Sunday, January 29, 2012

Magic and Music Show

The Home and School is pleased to announce our spring playground event.  Mark your calendars, it is an event you won’t want to miss.   
Come join us, Sunday, April 22 at 1:00pm to enjoy our “Music and Magic Show”.  We have invited musician, Mike Pendergast and magician, (Rainbow) Ron Wagner to the school for an afternoon of fun for all ages.   
We are also going to have a Cake Walk.  Keep in mind we will be looking for volunteer bakers.  More details to come soon. 

Announcement Video

Here is the announcement from Ian Hill.  The kids were so excited to hear the news!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

In the News

Check it out!  Made the news a few times today. This is from Ocean 100. 


January 19, 2012

The students at St. Jean Elementary School in Charlottetown  will be getting new playground equipment thanks to the efforts of the Home & School Association, parents and volunteers and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. Details were announced the students in a school assembly.
St. Jean is one of only 30 schools in the country to receive a Helping Hand Award from "Let Them Be Kids" organization.
Building costs are expected to be $100,000  for the new playground.
Cathy and Erin Hennessey are the building co-chairs. Erin says the project began with a simple idea of maybe adding one piece of equipment like a slide but grew into something much bigger.
Fundraising has begun and for every 50 cents  raised, it will turn into $1.00 for the project. A major fundraising event is set for March 29th at the Delta. Students will decide what playground equipment they want on February 2nd.  Build day is May 26th. There are 143 students in the school this year. The playground equipment in use at present is about 20 years old.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

St. Jean Playground Committee Wins National Award

St. Jean Elementary Home and School and The Charlottetown Royalty Rotary have partnered and have been chosen as a national award winner.  This group of volunteers from Charlottetown will re-develop the St. Jean Elementary School playground on May 26, 2012.  This initiative will receive strong support and leadership provided by Let Them Be Kids organization.

These “Playground Champions” will spend the next five months engaging their neighbourhood and all of Charlottetown in re-designing and improving the school playground located on Queen Street. “We are very excited with this project. The build went from years and years to just a few months.  It is exciting to know our children will have a new place to play this summer." says Erin Hennessey, Co-Chair of the St. Jean Elementary Home and School.

The improvement plans include the creation of a new playground structure with the addition of another swing set for the older children.

Although the planning will occur over the next few months, on May 26th, it is hoped that hundreds of Charlottetown residents will volunteer to be a part of a one-day event that will see the community's dream come together and the playground built!

Let Them Be Kids has partnered to help build stronger communities across Canada and help bring affordable fun and play to all children and families. St. Jean Elementary School was selected as one of the communities to receive the Let Them Be Kids-Helping Hands Award, providing support and resources to help make this community project a success.

“This is going to be an exciting and wonderful day for our school,” says Erin Hennessey. "We are grateful to Let Them Be Kids for their support and guidance throughout the next few months as our playground dreams come true."

Project Details

Build Day - May 26, 2012
Dotmocracy Day - February 2, 2012
Announcement Day - January 19, 2012, 1pm