Posted by: belfastcons | June 2, 2020

Provincial Home and School News June 2020

Home and School News – June 2020

 Volunteers are part of School Communities

Be part of the Team! June is an excellent time to invite new volunteers to be part of a local Home and School community. Parents and teachers will team up to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact your Home & School president or school principal to find out how you can get involved in your child’s school life. If you need guidance, contact the Federation office:

Annual Meeting 2020

PEIHSF’s 67th Annual General Meeting will be held in the fall; date and details to follow. The 2020 Book of Reports is posted on the website. Local Home and School Presidents are encouraged to add COVID-19 stories to their annual reports. The Book of Reports will be updated accordingly. Submit revised reports to:

Public Schools Branch

As restrictions are being lifted, PSB staff members are excited there are greater opportunities to connect with students to support academic and well-being needs. Teachers will be reaching out to their students with options they can participate in.

Respite Programming will begin operating at all 56 PSB schools.
Please contact or (902) 368-4997 for more information.

Graduations: Schools are excitedly working on plans for High School Graduations and year end closing activities, within the public health guidelines outlined by the Chief Public Health Office. While activities will not look the same as in previous years, schools are committed to offering a unique experience to mark the end of the school year and wish their students well.

Access Your Student Well-Being Team

PEI School Food Project

This program has provided over 30,000 meals to children across the island experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. THANK YOU to all of the hard working chefs in our 6 hubs who have prepared and continue to prepare these delicious and nutritious meals! Check out the PEI School Food Project Facebook page to see the amazing food being provided to students during the pandemic.

Do you know of families who need food supports? Let them know they can contact the Support for Families information line at (902) 368-5155 or


As regular activities and deadlines are changing on a daily basis, the new deadline to submit School Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Awards nominations is June 15th. Presentation arrangements will be coordinated with schools. Send your nominations to  Find more details here:

Parent Leadership Program

Home and School’s Parent Leadership Projects have been given approval to move their projects to the fall when school resumes. If you have questions, contact: 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 / 902-218-8916(cell) /

Busy Bee Webinar with Toronto Beekeepers Collective
Life Cycle of the Bee June 3rd webinar, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (EST) for students, parents, teachers

Explore the 3 types of bees found in a honey bee colony and the various stages over the course of their lives and look at the different kinds of Bee Stings in the insect world and a deeper exploration of bee stings – risks and management. Sign up for Zoom Webinar at:

Dawson City family eats only local food for a year in documentary ‘First We Eat’

The film’s world premiere is Thursday as part of Hot Docs 2020. The 104-minute Documentary, distributed in Canada

by Blue Ice Docs, runs online at until June 6.

The Young Millionaires Program

The Young Millionaires Program is designed to assist youth between the ages of 9 to 16 years old discover more about business and help them start up a

business of their own.  Participants will develop basic business mindset and business skills; including record keeping, marketing, customer service and

public speaking skills.

What does it do?  The program provides help and guidance, through a series of self-directed learning workshops, to participants starting up their own business.  All successful applicants will receive up to $150 for a sole proprietorship (single business owner) and up to $200 for a partnership.
This is a non-repayable grant that is given with the intention that the participant will use it to start up their business.  The program facilitator will conduct check-ins with each participant as well as keep regular communication open with participants throughout the summer.

How do youth apply? You can apply at the Young Millionaires website   by June 8th.
There is NO COST to sign up!  If any students or parents have any questions, they can contact Rose Leger at  or by phone 1-902-887-3400 (office) / 1-902-388-8577 (cell).

Resource links:

Reading Rockets

Education and Lifelong Learning:

Public Library Service: Download Libby

Home Learning Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Families

Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation Inc.
Shirley Smedley Jay, Executive Director

Posted by: belfastcons | June 1, 2020

Monday, June 1st, 2020


Morning everyone!

Just a reminder, students will be able to come to the school next week to pick up their belongings that were left behind from March 13th.  We are asking parents/guardians to sign up using a website to help us organize students arrival. We have about 60% of the people signed up as of 7:30AM this morning.  IF you need any support, please email Mr. Munro at

Have a great day!

Mr. John Munro

Posted by: belfastcons | May 28, 2020

Dates for the 2020-2021 School Year

We have updated our link for school days as per the Department of Education calendar.  We will be adding the dates for our school (report cards, Christmas Concerts, etc) at a later date.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Munro at


Posted by: belfastcons | May 27, 2020

Pick-Up of Student Belongings: School Item drop off times

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Morning, Parents!

As the restrictions begin to lift for the province, we can now put in place our plan to allow parents and/or students back into the building on a VERY LIMITED basis.

The plan we have in place is for parents and/or students to be able to come into the school to pick up their belongings (sneakers, glasses, books, scribblers and so on) and also to please return any school property (library books, text books, music or sports equipment, etc.). However, I must be clear this will be very limited and under very strict guidelines following our approved schedule, and through signing up, online.

Beginning Monday, June 1st, Belfast Consolidated will be implementing our PHASE 1 plan.

I have created an online website link for parents to sign up for the time that works best for their families.  Times are available Monday to Friday (1st to 5th) from 8:15am-3pm, and Tuesday evening from 6-8:30pm.

The web link is:

For every 15 minutes, three families can come, but we will ensure only 5 students/parents in the gymnasium at one time.  So for example, the Munro’s, Van Colen’s, and MacDonald families can sign up for 10AM on Wednesday June 3rd.

Upon arrival, the public will come in the main door and will be guided to the gymnasium. There, your child(ren)’s belongings will be in a plastic bag, labeled with their name on it. If we were able to identify the owners of the shoes, they were put in the bag as well. There are signs posted for each homeroom in the gymnasium.  Some sneakers are still on the racks in the lobby, and downstairs outside the bathrooms.

Please come in, pick up the bag and shoes and then exit through the lower gym exit.

We will be adhering to physical distancing, and there will be hand sanitizer available for students to use.  There will be an administrator in the building during these times.

If none of these times work, please email me at: and I will make other arrangements.

I want to thank you for your continued support of our staff during home learning!  It is much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day!

Mr. John Munro Principal Belfast Consolidated School


Posted by: belfastcons | May 26, 2020

Message from Parker Grimmer: Director PSB

We have been very impressed with the work of our teachers, who have migrated to home learning platforms with tremendous efficiency and creativity during this global pandemic.  Teachers have been very busy preparing lessons, providing feedback on learning, connecting with students, working through year-end transition processes and supporting the social and emotional well-being of students. Teachers have and continue to be available to students and families through various means of communication.

Like all Islanders, staff at the Public Schools Branch (PSB) have been very encouraged with recent messaging from the province and the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO), including the positive trend toward lifting restrictions on mobility and gatherings in PEI. As home learning continues to unfold, we are able to consider broader opportunities to connect and engage with students and families. We would like to provide you with an update.

In accordance with the provisions outlined in Renew PEI, new possibilities for staff and students to connect at their respective school will be available. With the easing of restrictions, PSB staff may be available to provide additional support to students. 

As restrictions are being lifted, PSB staff are excited that there are greater opportunities to connect with students to support academic and well-being needs. Teachers will be reaching out to their students with options they can participate in.  

In addition, Respite Programming will begin operating at all 56 PSB schools. Please contact or (902) 368-4997 for more information.

Student Services consultants and specialists will be in contact with families as additional supports become available. For more information please contact or (902) 368-5155.

Schools are excitedly working on plans for High School Graduations and year end closing activities, within the public health guidelines outlined by the Chief Public Health Office.  While activities will not look the same as in previous years, schools are committed to offering a unique experience to mark the end of the school year and wish their students well.

Parker Grimmer

Public Schools Branch

Posted by: belfastcons | May 26, 2020

Welcome to Kindergarten 2020

Welcome to Kindergarten

Information video for families with children starting kindergarten in September. Click on the link to view the video.

May 05, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Welcome to Kindergarten Program is designed for parents/caregivers and their children who will be entering kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. All thirty-seven Public School Branch schools with Kindergarten organize a Welcome to Kindergarten Program for their incoming students. At the Welcome to Kindergarten Session, families were to receive early literacy resources and learn strategies for using these resources with their child at home. The goal of Welcome to Kindergarten is to provide pre-school children with the resources and experiences to begin their formal education with a foundation of literacy nurtured in the home.

The program is developed by an organization called The Learning Partnership and the bag of educational materials was purchased for families by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 and restrictions placed on schools we will be unable to host Welcome to Kindergarten Sessions for families in the schools this year. Your child’s school will be contacting you shortly to make arrangements for you to come to the school pick up the Welcome to Kindergarten Bag. The bag contains books and many other tools that will help you interact with your child and prepare them for entry into kindergarten. We at Welcome to Kindergarten believe that Parents are the Child’s First and Best Teacher!

I would also encourage you to click on the link below for videos that will give you information about the program and how to best use the materials to maximize learning with your child.

Enjoy the Welcome to Kindergarten Bag and have fun with the materials! Stay Safe!


Ken Gaudet                                                                                                                                                        Welcome to Kindergarten                                                                                                                                Program Manager

Posted by: belfastcons | May 26, 2020

PEI Literacy Alliance Tutoring Program

PEI Literacy Alliance – Ready Set Learn Summer Tutoring Program

The PEI Literacy Alliance is excited to launch their Ready Set Learn summer tutoring program for another year! Because of Covid-19, the process to apply is a little different this year. Parents – please click the following link to get started: The application form for Ready Set Learn will open Monday, May 25.

Ready Set Learn is a free one-to-one tutoring program for children in grades K to 6 who need it the most. Each child selected for the program will receives 1 hour/week of free tutoring for 8 weeks over July and August in a fun and positive learning environment. For younger children this may be two 30-minute sessions a week. Changes to this year’s program due to Covid-19 include:

  • Tutors will work one-to-one with children virtually through Zoom Classroom.
  • Each child will receive a Literacy Kit to be used during tutoring sessions.
  • Parents will have to sign a legal waiver.
Posted by: belfastcons | May 25, 2020

Morning Announcements for Monday, May 25th, 2020

Morning students and parents!

I want to share with you two different bits of information you may find helpful at home.  I hope you all have a great day, and get a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather.

    1.  Sherri Ferguson and the MRHS student wellness team is offering a virtual group program with the Zoom Healthcare Platform over the spring and summer months.   There hope is to provide students with an opportunity to learn some useful coping strategies to help them deal with stress and anxiety as well as a chance to connect with other students their age.  It is a very stressful time for students, and this is a great opportunity for our students to further develop their coping strategies.

      Groups will consist of 4-6 sessions including an orientation on how to use Zoom. They will be divided by age group; Elementary (grades 4-6), Jr. High (grades 7-9) and Sr. High (grades 10-12).

      Parents need to be willing to support their child’s use of the technology required to participate.
      Groups will be scheduled as we have the numbers to offer them (4-8 students per group depending on age).
      Sherri and her team will contact parents with more detailed information and to obtain consent for their child to participate.  If you have any questions, please email Sherri at:

      2.  Lori Collicutt, from McGill Community Mental Health, has shared a student activity booklet providing information around COVID 19.  This booklet is provided by Health PEI.  This is not required work by any means, just a tool to help parents who want information for young child(ren) at home.                          covid-19_for_kids_activity_book

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