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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.

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.