January 4th (Friday)–DAY 1

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Intramurals–
Grade 4 Girls
Soccer– Field 1-Gr. 5; Field 2-Gr. 6
Sleds–Grade 5
Hill–Grade 6
BREAKFAST PROGRAM:
-Resuming Monday, January 7th
ON-LINE HOT LUNCH PROGRAM:
-Resuming Monday, January 7th.

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Message From P.E.I. Home & School Federation

Making some changes:
The beginning of each year is a great time to think about creating resolutions for 2019.
The new year is a time where many of us make resolutions to better things or improve ourselves. Resolutions are a powerful tool that local home and school associations use to drive change on a provincial level in P.E.I.’s education system. Home and schools are encouraged to consider issues of broad provincial importance to education, and to develop resolutions that recommend concrete changes to policy at the department or board level. Previous resolutions have concerned academic outcomes, school food, school bus safety, lice policy, communications between home and school, technology spending, and e-cigarettes.

Resolutions are due in the office by Jan. 31. More information, including a guide to writing resolutions, is available online. Once submitted, resolutions are reviewed by the resolutions committee, and then circulated to all local home and school associations for discussion and local voting before the Annual Meeting, April 13. Please be sure to set aside time in your February or March home and school meetings to discuss this year’s resolutions.

There are many things in the upcoming months that require mentioning. It is the beginning of awards season for the P.E.I. Home and School Federation: January is the first in a series of deadlines for nominations for the provincial awards that the federation uses to recognize excellence in public education.

The Extra Mile Award recognizes teachers and staff who exemplify going the extra mile, going above and beyond the call of duty to support the total well-being of the Island’s youth. Two individuals are recognized annually. The deadline for nominations for the Extra Mile award is Jan. 11 and nomination forms and criteria online at peihsf.ca/extramile. The awards are presented during Teacher-Staff Appreciation Week in February.

At the federation’s Annual General Meeting in April the volunteer of the year award and the Life Membership Award are presented. The Stephen McQuaid Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a home and school member who has made an exceptional contribution to the work of their local association or to the federation. One award is presented annually. The nomination form and details are online.

Life Membership in the P.E.I. Home and School Federation may be conferred on any person for outstanding service to the federation. There is no limit to the number of life memberships that may be presented, and no requirement to make an annual award. Criteria for nomination and the nomination form are online. Nominations for both the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Life Membership Award are due on March 4.

Later in the spring, nominations for the School Bus Driver of the Year award and a new School Crossing Guard of the Year award (details to be announced) will be accepted. Nominations for both will be due in May and members are encouraged to discuss bus drivers and crossing guards worthy of recognition over their winter meetings.

Cory Thomas, president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, lives in Summerside with his wife and two children, who both attend Elm Street Elementary School. His column appears in The Guardian during the school year on the first Thursday of the month. He welcomes comments from readers and information for the column. He can be reached at peihsf.ca or 902-620-3186.

Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director
PO Box 1012 Charlottetown PE C1A 7M4
Street deliveries only:  40 Enman Crescent C1E 1E6
Phone:  620-3186  Fax:  620-3187
Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only)
www.peihsf
peihsf@edu.pe.ca
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“A school needs to be a place for all children, not based on the idea that they are all the same, but that they are all different.”
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

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January 3rd (Thursday)–DAY 6

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Intramurals–
Grade 5 Boys
Soccer– Field 1-Gr. 4; Field 2-Gr. 6
Sleds–Grade 6
Hill–Grade 4
BREAKFAST PROGRAM:
-Resuming Monday, January 7th
ON-LINE HOT LUNCH PROGRAM:
-Resuming Monday, January 7th.

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December 21st (Friday)–DAY 5

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Intramurals–
Grade 5 Girls
Soccer– Field 1-Gr. 4; Field 2-Gr. 6
Sleds–Grade 6
Hill–Grade 4
UPCOMING:
-December 21st–Ugly Sweater Day
-December 21st–Last day of classes in 2018!
-January 3rd–First day of classes in 2019!
YEAR-END NOTES:
-Ms. Bell, Youth Worker, and our faithful community volunteers will continue to operate the Breakfast Program up to and including Friday, December 21st (the last day of classes in 2018!) This program will resume on Monday, January 7th (2019!) We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their dedication ensuring our students’ morning nutritional needs are met.
-The on-line Hot Lunch Program will suspend after December 21st. Delivery of food items ordered will resume on January 7th (Monday, 2019!)
-If you are missing apparel from your house, you are invited to check out our Lost & Found table which is located in the direction of the Gym. All items remaining after the 21st will be donated to a local charity. Homeroom classes will have an opportunity to examine this area today and tomorrow.
-The t-shirt orders were filled yesterday and delivered to the classrooms. Orders marked “gifts” are ready for pick up in the office. Thank you for your support!
-Classes will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. today (usual time)!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe, fun-filled, happy holiday season!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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T-Shirts

The t-shirt orders were filled today and delivered to the classrooms. Orders marked “gifts” are ready for pick up in the office. Thank you for your support!

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December 20th (Thursday)–DAY 4

MUSIC:
First Recess–
Honour Choir
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Intramurals–
Grade 4 Girls
Soccer– Field 1-Gr. 4; Field 2-Gr. 5
Sleds–Grade 4
Hill–Grade 5
UPCOMING:
-December 20th–Dress Like A Christmas Ornament
-December 21st–Ugly Sweater Day
-December 21st–Last day of classes in 2018!
-January 3rd–First day of classes in 2019!
YEAR-END NOTES:
-Ms. Bell, Youth Worker, and our faithful community volunteers will continue to operate the Breakfast Program up to and including Friday, December 21st (the last day of classes in 2018!) This program will resume on Monday, January 7th (2019!) We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their dedication ensuring our students’ morning nutritional needs are met.
-The on-line Hot Lunch Program will suspend after December 21st. Delivery of food items ordered will resume on January 7th (Monday, 2019!)
-If you are missing apparel from your house, you are invited to check out our Lost & Found table which is located in the direction of the Gym. All items remaining after the 21st will be donated to a local charity. Homeroom classes will have an opportunity to examine this area today and tomorrow.

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News From PEI Home & School Federation

Healthy School Food Project
Morgan Palmer is working with the Public Schools Branch to develop and pilot a provincial school food strategy. As part of this project three School Food Think Tanks were held across P.E.I. this fall.
The following three video links contain content on this School Food Environment Initiative. Nine schools are prepared to pilot a new school food program for PEI.

  • East Wiltshire School Food Think Tank 1
  • Kinkora School Food Think Tank 2
  • Montague Regional High School Food Think Tank 3

    Affecting Change in PEI’s Education System
    Resolutions are developed around issues that will affect positive change in our school system for all students’ benefit. Your Home and School’s resolutions will be considered at the 66th Annual Meeting & Convention on April 13, 2019. Assistance with writing resolutions is available. Deadline to submit resolutions: Jan. 31, 2019.
    Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week | Extra Mile Award
    Start planning in the New Year to celebrate school staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, February 11 – 15, 2019. Home and schools are encouraged to find ways of saying thank you to staff members for their contributions to the lives of our children and youth. Nominate a school staff person (i.e. teacher, education / admin assistant, custodian) for the
    PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award. Submission deadline is: Jan. 11, 2019. More details are online at:
    http://peihsf.ca/extramile
    Annual Reports

  • Presidents of Home and School Associations are asked to submit an annual 1-2 page report outlining your Home and School Association’s activities for the 2018-2019 school year. Reports will be inserted into the Federation’s 2018-2019 Annual Book of Reports. If you need assistance, call 620-3186 | 1-800-916-0664 | peihsf@edu.pe.ca. Please submit your report to the Federation office by Feb. 28th.
    Coalition For Healthy School Food
    Canada is the only G7 country without a national school food program. Help us ensure every child in Canada has access to healthy food at school.
    Sign the E-1957 (Food Policy) Petition to the House of Commons

    For more info contact Debbie Field at: https://www.healthyschoolfood.ca/ | 416 537-6856
    2019 Great Big Crunch
    The next “official” Great Big Crunch will take place on March 28th at 2:30 p.m. EST. Click here to register your School/Home and School! Find out more here: https://foodshare.net/program/crunch/

    ”What a fantastic way to celebrate nutrition, raise awareness of various food discussions, and encourage a sense of both school and national unity!” – Salem Elementary School in New Brunswick
    Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
    Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director
    PO Box 1012 Charlottetown PE C1A 7M4
    Street deliveries only:  40 Enman Crescent C1E 1E6
    Phone:  620-3186  Fax:  620-3187
    Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only)
    www.peihsf
    peihsf@edu.pe.ca

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    “A school needs to be a place for all children, not based on the idea that they are all the same, but that they are all different.”
    “A child can teach an adult three things… To be happy for no reason. To always be busy with something. And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” — Paulo Coelho

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December 17th (Monday)–DAY 3

MUSIC:
Second Recess–
Honour Choir
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Intramurals–
Grade 4 Girls
Soccer– Field 1-Gr. 4; Field 2-Gr. 5
Sleds–awaiting more snow
Hill–Grade 5
UPCOMING:
-December 18th–Jersey Day
-December 19th–Hat Day
-December 20th–Dress Like A Christmas Ornament
-December 21st–Ugly Sweater Day
-December 21st–Last day of classes in 2018!
-January 3rd–First day of classes in 2019!
YEAR-END NOTES:
-Ms. Bell, Youth Worker, and our faithful community volunteers will continue to operate the Breakfast Program up to and including Friday, December 21st (the last day of classes in 2018!) This program will resume on Monday, January 7th (2019!) We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their dedication ensuring our students’ morning nutritional needs are met.
-The on-line Hot Lunch Program will suspend after December 21st. Delivery of food items ordered will resume on January 7th (Monday, 2019!)
-If you are missing apparel from your house, you are invited to check out our Lost & Found table which is located in the direction of the Gym. All items remaining after the 21st will be donated to a local charity.

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December 14th (Friday)–DAY 2

FEED A FAMILY:
The food drive our Grade 6 classes organized will conclude today. Thank you to everyone for contributing to this fundraiser. A draw will be held at noon and we will announce the student winner of the basket. Mr. MacDonald from the Food Bank will be here with his truck this afternoon to load up the food items on behalf of the CBC Feed-A-Family! In addition, our Grade 6 classes will be featured with Jay Scotland at some point on this evening’s Compass at 6 p.m. and our check will be dropped of later today as well! Once again, thank you for your support.
MUSIC:
Second Recess–
Glee Club
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Intramurals–
Grade 4 Boys
Soccer– Field 1-Gr. 5; Field 2-Gr. 6
Sleds–Grade 5
Hill–Grade 6
UPCOMING:
-December 5th-14th–Food drive hosted by Grade 6
-December 15th–Brick orders due
-December 21st–Last day of classes in 2018!
-January 3rd–First day of classes in 2019!
WELCOME:
Once again we welcome Jason MacNeil to our school. Mr. MacNeil is from the Orwell Corner Museum and he continues with presentations  to our Grade 5 classes this morning.
YEAR-END NOTES:
-Ms. Bell, Youth Worker, and our faithful community volunteers will continue to operate the Breakfast Program up to and including Friday, December 21st (the last day of classes in 2018!) This program will resume on Monday, January 7th (2019!) We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their dedication ensuring our students’ morning nutritional needs are met.
-The on-line Hot Lunch Program will suspend after December 21st. Delivery of food items ordered will resume on January 7th (Monday, 2019!)
-If you are missing apparel from your house, you are invited to check out our Lost & Found table which is located in the direction of the Gym. All items remaining after the 21st will be donated to a local charity.
Next week students and staff  are invited to dress according to a theme as follows:
Monday-17th….Wear Red & Green Day
Tuesday-18th…Jersey Day
Wednesday-19th…Hat Day
Thursday-20th….Dress like a Christmas Ornament Day
Friday-21st…..Ugly Sweater Day

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CBC Compass

Jay Scotland, CBC will feature our Grade 6 students on a segment of Compass tomorrow (Friday) at some point during the 6 p.m. show.

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