March 2017 Newsletter

 

EAST  WILTSHIRE  SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER

 

Windsor Wight

Principal

Troy MacCallum

Vice- Principal

 Telephone 902-368-4130

School Counsellors

Sheila Doyle-Hogan

Dave Mitchell

Frank Martin

Vice-Principal

Fax: 902-368-4139

March

8          Report Cards

9          Parent Teacher Interviews             (Evening)

10        Parent-Teacher Interviews (Daytime)    NO CLASSES

20-24  March Break   NO CLASSES

 29       Bluefield visits EWS Gr. 9’s

29        Bluefield Incoming Gr. 10 – Parent Info Meeting 7:00 p.m.           

April

4          Destination Imagination Tournament @ EWS

6          Bluefield Gr. 10 Registration deadline

7         School Effectiveness Day NO CLASSES

14        Good Friday NO CLASSES

17        Easter Monday NO CLASSES

28    PEITF Professional Learning Day NO CLASSES

May          

5       Area Assoc. Prof. Dev. /CUPE 3260 Convention NO CLASSES

22        Victoria Day    NO CLASSES

30        Incoming Grade 6 Parent Information Meeting – 7:00 p.m.                                       

June

2          Orientation – Incoming Gr 7’s NO CLASSES GR. 7’S

27        Grade 9 Closing Exercises 7:00 p.m.

28        Last Day – Report Cards for Gr 7 & 8 – 2:45 p.m.

30        Last Day for Staff

Grade 9 Graduation Picture Orders are due back! This pertains to the original packages. Retake proofs were received today and distributed to students as well. Orders are due back March 13th.

 Parent Teacher Conference slips have been distributed to students. If you do not receive an appointment time, please contact your child’s home room teacher. Conferences are scheduled for March 9th and 10th. Please check items in the lobby from our “Lost and Found” bin.

 Reminder for all students to please clean out your lockers before March Break.

Legion Essay & Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following EWS students who were awarded prizes for their entries in the Royal Canadian Legion Essay and Poster Contest: Reyhan Li, Liah Clayton, Charli Arsenault, Payton Kelly, Sophie MacDonald, Regan Senter, Ethan Bottomly-Mason, Jaden Grant, Ella Morash, Malcolm MacDonald and Donovan Burt.

PEI Home & School Federation

Annual Meeting & Convention is April 8th

PEI Home and School Federation’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, Saturday, April 8, 2017, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.  The meeting will focus on the topic: How can equity be addressed in Island Schools?  Presenters will discuss ways of addressing particular facets of equity in schools, including food programs (Rachel Schofield Martin), flexible learning (Mitch Murphy), and citizen engagement in decision making (Bill Whelan). Register your school’s delegates by Friday, March 24th.  The registration form is attached and online at:  http://peihsf.ca/agm

Proposed 2017 Resolutions

Home and Schools are to review the 2017 proposed resolutions and determine how your school’s delegates will vote at the Annual Meeting.

If you have questions about resolutions and the process for presenting to the AGM, contact Shirley at 1-800-916-0664 / 620-3186.
Seven resolutions and one notice of motion are online at: http://peihsf.ca/agm/resolutions

Volunteer of the Year Award / Life Membership

Nominate an outstanding Home and School volunteer from your school. The deadline has been moved to: Monday, March 13, 2017

Criteria is attached and online at:  http://peihsf.ca/content/awards

Federation Board Positions

Nominate individuals who have the necessary qualifications to do the work of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation. Submit names to the Federation

office by March 31, 2017.  The form is attached and online at: http://peihsf.ca/sites/default/files/Nomination_Form_PEIHSF_2017%20.pdf

Home and School and You

Lisa MacDougall, President of the PEI Home and School Federation writes a monthly column for The Guardian column. The March submissions titled:

Discussion before decision-making is pasted below and online at: http://peihsf.ca/content/discussion-decision-making

Other community news:

Great Big Crunch, March 9th, 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Great Big Crunch. We hope you’ll Register to crunch with us. And help spread the noise online! http://foodshare.net/program/crunch/

*  Count your Cubes starts March 27 – The Heart and Stroke Foundation is excited to offer Count Your Cubes!, a 4-week challenge to help you track and reduce the amount of sugar you drink.  http://www.countyourcubes.ca/ Sign-up today!

Fight Food during Nutrition Month
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/end-fight-food-during-nutrition-month

How Sugar Affects the Brain:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEXBxijQREo

*  Workshop of Dr. Ross Greene, April 28th, 2017; Credit Union Place, Summerside; Cost: $150.00;  Greene’s books: The Explosive Child and Lost at School.  His Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model provides a compassionate understanding of kid’s behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationship, a model which has been implemented in schools, inpatient units, residential facilities, treatment programs, and juvenile detention facilities.  Register online at: http://www.mcpei.ca/Events

 *  Learning Disabilities Association offers tutoring programs: The Island Reader Program: Using the Barton Reader and Spelling System; The Jump Math Program – Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigy; One-to-One Tutoring.  For more information www.ldapei.ca and info@ldapei.ca and to book please use the online registration form

Discussion before decision-making

Local discussion of proposed provincial policy resolutions is one of the most important activities that home and school associations go through each year.  These resolutions on issues of broad provincial importance are the way that the parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff of home and school can speak with a collective voice and have a direct impact on education policy.

Resolutions will be voted on by delegates from each school at the P.E.I. Home and School Federation annual meeting on April 8. Before that can happen, however, the resolutions must be discussed at home and school meetings in each school and a local vote taken on each one to guide the school’s delegates in their voting.

This year there will be seven resolutions to discuss, including requests for improved access to counseling services, increased support for school libraries and teacher-librarians, and shortened time frame for class periods. Four of the seven resolutions are related to healthy eating in schools. They present a set of guiding principles for school food programs, address allowance for “eating time” for lunch and snacks and request support for cafeterias to be owned and operated by school communities. The full text of all resolutions is available online at http://peihsf.ca/agm/resolution.

Your school community members – parents, guardians, principals, teachers, administrators and staff, district advisory council representatives – are invited to register for the meeting. While each member school is limited to five voting delegates, there is no limit to the number of attendees otherwise from each school. The greater the attendance the richer the discussions. The meeting is a chance for members from across the province to gather in discussion on issues in education, to celebrate successes, examine challenges, and to learn from each other about how to best carry out the Home and School mission and influence educational policy from the bottom up. Be sure to announce the opportunity to attend the AGM at your Home & School meetings, post it in your school’s newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, blog and website.

The theme for the meeting is: How can equity be addressed in Island Schools?  Presenters will discuss different ways of addressing equity in schools, including food programs (Rachel Schofield Martin), flexible learning (Mitch Murphy), and citizen engagement in decision making (Bill Whelan). Roundtable discussions in the afternoon will be led by newly certified collaborative leaders from across the Island and will focus on the meaning of equity and the possibilities that are available to ensure an equitable education for each child.

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation presented two very deserving individuals with Extra Mile Awards during Teacher Staff Appreciation week this year. Cathy Cairns from Englewood School and Gail Finniss from Greenfield Elementary School were nominated by their local Home and Schools and recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to improve the total well-being of their students.

For information about the Annual General Meeting, about resolutions, or about any aspect of Home and School, contact the Federation office at peihsf@edu.pe.ca or by telephone at (902) 620-3186 or, toll-free, 1-800-916-0664.

Families as Career and Transition Support (FACTS)

From the Student Graduation and Transition Planner

What are my opportunities?

Support your child in using their time in school and in the community to explore options and areas of interests, make connections, and participate in community-based learning opportunities.     

  • Support your child while they are selecting their high school courses. Be curious. Ask them if their elective choices truly reflect their own interests.
  • Encourage your child to get out and volunteer in their community.
  • Connect them with resources and people from occupations they are interested in.
  • Encourage your child to participate in a community-based learning opportunity.

The following activities can be found in My Plan (www.myplanpei.ca; password:  myplan) and may encourage conversation at home about opportunities available to your child.     

Information Interview – Your child is in the driver’s seat when they are doing information interviewing. They are asking the questions to collect information about a field of interest, an occupation, or job they want to find out more about.  Information interviewing allows your child to practice communication skills, build contact with people who may be helpful in their future, and get first-hand information and a realistic view of the field.  www.myplanpei.ca

Newspaper Analysis- Labour Market information (LMI) is all around us! This activity allows your child to become more aware about events happening in the world and to gain current and relevant LMI.  www.myplanpei.ca

My Board of Directors – Encourage your child to build their network, people who they can turn to for support, advice, or to help them keep balance in their life. www.myplanpei.ca

Dates to consider: 

2017 Work PEI Career Fairs

  • Montague, Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre; March 6th (Storm Date: March 7th), 2pm – 6pm
  • O’Leary, Mill River Resort; March 8th (Storm Date: March 9th), 2pm – 6pm
  • Summerside, Credit Union Place; March 13th (Storm Date: March 14th), 2pm – 6pm
  • Charlottetown, Eastlink Centre; March 15th (Storm Date: March 16th), 2pm – 6pm

TIAPEI Tourism Job Fair 2017, Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, March 11th, 10am – 3pm

Cows Job Fair, Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, March 10th, 10am – 2pm