Home and School

Home and School Meeting
The next Home and School Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30PM at the Cardigan Consolidated School.
FACEBOOK:
Home and School have sent up a new FaceBook page. It is a place where parents can stay up-to-date about Home and School Business and learn about how the home and school group is involved in your child’s school. To find the group all you have to do is search “Cardigan Consolidated home and school” and request to become a member. This group is private and only open to parents of Cardigan Consolidated students.
FUNDRAISER:
On Monday October 2, 2017 the students were sent home with packets for our fall fundraiser. The fundraiser is organized by our Home and School.
IMPORTANT UPDATE INFORMATION ON ONLINE ORDERS:
We have been updated today, October 6, 2017 that the online code for our school is NOT CORRECT on the form. the correct code is 4155370. Please use this form if you are making any online orders so that our school gets credited for the purchase.
OTHER HOME AND SCHOOL NEWS, OCTOBER 2017:
1.Semi-Annual Meeting – Date has been changed
The Semi-Annual meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Queens Elementary School, Hunter River, PEI.

What would your school look like if you could design it? What are your dreams for the students in your school? What are the most important aspects of education to consider during the planning process? How big is your school district? Is it a small district where everyone knows your name, or is it a large district where there is access to many resources? Are there connections to other organizations or locations outside of the school? Travel? Can spaces be designed to encourage quiet reflection? Creativity? Are the spaces created to emphasize individual work, collective work, work from a distance, or other options? How are students grouped? How is success defined? What are students learning? Who should be part of the discussion? What else should be considered? These questions and more will be discussed at our Semi-Annual meeting. Registration packages are being prepared and will be mailed to Home and School presidents next week.

2. Nutrition and Healthy Eating Support from Health and Wellness – Did you know that there is a School Nutrition Policy for all PEI schools? Morgan and Sharla, Healthy Eating Program Officers, Department Health and Wellness can come talk to your Home and School about: Topics: Healthy eating and current nutrition trends; School nutrition policy; Making sure your school food programs have best food options for student achievement and health; Helping Home and Schools deliver healthy eating related messages to a wider audience. Contact Morgan Palmer RD mkpalmer@gov.pe.ca (902) 620-3899 or Sharla Goodwin RD (Bilingual) sagoodwin@gov.pe.ca (902) 368-4319 for more details.

3.Registration is Now Open: “Taking Your Club to the Next Level” – Breakfast Program Coordinator Training and Sharing Session A sharing and learning session hosted by the Healthy Eating Program Officers, with the Breakfast Club of Canada. Topics: building community connections, accessing and using local food, problem solving and sharing, using and different cultural foods, school nutrition policy, etc. Register with: Morgan Palmer RD mkpalmer@gov.pe.ca (902) 620-3899
Sharla Goodwin RD (Bilingual) sagoodwin@gov.pe.ca (902) 368-4319

4. Public Schools Branch
The next meeting of the Public Schools Branch board of directors is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Location and time to be announced.

The Guardian column “Home and School and You” published October 5, 2017
A vision for P.E.I. education

Semi-annual meeting Oct. 24 offers chance to explore new ideas for schools

What would your school look like if you could design it? What are your dreams for the students in your school? What are the most important aspects of education to consider during the planning process? How big is your school district? Is it a small district where everyone knows your name, or is it a large district where there is access to many resources? Are there connections to other organizations or locations outside of the school? Travel? Can spaces be designed to encourage quiet reflection? Creativity? Are the spaces created to emphasize individual work, collective work, work from a distance, or other options? How are students grouped? How is success defined? What are students learning? Who should be part of the discussion? What else should be considered?

These questions and more will be discussed at our Semi-Annual meeting. We have invited architects, planners from Public Works, government representatives and community members to join with us in designing a process for school change that works for citizens. If we decide that the vision for education in PEI should be that every child will reach their full potential, then our systems, policies and programs should reflect that. With an openness to new ideas and new ways of doing things, along with collaborative spirit and collective empathy, we can achieve that vision together. The semi-annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Central Queens Elementary School, Hunter River, PEI. Registration packages will be mailed to Home and School presidents, and each school is encouraged to send representatives.

As always, the Federation is available to provide leadership training, facilitate meetings, and to help bring people in your school communities together around common goals and visions. This year, leadership training opportunities will be offered that are tailored to the needs of local associations. Our facilitators can help bring community members together to discuss common concerns, define their visions for their schools, or develop plans for action on school food. Contact the PEIHSF office at 902-620-3186 or, toll free, 1-800-916-0664, for more information and to book a parent leadership and engagement event.

The Federation has representation on the committee that will adjudicate the Community Food Security and Food Education Grants from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, which are due October 15. Home and school associations interested in this grant opportunity are encouraged to seek out partnerships with other community organizations and non-profits. The staff in our office, the Healthy Eating Program Officers at the Department of Health and Wellness, and the Community Development Officers at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are available to assist you in this process. While we commend the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for its work on these grants, this is a small piece of the school food picture in PEI. The Federation will continue to advocate for a universal provincial school food strategy for all Island children and to bring people together around this common purpose.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch has not yet been scheduled, but I encourage you to watch their website for the announcement.

All federation resolutions and policies with responses from government and other decision-makers can be found at: www.peihsf.ca.

“Home and School and You” column is written by Lisa MacDougall, President, PEI Home and School Federation for The Guardian and published on the first Thursday of the month. October 2017

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