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A vision for P.E.I. education: Semi-annual meeting Oct. 24 offers chance to explore new ideas for schools

What would your school look like if you could design it? What are your dreams for the students in your school? What are the most important aspects of education to consider during the planning process? How big is your school district? Is it a small district where everyone knows your name, or is it a large district where there is access to many resources? Are there connections to other organizations or locations outside of the school? Travel? Can spaces be designed to encourage quiet reflection? Creativity? Are the spaces created to emphasize individual work, collective work, work from a distance, or other options? How are students grouped? How is success defined? What are students learning? Who should be part of the discussion? What else should be considered?

The Barbeque for Learning

At the April 2017 meeting of the Learning Partners Advisory Council, it was decided to explore the possibility of organizing a “Learn Day” in the fall of 2017

Another Working Group is responsible to organize an event in the fall, a Learning Day, or L-Day, to bring together LPAC, the Principals Council, the District Advisory Councils, and other partners and stakeholders to consider learning in the broad sense.

Based on positive experiences bringing those involved in learning together in less formal settings that was proposed for “Learn Day,” Peter Rukavina, the PEI Home and School Federation representative on the Learning Partners Advisory Council, recommended holding a summer barbeque, and a working group, chaired by Peter, was struck to organize this:

Mary O’Donnell receives school bus driver of the year award

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation presents two school bus drivers of the year awards annually to recognize the important role they play in the lives of our children each and every day. Drivers are professionally trained individuals who manage student behavior, teach school bus safety, transport our children in a safe manner to and from school, and care for the physical and emotional needs of the students in their care. Their contribution to the lives of our children is huge.

Mary O’Donnell, nominated by students, parents and school staff from Vernon River Consolidated School, received a 2017 School Bus Driver of the Year Award on June 27th. She is known for her kindness, care and respect for the students who ride on her bus and represents all school bus drivers across Prince Edward Island. 

Dana Doyle receives Crossing Guard of the Year

June 16, 2017, Charlottetown –– The PEI Home and School Federation presented a School Crossing Guard of the Year with a recognition award.

Dana Doyle, Prince Street Elementary School crossing guard, received the Federation’s School Crossing Guard of the Year Award for her dedicated and responsible service in keeping students safe as they travel to and from school each day.

Students expressed their appreciation for Dana by writing love letters to her saying “Dana is the best crossing guard in history! You are a loving friend inside and out.”

It is important to highlight the work of crossing guards.  They are the unsung heroes of the public education system, working outside in all types of weather, literally placing themselves in the path of traffic to shepherd school children.  Because they work outside of the school, they are often forgotten in other recognition efforts in the school system.


Souris Regional school bus driver receives recognition

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation recognized Douglas Morrow from Souris Regional School with a 2017 School Bus Driver Award.

Mr. Morrow was nominated by students, parents and school staff.  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.

“It is safe to say that being a bus driver is not always an easy job. However, Doug does it with a great sense of pride, responsibility and patience. I know that when Mr. Morrow decides to retire he will be greatly missed by the entire Souris Regional School community.” says Krystal Jamieson, parent.

Learning must continue


In the past year, I have witnessed or taken part in many conversations about education and schooling in Prince Edward Island- from one end of the island to the other. These conversations sent a strong and clear message that the education of our young people is a No. 1 priority for Islanders.

Even during times of change, it is critical that childrens’ learning continues to be the primary focus of all the players in our education system.

In recognition of the excellent work of students, the P.E.I. Home and School Federation awards prizes in two provincial fairs. This years’ winners of the  Family Heritage Fair Prize  at the P.E.I. Heritage Fair are: “Yeo Shipbuilders” by Will Yeo (L.M. Montgomery Elementary, grade 5) and “The Outlaws in my Lineage” by Nicolas Dickieson (Immanuel Christian School, grade 7).

Mental Health supports, School Food, Collaboration discussed at Atlantic Caucus

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Members of the Atlantic Caucus of Home & School Associations/School Council Federations held a very productive meeting in Fredericton NB on May 13, 2017.

Representatives from the Home & School Federations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils met to discuss priority issues in education and share ideas and concerns impacting schools in their respective provinces.

The meeting was chaired by Leola Langille, President of New Brunswick Federation of Home and School Associations Inc.  The meeting provided the opportunity for each representative to discuss new education initiatives, provide updates on current policies and programs, as well as celebrate the successes happening in schools throughout Atlantic Canada.

The "meat" is in resolutions: P.E.I. Home and School Federation holds AGM

On April 8th, 120 delegates and guests attended the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.

Discussions focused on how all partners in education can work together to ensure an equitable education for all Island students. The agenda included presentations on flexible learning, school food, and citizen engagement, and featured a demonstration of a collaborative workshop facilitated by our Dr. Helen MacDonald Scholars. The results of the workshop have been posted on our website.


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