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.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Fair

The next book fair at West Royalty is fast approaching and Mrs. MacKinnon (librarian) needs our help!
She is looking for volunteers to cover the following shifts during the book fair:
Wed Mar 7th 815am-1215pm
Wed Mar 7th 1255pm-245pm
Thurs Mar 8th 815am-1215pm
Thurs Mar 8th 1255pm-245pm
Duties include managing the cash while students come, class by class, to purchase books, posters, bookmarks, etc. It is lots of fun; the shift goes by quite quickly. If you are able to help out, please respond to this email or contact Karen MacKinnon at kemackinnon@edu.pe.ca

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation 64th Annual Meeting & Convention

The P.E.I. Home and School Federation’s 64th Annual General Meeting & Convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Our meeting will focus on the topic: How can equity be addressed in Island Schools?  Presenters will discuss ways of addressing particular facets of equity in schools, including food programs (Rachel Schofield Martin), flexible learning (Mitch Murphy), and citizen engagement in decision making (Bill Whelan).

Your school community members - parents, guardians, principals, teachers, administrators and staff, District Advisory Council reps – are invited to register for the meeting. While each member school is limited to five voting delegates, there is no limit to the number of attendees otherwise from each school: the greater the attendance, the richer the discussions. 

Cookie Dough Campaign a Success!

Thank you friends and families of West Royalty School.  Our cookie dough campaign finished with a huge success!  102 chicks were donated to the Save The Children Campaign and our school raised approximately $3500 to support teachers with classroom literacy materials and much needed supplies!  Thank you to everyone who supported our West Royalty Gives Back initiative. 


Top Sellers:


K -Collyn Spence
1 - Ella MacDonald
2 - JD Perrin (also top seller)
3 - Denton Hoss
4 - Lukas MacKay
5 - Cole MacQuarrie
6 - Tyler MacQuarrie


Draw #1 for $50 family movie night
Winner: Jaylee 2C


Draw #2 for $75 Indigo gift card
Winner: JD Perrin 2B


Chicks donated = 102!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is on for today - Feb 17th

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon  will be going ahead today despite the school closure .  Anyone who has food prepared  can please drop it off at the school by 11:00am.

Those who volunteered as classroom monitors are no longer needed but if anyone is available to help with set up or clean up it's greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Teachers Appreciation Lunch Update Pertaining to School Cancellation

In the event that school is cancelled tomorrow (Friday, Feb 17th)  the Teachers Appreciation lunch will still take place.  We ask that anyone volunteers providing food still bring it to school by 11:00am.  Only if there is a system wide shut down will the luncheon need to be cancelled and rescheduled. 

Thank you

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Due to today's school closure our Teacher Appreciation luncheon will be Friday Feb 17. Parents please send your items, whether it be food or door prizes, to the school before 11am .
Also, any parents that are unable to monitor a classroom due to the date change please contact either Darlene Howatt or Lori Ferguson Brown.
Thank you to all parents for your help during this trying week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cookie Dough Orders

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Cookie Dough orders today!  Chickens were posted on our Wall of Fame for students and teachers to see!  It looks fantastic!

Due to the impending weather tonight, QSP has allowed us to extend our campaign until Tuesday.  NO late orders can be accepted after Tuesday at 8:30am to guarantee delivery for March 9.  If you can, please submit late orders online at qsp.ca, school code: 3730223.

For families who were unable to submit their orders today,  once orders are submitted, more chickens will be posted for those students who earned them.  

Please note:  Should Tuesday be another storm day, paper orders will have to entered online.   Tuesday is the final deadline.

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

H&S Monthly Meeting

Our Home and School monthly meeting will be postponed until Tuesday February 21st at 6:30 pm at he school due to weather. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

QSP Update

Dear Families, 

Due to no school today, all cookie dough order forms will be due tomorrow.   Online and late orders are still available until Thursday at qsp.ca school code 3730223.   Late orders can not be accepted at the school.

Teacher Appreciation

Due to the weather and cancelled school days this week,  we are asking those parents that have volunteered to send coffee break snacks for the teachers to please bring them for the next (non cancelled) school day.

Also,  if  school is closed on Thursday due to weather , the potluck lunch will be on held on Friday .  It would be greatly appreciated if parents who have volunteered to bring food or monitor classrooms for Thursdays lunch, do their best to accommodate for a possible storm date of Friday instead.  If you are not able to attend or participate on Friday please let Darlene Howatt or Lori Ferguson-Brown know  in order to make alternate arrangements.

We are still looking for a few parents to monitor classrooms.  If you are available for Thursday or Friday please contact Darlene Howatt or Lori Ferguson-Brown or email westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.
This information would apply to anyone dropping off door prizes as well.

The following classes still need volunteer monitors in order for the teachers to leave their classrooms and enjoy the potluck.

We do require that you have your Criminal Record Check completed.

KA Anita LeClair
KA Erin Acorn
3C Tracey Smith
4C Geraldine Koughan

Thank you all for your help and cooperation in making this such a great week.  Pray for good weather!!

Lori and Darlene

Monday, February 13, 2017

Proposed School Change Recommendations for Colonel Gray & Charlottetown Rural Families of Schools

How does this affect West Royalty School Community?

The recent school review and reports with subsequent recommendations for change are lengthy. There are many details and data; some of which pertain to the West Royalty School community and some which do not. The Home & School has tried to collate the information that may affect the students and families of West Royalty.


Summary of proposed changes affecting West Royalty School:

 
a) Colonel Gray and Rural families of schools will be amalgamated to become one family.
b) Enrollment in a school within the amalgamated family will be determined by geographical zones.
c) The geographical zone that will feed West Royalty School has changed slightly.

  • An area near Brackley Beach (previously zoned for Parkdale) is now zoned for West Royalty.
  •  The area near Orchard Hill and Lewis Point Parks (previously dual-zoned for West Royalty/West Kent) is now zoned for Spring Park School.
d) Students that are currently attending West Royalty from outside this new zone may be required to
attend the school for which they are properly zoned, despite previous approval to attend a school
out-of-zone.
e) Intermediate and Senior high school enrollment will be determined by geographical zone and not
the elementary school that a student attended.

  • Most of those in the proposed West Royalty zone would be zoned for Queen Charlotte, while a small portion would be zoned for Stone Park.
  • The geographical zones for the two high schools have not yet changed. The recommendation is to review this at a future date. The elementary or junior high school that is attended will not determine the high school that is attended; enrollment will be determined by geographical zone.
f) French Immersion (K-6) program will be added to West Royalty.
 
An important note:

 
As with any change, these potential changes for West Royalty School bring uncertainty. Uncertainty can
bring worry for some. A reminder to parents is that these are proposed changes; nothing is final yet.
Discussion with students should be left until any decisions are final to avoid undue stress or anxiety for
any student. However, if any parent feels their child needs support, a great resource is our guidance
counselor. Please reach out to Wendy Gallant at any time during this school review & school change
process.


Opportunities for your voice to be heard:

 
Please see the Better Learning For All website for more information about the review process and
recommendations.
The Public Schools Branch (PSB) Board of Directors would like to hear if you agree with any
recommendations and why; if you disagree with any recommendations and why; and/or if you see
challenges with any recommendations and how those challenges may be overcome. All submissions will
be reviewed by the PSB Board of Directors.
- Submit an online response on the Better Learning For All website. Note that online submissions
may be done anonymously, if so wished.
- Questions, information requests, and/or feedback on recommendations may be directed to:
psb-input@edu.pe.ca or calling Carlene Grigg (PSB Leadership Team) at 902-432-2678.
If you have questions about school zones, the review process, or the draft recommendations:
- Contact Bob Andrews: rgandrews@edu.pe.ca or 902-368-5868
Feedback is accepted via any method for 60 days beginning Jan 11, 2017.


Moving forward from here:

 
The Home & School and the school administration are working to clarify uncertainties within these
proposed recommendations. Everyone in the school community will be affected in some way by any
school change. Some current students/teachers may leave, some may join, and those who remain will see
some of their classmates/colleagues leave, new people come in, and other changes within the school. We
will work together as a school family to effectively manage any transitions that may come.
Please connect with the Home & School Association with any questions, concerns, or ideas on any
issue. Our email address is: westroyaltyhs@gmail.com.



Information on current Public Schools Branch (PSB) policy and practice pertaining to school zones:
Current Zoning Policy (Board Governance Policy GP 12 - Establishment of School Attendance Zones):
http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/psb/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/psb_governance_policies.pdf
Current Student Transfer Policy (Operational Procedure 401.1 Student Transfer Procedure):
http://www.gov.pe.ca/edu/psb/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/401.1_student_transfer_request.pdf
*Please note that section 4.4 states “In the event of reconfiguration of school attendance zones, parents are required
to reapply for a student transfer request.”
*Please note that, at this time, all transfer requests are being held until after the PSB Board of Directors makes a
final decision on the recommendations.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Nutrition Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the West Royalty Nutrition Committee is on Thursday Feb 9th at 6:30pm in the staff room. New members are invited to attend.

Friday, February 3, 2017

HOME AND SCHOOL UPDATE, February 2017



1.         The Guardian publishes a monthly Home and School news column

Remember to say thank you: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will be celebrated Feb. 13-17
Written by Lisa MacDougall, President PEI Home and School Federation
 

2.       Home & School Volunteer Award / Life Membership Recognition

Each year at the Annual Meeting & Convention, a Home & School volunteer is recognized for their volunteer efforts in their association and at their local school.  Associations may nominate a Home and School member for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award by compiling a nomination and sending to the Federation office by:  March 3, 2017.  You will find the criteria attached to this email and also online at:
http://peihsf.ca/volunteer