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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy Holidays!!


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who have given tirelessly of their time and enthusiasm since the beginning of the school year. It is a blessing to have so many caring and dedicated parents in our school community who ensure the success of our many events and programs. We wish everyone a healthy, joyful, and relaxing Holiday Season! See you all in 2014!

Your 2013/14 Home & School Executive
Shawna, Colleen, Cathy, Denise and Janice

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Home & School December Update

Next H&S Meeting
Mark your calendar for the last H&S meeting of 2013 - Monday, December 9th (note the change to Monday night!) at 6:30 pm in the Staff Room. As always, all are welcome to attend.

Christmas Family
The Home & School Association provides organization and financial support to make Christmas special for one or more families within the West Royalty School community. Laura Connolly and her committee lead this important project but we need your help! Envelopes will be sent home with the children and there will be a Donation Box at the Christmas Concert. Please give generously and help us to support this important holiday initiative.

Parent Engagement Session
We have arranged for Jackie Goodwin to present a session on January 28th at 6:30 pm entitled The Various Types of Bullying - What Parents Can Do. Please book this date in your calendar; storm date will be February 3rd.. Pre-registration is required. An information sheet will be sent out shortly.

Your H&S Executive (Click here to contact us)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Newsletter POSTED ONLINE

In the fall, the West Royalty School Newsletter moved to a printer friendly online version. If you do not have regular access to the Internet, please inform your child’s teacher and a hard copy will be provided. The newsletter is being posted at the beginning of each month on the school's website.

CLICK HERE for the December Newsletter.

http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/westroyalty/files/2013/10/Dec-22013.pdf

Monday, December 2, 2013

Help My Child Website Launch

http://helpmychild.ca/

The Help My Child website was launched on December 2nd by the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation.  The website offers a PEI-based resource for parents, students and the community that focuses on the total health and well-being of children and youth.  The site assists anyone wanting to connect individuals in need of help with the right person, professional or other type of resource.

Areas of help are included under categories such as:  Bullying, Cyberbullying, Educational Supports, Mental Health, Physical Health, Substance Abuse, Violence and Abuse.  A wide range of assistance is provided from help with substance abuse to study and homework help.

A Not sure where to look? section is a helpful feature.  Questions can be submitted through the website and redirected to find the right person or resource, to help the person asking the question find a solution.

This project is sponsored by the TELUS Community Boards Fund and coordinated by the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation.  You can find Help My Child at:  www.helpmychild.ca

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Survey Results Report Parents Engaged in Children’s Education

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation released highlights of its 2013 parent engagement survey.  This survey of parents having school-aged children in PEI explored issues related to parent engagement in their children’s education.  From January to March 2013, the Federation undertook the "Parents as Partners in Education Survey".  The survey identified needs, views, and perceptions of the parents and guardians of children attending public school system on PEI.  A total of 692 respondents are included in the analysis, representing parents of 1,133 children in Kindergarten to grade 12.

Parent’s engagement with the school revealed that ninety percent (90%) of parents or guardians attended parent-teacher interviews all or almost all of the time.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) of parents and guardians participated in their local Home and School Association or Parent Council.  As well, ninety percent (90%) of parents attended events and activities at the school with almost half of parents attending events or activities all or almost all of the time.   Eighty-eight percent (88%) of parents have volunteered with fundraising activities for the school while 65% have volunteered to help with school events and activities.  Only one-fifth of parents volunteer in the classroom.

Busy schedules are large barriers (68%) to parents being involved in their child’s school.  Other barriers to involvement are childcare needs (15%) and having little information about involvement opportunities (12%).  Transportation challenges, influence from child not wanting parents to contact schools and worry that their child will be treated differently by school employees are least significant barriers to becoming involved in the school.

Up to thirty-eight (38%) of children have been bullied or harassed at least once or twice in the school year while up to 13% of children are bullied or harassed at least once a month. The most common forms of bullying or harassment are verbal and social.  Parents report that their child has not bullied or harassed others (68%).

Parents reported that the P.E.I. Home and School Federation should be influencing or raising the profile of bullying in schools (90%).  Teacher and principal performance assessment (71%), structure of the school year calendar (68%), rezoning schools (67%), time available for eating school lunch (65%), and the Students Achieve system (61%) are issues in which parents believe the Federation should be influencing.  About half of the parents think that the structure of the school day and report cards are issues where the Federation should influence.

The results will be used by the federation to develop new initiatives in support of improved parent involvement in education. The compete survey results can be found on the federation’s website - Parents as Partners in Education in PEI.

Summarized from a PEI Home and School Federation Press Release.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NEW West Royalty School Website NOW ONLINE!

The West Royalty School website has recently been updated. Click here to visit the new site and, while you're there, don't forget to subscribe (lower righthand corner of site) to automatically receive e-mail notifications whenever the site is updated.

http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/westroyalty/


Please note that the original site will still automatically default to the new site when accessed but you may need to hit the refresh button on your browser. Many thanks to Tracey Smith, Grade 3 Teacher, for her work in maintaining and updating the school website.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Don't forget to order your CRESTED SCHOOL CLOTHING!




Just in time for Christmas! Show your school spirit and pride by purchasing some crested clothing. Orders will be filled before the Christmas holidays.

Remember:

  • Leave a contact number and indicate "GIFT" if you don't want the item(s) sent home with the child.
  • Return the completed order form and cash to the school office on or before November 21st.
  • Complete the ENTIRE form for accuracy!  (colour, size, quantity, and contact info).
  • NO orders will be processed after the 21st.  
  • CASH ONLY (No cheques accepted).

This is a Grade 6 fundraiser.  All proceeds from the clothing sales will go towards offsetting costs of the end of the year activities for our Grade 6 students.

Thank you for your support!

Grade 6 Fundraising Committee

Friday, November 8, 2013

Student Academic Achievement - Your Comments Please!

Cynthia Fleet, Superintendent of the English Language School Board, will be meeting with the Home & School presidents of the Colonel Gray family of schools next week. The purpose of this meeting is to engage in a discussion about student academic achievement, allowing us the opportunity to share positive experiences and challenges in this area within our school community.

In preparation for this meeting, we would like your input. We will be having a discussion at our next Home and School meeting on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 pm. The focus of the discussion will be on identifying:

  • One positive initiative undertaken by our association that has impacted student academic achievement.
  • Two challenges that must be addressed or overcome in order for student achievement to increase.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please feel free to provide feedback by forwarding your comments to westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Newsletter POSTED ONLINE

The West Royalty School Newsletter has moved to a printer friendly online version to be environmentally friendly and save on school paper and duplicating costs. If you do not have regular access to the Internet, please inform your child’s teacher and a hard copy will be provided. The newsletter is being posted at the beginning of each month on the school's website.

CLICK HERE for the November Newsletter.

http://www.edu.pe.ca/westroyalty/newsletter/Nov%2001,%202013.pdf

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Upcoming Presentation - Thriving Families, Schools, and Communities: ‘Resilience: What it Takes to Thrive’

Speaker?  Dr. Michael Ungar
Who?        Open to the Public  (Parents, Caregivers, Educators...)
When?      Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where?     Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Kent Street
Cost?         No Cost.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is both a family therapist and a Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he co-directs the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates more than five million dollars in funded research in a dozen countries. That research is focused on resilience among children, adults and families and how they together survive adversity in culturally diverse ways.

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on this topic and is the author of 11 books including The Social Worker, his first novel. In addition to his research and writing, Michael maintains a small family therapy practice in association with Phoenix Youth Programs, a prevention program for street youth and their families, and was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award. His work has been featured in numerous magazines (Reader's Digest, Body and Soul, Today's Parent) and newspapers (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, USA Today) around the world, and he regularly appears on radio and television.

Among his many contributions to his community has been his role as Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today's website.

Connect with Michael Ungar:   Twitter:@MichaelUngarPhD
Check out his blog at: www.psychologytoday.com

Presented by:
P.E.I. Home and School Federation with the support of the Department of Health and Wellness
http://peihsf.ca/content/thriving-families-schools-and-communities-resilience-what-it-takes-thrive

Thursday, October 24, 2013

STOP Cyberbullying

West Royalty School was fortunate to have Dr. Parry Aftab, StopCyberbullying.org, come into the school on Wednesday October 23 to present a cyberbullying presentation to our grades 4, 5 and 6 students.

The clear message which was taught to the students was:
STOP (don’t respond to the bully)
BLOCK (block the person from access to your e-mail, facebook account) and
TELL (tell an adult about what happened)

Parents and students are encouraged to attend the StopCyberbullying Youth Summit on November 9th in Charlottetown.

Registration is full BUT you can still register if you indicate on the StopCyberbullying website that you are from West Royalty School. This is a FREE event with lunch provided.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 23rd

Don't forget our annual Walking School Bus on Wednesday, October 23rd! It looks like the weather will cooperate... but just in case, the rain date is the 24th. We will be leaving at 7:45 am from Stockman Drive, Upton Park, Soccer Field Entrance by Park West, Parricus Mead Subdivision and the WR Community Centre. If you would like to help or want more information, contact westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.


Monday, October 7, 2013

October Home & School Update

PLEASE NOTE that the school's October newsletter is NOW available on their website and will be posted there during the first week of each month. If you do not have regular access to the internet, notify your child’s teacher and a hard copy can be sent home. Here are a few items from the newsletter that you won't want to miss:

Our first H&S meeting of the school year is Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 pm in the Staff Room at the school. All are welcome!

The school will be hosting an Assembly of Thanks on Friday, October 11th at 1:45 pm. Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items as a donation to Anderson House.

We will be holding our annual Walking School Bus on Wednesday, October 23rd (Rain date: 24th), leaving at 7:45 am from Stockman Drive, Upton Park, Soccer Field Entrance by Park West, and Parricus Mead Subdivision; leaving at 7:30 am from WR Community Centre. We have volunteers at some of the starting locations but more are always welcome! If you would like to help or want more information, contact westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

The School Milk Program is offering a Free Milk Day on October 24th. If you already ordered online, go into the HotLunch website and remove it - your account will be credited.

The Halloween Dance will be held on October 25th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. You should have already received a ticket order sheet ($2/person). There will be a pumpkin carving contest, prizes for best costumes (parents that means you too!), and snacks... be sure to bring a few dollars along if you DARE to walk through the Haunted Hallway!! Please note that tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

If you would like to know more about the West Royalty Home and School Association, please contact the Executive at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com or by clicking on our names below. We welcome your input and involvement!

Secretary - Shawna MacDonald-Wong
Treasurer - Colleen Henderson
Vice-President - Cathy Nabuurs
Co-President - Denise Bulger
Co-President - Janice Murphy

Thursday, October 3, 2013

ONLINE Magazine Sales Extended Until October 13th

To assist students with late orders, online sales for the Magazine Campaign will be accepted until Sunday, October 13th. Place your orders at www.qsp.ca - our group number is 11843.

PLEASE NOTE: Orders will not be accepted at the school. NO exceptions!

A special THANK YOU to Lisa Fogarty, Karma McCallum, Lori Ann Dow, Sharon Cronin, Cathy Taylor-Bridges, Colleen Henderson, Janice Murphy, and WR alumni Shannon Murphy for all their help counting classroom orders.  We couldn't have done it without each of you!  Thank you!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Magazine Campaign chairs:
Joanne Condon and Krystal Mayne

Monday, September 30, 2013

Inaugural International STOP CYBERBULLYING Youth Summit - November 9, 2013

On November 9, 2013 in Charlottetown, PEI, for the first time in the world, hundreds of youth leaders and innovators will be joined by leading experts in cyberbullying, criminal justice, health and cyberwellness, education and industry and youth empowerment to address the troubling problem of cyberbullying.

The summit's MC will be Parry Aftab, founder of StopCyberbullying.org and keynote speaker at Nova Scotia's recent SpeakUp! Conference. Presenters include:
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Internet Safety Officer, Microsoft Corporation
  • Kim Sanchez, Director Online Safety, Microsoft Corporation
  • Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander
  • Sharon Rosenfeldt, Co-Founder, Canada's Victims of Violence
  • Victoria Grand, Head of Global Communications & Policy, Google/YouTube
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
  • Dave Steer, Manager of Policy & Communications, Facebook
  • Glen Canning and Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh Parsons' parents
  • Representatives of various provincial government ministries and the RCMP 

But the real stars of this event are the students, age 10 -18. Four hundred student participants will be interacting with 200 adult experts and parents in person, with 3000 additional students and experts joining by digital feeds. Working using the UN Expert-Styled format, through four stakeholder tracks (Criminal Justice and Victimization, Education and Industry Best Practices, Health and Cyberwellness and Youth Leadership and Empowerment), young people will lead the discussions to help create an action plan to combat the problem of cyberbullying and improve digital hygiene and literacy. Students from around the world will participate via video conferencing and social media. Students from Atlantic Canada, New York, British Columbia and Ontario will be represented at the event itself.

Through videotaping booths, students and adult participants will share their cyberbullying experiences and suggestions. And to prepare for the summit, students across PEI will be trained by Dr. Parry Aftab, founder of StopCyberbullying.org, and surveys, studies and student contributions will be commissioned. A "call for papers and ideas" is being announced where student artists, performers, musicians, poets and innovators can submit their work for consideration by the StopCyberbullying Leadership Council for inclusion at the summit, in social media and on StopCyberbullying.org.

The Inaugural Stop Cyberbullying Youth Summit is not the last step - it is the first step to a cyber-neighborhood all stakeholder solution to protect and empower our youth. The event is being sponsored by Google, Microsoft, Digital Living Labs Foundation and WiredTrust's Socially Safe Seal.

For more information on the Summit, visit the website at:
http://youthsummit.stopcyberbullying.org/index.php

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ken Dryden Speaks Out on Concussions - October 16th

Hockey Hall of Famer and five-time Vezina Trophy winner Ken Dryden will be facilitating a symposium on concussions on October 16th at Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. There is no charge to attend the event.

The symposium is being hosted by CHANCES Family Centre, in partnership with Hockey PEI and the support of local sponsors. Mr. Dryden has facilitated similar symposiums focused on concussions in several communities across Canada.

CBC’s Matt Rainnie will emcee the event, which will explore the many aspects of concussion injuries, including the experiences of athletes and families of those affected, medical experts who treat the injuries, and administrators who are able to effect change. The focus will not just be on the problem, but a search for potential answers and solutions to reduce potential concussion risks in sport.

Panel participants will include:
  • Ryan McKenna, an athlete who suffered a concussion
  • Dr. William Stanish and Dr. Neil McLure, sports medicine experts
  • Todd Jackson, Hockey Canada
  • Forbie MacPherson, UPEI Panthers
  • Kevin Elliott, Charlottetown Islanders
Their collective experience and expertise on the subject will allow a lively discussion viewed from different perspectives. The evening will conclude with a question and answer session from the audience.

For more information, contact:
Ann Robertson, Executive Director
CHANCES Family Centre
16 Brighton Rd., Charlottetown, PE C1A 1T4
902-892-8744 / annrobertson@chancesfamily.ca

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

PLEASE NOTE - Cheques for Magazine Campaign

UPDATE: Please note that all cheques submitted for the magazine campaign should be made payable to West Royalty Home & School.

Thanks, Krystal and Joanne

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Don't forget! The Magazine Campaign ends this Friday!

This Friday, September 27th, the Magazine Campaign comes to an end. Orders will be collected and sent to QSP for processing on Wednesday, October 2. To ensure your child receives the correct prize level and collection totals, please ensure your child hands in all orders on time.

FIRST collection is TuesdaySeptember 24th.
LAST collection is Friday, September 27th.
LATE orders will be accepted through qsp.ca until roughly the first Friday in October. 

Help our volunteers... Here are a few helpful pointers to help our volunteers on count night!
1) Ensure all cheques are made payable to West Royalty Home & School.
2) Ensure the correct payment amount is enclosed
3) Ensure the forms are completed correctly and legibly - seller's name and homeroom, magazine title, code and amount are essential!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Magazine Campaign chairs.

Thanks!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tree Day was a SUCCESS!!

THANK YOU to all of the families that helped out planting trees in the Acadian Forest yesterday (Saturday) morning. What a great turnout! With your help, the trees were planted in record time. The organizers were AMAZED at all the volunteers who showed up and how fast all the trees got planted.

Check out the story and pictures on the Guardian website - Volunteers gather in West Royalty to plant trees during Tree Days.

GREAT JOB, everyone!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

REMINDER: Tree Planting in Acadian Forest THIS SATURDAY

DON'T FORGET about our tree planting in the Acadian Forest at the school this Saturday, September 21st at 9 am.The Lady Hockey Panthers will be there to help but we need you too! It will go RAIN or SHINE so bring your spouse, kids and friends... along with rubber boots and shovels! Many hands make light work so we hope to see you there!

For more details, refer to our original post at:
http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca/2013/09/tree-planting-in-acadian-forest.html

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tree Planting in Acadian Forest - September 21st

Tree Canada has made a significant contribution to allow for a tree planting to take place at West Royalty School on September 21st at 9 am. 

We will be planting a few hundred trees and shrubs in our Acadian Forest. The UPEI Ladies Hockey Team will be there to assist. MacPhail Woods has been involved in this project for many years now. Some day, in 20 or 30 years, there will be a re-established Acadian Forest in that area.

This event will happen RAIN or SHINE and we need your help! Bring your spouse, kids and friends... along with rubber boots and shovels! Many hands make light work so let's get out for a great Saturday morning activity. Hope to see you there!

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!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome Back!

We hope everyone had a fantastic, fun-filled summer vacation! It's hard to believe it's already the FIRST day of school!

The Home and School Executive for 2013-14 is:

Co-President - Denise Bulger
Co-President Janice Murphy
Vice-President - Cathy Nabuurs
Treasurer - Colleen Henderson
Secretary - Shawna MacDonald-Wong

We are looking forward to working with all of you. Check us out online at http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca. Please feel free to contact us with any thoughts or concerns as the school year progresses. Our first Home and School Association meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 pm in the Staff Room. Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Volunteers for Sports Day - June 24, 2013

Sports Day is coming up at West Royalty School on Monday, June 24th. We are short a few volunteers to help out with our hotdog lunch that day. Do you have a BBQ we can borrow? Can you help with BBQing or serving students? If so, please contact us ASAP - janice@abegweit.com or canddhenderson@eastlink.ca.

Thanks, Janice and Colleen
Co-chairs, Sports Day

Monday, June 10, 2013

REMINDER - Home & School Meeting - Tuesday, June 11th

Please join us for the next meeting of the West Royalty Home & School Association, scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm in the staff lunch room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

For minutes of our previous meetings, click here.

Your H&S Executive

Friday, May 24, 2013

Canadian Paediatric Society Art Contest

The Canadian Paediatric Society is looking for artwork by kids from across Canada for their annual art contest. Unfortunately they have not yet received any entries from PEI... BUT it's not too late... The entry deadline is June 28th.

This year’s theme "Friendly advice from Canadian kids!" is about the importance of friendships: www.cps.ca/en/publications/cps-art-contest

Young artists can enter the contest with a drawing or painting that illustrates how friends and friendships keep them happy and healthy. The contest is open to all children and youth under the age of 18 who live in Canada. 

Participants can win one of three Chapters gift cards, and 12 pieces will be chosen to appear in the 2014 CPS member calendar. For full details, check out the flyer at: http://www.cps.ca/publications/CPS-Calendar14Poster-en.pdf

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Call for 2013-14 Home and School Executive

Being a member of the Home and School Executive is a rewarding way to be involved in the West Royalty Elementary School community.  There will be two Home and School Executive positions available for next year. If you are interested, or would like to know more about what the commitment involves, please contact a member of the current executive.

Wendy Miller, President: wendycorkummiller@gmail.com
Denise Bulger, Vice-President: denisebulger@hotmail.com
Janice Murphy, Secretary: janice@abegweit.com
Sharon Cronin, Treasurer: croninsm@hotmail.com

The deadline for expression of interest is May 30, 2013.

Monday, May 13, 2013

REMINDER - H&S Meeting Tuesday, May 14th

The next meeting of the West Royalty Home & School Association is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 pm in the staff lunch room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

For minutes of our previous meetings, click here.

Your H&S Executive


Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 30th Session on Bullying POSTPONED

The Home & School Presentation on April 30th entitled "The Various Types of Bullying - What Parents Can Do" has to be postponed until late May or early June. Watch the newsletter and your child's kitbag for an update on the new date SOON.

Your H&S Executive

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. More than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity. For more on Earth Day, visit Earth Day Canada.

This year, Elizabeth Crawford's Grade 4 class has been working on a special project. Click here for the article and picture in today's Guardian to learn all about the play and book they created about water conservation, The Mermaids and the Droplets. This project was funded by ArtsSmarts P.E.I. and the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance.

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 School Bus Driver of the Year Award

The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation is pleased to announce their annual School Bus Driver of the Year Award.

This Award recognizes school bus drivers on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school each day.  Our school bus drivers are professionally trained individuals who capably transport our children in a safe manner. They are the first school employees who come in contact with our children each school day, and the last at the end of the day.  Drivers are expected to teach students school bus safety rules and procedures.

Bus drivers manage student behaviour on the bus and care for the physical and emotional well-being of each young person each and every school day.  School bus drivers play a vital role in our education system, and the PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to recognize an outstanding individual for their service and dedication to the safety of Island children.  Parents, through their Home and School Associations, are invited to submit nominations for a School Bus Driver of the Year Award.

If you would like to nominate a bus driver for this award, please contact a member of the Home & School Executive. The submission deadline is Friday, May 17th so get your nomination in ASAP.

Thank you for supporting our School Bus Drivers!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Congratulations!!

Our very own Ken Gaudet, principal of West Royalty School, was selected as Distinguished Principal for PEI by the Canadian Association of Principals

CONGRATULATIONS Ken! We all know how hard you work to make West Royalty School a wonderful place for students and staff - well deserved recognition!


Pink Shirt Day 2013

Students and staff of West Royalty School participated in Pink Shirt Day on February 27, 2013. On the last Wednesday in February each year, participants wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying


Check out some pictures of that day at: http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca/p/pink-shirt-day-2013.html

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PEI Home and School Federation Celebrates 60 Years of Service

Putting Children First - March 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

The PEI Home and School Federation Celebrates 60 Years of Service! Join us in the Homburg Theatre for an evening filled with music, song and stories. Joey Kitson and son Julien, John MacPhee of Paper Lions, Patrick Ledwell, Cynthia MacLeod and the Havenwood Studio Step Dancers, School and Community Choirs and many others will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the PEI Home and School Federation. Tickets: $10

BUY TICKETS: http://charlottetownfestival.com/en/143-Putting-Children-First

Phone: 1-(902) 628-1864 / Toll Free: 1-(800) 565-0278
Fax: 1-(902) 566-4648
Box Office: boxoffice@confederationcentre.com

Monday, January 14, 2013

Parents As Partners in Education Survey Launch

Parents and guardians across PEI are encouraged to fill out a new ‘Parents As Partners in Education’ survey to be launched January 14 by the PEI Home and School Federation.

The survey is developed and carried out by consultant Vicki Bryanton and funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education.  This is the second survey conducted by PEIHSF, the first one having been conducted in 2008.  It explores issues related to parents’ engagement in their children’s education in the English Language School system.  The survey asks questions about areas of focus for the Federation such as parent-teacher interviews, volunteering, bullying and instructional time.  After completing the survey you will also have a chance to enter to win one of five weekly cash prize draws.

Parents play a large role in their child’s education and are asked to indicate through the survey how they are supported by partners in PEI’s system.

"As parents, we want our children to receive the best possible education. This survey will tell us more about how parents are involved in the school community and how they support their children's education in meaningful ways" says Owen Parkhouse, Parent Engagement Chair and Past President of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation.

"Parents play a powerful  role in our education system and can provide us with valuable insight," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. "I encourage all parents and guardians to take a few minutes to fill out the survey and to share your thoughts on how we can enhance student achievement."

Results will be publicly reported and used by PEIHSF to develop new initiatives in support of improved parent involvement in education. The link to the survey is on the Federation’s website at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentsasPartners2013 .  Paper copies are available upon request.  For more information, contact the PEI Home and School Federation office at 620-3186 or 1-800-916-0664.

Friday, January 4, 2013

REMINDER - January 8th H&S Meeting

Welcome back! The next meeting of the West Royalty H&S Association is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 pm in the staff lunch room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

For minutes of our previous meetings, click here.

Happy New Year!

Your H&S Executive