Message from the Director of the PSB

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

The Public Schools Branch would like to send congratulations and best wishes to our 2020 Graduates. We want to congratulate all our grade 12 graduates on their many accomplishments during their education journey these last 12 years. We hope they enjoy the recognitions and ceremonies that are being planned for them next week to mark this major achievement.

We live in interesting times that we will always remember. Our 2020 graduates will certainly never forget the year they graduated. Even though our graduates are leaving public education during a worldwide pandemic, they have remained focused, pushed forward, and developed skills of resiliency that will carry them well into the future. Their determination and resolve has been inspiring.

This is a time for our graduates, to reflect on and celebrate their accomplishments, efforts, and actions with their parents, family and friends. Our graduates have achieved so many great things to get to this stage of life, and in doing so, they have created endless possibilities for themselves. We wish all graduates the best of success in what life has to offer as they head to university, college, the work force, or other pursuits. We encourage our PSB graduates to continue to fill chapters of the amazing story they are writing. #classof2020

COVID-19 Response to Mental Health Concerns

A Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Care service is now available for children and youth ages 18 and under with urgent mental health needs or very high emotional distress. Children and youth with urgent mental health needs can call the virtual clinic for support and assistance. Children, youth, and their parents can call toll free at 1-866-833-5443 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily to connect with trained Health PEI mental health clinicians, who will provide a thorough risk assessment, help to stabilize any crisis, and connect to appropriate community supports.

Outside of the Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Care hours, individuals requiring urgent mental health support can also access the Island Help Line (1-800-218-2885), Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), their local emergency department, or 911. Community Mental Health Services, Student Well Being Teams, Strongest Families, and other community partners will continue to be available for all non-urgent mental health questions and concerns. For information on these services contact your local Community Mental Health office or Mental Health and Addictions Information Service at 1-833-533-9333.

Thank you to those who sent me feedback on the benefit and value of these weekly communications that began back in mid-March. It is my hope that these messages have been helpful. Next Wednesday will be the last letter for the 2019-20 school year. Plans are in the works to make it both a video and written message.

Until then, take care,

Parker Grimmer

Parkside Literacy Challenge

There are 8 days left to finish the 2020 Principals’ Literacy Challenge! If we have 100 students at Parkside complete the challenge Mr Martin and Mrs. McAulay will take a pie in the face. So far we have 44 students who have finished. That means we need 56 more to participate! If students are just starting now, that’s okay…do 2 challenges a day! When students finish they can let their teacher know. Come on Parkside students! Who wouldn’t want to see their Principal and Vice-Principal get a pie in the face?

Link to Challenge

Principal’s Message

Hello, Parkside students and parents,

We have a few pieces of information that we would like to share with you.    Student fees can still be paid using our school hot lunch website, which is also listed on our school website.   We would like to have our student fees paid ASAP.  If you would like to pay in person, that can happen on June 26 from 9-12 in the gym lobby.

Any student items that have not already been picked up, are packed and in the gymnasium and can also be picked up June 26.

Teachers will be reaching out to parents very soon to get a confirmation of who would be interested in attending a class gathering for a short period of time.  Social distancing protocols would have to be in place for this opportunity.

We are looking to schedule this on June 22 and 23.  Please let your child’s teacher know whether or not your child would be attending.  Once we have numbers confirmed, we will begin to plan schedules and provide parents information that they would need to share with their child, prior to coming to Parkside on that day.

We have scheduled our Grade 6 Closing for June 24, with a rain date of June 25.  More details regarding the closing will come out in the coming days.

Final Report cards will go home with any students that come for closure activities.  Any students that do not come for closure activities, their parents can pick up the report card on June 26 in the gymnasium from 9-12  

Thank you,

Nick Martin – Principal


With the appearance of COVID-19 in PEI, our school system was forced to act quickly to provide online, home-based learning. Many people worked diligently to meet the challenge to deliver education online to an entire K to 12 system.

Now that we have had three months experience in this new world of education, it is appropriate to reflect on what has worked well and what has not, to help us prepare for the future.

Through this survey, we are seeking input from parents, teachers and administrators on key issues such as student access to technology and the internet; student comfort and confidence levels with home learning; communication among teachers, students and parents; and concerns about child care.

Your participation in the survey is important and very much appreciated. Results will be used only to identify the strengths and challenges of the home learning experience.

• The survey takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
• Your responses are anonymous and confidential. There is no way to see your name or email address.
• Results go directly to survey coordinators at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and are recorded on a secure site.
• The survey will close at 4 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Message from the PSB

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

As we move into June and the last month of school for the 2019-2020 school year, Public Schools Branch (PSB) staff are working diligently on the many year-end tasks and are planning and preparing to ensure success for September 2020. In accordance with the provisions of Phase 3 in Renew PEI, school staffs have more opportunities to support students and families throughout the month of June. 

Teachers are available to schedule in-person appointments with students who wish to review their learning, the Respite Program is being offered in all PSB schools, some teachers are connecting with students through Google Meet, and PSB consultants and school counsellors have begun to reach out to families needing specialized supports. Home learning will continue until June 12 for high school students and June 19 for K-9 students.

Schools have been very successful in finding ways to maintain connections and relationships with students and families.  As we continue to navigate our changing landscape and find our way through these unprecedented times, we want to thank students, families and staff for their efforts and for working together.

Take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

PEI Literacy Alliance

Good  morning Parkside parents:The PEI Literacy Alliance is offering the Ready, Set, Learn summer literacy program to students who participated last year and are in the database from 2019. If you are interested in having your child participate in the program again this year, please use the following link to register your child online.
There is also more information about the specifics of the program under the Programs and Services tab on the PEI Literacy Alliance website:

If your son or daughter benefited from this program last year, please consider registering him/her again this year. You will be contacted by the Tutor and/or by mail sometime in June to let you know the status of your child’s application.Thank you and have a pleasant day.

Julie FosterResource Teacher

Summer Tutoring Program

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.

Links of the week

Week of May 18-22

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Message from the Department of Education

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