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.

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.

Maya Shoucair, Communications Officer
613-224-7721, ext. 231

Friday, April 6, 2012

Highlights from the PEI Home & School Federation April Update

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

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

** 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.