Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

Approximately 19,000 Public School Branch students in kindergarten through Grade 12 have embarked on a new year of learning. Many are attending new schools. There are a considerable number of new teachers and staff joining them. I wish everyone success as we become accustomed to new routines and get acquainted with new friends and staff.

Something else that is new is the ‘Inspire’ award. The PSB believes in celebrating the achievements of students, parents, staff, and other valued members of our educational community. We invite and encourage you to help us recognize individuals for the inspirational things they do to help us all experience success and make our schools great places to work and learn. Anyone can nominate an employee, student, volunteer, parent or community member. The criterion is simple — they just needed to have inspired others. Nominating someone is easy. Take a minute or two to complete the on-line nomination form http://tinyurl.com/psb-inspire . Nominees will receive a small PSB recognition package and a note of thanks for contributing to the PSB community. The nomination form is also located on our PSB website at edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb .

The summer months are always a busy time for school staff and branch-based staff, and this summer was certainly no exception. To prepare for the new academic year, significant transitioning and rezoning occurred, redistribution of students, staff and resources happened, repairs and improvements were made, school buildings were cleaned thoroughly, transportation routes were redesigned, buses were purchased and inspected, new employees were hired, and teachers and other employees participated in meaningful professional development.

Amidst all the new, one thing that we can be assured will remain the same is our united commitment to provide all students with quality learning opportunities. Our students are very fortunate to have teachers, administrators, educational assistants, youth service workers, administrative assistants, custodians, cleaners, and branch based staff along with their parents and caregivers helping them achieve success. Thank you for inspiring our youth through the support you provide. It is an exciting time for our students, parents, and our PSB’s staff.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your teacher, principal, or me with questions or concerns. Best wishes to everyone for a very successful school year.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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