Welcome to the West Royalty Home & School Association!

We hope that this site will help keep you informed of what's going on at West Royalty Elementary School and allow you to become actively involved in your child's educational experience.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Executive, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who have given tirelessly of their time since the beginning of the school year to ensure the success of many events and programs for the children. It is a pleasure to have so many caring and dedicated parents in our school community. I wish everyone a healthy, joyful, and relaxing Holiday Season! See you all next year.

Denise Bulger, President

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st Update

Welcome to December! I always find it to be a unique month - it has the ability to sneak up on us like no other month can! As we all start to scramble around in a mad dash to prepare for the Holiday Season, I want to draw your attention to the discussion to be held during the next H&S meeting to be held on December 14th from 6:30-7:30 in the staff lounge at the school. All parents are encouraged to attend this meeting as we will be discussing the disbursement of funds raised through the magazine campaign.

Please give generously to our Christmas Family initiative. If you have any questions, Laura Connolly is leading this important initiative this year.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a brainstorming session for Island-wide H&S Presidents. Owen Parkhouse, President, PEI Home and School Federation facilitated the event. The top three issues facing H&S Associations, as decided upon by those attending, were the importance of engaging more parents, the need to further define fundraising so that local associations are not raising money for what should be core educational expenses, and the need for government to establish a sustainable infrastructure plan for schools Island-wide. The provincial group will be focusing some efforts on these important issues in the coming months and I expect to see some resolutions put forth at the Annual General Meeting in the spring. 

The H&S Executive has recently received notification that our request for funding to participate in the Parent Engagement Initiative through the PEI Home and School Federation has been approved. We will be hosting two sessions early in the New Year focused on Supporting your Child with the Writing Process. The literacy coach, and teachers, will be involved in creating informative sessions for parents to assist us with understanding what the academic expectations of the writing curriculum are for our children so that we may better support them. Dates will be published as they become available. More information on this province wide initiative can be found here: http://www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/PEOF%20List%20of%20Projects.html

Cheers,
Denise Bulger, President

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25th Update

Next H&S Meeting
Our next H&S meeting is on December 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the staff lounge at the school. All parents are welcome to attend!

Christmas Family
The H&S provides organization and financial support to make Christmas special for a family within the West Royalty School community. Laura Connolly will lead this important project. Envelopes will come home with the children for donation, and there will be a giving box at the Christmas Concert. Please help us to support this important initiative.

"Tell Them For Me" Survey
You might hear your children talking about a survey that they’ve been asked to participate in. It’s called Tell Them For Me. It’s an interactive on-line survey for students, teachers, educators, and support staff. The intent is to allow all of these groups to have input into school development initiatives across the island. Later this month, teachers and school staff will be surveyed and parents will be invited to participate in the spring of 2011. To learn more about the survey, visit http://www.thelearningbar.com/.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!
Check out our website for pictures of the opening of the kindergarten wing at: http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca/p/pictures.html.

Denise Bulger, President

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19th Update

Hello,

Can you believe we’re heading toward the end of November already? Where did the time go? If any of you had the opportunity to be at the school for the Remembrance Day assembly, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it was a touching celebration of remembrance. It’s a great conversation started to help the children understand why November 11th is so very special for us.

At the November Home and School Meeting, we were fortunate to have Eric from MacPhail’s present to those in attendance about the Acadian Forest Project at West Royalty Elementary. Our beautiful island was once mostly covered with dense Acadian forest, but with people and modernization, came the need to clear land. Did you know that in the early days of West Royalty Elementary, the land surrounding the school was being put forth for re-zoning to become part of the industrial park. The Home and School negotiated with the government to secure the land to the south of the school and arranged for the Eastern School District to purchase it for $1. Part of that negotiation was a promise to develop a natural space. A partnership with MacPhail’s ‘blossomed’.  Over the years, many tree plantings have occurred. The H&S has been a financial supporter of the project. Recently, through a partnership with TD, members of the H&S executive participated in a 100+ tree plant. The students have been actively involved in planting trees, growing trees from seeds, and watching the ecosystem transform in the lower field between the school and by-pass highway. You will notice that a path has been carved through the area. Many small mammals and birds now call this area home. One day, this will be an Acadian Forest with an outdoor classroom. For further information on Macphail’s, visit their website at: http://www.macphailwoods.org/

Cheers,
Denise Bulger, President

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 3rd Update

The next Home and School Meeting will be held on November 9th @ 6:30 pm in the staff room. Please join us! All meeting agendas and minutes are posted on our website - click here for your information.

The Halloween Dance was a huge success again this year. The Grade 6 Fundraising Committee spear-headed the event and did a fantastic job! Many thanks to all the volunteers who worked to organize, decorate, manage, and clean up after the dance. The hard work of many grade 6 students and parents paid off! With their involvement in the dance, they are off to a great start toward raising funds for their end of year activities. They were responsible for, and received the proceeds of, the Haunted Hallway and treats at the dance. They will also receive 50% of the proceeds from admission. The recent West Royalty clothing sales was also their initiative. Watch for further events by this ambitious group.

The Home and School provides organization and financial support to make Christmas special for a family within the West Royalty School community. Laura Connolly will lead this important project. Stay tuned for updates!

The children were excited earlier this week to have the assembly for the magazine campaign! There were smiles all around. Congratulations to the top seller - Breanna Mayne and the top selling class - 3B! More than $16,500 was raised for West Royalty School and will be put to good use throughout the school.

We are looking for parent volunteers with a green thumb. It would be wonderful if the beds and green areas around the school were tended to. Please contact Wendy Miller to express your interest in beautifying our school.

Your H&S Executive

Monday, November 1, 2010

How can we do more to confront bullying?

The 8th Annual Atlantic Caucus of Home & School/School Council Federations meeting took place in Halifax, NS on the weekend of October 30th, 2010. Representatives from the Home & School Federations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Federation of School Councils in Newfoundland Labrador participated in the meeting. Various topics of mutual concern were discussed over the two-day meeting; the most salient being:

How can we do more to confront bullying? Atlantic Caucus of Home & School Federations and School Councils is concerned there is a lack of provisions within the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Criminal Code of Canada to adequately deal with the types of offences committed that are often characterized as bullying including cyber bullying. A number of police officers have also indicated that a separate offence dealing with bullying be created. Bullying in all its forms - verbal bullying, social bullying, physical bullying and cyber bullying can have detrimental effects on learning and one’s future. Tragically, bullying may even lead to suicide.

Studies have shown that in countries that have an anti-bullying strategy, incidents of bullying have declined. Canada lacks a national comprehensive anti-bullying strategy and, because of this, Canada’s children remain at risk to the devastating effects of bullying. This oversight on the part of the Federal Government needs to be addressed immediately.

The need to look after the welfare and education of children in this country needs to be centralized at the Federal Government level. The Atlantic Caucus of Home & School Federations and School Councils calls on the Federal Government to establish a Minister of State for Children and Youth where concerns such as bullying and other issues pertaining to successive generations of Canadians be dealt with adequately.

For more information, contact:
Vanda Dow, President, NSFHSA: Telephone 902-421-2663
Glyn Morgan, President, NBFHSAI, Telephone 506-451-6247
Ruby Hoskins, President, NLFSC, Telephone 709-279-2789
Owen Parkhouse, President, PEIHS, Telephone 902-620-3186


For the original Press Release posted on the PEI Home and School website, click here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Raising a Digital Generation: Media Awareness Network Launches New Tutorial for Parents

Media Awareness Network (MNet) today released e-Parenting Tutorial: Keeping up with your kids' online activities, an online resource to help parents better understand and become actively involved in their children's online lives.

Made possible through financial contributions from Inukshuk Learning Plan Fund and Bell, this engaging interactive tool helps parents increase their awareness of the ways that children and teens are using the Internet for learning, entertainment and socializing, and the issues they may be encountering along the way. Through the exploration of five key themes - homework, cyberbullying, marketing, online relationships and excessive use - parents can develop the knowledge and skills they need to help their children navigate the Internet safely, wisely and responsibly.

"Parents often feel unprepared when it comes to helping their children manage their online lives," said Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director of MNet. "e-Parenting Tutorial is designed to instill the confidence they need to help their kids become thoughtful cybercitizens."

This practical resource takes a light-hearted approach while tackling serious issues, with downloadable tip sheets and links to further resources to help parents out. The key message throughout is that parents need to talk with their kids about their online explorations and work together to develop ground rules that everyone can live with.

e-Parenting Tutorial is available for free on Media Awareness Network's Web site (www.media-awareness.ca). It is also available on Be Web Aware (www.bewebaware.ca), an Internet safety Web site for parents developed by MNet in partnership with Bell.

The e-Parenting Tutorial development and promotion partners are the Alberta School Councils' Association, The Alberta Library and the Canadian Home and School Federation.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Proceedings of the Minister's Summit on Learning

On June 4-5, 2010, Minister Currie, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development convened a Summit on Learning bringing together over 250 Islanders: parents, students, leaders in the classroom, in the education system, and in business. They were asked to consider the future landscape of learning on Prince Edward Island and to identify opportunities to support Island learners to prepare for life and work in the 21st Century.

The Proceedings of the Minister's Summit on Learning is now online at http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/eecd_MinSumEng.pdf

The report provides information on the Summit discussions, noting participants' ideas for future direction in PEI's education system.

Please let us know if you have any feedback on this document at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Talking & Sharing

Dear Parents,

Last Fall Dale Sabean, superintendent of the Western School Board, organized a workshop "Talking & Sharing", where parents, principals and trustees could sit down together to discuss educational topics. This session was co-sponsored by the Western School Board and the PEI Home and School Federation. Participants felt that this was a positive learning experience for everyone involved in the education of children and youth.

Dale is organizing "Talking & Sharing II" and has asked the PEI Home and School Federation to put out a request to parents asking for your important and current education discussion topics of interest which will be used at the second session.

Here is the question:


What are key topics in education that you would like to discuss with other parents, trustees and school administrators?

Also, indicate your preferred day of the week/time of day for this workshop - Evening (Mon-Thurs) or Saturday morning.

Please send your responses to Denise Bulger by Friday, October 29th.

Thanks!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20th Update

Our first Home and School Meeting was held on October 12th with many important items discussed - thanks to all who attended. All meeting agendas and minutes, as well as financial statements, are posted on our website for your information. Mark your calendar for our next meeting on November 9th at 6:30 pm in the staff lounge at the school – everyone is welcome!

Magazine orders have now been processed. Top sellers, top classes and the school's proceeds will be announced on November 1st at a Magazine Assembly.  Thank you for your support!

Mark your calendar for the Halloween Dance to be held on October 29th! It’s a FUN family event!

We are looking for parent volunteers with a green thumb. It would be wonderful if the beds and green areas around the school were tended to. Please e-mail us at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com if you are interested in helping to beautify our school.

Cheers,
Your H&S Executive

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29th Update

What a WONDERFUL morning for Walking School Bus!  It was great to see so many enthusiastic children and parents walking to the school this morning. Thanks to Wendy Miller for organizing this successful event! Did you know that if just 9 families participate regularly in a Walking School Bus over the course of a school year, they can collectively prevent almost 1000 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere? International Walk to School Month is OCTOBER...more information can be found at: http://www.iwalktoschool.org/. We’d love to hear from parents about the possibility of having groups of students walk to school together on a more regular basis. There are schools in Canada that have completely eliminated their school busses… WOW!
All magazine orders should be at the school TODAY.  This is our major annual fundraising event, and we value your efforts to support the school.
Today is Raise-a-Reader Day! Twenty-seven newspapers across the country, including The Guardian, support the campaign. Since its inception in 2002, this campaign has raised more than $15 million dollars.  All funds raised remain in the local community. Please support this valuable campaign!
The Healthy Snack Program kicks off next week. This program ensures that every child receives a healthy snack monthly.  As the committee is dedicated to supporting local farmers, the first snack will see the children chomping on our amazing harvest of apples!
The Halloween Dance is scheduled for October 29th. Cheryl Jabbour is heading up this FUN family event. Stay tuned for details as they become available.
Please mark your calendar for our first Home and School Meeting on October 12 at 6:30 in the staff lounge at the school. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,
Denise Bulger, President

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Walking School Bus - Volunteers Still Needed

On Wednesday, September 29th (Raindate: Thursday, September 30) we will be holding our Annual Walking School Bus.  We have 4 locations this year: The West Royalty Soccer Field, The West Royalty Community Centre, Upton Park Mailboxes and The Corner of Sandlewood Drive and Raspberry Lane.

The 2 West Royalty groups will depart at 7:30 am.  The Upton Park group will leave at 7:45 am and the Sandlewood Drive group will leave around 7:50 am.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help with the Walking School Bus, please let us know as soon as possible.  We still need a few volunteers for the West Royalty Soccer Field.

Thank You,
Wendy Miller, VP

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 22nd Update

Fall Greetings to all! Can you believe we’re heading toward the end of September? Where has the time gone? It was great to see so many parents at Meet the Teacher night last week. Thank you to all who volunteered to help with our many activities throughout the year. We can’t do it without you!

We will soon be providing all volunteer names to the appropriate committee chairs for them to work with in the coming months. We are still looking for someone to chair the Christmas Family and Winter Carnival committees – if you are interested in chairing or co-chairing one of these important initiatives for the school, or have questions about the required commitment, please do not hesitate to contact one of the H&S executive.

The annual Walking School Bus will hit the sidewalks on September 29th (rain date is September 30th). Parent volunteers will be walking with children from Park Meadows (bus stop), Upton Park (mail boxes), West Royalty Community Center, and the Winsloe Soccer Field. This is an excellent opportunity for the kids to get some fresh air and extra exercise to start their day off right.

We hope to see you at our first Home and School Meeting of the year, October 12th at 6:30 pm in the staff room at the school. All parents are welcome to attend. 

Your H&S Executive

Monday, September 20, 2010

Magazine Campaign

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

We are entering the final days of the magazine campaign. Please ensure all magazine orders are submitted to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before September 29. On behalf of the Teachers, Staff and the Home and School Executive, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to each student and their family for their support. This is the only fundraising event we run all year and we truly appreciate your efforts and dedication! 

Please keep in mind that our school receives 35 cents of each dollar raised, so every magazine subscription counts. 

Krystal Mayne, Magazine Campaign Chair and H&S Treasurer

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities

We’re approaching the end of week one now, and I hope that everyone is settling into a good school routine. The children are certainly excited and full of energy to get the year off to a great start!

The first few opportunities for involvement at the school have arrived already! Our major fundraising event - the magazine campaign - runs from September 15-29th. Krystal Mayne is looking for volunteers to assist in the coming days, as well as at the conclusion. Also, we will be getting the food order process underway next week and have some wonderful volunteers who tirelessly work their magic. If you have time to assist bi-weekly, please contact Pam Tierney for further details.

A special welcome to all parents of the Kindergarten children who joined our fabulous school today! The Home and School Executive was on hand Tuesday evening for the Kindergarten event, and there was a definite air of excitement! We understand that it is a big transition for many of you for your little one to be in the school environment, and we hope that you will become actively involved in the West Royalty School activities that occur throughout the year.

Enjoy the weekend, and we’ll see you at Meet The Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm.

Cheers,
Denise Bulger, President

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Welcome Back!

Welcome BACK TO SCHOOL! And welcome to the new online home of the West Royalty Home & School Association! We hope this site will be a frequent stop for all parents to stay in touch with what is going on at our school.

Your child is the most important reason to get involved in Home and School activities. Research shows that parental involvement is directly connected with a child’s success at school. We are fortunate that our children attend a wonderful school, and want to work with you to ensure they have a positive experience at West Royalty Elementary.

We hold monthly meetings that are open to all parents and are an excellent way to stay informed about what’s happening at the school. We also host many activities throughout the school year, and often call on parents to assist in making these events successful. We believe that every parent has a talent to share, and a few hours to give. Together, we can create an amazing community for the families of West Royalty Elementary! Click on Coming Events or Contact Us to find out more on how you can help.

Cheers,
Denise Bulger, President