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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.

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!