Home and School Meeting Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm

Calling all parents! Prince Street Home and School invites you to our fifth 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 second 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 many 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 March 15, 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 s.muzika@hotmail.com. Hope to see you there!

Minutes of March 15, 2011 Meeting

A meeting of the Prince Street Home and School was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in the A+ Room of the school. President Shelley Muzika acted as Chair, Dana Doyle was recording secretary, Madan Giri provided simultaneous translation into Nepali and Samuel Kai Wang provided simultaneous transition into Chinese.

Minutes from the last meeting were approved.

Treasurer's Report

Peter went over the expenses from September 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011. The current balance in our ScotiaBank account is $7,215.19, which includes, since the last meeting, a $2,373.14 cheque from the 2010 Spring Fling, at $1000 matching grant from ScotiaBank for the 2010 Spring Fling and an expense of $2,189.25 for part of the 2010-2011 "wish list" items.

President's Report

There will be a Provincial Home and School meeting on Saturday April 16th. Prince Street will be allowed to send 5 people. All of the schools Home and School Associations will send delegates. Resolutions are put forward, discussed and voted on by all Home and School Associations. If a resolution is approved, it then is sent to the Department of Education and will be addressed next fall.

Principal's Report

There have been some staff changes. Denise MacDonald Vail is in for Karl Doucette until May 1. Kym Muise (Youth Worker) will be in the Kindergarten after the March Break. Kara Gallant (Educational Assistant) will also be in Kindergarten.

There will be a Community Concert in which the Breakfast Program will benefit. Admission will be by donation. The concert will be on May 15th. St. Jean's, Prince Street and Birchwood will all receive money for their Breakfast Programs.

Report cards went out on March 1st and Parent Teacher Interviews fallowed. There was a good turn out for Parent Teacher Interviews and for the Book Fair. There was a letter sent out with the report cards concerning a survey called Tell Them For Me. Each letter had a user name and pass code. The deadline for the survey is March 31st.

Grades 4-6 are doing projects for the Heritage Fair. The students Heritage Fair topics are due on March 18th.

On Saturday March 19th, there will be a Pancake Breakfast put on by the Trinity United Church. All of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Breakfast Program at Prince Street. Trinity United has also sent in money to the school to be used for the Breakfast Program. The money that has been sent in has been in the form of gift cards. The cost of the Breakfast is five dollars ($5) a person and fifteen ($15) dollars per family.

March Break is from March 21 until March 25.

There will be a Skate-a-thon after the March Break. The money each child raises will go back into the child's class. The money that is raised goes towards purchasing materials for the class room. About $200 a year goes into each class. There are incentives given for money that is raised. (year end trips, Dairy Queen meals, Walmart money).

In April, the East Coast Music Awards are being held in Charlottetown. There is a band booked to come and play in the school. Zany Lane (a kids' band) will be playing for the school on April 15th. The school may also book another band.

The school will be helping in a fundraiser with Yumi MacLeod. The fundraiser is in aid of Japan. On Friday, March 18th the kids bring in loose change and collect it in order to have a certain song to be played. The song has yet to be determined.

On May 11th, the students will be going to the Confederation Centre to watch Colonel Gray put on a musical. The musical this year is Pinocchio.

The school has been inspected for mould. There are a couple of spots that have been found but are being dealt with.

Other Business

The Spring Fling has been set for Friday, June 3, 2011. Kelly Allen ran through the Spring Fling basics, and summarized the volunteer needs, the various components of the event, etc. and collected names and email addresses of potential volunteers.

It was suggested that a printed summary of the Spring Fling be prepared, and translated into Nepali, Chinese and Farsi. Kelly agreed to prepare this and send to Peter Rukavina who would arrange for translation and posting on the website.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is April 12th. This will be a Home and School general meeting followed by a Spring Fling planning meeting.

Home and School Meeting: Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm

Calling all parents! Prince Street Home and School invites you to our fourth 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 first planning meeting for our Spring Fling, our annual fundraising carnival night with lots of games, activities and fun for the whole family. We need many volunteers for this event to be successful so if you are to help out please come to our meeting.

  1. Approval of minutes of January 11, 2011 meeting
  2. Treasurer’s report
  3. President’s report
  4. Principal’s report
  5. New Business
  6. 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 s.muzika@hotmail.com. Hope to see you there!

School Development Report

The Eastern School District has just released the School Development Report for Prince Street School on its website. The specific goals for the next three years at the school are:

  • To improve numeracy skills of students at Prince Street Elementary.
  • To provide students at Prince Street with increased opportunity for visual art experiences.

At present the report is only available in English and Chinese.

Minutes of January 11, 2011 Meeting

Treasurer's Report

There was a Provincial Home and School meeting and it was mentioned that there was money available from previous Parent Engagemant Fund. We applied for some of it and we were granted $200. We have put it towards help with translators for the Mandarin, Nepali, and Hindi-speaking parents.

Peter went over the expenses for the school. There is still $1000 from ScotiaBank and Silent Auction money from the Spring Fling from June 2010 to come. Also, there is movie money (October and December) to come.

On Saturday, January 22 there will be a benefit at Back Alley Music on University Avenue from 12-3 p.m. The proceeds will go towards Prince Street's Breakfast Program. It will be Soupy Saturday and the performers are Tanya Davis, Kelly Mooney, and Peter Winn. The cook is Ted Grant. The event will be by donation. Ann Thurlow is the person who organized the event.

President's Report

There will an Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 16th for the PEI Home and School Federation. We can send 5 representatives who are usually the school's Home and School's executive. However, if for some reason one of them can't go then some else can attend in their place.

There was a letter sent to the City of Charlottetown about the intersection of Euston Street and Prince Street. Counsellor Eddie Rice was notified about the situation and he agreed that there needed to be pedestrian signals. Temporary pedestrian light will be installed until permanent ones can be installed.

In November, there was a brainstorming session in Hunter River by the Presidents of all of the Home and School Associations. Some of the items that were discussed were:

  • attendance
  • school fees
  • websites
  • air quality
  • communication
  • fundraising
  • sharing of information (ex: grants)
  • bullying

The top three items were:

  • infrastructure (playground)
  • fundraising (long-term planning, accountability)
  • parent engagement (getting parents more involved)

Some possible actions to get these items in use is to share and use provincial information and have a unified voice.

Talk have possibly getting a new gym for the school with Education Minister Doug Currie was put on hold due to the to two other schools (Spring Park and Morell Consolidated) in the Eastern School District being closed due to mold. Both schools were closed on Friday, January 7th.

Principal's Report

Bob Andrews was given the floor plan and went through the school and found that Prince Street had room for only two classes and there would be a need for at least three. However, the A plus program will be moved from West Kent and will be held in half of the library. Students from grades three to six who have behaviour problems in class are in this program. Currently there are five students with one teacher and a youth worker. There has been little disruption in the school compared to others. Prince Street had air quality testing done seven to eight years ago. There had been an air quality system put in in the room next to the Breakfast Program/French Room.

There was a Class Composition Grant given. There was enough money to cover 20 days (full time). However, Prince Street stretched the money by having the program for 40 days (part-time). All of the time was used up by Christmas. The school applied again for the grant and was granted money for another 20 days. The program mainly helps EAL students to learn the letters and numbers in English.

Projects were done in Numeracy and Art before the Christmas Holidays. The students were given time to do their own thing and the outcome was widely different and interesting. The students loved it and really wanted to keep doing it.

On December 8th, there was a dinner put on by the EAL students. Everyone had a great time.

There has been a lockdown done and another to follow in the Spring. In such case that there is a lockdown, parents will get information as to where to go from the media.

On December 13th and December 15th, the Christmas concerts were done. It was standing room only.

On December 22nd, there was a school skate. Two rinks were used. The next school skate will be on February 11th at U.P.E.I.

The next movie movie night will be Friday, January 21st.

On February 1st there is a P.D. Day. Angela Seeman will be in to talk about Autism and Kim Bailey will be in to talk about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Two thirds of the students have a modified program, ranging from an individual education program to the enrichment program.

The Breakfast Program has had enough funding this year to pay up last year's debts and to float this year until the end of the year.

Staffing changes. Kelley Wakelin came back after Christmas. Linda MacFarlane is in Kindergarten. Bethany Boudreau is back from maternity and Kathie Lee Mallard will be in transition.

There is roughly thirty five to thirty six children registered for kindergarten for September.

New Business

There will be a meeting in late February to early March for the Spring Fling.

The week of February 14th to the 19th will be Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week. Snacks and lunch will be provided and yard duty will be done by volunteers for the staff.

The next meeting will be February 22nd.

Those in attendance are:

  • Saben Gadir
  • Aman Sedighi
  • Azan Akbari
  • Esther Duncan
  • Claudia Rosas
  • Madge Mossberg
  • Erick Silva
  • Lisa Silva
  • Samuel Kai Wang (Chinese translator)
  • Madan Kumar Giri (Nepali and Hindi translator)
  • Jek Bahadur Basnet
  • Jit Bahaur Darjee
  • Kal Bahadur Basnet
  • Wah Lue
  • Eamon Leen
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Onika Khanal
  • Prem
  • Pamme
  • Kelly Allen
  • Peter Rukavina
  • Shelley Muzika
  • Colleen Mullen-Doyle
  • Terry MacIsaac (Principal)
  • Lori MacDonald
  • Dana Doyle

Treasurer's Report, January 11, 2011

As of January 11, 2011 our bank balance is $6,929.95. Not accounted for in this is the money from the 2010 Spring Fling fundraiser (cheque still to come from the school, which collected the funds), and a matching grant of $1,000 from the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Our Christmas Raffle raised $566.00. We printed 300 tickets and sold them at the school during the two Christmas concert nights and over three weekends at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market. Tickets were sold for $2.00 each of 3 tickets for $5.00 and sales broke down as follows:

Minutes of November 9, 2010 Meeting

Shelley introduced Lisa Duffy from the Newcomers Association and the translators (Mandarin and Nepali/Hindi).

Peter went over the all of the expenses and donations for the account of the Home and School for the past thirteen months (September 2009 to November 2010) Money from the Silent Auction (2010) and from Scotia Bank ($1000) is still coming.

Movie Nights and License-- The school now has a license to show movies on Movie night. There is no set price for admission ( by donation) and the prices for the canteen are set (usually 50 cents per item). The next movie night is set for Friday, December 3rd.

There was a Semi-Annual meeting (October) for the Home and School. Doug Currie and Sandy MacDonald answered questions regarding resolutions that were put before them. Prince Street put forward resolution on communications. Standards are being suggested ( hours of operation, who to contact, (office) and getting I.D.). Shelley and Peter attended from Prince Street.

There will be a Christmas Raffle and Bake Sale at the Christmas Concerts. Monday, December 13th is for grades kindergarten to grade three. (Storm Date December 14th) and Wednesday December 15th is for grades four to six (Storm date set for December 16th). Also the first three Saturdays in December, tickets will be sold at the Farmer's Market. There will 9 shifts to cover. E-mails will go out for baked goods. December 28th will be the date for the draw. There was mention of going to businesses (ex: Shoppers Drug Mart and Paderno) for donations for the Christmas basket.

On November 18th, there will be a Provincial Home and School Association is hosting a brainstorming session on getting to know each other.

The concern about the intersection at Prince Street and Euston Street has been brought to the attention of the City Police and City Council two years in a row. Letters were sent out to try and get something done about the intersection. Next spring or summer, there will be pedestrian signals will be put in place with left turn lanes.

There were Parent-Teacher Interviews done in October. There was a decent turn out. In the lower grades (kindergarten to grade three) turn out is higher. In the higher grades (grades four to six) the turn out tends to be lower.

In late October, grades four to six went to a Sports Fair in Stratford at the Stratford Town Hall. The cost was two dollars. The kids had the opportunity to play some sports that the normally wouldn't have.

There have been some staff changes. Miss Boudreaux (not sure on the spelling) went on Maternity Leave. Kathie Mallard took over in Resource and Philip Brown returned to teaching Core French.

The last trip to Indigo Book Store is on Friday, November 12th. Two to three classes go at a time. Each student gets to pick a book for their class and one for the library.

Literacy scores for grades 3 to 6 came out. The provincial scores went up in some cases (writing) but the score went down in transactional ( this part is done in grade 6). THe areas that the students were tested in were reading comprehension, transactional, and writing.

David Johnston's (The Governor General Of Canada) wife, Sharon Johnston, visited the school, in particular, the Smart Start program. In attendance, was Doug Currie and Sandy MacDonald. Sharon Johnston had requested to come to the school to see how the program was run and the effects of the program had in early childhood education. The program was co-founded by Margaret McCain. She mentioned that it is not only a leader in the Maritimes and in Canada but she believes in North America. There are still a few spots open.

November 15th to the 19th is registration for Kindergarten for the 2011-2012 year. Children must born in 2006 in order to register.

The school population is about 260 students at the present time.

Friday November 19th, there is a school dance for grades 3-6. The time is from 6-7 pm. There is a dollar admission.

The school swims are as follows: Tuesday, November 30th, for grades 13 and on Wednesday December 1 for grades 4-6 at the CARI pool.

On December 21st there will be a school skate at the CARI Complex.

On December 18th the grade six class will be bagging groceries at the Atlantic SuperStore. The donations will go towards the year end trip.

Since the student population is growing, there was mention of building a new gym onto the school and using the old one as classroom space for the younger kids.

Peter mentioned that if there were any concerns about the computer program in the school, that the concerns could be pass along to him and that he would pass them along to the IT committee and the Provincial Home and School Federation.

The next meeting is slated for Tuesday, January 11th.

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