Home and School

Home and School News – April 2018

1.  Registration is open for the PEI Home and School Federation’s 65th Annual General Meeting, April 14, 2018.

Annual General Meetings Details | Register Online | Review the proposed Policy Resolutions

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. Membership fees must be paid to allow voting privileges to voting delegates. Ensure that your Home & School is represented at the AGM. You are encouraged to pay registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses for your delegates to reduce barriers to attending. Call for more details: 620-3186 or 1-800-916-0664

2.       Resolutions

Resolutions will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting, April 14th. Presidents received the complete text of resolutions by post to share/review with members. Review the proposed Policy Resolutions
Please discuss and vote on these resolutions at your next home and school meeting: your voting delegates should reflect the opinions of the parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff in your school.


  1. Awards

School Crossing Guard of the Year Award: This award recognizes a school crossing guard on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our walking students safe.
Nominations deadline: April 27th.  Details are online at: http://peihsf.ca/awards

School Bus Driver of the Year Award: This award recognizes school bus drivers on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school each day.
Nominations deadline: May 11th  Details are online at:  http://peihsf.ca/awards


  1. Welcome to Kindergarten Program
    The Welcome to Kindergarten Program is designed to help prepare preschoolers for a positive start to their school journey. Parents and their children attend spring Welcome to Kindergarten orientation sessions at their schools, where they receive early learning and literacy resources and learn how to use them at home. Since 2004, more than 450,000 children and families in Canada have taken part in Welcome to Kindergarten orientations.  Welcome to Kindergarten spring session dates.


  1. Science Fair Winners of PEIHSF Specialty Prizes Congratulations

– Madelyn MacPherson & Enya Burnett, Summerside Intermediate, Gr. 7, Fishy, Fishy, Fishy, Fertilizer

– Elliott Shea, Alberton Elementary, Gr. 6, Effects of Smoking

Photos are posted at: http://peihsf.ca/content/2018-pei-science-fair-home-school-prizes-awarded



~ National Volunteer Week: Celebrate the value of volunteering April 15-21, 2018.

~ Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching deadline: April 1st. Cash prizes for individuals / schools. Contact Joanne at:  jdawson@canadashistory.ca or 1-866-952-3444  or go to:    http://www.canadashistory.ca/Explore/Awards/Know-a-Teacher-Who-Made-a-Difference

~ Canadian Mental Health Association and Island First Aid Services will be hosting a 2-day Mental Health First Aid – Adults who Interact with Youth Workshop on April 9 – 10, 2018, 14 Myrtle Street, Stratford, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Mental Health First Aid Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy. Contact Les Wagner 436-7399 / 853-4180

~Creating Respectful Learning Environments for All Gender Identities and Sexualities: Starting with the premise that every learner has the right to a respectful, welcoming and safe learning environment, this 15 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A will review evidence-based best practices for creating and maintaining inclusive learning environments for all students, without regard to sexual orientation and or gender identity or expression. Contact: Tom Hilton, Education Project Officer, PEI Human Rights Commission thilton@peihumanrights.ca  p/ 902.368.4180 or 1.800.2375031 (PEI only).

Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director
PO Box 1012 Charlottetown PE C1A 7M4
Street deliveries only:  40 Enman Crescent C1E 1E6
Phone:  620-3186  Fax:  620-3187
Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only)

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“A school needs to be a place for all children, not based on the idea that they are all the same, but that they are all different.”

Home and School News Update, January 2018


  1. 2018 Extra Mile Awards

Nominate a school staff person (i.e. teacher, education / admin assistant, custodian) for the

PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award. Submission deadline is: January 12,

  1. 2018. More details are online at: http://peihsf.ca/extramile



  1. Resolutions: Affecting Change in PEI’s Education System

Resolutions submission deadline is January 31, 2018 for issues to be considered at the 65th Annual Meeting & Convention on April 8th, 2018. Assistance with writing resolutions is available. Contact the Federation office at (902) 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / peihsf@edu.pe.ca



  1. 2018 Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher-Staff Appreciation Week will be celebrated February 12 – 16, 2018. Home and schools are encouraged to find ways of saying thank you to all staff members for the contributions they make to the lives of our children during this week.



  1. President’s Reports

Presidents of Home and School Associations are asked to submit a one page annual report outlining your local Home and School Association’s activities for the 2017-2018 school year. These reports are inserted into the Annual Book of Reports. If you have questions and/or need assistance, contact the Federation office at: 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664. Please send your report to us at: peihsf@edu.pe.ca by February 28, 2018.



  1. Save the date for Annual Meeting & Convention

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation will hold its 65th Annual Meeting & Convention on Saturday, April 14, 2018. All Home and Schoolers are invited to attend with each association asked to designate five attendees as your school’s voting delegates. You are encouraged to include teachers, administrators and staff as delegates.



EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD 2018 (CLOSES APRIL 30, 2018): Education 20/20 Inc. is offering an Excellence in Education Award in the amount of$2,500 for the purpose of supporting and encouraging a quality education for Prince Edward Islanders. More at: http://education2020.ca/



Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director
PO Box 1012 Charlottetown PE C1A 7M4
Street deliveries only:  40 Enman Crescent C1E 1E6
Phone:  620-3186  Fax:  620-3187
Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only)

November 28, 2017


  • 2018 Recognition Awards
    Nominate a deserving individual such as school staff, Home and School volunteer, school bus driver or school crossing guard for provincial recognition in 2018. Four award nomination deadlines are:
    Extra Mile Award of the Year January 12, 2018

Volunteer of the Year                         March 9, 2018

Life Membership                                 March 9, 2018

School Crossing Guard of the Year    April 27, 2018

School Bus Driver of the Year           May 11, 2018

 School Staff Appreciation Week 2018

  • School staff will be celebrated across Canada February 12 – 16, 2018 during Staff Appreciation Week. Home and School groups are encouraged to show appreciation to school staff for the contributions they make to our children and their education.

Deadline to submit a resolution for consideration at the 2018 AGM is January 31, 2018.
Consider issues needing change in PEI’s education system and write a resolution on that issue by referring to our guide to writing and presenting resolutions and to the slides from the Leadership Training Workshop session on resolutions Review previous resolutions and responses from government departments at: http://peihsf.ca/agm Contact us for assistance: 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 or peihsf@edu.pe.ca

  • Membership Fees

Send your Home and School’s membership fee to the Federation office by November 30th. Click here Membership Fee Form to download the form.

 65th Annual Meeting & Convention

Mark your 2018 calendars….PEI Home and School Federation’s 65th Annual Meeting & Conference, Saturday, April 14, 2018, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI.

  • Food Education Grants

Congratulations to schools and community groups who received Community Food Security and Food Education projects including East Wiltshire, Charlottetown Rural, Morell High, Morell Consolidated, Westisle, and Tignish.

 Report on State of Public Health in Canada

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer Public Health Agency of Canada released her Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2017: Designing Healthy Living on Oct. 26, 2017.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-unravelling-the-food-health-nexus-building-a-healthier-food-system-tickets-39999601886?

  Best wishes of the holiday season

to you and your family!







All ages working together: People who have vision and ideas meet up with those who have been tasked to make these visions a reality.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators, architects and other community members were led through an exercise in collaboration last Tuesday night. We invited a diverse group of people to our semi-annual meeting: both people who have vision and ideas about the way things should be, and people who have been tasked to make these visions a reality. We were most interested in what happens when the two come together. How do we find ways of working together well? Participants were asked to work together to design a new school and the discussions were lively! People were particularly creative in the task of naming their school: school names included Launchpad to Life, Windsor Heights Community School, Respect, and School of Life.

The greatest impact of the evening came from the participation of twelve students from East Wiltshire Intermediate School, who included their strong voices in our school designs. I would like to thank those students and their principal, Mr. Windsor Wight, for their great contributions!

Collaboration begins at the grassroots level with within each local home and school association across the island. The Federation’s fifteen-member board represents home and school members in the ten families of schools across the province. The board can work on Federation policies, such as our advocacy for a universal provincial school food program, and we can work with government to develop policies and practices that support an excellent education system and the total wellbeing of Island children. But the strength of our organization lies in our local associations. This year, for a limited time only and in lieu of the parent engagement grants, we will provide customized leadership training, and collaborative facilitation to your school community. If you would like to hold a collaboration exercise similar to our semi-annual, please contact the office.

In October, the Public Schools Branch circulated a draft suspension policy, which is intended to support a safe learning and teaching environment. The policy will be considered at the next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch scheduled for November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth School in Kensington.

Nominations for federation’s Extra Mile Award will be accepted until January 12. Members are encouraged to identify staff in their schools that go above and beyond the call of duty to help improve the total wellbeing of the students in the school for a nomination; details and nomination forms are available on the federation’s website under awards or by calling the office.

Your local home and school association can stimulate conversation across the province through our resolution process. If your association has concerns that may be of interest across the province – anything from operations to policy – please contact the office. The deadline for resolutions is January 31 and the annual general meeting will be held on April 14, 2018.