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, 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:
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.

Every math outcome in each grade level is linked to interactive games

Tons of interactive games for kids to play

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