Covid Screening Document

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The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island

Englewood School staff and students would like to thank The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island which provides a well-established means to support philanthropic activities for Prince Edward Islanders to support community needs.

To this end, The North Tryon Women’s Institute Endowment Fund was created to provide an annual award to Englewood School to support projects in Library and/or Music programs.  Englewood has received a cheque for $600. The Kathryn (Myers) Lea Fund was created to provide an annual award to Englewood School to support projects undertaken by full time staff members that will enhance educational experiences for present or future students of the school.  Examples of projects could include musical instruments, library books, electronic learning equipment, props or costuming for a drama program, or for class trips.  Englewood has received a cheque for $440.

Thank you for your generous and continued support of Englewood School and our students. It is greatly appreciated.

 

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School Food Program Registration

There was a technical issue with the website however it has been corrected and parents/guardians are invited to register if they have not already done so. See the message below.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to register for the New Healthy School Food Program yet, registration has now RE-OPENED!

Please register by visiting www.peischoolfood.ca

When registering, please ensure that all information is correct; including school and classrooms details.

You will receive your username and password via email 24- 48 hours after registering. Please do not register multiple times!

Thanks,

Rebecca

Rebecca Sly
School Food Coordinator
PEI School Food Pilot
(782) 377 1900
rsly@gov.pe.ca

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Student Well Being Team Information

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School Occupational Therapy Program Information

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Day One Went Well!

We had a great start to the 2020-2021 school year. There was a higher than expected number of parents picking up students at the end of the day. As a staff we discussed the situation and we have a suggestion as to how we can make it better.

There is a new driveway opposite the church (on the Charlottetown side of the school parking lot). The driveway does allow drivers to access our school parking lot. Originally, the department of transportation had a left-turning lane painted on the highway leading to the driveway, however they painted in the left-turning lane with yellow lines. 

Parents picking up students after school (2:50-3:05) are asked to use this driveway in an attempt to keep people from having to wait on the side of the highway.

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE REGULAR ENTRANCE BETWEEN 2:50-3:05 AS WE WANT ALL VEHICLES TO ACCESS THE NEW DRIVEWAY AND AVOID CONGESTION. 

This new entrance will be used only for pick up at the end of the day between 2:50-3:05.

For all other visits please use our regular entrance and park your vehicles in the parking spots.

Grade 7-9 students will be waiting at the set of doors just outside the main office (doors nearest to Charlottetown)

Grade 4-6 students will be waiting at the opposite end of the school (area nearest to Crapaud)

Grade K-3 students will be waiting at the center doors. 

We ask that you be as efficient as possible in collecting your child(ren) as to keep the line of traffic moving.

With regard to bus pick up in the morning, we are asking everyone to be at your morning pick up location at the same time as you did today (or a few minutes earlier just to be safe.)

We, the staff at Englewood, would like to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate our way through this unique school year.  The students were absolutely fantastic today and we have every reason to believe there will be many fantastic days ahead.

Take care and continue to follow the guidelines suggested by the people at the Chief Public Health Office.

Mr Reardon

 

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Link to our Operational Plan

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PSB – Feedback Wanted

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

The Public Schools Branch would like to send congratulations and best wishes to our 2020 Graduates. We want to congratulate all our grade 12 graduates on their many accomplishments during their education journey these last 12 years. We hope they enjoy the recognitions and ceremonies that are being planned for them next week to mark this major achievement.

We live in interesting times that we will always remember. Our 2020 graduates will certainly never forget the year they graduated. Even though our graduates are leaving public education during a worldwide pandemic, they have remained focused, pushed forward, and developed skills of resiliency that will carry them well into the future. Their determination and resolve has been inspiring.

This is a time for our graduates, to reflect on and celebrate their accomplishments, efforts, and actions with their parents, family and friends. Our graduates have achieved so many great things to get to this stage of life, and in doing so, they have created endless possibilities for themselves. We wish all graduates the best of success in what life has to offer as they head to university, college, the work force, or other pursuits. We encourage our PSB graduates to continue to fill chapters of the amazing story they are writing. #classof2020

COVID-19 Response to Mental Health Concerns

A Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Care service is now available for children and youth ages 18 and under with urgent mental health needs or very high emotional distress. Children and youth with urgent mental health needs can call the virtual clinic for support and assistance. Children, youth, and their parents can call toll free at 1-866-833-5443 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily to connect with trained Health PEI mental health clinicians, who will provide a thorough risk assessment, help to stabilize any crisis, and connect to appropriate community supports.

Outside of the Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Care hours, individuals requiring urgent mental health support can also access the Island Help Line (1-800-218-2885), Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), their local emergency department, or 911. Community Mental Health Services, Student Well Being Teams, Strongest Families, and other community partners will continue to be available for all non-urgent mental health questions and concerns. For information on these services contact your local Community Mental Health office or Mental Health and Addictions Information Service at 1-833-533-9333.

Thank you to those who sent me feedback on the benefit and value of these weekly communications that began back in mid-March. It is my hope that these messages have been helpful. Next Wednesday will be the last letter for the 2019-20 school year. Plans are in the works to make it both a video and written message.

Until then, take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director

Parker Grimmer

Director
Public Schools Branch
P.O. Box 8600
Charlottetown, P.E.I.  C1A 8V7
(Phone)368-6841 (Fax)368-6843
tpgrimmer@gov.pe.ca

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PSB Announcement

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

A friend recently shared with me a message from the Prince Edward Island Public Service Commission about working from home with kids during the pandemic. The information is very helpful and I have drawn from it to share several important points for your consideration.

Many parents and staff are still working from home as they continue to manage the realities of dealing with COVID-19. We are all beginning to understand that working from home might continue for some time, at least part-time. Many are working alongside their family members, including children and may find this to be a challenge. There are a few positive things that we can all do in these situations.

Approach unpredictable times with flexibility. Being flexible helps us to better adapt to changes happening at home or with our workday. The positive side of being flexible is we are never going to feel stuck doing things “the one right way.” We can learn from our efforts, make revisions, and try something else without judging ourselves harshly. It is important to be kind to ourselves when we struggle and our day doesn’t unfold with our work and family the way we planned it would.

Find relief. Life is tough sometimes, really tough and at times we need to find relief in the simplest of things. Nature, family, music, cooking, art, gardening, exercise, reading, etc. can give us the break we need from our struggles so that we can recharge and refocus. Positive things will happen for our families and ourselves when we find ways to get some relief from life’s challenges.

Seek support to gain solutions. It is important to reach out for emotional support to those you trust.   Professional support can also help us gain new skills and strategies to manage our priorities and struggles. To access advice and find solutions to problems that are affecting work, family or your well-being, contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-800-239-3826 or eap@gov.pe.ca. It’s free and confidential.

For more information on how to work from home with kids in a pandemic, click the link: https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/how-to-try-to-work-from-home-with-kids-in-a-pandemic/. The article includes practical and helpful suggestions to support working from home while managing students of various ages.

Take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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Message from the PSB

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

As we move into June and the last month of school for the 2019-2020 school year, Public Schools Branch (PSB) staff are working diligently on the many year-end tasks and are planning and preparing to ensure success for September 2020. In accordance with the provisions of Phase 3 in Renew PEI, school staffs have more opportunities to support students and families throughout the month of June.

Teachers are available to schedule in-person appointments with students who wish to review their learning, the Respite Program is being offered in all PSB schools, some teachers are connecting with students through Google Meet, and PSB consultants and school counsellors have begun to reach out to families needing specialized supports. Home learning will continue until June 12 for high school students and June 19 for K-9 students.

Schools have been very successful in finding ways to maintain connections and relationships with students and families.  As we continue to navigate our changing landscape and find our way through these unprecedented times, we want to thank students, families and staff for their efforts and for working together.

Take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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