Deadline Today – Literacy Alliance Summer Tutoring Program

Parents should know that today is the deadline to register for the PEI Literacy Alliance Summer Tutoring Program – Ready Set Learn.

Parents must apply. You can do that by clinking this link:

https://peiliteracy.ca/ready-set-learn/

Ready Set Learn is a free one-to-one tutoring program for children in grades K to 6 who need it the most. Each child selected for the program will receives 1 hour/week of free tutoring for 8 weeks over July and August in a fun and positive learning environment. For younger children this may be two 30-minute sessions a week. Changes to this year’s program due to Covid-19 include:

  • Tutors will work one-to-one with children virtually through Zoom Classroom.
  • Each child will receive a Literacy Kit to be used during tutoring sessions.
  • Parents will have to sign a legal waiver.
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Message from Parker Grimmer, Director of the Public Schools Branch

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

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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School Supply Fees and HotLunches

School Supply Fees:
Every year at this time, we begin to collect a school supply fee for all students.  As, parents would know, the practice of having teachers purchase classroom materials for all students has worked well for us at Greenfield.  Teachers ensure students have what they need and there is consistency from student to student.  Businesses offer good pricing for teachers and for bulk purchases.  This does take a task off parents’ plate!

For this to work and for fairness, it requires that all families pay the school supply fee.  The cost is $40.00 per child.  There are two ways to pay.  There is a School Supply Fee option in HotLunches.  Parents can pay using PayPal.  When you click to order, the amount ($40.00) is shown.  The other option is to come into the school and pay.

Our school office will be open on the following mornings (8:30 – 12:00):

Wednesday, June 3rd
Thursday, June 4th
Tuesday, June 9th
Wednesday, June 10th

We hope that parents will drop in and pay when they can.  We provide a receipt for all school supply fees that are paid.  This cost does not include the student agendas that we provide in September.  Any student belongings that were not picked up, can be picked up on these days as well.

HotLunches:
We will begin to provide refunds to all parents who have credits in HotLunches tomorrow. This has to be done order by order and will take a little time.  As the amounts are all different and most are not more than the School Supply Fee, we have decided to keep these two items separate.  This means that if you have a credit in HotLunches, we will pay that back and you should pay the school supply fee separately.

We hope this make sense to everyone. Please call the school on the days above it you have any questions.

 

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PEI Home and School News – June 2020

Home and School News for June  

Volunteers are part of School Communities
Be part of the Team! June is an excellent time to invite new volunteers to be part of a local Home and School community. Parents and teachers will team up to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact your Home & School president or school principal to find out how you can get involved in your child’s school life. If you need guidance, contact the Federation office: peihsf@edu.pe.ca 

Annual Meeting 202
PEIHSF’s 67th Annual General Meeting will be held in the fall; date and details to follow. The 2020 Book of Reports is posted on the website. Local Home and School Presidents are encouraged to add COVID-19 stories to their annual reports. The Book of Reports will be updated accordingly. Submit revised reports to: peihsf@edu.pe.ca

 Public Schools Branch
As restrictions are being lifted, PSB staff members are excited there are greater opportunities to connect with students to support academic and well-being needs. Teachers will be reaching out to their students with options they can participate in.

Respite Programming will begin operating at all 56 PSB schools.
Please contact respite@edu.pe.ca or (902) 368-4997 for more information.

Graduations: Schools are excitedly working on plans for High School Graduations and year end closing activities, within the public health guidelines outlined by the Chief Public Health Office. While activities will not look the same as in previous years, schools are committed to offering a unique experience to mark the end of the school year and wish their students well.

Access Your Student Well-Being Team

PEI School Food Project
This program has provided over 30,000 meals to children across the island experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. THANK YOU to all of the hard working chefs in our 6 hubs who have prepared and continue to prepare these delicious and nutritious meals! Check out the PEI School Food Project Facebook page to see the amazing food being provided to students during the pandemic.

Do you know of families who need food supports? Let them know they can contact the Support for Families information line at (902) 368-5155 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca. 

Awards
As regular activities and deadlines are changing on a daily basis, the new deadline to submit School Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Awards nominations is June 15th. Presentation arrangements will be coordinated with schools. Send your nominations to peihsf@edu.pe.ca  Find more details here: https://peihsf.ca/awards

Parent Leadership Program
Home and School’s Parent Leadership Projects have been given approval to move their projects to the fall when school resumes. If you have questions, contact: 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / 902-218-8916(cell) / peihsf@edu.pe.ca

Busy Bee Webinar with Toronto Beekeepers Collective
Life Cycle of the Bee June 3rd webinar, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EST) for students, parents, teachers

Explore the 3 types of bees found in a honey bee colony and the various stages over the course of their lives and look at the different kinds of Bee Stings in the insect world and a deeper exploration of bee stings – risks and management. Sign up for Zoom Webinar at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxI3LkKztCG7zFdQSLbUN461MMGv_NOmt26jRKrNxUzmG2Ew/viewform

Dawson City family eats only local food for a year in documentary ‘First We Eat’
The film’s world premiere is Thursday as part of Hot Docs 2020. The 104-minute Documentary, distributed in Canada

by Blue Ice Docs, runs online at hotdocs.ca until June 6.

The Young Millionaires Program
The Young Millionaires Program is designed to assist youth between the ages of 9 to 16 years old discover more about business and help them start up a business of their own.  Participants will develop basic business mindset and business skills; including record keeping, marketing, customer service and public speaking skills.

What does it do?  The program provides help and guidance, through a series of self-directed learning workshops, to participants starting up their own business.  All successful applicants will receive up to $150 for a sole proprietorship (single business owner) and up to $200 for a partnership.
This is a non-repayable grant that is given with the intention that the participant will use it to start up their business.  The program facilitator will conduct check-ins with each participant as well as keep regular communication open with participants throughout the summer.

How do youth apply? You can apply at the Young Millionaires website www.youngmillionairesprogram.ca/   by June 8th.  There is NO COST to sign up!  If any students or parents have any questions, they can contact Rose Leger at ymp@centralpei.ca  or by phone 1-902-887-3400 (office) / 1-902-388-8577 (cell).

 

Resource links:

Reading Rockets

Education and Lifelong Learning:

Public Library Service: Download Libby

Home Learning Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Families

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Grade 6 Closing

We are finalizing our plans for the Grade 6 Closing and have confirmed the date.

Our closing will be held on Thursday, June 25 (Raindate – June 26th).  We plan to have English classes come in the morning (10:00 and 11:00) with the French class at 1:00.

More details will be coming as we get closer to the date.

 

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Reminder – Pick-Up of Belongings Today – English Classes!

Today is the day for the pick-up of student belongings in English classes.

Drop by between 9:00 – 12:00.

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Reminder – Today is the Day!

A reminder that parents of our students in the French Immersion program should drop by the school  between 9:00 – 12:00 today to pick up student belongings!

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Pictures from Greenfield’s Parade

The following are some candid pictures while preparing for our Greenfield Parade!

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Pick Up of Student Belongings!

We know our families have been waiting patiently for the opportunity to pick-up the personal belongings of their children. We are excited to now have a plan in place for this to happen.

As well, this is an opportunity for parents to return any items that they may have that belong to the school or to teachers, such as library books, classroom books and materials. There will be a bin set aside for these items. We hope you will take the time to check at home and see if you have any items to return.

We will have staff available to provide student items on two dates:

Friday, May 29 – French Immersion classes – 9:00 to 12:00

Monday, June 1 – English classes – 9:00 – 12:00

Procedure:
As we are required to follow the CPHO protocols and social distancing guidelines, we ask that parents follow this procedure:
1.  One adult comes to the school.
2.  Park and come to the front doors of the school.  If there is someone ahead of you, please respect social distancing guidelines and wait in line.
3.  When indicated, come into the school.  There will be a table set up with lost and found items.  If you see something that belongs to your child, you can pick it up.  We ask that parents not handle items if they are not sure something belongs to them.  We will provide opportunities for this at a later date.
4. Proceed down the hall to the gym doors.  A staff member will get your child/children’s items from their teacher and you can exit through the gym doors to the parking lot.

We hope to move quickly and not have parents waiting for too long.

If a parent is unable to come on either of these days, we will be looking to set another date in the near future.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

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Message from the Public Schools Branch

We have been very impressed with the work of our teachers, who have migrated to home learning platforms with tremendous efficiency and creativity during this global pandemic.  Teachers have been very busy preparing lessons, providing feedback on learning, connecting with students, working through year-end transition processes and supporting the social and emotional well-being of students. Teachers have and continue to be available to students and families through various means of communication.

Like all Islanders, staff at the Public Schools Branch (PSB) have been very encouraged with recent messaging from the province and the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO), including the positive trend toward lifting restrictions on mobility and gatherings in PEI. As home learning continues to unfold, we are able to consider broader opportunities to connect and engage with students and families. We would like to provide you with an update.

In accordance with the provisions outlined in Renew PEI, new possibilities for staff and students to connect at their respective school will be available. With the easing of restrictions, PSB staff may be available to provide additional support to students. 

As restrictions are being lifted, PSB staff are excited that there are greater opportunities to connect with students to support academic and well-being needs. Teachers will be reaching out to their students with options they can participate in.  

In addition, Respite Programming will begin operating at all 56 PSB schools. Please contact respite@edu.pe.ca or (902) 368-4997 for more information.

Student Services consultants and specialists will be in contact with families as additional supports become available. For more information please contact supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca or (902) 368-5155.

Schools are excitedly working on plans for High School Graduations and year end closing activities, within the public health guidelines outlined by the Chief Public Health Office.  While activities will not look the same as in previous years, schools are committed to offering a unique experience to mark the end of the school year and wish their students well.

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