PEI Literacy Alliance Summer Tutoring Available

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.

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Pick up of Students’ Items

Dear Parents & Guardians,

On Thursday, May 28, and on Friday, May 29 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m parents are permitted to come into the school to pick up their children’s personal items. Parents will enter by our main entrance, and then enter the gymnasium where they will find their child’s classroom name on the wall. Below the classroom name, you will find a clearly labelled bag with your child’s items, and then you will exit out the side gym door. Please be mindful to social distance while waiting to enter the building and while in our gymnasium. J

When you come to pick up these items, please bring with you the following:

Library Books that you have at home

Books or other items belonging to the school or your Child’s teacher

West Jet Tickets and Money  – Please note: Place all  sold and  unsold tickets as well as money in a ziplock bag with a note that states your child’s name, their class number, the total amount of money in bag and a contact number. Example – Jacqueline Reeves, Class 6Z, $500.00 Phone 902-888-8888

We will be doing the draw in the Fall of 2020 which means that whoever has purchased a ticket from you will have a longer time frame to travel. Due to COVID happening and restrictions in place, it does not make sense to draw for it now and have the winner only have a year from now to use it.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Department of Education Report Cards

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Since March 23rd, our focus has been on literacy, numeracy, and student health and well-being in kindergarten through grade 9. During this time, home learning materials have been provided for students. Our goal has been to provide opportunities for learning, rather than evaluation.
As the year progresses you have been asking about your child’s achievement and report cards. In June, you will receive an end of year report with comments from your child’s teachers. There will not be an end of year achievement mark because we have been focusing on student learning in specific areas of the provincial curriculum.
Students in K-9 will not be retained as a result of COVID-19 and will move to the next grade level.
In the fall, teachers will be using a revised curriculum to teach your child. The curriculum will include key aspects of learning from this school year that your child will need to learn as they continue in the next grade.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher.
Kind regards,

Tammy Hubley-Little
Director of English Education, Programs and Services
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

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May 20 ~ Message From Branch

May 20, 2020

‘It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ – E. L. Doctorow

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Have you ever noticed when driving late at night that the road ahead is pitch-black? Even though our headlights are on, we still can only see a little ways down that road. This limited sight line requires us to stay attentive with our hands firmly on the wheel to navigate the part of the road we can see, so we can safely make the entire trip. The same can be said for how we navigate our lives and plan for the future during this pandemic.

While we do not know what will happen in the distant future, we don’t need to. We can trust others for leading and caring for us, have faith in the contributions we can make, and navigate the unknowns as they arrive. We can successfully travel the whole journey through COVID–19 that way.

Our recent planning and navigating has ensured the Respite Program is off to a smooth start. The program is being utilized by 215 students and has been a welcomed support to their parents and caregivers.

Planning is also underway for some PSB staff to safely return to their work places. Custodians and cleaners started back to schools full-time this week and administrative assistants will be back part-time next week.

Operational plans allowing schools to complete essential tasks have been approved by the Chief Public Health Officer. These plans include packing up student items (desks and lockers) and working with families to distribute these items, providing Term 2 Report Cards to K-9 students who have not yet received them, collecting library books or other items on loan etc. Schools will communicate their detailed plans with families soon. Given the difference in school populations and layouts, things may be done differently at each school. However, we can assure you that approved safety guidelines will be followed.

Additional activities and planning include, year-end student transition planning by our Student Services teams, exploring the use of Google Meet for some high school teachers and students, wrapping up Chromebook deliveries to over 1000 students, preparing for summer school, finalizing school supply lists and packaging Welcome to Kindergarten bags.

American novelist E. L. Doctorow’s quotation at the beginning of the message is our reminder that we don’t need to know everything in the future. We need only know enough to make hopeful, wise, and realistic plans. If together we don’t go too fast or deny the limitations, and we stay focused on the road directly ahead, the journey will be much more successful.

Thank you and take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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Parade Route

Elm Street Parade Route

Start @ Elm Street Parking Lot

-leave and turn left onto Willow Avenue and follow up to Central Street

-turn right onto Central Street

-turn right onto Beaver Street

-turn left onto Duke Street

-turn left onto Argyle Street and follow to Central Street

-turn right onto Central Street

-turn right onto Myrtle Street

-turn left onto Northumberland Street

-turn left onto Palmer Street

-turn right onto Duke Street

-turn right onto Notre Dame Street

-turn left onto Rufus Street

-turn left onto North Market Street

-turn right onto Cedar Street

-turn right onto Market Street

-turn right onto Duke Street and go straight up Duke to Willow Avenue (turn right)

-turn left onto Central Street

-turn left onto Poplar Avenue

-turn right onto Elm Street

-turn right onto Hawthorne Avenue

-turn left onto Central Street

-turn left onto Chestnut Avenue

-turn right onto Elm Street

-turn right onto Beairsto Avenue

-turn right onto Duke Street

-turn right onto Wood Avenue

-turn left onto Elm Street

-turn left onto Maple Avenue

-turn left onto Duke Street

-turn left onto Tower Street

-turn left onto Norman Drive

-turn right onto Jennifer Street

-turn right onto Highland Avenue

-turn left onto Driscoll Street

-turn right onto Tower Street

-turn right onto Brophy Avenue

-turn left onto Maple Avenue

-turn left onto Duke Street

-turn right onto Highland Avenue

-turn left onto Central Street (follow up to the Toyota dealership)

-turn right onto Walker Avenue (by Toyota)

-continue through lights until stop sign and turn right onto MacEwen


-turn left at the lights onto Water Street

-turn right onto St. Clair Street (Lefurgey Subdivision)

-turn left on Crozier Drive

-turn right onto Heron Avenue

-turn right on Hallie Drive

-turn left onto Crozier Drive

-turn left onto Hillside Avenue

-turn right (at the lights) onto Water Street

-follow Water Street out to the lights and turn left

-turn right onto Matheson Street (Meadow Heights Subdivision)

-turn right onto MacMillan Avenue

-turn right onto Merriam Drive

-turn left onto Matheson Street

-turn left to go back out to the highway-follow highway to Blue Shank Road (turn left here)

-follow Blue Shank and turn left onto MacMurdo Road

-follow MacMurdo Road and turn right onto Taylor Road

-follow Taylor Road to the highway

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Message from PSB ~ 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 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

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Food Hamper Support

Dear Parents,

We, as an Elm Street Staff, understand that there have been many families who have been greatly impacted due to the Covid-19 situation. We are aware that there are many who are experiencing food insecurities and we would like to assist. This Saturday, May 9, there will be food hampers made available again in the Summerside area as there were a number of weeks ago. Schools are being permitted to put forth their numbers of people who are in need of assistance and pick up hampers before this opens up to the general public to ensure that families are looked after.
Please contact Jacqueline Reeves at, Janice Carragher at or Jo Cullen at by Thursday at 3:00 p.m. if your family would benefit from some added support.

Thank you.

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Message from PEI Home & School

Please see attached message from the Prince Edward Island Provincial Home and SchoolMay 2020 Home and School News_4_sss

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Weather with Jay Scotland

On behalf of CBC Prince Edward Island, I’d like to extend an invitation for you to share with parents.

We invite parents and their children to join meteorologist Jay Scotland for his next special CBC PEI Facebook Live weather lesson on Wednesday, May 6 at 11 a.m.  The topic will be the Water Cycle.

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students joined his first class this past Wednesday. Students and parents seemed to really enjoy it.

This will be the second of four virtual weather classes. It will be engaging, interactive and participants will have the chance to ask Jay their weather questions.

This is a perfect chance for elementary students (Grades 4-6), to learn from our CBC Compass meteorologist.

Jay would also like to receive drawings / colourings from the students of their favourite season. Parents can send them to Jay via his Jay Scotland Weather Facebook page @JayScotlandWeather.

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Hand, Head, Heart Connections Episode 1

Check out this first in a series of a new home learning TV series called Hand, Head, Heart Connections, There are two new shows each week each containing stories in English and French as well as an art lesson and a French and English lesson. You may see some familiar faces. Check it out!

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