Occupational Therapist, Colleen MacPherson, has some tips for sleep & tips for sleeping. Take a minute and check out these links.
A wonderful article called “Our 12-step back to school checklist for Parents”
The School Counsellor page is updated on a regular basis, so please take a minute to check it out when you visit our webpage.
May 13, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;
Our teachers, administrators, support staff, branch staff, parents, and students are working incredibly hard to adapt to the new reality of at-home learning during COVID-19. The pandemic has presented challenges for many including parents working and balancing home life, teachers developing remote lesson plans to fit different students’ needs, and students looking for new ways to stay connected to friends and learning. There are many successes and members of our PSB community are meeting these new demands with determination and enthusiasm.
We all know how adaptable and resilient PSB students, parents, educators, and staff are in the best of times, and through these difficult times each group has shown this in more ways than ever before. We admire our teachers and other branch staff, parents, and students who are teaching us all lessons in perseverance.
Amazing examples of this include the food programs that have been supporting our families. PSB staff were able to deliver the Department of Agriculture food hampers directly to many families across the Island who did not have access to a vehicle. Our School Food Program provided 6,006 meals to 858 students last week, a 12% increase over the previous week.
Another success story is the Respite Program that began this week. Students who had been receiving individualized support at school from an Education Assistant, Youth Service Worker, or other Student Services Team Member may receive a 2 to 3 hour blocks of play/game based respite care on a scheduled basis. These examples of people coming together and working hard to help others is inspiring to all of us.
By following the public health measures, Islanders have also experienced success as a province in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in PEI. In doing so we are seeing some of the public health measures relaxed. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will likely soon be making an announcement about the reinstatement of early childhood programs, including those for school aged children housed in schools, to assist parents who are returning to work.
As we move through the sixth week of at-home learning, it is an excellent time to thank students, teachers, parents, and staff for their ongoing commitment to learning together, while always remaining safe. Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students and to support students as they advance to the next grade, earn credits, and for some to graduate.
We all have an important role in keeping students motivated and engaged for these next weeks. Teachers continue to have high expectations for students and we all want students to continue to have high expectations for themselves. The work we are doing together is about helping students succeed and prepare for the future.
It is important to take time to reflect on how much we have all achieved thus far by working together. Be proud of your accomplishments. We here at the PSB are very proud of you.
Keep learning and take care,
Director, Public Schools Branch
Our School Counsellor, Mrs. Kathy Lank, has set up a website full of information. click on the link below to check it out:
Home and School News, May 2020
A unique opportunity
Right now we are living in a period of time where 75 years from now, people are going to be looking back and they’re going to say, ‘Do you remember when there was that COVID-19 global crisis? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-archives-covid-19-project-1.5518997 Home and School presidents/co-chairs are invited to add a COVID-19 story to 2020 Annual Reports and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the online 2020 Annual Book of Reports.
Public School Branch
Educators prepared online teaching, learning materials for students and guidelines for parents to support a successful home learning experience during COVID-19 school closures. Go to Home Learning Resources StudentsAchieve is available for teachers to mass email parents and students! In order to avoid any confusion, the Public Schools Branch 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, PSB will make SAS available again to parents and students!
Fun Changes Behaviour
Go home, stay home, exercise and eat well. You can remain active. Social isolation and physical distancing can be tough on children and families. Taking regular breaks to be active will help. Visit: Kidsactivitiesblog.com for a collection of educational YouTube channels for kids, dozens of online field trips that can take you to different parts of the world.
Home and Schools can continue to submit 2020 School Crossing Guard and School Bus Driver award nominations to email@example.com up to June 30th. Presentations will be arranged when school resumes. More details at: https://peihsf.ca/awards
Well-Being Tips for Families
Is your child acting different, showing signs of fear or distancing themselves? Ask them how they feel and if they want to talk. If you are concerned about their mental health and well-being, reach out to your Student Well-being Team for assistance.
Here’s the list:
Bluefield Family of Schools Bluefield High School 902-675-7480 ext 230
Charlottetown Rural Family of Schools Stonepark Intermediate School 902-368-6085 ext 242
Colonel Gray Family of Schools St. Jean Elementary School 902-368-6985 ext 3
Kensington-Kinkora Families of Schools Kensington Intermediate/Senior High School 902-836-8901
Montague Family of Schools Montague Regional High School 902-838-0835 ext 241
Morell and Souris Families of Schools Morell Regional High School 902-961-7345
Three Oaks Family of Schools Summerside Intermediate School 902-888-8470 ext 234
Westisle Family of Schools Hernewood Intermediate School 902-859-0390