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.

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.


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.

Your H&S Executive