The Kings County Gymnastics Club is offering a ‘8’ week GYMNASTICS PROGRAM at Pavillon de l’est (French School) in Rollo Bay on Wednesday evenings starting January 20th. The program is offered to girls and boys ages 3-15. First class time is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the 3-6 year olds and the second class time is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the 7-15 year olds. The primary goal of the club is to offer the children FUN, FITNESS and FUNDAMENTALS of the sport of gymnastics. The Head Instructor is Darlene Grenier, a Level III certified gymnastics coach.

***The program will follow COVID guidelines for our club. Only 1 spectator per child will be allowed to stay and watch as long as they are wearing a mask!***

Registration is taking place at the Pavillon de l’est on FRIDAY, January 15th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration fee is $90.00 + $30.00 insurance fee. The ins. fee is a once a year fee (Sept. 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2021). If you require further information or need info for payment arrangement, please feel free to contact Darlene via text or call at (902) 969-8209 or by email at dxgrenier. If you can’t attend registration, please contact Darlene prior to January 15th to make alternative arrangements to register your child.

Home and School News, January 2021

Home and School News, January 2021

1. Elected school board model consultations

“We want to give Islanders a stronger voice in their education system and how we support student learning while ensuring our school boards are more representative of our Island population under the leadership of elected trustees,” Minister Trivers. (Dec. 21/20) Submit your ideas online at: Elected School Board Model Consultations. Islanders will have the added option to complete an online survey. Online consultations are open until March 11, 2021.

2. Don’t forget to nominate school staff

Nominate a teacher, EA, principal, Administrative Assistant, custodian) for the PEI Home and

School Federation’s Extra Mile Award. Submission deadline is Jan. 22. Nomination form is

online at: Presentations will be arranged duringSchool Staff

Appreciation Week, Feb. 14-21, respecting pandemic protocols. The week provides an

opportunity for parents / students to recognize the dedication and hard work of teachers, admin

support, EA, and custodians. Say thank you! Keep plans simple!

3. Teamwork: Parents and teachers write resolutions together

Resolutions are developed around issues that will affect positive change in our school system for all students’ benefit. Parents and teachers are asking to discuss school system and gaps around the local Home and School meeting table for the purpose of teaming up to write resolutions. What are the issues impacting student learning, student wellness and safety? Check our website to view resolutions. Ask the Federation for help with writing resolutions. Use a NEW Fillable Resolution Form. Deadline to submit resolutions is Jan. 31.

4. NEW School Food Menu: Students asked to give school food another try

Here is what you need to know about the new menus:

· Thirteen NEW menu items have been added based on parent/student feedback.

· Options include: one meat/one vegetarian (daily) and “gluten friendly” being offered for each menu item

· Portion sizes have increased slightly and are more consistent

· Meal orders will continue to be ordered in the two week rotation at:

· Ordering begins Dec. 28 and closes at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1. No late orders accepted.

· Photos of menu items were shared on social media channels over the holidays

· Updated ingredient and allergen information will be uploaded to the website

5. Parent Leadership Grants

Parent Leadership Grants. New submission deadline: Feb. 28, 2021

6. What’s on your agenda?

Add …..items from this monthly update

….current educational news
….Education Minister, Brad Trivers’ announcements

….Public Schools Branch information
….Federation’s resolution deadline
….Awards Programs nomination dates
….Appoint a communication’s person to be sure current topics are on your agenda
How can we help? Contact the Federation office: 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 /

Community News….

Ø Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Canada is a free book gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high quality, age-appropriate book in the mail, free of charge. Children receive books from birth up to their fifth birthday. Find out how to sign up your child in PEI. Call (902) 368-3620 / 1-866-827-3620.

Ø PEI’s public library offers a monthly e-Newsletter will contain the latest news and information on programs and services at PEI’s public libraries. Subscribe:…/library-newsletter…

Ø Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is a literary program in Atlantic Canada designed to bring together readers 9-12 years old with great Canadian books and authors. Click here to see all the amazing books on the non-fiction shortlist. They will be profiling each book on social media over the next couple of months. Register your child or reading group today.

Ø YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is an amazing Opportunity for High School Students: This national exchange program offers opportunities for youth (age 16-17) to gain valuable work experience, explore another part of Canada, and improve their second official language skills, all for the cost of $125. Contact St. John’s, NL & Charlottetown, PEI Coordinator: / 709-351-2356 /

Ø COVID-19 Study: Would you like to be part of a study to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on school experiences for caregivers and children from K – Grade 4? Contact Tara Cooper, Research assistant to Dr. Marla Morden, Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. For more information visit

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: 902-620-3186 Cell 902-218-8916 Fax: 902-620-3187
Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only) www.peihsf

“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.” – Loris Malaguzzi (founder of the first Reggio Emilia School

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


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School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Dear Parents / Guardians,

This letter is to inform you that Morell Consolidated will be involved with the School Therapy Occupational Therapy (OT) Program for this school year. Occupational Therapists (OTs) are licensed health professionals who work with children in many different settings and know a lot about: motor development, sensory processing as well as environmental set up, adaptations and accessibility.

• Fine and visual motor skills are important for school activities such as: drawing, colouring, printing, writing, keyboarding, using a computer, cutting with scissors, opening lunch containers, completing fasteners on clothing, tying shoelaces, using a lock, etc.
• Gross motor skills are important in school for: moving safely in the classroom and throughout the school, participating in gym activities as well as playing on the playground and playground equipment, etc.
• Sensory processing in school is important for things like: being comfortable with sounds and lighting within the school, being able to tolerate getting ready for outdoors in crowded hallways, being able to sit or stand at a desk or on the floor to complete work or listen to instructions.
• Environmental set up in school includes things like: making sure desk and chair heights are the “right fit” for students, identifying the best location for desk placement or quiet work/learning areas, exploring alternative seating options (i.e., chair, movement cushion, stool, stand-up desks) for students and ensuring accessible space for wheelchairs, etc.

The School Therapy OT will be part of the school team and accessible to all school staff as well as to parents/guardians. While at the school, the School Therapy OT will spend time in many areas of the school (i.e., classrooms, gym, music, playground, etc.) and will observe students engaged in their school activities. The OT will guide school staff in understanding how they can use activities within the classroom to help children with their motor and sensory skills. If the OT, together with your child’s teacher, notice that your child is having difficulty with the motor or sensory demands in the classroom or school, the teacher will contact you to discuss making an individual referral to the School Therapy OT Program. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s motor or sensory development please feel free to contact the School Therapy OT as well as your child’s classroom teacher.

If a family doctor, pediatrician or other health agency would like your child to be seen by the School Therapy OT program, the referral request must be communicated to the school-based Student Services Team or classroom teacher for a referral to be initiated.

If your child is currently being seen by private OT and you and your child’s school team would like to refer your child to the School Therapy OT Program please feel free to contact the OT at your child’s school to discuss the transition from private OT to the School Therapy OT Program.

The School Therapy OT for this school year is Colleen MacPherson, OT Reg. PE. She will be at Morell Consolidated every second Wednesday. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school or Colleen MacPherson at cgmacpherson. Thank you!