6 February, 2014 12:07


NOTE: Att. Presidents/Members – Please post the Home & School February Update on your Home & School’s Facebook page, web site, and blog.

1. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (TSAW) February 9-15, 2014

Find planning ideas at: http://peihsf.ca/search/node/Teacher/Staff%20Appreciation

The Federation will present two Extra Mile Awards during this special week.

2. Workshops on how to develop Parent Leadership grant proposals

O’Leary School – Tues. Feb. 11th; Holman Bldg. Summerside – Thurs. Feb. 13th; Royalty Centre

Charlottetown Feb. 18th Participants must register by calling Jean Davis 1-800-916-0664 / 620-

3186 or email peihsf .

3. Annual Meeting/Convention, April 12th

Mark your calendars Saturday, April 12th. Plan to attend the P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s 61st Annual Meeting/Convention. Registration information will be mailed to Presidents by Feb. 15th.

4. Presidents/Co-Chairs Annual Reports

Please submit your Annual Report to the Federation office by: Monday, March 3, 2014 .

See template attached and online at:

5. Volunteer & Life Membership Awards

Nominate a Home and School member for 2014 Volunteer of the Year or Life Membership Award. Deadline: March 14th. More at: http://peihsf.ca/content/awards

6. English Language School Board
Proposed Governance Board Policies received first reading Jan. 28 and are online at: kkredmond by Feb 7.

7. Home & School & You – Monthly Newspaper Column, published in The Guardian Feb. 5th.
See pasted below and online at: http://peihsf.ca/content/chance-celebrate-teacherstaff-appreciation-week

Other community news….

A. Education 20/20 Inc.= New website: http://www.education2020.ca

B. Parent Survey – Share your views about Careers in the Skilled Trades at:

C. Island EMS CPR/AED training: Contact: Chris 1-888-475-3243 / www.islandfirstaid.ca

D. Canada Day Challenge Poster Contest: www.challenge.pch.gc.ca
E. Earth Day: www.earthday.ca/outreach/2014-01-14-staples-recycling-for-education-en-fr/index.html
F. Family Violence Prevention Week, Feb. 9-15 = www.stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca.

G. Active Teen Parenting Course – Contact Pam: 213-2509 pam

**************Home and School news column, The Guardian, February 2014

Chance to celebrate Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Parents across Canada will recognize school staff members, teachers, teacher assistants, secretaries, custodians, crosswalk personnel and others during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 9-15.

Home and School associations in elementary, intermediate and senior high schools are organizing activities to thank great people who inspire, encourage, and care for our children. The federation expresses its gratitude to members of school staff for their commitment to the educational development and total well-being of Island children. Contact a local home and school association to see how to get involved!

In addition, two teachers/staff persons will be recognized with the federation’s Extra Mile Awards during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.

Presidents and committee chairs are asked to send annual home and school reports to the P.E.I. home and school federation office by March 3 for inclusion in the federation’s annual book of reports. These reports are to cover events for this school year. Talk about what your home and school is doing in your school community. Reports ensure that local association’s successes, challenges, events and milestones are recorded for other members to review and for historical purposes. A template on the federation’s website offers help at: http://peihsf.ca/content/template-presidents-annual-reports

The federation’s annual volunteer and life membership awards recognize individuals who have given exceptional contributions to the total well being of children and youth on P.E.I. through service at the local Home and School Association and for outstanding service in the provincial federation. Awards are presented at the annual general meeting in April. Review criteria on-line at: http://peihsf.ca/content/awards. Submit nominations to the federation by March 14.

In anticipation of the Feb. 28th deadline of the Parent Leadership Grant, the federation is organizing workshops in various locations across the Island on how to develop grant proposals. Anyone looking for successful project ideas and wanting help with filling in the application, should contact Jean Davis to register at: peihsf or call 620-3186 or 1-800-916-0664.

School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System or SHAPES-PEI is a data collection and knowledge exchange system that is designed to monitor youth health behaviours in Prince Edward Island. SHAPES-PEI uses school-based surveys (the provincial SHAPES survey and the national Youth Smoking Survey) to ask students, grades 5 to 12, questions about physical activity, healthy eating, mental fitness, and tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. We look forward to learning about the 2012‑13 School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES‑PEI) ‑ Provincial Health Profile in February.

Save the date, April 12th for the federation’s 61th annual general meeting at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel on Kent Street in Charlottetown. Invite all members, parents and teachers, to attend the annual meeting. Each Association is asked to designate five attendees as official voting delegates. An action packed agenda is planned this year!

Reading fluency is important because it links word recognition and comprehension. It is the ability to read aloud quickly, accurately and with appropriate expression. Finding the right book for a child means choosing ones he or she is interested in and making sure it’s at the right level. Check out http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/fluency.

Visit the federation’s websites at: peihsf.ca for Home and School initiatives and Help My Child at http://helpmychild.ca/ to find out a variety of resources for families.

Pam Montgomery, President, PEI Home and School Federation

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)

“I must do something” always solves more problems than “Something must be done.” ~Author Unknown


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