Provincial Home & School Monthly Update – February 2011

Provincial Home & School Monthly Update –  February 2011

1.       HOME AND SCHOOL AND YOU Guardian Newspaper Column

“Parents Invest in Education – Air Quality, Assessments,……”  Written by Owen Parkhouse, President

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2.       TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK February 14-19, 2011

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Mark your calendars for the PEI Home and School Federation’s Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011,  8:30 AM to 1:30 PM  at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Kent Street, Charlottetown, PEI.  AGM Package will be mailed to Presidents this month.  Put the AGM topic on your Feb. meeting’s agenda and ask 2-5 members to represent your Association as voting delegates.

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Presidents and Committee Chair Annual Reports are due March 1, 2011  will be included in the Federation’s Annual Book of Reports.

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For further assistance, call 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 or email


Nominate a Home and School member for the Volunteer or Life Membership Award for exceptional contribution to the total well-being of children and youth through service in Home and School in PEI.

Find nomination forms at: Scroll down to “Awards.”

6.       Other

*  Parkdale Home and School Association = Smart Board Fundraiser, Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.), Murphy’s Community Centre (Old Basilica Recreation Centre), Booklet Packages- $25.00 includes all games.  For inof/tickets contact: Jessie Frost-Wicks (628-1657)

*  “Tell them from Me” Parent Survey coming from education and early childhood development, the week of  March 3  – 11th.  Parents will receive invitation letter in February from your child’s school.

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For further information, contact the PEIHSF office

Ph: 620-3186/1-800-916-0664  Fax: 620-3187

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I’ll paste, below, our column which is in today’s Guardian in the  “C” section of the newspaper……

“Home and School and You” – February 2011

This column is written by Owen Parkhouse, Federation President for The Guardian newspaper and is published on the first  Wednesday of the month.

Parents Invest in Education Issues:  Air Quality, assessment,

national appreciation and planning for AGM important to consider

It is becoming increasingly apparent to all of those involved in education on PEI that we must all increase investment in all aspects of education both monetary and otherwise. Investing in education is an investment in our children which an investment for our collective future. Investing in schools is an investment in our communities which gives rise to children and thus the need for education. Investment is sometimes defined as “the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result”. What more ‘worthwhile result’ is there than the education of our children?

The air quality issues which have arisen in various schools on the Island has created displeasure and aggravation for many, however, bad situations sometimes give rise to positive ideas and solutions. Parents have realized that they must be empowered to have a say in all aspects of their children’s education and welfare. Information flow and good communications is the key to success in all things. Parent or teacher volunteers through their local Home and School Associations will now hopefully be members of their school’s Occupational Health and Safety Committees.

The PEI Home and School Federation would like to thank all those involved in making arrangements, and moving the children from the affected schools to the temporary schools. It was a huge task and administrators, teachers, parents/guardians and students deserve to be recognized for their flexibility, their calmness and their resilience in what was a very difficult period. It is now time to get back to teaching, learning and looking to the future.
In February parents of students in Grade 4 will receive their child’s test results for the Grade 3 Math Assessment written in October 2010. This is a great time for parents and guardians to talk with your children about the importance of learning math. Everyone is also encouraged to promote a positive attitude towards math. “The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” S. Gudder.

Remember that TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK will take place the week of February 14-19, 2011. Children and parents this is a great time to say thanks for a job well done. Please look at the PEIHSF website for T/SAW Planning Ideas: .

Mark your calendars for the PEI Home and School Federation’s 57th Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Kent Street, Charlottetown, PEI. The registration information package will be mailed to Presidents within the next few weeks. Put this item on your February agenda and ask 2-5 members to attend as your Home and School Association’s Voting Delegates.
Presidents and Committee Chair Annual Reports are due March 1, 2011. These reports will be included in the Federation’s Annual Book of Reports. Sample report templates are available on the PEIHSF website at:

For further assistance about this or any other issue, please call 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 or email

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