly presented its final report. The Minister established the commitee in the fall of 1988 “to undertake a revision of the statement of philosophy and goals for the province's public school system.” The 12-member committee included representations from the Department of Education, School Administrators of PEI, the PEI School Trustees' Association. the PEI Teachers' Federation, the PEI Home and School Federation, the University of PEI and Holland College. It consulted broadly, holding 13 meetings and a set of public hearings.

Annual General Meeting: April 11, 2015

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s 62nd Annual General Meeting & Convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 8:45 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Plans are in place for a meeting with networking, sharing best practices, and new learning initiatives workshops in the afternoon for Home and School delegates.

Any parent, guardian, teacher, administrator or staff person at any PEIHSF member school is invited to the meeting with each member school appointing five (5) individuals to attend as voting delegates. Local Home and Schools are encouraged to pay registration fees, travel and accommodation (if applicable) expenses for their delegates to ensure there are fewer barriers to attending.

Barbie MacQuarrie, 2015 Extra Mile Award Winner at Spring Park Elementary

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to present three Extra Mile Awards during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  This award is given to a Island school teacher or staff person who demonstrates going “above and beyond the call of duty” making significant contribution to the lives of Island students in a positive and caring way.

In 2015 the Federation awarded three Extra Mile Awards, and the second honouree was Barbie MacQuarrie, Administrative Assistant at Spring Park Elementary School.

Here are comments from people in the Spring Park Elementary community:

Kate MacSwain, 2015 Extra Mile Award Winner at Souris Regional School

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to present three Extra Mile Awards during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  This award is given to a Island school teacher or staff person who demonstrates going “above and beyond the call of duty” making significant contribution to the lives of Island students in a positive and caring way.

In 2015 the Federation awarded three Extra Mile Awards, and the first honouree was Kate MacSwain, Behaviour Resource Specialist at Souris Regional School.

Here are comments from people in the Souris Regional School community:

Elm Street Elementary Brainstorming Workshop Notes

A “brainstorming workshop” was held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Elm Street Elementary School in Summerside, one of a series of three such workshops scheduled for this week to allow home and school members to reflect on larger issues in education where we can work to affect change (notes from an earlier sessions at Montague Consolidated and Spring Park Elementary are available).

In attendance were home and school members from Elm Street Elementary, Parkside Elementary and Three Oaks Senior High.

Summerside Brainstorming Workshop Rescheduled to February 10

The Summerside  “brainstorming workshops,” where home & school members will gather to identify and discuss important educational issues where PEIHSF can affect change has been delayed due to weather and will now be held Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m., Elm Street Elementary School. No pre-registration is required.

"Our objective is to meet the needs of every pupil in accordance with his particular abilities, aptitudes, interests and personality"

In June of 1968, PEI Minister of Education Gordon Bennett sent a letter to Kenneth MacLean, President of the Rural Development Council, inviting his group's participation in a “Consultative Committee” on education. The mandate of the committee was broad and the approach consultative:

The Department of Education and its co-partners - the teachers, trustees and parents - have done much over the past ten years to up date and up grade the quality and content of education, in spite of insurmountable financial problems. For the first time, given an adequate budget, the Department of Education, with the assistance and cooperation of all sectors of the province will be able to develop a total plan to meet the educational needs of our time.

Take the time to ask - Specific requests make it easier for people to commit as volunteers

When home and school members get together to talk about the challenges in their schools, at the top of the list is often the how to engage more families in home and school activities. 

Depending on the school and the year, sometimes this is expressed as a concern about the relatively small number of parents, guardians, teachers and staff who come to regular Home and School meetings, sometimes it’s about the challenge of trying to muster any interest in home and school at all, and sometimes it’s the problem of trying to run Home and School-managed projects, like breakfast programs, without sufficient volunteers.

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