Home and School

First Home and School Meeting of the New Year will take place on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30PM.

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.

Resolutions
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 peihsf@edu.pe.ca

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?
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Best wishes of the holiday season to you and your family!

HOME AND SCHOOL NEWS NOVEMBER 2017

HEALTHY COMMUNITY – Free presentation

Ensuring the future health of our children & grandchildren… it takes a village’. There will be a public presentation on Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 – 8:00pm at the Benevolent Irish Society (582 North River Rd, Charlottetown) by Todd Leader. There are many parts to make a community as healthy as possible. It is more than just trying to encourage people to eat healthy and exercise. Come be inspired by Todd Leader to learn more about ways to create a healthy community for the next generation, and what you can do to make a difference. Huge improvements for our children and grandchildren can be made, if we use the approaches that we know work well, and if we work together in ways that we know produce results. Come be part of creating a healthy future for young Islanders. Todd Leader is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Social Worker. He has spent the last 27 years working as a transformational leader in health services and in health promotion.

There will be a door prize of a $100 grocery card. More information on facebook or email hpconference@gov.pe.ca. Please feel free to share broadly. This event is hosted by the Chief Public Health Office of the PEI Department of Health & Wellness in partnership with the East Prince Seniors Initiative, Health PEI, and Heart & Stroke PEI. AED Survey, Queen Elizabeth Home and School Association Darby McCormick, President of Queen Elizabeth Elementary Home and School Association is gathering information on Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Home and School presidents are invited to complete her brief survey which will determine how many AEDs are located in Island schools. For more information, contact Darby at: darbymccormick@gmail.com The survey is linked at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q3JTVLM

 Leadership Training Tailored to needs of Locals
As always, the Federation is available to provide leadership training, facilitate meetings, and to help bring people in your school communities together around common goals and visions. Leadership training opportunities is offered that is tailored to the needs of local associations. Our facilitators can help bring members together to discuss common concerns, define their visions for their schools, and develop plans for action on healthy school food. Contact the PEIHSF office at 902-620-3186 or, toll free, 1-800-916-0664, for more information .

 MEMBERSHIP FEES

Local Home and School Association membership fees are due November 30th.
See form online at: http://peihsf.ca/sites/default/files/2017-2018%20Membership%20Fee%20Form.pdf

Let’s Talk Food
The City of Charlottetown, the Food Security Network, and the United Way of PEI invite you to join us for an engaging and interactive event focused on Food. Prince Edward Island has been referred to as Canada’s Food Island, the Garden of the Gulf, and a Foodie’s Paradise. We are fortunate to be acknowledged for the high quality food we bring to the table but we must also recognize that for many Islanders there is trouble in paradise. According to the Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (2014), 15.2% of households in Prince Edward Island experience marginal to severe food insecurity. The experience of food insecurity can range from concerns about running out of food, and not being able to afford healthy food, to going hungry due to missing meals, or in extreme cases not eating for days at a time due to inability to afford food.

Whether the focus is positive or negative, public engagement in food on our Island is high, making the time ripe for discussions around our current food system. Our vision for the Let’s Talk Food event is to bring together the many industries, organizations, and individuals who are integrally linked to our Food system on Prince Edward Island to talk about their common interests the issues that matter to them. From these conversations, we hope to harvest ideas, make plans and get to action.

We hope you can join us for this interactive exploration of PEI’s food system. To register, please visit https://citycharlottetown.wufoo.eu/forms/z1e7u7rw0cn1skr/

For additional details please contact: Jessica Brown, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator for the City of Charlottetown. 902-629-6368 or jbrown@charlottetown.ca


Home and School Meeting
The next Home and School Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30PM at the Cardigan Consolidated School.
FACEBOOK:
Home and School have sent up a new FaceBook page. It is a place where parents can stay up-to-date about Home and School Business and learn about how the home and school group is involved in your child’s school. To find the group all you have to do is search “Cardigan Consolidated home and school” and request to become a member. This group is private and only open to parents of Cardigan Consolidated students.
FUNDRAISER:
On Monday October 2, 2017 the students were sent home with packets for our fall fundraiser. The fundraiser is organized by our Home and School.
IMPORTANT UPDATE INFORMATION ON ONLINE ORDERS:
We have been updated today, October 6, 2017 that the online code for our school is NOT CORRECT on the form. the correct code is 4155370. Please use this form if you are making any online orders so that our school gets credited for the purchase.
OTHER HOME AND SCHOOL NEWS, OCTOBER 2017:
1.Semi-Annual Meeting – Date has been changed
The Semi-Annual meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Queens Elementary School, Hunter River, PEI.

What would your school look like if you could design it? What are your dreams for the students in your school? What are the most important aspects of education to consider during the planning process? How big is your school district? Is it a small district where everyone knows your name, or is it a large district where there is access to many resources? Are there connections to other organizations or locations outside of the school? Travel? Can spaces be designed to encourage quiet reflection? Creativity? Are the spaces created to emphasize individual work, collective work, work from a distance, or other options? How are students grouped? How is success defined? What are students learning? Who should be part of the discussion? What else should be considered? These questions and more will be discussed at our Semi-Annual meeting. Registration packages are being prepared and will be mailed to Home and School presidents next week.

2. Nutrition and Healthy Eating Support from Health and Wellness – Did you know that there is a School Nutrition Policy for all PEI schools? Morgan and Sharla, Healthy Eating Program Officers, Department Health and Wellness can come talk to your Home and School about: Topics: Healthy eating and current nutrition trends; School nutrition policy; Making sure your school food programs have best food options for student achievement and health; Helping Home and Schools deliver healthy eating related messages to a wider audience. Contact Morgan Palmer RD mkpalmer@gov.pe.ca (902) 620-3899 or Sharla Goodwin RD (Bilingual) sagoodwin@gov.pe.ca (902) 368-4319 for more details.

3.Registration is Now Open: “Taking Your Club to the Next Level” – Breakfast Program Coordinator Training and Sharing Session A sharing and learning session hosted by the Healthy Eating Program Officers, with the Breakfast Club of Canada. Topics: building community connections, accessing and using local food, problem solving and sharing, using and different cultural foods, school nutrition policy, etc. Register with: Morgan Palmer RD mkpalmer@gov.pe.ca (902) 620-3899
Sharla Goodwin RD (Bilingual) sagoodwin@gov.pe.ca (902) 368-4319

4. Public Schools Branch
The next meeting of the Public Schools Branch board of directors is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Location and time to be announced.

The Guardian column “Home and School and You” published October 5, 2017
A vision for P.E.I. education

Semi-annual meeting Oct. 24 offers chance to explore new ideas for schools

What would your school look like if you could design it? What are your dreams for the students in your school? What are the most important aspects of education to consider during the planning process? How big is your school district? Is it a small district where everyone knows your name, or is it a large district where there is access to many resources? Are there connections to other organizations or locations outside of the school? Travel? Can spaces be designed to encourage quiet reflection? Creativity? Are the spaces created to emphasize individual work, collective work, work from a distance, or other options? How are students grouped? How is success defined? What are students learning? Who should be part of the discussion? What else should be considered?

These questions and more will be discussed at our Semi-Annual meeting. We have invited architects, planners from Public Works, government representatives and community members to join with us in designing a process for school change that works for citizens. If we decide that the vision for education in PEI should be that every child will reach their full potential, then our systems, policies and programs should reflect that. With an openness to new ideas and new ways of doing things, along with collaborative spirit and collective empathy, we can achieve that vision together. The semi-annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Central Queens Elementary School, Hunter River, PEI. Registration packages will be mailed to Home and School presidents, and each school is encouraged to send representatives.

As always, the Federation is available to provide leadership training, facilitate meetings, and to help bring people in your school communities together around common goals and visions. This year, leadership training opportunities will be offered that are tailored to the needs of local associations. Our facilitators can help bring community members together to discuss common concerns, define their visions for their schools, or develop plans for action on school food. Contact the PEIHSF office at 902-620-3186 or, toll free, 1-800-916-0664, for more information and to book a parent leadership and engagement event.

The Federation has representation on the committee that will adjudicate the Community Food Security and Food Education Grants from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, which are due October 15. Home and school associations interested in this grant opportunity are encouraged to seek out partnerships with other community organizations and non-profits. The staff in our office, the Healthy Eating Program Officers at the Department of Health and Wellness, and the Community Development Officers at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are available to assist you in this process. While we commend the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for its work on these grants, this is a small piece of the school food picture in PEI. The Federation will continue to advocate for a universal provincial school food strategy for all Island children and to bring people together around this common purpose.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch has not yet been scheduled, but I encourage you to watch their website for the announcement.

All federation resolutions and policies with responses from government and other decision-makers can be found at: www.peihsf.ca.

“Home and School and You” column is written by Lisa MacDougall, President, PEI Home and School Federation for The Guardian and published on the first Thursday of the month. October 2017

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