April 15,2020

A basic school supply package including paper, pencils, and scribblers is being made available for any student or parent who may not have access to these materials at this time. Families are asked to contact the Support for Families line at 902-368-5155 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca for further information and assistance.

 

Just a reminder if anyone has not registered their child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year you can still do by calling the Public School Branch at 902-368-6990 or also by emailing Betty MacDonald at bymacdonald@edu.pe.ca.

Band Registration for grade 6 students going to JR high.

Hello Grade 6 Parents/Guardians
Below you will see the link if your child is interested in band next year in grade 7.  This form needs to be filled out by May 29th they need to know the numbers for their scheduling and staffing. Please discuss this with your student and fill out the form if he/she is interested.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV84m7WVKl1trfo6G6lQULK3vHQoZpsovPeCq6DKpCMpoxXQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Pick up of Student Materials

Hello MCS Parents and Guardians,

Next week, our staff will be busy organizing your child’s belongings from his/her desk and locker. We know indoor sneakers are a necessity right now.  Please watch for photos in your home learning channels next week regarding items with no clear ownership. Textbooks, library books and/or other school items found in lockers/desks will be returned to the proper area within the school by a staff member.

K-6 student belongings bags will have their second term report card attached.

Below is the schedule for distribution.

Please come into Princess Drive from the Queens Road, drive in our drive-thru lane, at the front of the building, and proceed to the end of the sidewalk. Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will approach you.

Please provide your child or children’s name and homeroom teacher(s), a staff member will gather your child/children’s belongings and pass them to you.

If your child is returning school issued items, like Occupational Therapy materials, Speech & Language materials, Library Books, or any items you need to return to the school, please label with your child’s name and we will take them from you at this time.

Exit at the end of the drive-thru.  If you turn right at this time it will ease congestion instead of turning left on to Princess Drive.

Schedule:

Friday, May 29th pick up of items

Last Names

A-F                              10-11

G-MacPherson         11-12

Maicher-Young        12-1

1-2 any parents who were not able to come at the above times

 

We will do the above in a safe and quick manner, please have patience with us.  We will be following the CPHO guidelines during the collection and exchange of these materials.  We look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

Take great care of each other,

 

Betty MacDonald

Principal MCS

Message from Parker Grimmer, Director of Public Schools Branch

May 13, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Our teachers, administrators, support staff, branch staff, parents, and students are working incredibly hard to adapt to the new reality of at-home learning during COVID-19. The pandemic has presented challenges for many including parents working and balancing home life, teachers developing remote lesson plans to fit different students’ needs, and students looking for new ways to stay connected to friends and learning. There are many successes and members of our PSB community are meeting these new demands with determination and enthusiasm.

We all know how adaptable and resilient PSB students, parents, educators, and staff are in the best of times, and through these difficult times each group has shown this in more ways than ever before. We admire our teachers and other branch staff, parents, and students who are teaching us all lessons in perseverance.

Amazing examples of this include the food programs that have been supporting our families. PSB staff were able to deliver the Department of Agriculture food hampers directly to many families across the Island who did not have access to a vehicle. Our School Food Program provided 6,006 meals to 858 students last week, a 12% increase over the previous week.

Another success story is the Respite Program that began this week. Students who had been receiving individualized support at school from an Education Assistant, Youth Service Worker, or other Student Services Team Member may receive a 2 to 3 hour blocks of play/game based respite care on a scheduled basis. These examples of people coming together and working hard to help others is inspiring to all of us.

By following the public health measures, Islanders have also experienced success as a province in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in PEI. In doing so we are seeing some of the public health measures relaxed. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will likely soon be making an announcement about the reinstatement of early childhood programs, including those for school aged children housed in schools, to assist parents who are returning to work.

As we move through the sixth week of at-home learning, it is an excellent time to thank students, teachers, parents, and staff for their ongoing commitment to learning together, while always remaining safe. Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students and to support students as they advance to the next grade, earn credits, and for some to graduate.

We all have an important role in keeping students motivated and engaged for these next weeks. Teachers continue to have high expectations for students and we all want students to continue to have high expectations for themselves. The work we are doing together is about helping students succeed and prepare for the future.

It is important to take time to reflect on how much we have all achieved thus far by working together. Be proud of your accomplishments. We here at the PSB are very proud of you.

Keep learning and take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch