Dear Students, Parents and Staff:
Earlier today, nearly 20,000 students in kindergarten through Grade 12 entered their school for the first time or returned to class for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Public Schools Branch (PSB) would like to extend a warm welcome to all students, parents and staff as we begin our new school 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 with the tremendous support from our parents, volunteers, and community partners, together we make our schools even better.
The summer months are always a very busy time for school and Branch Based staff, and this summer was no exception. To prepare for the new academic year, school buildings were cleaned, classrooms were set up, 38 new buses were ordered, and other buses were inspected. Many new employees were hired including new staff to fill 68 new teacher and educational assistant positions. We have 30 principals or vice-principals who are new to the role or new to their school. Our EAL team was very busy supporting new students who will join our schools and three new student well-being teams have been launched to complete the provincial complement and are ready to continue supporting Island students and families. The 14 new classrooms at Stratford Elementary have opened so that new grade 3 students and staff could join from Glen Stewart Primary creating more learning space for all Stratford area students. The 10 classroom addition to LM Montgomery Elementary will open later in the fall. Repairs and improvements were also made at many schools over the summer. 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. We also invite you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news and information.
Everyone at the PSB is looking forward to the 2019-2020 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. As we continue to build from where we are, we thank you for your support. We know that by working together our students have the best opportunity to succeed.
Parker Grimmer, Director
Erin Johnston, Assistant Director