CQ Challenge Cup: Week 2! Kindness Creations is the theme of the week. Your challenge is to do something kind and thoughtful for someone else. Here are some ideas:
Family Member of the day
Write Dr. Morrison/Premier King a thank you letter
Send a letter to a Senior
Send a postcard or letter to someone
Make a special treat and deliver it
Donate to a food bank
Help a neighbour/family member with yard work.
Make a thank you card for someone who you appreciate
Pick flowers/make flower crafts and give them to someone special
Help siblings with their homework
Hide encouraging notes for family members around the house
Call a long distance relative or friend just to say hi
Do chores without being asked – offer to cook (if you are able), clean your room, etc.
Shop at a small local business
Feel free to choose one of the activities listed above or think of another way to be kind and brighten someone else’s day!
Snap a photo and you can either post it on the CQES Facebook page or email your homeroom teacher. Once you’ve completed the challenge for the week, your family name will go on a ballot and be entered into the draw to win the CQ Challenge Cup along with a fantastic prize!
Environmental Engineers Week
Welcome to the first week of the CQ Challenge Cup! As the weather begins to warm up, what better way to enjoy, than by helping the environment. Your challenge this week is to be an environmental engineer! Some ideas or suggestions include a roadside cleanup, making art using recycled material, planting trees or seeds, beautifying a garden, taking cans and bottles to the depot, or making a bird feeder. Choose any activity or come up with your own idea. Snap a photo and you can either post it on the CQES Facebook page or email your homeroom teacher. Once you’ve completed the challenge for the week, your family name will go on a ballot and be entered into the draw to win the CQ Challenge Cup along with a fantastic prize.
Hello Central Queens Families,
I hope you all are doing well. It has been quite some time since we have been able to see each other and we really are missing connecting with you on a daily basis. If you remember last month, many staff members connected with families daily by reading a story and posting it on the Home & School Facebook page. After each story, we really looked forward to seeing posts from so many of you!
As a staff, we were trying to come up with another fun way to connect with families and build a sense of community and we are very excited to announce the first ever, CQ Challenge Cup!
The CQ Challenge Cup is a five week challenge – essentially Monday through to Sunday. Each week will have a theme with many suggested family activities. Families are encouraged to complete as many of the activities as they’d like OR come up with their own activity that would go with that week’s theme. When you complete an activity, you can post it right on the Home & School Facebook page for our school community to see or you can let your child’s homeroom teacher(s) know by sending in a picture, video or an email of what your family did.
At the end of each week, names of families who have participated in that week’s challenge, will be written on a ballot and put into a box. Participate each week for a chance to have up to five ballots in the box! No need to worry about keeping track of ballots, staff members will do that for you – that’s why it will be important to post or email the completed challenge! If you have multiple children in the school, and you don’t want to use Facebook as a means of posting, no problem! Just email one or include all of your children’s homeroom teachers about your completed challenge.
The weekly challenges will be posted via teacher home learning platforms, SAS email, the school’s web page and the H&S Facebook page. The first weekly challenge will be posted on Tuesday, May 19. The next four weeks, the challenges will be posted on Mondays. The CQ Challenge Cup will end Friday, June 19th. During the week of June 22, a live draw will happen where one of our families will get a “Family Summer Fun” prize package – a value of approximately $500!
We hope you have as much fun participating as a family in this event as we did creating the opportunity for our school community! Be on the lookout for staff participating as well – but don’t worry, they don’t get any ballots! We hope you have a lot of fun and memorable moments with the CQ Challenge Cup activities.
Looking forward to connecting with you all!
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,
Director, Public Schools Branch
May 6, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;
Welcome to May! Since COVID-19 reached Prince Edward Island, I have been separately reaching out to students, parents, and PSB staff through daily and weekly letters. As we usher in the new month, I am pleased to be writing my first joint letter to all of you. It seems very appropriate to do so as we have been coping with the pandemic together all along.
During his Thursday briefing last week, the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Brad Trivers recognized students, parents, and staff for their continued partnership in support of learning. He also said, “Our top priority remains the health and well-being of children and we will continue to look at ways to support children and families, address gaps and ensure all Islanders have the necessary tools and resources available to succeed now and as we plan for learning in September.”
Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to read the Renew PEI, Together document which outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in Prince Edward Island. http://www.princeedwardisland.ca/renewPEI Further information is available on the provincial government’s response to COVID-19, including resources, program applications and important public health information by visiting: http://www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19
Public Schools Branch and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning are committed to supporting students, parents, and staff during the final weeks of the school year. The safety of our students and staff is paramount and all operational plans for programs and activities will be reviewed and endorsed for their safety. All school-based services will follow public health guidelines that allow for physical distancing, hygiene protocols and the proper cleaning of schools.
I am pleased to share with you additional details around the announcements Minister Trivers made last week during his briefing. The details for some programs and services are still being worked on and we greatly appreciate the support and patience of everyone during this process. We will communicate further details when finalized.
Beginning May 11, several designated schools will open to offer a respite program. Families who have a child that is supported by an Educational Assistant (EA) or Youth Service Worker (YSW) while attending school, may be eligible for a few hours of respite care per week while schools are closed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-368-4997 if you are interested in receiving more information.
Teachers continue to connect with students and support at-home learning based on a compacted curriculum, and learning resources are regularly being updated and made available online and in paper form. Chromebooks have been distributed to hundreds of students. Student Services Teams also continue to provide supports to students and families.
Ongoing Student/Teachers Connections
Since home learning began, students have been connecting with teachers in many ways. Beginning on June 15, students and teachers may have the opportunity to connect beyond phone calls, emails and approved technology, should they wish. Further details will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Transitions and Closings
During the week of June 22, and in consultation with students and parents, schools may offer innovative year-end and closing activities that will enable students to connect with their teachers and classmates and bring closure to the school year. This may include activities to
support students who will be transitioning to new schools in the fall.
Student Well-being Teams
Student Well-Being Teams continue to connect with and support students and their families throughout PEI. The Student Well-Being Team’s website has been enhanced to make connecting to a team member easier. If you need some support, please visit the link below and click on your Family of Schools: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/student-well-being-teams
Hand Head Heart Connections TV Shows
The Hand Head Heart Connections home learning TV shows are being very well received by students and parents. If you are not an Eastlink customer or do not have access to a television, you can find episodes of Hand Head Heart Connections on the Eastlink Community TV YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/eastlinktv/videos
Please reach out by email or call our main number at 902-368-6990 if you have any questions or comments. We will respond to you as quickly as we can. Much can be accomplished when we work together. We are grateful to our students, parents, and staff for working together and supporting each other.
Director, Public Schools Branch
Hello parents and guardians! Welcome to ‘Ask a School Psychologist’!
Wondering how to manage bedtime worries, what to tell your teen who wants to visit friends, or where to begin with structuring your child’s day? If you have any questions you would like to submit to our PSB Psychology Team concerning COVID isolation, academics, behaviour, or well-being, send them to email@example.com.
We can’t promise we’ll get to every question, but we will be posting anonymous responses to some of your questions on the PSB Student Services Facebook page.
This project is for information sharing with you and our broader parent and guardian audience. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call the Island Helpline (1-800-218-2885) or Emergency Health Services (911).
Please submit your questions by May 8th.
April 15, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;
Thank you for your efforts in supporting learning at your home right now. It is great to see the on-line images of students working on their studies, some with the help from parents, at kitchen tables across the Island. Many parents and students have placed a lot of pressure on themselves because they have high expectations for being successful. We recognize these efforts are not without their challenges or stress. These challenges are recognized by the Public Schools Branch staff and the well-being of our students and parents is very important. While we all struggle to balance current pressures and manage new realities, sometimes it helps to know that others share our experiences and understand how we are feeling.
We are all hearing a lot about the importance of connection right now. We have taken for granted some of the ways we socialize and connect through time together in schools and at work that are presently no longer possible. We are social beings and during this time, even though we are physically distant, we need to find ways to be emotionally close. It is important to keep socially and emotionally connected. When we feel more connected to family, friends, and our work, we have less emotional distress. We all do better when we are connected.
I would like to share with you, two short articles that were recently shared with me on the importance of connection: “COVID-19: Moving Forward with a Caring Approach” by J. Kevin Cameron http://nactatr.com/covid19.html , and “The Importance of Connection” by Dr. Jane Nelson https://www.positivediscipline.com/articles/importance-connection. I hope you find the insights helpful.
Building in moments of connection do not need to be for long periods of time. Even a three-minute connection with someone can be helpful (e.g. texts, emails, phone call, or social networking). Connecting with those who model calmness can create that feeling in ourselves. Try connecting visually with others when able (e.g., video through social networking), as hearing and seeing the person strengthens the level of connection. This type of connection is especially important for individuals living alone or the elderly. Staying connected to the people within our circles is a good way to give support and be supported.
Create Routine and Structure
Keeping predictability within our environments and relationships during an unpredictable time is important. Maintaining our daily routines and structures as well as engaging in calming and regular activities can help to manage stress and improve our mental health.
Some of these routines and activities may include regular times to wake up, and go to sleep, preparing healthy meals, short exercise blocks during the day, listening to music, dancing and spending time outside in nature, while following the rules around social distancing.
Connecting with Media
It is important to stay informed using reputable media sources. Limit your time watching the news and be mindful of the content young children are exposed to as they often hear and take in more than we may realize. Our government sponsored websites are a good source of information. They are written without sensationalism, which helps to keep us calm, while making us knowledgeable about up-to-date and factual information.
As we all strive to stay connected and create structure and routine in our lives, every day I search out the many positive things happening within the PSB. Recently I enjoyed watching the video message one of our school principals sent to his school community with a wealth of good information and cameo appearances of his two children. He closed by saying: ‘you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home.’
Stay safe and thank you for remaining connected. We appreciate the opportunity to continue working with students and parents.
Director, Public Schools Branch