The Home and School Association (H&S)

The Home and School Association (H&S) is a volunteer organization that consists of both parents and school staff.  The first meeting is scheduled for October 15 at 2:15 p.m.  These meetings are open to all parents and/or guardians.  We encourage your participation and input. We talk about everything and anything that is important to the Petite Riviere Elementary School community. 


Meetings generally include updates from the members organizing current or upcoming events, a financial overview and discussions of plans for future activities.  Our goal is to use our funds to enhance student life at our school.  Our events may include our Christmas Theatre/Dinner, Nutrition Week and Spring Fair (held in May).  In recent years, the H&S was instrumental in providing extra funding for Art Workshops, Visiting Performance Artists as well as extra items such as musical instruments, sports jerseys, field trips and technology upgrades.  Meeting dates and time will be announced in the weekly newsletter and on the website.


School Advisory Council Nominations

Please consider putting forth a nomination for a Parent Representative for School Advisory Council (SAC).  Nominations can be given to the school via phone (688-3200).  Elections will be held on Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to learn more about your SAC, its role, and whether it is something you would be interested in contributing to as a parent or a community member. The SAC serves an important advisory role on school goals and efforts to enhance quality of education for its students. It is made up of the school principal and elected representatives from the community and school staff.  Meeting dates and time will be announced in the weekly newsletter and on the website.

A Message from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development New year and new initiatives for students and teachers

    As we head into year two of Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education, there are many more exciting initiatives for students at all grade levels‎ this school year. 

    This fall, students in grades primary to 3 will benefit from hands-on learning, including using floor robots to learn sequencing and programming. Students in grades 4-6 will benefit from Innovation and Exploration Kits that include Spheros and Makey Makey invention kits.   Students in grades 7 to 12 will learn coding through events, such as the Hour of Code and STEAM Olympics, and courses‎, such as Computer Programming 12. Coding promotes problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and innovation.  These skills are not only‎ related to learning math, science and the arts, but‎ they are also directly linked to many careers, including computer programming and the marine industries.

 With the province's first literacy strateg‎y for students in all grades, there will be a greater focus on the  teaching ‎of‎ reading and writing and the development of 
oral communication skillsReading Recovery support has been increased for grade 1 students. Students in Grades 4 to 6 will have a renewed curriculum, with more time for literacy and math. Class caps are expanded to grades 4 to 6.

 To help more students succeed in math, additional ‎supports will be made available for both teachers and students. Career education outcomes will assist students as‎ they begin thinking about their futures and the many possibilities ahead. To learn more about what‎ is new this year, go to sign up for ongoing updates from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.




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