Text Box: Miscouche Consolidated School

Box 287, 19 School St

Miscouche, PE C0B 1T0

902-888-8495 (p)   902-888-8491(fax)

www.edu.pe.ca/miscouche

PRINCIPAL: Scott MacDonald                                           VICE-PRINCIPAL:  Sue Gogan

December, 2020                                                                                                          Newsletter #4

Dates to Remember

Dec 15th –        Student of the Month Free Pizza

Dec 18th –        Last Instructional Day for Students for 2020

Jan 4th –            First Instructional Day for Students for 2021

November Student of the Month

KA-   Emma Buckle

1A-   Brynlee Sutherland

1B-    Roman Bernard

2A-    Paige Nauss

3A-    Grace Poirier

4A-    Benjamin Chassion

5A-    Matthew MacArthur

6A-    Gemma MacLean

7A-    Clara Arsenault

8A-    Danielle Jones

9A-    Camdyn Day

Phys Ed- Paige Silliker

Registration for 2021-2022 Kindergarten was held the week of Nov 16th– Nov 20th, 2020.  If you haven’t registered your child, please do so as soon as possible.

  • Children must be 5 years old by December 31st, 2021 in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.
  • Parents are asked to register their child at his/her local elementary school during school hours.  If you are unsure of your school zone, please call the Stratford Office (368-6990), Summerside Office (888-8400) or Toll Free 1-800-280-7965.
  • A registration form will be completed at the time of registration.
  • Parents are reminded to bring a piece of Government issued ID verifying proof of child’s age: birth certificate/PEI health card as well as verification of home address, such as current utility bill.
  • Dates for the parents and children to attend the Annual Welcome to Kindergarten sessions will be announced in the spring of 2021

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices in Kindergarten to Grade Six

We have noticed an increase in cell phone/electronic device activity during the school day.  We have a number of students who are not finishing their lunches as they are distracted by electronics.  We have also had some issues on the playground with pictures and videos therefore we are asking that these items stay at home.  If a student MUST bring a phone for communication purposes we are asking that it stays in their locker at all times. Thank you for understanding.

The Administration Team

The Public Schools Branch sent a Notice to Parents about school cancellations and closures. https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/notice_to_parents.pdf

Reminder to students about winter wind chill.  The weather may seem warm on some days and students may think they do not need to wear a warm jacket.  With the wind chill, the weather can turn dangerously cold in minutes.  Please dress with warm jackets, hats and boots.  Although it seems that everyone would know already, we still see many students coming to school without jackets or boots. 

During this holiday season, we hope you all can give a little to those in need.  Every little bit counts! 

From the Staff at Miscouche Consolidated School, we wish you a wonderful season with family and friends.  Merry Christmas!

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 HOME & SCHOOL NEWS, December 2020

1.  Extra Mile Award

Nominate a deserving school staff individual for recognition by the PEI Home and School Federation. Submissions deadline:  Jan. 22. Find more at: Extra Mile Award of the Year

2   Resolutions
You can effect change in PEI’s school system by using a formal resolution writing process. Home and School members are asked to consider presenting an issue in education that is affecting the learning success of students to influence change at the provincial level through the Federation’s advocacy policies on topics such as wellness, curriculum needs, student health, school bus safety and more. For assistance, contact: peihsf@edu.pe.ca / 620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664. Resolution submission deadline: Jan. 31.

3.  Are your Home and School’s membership fees paid?

            Presidents/Treasurers are asked to check to ensure Fees are mailed by Dec. 15th.

4.  School Staff Appreciation Week 2021
School staff will be celebrated across Canada February 14-20.  Your Home and School Staff Appreciation committee can begin now to make Covid-safe plans for showing appreciation to school staff for the contributions they make to our children and their education. Keep plans simple!  A little appreciation goes a long way!  

5.  Gift a Meal. Help a Student. Pass the plate!

Wondering how you can celebrate #GivingTuesday ? By paying more than your own total meal value, you can help pay for another student’s lunch! All you have to do is order your lunches at peischoolfood.ca and add your donation to the total cost of your child’s lunches.

6.  Covid-Friendly Fund Raising and Community Building Ideas

We continue to collect your Covid-Friendly Home & School Fund Raising ideas. These are being compiled and posted online. Send your suggestions to: peihsf@edu.pe.ca

More News…..

·         Public Schools Branch Board Meetings Board and Annual Meetings to take place on Monday, Dec. 7th, 6:30 PM at the PSB office, 234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford, PE. Contact Sheri at: sxgauthier@edu.pe.ca to attend in-person or request a virtual attendance link.

·         The Charlottetown Food Council invites you to their upcoming Community Conversations About Food – 60 minute virtual workshops hosted on Zoom.  All members of the public are invited. Register!  Fill out the Food Council ‘s Community Food Survey for a chance to win a fruit tree from Van Kampen’s!  Survey LINK 

·         Building GRAND-Families Inc. is a new non-profit crating awareness and support for grandparents who are primary care-givers for their grandchildren. Check their website launched the end of November 2020. www.buildinggrandfamilies.com

·         International Volunteer Day December 5th is a global celebration of volunteers. This year’s theme – “Together We Can Through Volunteering” Check NVW 2020 blog post for ideas on how you can virtually applaud your volunteers.

Best wishes of the holiday season

to you and your family!

“Only through the ancient tradition of storytelling

can we enter the magical minds of one another.”
― Sivan P.L.

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Dear Parent or Guardian,

Further to the survey invitation last week, this is a reminder to complete the Healthy School Food Survey. The Survey CLOSES THIS THURSDAY, Nov. 26. If you have already completed the Survey, thank you for your participation!

Survey: https://forms.gle/2XbuvDxKKR7jSFuQ9

Scott & Staff

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During the Government press conference this morning, it was announced that all non-essential travel to and from PEI would be suspended for two weeks, effective at 12:01 am Tuesday, November 24, 2020. 

Further, for any Islanders who have traveled to the provinces of Nova Scotia or New Brunswick within the last week (since November 16), they are being advised to follow the following Public Health Guidance:

Closely monitor for symptoms

Wear a mask or face covering at all times (including outdoors)

Limit your contacts

Practice good hand hygiene

Physically distance when possible

Download the COVID alert app

Dr. Morrison has indicated that students who have traveled to the areas listed above should continue to attend school while following the enhanced Public Health Guidance listed above.  In addition, for students who have traveled to NS or NB within the last week, they should not be participating in organized activities outside the regular school day for 14 days from the date of return.  This would include community based activities as well as any before or after school activities, such as school basketball teams, after school tutoring, before school band practice, before/after school clubs, etc.  We would ask that students not be penalized if they are required to follow this Public Health Guidance.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should immediately visit a drop-in testing clinic to be tested, and self-isolate.  princeedwardisland.ca/covidtesting

For a list of possible exposure locations in the Maritime provinces, go to princeedwardisland.ca/possibleexposure.

Please refer to the Government of PEI website for ongoing and updated information.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/covid19

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Good Morning Parents/Guardians:

Parents are responsible to notify the school of the reason for the absence(s) from school.

Families play an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that students can access educational services. It will be important for you to monitor your child’s health each day before sending them to school and to keep them home when they feel ill. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below and they are unusual for your child or are not related to an existing condition (e.g. seasonal allergies), parents/guardians are asked to visit a drive-through testing site, call 811 or your health care provider and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to the school. 

Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools.

A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school or work. If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following.

Students and staff should not return to school or work:
•if they have on-going fever or chills

•if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms

Students and staff could return to school or work:
•if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol

• if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job

•if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms

•if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)

In addition, if you have traveled outside regions as per the current CPHO guidelines, you are asked to declare this to the school, and follow the current CPHO measures in place at the time (e.g. self-isolation). 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
•new or worsening cough

•shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

•fever

•chills

•sore throat

•runny nose, sneezing, congestion

•headache

•muscle aches

•unusual fatigue

•acute loss of sense of smell or taste

Scott and Staff

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PARENT & TEACHER LINK

Just a reminder to parents that the link to sign up for Parent/Teacher Interviews will be taken down tomorrow morning, Thursday, Nov 19th at 9:00 am.

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Hi Parents:

Also Mrs. Mullen will be absent for Parent /Teacher Interviews. She is willing to speak with any parent that would like to reach out to her. You can email her at crmullen@edu.pe.ca

Food Order Update:

It is hard to believe that there are only two ordering cycles left in 2020.

We have finally been able to work with your schools vendors, as well as with the ordering platform to settle on a replacement for the fish chowder.

Beginning, Nov. 24th (for the remaining two cycles) we will be offering students at your school a “Corn and Potato Chowder” in the place of the fish chowder. This option will become available on the platform when we open for ordering today.

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Good Morning Parents/Caregivers. Just a couple of items from Miscouche School:

  • Parent/Teacher Interviews are next week, Thursday Evening, Nov 19, all day Friday, Nov 20. A link will be sent to you to sign up for your child’s interview on Monday, November 16. A reminder that COVID conditions regarding in-person interviews were already sent so may be a good idea to read those conditions prior to your interview if you haven’t already done so.
  • The morning drop-off for students is going well, however a friendly reminder that when the buses leave students getting out of vehicles need to be careful of other traffic around. As well, we are asking everyone to slow down when coming into the lane by the Community Center. A few extra seconds can avoid an unnecessary accident. There is the parking lot at the Center available to limit the congestion in that area.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!
Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend
Scott and Staff

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UPDATE ON PARENT & TEACHER INTERVIEWS


Good Afternoon – please note update/change to earlier message I sent regarding Parent/Teacher Interviews. CPHO has just mentioned to us a correction/update:
For in-person interviews, only one parent/guardian per child should be in attendance. – No students or other children should be in attendance.- If a parent/guardian is not able to attend in-person alternative arrangements should be made.


Have a great weekend


Scott and Staff

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Good Morning Parents/Caregivers. Please see below:

* Reminder to send in picture orders no later than Monday, Nov 9.

* Nov 12/13 – No classes for students (Annual Convention-virtual)

* Parent/Teacher Interviews will go ahead as planned the evening of Nov 19 and all day on Nov 20. A sign up link will be sent to you soon. Due to COVID the following are conditions regarding interviews:

As has been done in previous years, if a parent is not able to meet in person but wishes to discuss their child’s progress with the teacher, alternate arrangements should be made. For in-person interviews, our school has outlined the following guidelines:

* All staff and parents are required to wear non-medical masks, except when seated a minimum of 6 feet apart during the interview.

* Hand sanitizer will be provided at entrances, exits, and other common areas throughout the school.

* For in – person interviews we are asking parents to minimize the number of people attending. School aged children can attend the interview with the parent if they wish, but small children should not attend.

* Parents please limit your time at the school to the interviews in order to minimize the number of people in the school at a given time.

* Parents are not required to sign in at the entrance but are expected to sign in with every teacher they meet.Principal MacDonald will collect the sheets at the end of interviews.

* We will minimize the number of parents coming into the school at the same time and physical distancing needs to be maintained between parents from different households and between parents and teachers.   

Thanks for your patience and understanding
Enjoy the weekend   
Scott and Staff

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