Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Dear Students, Parents and Staff:

A warm welcome is extended to you from the Public Schools Branch (PSB).

Earlier today, nearly 20,000 students in kindergarten through Grade 12 entered their school the first time or returned to class for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time not only for our students and parents, but also for all our PSB staff at our 56 Island schools. Our staff are highly qualified professionals who care deeply about the success of children, and the tremendous support from our parents, volunteers, and community partners makes our schools even better.

The summer months are always a very busy time for school staff and Branch based staff, and this summer was no exception. To prepare for the new academic year, school buildings were cleaned, classes were set up, and buses were inspected. Our EAL team was very busy processing an additional 240 new students. Many new employees were hired, including 12 new teacher positions in the last week. While the work on additions to Stratford Elementary and LM Montgomery Elementary is well underway, repairs and improvements were also made at many schools. Thank you to all the people involved with these important efforts to get us ready for today.

With the new school year getting underway, we invite parents to learn more about the Public Schools Branch schools by visiting the PSB website, edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/ and your child’s school website for the latest school news and information.

Everyone at the PSB is looking forward to the 2018-2019 academic year with enthusiasm and optimism. Best wishes to all students, parents and staff for a successful school year filled with many excellent learning opportunities. Thank you for considering to nominate a deserving member of our school community through the PSB ‘Inspire’ Award when someone helps you or makes your day easier, brighter, or better. Fill out the form HERE. It only takes a few minutes, and your actions can make the day better for someone too!

Thank you for your support. We know that by working together our students have the best opportunity to succeed.

Parker Grimmer

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The Inspire Award

We are re-launching the ‘Inspire’ award for an ‘encore’ year. The Public Schools Branch (PSB) believes in celebrating the achievements of students, staff, and other valued members of our educational community.  We invite and encourage the PSB community to help us recognize individuals for the great things they do to help us all experience success and make the PSB a great place to work and learn. Nominating someone is simple – just take one or two minutes to complete an electronic nomination form located HERE.  There were over 500 ‘Inspire’ award recipients last year. Anyone can nominate an employee, student, volunteer, parent or community member. The criterion is simple — they just needed to inspire others. Nominees will receive a small PSB recognition package and a note of thanks for contributing to the PSB community. These awards will arrive by school courier and will be delivered to nominees at their schools. Thanks for nominating someone today.

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The Charlottetown Family of Schools Study

The Charlottetown Family of Schools Study Report was presented to the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors at a public meeting on August 29, 2018.  The Study Report included options for improving capacity issues at the elementary and secondary (intermediate/high school) levels.  The Board is now consulting with the public on the options before making final decisions.  The Board invites the public to provide their input on the options via written submissions, online survey, and consultation meetings.  The online survey will be open from August  30 – September 7, 2018.

For more information on the consultation process and schedule, or to review the Study Report and presentation, please visit the Charlottetown Family of Schools Study page.

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