PRINCIPAL: Scott MacDonald VICE-PRINCIPAL: Sue Gogan
April 2021 Newsletter # 8
Dates to Remember
April 16th– PD Day (No Classes)
May 6th– Welcome to Kindergarten (6:00 p.m.)
May 7th– No School
May 14th– Grade 6 Immunization (Afternoon)
May 24th– No School (Victoria Day)
March Student of the Month
KA- Amber Pickering
1A- Kynlee Servos
1B- Libby Arsenault
2A- Serenity O’Brien
3A- Caleb Arsenault
4A- Kaylee Bridges
5A- Chadyn Cameron
6A- Molly Arsenault
7A- Jaxon Arsenault
8A- Kiera Bridges
9A- Bella MacKinnon
Phys Ed- Clara Arsenault
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
Grade 9’s Information
Please see link below from TOSH for Information on courses and transition items
cough and sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm
avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
dispose of used tissues in a lined waste container and then wash your hands.
Please remind your children that Masks are mandatory on all busses and during transition times during the day. Students in grade 7-9 are required to wear a mask at all times during instructional time as well as during transition times.
Parents please screen your child for symptoms daily and please keep them home from school if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. Also those who have travelled out of the province, or may have been in contact with someone who has returned from travel or arrived in PEI within the last 14 days and should have been isolating, should not attend school.
1. Reminder that Student Greco Orders are to be in to your child’s Homeroom Teacher on Mondays for their lunch on Tuesday, beginning this Monday, April 12. Greco picks up the orders on Mondays so late orders will be the responsibility of the Parent/Caregiver to contact Greco.
2. Our Welcome to Kindergarten evening is Thursday, May 6 at 6pm. Students entering Kindergarten in the fall will receive a call from our office to confirm attendance. COVID Protocols will be in place for this event and those details will be coming to you soon.
3. Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Friday, June 4, 8:45am-11:30am. Our current Kindergarten students will remain home on this day while our new students spend some time with us.
That’s all for now. Thanks for your patience and understanding
We look forward to welcoming our students back into school tomorrow for in-person learning. As we return to classes, some modified measures are needed to align with the Circuit Breaker and current public health guidelines. They include:
All school-related sports games are paused. However, existing practices may continue, as can existing before and after school activities.
All community use of school facilities will be paused, effective immediately and until March 21, 2021 (end of March Break).
All field trips involving busing are canceled until further notice.
Daycares and early learning centers operating out of schools will continue as normal, including the before and after school programs.
As we communicated earlier this week, parent-teacher interviews will be held virtually or by phone. Your school will be in touch with you to make arrangements if they haven’t already.
Among the new measures, Islanders are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, only going out for essential purposes.
This means all PSB schools will be closed to students Monday through Wednesday.
Details include: – Child care facilities that operate inside schools will remain open. – We will not be permitting student/parent entry to the buildings at this point (except child care facilities) and we will not be permitting student retrieval of items at this point. – Please note that we will not be moving to remote learning over the next three days. – We will communicate further about parent-teacher interviews in the next couple of days.
We have been working closely with the Chief Public Health Office. There is no indication that any school has been affected in the recent COVID-19 cases. The current plan is to re-open schools on Thursday and any necessary modification of that plan will be communicated as needed.
Norbert Carpenter Acting Director of the Public Schools Branch
** Depending on the status in PEI in March, these guidelines are subject to change.
In-person parent teacher interviews can proceed at schools. If a parent requires/requests an alternate arrangement, teachers should make alternate arrangements. This could include a phone interview or Google meet. The following guidelines are in effect and are listed below.
PSB expectations for Parent-Teacher Interviews, March 2021:
In-person interviews can proceed at PSB schools.
All staff and parents are required to wear non-medical masks at all times, even during the interview conversation.
Alternate arrangements, such as Phone or Google Meet interviews, should be made for parents who are not available for an in-person interview.
If using Google Meet, interviews cannot be recorded.
Teachers should not be expected to use their personal phones for interviews.
Student-led conferences should not be held at this time.
For in-person interviews, only one parent/guardian per child should be in attendance.
No students or other children should be in attendance.
Parents should also be asked to limit their time at the school during interviews in order to minimize the number of people at the school at a given time.
When planning Parent-Teacher Interviews, the following must be considered:
Take reasonable steps to minimize the number of parents coming into the school at the same time. Scheduling is recommended.
Take reasonable steps to maintain physical distancing between parents from different households and between parents and teachers.
Provide hand sanitizer and promote use at entrances, exits and other common areas throughout the school.
Communicate with parents on the layout and flow measures in place so they are aware of what to do and where to go during the interview time.
Parents are not required to sign in at the entrance but are expected to sign in with every teacher they meet. These sign-in sheets should be provided to the Principal immediately following PT Interviews.
As much as is reasonable and possible, teachers should have their own workspace for interviews; interviews in the gym/cafeteria are not encouraged.
Communicate the PT plans with your custodial/cleaning staff so they can ensure appropriate/enhanced cleaning occurs.
Good Morning Parents/Caregivers. What a beautiful day outside! Just a couple of things:
* Please continue to monitor your children for COVID Symptoms, keep your child home if ill and ensure proper screening takes place each and every morning prior to school. Its very important to all of us that we not allow COVID fatigue to set in and we stay the course set out by the CPHO.
* Patience in the morning please during student drop off! I have noticed on several occasions lately children walking in front of buses before departure and that is not good practice. A few extra minutes to wait can avoid an unnecessary accident.
* Thanks to our Home/School Team and others in the Community for providing many goodies for staff Appreciation Week. It was very much enjoyed by all of us. You are awesome!
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