Cross Country Day and HotLunches for November

Cross Country Day:

Greenfield will have a Cross Country Day on Monday, October 26th for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6. This is to take the place of the Cross Country Meet that was usually held each year at Cabot Park which was not held  due to COVID.

Students in Grades 6A, 6C, 4B and 4A will run during their regular physical education time in the morning.  Grades 6B, 5A, 5B and 4/5X will have a time in the afternoon to run.

Students will need to have warm clothes to be outside as it may be quite cool.  It may have to be canceled or postponed if it just isn’t fit to be out.

HotLunches for November:

Our HotLunches menu for November is now open for ordering. Please note the following:

  • Ordering is open until midnight on Sunday, November 1st.
  • Please pay for your order when  your order is place (PayPal) or send in the money to the office the next day. Any parents who have not paid for the October orders will be unable to an place order for November.
  • The menu covers the period of Monday, November 2 to Friday, December 4th.
  • This menu is for ordering milk (every day) and pizza (Wednesday).
  • Free Milk Day is on Friday, December 4th. Any children who wish to have milk on that day can have it free of charge, thanks to the School Milk Program.

Happy Weekend to everyone!

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School Pictures- Final Date for Orders!

The final date to order school pictures is Monday, October 26th. Please send your orders into the office or order online.

Picture Retakes are on Thursday, October 29th.

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Update Greenfield Elementary Operational Plan for COVID-19

Our Operational Plan for Return to School has been updated.  Here is the undated plan:

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/greenfield-elementary-school-operational-plan

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Exciting News!

PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISER!
Greenfield’s Home & School Association has planned an exciting new fundraiser that will begin this week! It will consist of limited draws of popular items. All details can be found on their Facebook group called ‘GIVE TO GATORS‘.
This event will be our major fundraising for the year with all proceeds going towards the school’s playground fund. We have been fundraising to add equipment to our playground and we are are getting very close to achieving our goal.
We’re hoping to gather as many group members as we can to help support this worthwhile cause! Thank you in advance for your support!!
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Last Call for October Milk and Pizza!

Orders for milk and pizza for October are due tonight at 12:00 midnight.

Parents need to have an account in HotLunches. Please check an earlier post on signing up or go to the Parent Page at the top of the website to find the information.  Parents need to have a new account each school year.

Parents can order white or chocolate milk for every day of the week and pizza from Domino’s is now available on Wednesdays.

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Guidelines for Staying Home When Ill from the CPHO and PSB

Parents and Guardians,

Island children and education staff have been back in school for one month. At this time, it is important to recognize the tremendous work our education system, parents, students and the Chief Public Health Office have put into ensuring this school year, while different, can be successful. The health and safety of our school community is our top priority and we have put measures in place to support a positive learning experience for all.
We are monitoring what is happening across our country with respect to cases of COVID within schools. Because of the guidance of our CPHO and the compliance of Islanders, we are in a good position but recognize that a second wave is possible. We need to continue to mitigate the risk of potential community spread. Now is not the time to be complacent. The measures our province has put in place can only be successful with the continued support of Islanders. We all must continue to follow these guidelines and adapt to our new normal.

Staying home when ill:

Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools and workplaces.

A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school.

  • If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following:

    Students should not return to school or work:
    • if they have on-going fever or chills
    • if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms

    Students could return to school or work:
    if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol
    • if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job
    • if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms
    • if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)

Improved access to testing and results:

Health PEI has expanded access to COVID-19 testing with new drop-in, no-appointment screening clinics across the province for those with symptoms of COVID-19. This is in addition to the scheduled testing clinics still being offered in Charlottetown at 64 Park Street and in Summerside in Slemon Park.

The drop-in options are available in O’Leary, Summerside, Borden, Charlottetown and Three Rivers. Testing at these locations is offered on a first-come, first serve basis, with no referral necessary for symptomatic children and any symptomatic household members, as well as essential workers and any of their symptomatic household members. However, only people who meet criteria for testing will be swabbed.

Islanders do not have to call 8-1-1 to access these services.

Drop-in Testing Clinic Locations and Hours of Operation:

O’Leary testing clinic (O’Leary Health Centre)
• Monday: 1-4 PM
• Wednesday and Friday: 8 AM – 12 PM

Summerside testing clinic (Slemon Park)
• Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM – 4 PM
• Sunday: 1 PM – 4 PM

Borden-Carleton (20 Dickie Rd)
• Monday & Wednesday: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM – 11 AM

Charlottetown (64 Park Street)
• Monday to Saturday: 8am-4 pm
Montague (Montague Health Centre Parking lot)
• Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 AM-12 PM

The hours of the Drop-in Testing Clinics are subject to change so we would encourage individuals to check the website before visiting: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/information-about-covid-19-testing-pei

As well, Islanders who have tested for COVID-19 can now access their negative test results online within 72 hours.
Individuals must enter their PEI Health Card number information, date of birth and date of testing to access the results. Only negative test results are displayed online. The Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) will continue to contact individuals directly if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Unless otherwise instructed, individuals are required to self-isolate until their COVID-19 test results are confirmed to be negative. Household members do not need to self-isolate with the person awaiting the test results, however, they should continue practicing public health measures like washing hands frequently, maintaining physical distancing and masking when in indoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Cases within a school
Our response to a positive COVID-19 case within a school will be proactive.
The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and Chief Public Health Office have developed an outbreak management process to ensure that roles and responsibilities are understood when there is a positive COVID-19 case identified in the school system.

Each school has identified a school-based COVID-19 Response Team who are organized and prepared to respond to a positive case of COVID-19 should one be identified in their school. The Education Authorities (Public Schools Branch and Commission scolaire de langue français) also have response teams that will work closely with the school to support a response.

School closures will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Chief Public Health Office in consultation with the Education Authority and school administration. The recommendation to close schools will be based on the risk to students, teachers and staff and the operational needs of the school while also considering and balancing the public health risks associated with COVID-19. A school closure could be anywhere from one to 28 days.

More information to help keep our school community safe can be found here. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/keeping-everyone-safe.

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Home and School News for October!

Home and School News, October 2020

  1. Post- AGM Reports

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s Annual Meeting delegates approved resolutions addressing educational issues of concern to our membership. These have been forwarded to the Minister of Education and Life Long Learning and Public Schools Branch for their review and response. Approved resolutions are

Find reports posted at: https://peihsf.ca/agm

  1. Election of Officers

Election of officers took place at the AGM with volunteers filling board positions for 2020-2021. See the new board of directors posted at: https://peihsf.ca/board Special thanks go to outgoing directors Lisa MacDougall, Allie Keedwell, Leigh Dyment, Mary Macdonald-Pickering and Jonathan Ludgate. Their service to the home and school movement is greatly appreciated.

  1. To get us off to a quick start….

Presidents will receive post-mailed copies of forms to be filled in and returned to the Federation office including: Local Association 2020-21 Contact Info Form and 2020-21 Membership Fee Form. Home and School Associations are listed on the Federation’s website. Please review your info and send updates to the office at: peihsf@edu.pe.ca

  1. Parent Leadership Grants

2020-2021 Parent Leadership Grants are available for up to $1000 per Home and School Association to organize a parent engagement initiative in your school community.   Application guidelines are posted online at:  Parent Leadership Projects, Program 2020-2021 NOTE: 2019-2020 projects must be completed before applying for the next round of grants. Call the office for more information at 902- 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664.

  1. Public Schools Branch

The PSB Board of Directors will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Stratford Office, 2-234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Following CPHO guidelines, physical distancing will be required at the meeting which will result in a maximum number of people being able to attend. If you wish to attend, email: xsxgauthier@edu.pe.ca or call 902-368-6990 by Oct. 5/20 at noon.

PSB School Closures = If there’s a school closure, you can find the information on the PSB Website https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/ and social media channels or local radio stations.

Reminders:

Sign up your child for the Healthy School Lunch ProgramTo-date, over 10,000 students are signed up for the new school food program. Healthy lunch options include nut free, gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options. Sign up at: Food for Thought. The Pay-What-You-Can Program offers families 3 options….
1) You can pay full amount of your child’s lunch max $5/day
2) You can pay an amount that you can afford to pay at that time
3)   You can order lunch for your child if you are unable to pay

Does your child need support?
Contact your School Family Well-Being Team when your daughter or son needs support by using the Student Well-being Teams links below:

 

Click on links below to find more information and resources:

* (PEI) Schools scramble to make up for learning losses that have already occurred in the pandemic:

* PEI Writers’ Guild $500 micro-grants to celebrate family literacy

* Does your French language learner need a little help? CPF offers in-person and virtual French Tutoring sessions for grades 1 to 9. Contact: https://pei.cpf.ca/french-tutoring/ or edcpfpei@gmail.com

* Everyday Kindness: Strategies to Help You and Your Child Build Social and Emotional Skills

* Kids in the Know is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s national safety education program that engages students with interactive activities to help build skills to increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization online and offline.

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Late Bus – Thursday, October 1 – Bus 509

Change for Bus 509 – October 1

Due to driver absence, students on Bus #509 – Garth Coughlin’s first morning run will be approx 45 minutes late arriving at the school.  They will be picked up by Bus # 565 – Chris Cairns.

Students traveling on Garth’s second run will be picked up by Bus # 536 – Della Gillis, they will be approx 15 mins late.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Ordering Milk and Pizza

Our HotLunches menu for milk and pizza is now open for ordering for October (October 5 to October 30).  To order milk or pizza, parents must sign up at the Greenfield HotLunches website.  You must do this every new school year as children are in new classes with new teachers. The code is GFHL.

Here is the information:

HotLunches2020

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Friday Notes for the Coming Week

We have a busy week coming up. Here are some notes for parents:

  1. Our Greenfield Breakfast Program begins on Monday.  Breakfast items will be coming to classrooms.  Volunteers are still needed if any parents can help out with this program. Contact Kim Gaudet at 902-303-9569 or at kim_johnstone9@hotmail.com.
  2. The HotLunches menu for October is now open for ordering.  This menu covers the weeks from Monday, October 5th to Friday,October 30th.  Milk can be ordered from the School Milk Program. There will now be a Pizza Day on Wednesdays from Domino’s.  You can order a slice of cheese pizza or garlic fingers for $1.50 each. Ordering closes on Sunday, October 4th at midnight. Further reminders will be sent!
  3. Orange Shirt Day is on Wednesday, September 30th.  This special day raises awareness of residential schools and the importance of recognition and resilience.  This date was chosen as it was at this time of year that Indigenous children were taken from their homes to reside in residential schools. On Orange Shirt Day, we recognize that all children matter.  As well, it is an opportunity to learn and celebrate Indigenous ways of being.
  4. Wednesday, September 30 is also the day of the annual Terry Fox Run.  Classes will not be going to the trail as in other years but will do a “Terry Fox Run” with their class on the school property. If they wish, students can bring in a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation which supports cancer research.

Thank you to all our families for your support. Have a great weekend!

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