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Getting Ready for Kindergarten: A Guide for Parents of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Parents and guardians are invited to review this presentation by Public Schools Branch Autism Consultant Chelsey Broderick. It will help you better understand the planning process for welcoming your student to school in September. Parents are also asked to provide some information for planning purposes using this Autism Intake Parent Information Form (pdf) by March 16th. Questions about the form can be sent to

Recognize our Volunteers during the Month of March

We appreciate our volunteers. We thank everyone who volunteers their time and talents to help our students in our school communities. We want to acknowledge their incredible efforts and say thank you.

Nominating a volunteer for an ‘Inspire’ award in March is an excellent way to recognize them. Each month we are encouraging the nomination of a specific group in our Public Schools Branch family. This month we will highlight the work of our volunteers. For many students, their efforts and kindness make the school experience more enjoyable and pleasant. Show your appreciation to those who give freely of their time and energy by nominating a volunteer this month.

The success of all our schools rests greatly on the support and dedication of parent and community volunteers. It is so inspiring to see parents, extended family and community members reading with children, helping them and their teachers with a host of activities like Science or Heritage Fairs, and sharing other talents that enrich student learning. Those who volunteer their time to accompany students on field trips, attend Home and School Association events, help out with a sport, music, or drama group, and support school based initiatives like breakfast or lunch programs, send a clear message to our PSB students that they have an extended school family that cares about them.

The ‘Inspire’ award is one way the Public Schools Branch is using to recognize members of our educational community 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; and the criterion for nomination is simple – they just need to have inspired others. To nominate someone, simply take a minute or two to complete the on-line nomination form. Nominees will receive a small PSB recognition package and a note of thanks for contributing to the PSB community. Over 370 ‘Inspire’ Awards have been delivered so far! Thank you for doing your part to nominate deserving candidates.

Teachers, Copyright, and Fair Dealing: Know your rights and know your limits!

Thinking of using a copyright-protected work in your classroom? First, find out if you need permission from the copyright owner.

The Copyright Decision Tool helps teachers decide, with just a few clicks, whether “fair dealing” permits classroom use of print materials, artistic works, or audiovisual materials without getting copyright permission.

It takes 30 seconds on to have your copyright and fair-dealing questions answered.

Consult the Copyright Decision Tool:

Teachers and Copyright – An Awareness Campaign

Educational organizations across PEI and Canada are once again participating in a one-month initiative to promote copyright awareness and showcase the CMEC’s copyright website ( This campaign is intended for educators and other interested parties on the resources and information available on that site.

During the next four weeks, the Public Schools Branch website will share several “posts” and “tweets” highlighting the Copyright Decision Tool ( and other reference material on the topic of teachers and copyright.

PSB teachers can access these resources from this permanent link on the PSB web site.