PSB Message

Dear parents,
This evening, Premier Dennis King and Dr. Heather Morrison announced the implementation of a three-day, province-wide Modified Red Alert, as a result of the increased number of COVID cases and to give Public Health sufficient time for COVID-19 test results to come in. Effective Monday, March 1 at 12:00am through Wednesday, March 3, a number of new restrictions are in place: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-alert-level-system-pei-0
Among the new measures, Islanders are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, only going out for essential purposes.
This means all PSB schools will be closed to students Monday through Wednesday.
Details include:
– Child care facilities that operate inside schools will remain open.
– We will not be permitting student/parent entry to the buildings at this point (except child care facilities) and we will not be permitting student retrieval of items at this point.
– Please note that we will not be moving to remote learning over the next three days.
– We will communicate further about parent-teacher interviews in the next couple of days.
We have been working closely with the Chief Public Health Office. There is no indication that any school has been affected in the recent COVID-19 cases. The current plan is to re-open schools on Thursday and any necessary modification of that plan will be communicated as needed.
Take care,
Norbert Carpenter
Acting Director of the Public Schools Branch

Birchwood Home & School Thank You

Dear Birchwood Community,
On behalf of Birchwood Home and school I would like to thank all the parents who donated to teacher appreciation week. Due to COVID restrictions it looked a little different but we were able to treat our teachers very well thanks to your generosity. Wednesday they were treated to coffee and muffins, Thursday was build your own tacos from Taco Boyz and we ended the week with pizza from Papa John’s. We are so fortunate to have such a great parent/guardian community.

Paula
Paula.pollard@hotmail.com

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 – Day

Parent Teacher Interviews:

Band:  

  • Grade 8 brass meet tomorrow morning at 7:45.
  • Grade 7 brass meet tomorrow at lunch for rehearsal.

Outdoor adventure club: 

  • The OAC will meet today in Mr. Dohoo’s room at 11:55 to discuss the downhill skiing outing. New members are always welcome.

2020/21 Yearbooks:

Pink Shirt Day:

  • Pink Shirt day today.

Sports:

  • Basketball:
    • It’s playoffs!  Please keep a close eye on the Instagram page as well as listen to announcements for updates.  All games are subject to results of other games so we will provide information as soon as possible.
    • Schedule: http://peisaa.pe.ca/master_sched_league.php?lang=1
      • Wed, Feb. 24
        • AB – meeting at break.  Game in Souris at 4:30pm.  
        • 3:30 AG host Grace Christian.  Come to the gym immediately at the bell to set up and warm up.
        • AAB Practice 5:15-6:45.  Mo & Ziyad, please come to the gym at break
        • AAG Practice 6-7:30
      • Thurs, Feb 25:
        • 4:30 AAB host Stonepark
        • AAG travel to Stonepark – time to be confirmed
        • A teams – TBA
      • Fri, Feb 26
        • TBA

Girls Spring Volleyball:

  • All Grade 7 & 8 girls who are interested in playing in a 6 week league this spring, please see Ms. Morrison for more information or go to www.volleyballpei.com  Cost is $70/player

Riddle of the day:

  • It is an insect, and the first part of its name is the name of another insect. What is it?

Birchwood Grade 10 Registration

Please see important information related to grade ten registration.

  • On Thursday, February 25th, staff from Charlottetown Rural and Colonel Gray High Schools will provide information to our grade 9 students about grade ten registration.
  • Between February 25th and March 3rd, students should consult with school staff and their family to select their courses.
  • All grade 9 students have activated their Myblueprint accounts which they will use to submit their course selections electronically. You may use this website to explore their options at any time. Please look these over with your child prior to March 3rd.
  • Between the dates of March 3 and March, 8 students will register for their courses online using software called My Blueprint. This time also coincides with parent-teacher interviews.
  • Students will complete their online registration at school with their homeroom teacher and once the courses have been selected, we will send a hard copy of their courses home for parents to sign and return to their homeroom teacher.
  • Charlottetown Rural has provided the following resource.
  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1clfvWgfX43S79bDeHS4D8Mn7OGTWC3uIpU5Rdl02Jnk/edit
  • Please do not hesitate to contact Rob MacAdam rpmacadam@edu.pe.ca, Ms. Forbes sjforbes@edu.pe.ca, or your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 – Day 3

Parent Teacher Interviews:

Band:  

  • Guitar club meets at lunch today.
  • Grade 9 Brass and low woodwind players meet tomorrow morning at 7:45am.
  • Grade 7 Woodwinds meet tomorrow at lunch for rehearsal.

Outdoor adventure club: 

  • The OAC will meet today in Mr. Dohoo’s room at 11:55 to discuss the downhill skiing outing. New members are always welcome.

2020/21 Yearbooks:

Pink Shirt Day:

  • Pink Shirt day is February 24.

Sports:

    • Basketball:
      • It’s playoffs!  Please keep a close eye on the Instagram page as well as listen to announcements for updates.  All games are subject to results of other games so we will provide information as soon as possible.
      • AA Boys won their final league game in Montague on Friday to finish the season 10-0.
      • Schedule: http://peisaa.pe.ca/master_sched_league.php?lang=1 
        • Mon, Feb 22:
          • 2:55 – AB & AAB
          • 4:30 – AG & AAG
        • Tues, Feb. 23:
          • 4 AG host Grace Christian – team members can come to the gym at the bell to set up the gym before warm-up.  Reminder:  Doors open for spectators 15 mins prior to game time.
          • 4:30 AAG @ Stonepark
          • 5 AB travel to Souris – please discuss rides with your coaches
          • 6 AAB practice 
        • Wed, Feb. 24 *tentative*
          • 2:55 AAG
          • 4:30 AB
          • 6:05 AG
        • Thurs, Feb 25:
          • TBA
        • Fri, Feb 26
          • TBA

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 – Day 2

Diversity Club:

  • Students we are starting a Diversity Club at Birchwood and would love to hear your ideas on how to celebrate different cultures at Birchwood. If you are interested, please sign up on the sheets posted outside the office.

Outdoor adventure club:

  • Outdoor adventure club members coming tubing are asked to head to the art room after school as soon as possible. Don’t forget to have your mask on!

Band:  

  • Rock Band meets at lunch today for a short meeting.

2020/21 Yearbooks:

Shirt Orders:

Sports:

  • Fri, Feb 19
    • The AAG pulled out a victory last night in Summerside as a result of some terrific team defense! Excellent job girls. Practice this evening from 2:55-4:30.
    • A Girls won 46-30 over Souris and are moving on to the next round of the playoffs.  Congrats to Akari for sinking a 3 pointer and to Molly, who had 14 points and lead the way on the court.  Practice tomorrow at 12:30.
    • AA Boys are heading to Montague today.  Please meet in the gym at 3pm.
    • Extra special shout out to Arun and Ziyad who did an amazing job at setting up before yesterday’s game.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 – Day 1

2020/21 Yearbooks:

Band:  

  • Grade 7 Brass players meet at lunch today in the band room.
  • Rock band will meet tomorrow at noon for a short meeting.  Students do not need to bring instruments to this meeting.

Duke of Edinburgh: 

  • There will be a very quick meeting in Ms. Dunn’s room at 11:55 today for those students who still need volunteer ideas. Ms Dunn has a list of places for you.

Shirt Orders:

Library:

  • Please return all overdue library books today and tomorrow. 

Sports:

  • Basketball
    • Schedule: http://peisaa.pe.ca/master_sched_league.php?lang=1 
      • Thurs, Feb 18
        • AB were victorious 54-50 yesterday 
        • AAB 3-5
        • AAG @ SIS 5pm
        • AB @ Belfast 4:30.  The AB won over Gulf Shore 54-50.  Meeting in the caf. At break
        • AG Host Souris 6:30
        • *please arrive no later than 5:45 to set up for tonight’s game
      • Fri, Feb 19
        • 4:30 AAB @ Montague
        • 2:55 AAG
        • No AB or AG practice
      • Sat, Feb 20
        • 12:30 AG

Birchwood Late French Immersion Zoom Meeting Tonight – 7:00

There is a virtual parent meeting for parents/guardians of students who are considering attending the Late Immersion Program at Birchwood Intermediate tonight at 7:00. At the virtual meeting there will be an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
The virtual meeting starts 7:00 – 7:30pm tonight. Click the Zoom link below to enter.
Upon entering the meeting please mute your microphone.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91421880108?pwd=SWpSS1ZpTUQ2OEI2ME1WUHhqdGQwdz09

Meeting ID: 914 2188 0108
Passcode: J7SLF3

Please find below, a link to a video that has been created by personnel at the Department of Education. This video reviews the basic elements of the LFI program (what it is, the vision/goal, the expectations, how parents can support, guiding and frequently asked questions as well as a review of some of the important parts of the updated registration form). Please watch the video attached below before attending the virtual meeting.