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 5, 2012

Grade 6 Fundraising Fudge and Cookie Sale

The Grade 6 Fundraising Committee will be holding a Fudge and Cookie sale at both Christmas concerts on Tuesday, December 11th in support of year-end activities. We are seeking donations of both cookies and fudge and ask for the following:

  • Please drop off your goodies at the school on December 10th.
  • Please cut your fudge.
  • Please wrap your cookies in sets of 2 in saran wrap.

We will be selling the fudge for $3 a set, and the cookies will be $1 for 2.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Denise Bulger, at denisebulger@hotmail.com.

Thank You
The Grade 6 Fundraising Committee

Monday, December 3, 2012

REMINDER - December 4th H&S Meeting

The next meeting of the West Royalty H&S Association is scheduled for tomorrow - Tuesday, December 4th - at 6:30 pm in the staff lunch room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

One of the items on our agenda for this meeting is how to spend the funds raised through the magazine campaign. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide suggestions, please contact a member of the executive - click here for our contact information.

For minutes of our previous meetings, visit the website at: http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca/p/meetings.html


Your H&S Executive

Saturday, November 24, 2012

West Royalty H&S Update - November 2012

First up, we would like to announce that Sandra Moreside has decided to step down as the Vice President. Denise Bulger (Past-President) has stepped into this role for the remainder of the year. Thank you, Sandra, for the time you spent on the executive - you will be missed. Welcome back, Denise!

The Halloween Dance was a big success again this year, with many great costumes, pumpkin carvings and a haunted hallway (courtesy of the Grade 6 Graduation Group). Thank you to Davis Ward for supplying the music for the evening. Congratulations to all the winners of the contests!

Best costume:
3rd place - Pink Cupcake
2nd place - The Flintstone Family - Henderson Family
1st place - Animal - Emmaline Jackson

Best pumpkin carving:
3rd place - Olivia Craig
2nd place - Jayden Morrison
1st place - E.T. - Madison Miller

This year, our students are looking forward to creating a Yearbook with many school memories. If you have pictures taken at any school events that you would like to share, please send them to us at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

We are currently planning our next Parent Engagement Night. If there is a topic you would like to see this year, please send us your suggestions.

As our primary fundraiser, the Magazine Campaign was very successful again this year. Thanks to Krystal Mayne and Joanne Condon for all their hard work and dedication as co-chairs of the campaign. And a big THANK YOU to you, our school community, for all the support! The executive of the H&S will be making decisions soon regarding how to spend the funds, based on requests from school staff and administration. If any parents have suggestions, please contact a member of the executive - click here for our contact information.

Please note, our next Home and School meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 pm in the school’s staff room. Hope to see you there!

Your Home and School Executive

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Student assessment results show improvements in student learning

Press Release from Education and Early Childhood Development

New literacy and numeracy assessments show that student achievement is improving in Prince Edward Island, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

"The number of Grade 3 students who met the grade level expectation in reading rose from 62 percent in 2007 to 87 percent in 2012, while those who were experiencing difficulty dropped from 27 percent to eight percent during the same period," said the minister. "Literacy and numeracy are the foundation for all learning. We are encouraged to see consistent positive trends in early literacy which is where it counts most."

Many new literacy resources and early intervention programs have been introduced in recent years such as the Primary Literacy Intervention Program, Primary Intervention Program and the Early Numeracy Intervention Program, in addition to Reading Recovery which has been in place for a numbers of years. Since 2007 Government has added more than 10 new literacy coaches, as well as new classroom resources and extensive in-servicing for teachers.

Among Grade 6 students, 84 percent are now meeting or approaching expectations in reading, up from 74 percent in 2011.

"Similar to last year, the 2012 results in reading, writing and math show that the major investments we are making in learning are paying off, whether those investments are in literacy coaches, early interventions or curriculum," said Minister McIsaac.

"Investing in teachers through very focused professional learning opportunities is often one of the best ways to improve student achievement," said the minister.

Island teachers are involved in developing and marking the assessments, which are based on the curriculum used every day in Island classrooms. The results help teachers to plan instruction by indicating areas of the curriculum where students are doing well and where they need help.

The assessments give parents an idea of how well their child is doing in reading, writing and math at critical stages of learning. The reports have been sent home with students and the results are now available online. Parents are encouraged to take time to review the material and discuss the results with their child’s teacher.For more information, visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website at www.gov.pe.ca/eecd/ProvincialAssessment.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Magazine Campaign... The Countdown is ON!


Dear Students and Parents:

We are now one week into the magazine campaign!  With less than one week to go, here are some useful hints to help ensure your child submits his or her orders correctly!

1)  ORDER FORMS:  Form fields must be fully completed with the COMPLETE mailing address, magazine code AND name, and payment is recorded correctly.

2)  If a CHEQUE is collected for payment, please ensure it is made out to West Royalty School.  In the memo field, it is helpful to have your child's name recorded.

3)  DUE DATES:  The magazine campaign concludes on Monday, September 24.

4)  LATE SUBSCRIPTIONS: Orders collected after the end date will be collected ONLINE ONLY.

5)  EXPECTED DELIVERY:  Late November into December, depending on the magazine.   ONLINE orders are processed fastest!

Thank you to all students, parents, families, and friends who are working hard to help raise money for our school!

Your efforts are truly appreciated!

Joanne Condon and Krystal Mayne
Co-chairs, Magazine Campaign

Thursday, September 6, 2012

PEI Home & School Federation UPDATE


September 4, 2012

TO: Presidents/Co-Chairs/Members, Home and School Associations
FROM: Pam Montgomery, President, PEI Home and School Federation

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! On behalf of the PEI Home and School Federation (PEIHSF) board, I would like to say thank you for your involvement in and support of Home and School activities in your school communities. Over the coming year, we look forward to working with you and helping to strengthen the linkages among associations in the province. There are a number of things in the works to support you in your Home and School initiatives, including a refreshed website, Volunteer Training Workshops, Parent Engagement survey, our Semi-Annual meeting and more. Please share these provincial memos with everyone in your Association. To get us off to a quick start, it would be much appreciated if you could review the enclosed forms and upcoming event details, and respond to other information by the requested dates.

SPECIAL PARENT PRESENTATION by  Dr.  Avis Glaze
"Building Capacity to Improve Student Achievement"
Monday, Sept. 24/12,  7:00 p.m. Loyalist Inn, Summerside, PEI
Open to the Public.  More info:  http://www.avisglaze.ca/

FREE Leadership Training Workshops - Refreshments... Open to all volunteers
 - Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Miscouche Consolidated, 6:30 p.m.
 - Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Mount Stewart Consolidated, 6:30 p.m.
 - Thursday,  Sept. 27 - Prince Street Elementary, 6:30 p.m.
Call PEIHSF office to REGISTER by Friday, Sept. 21/12.

58th Semi-Annual Meeting - Thursday, Oct. 18/12, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., NEW location - Kanata Community Centre, Kinkora.  Discuss resolutions, educational topics with Hon. Alan McIsaac, Minister of Education  & Early Childhood Development and Jane McMillan, English Language School Board Superintendent.  More info to follow.

60 Years of Home and School in Prince Edward Island = 60th Anniversary AGM, April 13, 2013.  Stay tuned for future announcements!

For more info, contact the provincial office:
Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director
PO Box 1012 Charlottetown PE C1A 7M4
Street deliveries:  40 Enman Crescent C1E 1E6
Phone:  620-3186  Fax:  620-3187
Toll Free: 1-800-916-0664 (PEI only)
Website:  www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf
Email:  peihsf@edu.pe.ca

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome Back!


Hope everyone had a wonderful, fun-filled summer!

The Home and School Executive for 2012-13 is:

President: Wendy Miller
Vice President: Sandra Moreside
Treasurer: Sharon Cronin
Secretary: Janice Murphy

We are looking forward to working with all of you during this school year. Check us out online at http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca. Please feel free to contact us with any thoughts or concerns. Home and School Association meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Staff Room, starting in October. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Save Those Subscriptions for the Magazine Fundraising Campaign!


The Magazine Fundraising Campaign will be starting SOON!

PLEASE ignore those notices or calls from publishers and support your child's education by renewing your subscriptions through our school!

If you are ordering magazines before then, our school will earn additional profit if you order at www.qsp.caOur Group number is 11843.

If you have a question regarding your QSP subscriptions, you can call customer service at 1-800-667-2536 or our local representative Sandy McCarty at 1-888-399-8277 or sandy_mccarty@qsp.ca.

Thanks!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

S.O.S. - SAVE OUR SUBSCRIPTIONS


The Magazine Fundraising Campaign will be returning in Fall 2012.

PLEASE ignore those notices or calls from publishers and support your child's education by renewing your subscriptions through our school!

If you are ordering magazines before then, our school will earn additional profit if you order at www.qsp.caOur Group number is 11843.

If you have a question regarding your QSP subscriptions, you can call customer service at 1-800-667-2536 or our local representative Sandy McCarty at 1-888-399-8277 or sandy_mccarty@qsp.ca.

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

After School Program for Grades K-3


Just For You Children's Centre in the West Royalty Industrial Park is going to be running an after school program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and they still have some spaces available.

For more information, contact Jane Fisher at 629-1226.

Wendy Miller, President

Sunday, June 10, 2012

You DO NOT Want To Miss This!

The teachers and staff at West Royalty have done it again! On Friday, they released their second Dance Video, this time to the music of Party Rock Anthem. It even made the local news, garnering coverage on the CBC Evening News. If you haven't seen it yet, you don't want to miss it! Here are the links so you can check it ALL out!

For the CBC coverage, click here.

For the direct link to the YouTube video, click here.

Now everyone knows what we already knew... YOU ROCK!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cost of PD Days - PEI Home & School Federation Survey


The PEI Home and School Federation is trying to measure the cost to Island families of Professional Development Days (PD Days) for childcare, babysitting or other activities.  We are doing this because the School Calendar is in the process of being reviewed, and we want to ensure that the true cost to Island parents of PD Days is considered when decisions are being made.

We have developed a one question survey using Survey Monkey on a Facebook page and would like you to help us spread the word about this survey to everyone in our school family.

So please:
1. Respond to the survey yourself; and
2. Forward this message using your Facebook account or email, to families (parents and teachers) in your school, asking them to do the same.

Here is your direct link to the survey: http://tinyurl.com/pei-school-calendar 

NOTE: It takes only 1 minute (or less) to click on the survey link, read the question, fill in the box and click Done.

Deadline:  June 13, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Math Night a SUCCESS!


On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, West Royalty Home and School held a successful math night through the Parent Engagement Initiative.  The focus was on the "new math" for grades 3-6.

Through this presentation we learned that Prince Edward Island’s new math is following the same curriculum as the rest of Canada.  Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia are the last of the provinces to adopt this curriculum.

The "new math" emphasizes an understanding of concepts, encourages students to work together to discuss how to solve a problem with guidance from teachers and teaches the students to apply the mathematics they know to develop new skills through examinations and questions.

Discussions focused on how I might support my child in:
Mathematics
Communicating mathematically
Mental mathematics
Using manipulative
Personal strategies
Having a positive attitude toward math

Following the information and example portion of the presentation, parents tried a math game, asked questions and were given three valuable websites that promoted math skills while having fun.

http://hzsd.ca/learningcenter/library/
Every math outcome in each grade level is linked to interactive games

http://www.coolmath-games.com/
Tons of interactive games for kids to play

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/
A nice interactive math dictionary for kids

Thank you to everyone that made this event a success and we look forward to learning new things through the Parent Engagement Initiative in the new school year.

Your H&S Executive

PEI Home & School Federation Annual Meeting Update


On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation held their 59th annual meeting.  Three representatives from West Royalty Home and School were in attendance.

All resolutions were discussed and most passed which, if accepted by government and school boards, will ultimately improve the education for Island students.  One resolution, submitted by Spring Park Home and School Association on class size/composition was sent for further research to be discussed at the Semi-Annual meeting to be held in the fall of 2012.

Groups were given a discussion starter for the round table discussions.  The hot topics were School board trustees-elected or appointed, Bullying, Keeping the spotlight on the Education Governance Report Recommendations and how is the PEI Home and School Federation helping your school?

Some important issues were raised during these discussions.   Many representatives agreed that the one school board must be democratically elected and NOT appointed and the Community Access Points (CAP sites) must be maintained since they are a vital linkage for families to their schools and other educational sites.

Executive/Board positions for 2012-2014:
President - Pam Montgomery
Vice President - Lisa Geldert
Region 1 director - Ken Williams
Region 2 director - Joanna Stewart
Region 3 director - Lee Gauthier
Region 4 directors - Carla Thompson and Michael Pendergast

The speaker for the luncheon was the Honorable Alan McIsaac, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.  During the luncheon a presentation was put on by the Three Oaks Students’ Project and Awards were presented.

The PEIHSF Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Patricia McKenna from Kinkora High School and a Life Membership Award was given to Bill Whelan for his many contributions to PEIHSF over the years.

For more information on the 59th Annual General Meeting and other topics, please visit the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation website at http://www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/

Your H&S Executive

Sunday, April 29, 2012

April Home & School Update



Your Home & School Association has had a busy and productive 2011/2012 school year so far. Your generous support during our annual magazine campaign in September and our freewill donation at Christmas supported a wonderful array of activities and initiatives. Here is a summary of some of the key accomplishments during the year:

  • Provided water for participants at Walk to School Day in September.
  • Helped organize another successful Halloween Dance in October.
  • Finished construction/installation of our new K-2 Playground with the Grand Opening in November.
  • Sent 10 students with the Grade 6 Leadership Group to UPEI for leadership training in November.
  • Supported 2 Christmas Families during the holiday season.
  • Enabled the whole school to attend Happy Feet II in December.
  • Provided treats (apples and candy canes) for the students during Santa's visit to the school.
  • Received support for our proposal for the Parent Leadership Grant from the PEI Home and School Federation, Math Matters - Supporting Your Child in Mathematics. 
  • Purchased 7 more country flags for the entryway to the school.
  • Purchased safety vests for staff to wear outside to make them more visible to students on the playground.
  • Continued to support the Healthy Snack Program monthly throughout the school year.
  • Hosted another successful Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week in February.
  • Provided the bouncers for the Winter Carnival in March.
  • Supported many items on this year's school wish list, including a new PA System with cordless microphones, a book shelf for the library, funds to purchase various items for classrooms in Grades 3 to 5, as well as cup stacking equipment for the Phys. Ed. Department.

Looking ahead, we have allocated funding for the Grade 6 end-of-year activities and the school Fun Day in June.

THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers who make all this possible! We could not do it without you.

If you want to be involved in making decisions on how our annual budget is spent, we welcome your input and would love to have you join us at our monthly H&S meetings. For details, go to our website at: http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca/

Your H&S Executive

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Easter Seals PEI


Easter Seals PEI is a not-for-profit project of the Charlottetown, Summerside and Montague Rotary Clubs.

The PEI Easter Seals Society is committed to fully enhancing the quality of life, self esteem and self determination of Islanders with disabilities. The PEI Easter Seals Society responds to the needs and aspirations of children, youth, and adults with disabilities by providing services and support to enable access, inclusion and opportunity to promote increased activity and involvement. We support fundraising, services, public and consumer education, research and increased awareness of disability issues in the private, volunteer and government sectors.

Hi Everyone,

My name is Luke Gaudet and I have Cerebral Palsy. I live in Cornwall with my parents and my sister and brother.

I have a great interest in cars, writing stories and music. I also enjoy swimming and being outdoors. During the summer I attend Camp Gencheff.

Making people laugh is something that is important to me and I enjoy laughing too; it helps me stay positive. My motto this year is "You can do anything with a positive attitude".

I am so excited to be this year’s Easter Seals Ambassador, the money raised through this campaign helps children with disabilities enjoy programs, have fun and stay positive.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Luke Gaudet
2012 Ambassador


Donations to Easter Seals PEI receive a tax receipt. Donations can be made online at www.eastersealspei.org or by check made payable to "Easter Seals PEI" and mailed to 21004 RPO University, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 9H6



Monday, April 16, 2012

SHAPES Survey Results

At our March Home & School Meeting, Melissa Munro-Bernard and Sterling Carruthers presented the results of the  SHAPES-PEI survey, a provincial youth health survey that examines grade 5-12 students’ healthy eating, physical activity, mental fitness, and tobacco/drug use behaviours. During the 2010-11 school year, 94 West Royalty Elementary students took part in this survey along with thousands of other Island youth. In case you missed the meeting, here is the information that was shared:

SHAPES Summary - 4 pages
SHAPES Full Profile - 32 pages


This School Health Profile is intended to help schools, together with students, parents, and other community partners, to:

  • Identify trends in mental fitness, physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco use at your school;
  • Plan actions related to identified issues and potentially apply for a PEI School Health Grant
  • Coordinate these efforts with other groups (family of schools, school board, local health and education organizations, municipalities, businesses, etc.)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sweet Fundraiser!

A group of creative students in Tracey Smith's class at West Royalty School turned a project in estimating numbers turned into a candy-counting fundraiser for the PEIHS! By collecting donations for each guess of how many ...candies were in a jar, students Grace, Kylee, Madison, Lauren, Sarah and Jacob raised an amazing $77.83 to help the animals at the Shelter. Lesa Donnelly from the Humane Society visited the class last week and also collected this amazing poster they created to help tell the story. It's on display inside the entranceway of the Shelter so we hope you stop by to see it soon!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

St. Jean Elementary School Fundraiser

St. Jean Elementary is busy fundraising for a new playground.  They are having a major fundraiser on Sunday, April 22 at 1 pm at the school. It will feature a Music and Magic Show with Mike Pendergast and Ron Wagner. There is also going to be a cake raffle and a 50/50 draw.

Tickets are $10 per family and are available in the St. Jean office or at the door.  This is a public event and will be loads of fun! Please help spread the word. To view the poster, click here.

Posted on behalf of Cathy Hennessey
Co-Chair, St. Jean Home & School Association

Sunday, April 8, 2012

New Guide Helps Communities Fight Hate on the Internet

From a News Release

A Responding to Online Hate guide was released today by Media Awareness Network (MNet) to assist law enforcement, community groups and educators in countering hateful content on the Internet. Despite the growth in online hate and the fact that four out of five Canadians are online, there is currently little information available to the public on this topic: which lead MNet, Canada's leading digital and media literacy organization, to develop the guide.

"The Internet has changed the face of hate speech, providing hate mongers with greater reach, a mask of anonymity, and new ways to appeal to youth", said Cathy Wing Co-Executive Director of Media Awareness Network. "The Responding to Online Hate guide will be an important tool in helping police, educators and community groups recognize hate on the Internet, and understand how youth are targeted online and can become radicalized through hateful online content."

The guide offers information on how to report online hate to the police, host websites and Internet Service Providers. It also highlights services available to victims who encounter hateful materials online.

The Responding to Online Hate guide is part of MNet's Diversity and Media Toolbox - an extensive suite of anti-hate resources for classroom and community use. The Toolbox and the guide are freely available at: www.media-awareness.ca.  Hard copies of the guide can be ordered through info@media-awareness.ca.

The Responding to Online Hate guide was produced with the support of the Government of Ontario.

Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Its vision is that young people have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. MNet's programs are funded by sponsors, donors and partners, who include: TELUS . Google . Canadian Internet Registration Authority . Bell . Shaw . BellMedia . NFB.

Contact:        
Maya Shoucair, Communications Officer
613-224-7721, ext. 231
mshoucair@media-awareness.ca
www.twitter.com/mediaawareness

Friday, April 6, 2012

Highlights from the PEI Home & School Federation April Update

"HOME AND SCHOOL AND YOU"
Look for this column in The Guardian newspaper, April 4, 2012 and on our website at www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/featured.html "The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes Laertius - Greek Philosopher...Recently, the Canadian Home and School Federation (CHSF) called on the Harper Government to establish a Minister of State for Children and Youth. This diverse portfolio...." This column is written by Owen Parkhouse, PEIHSF President

MINISTER OF STATE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH - JOIN US ON TWITTER
Recently, the Canadian Home and School Federation (CHSF) called on the Harper Government to establish a Minister of State for Children and Youth. PEIHSF will begin a Twitter campaign "Support for Minister of State for Children and Youth! " to advocate for this position using the power of social media.
Click here, http://www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/ Follow us on Twitter with your comment.

DONATE - Canada Helps
The Federation has signed up with Canada Helps to make it easier for the public to donate towards the work of the Home and School movement in Prince Edward Island.
See Donate button on our Home Page: www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/

Sticks and Stones
PAGE, a group of parent representatives from Parkside, Athena, Greenfield and Elm Street Home and School associations, released the results of a parent, staff and student survey conducted in their schools which focussed on bullying on March 28th. Contact Joanna Stewart 436-6120 or bjstewart@eastlink.ca for more details.

SCHOOL BOARD April Meetings
WSB April 4/12, 8 p.m. Summerside School Board office, http://www.edu.pe.ca/wsb/westindex.htm
ESD April 11/12, 7 p.m. East Wiltshire Interm. http://www.edu.pe.ca/esd/main/school_board_meetings.htm

OTHER
** NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 15 - 21, 2012 www.volunteer.ca/nvw

Monday, April 2, 2012

Government Receives Report from Education Governance Commission

From a News Release - April 2, 2012

Government has received the report of the Education Governance Commission and is reviewing the recommendations, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

"It is a substantial report that contains 48 recommendations, which we are currently in the process of reviewing," said Minister McIsaac. "Our number one priority is improving student achievement and government is committed to implementing changes that support that direction."

The Governance Commission was appointed to conduct research and consultations, and make recommendations on a governance model that addresses matters of accountability, responsibility and authority. Members of the Commission included Bill Whelan (co-chair), Carrie St. Jean (co-chair), Carolyn Francis, Antoinette Perry and Lynn Ellsworth.

"I would like to thank the members of the Governance Commission for taking on this responsibility and for putting forward many thou ghtful suggestions to improve education in our province," said Minister McIsaac. "I would also like to thank the many individuals and groups who made presentations to the commission."

The report can be viewed on the Education Governance website at http://www.peieducationgovernance.com . It can also be found through the Department of Education website at http://www.gov.pe.ca/education.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mark Your Calendars!

ANNUAL MEETING/CONVENTION

The PEI Home & School Federation Annual Meeting/Convention will be held on Saturday, April 14th at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Our annual membership fee covers all parents / teachers in our school.  Everyone is welcome to attend but we must designate five voting delegates for voting purposes during the AGM business session.

If you are interested in attending, please let us know before the April 2nd registration deadline. For more details on the meeting, visit: http://www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/AGM%202012.html

Prior to the meeting, West Royalty Home & School Association will review, discuss and vote on the resolutions. Please join us for this discussion at our April 10th meeting.

NOMINATE A HOME & SCHOOL VOLUNTEER

The nominations deadline for the 2012 Awards of Recognition is March 16th. Please consider deserving recipients in our Home and School community for Volunteer of the Year Award of Merit and/or Life Membership Recognition.

For criteria and nomination forms, go to:
http://www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/award_volunteer.html
http://www.edu.pe.ca/peihsf/award_life.html

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

K-2 Parent Numeracy Night RE-SCHEDULED

Please note that the K-2 Parent Numeracy Night originally scheduled for this evening has been postponed due to school closures on this snowy day. The event will now be held next Tuesday, March 6th - same time and location. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy the snow day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

SHAPES-PEI at H&S Meeting - March 13, 2012

SHAPES-PEI is a provincial youth health survey that examines grade 5-12 students’ healthy eating, physical activity, mental fitness, and tobacco/drug use behaviours. During the 2010-11 school year, West Royalty Elementary students took part in this survey along with thousands of other Island youth. Now the results are in and representatives from the Comprehensive School Health Research Group at UPEI and the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development are coming to share with us some of what our students had to say! Melissa Munro-Bernard and Sterling Carruthers will be presenting West Royalty’s SHAPES-PEI results at our next Home and School Meeting - Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for all interested parents to discuss current student health issues and ways to get involved. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jersey Day Pictures POSTED

The students enjoyed the Hockey Day in Canada activities at the school and we were pleased to hear that Sasha Hazel's picture was declared the 1st place winner provincially in the coloring contest. James Hickey finished 2nd in the poster contest and Hailey Savidant received an Honorable Mention. Check out the pictures of Jersey Day on our website at: http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca/p/jersey-day-2012.html

If you have pictures to share with the West Royalty School community, please send them to us at: westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Enjoy Hockey Day in Canada!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mark your calendars for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher /Staff  Appreciation Week is February 12th - 18th! 


If you have charger plates and/or door prizes, please contact Heather MacKenzie or Lori Ferguson-Brown. Volunteers are also still needed to monitor classrooms on February 16th while the teachers are treated to lunch. If you can assist with any of these items, please contact: Heather @ 892-2324 or Lori @ 894-8367


Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Canada-Wide Science Fair 2012 (CWSF 2012) Launch at UPEI

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is coming to PEI this year for the first time ever!  UPEI will be hosting CWSF 2012 from May 13th - 18th and we are excited to have this great event on the island.

The first national CWSF competition with 45 student winners representing 12 regions was held in 1962. Since then, this national competition has grown to more that 100 regional science fairs across Canada. Needless to say, the 2012 CWSF is a tremendous opportunity for the winning students who represent these regions and who will be competing for the national awards organized by Youth Science Canada and the local Host (UPEI) in partnership with government and local businesses. It is also a unique opportunity for volunteers to assist with the delivery of this event.

Volunteers will be needed in many capacities from judging to hospitality, communications, food services, administration, school tours, exhibit set up, decorating, public viewing and more. It is estimated that some 200 to 300 volunteers will be needed in the various capacities. If you have some time that you could contribute, please contact John Burka at burka@upei.ca If you are particularly interested in judging, you should contact the Chief Judge, Barry Linkletter blinkletter@upei.ca) ... you can both judge and volunteer for other activities! Francophone judges (and volunteers) are particularly needed.

The Host Committee is planning a Community Launch for the Fair with an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer. This will take place from 4-5PM on Thursday, January 19th at the Atlantic Veterinary College Learning Commons.  Enter the main doors of the AVC and turn left into the hall with the big windows and overlook the UPEI campus.  We would like to have all our volunteers signed up by mid- February so we can order appropriate clothing and supplies.

John Burka, Volunteer Coordinator, CWSF 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

As we take our first steps into 2012, we look forward to working together to make this another great year at West Royalty. Stay tuned for lots of opportunities for fun and fellowship in and around the school.

A new Home and School Tool Kit has been developed to help families navigate their child's learning journey. The kit is part of the PEI Home and School Federation's Parent Engagement Initiative which is supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Check it out here.

Enjoy the snow!

Your H&S Executive