No Classes Friday, May 7th

Due to the Area Association meeting day on Friday, May 7th, there will be no classes for students. Regular classes will resume on Monday, May 10th which will be Day 6 in our 6-day cycle.

Welcome Back!

We will return to classes on Monday, March 22nd after the March Break holiday. Monday will be Day 5 in the 6-day cycle.

Please be mindful of the weather conditions and the effect of melting snow on our schoolyard. Even though milder weather is in the forecast this week, the mornings can be chilly and students will still need a warm jacket, mittens, and a hat in order to be comfortable outside at recess. In addition, they will still need their snow boots or rubber boots because it will likely be wet underfoot.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back! And, welcome to Spring!

Book Fair: Final Free Shipping Event – Wed., March 10th

The final free shipping event for our virtual Book Fair will be held Wednesday, March 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no order limit during those two hours. Your purchases will be delivered directly to your home.

Thank you to everyone who has already done some shopping online and to those students and staff who have already shopped at our in-person Fair at the school. A reminder that due to Covid regulations, the in-person Fair is open only to students and staff.

Here is the link to access the virtual Scholastic Book Fair: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5156478

Happy shopping! Remember that a portion of all sales benefits our school library. Book Fairs are the main source of funding for the purchase of resources for our library, so your support is greatly appreciated!

Return to Classes Thursday, March 4, 2021; No Classes Friday, March 5th

Dear Parents – We look forward to welcoming our students back into school tomorrow for in-person learning. As we return to classes, some modified measures are needed to align with the Circuit Breaker and current public health guidelines. They include:
All school-related sports games are paused. However, existing practices may continue, as can existing before and after school activities.
All community use of school facilities will be paused, effective immediately and until March 21, 2021 (end of March Break).
All field trips involving busing are canceled until further notice.
Daycares and early learning centers operating out of schools will continue as normal, including the before and after school programs.

As we communicated earlier this week, parent-teacher interviews will be held virtually or by phone. Your school will be in touch with you to make arrangements if they haven’t already. Please note that there are no classes on Friday. We will be following the same masking guidance as before the Modified Red Alert. You can find the details at https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/…/back-to-school…/.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Norbert Carpenter
Acting Director of the Public Schools Branch

Book Fair Free Shipping Night!

Despite the temporary closure of schools, our Scholastic Book Fair continues online. Tonight, the second of our three free shipping events will happen between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. All orders placed during those two hours will ship for free, with no minimum order required. This is a great opportunity to choose some new reading material for your child or to stock up on books to give as birthday gifts or for other occasions. Remember that a portion of all sales benefits our school library. Book Fairs provide a vital source of funds for the continued development of our library collection.

Update on Parent-Teacher Interviews

Hello Parkside parents,

We will not be having any in person interviews due to the current situation.  We will however be having the opportunity for phone interviews and google meet, if that is an option you would prefer. 

Many Parkside parents have already signed up for interview times on Sign Up Genius.  You can expect a phone call at your designated time.  If this time is no longer convenient for you, you can then reach out to your child’s teacher and request an alternate time for the interview.  If you decide that they would prefer the google meet option in place of the phone interview, please reach out to your child’s teacher to let them know.   It is imperative that we keep to our designated times for interviews, so that teachers can connect with all parents that are expecting an interview at a certain time. 

The deadline for signing up for interviews on Sign Up Genius will be Wednesday, at 8:00 pm.

Beyond that time, we will not be able to accommodate an interview on Thursday or Friday. Should an interview time at the beginning of next week be more preferable, please discuss this with your child’s teacher. 

Links for our online sign up platform can be found below:

Thursday, March 4 Parent Teacher Interviews:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0544a9aa23a4f58-parkside3

Friday, March 5 Parent Teacher Interviews:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0544a9aa23a4f58-parent3

Thank you and stay safe 🙂

All PSB Schools Closed Monday through Wednesday, March 1 – 3, 2021

Dear parents – 

This evening, Premier Dennis King and Dr. Heather Morrison announced the implementation of a three-day, province-wide Modified Red Alert, as a result of the increased number of COVID cases and to give Public Health sufficient time for COVID-19 test results to come in. Effective Monday, March 1 at 12:00am through Wednesday, March 3, a number of new restrictions are in place: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-alert-level-system-pei-0 

Among the new measures, Islanders are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, only going out for essential purposes. This means all PSB schools will be closed to students Monday through Wednesday. Details include:

– Child care facilities that operate inside schools will remain open.
– We will not be permitting student/parent entry to the buildings at this point (except child care facilities) and we will not be permitting student retrieval of items at this point. 
– Please note that we will not be moving to remote learning over the next three days.
– We will communicate further about parent-teacher interviews in the next couple of days. We have been working closely with the Chief Public Health Office.

There is no indication that any school has been affected in the recent COVID-19 cases. The current plan is to re-open schools on Thursday and any necessary modification of that plan will be communicated as needed. 

Take care,
Norbert Carpenter, Acting Director of the Public Schools Branch