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Grad Photos: October 30th – November 7th

Posted on: October 17th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

GRADS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS of the class of 2020:   HECKBERT’S  STUDIOS will be set up in the school library Oct 30th to Nov.7th photographing our 2020 Graduates. Please note: every grad must have their photo taken.  The two options are a paid FULL SESSION (for those students interested in purchasing a photo package from Heckberts) and a free COMPOSITE photo.  Students need to choose the correct sign-up link.


COMPOSITE ONLY LINK: Composite session only (free 1 shot)  

For more information visit or contact by email: or text/ call Kristen 902-314-6035.

Wall of Fame Cup: October 17th-19th

Posted on: October 16th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

Wall of Fame Cup: October 17th-19th. Please click here for schedules and results.

Home and School October Update

Posted on: October 11th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

Details announced for Oct. 8 event

Presentations focus on variety of topics, including e-cigarettes

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation continues to do its’ work of bringing people together around the common vision of an excellent education system, with the education and well-being of each island child at the centre. At the local level, we work to strengthen local home and school associations and support their work in their schools and communities. The federation provides leadership training and helps bring people together around common goals and visions.

The Semi-Annual Meeting coming up on Tuesday, October 8, 6 to 8 p.m. at Gulf Shore Elementary School in North Rustico will provide an opportunity to discuss best meetings, current issues, opportunities, share resources, ideas and build connections within the home and school community on P.E.I.  

Current vaping information will be presented by Sterling Carruthers, Education’s Health Schools Specialist and Melissa Munro-Bernard, Health and Wellness. Vaping products have now surpassed tobacco as the most commonly used nicotine-containing product by Canadian and PEI youth. As the rates of e-cigarette use by youth on PEI continues to rise, it is important for adults (e.g. parents, teachers, school staff, family members etc.) to educate themselves about what e-cigarettes are, heath harms associated with using them, what is being done to address youth use, and where to access more information. 

Other workshop topics will focus on: Sharing  ideas through ‘Live Story”, Conducting a Meeting, How to Impact Change in the Education System and Celebrating Everyone. Bring business cards for networking with volunteers and partners in education during the session.  Refreshments will be catered locally by Green Isle Catering.

The Semi-Annual meeting is open to all home and school community members, parents, students, administrators and other school staff members. There is no cost. Bring a food bank donation.  Register online at: or 1-800-916-0664 / 902-620-3186 or

Parent Leadership grants are now available to for amounts up to $1000 per home and school. Associations are invited to organize a parent engagement initiative in your school community. Application guidelines are online at:  Robotics Kits are available for loan from the P.E.I. Home and School Federation office. Contact the office to book and arrange for pick up.

Home and school’s September start-up package has been mailed to presidents. Presidents and treasurers are to fill out the contact sheet and membership fee forms and submit to the federation office. Review the awards information and consider nominating worthy individuals in your region.

healthy school food program for P.E.I. continues to be a priority for the federation. We will continue to work with the province in the hope that a universal school food program becomes a reality.  In terms of federal support for a universal school food program, here’s a time-related chance for individuals to support a petition advocating for a school food question in the federal leader’s debate.  Share that a school food program needs to be healthy, universal, cost-shared, flexible, built on what already exists, and guided by national principles; learn about these qualities at:


Cory Thomas, president of 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 on the Thursday of the month. He welcomes comments from readers and information from the column. He can be reached at 902-620-3186.

School Photo Retakes: October 29th

Posted on: October 2nd, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

School Photo Retakes: October 29th

Meet the Teacher: September 19th, 7:00

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

School Photos: September 19th – 20th

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald
Make it simple by ordering your portraits online using the Picture Day ID: IQ959115QP  for Colonel Gray and your child’s first name to get started.  If you prefer to order on paper, we will be sending an order form home as well.

Colonels Night at UPEI

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

The UPEI Panthers are proud to welcome students, families,
and staff of Colonel Gray High School to our first “Colonels
Night at UPEI”, taking place this Friday, September 13, 2019.
All are invited to join us at our UPEI Women’s Soccer and
UPEI Men’s Soccer games versus Acadia University at 5:00 pm
and 7:15 pm at the UPEI Turf Field, and at our UPEI Men’s
Hockey game versus the Université de Moncton at 7:00 pm
at MacLauchlan Arena.
All attendees will be presented with a 2-for-1 coupon to attend a
regular season home game of one of our Panther varsity teams.

Click here for the pdf poster.

Welcome Back!

Posted on: September 4th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

First day of school for students in Thursday September 5th!

Important Information For Graduates

Posted on: May 29th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

Please click here to view the 2019 Graduation Memo. Please note after you click on the link, a rotate icon will appear in the top right of your screen.

Home and School June Update

Posted on: May 29th, 2019 by Andrew MacDougald

Home and School News – June 2019

Congratulations Provincial Heritage Fair students!

In recognition of the excellent work of students, the PEI Home and School Federation awards specialty prizes in the Provincial Heritage Fair. Congratulations to:

  •  Seamus Studer, Athena Consolidated School  TOPIC: Bops (My great-grandfather)

My project was all about my great-grandfather Orville Vincent Studer, AKA Bops.  I chose this topic because I think that more people should remember all the soldiers that fought in wars and I wanted to know more about him. Bops was part of the Canadian Army in the 8th Recce Squadron.  His job was to go behind enemy lines during WWII to gather information.  Even though I never had the honour to meet my great grandfather, through this project I feel closer to him and better understand some of what he went through in the war to allow me to enjoy the life I have.

  • Emma MacDougall, Central Queens TOPIC: My Great Grandmother Was a War Bride

My Heritage Fair project was about my great grandmother Isabella MacDougall, a war bride from Dundee, Scotland, P.E.I. When my great grandmother was in school WWll had started and her and others were suddenly evacuated out to a farm just outside of Aberdeen, Scotland for about a month before Isabella’s mother decided it was best to go back home. While in Scotland she met her husband Roland at a local ice skating rink, a Canadian soldier. They married in Dundee, Scotland in 1946. Isabella travelled on the R.M.S. Aquitania ship across the North Atlantic Ocean, to Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Roland met her at Pier 21 and they travelled to their home in Tyne Valley, P.E.I.  They had four sons: Gordon, Gary, David, and Ian MacDougall. Sadly my great grandmother passed away from a stroke on November 23, 2013, in her 87th year.


School Bus Driver Awards will be presented before the end of the school year in recognition of bus drivers who keep our children safe while travelling on the bus to and from school throughout the school year. Recipients names will be posted at: following presentations.

Parent Leadership Program

Read about Parent Leadership Projects, 2018-2019


June is an excellent time to hold Home and School elections for new board members who will work to prepare for the next school year. If you need guidance, contact the Federation office at: 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 /

Annual Meeting & Convention Reports

The 66th Annual Meeting & Convention minutes, final resolutions, Round Table and other summaries have been compiled and posted online at:


More Community News…..

~ Summer Reading is Important and Fun: Have you heard of the Summer Slide?  Data from our Kids & Family Reading Report™, Canadian Edition shows that only 1 in 3 parents with children ages 6-17 have heard of the Summer Slide!  84% of kids ages 6-17 and 96% of parents agree that reading books during the summer helps kids during the school year! 

  • Take kids to the library
  • Bring books on trips and vacations
  • Get books from your local bookstore, library, school book club or book fair
  • Start series so there are multiple books to read
  • Build reading into your daily summer routine or schedule

~ Kiwanis Student Award    The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown has teamed up with Martin Rutte, International speaker, and co‐
author of the New York Times Business bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, to challenge Island youth to build a better world. They have established an award for students for this school year – one $100 award available for each school. Find more details at:  Student Leadership Award