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.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


We are truly fortunate as a school community to have so many volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and effort throughout the school year. THANK YOU! It is a blessing to have so many caring and dedicated parents who ensure the success of all our events and programs. We wish everyone a healthy, joyful, and relaxing holiday season! Best wishes for a promising and fulfilling 2015!



Your 2014/15 Home & School Executive
Shawna, Colleen, Cathy and Janice

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

REMINDER: Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, December 6th 8-10:30 am

Come on out this Saturday morning and enjoy a pancake breakfast with your West Royalty and area neighbors, staff from the school, members of the Home & School Association, and MLA Bush Dumville.

Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for children and $18 for a family. Tickets are available at the school or pay at the door. ALL proceeds go towards the West Royalty Home & School Association.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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 9th in support of year-end activities. We are seeking donations of both cookies and fudge  (just a reminder that we are a
peanut free/nut restricted school) and ask for the following:

  • Please drop off your goodies at the school on December 8th.
  • Please cut your fudge.
  • Please wrap your cookies in sets of 2 in saran wrap.

We will be selling fudge for $3 a set, and cookies will be $1 for 2. We will also be raffling off some gift baskets and have a jelly bean guessing game so bring your loonies!

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Janice Murphy, at janice@abegweit.com.

Thank You!
The Grade 6 Fundraising Committee

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tonight's Parent Engagement Session POSTPONED to Tuesday, December 2nd

PLEASE NOTE: With the schools being CLOSED today, our Parent Engagement Session "What kids need to know about anxiety - What adults need to know" has been postponed. Please join us for this session on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm.

Enjoy the first snow day of the season!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Magazine Campaign Prize Winners

Dear Parents and Students,

Last Tuesday we held the assembly to wrap up the Magazine Campaign and all the students were awarded their prizes!  In addition, we drew for prizes based on selling 1 magazine up to the top seller in the school!  The winners are:

Top Winner Per Grade (Costco Movie Pack):
KD – Jacob White
1C – Kelsi McKenna
2B – Ethan Craig
3A – Cali Arsenault
4A – Kate Turner
5B – Sophie Freeman
6Z – Laura Scantlebury

Big Fun Draw 1:
Principal for the day – Chet Ettinger 4A
Phys Ed Teacher for the day – Stuart Taylor 4B
Reserved seating for 4 at the Christmas Concert or Spring Concert – Jillian MacQuarrie 5B
Chocolate Bar Basket – Gracie Gordan 3Z

Big Fun Draw 2:
Sales over $200 – Pizza for the year –  Hannah Brown 3B & Marley Coady KA
Sales over $400 – $50 Indigo Cards – Kate Turner 4A, Megan Nabuurs 3A, & Alison Scott 1C
Sales over $600 – Apple iPod Shuffles –  Dylan Bolger 6C & Lilly Mayne 3A

Top Seller in the School ($100 gift card):
Laura Scantlebury $1169

Ice Cream Parties: 
Top Class K-3 – 3A $3132.00
Top Class 4-6 – 6Z $3473.88

On behalf of the co-chairs, we would like to thank everyone for their continued support!  We are still waiting for final numbers to come in from QSP and when they do, we will let everyone know how much the school raised and the profit that is awarded to the school!

Thank You and Happy Reading!
Joanne Condon and Krystal Mayne

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do you have a video of last year's Spring Concert?

We are looking for a video copy of last year's spring concert so a student at West Royalty School can show it to his grandmother who is not doing well. If you have a copy, please let Mr. Gordon know.

Thanks!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upcoming Session: What kids need to know about anxiety - What adults need to know

Mark your calendars for November 27th at 6:30 pm...

Through a Parent Engagement Grant from the PEI Home & School Federation, the West Royalty Home & School Association is pleased to offer a session on November 27th to provide parents and guardians with information to assist children dealing with anxiety. 

Wendy Gallant, our School Counsellor at West Royalty Elementary School, will provide information to parents about how anxiety presents in children and how to help children cope. 

Please register using the sign-up sheet that was sent home with your child this week.

If you have any ideas for future information sessions, please let us know at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Your H&S Executive

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, December 6th 8-10:30 am

Flyers were sent home recently for a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, December 6th from 8:00-10:30 a.m. at West Royalty Elementary School. This event is being hosted by MLA Bush Dumville with ALL proceeds going towards West Royalty Home & School Association



Come on out, enjoy a pancake breakfast with your neighbors, staff from the school, members of the Home and School Association, and MLA Bush Dumville.

Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for children and $18 for a family. Tickets are available at the school. Please make cheques payable to West Royalty Home & School Association. Ticket orders must be submitted by Monday, December 1st.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Your H&S Executive

Monday, November 17, 2014

Presentation - New Progress Monitoring Assessment Model

The Queen Charlotte Home & School Association is hosting a presentation at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School on Wednesday, November 26th at 7 pm. Tammy Hubley-Little from the English Language School Board (ELSB) will be speaking about the new Progress Monitoring assessment model that is being piloted at some of the schools in the ELSB, including West Royalty Elementary. It should prove to be an informative, and engaging, evening.

Hope to see you there!
Your H&S Executive

Monday, October 27, 2014

As We March into November

The Halloween Dance was a big success, with some amazing costumes and pumpkin carvings and LOTS of interest in the Haunted Hallway. Congratulations to all the contest winners. We hope it was a great warm-up for this Friday's trek around your neighbourhood to do some trick-or-treating!

The Magazine Campaign, our primary fundraiser, 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 will be making decisions soon regarding how to spend the funds, based on requests from school staff and administration. If you have any suggestions for projects, please let us know. We value your suggestions and input.

We had a great turn-out for our first Home and School Meeting on October 14th. Thanks to all who attended as we kicked off another school year at West Royalty. The minutes of all our meetings, as well as financial statements, are posted on our H&S Website for your information.

Now we march into November and, dare I say it, the lead-up to the Christmas season!! Mark your calendar for our next H&S meeting on November 4th at 6:30 pm in the staff lounge at the school. All are welcome to attend!

Your Home and School Executive
westroyaltyhs@gmail.com

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Dance - Friday, October 24th, 2014

Get your little ghosts and goblins ready for our annual Halloween Dance and don't forget your costume, parents!

Dust off your dancing shoes, and practice your Chicken Dance... it's going to be a fun night!

October 24th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Be sure to bring a few loonies along with you. For the daring, there will be a Haunted Hallway AND there will also be candy bags for sale, along with a Jelly Bean Jar Guessing Game.

Please note that tickets are NOT sold at the door.

See you tomorrow night!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ONLINE Magazine Sales Extended Until October 19

To assist students with late orders, online sales for the Magazine Campaign will be accepted until Sunday, October 19th. Place your orders at www.qsp.ca.

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

A special THANK YOU to Cathy Taylor-Bridges, Deanna Bellamy, Tracy Cudmore, Wanda Ellsworth, Vanessa Ford, Colleen Henderson, Trevor MacKinnon,  Karma McCallum, Lisa Munn, Linda Shen, and Angie Smylie 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, October 6, 2014

Hard Work Pays Off!

THANK YOU to the dedicated group of volunteers, including current and former students, who helped weed, prune and dig their way through the front garden beds at the school this past Saturday! All of your hard work paid off... the entryway to our school looks GREAT!!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Feels like Octobrrrr!

Now that fall is officially upon us, our committees are busy working in and around West Royalty School. If you missed the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at Meet the Staff Night, it's NOT too late. Just let us know what you are interested in and we will work with you to find the right fit.

Do you have a green thumb? We are planning to tackle the front garden beds at the school this Saturday, October 4th at 10 am. Grab the kids, rubber boots, garden gloves, and any tools you have handy... we will work together to "spruce" up the entry to our school.

Join us on Wednesday, October 8th (Rain date: 15th) for our annual Walk to School Day. We are hoping to have groups leaving from 5 locations again this year. If you are available to volunteer at one of the following, or if you want to form a group of your own, please let us know: Stockman Drive, Upton Park, Soccer Field Entrance by Park West, Parricus Mead Subdivision, and West Royalty Community Centre.

Our first Home & School Meeting of the year is scheduled for October 14th at 6:30 pm in the staff room. If you have any agenda items, please let us know. All are welcome!

The West Royalty School Newsletter has been posted to the school website - CLICK HERE for the October Newsletter.

Your Home and School Executive,
Janice, Cathy, Colleen and Shawna
E-mail: westroyaltyhs@gmail.com
Website: http://www.westroyaltyhs.ca

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Magazine Campaign Wraps Up Today

The Magazine Campaign officially wraps up today! 

For those who have late orders, please make sure that ALL final orders are submitted to your child's classroom no later than this Monday, September 29th. Online orders will be accepted until the second week of October!

http://www.qsp.ca/

On behalf of the Home and School Executive and the Magazine Campaign Chairs, we would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all teachers, students, and parents who supported this fundraising event!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

All the best,
Joanne Condon (j-condon@hotmail.com) and
Krystal Mayne (krystalmayne@gmail.com)
Magazine Campaign Chairs


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Walk to School Day - October 8th, 2014


We are just 2 weeks away from International Walk to School Day! For many parents, the car has become the main means of transporting children to and from school. The result has been a gradual decrease in the numbers of children walking and wheeling to and from school on a regular basis.

International Walk to School Day promotes: increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, reducing levels of crime, developing community cohesion, promoting social interaction and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

Join us on Wednesday, October 8th (Rain date: 15th). We are hoping to have groups leaving from 5 locations again this year. If you are available to volunteer at one of the following, or if you want to form a group of your own, please let us know: Stockman Drive, Upton Park, Soccer Field Entrance by Park West, Parricus Mead Subdivision, and West Royalty Community Centre.

Groups usually meet at around 7:45 am and walk to school together. We have volunteers at some of the starting locations but more are always welcome! If you can help or want more information, contact westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

H&S Update - September 11, 2014

Magazine Campaign
Attention Parents! It has come to our attention that two access codes were sent home - one correct and one missing a number. The number on the envelopes are incorrect, the flyer is correct!.  The correct Access Code has seven digits - 3730223. If you forget or have already sold magazines with the incorrect access code, do not worry! This will be corrected on Magazine Count Night! Have a good day and happy selling, shopping...and soon reading!
http://www.qsp.ca/

Leadership Training for Home and School Volunteers 
Rather than holding centralized training workshops for local Home and School volunteers this year, the PEI Home & School Federation has decided to offer individualized training and support as needed. So, if you would like to have training or a refresher session please contact the Executive at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com. If we get enough interest, we will arrange for a session for West Royalty volunteers.
http://peihsf.ca/

English Language School Board Strategic Plan
In August, the English Language School Board released its Strategic Plan for Student Achievement 2013-2017. The long-term mission is to improve post-graduation options of graduates by enhancing their academic profiles. This document covers the first of two strategic planning periods to achieve this goal. Click here to review the plan.
http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/elsb/files/2013/01/strategic_plan_2013_2017.pdf

Your H&S Executive

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Back!



We hope everyone had a fantastic, fun-filled summer vacation! It's hard to believe it is already September!

We want to take this opportunity to welcome you back to another school year. We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new principal, Marilyn MacLean, and to all students and families that are new to our school community.

The Home and School Executive for 2014-15 is:

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 monthly meetings are held in the teacher’s lounge at West Royalty School on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendar for our first meeting on October 14th. All are welcome!

On Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30 pm, we will be holding our annual Meet the Staff Night. It is a great opportunity for families to meet the staff of West Royalty School and the Home and School Executive, visit your child’s classroom and check out all the volunteer opportunities available at our school.

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill some of our roles as committee chairs - a full list of committees is available on our website under Contact Us. If you are interested in chairing a committee, just let us know.

Our major fundraising event, the Magazine Campaign, runs from September 10th - 24th. This is an event that involves our entire school community. Students will be selling magazine subscriptions and winning great prizes. Funds from the Magazine Campaign go towards many of the events at our school  - to get an idea of all the things we do, check out last year's Year in Review.

We will do our best to keep you informed throughout the school year. Please subscribe to our updates (on the home page) so you do not miss out!

All the best for a great school year!
Your Home and School Executive

Monday, June 9, 2014

2013-14 - The Year In Review

Another school year is drawing to a close... our last Home & School meeting of the year is Tuesday, June 10th at 6:30 pm in the staff room.

AND so it is time for us to send out a huge THANK YOU!! Thank you to our wonderful staff at West Royalty School! Thank you to our willing, supportive parents who help out with our many activities. With everyone pitching in, we have had an exceptionally busy and successful year... see for yourself!



2013-14 Year in Review...

Executive: 
Co-Presidents: Janice Murphy and Denise Bulger 
Vice President: Cathy Nabuurs 
Secretary: Shawna MacDonald-Wong 
Treasurer: Colleen Henderson 
Magazine Fundraising Campaign – September-October 
Tree Plant in Acadian Forest – September 21st 
Walking School Bus – October 23rd 
Halloween Dance – October 25th 
Christmas Family - December 
Teacher Appreciation Week – February 10th-14th 
Spring Fling – April 26th 
Spring Fun Day – June 23rd 
Green Space – Fall and Spring 
Grade 6 Fundraising – Year Round 
Healthy Snack – Year Round

Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm and conclude by 8 pm. There are a variety of topics discussed at each meeting. We follow a set agenda, with updates from the principal and committee chairs, which helps to keep the meetings on track. We may not break any attendance records, but we have a dedicated group of volunteers to call on whenever we need them! At our April 8th meeting, we had a presentation from Laura Brake, Mathematics Achievement Specialist with the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, on provincial math assessments.

Participation in Provincial Meetings and Letter Writing: 
  • Training Workshops for Leadership and Treasurer 
  • Semi-Annual Meeting of PEI Home and School Federation (PEIHSF)
  • Consultation with English Language School Board Trustees/Superintendent 
  • Letter written to Cynthia Fleet, Superintendent of the English Language School Board, and Alan McIsaac, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, to express our concern that West Royalty School is running over the capacity for which it was built
  • Annual General Meeting of PEIHSF

Parent Engagement Sessions: 
With funding support from the PEIHSF Parent Leadership Grant, we were able to host 2 information sessions this year:
  1. An information session on bullying with Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin on January 28th. The majority of the funding received from PEIHSF was used to add to our parent resource library, as well as provide resources for the classrooms / library about bullying. Click here for a list of the books.
  2. An information session on April 15th with Jennifer Cairns-Burke, Coordinator of Prevention, Education and Early Intervention with Addictions PEI, to assist parents in starting a conversation around drugs and alcohol. Resource books related to addiction were purchased with the funds and are available to be borrowed through the school library. Click here for a list of the books.

The Home & School has one primary fundraiser each year - the Magazine Campaign through QSP (use our Group # 11843 to support our school all through the year). We also were able to secure some funding through the Guardian's Literacy Grant. The principal provided the executive with a Wish List of items for consideration. Items approved included: replacement of an ‘antique’ laminator, headphones, literacy resources, resources for every classroom including specialist classes (Phys. Ed., music, French, guidance and the library). Here is a sampling of the cards we received from some of the classes to say Thank You!



One big project that the Home and School has contributed to for many years is the Acadian Reforestation Project underway on the South end of the property. An Acadian forest is being developed with guidance from MacPhails. It is a great learning opportunity for the children, and someday, there will be a mature forest on the property for all members of the community to enjoy. Many members of school community participated in a tree planting on September 21st in partnership with TD... we even made The Guardian

The 2012-13 executive were successful in obtaining funds under the small grant program for the 2014 celebrations. Under the artistic direction of Maurice Bernard, 220 students in grades 4-6 created an art montage depicting the Slaymaker and Nichols’ Olympic Circus that has now become a permanent display at the school. The project gave teachers the opportunity to discuss the historical elements of 1864 from the perspective of a child. What was it like to be a child then? What did they eat, wear, and play with? How does that differ from a child’s life in 2014? The project has left a legacy for future students to enjoy and will be used for many years as a teaching aid for the historical significance of 1864. 

As you can see, it's been a busy year at West Royalty School... and we couldn't have done it without you!!

All the best for a wonderful summer... We look forward to seeing you next year!

Your H&S Executive
Denise, Janice, Cathy, Colleen and Shawna

Friday, June 6, 2014

Looking ahead...

West Royalty School will be affected by the cuts to teacher positions for the 2014-15 school year. As a result, grades that currently have 4 classes (Grades 1, 2, and 4) will be consolidated to 3 classes. We, as parents and your H&S Executive, have concerns about the impact these changes will have for student achievement. We are so fortunate to have fabulous teachers at our school, and some of them have expressed their concern to us. We would like to inform parents that a protest has been organized by the Morell Consolidated Home & School Association - click here for more details. If you have concerns regarding the state of the education system, perhaps you will consider contacting your MLA to express your concerns directly.

Your H&S Executive

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June Newsletter POSTED ONLINE!

The West Royalty School Newsletter has been posted to the school website. CLICK HERE for the final newsletter of this school year!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Resource Books NOW AVAILABLE at West Royalty School Library

Through a Parent Engagement Grant from the PEI Home & School Federation, the West Royalty Home & School Association recently held a session with Jennifer Cairns-Burke, Coordinator of Prevention, Education and Early Intervention with Addictions PEI, to assist parents in starting a conversation around drugs and alcohol. Some resource books related to addiction were also purchased with these funds. These titles are now available in our school library to be checked out/borrowed. Please visit the library to take advantage of these resources.

Thanks to our Teacher Librarian, Karen MacKinnon for taking care of cataloguing these books so efficiently. 

For Parents (interestingly written by father and son):
  • Sheff, David. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through his son's addiction. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008. 
  • Sheff, Nic. TWEAK: Growing Up On Methamphetamines. New York: Ginsee Seo Books, 2008.
  • Sheff, Nic. We All Fall Down Living With Addiction. New York: Little Brown and Company, 2012.
Children's books (for when a parent is an addict):
  • Centre For Addition and Mental Health. Wishes and Worries: Coping With A Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011. (3 copies)
  • Hastings, Jill. An Elephant in the Living Room. Center City: Hazelden, 1984. (3 copies; workbook with activities)
Do you have ideas for future Parent Engagement sessions? If so, please let us know at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Day at the Circus: September 1, 1864 through the Eyes of a Child

Under the artistic direction of Maurice Bernard, students in grades 4-6 at West Royalty School recently created an art montage depicting the Slaymaker and Nichols’ Olympic Circus that was in town during the Charlottetown Conference.

A Day at the Circus: September 1, 1864 through the Eyes of a Child

This legacy was unveiled as a permanent display at the school on April 3, 2014. Next time you are in the school, please take a moment to view the montage where the 3 classroom wings intersect.

The Guardian - Thursday, April 10, 2014

This project was made possible by the Home & School Association with support from the PEI 2014 Fund.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Update on Math Assessments at Home & School Meeting - Tuesday, April 8th

Laura Brake, Mathematics Achievement Specialist with the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, will join us at the beginning of our Home & School Meeting on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30 pm. Her presentation will help parents gain an understanding of the provincial and West Royalty math assessment results.

Please join us!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Parent Engagement Session - Starting the Conversation around Drugs & Alcohol

Mark your calendars for April 15th at 6:30 pm...

Through a Parent Engagement Grant from the PEI Home & School Federation, the West Royalty Home & School Association will offer a session on April 15th to assist parents and guardians in starting a conversation around drugs and alcohol. 

Jennifer Cairns-Burke,  Coordinator of Prevention, Education and Early Intervention with Addictions PEI, will provide information to parents about how to help children develop attitudes and values around drugs and alcohol. 

Watch for a sign-up sheet to come home shortly.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014-2015 School Calendar Released

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development just released the 2014-2015 school calendar. The school calendar lays out the number of school days and instructional days - it includes holidays, professional learning days, and parent teacher interviews. To view the 2014-2015 school calendar CLICK HERE.

Please note: These dates are already built into our West Royalty H&S Online Calendar. For easy integration of your schedule, add this calendar to your own online e-mail or smartphone calendar.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Anti-Bullying Books NOW AVAILABLE at West Royalty School Library

Many new anti-bullying books were purchased with funds from the PEI Home & School Federation's Parent Leadership Grant in February 2014. These titles are now available in our school library to be checked out/borrowed. Please visit the library to take advantage of these resources.

Thanks to our Teacher Librarian, Karen MacKinnon for taking care of cataloguing these books so efficiently. 

EASY PICTURE BOOKS:

  • The Bully Blockers Club. Bateman, Teresa. E BAT WRSX22208
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing. Berenstain, Stan and Jan. E BER WRSX22228
  • Just Kidding. Ludwig, Trudy. E LUD WRSX22226, WRSX22227
  • My Secret Bully. Ludwig, Trudy. E LUD WRSX22205
  • Trouble Talk. Ludwig, Trudy. E LUD WRSX22220
  • Say Something. Moss, Peggy. E MOS WRSX22206, WRSX22207
  • The King of the Playground. Naylor, Phyllis. E NAY WRSX22218, WRSX22219
  • Words Are Not For Hurting. Verdick, Elizabeth. E VER WRSX22221

FICTION CHAPTER BOOKS:
  • Bully On The Bus. Bosch, Carl W. F BOS WRSX22213
  • The Hundred Dresses. Estes, Eleanor. F EST WRSX22215
  • The Call of the Bully. Starkey, Scott. F STA WRSX22209
  • How To Beat the Bully Without Really Trying. Starkey, Scott. F STA WRSX22210

NON FICTION BOOKS:
  • Why Good Kids Act Cruel. Pickhardt, Carl. 155. 42 PIC WRSX22223
  • Dear Bully. Hall, Megan. 302.3 BOL WRSX22214
  • Confessions of a Former Bully. Ludwig, Trudy. 302.3 LUD WRSX22229, WRSX222230
  • Bullies Are A Pain In The Brain. Romain, Trevor. 302.3 ROM WRSX22212
  • Coping With Cliques. Sprague, Susan. 302.3 SPR WRSX22225
  • Sticks and Stones. Bazelon. Emily. 302.34 BAZ WRSX22235, WRSX22236
  • Little Girls Can Be Mean. Anthony, Michelle. 371.5 ANT WRSX22216
  • No Kidding About Bullying. Drew, Naomi. 371.5 DRE WRSX22224
  • The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander. Coloroso, Barbara. 637.8 COL WRSX22232
  • Bullied. Goldman, Carrie. 637.8 GOL WRSX22231
  • Stop Bullying Bobby! Smith-Manseil, Dana. 637.8 SMI WRSX22222
  • How To Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies. Cohen-Posey, Kate. 646.7 COH WRSX22211
  • Bullying Prevention What Parents Need To Know. Craig, Wendy. 646.7 CRA WRSX22233
  • Bullied. Goldman, Carrie. 637.8 GOL WRSX22231

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NON FICTION:
  • The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander. Coloroso, Barbara. PD 304 COL WRSX22217

Do you have ideas for future Parent Engagement sessions? If so, please let us know at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Re-scheduled French Immersion Meeting - THIS Wednesday

Parents of students in Grade 6, PLEASE NOTE:

The rescheduled French immersion information meeting for parents of incoming grade seven students will take place at Queen Charlotte School in the cafeteria at 7:00 on Wednesday, February 26.  Please enter the school through the triple doors on the Simmons Arena side of the school.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2012-13 SHAPES-PEI Provincial Student Health Profile

The results of the 2012-13 School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES-PEI) Provincial Student Health Profile were released on February 10th by the University of Prince Edward Island, along with the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the PEI Department of Health and Wellness.

SHAPES-PEI gathers information from students in grades 5 through 12 about healthy eating, physical activity, mental fitness, and bullying. This is the third release of data since SHAPES-PEI began in 2008 and it is the first time the team included bullying questions in its survey.

Highlights from the 2012-13 SHAPES-PEI survey include:
• 70% of students report high levels of mental fitness (up from 66% in 2008)
• 26% of students reported being bullied (verbal, cyber or physical) in the 30 days prior to the survey
• 70% of students are considered to be in a healthy weight category for their age, however 27% are still considered overweight or obese (unchanged from 2010)
• 36% of students reported eating fruit or vegetables more than six times the day before the survey (down from 42% in 2008)
• 18% of students reported eating high fat/sugary/salty snacks or drinks more than seven times the day before the survey (down from 30% in 2008).

SHAPES-PEI is implemented in collaboration with the national Youth Smoking Survey (YSS), funded by Health Canada, which collects data from Island students on tobacco, drug, and alcohol use. The provincial tobacco, drug, and alcohol use results, collected by the YSS in conjunction with the SHAPES-PEI survey, is expected to be officially released by Health Canada in June 2014.

Full copies of the 2012-13 SHAPES-PEI Provincial Student Health Profile are available by request, or by visiting www.upei.ca/cshr/SHAPES or www.gov.pe.ca/healthyschoolcommunities.

For the full press release from the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week - February 9 - 15, 2014



The 26th National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is celebrated by the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation and local Home and School Associations to encourage all parents, students and the wider community to recognize the important contributions, both personal and professional, of teachers and school staff to the lives of children and their education.

Every school has dedicated teachers and school staff members, such as administrative assistants, educational assistants, guidance counselors, custodians and bus drivers. Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week lets them know that they are appreciated; that we want to work with them and that we are on the same team.

National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week was started in 1988 by the Canadian Home and School Federation. It is a way to give parents and others concerned with children and their education the opportunity to join in nation-wide demonstrations of support for Canada's schools and their teachers and other staff members.

Home and School Association members know that, to foster a positive learning environment and excellence in education, it is essential that competent and caring educators have the support and involvement of parents and community.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February Newsletter POSTED ONLINE!


The West Royalty School Newsletter has been posted to the school website. CLICK HERE for the February Newsletter.

http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/westroyalty/files/2013/10/Feb-3-2014.pdf


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bullying Resources

Thanks to support from a PEI Home & School Federation's Parent  Engagement Grant, the West Royalty Home & School Association held a successful information night on January 28th on "The Various Types of Bullying - What Parents Need to Know".

Dr. Jackie Goodwin presented a wide variety of information on bullying, focusing not only on the victim but also bystanders and those who bully, and how to approach each scenario from the perspective of  parents and teachers.

With the funding, we ordered a number of resource books of interest to students, teachers and parents - these will be available in the library later this month.  An excellent resource is also available online at: http://www.prevnet.ca/

Friday, January 24, 2014

MINISTER PROCLAIMS JANUARY 27 AS FAMILY LITERACY DAY

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -- Families are encouraged to take time to read with their children on Family Literacy Day and every day throughout the year, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“Reading together for just 15 minutes every day will help foster a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge,” said Minister McIsaac. “Family literacy has a powerful influence on a child’s ability to learn. When families encourage literacy in the home, they are preparing their children for success in the classroom. By making learning to read fun and entertaining, children will develop the confidence needed to succeed.”

Minister McIsaac joined the PEI Literacy Alliance in officially proclaiming January 27, 2014, as Family Literacy Day in Prince Edward Island. This national celebration takes place annually to encourage families to participate in literacy activities together. The theme for Family Literacy Day celebrations is 15 Minutes of Fun. Reading and learning together for just 15 minutes a day provides great benefits for children and parents.  
“Learning as a family is rewarding in so many ways,” said Amanda Beazley, program coordinator with the PEI Literacy Alliance. “It’s quality and memorable time spent together. Family literacy isn’t just about reading. It can be singing, dancing, creating art, playing games or having a good chat at mealtimes.”

There are many different ways to incorporate family literacy into your daily routine. Learning can happen everywhere. Here are some great examples:
•    Write a joke book with your family.
•    Read a bedtime story to the grown-up putting you to bed.
•    Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
•    Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
•    Organize a book swap at your school.
•    Make up riddles and tell them to your friends.
•    Create a family book club.
•    Build a drum with your family.
•    Surf the Internet and learn about your favourite animal.
•    Make up a song about your day to sing to your family at dinnertime.
•    Write messages to your family on sticky notes and post them around the house.
•    Create a story about what you’ll be doing for Family Literacy Day.
•    Play a board game together.
•    Build an acrostic poem using your hero’s name.
•    Make an origami boat and see if it will float.

For more details on Family Literacy activities, please visit the PEI Literacy Alliance website at www.pei.literacy.ca or the national website at www.abclifeliteracy.ca. For more information on the PEI Public Library Service, visit www.library.pe.ca.

Source:
http://www.gov.pe.ca/index.php3/newsroom/index.php3?number=news&newsnumber=9414&dept=&lang=E

PLEASE NOTE: Communications PEI's multimedia team has created another great video about the importance of Family Literacy Day. Watch the video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if4djtsIbaY

Monday, January 20, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week - February 10-14, 2014


Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching, coming up the week of February 10-14th! Our committee co-chairs are Darlene Howatt and Lori Ferguson-Brown. There will be treats daily for the teachers/staff and a lunch on Thursday, February 13th (storm date is Friday the 14th).

Please contact Darlene or Lori if you would like to help. They will  be making calls the first week of February for food preparation, door prizes, kitchen help and class coverage. Thank you to everyone in advance for helping out with this important annual event!

Thanks!
Darlene - dhowatt21@gmail.com
Lori - loriaferguson@hotmail.com

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January Newsletter POSTED ONLINE!

Happy New Year!!

The West Royalty School Newsletter has been posted to the school website. CLICK HERE for the January Newsletter.

http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/westroyalty/files/2014/01/Jan-2-2014.pdf