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Upcoming Triple P Discussion Groups for Parents

Posted on: September 24th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Spaces are limited to 12 people per session.

Call 902-368-6985 (option 3) to register.

  • If school is cancelled, Triple P will be cancelled.
  • Please see second page for topic descriptions.

Teen Parenting Sessions

Thursday, October 22nd – 6:00-8:00 pm – Coping with Teenagers Emotions.

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room.

Tuesday, October 27th – 2:00-4:00 pm – Reducing Family Conflict

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room.

Ages 0-12 Parenting Sessions

Tuesday, October 6th – 2:00-4:00 pm – Dealing with Disobedience

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room. 

Coping with Teenagers Emotions: This session looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can become emotional and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager how to manage their emotions, and manage any problems if you need to.

Dealing with Disobedience: This session looks at some of the reasons why children may not do as they’re told, and gives some practical suggestions to help prevent disobedience and teach your child limits, and manage any problems if you need to. 

Reducing Family Conflict: This session looks at some of the reasons why teenagers get into fights and arguments and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager to solve problems peaceably, and manage any problems if you need to.

Teen Parenting Sessions

Tuesday, November 17th – 2:00-4:00 pm – Getting Teenagers to Cooperate.

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room.

Thursday, November 26th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Building Teenagers Survival Skills.

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room. 

Ages 0-12 Parenting Sessions

Thursday, November 5th – 6:00-8:00 pm – Managing Fighting and Aggression.

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room. 

Tuesday, December 1st – 2:00-4:00 pm – Dealing with Disobedience.

            Location – Stratford Town Hall (234 Shakespeare Drive), Southport Room. 

Getting Teenagers to Cooperate: This session looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can be uncooperative and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager to cooperate with your requests, and manage any problems if you need to.

Building Teenagers Survival Skills: This session looks at some of the reasons why teenagers can get into trouble and gives some practical suggestions to help you teach your teenager how to anticipate and manage problem situations. It also provides a step-by-step guide on how to discuss this with your teenager in a positive and supportive way.

Managing Fighting and Aggression: This session looks at some of the reasons why siblings fight, and gives some practical suggestions to help you prevent problems by teaching your children to play cooperatively and resolve conflicts with each other, and manage any problems with fighting and aggression between them if you need to.

Dealing with Disobedience: This session looks at some of the reasons why children may not do as they’re told, and gives some practical suggestions to help prevent disobedience and teach your child limits, and manage any problems if you need to. 

School Picture Day Sept. 23rd & 24th, 2020

Posted on: September 17th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

PSB Message to Parents

Posted on: September 3rd, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! We are excited to be returning to in-person learning in schools next week and look forward to seeing your children. All schools have been working hard to prepare for the return to school and will provide you with specific details about your child’s school.

We would like to provide you with some information that applies to all 56 schools in the Public Schools Branch.

Back To School Website – All school operational plans can be found on the Back to School Website. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/back-school

Communication with Parents – Schools work hard to provide excellent communication and information to parents on a wide variety of school specific matters. The PSB will provide parents with system related information through the following. Check us out!
PSB website (https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/)
PSB Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/publicschoolsbranch)
PSB Instagram (https://instagram.com/psbpei/)
PSB Twitter (https://twitter.com/PSBPEI)

Pre-Screening your Children – Every morning we ask that you check-in with your child to see how they are feeling. Your school will provide you with a pre-screening checklist that will help to decide if your child should come to school. If your child is feeling unwell and is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that they stay home and suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider for information. The pre-screening checklists can also be found on the PSB website and PSB social media. https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/

At School – If you child feels unwell while at school, a staff person will call you and ask you to come pick up your child. If the child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the school will suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider. If your child is advised to get tested for COVID-19, your child must remain home until a negative result is found. Others in the household do not need to self-isolate at this time. If your child is not tested for COVID-19, they should still remain home until symptoms improve and they are feeling well. We appreciate your support with these unexpected circumstances.

COVID-19 Positive Case in Schools – Schools and the PSB have developed a protocol in the event of a student or staff person testing positive for COVID-19. This would include timely communication with those impacted, working collaboratively with CPHO to determine contact tracing and case-by-case decision making on if classes, cohorts or schools would need to remain home.

Contact Information – Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date at your school. It is important that the school can reach you or a caregiver for your child when necessary.

Alternate Arrangements – Sometimes unpredictable events occur that require your child to go home from school early. Please ensure alternate arrangements are made in the event that your child needs to go home when feeling unwell or in the event of an early school closure due to a power outage, inclement weather, etc..

Visitor’s in Schools – Schools remain welcoming environments to students, staff and visitors. With our ongoing focus on student and staff safety, visitors in schools will be reduced and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage parents and other visitors to limit the number of visits to schools.

Meet the Staff Events – Many schools usually host mid-September “Meet the Staff” events to provide parents an opportunity to meet the staff at each school. At this time, PSB schools will not be hosting in-person events. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage parents to reach out to their child’s teacher.

Masks in Schools – Please visit the PSB Guidelines for Return to School 2020 to see the new masking guidelines. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/back-school It will be important for us all to work together to help students understand the guidelines. Please purchase a personal, non-medical mask for your child and talk to them about wearing it. Please watch these videos with your children before school!

Mask Video 1 – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/wearing-masks-and-ppe-schools

Mask Video 2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzXZcOObiyo

Before/After school activities – All before and after school activities have been “paused” during the school start up. Schools will communicate further when this changes.

Helpful Videos – A few other videos that you may find helpful are below. Please take some time to watch them with your children.

Back to School Info https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/keeping-everyone-safe

Younger childrenhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOclshVIKss

Older children https://youtu.be/jlnqaXoPm_o

Physical Distancing –
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/physical-distancing-schools

Thank you for your ongoing support with Back to School 2020! See you soon!
Public Schools Branch

PEI Home & School News

Posted on: September 3rd, 2020 by Mary Whalley

September 2020

1.      AGM REGISTRATION

It’s time to register for the P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s 67th Annual Meeting coming up on Monday, September 14th, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually using Zoom.
The board will conduct a condensed business followed by an update from the Hon. Brad Trivers, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning. The Minister will answer questions about students return to school during a Q&A. We urge presidents/co-chairs to ensure your Home and School Association is registered which ensures a quorum!
Details include: 
–  REGISTRATION: Click here to register for the AGM.  Submit one registration per delegate.
–  We request that you register early – by Sept. 11th   However, registration will remain open to 12 noon
    on the day of the meeting, Sept. 14th
–   
Those who register will be sent a link to join the virtual AGM.
–  Each home and school can send five voting delegates, but there is no limit to the number of
    additional parents/guardians, teachers, administrators/staff who can attend.  No fees to attend. 
–  RESOLUTIONS:  Review (4) Proposed 2020 Resolutions and come prepared to vote.
–  Election of Officers: Nomination Form  Elections of Officers will be part of the AGM. If you are
   interested in a board position, contact the federation office.
Registered Associations will each receive a $50 gift card to purchase books for their school library or
contribute to their school food program. 
For more info: peihsf@edu.pe.ca902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter

2.      NEW Healthy School Lunch Program

The School Food team shared exciting news. As of August 27th, the Registration page for the NEW Healthy School Food Program is LIVE! Families can begin preparing for the school year by registering their family NOW!
The school food program will provide an opportunity for families to order healthy lunches 5 days a week alongside existing school food programs. Meals will be prepared and delivered directly to schools at lunch time by local food service providers. All students will have access to the same healthy lunch options, which will include nut free, gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.
The Pay What You Can Program offers families 3 options:
1)  You can pay full amount of your child’s lunch max $5/day
2)  You can pay an amount that you can afford to pay at that time
3)  You can order lunch for your child if you are unable to pay
Sign up your child today at: Food for Thought

3.      Back to School Plans

Parents and guardians will play an important role in helping children / youth return to school safely. Working together with school communities and the Chief Public Health Office is essential to make sure we protect the health and safety of students and staff in the education system and in the whole community of PEI. At each school, the administration is responsible to develop and socialize an operational plan based on the PSB Guidelines for Return to School that is customized to suit the composition, physical layout and grade levels of the school. This working plan will help to ensure optimal learning and safety for students, staff, families and the larger school community.  Find all School Operational Plans – Public Schools Branch

4.        School Well-Being Teams

Does your child need support? Email taroche@ihis.org or contact your school’s Student Well-being Team using the links below:

5.        Back to Home and School Requests

Your local Home and School meeting is a place to discuss the upcoming school year calendar, back-to-school plans, how the new Covid-19 adaptations are working and offer suggestions moving forward.  Here are a few suggested items to add to your first Home and School meeting’s agenda: 

–  Student physical and mental wellness and respective processes in the school and on school buses
–  Personal Protective Equipment (supply/use)

–  Cohorts and Physical Distancing; Student Transitions; Extracurricular
–  Breakfast and Lunch programs
–  Curriculum (reach back for 2020 home-based learning/home readiness)
–  Enhanced Cleaning; Visitors
The participation of parents and guardians in their child’s education is vital! We look forward to hearing from you during the 2020-2021 school year. Do not hesitate to contact us at:  902-3186 / 1-800-902-0664 / peihsf@edu.pe.ca 

– Presidents: Fill in the new Contact Info Form for your school:
2020-2021 Home and School Association Contact Information

– Treasurers: Fill in the new Membership Form and mail with payment as directed:
 
2020-2021 Home and School Association Membership Fee Form

Resources:

* Why Outdoor Play:  Four reasons children need to be outdoors:  play – nature connection, community connection and belonging, physical health and well-being and curiosity and learning. Get outside and play free resources

Children First Canada:  CFC  has compiled several resources from trusted, credible sources to help guide and support children and their families impacted by COVID-19. Resources for children and families impacted by COVID-19.

* Government of Canada:  COVID-19 guidance for schools Kindergarten to Grade 12

 

2020-2021 Course Handbook

Posted on: August 31st, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Healthy School Food Program

Posted on: August 28th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Dear parents/guardians:

We have some exciting news to share with you all; the province’s new Healthy School Food Program will be rolling out this fall.

Healthy, nutritious food is important for student achievement. Working with the Government of Prince Edward Island, we want to ensure that nutritious lunches are available to as many students as possible.

The Healthy School Food Program will provide an opportunity for families to order healthy lunches five days a week. Meals will be prepared and delivered directly to schools at lunch time by local food service providers. Nut free, gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options will be available.

The new Healthy School Food Program will be Pay What You Can.

As of today, families can now prepare for the upcoming school year by registering for the program here: www.peischoolfood.ca.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive your login and password via email, along with a welcome information package between September 1 -7, 2020. This username and password will allow you to login into the ordering platform once it is active. Therefore, registration is required to participate.

If a family needs to reach a support staff, they can by email at peischoolfood@edu.pe.ca or by calling 902-438-4895.

Colonel Gray Back To School Plan

Posted on: August 27th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Graduation Video Link

Posted on: June 23rd, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Follow the following video link at 9:30 pm this evening. This is a one time viewing on Youtube.

https://youtu.be/uoi24mkjczg

Attention Grads! Bursary, Scholarship and Post Secondary Updates

Posted on: April 6th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

May 28th UPDATES

Below is the Request form for Final Transcripts 2020.

May 12th UPDATES

Island Nature Trust Environmentalist Award

(Sponsored by Leigh Jenkins of Century 21)

Email completed application forms to Julie McCabe jlmccabe@edu.pe.ca, Mike Peterson mapeterson@edu.pe.ca or Gordie Cox gjcox@edu.pe.ca by May 30th, 2020.

April 29th UPDATES

2020 City of Charlottetown ‘David “Eli” MacEachern’ Bursary.

Interested students may apply by way of a short essay detailing how they feel they exemplify the qualities referenced in the attached bursary criteria document. Applicants should include complete contact information in the event they are selected as the winner. Deadline is May 1st, 2020.

PEI Mutual Scholarship ($1000)

Interested students need to have their application and photo permission form emailed to Julie McCabe at jlmccabe@edu.pe.ca no later than Friday, May 15th at 3:00 pm.

April 23rd UPDATES

The bursary booklet on our Student Services page has been updated as well. Here is the link to check it out.

https://colgray.pbworks.com/w/page/37587231/Bursaries%20Booklet

Kids Count Award has extended the application deadline of April 30, 2020 ( J Jarvis and Micheal Miller) to May 30th, 2020 and applications can be sent to emailed to Karen Tsistinas at katsistinas@edu.pe.ca or sent by regular post to Public School Branch, PO Box 8600, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8V7.

APRIL 20th UPDATES

UPEI is hosting a Virtual Open House for prospective students on Monday, April 20, at 1 pm. The University’s recruitment team will be live on Facebook to answer questions. Students will have an opportunity to see the campus, including a video message from our Dean, Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof, who will discuss the BSc, Sustainable Design Engineering program and provide a tour of the Engineering Building. Students will also be able to sign up for a chance to win a terrific UPEI prize. For more information www.upei.ca/engineering

Extended to June 30th from April 30th – PEI Command, The Royal Canadian Legion Bursary –Link to Requirements & Application Process .  If you need more information contact Brenda MacMillan, Executive Director, PEI Command at:  902-892-2161

Community Foundation of PEI https://cfpei.ca/

Below is a link to a pdf of a scholarship opportunity for Prince Edward Island students from the Community Foundation of PEI.

https://cfpei.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-CFPEI-Scholarships.pdf

COVID-19 Support for Families

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

COVID–19 has impacted all of us in ways we couldn’t have expected. With our PSB schools being closed, the absence of access to school breakfast and lunch programs has put a financial strain on many families. Assistance is being provided to families dealing with food insecurity. Please contact the Support for Families lines 902-368-5155 or 902-368-6990 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca with your name and contact information so we can get back to you about the supports that are available to assist you and your family at this time.