PEI Home and School Federation Resolutions for 2012 Annual General Meeting

The PEI Home and School Federation's 59th Annual Meeting and Convention will be held Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Among the items on the agenda will be the consideration of resolutions presented by local home and schools and by the provincial board. 

Approved resolutions become Federation policy, which is used by the President and other board members when speaking on behalf of the Federation. All resolutions are mailed to the appropriate destinations (e.g. Minister of Education, Health, Transportation) and follow-up meetings arranged with officials, if applicable. Follow-up information is provided to the membership at subsequent Semi-Annual and Annual Meetings of the Federation and on our website.

Resolutions are one of the most powerful tools in the home and school movement has to affect change and offer feedback.

This year there are 8 resolutions being presented:


You can review the complete text of all the resolutions in this document.

At Prince Street School we will review and vote on these resolutions at our meeting of March 13, 2012, and then our delegates to the meeting will vote accordingly at the 2012 Annual General Meeting.


Parent Leadership Grant for Five Downtown Schools

As part of a coalition of five downtown Charlottetown elementary schools – West Kent, St. Jean, Prince Street, Spring Park and Parkdale – the Prince Street Home and School has received a grant of $4,400 under the PEI Home and School Federation's Parent Leadership Grant program.

The project we're conducting is formally called "Engaging Parents, Students and Staff though Informal Recreational Opportunities." You can read the entire application here, but the heart of the project's idea is: let's get parents, students, teachers and staff together over the winter and spring to have fun together.

To understand better what kind of activities the families at Prince Street might be interested in, we sent out an activity survey (download it here as a PDF) in early February; so far we've received 69 responses, which represents about about one quarter of the families in the school (the survey also went home to families in the other four project partner schools).

Here's a summary of the results of the survey (you can download this as a PDF too):

Family Activity Survey Graph

Family Activity Survey Table

Our next step is to meet with the home and schools of our partners and plan activities based on the results of everyone's surveys combined.  Stay tuned!


Minutes of January 10, 2012 Meeting

The January meeting of the Prince Street Home and School was held on January 10, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the A+ room at the school.

President's Report

The first movie night of the year is Friday, January 20th. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. The movie will be Bolt. The rules for the movie night will be set out at the beginning of the night. Students who attend Prince Street will be allowed to be dropped off. Kids that are related to students from Prince Street will have to be accompanied by an adult.

The Home and School from West Kent, St. Jean's, Parkdale, Spring Park, and Prince Street applied for a Parent Leadership grant and received $4,400 to organize informal recreational opportunities for parents, students and staff among the 5 partner schools. The Home and Schools for these schools will get together and discuss ideas as what to do for this money. That meeting for the Home and School Executives for the above schools will be on January 17th at 7 p.m. at Prince Street.

The traffic lights at Euston and Prince Streets have been finished. There was discussion that not all of the push buttons have been installed and that there isn't enough time to walk across the street before the lights change. There is a possibility of going to the city to have the time changed to twenty seconds from ten seconds.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is from February 12-18. Lunch will be provided on the Friday and goodies will be provided during the week for the staff. Yard duty will be done during the lunch hour by volunteers so the staff who is to do yard duty can enjoy the lunch. Also, there will be a sheet sent home so that students can fill in the following, " I appreciate___________ because__________".

There will be a PEI Home and School Federation Annual General Meeting on April 14, 2012. Here, resolutions are bought forward from each Home and School. Last year, Prince Street brought forward the resolution about translators in the schools. If the resolutions are passed, they then are forwarded to the Dept of Education and to the boards. The deadline for resolutions to be brought forward by January 31st.

This year, the Spring Fling will be held on Friday, June 1st and we will be looking for a co-ordinate for the event. THe job of the co-ordinator will be to keep a list of items that are needed, what items are already received, what jobs there are needed to be filled, who already has put their names in for jobs and to call people.

Doug Currie (MLA for District 11, which is the area that Prince Street is in) was invited to this meeting but was unable to attend due to a prior commitment. He has mentioned that he will attend the next meeting.

There will be a possible survey sent home about computer/internet use in the home sent home.

Principal's Report

Before the Christmas break, the Christmas Concerts were done. Both concerts were interactive. Both concerts were well done and well attended. The night of the second Christmas Concert, the draw for the $1000 was held. $2000 was raised and $500 was donated over the $1000. The money was won by Cassidy McKellop, a student at Prince Street School.

Two days before the Christmas Break, Trinity United Church made a turkey dinner for the students and staff.

Karla Wildey (a teacher at Prince Street) applied for an Art Smart Grant. The school received just over $4000 dollars. The money will be used to make four mini movies.

Joe Burgess and Terry MacIsaac will be running a wrestling program every Tuesday and Thursday after school for about 5-6 weeks. The after school program will be for grade 5 and 6 students and is free of charge.

February 1st is a P.D. Day for elementary and junior high students.

Another fundraiser is coming up. There will be a Fashion Show and a Silent Auction as the fundraiser. It will February 23 at the Murphy Recreation Centre. Tickets will be sold for $25 each.

The Science Fair will be held for grades 4-6 on February 17th. Grade 4 will be judge just in the school. Grades 5 and 6 will be judged and sent on to the Provincials. Information will be sent home accordingly.

Bake Sale and Chistmas Raffle raises almost $1,000

Thank you to all the Prince Street School parents who contributed to the Christmas Concert Bake Sale this year: the amount and variety of delicious baked goods was fantastic, and, together with the Christmas Basket Raffle, we raised almost $1,000.



Minutes of November 9, 2011 Meeting

Meeting began at 6:30 p.m. with a tour of the school led by Mr. MacIsaac. Various classrooms were visited, as well as the library, resource, computer lab, and A plus room. FM systems and smart boards were demonstrated, and parents had a chance to ask questions.

Principal's Report

  • Funding for 10-week fine arts programs has been secured by the Ministry of Health; Art, Dance, and Drama classes will be offered again. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and money will need to be submitted right away to secure a place. A small fee is charged to the students participating.
  • Kindergarten registration begins next week for future students who will be 5 years old by December 31, 2012.
  • Playground Fundraiser: A raffle has been organized by the Prince Street Staff. The prize will be a $1000 bill. Each child will be asked to sell 10 tickets.
  • Barb Jones will be the new school counselor, beginning November 21. Beryl McMillan has been filling in while we await the new counselor.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • December 2 – Art Blitz
  • December 6 – Report Cards home
  • December 12 – Kindergarten through Grade 3 Christmas Concert
  • December 14 – Grade 4-6 Christmas Concert

Playground Discussion

Guests from West Kent Home and School made suggestions for funding grants (Home Depot) and offered to connect our Home and School Association with the team that raised the funds for their playground.

Question and Answer Session

An issue was raised of children warming up food at lunchtime. Mr. MacIsaac pointed out that each class had a microwave, and different heating policies; he also said that if each child needed something heated for 2 minutes, it would take the entire lunchtime in the classroom. Suggestion was made that perhaps students were not finishing their lunch because of the quantity of food, and not a heating issue.

Minutes of October 4, 2011 Meeting


The first meeting of the Prince Edward Island Home and School was held on October 4, 2011 in the A+ Room at the school. Peter Rukavina acted as chair and Dana Doyle was Recording Secretary. There were approximately 25 people in attendance.

At the beginning of the meeting, Peter introduced the two translators. Everyone else introduced themselves. Peter also mentioned about getting more translators for other families who might need one of they are interested in coming to the Home and School meetings at the school. If they are, then the appropriate translators will be brought in. It was also mentioned that there was a mailbox in the staff room for the Home and School Association for the school and the website (

The minutes from the meetings will be translated into Chinese and Nepali besides English, so that other parents who could not attend the meetings will be able to read them and see what was discussed.

Principal's Report

Principal Terry MacIssac delivered the Principal's Report, the main points of which were as follows:

  • There are now approximately 280 students in the school. There are 16 classrooms. 3 kindergarten, 2 Grade 1, 2 grade 2, 2 Grade 3, 2 Grade 4, 2 Grade 5, and 3 Grade 6 classes. There were some staff changes during the summer. Krista Keough is now teaching Grade 1, Rita MacLean is teaching kindergarten and Leslie Benson is now teaching Grade 4.
  • Jamie Germaine retired at the end of last year. There has been a new school counsellor has been hired. Beryl MacMillan has previously worked with big Brothers Big Sisters and Power Skate and will be starting October 11th. Colleen Mullen-Doyle has filled in from the beginning of the year until October 11th.
  • Meet The Teacher night was September 12th. There was an average attendance from the parents. The lower grades always have attendance. As the grade becomes higher, the attendance becomes lower. There also 36 EAL students in the school with two 2 EAL teachers. In the past two years, the number of EAL students have been higher and have gotten higher during the year.
  • There were 3 fire drills done to date.
  • On National Tree Day, there was a new tree planted near where the old tree stood. The new tree will be an 8 foot Maple.
  • On October 3rd and 4th, school pictures were done.
  • October 18th will be the first school assembly. It will be "Fall Flavours".
  • October 19, there will be an Art Blitz in the afternoon. It will be the first of three during the year. There will be 2 teachers in each class and the students will get to take their time doing the art projects.
  • October 26th, there will be a Sports Fair at the Stratford Town Hall for grades 3-6. There will be a 2 dollar cost for this. The Fair gives the students the chance to try different sports that the normally wouldn't get a chance to do.
  • October 27th(pm) and October 28 (all day) there will Parent-Teacher Interviews.
  • There will be no school on October 10th due to it be Thanksgiving and on October 20th and 21st there will be no school due to a Teachers Convention.
  • On November 2nd the Earth Rangers will be at the school. Their topic will be Endangered species and it will be a one hour presentation. An example of a possible animal is a hawk.
  • The week of November 14th will be kindergarten registration for 2012-2013. The child must be born in 2007.
  • The school fundraiser of chocolate bars is now over. The school should collect between $4000-$6000 which is on target from previous years.
  • The playground is going to be fixed and the supplier has been contacted to get the supplies. Grants and Funding are being looked at to replace the equipment and benches. Also, the staff will be doing a Silent Auction to help offset the cost.

Question and Answer

A brief Questiona and Answer period followed the Principal's Report during which time issues such as the playground repair, the roles of school counsellor and youth worker and other items were discussed.

Social Time

The meeting then adjourned to allow for a social time where parents and guardians could mingle and get to know each others. Thanks to Joanne Brown and Shelley Muzika for providing food.

Minutes of May 17, 2011 Meeting

In Attendance: Kelly Allen, Colleen Mullen-Doyle, Peter Rukavina, Jit Bahaur Darjee, Maya Darjee, Jennifer Lee, Madam Kumar Giri, Claudia Rosas, Eamon Leen, Joanne Brown, Tika Basnet, Madge Mossberg, Laura Bird, Omika Khanal, Shelley Muzika, Samuel Kang, Zha Li, Hai Yan Jiong.

Minutes from April 12 meeting were approved.

Financial Report

Peter noted that our bank balance as of April 16 was $8,738.97. There are still some wish list items outstanding, along with expenses to come for Grade 6 celebration, and two retirements (Jaime Germaine and Bill Arsenault). The celebration will be on June 27 at 1pm, with parents and Grade 5 students attending. There will be an assembly for the whole school in the morning.
Peter also indicated that he had prepared an expense claim form to be used for all events such as Spring Fling, Teacher appreciation week, Grade 6 celebration. He will leave copies in the POPS mailbox in the staff room and anyone with expenses can leave their claim in the same mailbox and he will reimburse promptly.

Report from Vice-Principal

Colleen then reported on the following items happening now to the end of the year:

  • May 24 from 6-7 will be an information session for parents of in-coming kindergarten students. Then on May 26 is the Welcome to Kindergarten session for parents and students with different stations for the kids to go to, including how to use the bus.
  • May 18 is Young Author’s night – for parents to come and read their child’s sample writing and get their picture taken with their child. This will be developed into a photographic magnet that will be sent home before year end.
  • The provincial assessments have already started for the Grade 6 class and the Grade 3’s will start on the 18th.
  • May 19th is the parent information session at Birchwood School for parents of Grade 6 students. The Grade 6’s will go to the Birchwood on the morning of the 20th.
  • Grade 5 students will go to Victoria Park on May 20 for Arbor Day, as part of City of Charlottetown activities. There will fun sessions on environmental themes, which tie in to their science curriculum. (Other years it has been more of a clean-up session.)
  • Swims for the various classes will be held as follows: Kindergarten on May 25, Grade 1-3 on May 26 in the pm and Grade 4-6 in the am.
  • May 27 is the volunteer assembly and of course the Spring Fling is on June 3rd.
  • June 6 is the day the kindergarten students come in for the morning, with no school for the present kindergarten students.
  • Grade 4 students will go to Mt. Stewart on June 6 as part of collaboration with Ducks Unlimited and Island Nature Trust.
  • The Grade 6 class will be going on their camping trip June 7-9.
  • June 8 will see Kindergarten to Grade 3 going to Camp Seggie for their year end fun day.
  • June 20 is the Athletic banquet with prizes and snacks for those students involved in intramurals.
  • June 22 Grade 4-6 will go to Shining Waters for their year end fun day.

Colleen reported that the school will go from 15 to 16 classes next year (up 25 students) but the school is only receiving .25 of a teaching position. Terry will be talking to the district next week to see about increasing that allotment.

Confirmation received from TimberTech that they will replace the wood for the playground as it is still under warranty. However, the labour is not covered and must be performed by a certified installer. It is anticipated that this might cost $25,000 to $30,000. Initial thought is that the school will take out a loan from the Eastern School District (ESD). Laura Bird mentioned that the Irving Oil website has information re their community fund and that they may a source of funding we can access. Shelley will be meeting with Terry next week to discuss and plan further. POPS would certainly dedicate its fundraising to assist with this cost.

The school was “tagged” with graffiti last night; the police were notified. Cameras were scheduled to go up next year but Colleen not sure it that is still on target given the mold and capital issues facing the ESD.

There was some discussion about teenagers smoking by the side entrance of the school. Parents wondered if posting “No Smoking“signs would help. The thought was that if signs were there, then at least parents could point them out to these older students and it would add a little more strength to such a request. There was also some discussion that this group of students seemed to respond to parents better than staff in this regard.

How to best use Translation Funding

Peter brought up for discussion how to best use the $2000 received from the Department of Education for translation, with particular direction from the two interpreters in attendance, Madan and Samuel. It was thought that perhaps not the entire handbook would need to be translated but certainly essential parts of it would be, such as the daily routine, bell schedule, dress code, lunches, scent or nut free policies, etc. Also, the newsletter and the calendar. For some translations it would help to have both English and the translated version back to back, to assist with the parental learning of the language. Changes to the handbook are made the last week of August; could use the summer to translate to key components and then fine tune the last week.

Canadian Association of Principals

Terry and Colleen will be attending the Canadian Association of Principals (CAP) conference this week and will be presenting on Partnerships between Schools and Community. They would be able to also give this presentation to POPS in the new school year.

Grade 6 Closing Celebration

For the Grade 6 celebration there will be cupcakes for the students, juice, and fruit and veggie trays all proved by POPS. (Executive to coordinate.) The gift for the two retirements will also be at this time. Some discussion about who pays for the monetary awards given out on the last day. To be confirmed with Barb past practice but if the “award in honor of” individual has been providing the prize, then it was agreed that POPS would now take that on.

Nomination for POPS Executive

There were no nominations submitted for the vacant positions on the POPS executive. Put it to the floor; some questions about what would be required, how often to meet, and what tasks are involved. With Shelley and Peter switching positions next year, we still require a secretary to take the minutes, and one to two people to help out with decision-making. People given the opportunity to think about it and to let us know before the school year ends.

Spring Fling Minutes - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Multicultural Room: Jamie Germaine & Claudia Rosas organizing.
To be located in “A-Plus” room. Will submit receipts for associated costs.
1. Chinese calligraphy – student names.
2. Chopstick lessons/games
3. Bhutanese dance
4. Japanese Origami by “Yumi”
BBQ: Joanne requested picnic tables and garbage cans. Kelly to ask Terry whether or not he asked Niall Coulson and George Likely if they would volunteer for the BBQ. Otherwise, we have enough volunteers for this position. Volunteers should arrive by 4pm to set up.
Set-up & Decorating: Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30.
Magic Show: Scott MacIsaac will do one magic show this year. Time and location TBA.
Notice Home: Laura Bird to draft a letter to go home to parents re: volunteering, raffle baskets and “kids’ meal toys”.
Prizes from local merchants: Kelly has only gotten into COWS and Subway thus far. Laura to circulate to a few along University Ave. Kelly to ask Philip Brown to canvas Great Canadian Bagel.
Mascots: Neither Kelly nor Shelley have had to opportunity to contact the various previously mentioned businesses which have mascots asking whether or not they might make an appearance.
Raffle Ticket Licence: Shelley to get.
Outdoor Games: Message left for Marcus Luttermann asking that he might head them up.
Fling Banner: Kelly to ask Terry to ask Rod to “dig out” and put up Monday, May 30th.
Fudge: Colleen contacted Cathy Doyle who agreed to make the fudge again this year. Sher will submit receipts.
Fortune Teller: Kim Bailey is not in the Province the night of the event.
Map: Jennifer Lee did a great preliminary job on the revised map. At the May 24th meeting, we will confirm the location of the activities so that she can complete. This will go home on May 30th or 31st along w. a notice reminding families of Friday’s event.
Sucker Pull: Annette Leen to mark suckers.
Nail & Face Painting: Volunteers needed!
Banks: Shelley to contact Scotiabank. Philip Brown to contac Metro Credit Union.
Cookies: Kelly ordered for p/u June 2nd. 3.99/dozen w. frosting thrown in. Jennifer L. to prepare frosting. Jennifer picked up a variety of sprinkles and will submit receipts.
Colouring Sheets: Given to Colleen by Kelly. The intention is for the students to colour and perhaps take home, post in apt. building lobby and/or parents’ place of work. Colleen to ask Jamie Germaine about the possibility of The Peaceful Schools Committee delivering some along Upper Prince and Walthen one day after school.
Ticket Booths: Two outside, ready to go, at 5:00pm. At 5:30, 2 of the four people will “rove” and sell tickets. Peter will “skim” money from the various floats throughout the evening.
Tickets: Kelly to call Lori about the tickets.
FINAL MEETING: Tues, May 24 @ 6:30

Call for nominations to Prince Street Home and School Executive

Who We Are: Prince Street Home and School (POPS) is the local association for Prince Street School.

What We Do: We typically have five or six POPS meetings a year, along with two or three executive meetings a year. As executive members we organize the Christmas Bake Sale/Raffle, activities for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, and Spring Fling. We receive information from, and work with, the Provincial Home and School Federation (PEIHSF) to advocate educational issues of policy, communication, health and safety, and funding and resources to the Department of Education and the Eastern School District.

What We Need: POPS will require four new members for the 2011-2012 year – a secretary, vice-president, and two directors. The only skills required are enthusiasm and good humor!

Our group provides an opportunity for learning, a way to propose changes, and to assist with the effort of ensuring that the students of Prince Street have a positive learning experience, with access to the same opportunities as all other Island students.
If you are interested in putting your name forward, you can email or call the office at 368-6950 and leave your name with Ms Irvine.

The deadline is May 12.

Next Home and School Meeting, Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm

Calling all parents! Prince Street Home and School invites you to our sixth meeting of the 2010-11 school year.

We encourage you to come and learn more about what is taking place in the school, with the Provincial Home and School and with the Eastern School District/Department of Education. Our group provides an opportunity for learning, a way to propose changes and to assist with the effort of ensuring our kids have a positive learning experience.

We will also be having our fourth planning meeting for our Spring Fling, our annual fundraising carnival night with lots of games, activities and fun for the whole family. We still need more volunteers to sign up for this event to be successful. If you are to help out please come to our meeting.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

  • Approval of minutes of April 12, 2011 meeting
  • Treasurer’s report
  • President’s report
  • Principal’s report
  • New Business
  • Spring Fling planning/discussion

The meeting will be over at 8:00pm, and on-site childcare will be provided. Please come and find out more about what is going on in our school and let us know what you would like to see us work on this year. If you are unable to attend, you may email your thoughts to us at Hope to see you there!

Shelley Muzika
Prince Street Home and School

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