November 28, 2017
HOME AND SCHOOL NEWS, December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- The Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Webinar: Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Building a Healthier Food System.
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.