Respite Care for Students

Parents and Guardians,

Are you a caregiver who has a child that is supported by an EA or YSW while attending school?  If you are, you may be eligible for a few hours of respite care per week during the time that school is closed. Some schools are opening within family of schools (with some families being combined) to meet this need.

If you are interested in receiving more information please email respite@edu.pe.ca or call 902-368-4997.

 

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PSB Director’s Message

April 29, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;

Former automobile racer Bobby Unser once said: ‘Success is where preparation and opportunity meet’. Some would say he was fortunate to have experienced the thrill of three Indianapolis 500 victories over his career. Success, however, is rarely a matter of luck, but more a matter of preparation, and of doing what needs to be done to be in the path of opportunity.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, PSB staff have been busy preparing and working with our partners, including parents and staff from the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, to ensure students can be as successful as possible learning from home. The efforts educational leaders and teachers have made around home learning during this pandemic has allowed students to be able to take advantage of opportunities and maintain connections. We thank parents and students for engaging with the learning materials and opportunities that have been provided. As we continue to respect the Public Health guidelines, home learning materials and opportunities for students will continue until we are able to all safely return to our schools.

Ask a Psychologist

Our Student Services team has launched an Ask a Psychologist section on their PSB Student Services Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/psbstudentservices/ . If parents are wondering about how to manage bedtime worries, what to tell their teen who wants to visit friends, where to begin to structure their child’s day, or any other questions, they can write in and ask for advice from a school psychologist. Parents and students can also email a question to askapsychologist@edu.pe.ca . Anonymous responses will be posted to the Facebook page so other parents can also benefit from the advice. Please check out the first video that answers a question that was recently posted about how to regulate children who have tantrums.

Home Learning Television Program

A great deal of preparation has gone into making the new home learning television program Head Hand Heart Connections. Tune in to the Community Channel on Eastlink (10 & 610) and take time to connect through stories, movement, music, art and language. Through a series of episodes focused on creativity, physical health and well-being; children, youth, and families can engage with educators and librarians and explore fun learning opportunities. Episodes will be aired on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until further notice.

Students and Parents are also encouraged to watch Language 4 Vous on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. on the Eastlink Community Channel. The show is suitable for children pre-kindergarten and older wishing to improve their English and French communication. Each 24 minute episode features a variety of videos varying in length on vocabulary, crafts, well-being, drawing, music, and other aspects of life. A majority of the show is meant to be interactive as students can follow along with many segments within the show and can send in their created works to Language4Vous@gmail.com . Language 4 Vous is created by a collaborating team of EAL and FAL itinerant teachers and specialists in PEI with the goal to help everyone improve.

Nothing can be achieved without preparation. We thank our staff who help prepare for student success. We thank you for taking care of each other, yourself, and remaining engaged with these educational opportunities at home.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

 

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Principal’s Letter-April 27,2020

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EARTH DAY 2020

We hope you are finding ways to celebrate Earth Day 2020. On a normal school day you would be doing activities in the classroom and we would take some time to pick up garbage in the school yard. You can do that in your yard or around your apartment building. Take care of this earth, it’s the only one we have.

Ms. Ellsworth

 

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Principal’s Letter-April 20, 2020

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SAS Update for Parents

StudentsAchieve (SAS) update for Parents and Students
We are pleased to report that StudentsAchieve (SAS) is now available for teachers to mass email parents and students! StudentsAchieve is fully functional and working well. Given the current school closures and shift in how learning is happening, teachers are not currently entering any data into SAS. In order to avoid any confusion, we will leave SAS “off” for now. If you would like updated information on your child’s progress from earlier this year or during the home learning situation, please contact your child’s teacher. When schools re-open, we will make SAS available again to parents and students!
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Accessing Your Student Google Education Account

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Principal’s Letter-April6-9, 2020

Principal’s LetterApril6-9,2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 is Green Shirt Day to honor members of the Humbolt Broncos Hockey team and the Logan Boulet Effect. Here is a link to more information if you and your family wish to participate  http://greenshirtday.ca

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West Kent Book Trivia Video

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Updates for Families

Staff are sending messages to parents with some key questions to help up prepare for next week. Please check your email, class dojo,etc. If you haven’t received a message yet, please check you junk mail folder as some messages have gone directly to junk mail.

Minister Trivers – Beginning this week, nutritious prepared meals and snacks will be provided to families who register for support. Families are asked to contact the Support for Families lines at 902-368-5155 or 902-368-6990 or email supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca #PEICovid19

Supporting students – school counselors and psychologists are available for any student needing support during #PEICOVID19. For students and families feeling vulnerable who need support – call 902-368-5155 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca

Teachers are working hard to continue to support your child(ren)’s learning and prepare for next week when we work to follow the directives communicated by the Department of Education and Life Long Learning. Learning will not look the same for everyone. Please give yourselves permission to do the best you can with the resources, time, understanding and maybe even with the patience you have. Teachers will do their best to support. It’s not an ideal situation and I trust we will all do the best we can, period. Please do not overly stress about this. We will work together. More information to come.

Ms. Ellsworth

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