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, January 20, 2015

FREE Math Workshops

Tess Miller, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Education at UPEI is offering 3 workshops to help people with math!  The workshops are open to anyone (parent, student, teacher). The themes for the workshops are fractions, decimals, and multiplication.

Dates:  Thursdays - January 22, February 5, February 26
Time:   4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Place:   McDougall Hall, UPEI
Cost:    FREE
NOTE:  Send a message to Tess at: tsmiller@upei.ca and let her know you will attend.  This will ensure that she will have enough materials for participants.

Click here to see the poster for the first one,  Fractions Workshop, on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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 Wendy Gallant, our school counsellor. The purpose of this information session was to assist parents and their children with issues of childhood anxiety. Some resource books were purchased with funds from the grant. 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 cataloging these books so efficiently. 

For Children:
  • Wolff, Ferida: Is a Worry Worrying You 
  • Henkes, Kevin: Wemberly Worried
  • Holmes, Margaret M.: A Terrible Thing Happened
  • Cook, Julia: Wilma Jean the Worrying Machine
  • Burns: Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism
  • Wagner Ph.D., Aureen Pinto: Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children's Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment
For Parents:
  • Dacey, John S.: Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children
  • Foxman, Paul, Ph.D.: The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal
  • Greenspoon, Thomas: What to do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids
Wendy Gallant also has other resources - parents are welcome to meet with Wendy about the following:
  • Crist, James: What to do When You are Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids
  • Huebner, Dawn: What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems
  • Buron, Kari Dunn: When My Worries Get Too Big
  • Weaver, Susan B.: Worry Busters! Activities for Kids Who Worry Too Much
  • Manassis, Katharina: Keys to Parenting (to be available September 2015)
Do you have ideas for future Parent Engagement sessions? If so, please let us know at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Volunteers Needed!


There are a number of volunteer opportunities currently available at West Royalty School. Please let me know if any of these interest you:
  1. In-School Helpers - We need people who are willing to come in during the school day to photocopy, laminate and cut out material for teachers.
  2. H&S Blogger - We are looking for someone to take over maintenance of our H&S blog (website) at the end of this school year. Training is provided (by me) and this work can be done from anywhere as long as you have a computer and Internet access.
  3. Volunteers to help during Teacher Appreciation Week - Our committee co-chairs, Darlene Howatt and Lori Ferguson-Brown are busy preparing for the week of February 9-13th with lunch on Thursday, Feb 12th (storm date - Friday, Feb 13th). 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! Please contact Darlene or Lori is you would like to help. Darlene - dhowatt21@gmail.com; Lori - loriaferguson@hotmail.com
Thanks!
Janice Murphy - janice@abegweit.com
President, West Royalty H&S

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cyber-Issues Workshop for Parents - Thursday, January 15th - Birchwood Intermediate

Do you know what a pic for pic kik is? Do you know that the average teen spends threes times more time on their mobile phone as they do speaking?  Do you know the dangers and legal ramifications of what can occur from inappropriate phone use?

Well, if you would like the answers to these questions and so much more, please join us at Birchwood for an informative question and answer forum on Thursday, January 15th at 7 p.m.

In collaboration with other intermediate schools, Stonepark,  East Wiltshire, Montague and Queen Charlotte, Birchwood is hosting an information night. Constables Tim Keizer and Dale Johnson along with Colonel Gray Youth Service Worker, Tyler Larter, will share their experiences in working with teens who ran into trouble with phones.

All parents are invited, from any school, with intermediate school parents particularly invited.  Please make every effort to attend so you can be better informed to guide your son or daughter.

Source: http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/birchwood/2015/01/08/do-you-know-what-a-pic-for-pic-kik-is/

Monday, January 5, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR and WELCOME BACK !!

The next meeting of the West Royalty Home & School Association is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30 pm in the staff lunch room. Everyone is welcome to attend! For minutes of our previous meetings, visit the Meetings section of our website.

Below is an update from the PEI Home & School Federation. If you have any comments or questions about anything you read here, please let us know at westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.

Happy 2015!
Your H&S Executive



HOME and SCHOOL NEWS - January 2015

1. 2015  EXTRA MILE AWARDS
Nominate a school staff person for this award by Friday, January 9, 2015. Find criteria at: http://peihsf.ca/content/awards

2. Workshops for Members: Identifying issues in education for action
Monday, January 26th – Montague Consolidated School, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 27th – Elm Street Consolidated School, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 29th – Spring Park Elementary School, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A series of three workshops bringing together home and school members to work together to identify issues in education that would benefit from our attention. The meetings will begin with a brainstorming session to identify the range of issues of concern, and will then collectively select a subset of those issues and break into small groups to identify possible actions, resolutions, or projects that can help to address them. The workshops, which are open to all members and do not require pre-registration; members are invited to attend the meeting nearest to them, and local home and schools are encouraged to invite parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff from their schools to attend.
 
3. RESOLUTIONS are about change
Do you see a need for change in PEI’s education system? The Federation promotes equal opportunity for all PEI students by passing pertinent resolutions at Annual General Meetings and then forwarding these to decision-makers who can make changes for the benefit of all Island students.  Deadline to submit resolutions: January 30th, 2015.
 
4. Parent Leadership Grants due January 30th
Parent Leadership Grant Program - Submit project proposals by: January 30, 2015. http://peihsf.ca/content/parent-leadership-grants

5. 2015 TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK February 9-15th
Plan to celebrate teachers and other school staff by forming a planning committee in January. More tips at: http://peihsf.ca/content/celebrate-national-eacherstaff-appreciation-week

6. 63rd PEI Home and School Federation Annual General Meeting
The Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation will hold its 63rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, April 11, 2015. All Member Home and School Associations are invited and welcome to attend the AGM.  Each Association is asked to designate five of your school’s attendees as voting delegates. Associations are encouraged to include teachers, administrators and staff as delegates.