Respite Care

Parents and Guardians,
Are you a caregiver who has a child that is supported by an EA or YSW while attending school?  If you are you may be eligible for a few hours of respite care per week during the time that school is closed. Some schools are opening within family of schools (with some families being combined) to meet this need.
If you are interested in receiving more information please email or call 902-368-4997.

PSB Message From Parker Grimmer

April 29, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

Former automobile racer Bobby Unser once said: ‘Success is where preparation and opportunity meet’. Some would say he was fortunate to have experienced the thrill of three Indianapolis 500 victories over his career. Success, however, is rarely a matter of luck, but more a matter of preparation, and of doing what needs to be done to be in the path of opportunity.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, PSB staff have been busy preparing and working with our partners, including parents and staff from the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, to ensure students can be as successful as possible learning from home. The efforts educational leaders and teachers have made around home learning during this pandemic has allowed students to be able to take advantage of opportunities and maintain connections. We thank parents and students for engaging with the learning materials and opportunities that have been provided. As we continue to respect the Public Health guidelines, home learning materials and opportunities for students will continue until we are able to all safely return to our schools.

Ask a Psychologist

Our Student Services team has launched an Ask a Psychologist section on their PSB Student Services Facebook page . If parents are wondering about how to manage bedtime worries, what to tell their teen who wants to visit friends, where to begin to structure their child’s day, or any other questions, they can write in and ask for advice from a school psychologist. Parents and students can also email a question to . Anonymous responses will be posted to the Facebook page so other parents can also benefit from the advice. Please check out the first video that answers a question that was recently posted about how to regulate children who have tantrums.

Home Learning Television Program

A great deal of preparation has gone into making the new home learning television program Head Hand Heart Connections. Tune in to the Community Channel on Eastlink (10 & 610) and take time to connect through stories, movement, music, art and language. Through a series of episodes focused on creativity, physical health and well-being; children, youth, and families can engage with educators and librarians and explore fun learning opportunities. Episodes will be aired on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until further notice.

Students and Parents are also encouraged to watch Language 4 Vous on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. on the Eastlink Community Channel. The show is suitable for children pre-kindergarten and older wishing to improve their English and French communication. Each 24 minute episode features a variety of videos varying in length on vocabulary, crafts, well-being, drawing, music, and other aspects of life. A majority of the show is meant to be interactive as students can follow along with many segments within the show and can send in their created works to . Language 4 Vous is created by a collaborating team of EAL and FAL itinerant teachers and specialists in PEI with the goal to help everyone improve.

Nothing can be achieved without preparation. We thank our staff who help prepare for student success. We thank you for taking care of each other, yourself, and remaining engaged with these educational opportunities at home.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

Ask a PSB School Psychologist

Ask a PSB School Psychologist
Hello parents and guardians! Welcome to ‘Ask a School Psychologist’!

Wondering how to manage bedtime worries, what to tell your teen who wants to visit friends, or where to begin with structuring your child’s day? If you have any questions you would like to submit to our PSB Psychology Team concerning COVID isolation, academics, behaviour, or well-being, send them to

We can’t promise we’ll get to every question, but we will be posting anonymous responses to some of your questions on the PSB Student Services Facebook page.

This project is for information sharing with you and our broader parent and guardian audience. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call the Island Helpline (1-800-218-2885) or Emergency Health Services (911).

Please submit your questions by May 8th.

Birchwood Yearbook Information

While we cannot all be together in the school, the yearbook committee is still working from home in order to create a yearbook showing how we are all together through this and how we have been together through the year. And the events of today are an important part of our year and needs to be noted within the pages of our yearbook.

We need your help to showcase as many students as we can. This includes any pictures you may have of school events from September until March break as well as photos of what students are doing during their time at home to stay busy, to practice social distancing, what they miss about school and how they are staying connected and active.

Photos can be submitted 3 ways:
  1. Through our ReplayIt app download here:
  2. Sending them directly to
  3. Submitting photos online through our google form
Another email will be sent out to grade 9 students and parents with a link to submit their grade 9 quote. Please check for the email and take some time to fill out the form!
Our yearbook deadline is not until June 1st but the sooner we can get your pictures, the sooner we can add them to the yearbook. Don’t forget to purchase your yearbook online HERE .
Birchwood Yearbook Committee

School Pictures

Dear Families,

If you would like to place an order for the Lifetouch school pictures that were taken earlier this year, go to Free shipping to your homes will be available until May 31, 2020, when you order on with promo code SMILES. Locate your access credentials on your proof sheet if you have it or call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your credentials.

Thank you

PSB Update

April 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

This is the fifth week of schools being closed since we returned from the March Break. This is also the third week of teacher led home learning. What education looks like on PEI now has been the culmination of the advocacy and teamwork of many. The efforts our educational leaders and teachers have made around home learning during this pandemic has allowed us to maintain connections with students and families. It has been our response to staying apart and supporting our communities and health care system. It looks and feels much different than what we are used to and we are all having to adjust. PSB students, parents, and staff have always responded in times of crisis and this time is no exception. We still have much to do, but we have accomplished much these last few weeks, and this success is thanks, in part, to you and your efforts.

We thank you for your support of the learning that has rolled out from teachers thus far, and we ask you to continue to communicate with them. We are all new to this, so we need to know if you require additional support. We have identified and are providing Chromebooks for our grade 12 students who need them most, so they can access on-line learning materials. We also have print materials and basic learning supply packages available. Please contact the Support for Families line at 902-368-5155 or to access supports we may be able to provide to assist with home learning.

Please refer to the chronology of COVID-19 education related decisions posted on our website

Early in my teaching career, a parent gave me a poem called ‘Unity’ that had been written by an anonymous author. It was presented to me as a gift and the parent had framed it in their own calligraphy. The poem, which has remained on display in my classrooms and offices ever since, tells a story about the efforts of a parent and teacher working together to ensure the success of a child. I have looked at it often as a source of guidance and encouragement. It struck me that in our new reality, this poem has probably never been more appropriate than today.


I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they finished it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools he used
Were books and music and art;
One a parent with a guiding hand
And a gentle and loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled
With a touch that was deft and sure
While the parent laboured by his side
And polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last their task was done
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could neither be sold nor bought
And each agreed he would have failed
If he had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher, the home.

Many people remind us now that we are in this together. From an education standpoint, I think we always have been. Thank you for your efforts in supporting learning at your home and for working together.

There are no words to express the level of sympathy that is being felt right now in many of our homes due to the horrific events in our neighboring province, Nova Scotia. Many people have been personally impacted and know family, friends, or first responders who were affected by this terrible tragedy. We are united in our grief and our condolences. Please take good care of family members and yourself.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

Lets Set a World Record for an Online Physical Education Class

In an effort to stay active and have some fun the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance has partnered with V4Sport out of Poland, and other groups to try and set a World Record for an Online Physical Education Class which will be Livestreamed on the 22nd of April at 8:30 AM EST / 2:30 PM CET / 8:30 PM HKT.

Our goal is to have minimum 5000 people participating in the livestreamed class as this would assure us of the World RecordJ

In order to achieve 5000 participants and hopefully go far beyond, I would like to kindly ask you to get involved and participate in this as well. I would also like to kindly ask people in your network to register for this event as well! It would be great, if during the online class, we could receive comments from people from all of the countries we are representing.

If willing and interested, here is how you can help:

  1. Below you will find the links for both the event page and the fanpage related to the event. The best way to share the information and invite your partners, colleagues, family and friends would be to go on the event page and use the “share” option. You can then add the caption in your language. This way your post will automatically use the official picture and will be the easiest way for the others to sign up.

Event page:

Event related fanpage: – this is the community building part, please feel free to invite everyone to join.

  1. Attached, I am sending the image which you can use on your social media or website. You are welcome to include your organisation’s logo in the blank spot and spread the word.

The caption you may want to use and translate could go as follows: Stay active while we all stay at home! Join us in setting the world record in the biggest on-line PE lesson of all time – the whole World unites for a 30 minutes exercise class! We hope to see you on-line, April 22nd at (please remember to include the right time for your time zone).

Below you will find more specific information:

Main theme: join us in an effort to set the World Record in a livestreamed online PE class!

#: #WorldPEClass #OnlinePErecord #InterntionalPEchallenge

Date: 22.04.2020. 22nd of April 2020. Wednesday.

Exact hour: 8:30AM EDT 2:30PM CET (please remember to include the right time for your time zone)

World Record: The overarching goal of this initiative is to have as many participants as possible from all corners of the World participating in ONE PE CLASS at the same time. Participants will be able to comment and write the name of the countries they are from, what are their preferred activities etc. They will be able to share with others their videos & pictures. The goal for it is to be very interactive and to create a sense of community in times of “social distancing”.

The teacher: The On-line PE class will be led by a female PE teacher from Poland.

The duration: We are planning this for 30-40 min.

Language: Basic english with some greetings in different languages. It has to be understandable for the kids from all over the World.

Livestream: Facebook livestream. The link to the event will be posted on the event page on Monday April 20th.

StudentsAchieve (SAS) update for Parents and Students

StudentsAchieve (SAS) update for Parents and Students

We are pleased to report that StudentsAchieve (SAS) is now available for teachers to mass email parents and students! StudentsAchieve is fully functional and working well. Given the current school closures and shift in how learning is happening, teachers are not currently entering any data into SAS. In order to avoid any confusion, we will leave SAS “off” for now. If you would like updated information on your child’s progress from earlier this year or during the home learning situation, please contact your child’s teacher. When schools re-open, we will make SAS available again to parents and students!

Grade 9 Grad Photos

Dear Families,

We have been in contact with Lifetouch regarding this Spring’s  “grad” and school portraits. As you know, we haven’t been able to distribute proofs or collect orders due to COVID-19 and recent school closures, but it’s not too late to order school pictures. Just call 1-866-457-8212 and Lifetouch will help locate your access credentials to place your order online. For a nominal shipping fee these will be sent directly to your home.

*There are a small number of grad photo packages that did arrive at the school.  We will be in contact with those families to make arrangements.