Minutes of May 7, 2013 Meeting

Prince Street received $800 from the PEI Home and School Federation for 2 workshops and Young Author's Night. For the two workshops, snacks will be provided and on Young Author's Night, we will cover the cost of pictures of the students and their family. In the Math Workshop, twenty people (parents and teachers) attended.

Principal's Report

The Provincial Heritage Fair will take place at the Confederation Centre on May 16th. The grade 5 and 6 winners from Prince Street will attend.

On May 15th, there will be a Healthy Eating Workshop through the Healthy Eating Alliance. Registration will go home.

On April 21st, the IsleAward was presented by Peter Rukavina to Eileen Higginbotham in Summerside.

On April 24th, Terry MacIsaac and three students went to Disney in Florida for the day. They left Halifax at 6:30 am, arrived at Disney at 10:30 am, left Disney at 8:30 pm, and arrived back in Halifax at 12:30 am. The trip was through Dreams Take Flight.

On April 26th, there was a P.D. Day. Teachers prepared lesson plans, revisited yearly time lines in writing, and planned writing assessments to pass on to next years teachers.

The school received $2500 for FM systems in the KC classroom.

May 14th is Young Author's Night.

May 14th, the school will attend Colonel Gray's production of Peter Pan. at the Confederation Centre. The cost is $5.

May 15th, there is a Healthy Eating Workshop.

May 16th is Provincial Heritage Fair.

May 21 is the Kindergarten Parent Meeting.

May 22nd is the International Dinner.

May 28th is Welcome to Kindergarten for the parents and kids at 6:30.

May 31st is the Spring Fling from 5:30 to 7:30.

June 3rd is for the incoming Kindergarten kids. they come for the morning and the present kindergarten kids have the day off. 46 kids are registered for next year ands 40 of them are assessed.

June 11th kindergarten, grade 2 and grade 3 go to Camp Seggie.

June 20th Grade 1 goes to Rustico Beach.

June 20th Grade 4 and 5 go to Shining Waters.

June 20th Grade 6 goes to Sandspit.

June 25th is the Grade 6 closing. The Home and School will provide snacks.

June 25th is the last day of school.

Election of 2013-2014 Executive

There were Home and School elections for the executive positions for the 2013-2014 school year. They are as follows:

  • President: Shelley Muzika
  • Vice President: Dana Doyle
  • Secretary: Jane Ledwell
  • Tresurer: Heather MacEwen

Minutes of April 9, 2013 Meeting

The fourth meeting of the 2012-2013 school year was held on April 9, 2013.

Vice-Principal's Report

On Wednesday April 17th, there will be a numeracy workshop for parents of kindergarten to grade 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. It deals with how math is being taught to these grades.

Prince Street is doing some fundraising for Easter Seals. There was a school dance for grades 4-6. $72 had been collected at the door and there was a canteen that provided pop, chips, and ice cream bars. There is also a penny drop going on and a raffle for a 5 pound chocolate bar. Tickets are 25 cents. Paxton Cole, the Easter Seals Ambassador, will be at Prince Street on Wednesday April 17 at 10 am.

There will be an Early Years Assesment for kids coming into kindergarten next year. This will show where the kids are and where they need to improve for the up coming year.

The grade 6 girls have had the HPV vaccination on April 9th.

The school has had a assessment done by the school board. This helps to show the needs for kids who have special needs for academics, social, etc. This is done for the English School Board to have the correct staff in place for the following school year.

The school has been given a new FM system as a model to show how it works.

The school Heritage Fair is on April 18th for grades 4-6. It will be open to the public from 1-2 pm. The provincial Heritage Fair is May 16th at the Confederation Centre.

There was a refugee experience for students at Trinity United Church on Wednesday, April 3rd. They learned what it was like for refugees and the how the camps work. Grades 4 and 5 took place in this activity.

French Week is from April 8th-12th.

There will be a Skate-A-Thon on Tuesday April 23. The money collected goes back into the classes for next year. 200 dollarsis alloted each teacher and 50 dollars is alloted to each E.A.

Friday, April 26 is a P.D. Day so there will be no school on that day.

Saturday April 27, there is an Awards night in Summerside. Eileen Higginbotham's two dogs, Kannon and Kaboom, are recipants of this year's ISLAWARD.

On May 14th, the school will go to the Confederation Centre to watch Colonel Gray perform Peter Pan. Tickets will be roughly 10 dollars.

The Coupon fundraiser raised 877 dollars for the school.

The capital budget for the school includes: shelving for two classes, over hang above the doors near the parking lot, 2 new sets of blinds, 3 new chairs for the office, a vacuum cleaner, a wet vac, and a touch-up to the paint and a new gym for the school.

In May, there will be Young Author's Night, meeting s for the new kindergarten kids that will be coming to the school in September and one for the parents and a book inventory going on.

President's Report

There will be the Annual General Meeting for the provincial association will be Saturday April 13th. There are resolutions that will be voted on at the AGM. The resolutions are: Parent Representations on School Committees, equal representations for each of the family of schools, drug and alcohol abuse, a survey on student health survey and schools have representation on Health P.E.I. Board and vice versa.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Minutes of February 22, 2013 Meeting

President's Report

On Friday February 22nd, there will be a movie night at the school. The movie will be Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and it's intended for older students, which was highlighted on the notice that went home.

Eileen Higginbotham has started a blog about the puppies that are in the school (http://princestreetpuppyproject.wordpress.com/). Also, the dogs have been awarded the IslwAward. It will be given out in Summerside in April.

At the corners of Euston and Prince Street, the audio and buttons don't work. The audio had been turned off for the time being as it was too loud during the night and disturbing the residents in the area. The parts have been sent to Toronto to be adjusted.

Staff Appreciation Week was February 11-15. Parents brought in snacks from Monday to Thursday and some parents made the staff lunch on Friday. There was gift bags also given out to staff. There was also gift cards given out to the bus drivers and the crossing guards.

Terry MacIsaac will be in Toronto the week of February 25 to March 1st. He will be attending a conference and receive an awarded as he is one of 30 principals form across Canada to be picked as one of the best principals in Canada.

There was a survey done about health which was done about grades 5-6. The results can be found on the Home and School website.

Principal's Report

Parent Teacher Interviews will be on Thursday March 7th in the evening and all day on Friday March 8th. Report cards will be going out on Tuesday March 5th.

There will be another fundraiser done starting on Tuesday February 26th and the money and orders will be due back on Tuesday March 12.

The Dental Clinic will be starting on February 25th. There will no cost to families. Permission slips will be sent hone concerning fluoride and cleaning.

On Friday, March 1st, there be an Art Blitz in the afternoon.

On Thursday, March 7th, there will an assembly at 1pm.

Anti- Bullying is on February 27. The kids can wear a pink shirt if they have one.

Trinity United Church will be holding their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday March 9th. The proceeds will go to Prince Street's Breakfast Program.

There will be a baseball clinic put on by the Blue Jays Fund. The cost is free and will be on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 at the school gym. It will be for grade 4-6 students.

There will be no school on Friday March 29th (Good Friday) and Monday April 1st (Easter Monday) due to it being the Easter weekend.

There was a skate held at Simmons Arena on February 13th (Kindergarten to grade 2) and February 14th (grades 3-6).

The date for the Spring Fling has been set for Friday May 31st.

There is a Parent Engagement Grant of up to $1000. We will be doing a Young Author's Night later in the year.

Date for Next Meeting

The next Home School meeting will be Tuesday April 9th at 6:30 pm.


Terry MacIsaac: One of Canada's Outstanding Principals

We're proud to learn that our school's principal, Terry MacIsaac, has been named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals.  Here's a CBC Compass piece about this award that aired on February 6, 2013:

Minutes of January 16, 2013 Meeting

The third Home and School meeting of the 2012-2013 school year was held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in the A+ room at the school. Approximately 12 parents were in attendance, along with Principal Terry MacIsaac, Vice-Principal Colleen Mullen-Doyle and Nepali translator Narayan Dahal.

Principal's Report

Report cards went out on December 3rd. The next set of report cards to go out is on Tuesday, March 5th. There will be Parent-Teacher interviews on the Thursday night and all day Friday.

There was an Art Blitz on December 6th in the afternoon. Some of the art is on display around the school on the walls by each class. There is also framed pictures of authors by each class.

On Wednesday December 19th, Trinity United Church made a full turkey dinner for the entire school of students and staff. They also put on the play Scrooged that evening. $700 dollars was raised which went to the Breakfast Program.

The Junior Choir went to the Delta on December 20th to sing. They also had lunch at the Delta.

The PLIP program ran until mid December, with four students involved. This program is awarded for a second session. The students that are involved are grade 2 students. The program deals with reading and writing. The teacher involved is Sue Lee-Manning.

There will be a movie night on January 18th. The doors opened at 6:15 and the movie started at 6:30.

Ron Tweel is the new director for the school. He will be in the school on January 24th spending time with different classes to get an idea of what goes on in the school.

On January 25th, Natalie Fraser will be leaving. Althea Coady will be filling in Reading Recovery. Joe Burgess will be half time.

On February 1st, is a school development day.

February 25th the Dental Clinic will be at the school for about the next two weeks or so. Parents can opt out of this service. Permission slips will be sent home before hand.

The next fundraiser is Coupon Books. It will start on February 26th and all money and information is due March 12th.

National Literacy Day is on January 27th. There will be activites done in the school to observe this day.

On February 13th kindergarten to grade 2 students will go skating and on February 14th the grade 3-6 students will go skating. The skate will be at Simmons Arena.

President's Report

Staff Appreciation week is February 11-15th. The staff is given snacks during the week and lunch is provided for them on the Friday. On the Friday, parents do yard duty so that the staff can enjoy lunch.

There is a Parent Engagement Fund set up to involve more parents in school life. We can apply for and receive a grant up to $1100 dollars to do activites. For example Young Authors Night. This year Young Authors night will be May 14th.  Last year 5 elementary schools did a joint project at U.P.E.I.

There is a parent survey put out by the Provincial Home and School Association. Parents can find the survey at:


There is a draw every week for 5 weeks.

Prince Street Home and School Association has sent out a letter to City Hall about the signal button not working at Euston Street and Prince Street.

Next Meeting

The next Home and School Meeting is February 19th.


SHAPES Report on Prince Street School

SHAPES stands for "School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System" and is a provincial survey of students from grades 5 to 12. The results of the 2010-2011 SHAPES survey are available for the province as a whole and school-level results for Prince Street Elementary are also available:

If you have questions about the Prince Street School SHAPES survey results, you can ask Principal Terry MacIssac or bring them up at a Home and School meeting.

Minutes of November 19, 2012 Meeting

A meeting of the Prince Street Home and School was held at the school on November 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the A+ Room. Approximately 12 parents were in attendance, along with Principal Terry MacIsaac and Vice-Principal Colleen Mullen-Doyle.

Principal's Report

There have been staff changes since the school year has started. Christa Raeburg and Jill MacNeil are both out on maternity leave. Garth McKay is in for Christa Raeburg and Denise MacDonald-Vail is in for Jill MacNeil.

On October 25th (evening) and October 26th (all day) were parent-teacher interviews. There was a good turn out for these interviews.

Susan Lee Manning is in doing the PLIP Program. There are four students that do the  program during the morning. The program helps the students with reading and writing. The program runs until December.

Novemeber 8th, there were two assemblies. The first one was for Remembrance Day. The second one dealt with Bullying. Noella Klawitter was the guest speaker. Noella is visually impaired and a paralympian. She talked about being bullied and being different.

The wireless project that has been set up near the end of last year's school year has been extended for an extra six months. Originally the project was to be six months long. Now it will be until the end of the current school year. The cost is covered by the Home School Association.

Report cards go out December 4th.

The school switched companies for the school pictures. Provincial Studios had been the previous company and has been switched to Light Touch.

On November 9th, there will be a P.D. Day. The topic that will dealt with is Literacy Marks. The literacy marks are down provincially and in the school. The teachers will be looking at ways to improve marks in transactional writing. For ex: How to make a recipe.

The next Art Blitz is Dec 6.

The Christmas Concerts dates are as follows:

  •      December 10th Kindergarten to Grade 3
  •      December 12th Grade 4 to Grade 6

The storm dates for the Christmas Concerts are December 11th for Kindergarten to Grade 3 and December 13th for Grades 4 to Grade 6.
There will be a bake sale table and a Basket Raffle on both nights of the concerts.

Trinity United Church will again be making Christmas Dinner for the students on December 19th. There will a full turkey dinner and juice and treats. In the evening of December 19th, Trinity United Church will be putting on Scrooge at the church. The church will be selling tickets.

The last of school before the Christmas Holidays is Friday December 21st and the first day back after the Holidays is thursday, January 3rd.

On December 7th, is the first movie night held at the school. The movie will start at 6:30 with the doors opening at 6:15p.m. Admission is by donation and there will be a canteen set up with popcorn, juice, and other snacks set up for sale during the movie.

Next Meeting

The next Home and School meeting is Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Some upcoming events on the Home and School calendar:

  • Friday, December 7 is Movie Night at the school. Stay tuned for details.
  • Christmas Concerts at the school are December 10 (Kindergarten to Grade 3) and December 12 (Grades 4 to 6). The Home and School will be selling raffle tickets and baked goods.
  • Trinity United Church will be proving a Christmas Dinner at lunch for the entire school on December 19. Our thanks to the church for this generous project.
  • The next Home and School Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

Financial Update, October 4, 2012

Treasurer Shelley Muzika presented the following financial summary at our meeting of October 4, 2012:

Minutes of October 4, 2012 Meeting

The first Home and School meeting for the 2012-2013 was held on October 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the A+ room at the school. There were approximately 20 parents and guardians in attendance, along with Principal MacIsaac, Vice-Principal Mullen-Doyle and grade one teacher Patty Caseley.

Peter Rukavina acted as Chair; Dana Doyle was recording secretary.

Peter introduced Samuel K. Wang (Mandrin) and Tek Basnet (Nepali) as translators for the Home and School meetings for Prince Street School. Terry MacIssac then conducted a tour of the school for those who wanted a look at the layout of the school.

Principal's Report

Enrollment is down from last year. Last year there was 282 students; thie year there are 267 students. 57 children left the school last year due to either going to junior high or moving and 45 children came into the school this year.

Over the course of the year there is a 20% turnover in the student population. as the school is transitional school.

There are 41 EAL students in Prince Street, representing 11 countries and 14 languages. 54 EAL students finished the school year last year at Prince Street.

There are 15 home rooms. Three kindergarten classes and two classes of all of the other grades.

September 12th was Meet The Teacher night. Attendance was down from previous years.

School pictures were taken October first and second. Retakes will be taken later this month.

Fundraising has taken place so far this with chocolate bars and coupon books being the items sold. Coupon books took half the time and effort to sell then the chocolate bars and ot created a little bit more then half the money that came in.

The playground swings will be up and ready to us on October 8th. Also, part of the playground equipment had to be retreated. There will be retreatment bi-yearly on the equipment. There is an 8 year warranty on the equipment that has been replaced over the summer.

During the professional development days this year there will be work done on Transitional Writing, Numeracy and Concepts of Art.

The school will be equipped with Art Frames at each class room door so that during the teachers can display some of the art that the students do during the school year.

On October 19th, there will be the first Art Blitz in the afternoon.

On October 20th, Doug Currie will be hosting a Pancakr Breakfast at the Charlottewn Curling Club. The proceeds from the breakfast goes to Prince Street, Parkdale, and Birchwood's Breakfst programs. Prince Street's Breakfast Program is running in the A+ room and sees 80-90 kids every morning.

October 8th is Thanksgiving and October 11th and 12th is a Teachers Convention. These days are holidays for the students.

Parent-Teacher interviews will be on October 25th (evening) and October 26th (all day).

President's Report

Peter Rukavina presented a brief update on our ongoing projects:

  • Principal MacIsaac, Vice-Principal Mullen-Doyle and all of the teachers and staff at the school deserve our thanks for their tremendous effort in getting the playground repaired last year.
  • The wireless network the home and school installed for educators -- TeacherNet -- is still in its "pilot project" phase until the end of December. There's complete information about the project on the home and school website.
  • The SHAPES report on the health of students at the school was released and Principal MacIsaac has provided us with school-level data which Peter will summarize and post to the website.
  • If there are parents who don't speak or read English that we should be providing translations services for in languages other than Chinese and Nepali, please let Peter know and we can make arrangements.

Elections to Home and School Executive

The Home and School Executive elections were held and the following people were voted in as the executive members for Prince Street:

  • President: Peter Rukavina
  • Treasurer: Shelley Muzika
  • Secretary: Dana Doyle
  • Directors: Jane Ledwell, Joni MacKenzie, Heather MacEwen

Ramona Doyle made the motion, seconded by Joanne Brown, and it was voted on and approved on by those in attendence at the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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