Stonepark Home and School Meeting

Our next Home and School Meeting will take place on January 13th, 2021 at 6:30 pm at Stonepark School. Masks are mandatory. Here are the minutes of our last home and school meeting that toke place on October 28th.

Home and School Meeting 

Stonepark School 

October 28, 2020

Principal’s Report Attendance : 4 people 

Opening remarks

Giselle Dalton welcomed all to the meeting and gave opening remarks 6:35pm

The agenda and minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s report : We have a balance of 149.85 before service fees. We will not be able to help the school if we cannot fundraise. 

  1. We have 716 students at the school. A few students left and a few students arrived. 
  2. Staffing : Starts in November this year. The school is lobbying for a third Vice-Principal if they reach 750 students next year. Home and School could get the message out in support of another VP.  Stonepark has 8 feeder schools and as soon as numbers come in for next year, we could write a letter of support.  
  1. Filling Stations : More will be installed shortly.  The school used school funds including fundraising money to pay for them 
  2.  FM systems : Home and school will write a letter to local businesses. The school needs 6 systems this year and possibly 20 over the next 5 years.  We would try to encourage local businesses to support the school and to support the local business selling these systems.  
  3. Duke of Edinburgh : The overnight bike ride is not possible because of COVID. Registration fees are expensive and students are encouraged to continue efforts on their own. They can register as an independent, but the school will be continuing to provide leadership opportunities to students.  The popular Bagel Barn run by the leadership group has started again and students can earn hours towards the Duke of Edinburgh.   
  4. Parent Concerns : Students cannot switch out of band this late in the year. They have committed and because of COVID cohorts and the difficulty of shifting students, they must continue Band all year.   A few parents called the school because they didn’t agree, but parents in the room were all in agreement.  
  5. Tutoring : The school is hoping to get former students to come back and tutor Stonepark students again this year. COVID regulations are being looked into. 
  6. Parent-teacher Interviews. In person and virtual will be possible.  Parents can only visit the homeroom teachers, but homeroom teachers will meet after the fact to discuss student achievement. 
  1. Fundraiser : It went really really well.  Pick up of jars will be Saturday November 7. 
  2. Extracurricular : Band sectional, Basketball, Hockey and Green Team have started or we will starting very soon. The Youth Empowerment Program will hopefully get underway again this year. This program was very well received by Newcomers and Island students.  The program works to build character and community connections.
  3. Breakfast program : Bagel Barn has started.  Over 100 students use the program everyday. Buns and things are great to give donations!  

End of Principal’s report. 

New Business 

A parent asked why buses arrive so early and leave late after school.  George said only one bus arrives at 7:45 am. Students must wait outside until the bell and so far, they don’t seem to mind.  George was going to ask why the bus must arrive so early.  The only time a bus left late after school was last week when a bus broke down.   

Fundraiser for home and School.  We have no money and a Poinsettia fundraiser would give us money to spend on school events. Everyone loved the idea. Tracy was going to get more info and Jill was going to add it on the School Newsletter. H&S gets $9 and the local company gets $11. 

Hat day and Ipod day as possible fundraisers could be possibilities after Christmas if needed.    

Adjournment at 7:28pm 

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Home and School News, January 2021

1.         Elected school board model consultations

“We want to give Islanders a stronger voice in their education system and how we support student learning while ensuring our school boards are more representative of our Island population under the leadership of elected trustees,” Minister Trivers. (Dec. 21/20) Submit your ideas online at:  Elected School Board Model Consultations.  Islanders will have the added option to complete an online survey. Online consultations are open until March 11, 2021. 

2.         Don’t forget to nominate school staff

Nominate a teacher, EA, principal, Administrative Assistant, custodian) for the PEI Home and School Federation’s Extra Mile Award. Submission deadline is Jan. 22.  Nomination form is online at: https://peihsf.ca/extramile.  Presentations will be arranged during School Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 14-21, respecting pandemic protocols.  The week provides an opportunity for parents / students to recognize the dedication  and hard work of teachers, admin support, EA, and custodians. Say thank you! Keep plans simple!

3.         Teamwork: Parents and teachers write resolutions together

Resolutions are developed around issues that will affect positive change in our school system for all students’ benefit. Parents and teachers are asking to discuss school system and gaps around the local Home and School meeting table for the purpose of teaming up to write resolutions. What are the issues impacting student learning, student wellness and safety? Check our website to view resolutions. Ask the Federation for help with writing resolutions. Use a NEW Fillable Resolution Form.  Deadline to submit resolutions is Jan. 31.

4.         NEW School Food Menu:  Students asked to give school food another try

Here is what you need to know about the new menus:

·       Thirteen NEW menu items have been added based on parent/student feedback.

·       Options include: one meat/one vegetarian (daily) and “gluten friendly” being offered for each menu item

·       Portion sizes have increased slightly and are more consistent

·       Meal orders will continue to be ordered in the two week rotation at: www.peischoolfood.ca

·       Ordering begins Dec. 28 and closes at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1. No late orders accepted.

·       Photos of menu items were shared on social media channels over the holidays

·       Updated ingredient and allergen information will be uploaded to the website

5.         Parent Leadership Grants

Parent Leadership Grants. New submission deadline:  Feb. 28, 2021

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Health PEI Psychologists offer holiday coping tips during COVID

As we approach the holiday season, Islanders are reminded that many mental health and addiction services are available year-round to those who need support. 

“These are trying times filled with lots of difficult emotions,” said Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Roche, clinical psychologist, Health PEI.  “Islanders are dealing with grief over the disruption of some holiday traditions, financial uncertainty, and stress associated with frequently having to adapt to big changes. Together we can and will get through this.” 

Dr. Roche and fellow clinical psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin, are sharing some tips for coping during the holiday season. 

Take care of your body. Maintain a healthy diet, get some exercise, spend some time outside, and ensure that you are getting adequate rest. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate daily to support relaxation. 

Stick to your routine. Routines are an important part of healthy living. Staying active throughout the day helps to keep our moods steady and can bring us a feeling of satisfaction. 

Get good sleep. Keep a regular wake-up time and minimize naps. Avoid caffeine in the evenings and limit screen time in the hour before bed. Sleep is a very important factor in maintaining mental wellness. 

Stay connected. Reach out via phone, text, or video chat to friends, neighbours and loved ones. Where restrictions allow, socialize in person. Research shows us that loneliness is linked to many poor health outcomes so find ways to get connected. 

Keep up-to-date. Stay tuned to what’s happening with the pandemic by visiting trustworthy sources such as the Government of Prince Edward Island or the World Health Organization (who.int) but be mindful of the time you spend and make sure to take breaks. 

Get creative. Plan new ways to keep holiday memories and traditions alive. Do virtual family gatherings, share Christmas sweater photos, bake at home with loved ones, or make a donation to a charity close to your heart. 

Embrace it. Try thinking of this year as an opportunity to slow down and enjoy a quieter holiday season. Spend quality time with immediate family members, catch up on those books you’ve been wanting to read, learn a new activity or skill, or set some goals for 2021. 

Set clear boundaries. If you feel stressed, overwhelmed or pressured, feel free to place limits on the activities that you and your family take part in. Plan ahead for stressful people, places or things and remember, it’s okay to say no. 

Find meaning. Remember that what’s most important about the holidays is not the gifts, but the quality time spent with loved ones. Make a plan for you and your family, to enjoy the company of those who are safe and supportive.

“The holidays are a challenging time for many, and it’s a key time to be mindful of your mental health,” said Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin. “If you’re noticing a number of the following symptoms over the course of a two-week period and they are getting in the way of your life, reach out to a registered health professional for guidance.” 

Behaviours/Doing

  • trouble sleeping
  • avoiding going out even within public guidelines, being active, or talking to people
  • too much TV or social media time about COVID-19 or pandemics
  • not wanting to get out of bed 
  • excessive eating, drinking or prescriptions drugs 

Thoughts/Thinking

  • consumed by thoughts about COVID-19 
  • frequent thoughts about self or loved ones being in danger 
  • significant and frequent worry about the future 

Emotions/Feeling

  • crying more
  • feeling anxious, depressed or having panic attacks
  • chronic feelings of anger, guilt, helplessness, or confusion
  • feeling numb often  
  • having little patience, feeling frequently irritable

Help is available. You don’t have to do it alone.  Islanders can refer themselves or their loved ones to many services available in person, over the phone or online. A full list of all existing supports and services is available at Mental Health Services.

Media contact:
Everton McLean
Senior Communications Officer
Health PEI
902-213-1507

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In an effort to address cohorting challenges and further protect the health safety of our school communities, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is updating its mask policy in schools.

Starting Monday, November 30 and in effect for at least two weeks, non-medical masks will be required for staff and students in grades 10-12 at all times indoors except for the following exemptions:

  • When staff and students are able to physically distance within a classroom (6ft/2m);
  • Eating or drinking;
  • Participating in a physical activity (e.g. gym);
  • Engaging in an activity which prevents them from doing so (e.g. playing a wind instrument); 
  • When it poses a safety concern (e.g. welding); or
  • When a school assesses wearing a non-medical mask is not in the best interest of a student due to physical, medical or other factors.

Additionally, all visitors to schools, k-12, are required to wear masks at all times while indoors. 

These updated guidelines apply to both PSB and CSLF schools and will be reviewed and a further update provided in early December. 

“Because of the good work of islanders in following the health and safety protocols of the Chief Public Health Office, our students have been able to learn in-class with minimal disruptions unlike other provinces and territories,” said Minister Trivers. “As the second wave continues to be felt across the country including our neighbouring provinces, now is the time to increase precautions to help maintain the health and safety of our island communities. Physical distancing and cohorting are a concern at the high school level so we are taking these additional measures to be proactive.  We will continue to adjust our back to school plans as necessary to ensure a successful and safe school year for students and staff.”

Wearing a facial covering/non-medical mask in the community is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. However, it can be an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms.

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Minutes from our Home and School Meeting

Stonepark School 

October 28, 2020

Attendance : 4 people 

Opening remarks

Giselle Dalton welcomed all to the meeting and gave opening remarks 6:35pm.

The agenda and minutes of the last meeting were approved. 

Treasurer’s report : We have a balance of 149.85 before service fees. We will not be able to help the school if we cannot fundraise. 

Principal’s Report 

  1. We have 716 students at the school. A few students left and a few students arrived. 
  2. Staffing : Starts in November this year. The school is lobbying for a third Vice-Principal if they reach 750 students next year. Home and School could get the message out in support of another VP.  

Stonepark has 8 feeder schools and as soon as numbers come in for next year, we could write a letter of support.  

  1. Filling Stations : More will be installed shortly.  The school used school funds including fundraising money to pay for them. 
  2.  FM systems : Home and school will write a letter to local businesses. The school needs 6 systems this year and possibly 20 over the next 5 years.  We would try to encourage local businesses to support the school and to support the local business selling these systems.  
  3. Duke of Edinburgh : The overnight bike ride is not possible because of COVID. Registration fees are expensive and students are encouraged to continue efforts on their own. They can register as an independent, but the school will be continuing to provide leadership opportunities to students.  The popular Bagel Barn run by the leadership group has started again and students can earn hours towards the Duke of Edinburgh.   
  4. Parent Concerns : Students cannot switch out of band this late in the year. They have committed and because of COVID cohorts and the difficulty of shifting students, they must continue Band all year.   A few parents called the school because they didn’t agree, but parents in the room were all in agreement.  
  5. Tutoring : The school is hoping to get former students to come back and tutor Stonepark students again this year. COVID regulations are being looked into. 
  6. Parent-teacher Interviews. In person and virtual will be possible.  Parents can only visit the homeroom teachers, but homeroom teachers will meet after the fact to discuss student achievement. 
  1. Fundraiser : It went really really well.  Pick up of jars will be Saturday November 7. 
  2. Extracurricular : Band sectional, Basketball, Hockey and Green Team have started or we will starting very soon. The Youth Empowerment Program will hopefully get underway again this year. This program was very well received by Newcomers and Island students.  The program works to build character and community connections.
  3. Breakfast program : Bagel Barn has started.  Over 100 students use the program everyday. Buns and things are great to give donations!  

End of Principal’s report. 

New Business 

A parent asked why buses arrive so early and leave late after school.  George said only one bus arrives at 7:45 am. Students must wait outside until the bell and so far, they don’t seem to mind.  George was going to ask why the bus must arrive so early.  The only time a bus left late after school was last week when a bus broke down.   

Fundraiser for home and School.  We have no money and a Poinsettia fundraiser would give us money to spend on school events. Everyone loved the idea. Tracy was going to get more info and Jill was going to add it on the School Newsletter. H&S gets $9 and the local company gets $11. 

Hat day and Ipod day as possible fundraisers could be possibilities after Christmas if needed.    

Adjournment at 7:28pm 

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Home and School Meeting

Please join us for our next Home and School Meeting on October 28th, at 6:30p.m in the school library.

Giselle Dalton

President of Home and School

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Minutes of the Home and School Meeting

September 30th, 2020 @ 1830

In Attendance: Jill Burry, George Trevor, Tracy Lynn Ellsworth, Giselle Dalton, Jack Wheeler, Tiffany Bullpit, Jody Zver, Lei Dai (Daniel), Elizabeth Blake, Leanne Zhou and Teressa Peter

1) Welcome and Opening Remarks.

  • Welcome from Tracy Lynn Ellsworth acting President for meeting
  • Welcome from George Trevor
  • Introductions from all members in attendance

2) Approval of the Agenda & Minutes of last meeting.

  • Last minutes from February
  • Approval of Agenda and Minutes
    • Approved by Jack Wheeler
    • Seconded by Jill Burry

3) Treasurer’s Report.

  • Purposed Budget 2020-2021
    • Income/ Expenses
      • Pass the hat: Last year = 632.30
      • Proposed 20 – 21= 700.00
      • Actual = undetermined
    • Teacher Appreciation Week
      • Last year = 411.61
      • Proposed 20-21 = 400.00
      • Actual = undetermined
    • PEI H&S Fees
      • Last year = 200.00
      • Proposed 20-21 = 200.00
      • Actual 20-21 -200.00
    • AGM
      • Last Year= 0.00
      • Proposed 20-21= 120.00
      • Actual = undetermined
    • Grade 9 Closing
      • Last Year = 51.61
      • Proposed 20-21 = 300.00
      • Actual = undetermined
  • Bank Balance
    • January 17 – March 17, 2020
      • Opening Balance = 619.82
      • Income = 99.04
      • Expenses = 417.86
      • Closing Balance = 302.75
    • March 18 – July 17, 2020
      • Opening Balance = 301.00
      • Income = 0.04
      • Expenses = 0.00
      • Closing Balance = 302.79
    • July 18 – August 17, 2020
      • Opening Balance = 301.04
      • Income = 140.00
      • Expenses = 91.22
      • Closing Balance = 351.58

4) Principal’s Report.

  • 719 Students in School (89 more than last year)
  • First Day of school was committed to the Grade 7 only- Encouraged the youth and decreased their Anxiety levels for being in the school. Easier transition for them.
  • Off to a good start
  • New Staff
    • Rachel Colwill
    • Adam Francis
    • Brett Roche
    • Mikaela MacNeill
    • John Stephens
    • Kaila Neill and
    • Zack Allison
  • Additional staffing
    • 0.6 French Resource, we were able to split grade 7 English into a 7th Homeroom
  • Parental Concern
    • Specialist and Band
      • With the restrictions and increase in class size – there is a limitation not able to offer both to students. (If in Band, unable to take specialist, plan is only for this year)
    • School Fees
      • School is being more transparent about what the fees are for
      • School offering e-transfer option
      • Receipts to be sent home with students
    • Covid and cohorts
      • The Operational Plan in located on Government Website
      • Focus to keep kids safe and aware
      • Youth sticking to their cohorts
      • Disciplinary issues down from this time last year
      • Quote “there’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” ― Stephen King, Different Seasons”
  • DPA no more and school day now 5 one-hour periods
    • No additional time for AM DPA
    • Students now getting either gym or specialist on rotating days
    • Outside More
  • No meet the teacher night – Parent teacher interviews (feedback)
    • Meet the teacher night cancelled
    • Parent Teacher Interviews
      • November 19 and 20
      • Home room teacher only (Suggested)
      • Virtual Option (Suggested)
      • Teacher Profile to be up on the Website next week
      • Report cards go out 3 weeks after the Parent Teacher Interviews
        • Concern over parents not having prior: if checking SAS should be no concerns
  • Fundraising – Recipe in a Jar for FM Systems
    • Last year changed to Recipes in a Jar – highly successful
      • Students requested to do “friends and family only”
      • Link online for ordering on Facebook page and website
      • Fundraiser October 1-15
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Mask Use
      • Incredibly good – 98% of students wearing them with little problem
      • If not willing to wear must wait until hallways are clear than they can go to their next class
      • All sanitizing upon arrival
  • Cohorts and Physical Distancing; Student Transitions; Extracurricular
    • School Closed to all outside groups
    • There was concerns over the number of kids in the hallway – there has been no issues
    • Students are moving easily we well in the hallways
      • Extra-Curricular
        • 4 Soccer teams
        • 4 Volleyball Teams
        • 2 Golf Teams
        • Field Hockey (girls only)
        • Cross Country Team
        • No Duke of Edinburg
        • Leadership starts in 3 weeks
        • No Grade 9 trip to Quebec
          • Maybe trip within the Bubble
        • No off-Island trips right now
  • Breakfast and Lunch Program
    • Breakfast Program
      • Tables set up at the entrances so kids can eat
      • Not able to host Bagel Barn, to many people in the cafeteria, offering granola bars and others
      • Suggestions: Reach out to farmers for morning breakfast items and donations
    • Lunch
      • Free food program – 100 students using the program
      • Biggest problem is the one-use plastic container
      • Cafeteria running slow, only have 2 staff this year
      • Moved Am break to after first period so kids and eat
      • Staggered lunched so all kids can eat and not to many in the cafeteria

5) DAC Report

  • Mental health
    •  More support for students and teachers
  • Front loading education
    •  Is this working for teachers, students and parents?
  • School operational plans
    •  What are the policies and are they being implemented consistently?
    •  Issues include cohorts, access to water, lunchtime/access to food, absenteeism, processes related to COVID symptoms, transportation, reporting systems or procedures for non-compliance
  • Shortages of substitute teachers, bus drivers, and EAs
    •  Students with specials needs may need to be sent home due to absences not being filled.
  • Healthy School Lunch Program
    • Issues including allergies, vegan options, nutritional labels, feedback for menu options
  • Outdoor Education
    • How to increase opportunities for outdoor education at the junior and senior high levels.
  • Remote Learning
    • Issues include assessment of student work, use of technology and online tools, readiness, how to better support students (including students with additional needs and their mental health), extending special needs supports remotely.
  • Healthier schools
    • Issues include water filling stations, screens in windows, air quality, school maintenance.

6)New Business

  • Letter of resignation from Mike Stanley and Nominated Giselle Dalton to President
  • Giselle Dalton accepted the nomination
    • Asked Three times if anyone wanted the position. No one spoke up
    • Giselle Dalton Named President
  • Ask for Vice President Nominations
    • Five asked
    • Elizabeth Blake offered
    • No objection
    • Elizabeth Blake Names Vice President
  • Call for Fundraising
    • Home and School not able to hold annual fundraiser
    • School to help
      • 1 month of Fridays
      • 1st Friday 2$ hat day
      • 2nd Friday 2$ ipod/phone day
      • 3rd Friday 2$ hat day
      • 4th Friday 2$ ipod/phone day
      • Donation button on webpage and facebook page
      • Donation jars at Parent Teacher Interview

7) Adjournment.

  • Meeting called to an end

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Potential Fundraisers Oct 16

This year Home and School was not able to hold there annual fundraiser due to Covid-19 restrictions. We have spoken to the school and they are willing to help us out this year. They are offering us 1 month of Friday’s to help with our fundraising.

The first Friday we would be looking at having a hat day. Each and every member of the school body could pay $2.00 each to wear a hat for the day. The second Friday we would be looking at an i-pod and phone day. All members of the school body who pay $2.00 each, could use their i-pods and phones for the day. The third Friday would be another Hat Day and the fourth Friday would be another i-pod and phone day. We will also be looking at putting donation jars out at Parent Teacher Interviews. There is also donation buttons on the School Website, and Facebook pages.

The finances from our fundraisers go to support different groups and activities in the school community. Several we have supported over the years are, Grade 9 trip, Teacher appreciation Week, Stonepark family Christmas, Student Fees, Education trips and Duke of Edinburgh Award. On behalf of Stonepark Home and School I would like to thank you all for your support!

Giselle Dalton

President of Stonepark Home and School

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Change in Presidency 2020

Mike Stanley has been the President of Stonepark Home and School for the last couple of years. He has now decided to step down as president. I would like to thank him for all the time he has given to Stonepark Home and School.

I , Giselle Dalton have accepted the position of President of the Stonepark Home and School. I am a stay at home mother and have 2 children, 15 and 13 years old. My older son attends Charlottetown Rural High School and my younger son is in grade 8 here at Stonepark.

I enjoy, gardening, baking, sewing and the great outdoors. I  volunteer with scouts Canada, and have been volunteering with the school communities for the past 10 years.

Giselle Dalton

President of Home and School

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Welcome

We would like to welcome all students new and returning to another school year at Stonepark. Same goes to all staff, new and returning, and all families as well. We hope you all have a great school year ahead. If you have any questions or concerns to address to Stonepark Home and School, you can email us at stoneparkhands@gmail.com.

Giselle Dalton

President of Stonepark Home and School

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