nsfhsa-banner
NSFHSA have been busy updating and editing the welcome package for members and this will be available soon for all new members.

I would like to share with you an opportunity that NSFHSA recently received from the Sunlife Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, Dalhousie University/IWK Health Centre to attend a presentation on Cannabis, Mental Health and Youth. This event was sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and Teenmentalhealth.org and took place on Bell Let’s Talk Day (January 30). Two members of NSFHSA were in attendance at this event and gathered lots of information.

As you may be aware the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recently conducted a provision school bus review and survey. NSFHSA provided a submission for the provincial school bus review and look forward to hearing the results of the review when it is released.

Through the Special Education Program Services (SEPS) NSFHSA has participated in the policy framework for inclusive education in Nova Scotia.

NSFHSA continues to work in support of education for all students in Nova Scotia and will keep you updated on events and news as we receive information.

Diane Power
President

Upcoming Events:
National Volunteer Week - April 7-13
Education Week - April 14-20
Did you know that Canada is the only G7 country without a national school food program?

NSFHSA is supporting Nourish Nova Scotia in their campaign 'Speak Up' requesting the federal goverment to invest in a national school food program.

Research has shown that children who eat nutrious food not only helps them feel better but also to learn better. We know that not all children have access or time to eat before arriving at school. The health of children is therefore a federal concern and NSFHSA has signed the petition and will be writing to MPs and we invite you to join the campaign, sign the petition and share information with parents/guardians/students to raise awareness of this campaign.

More information can be found on Nourish Nova Scotia's website https://www.nourishns.ca/speakup
We now have the schedule for the Annual Parent Network Conference finalised.  The day is an opportunity for volunteers to network and exchange information and ideas for your local home and school, SAC or other parent/school volunteer group.

We will be hosting the day and facilitating discussion topics such as exploring your role as a volunteer and how you can make a difference. There will also be an opportunity during the day for an open forum where we will be encouraging you to bring forward any concerns or difficulties you may be experiencing and as well as celebrating and sharing success stories.  The open forum will be used by NSFHSA to identify areas where we can assist parents/guardians/volunteers and focus our attention for the upcoming year.  NSFHSA is the officially recognised voice of parents in Nova Scotia.

If you are interested in joining us on November 3, please complete the registration form and return to us by October 26, 2018. 
Registrations will also be accepted on the day, however we would appreciate it if you could email Diane Power, President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to November 3 to advise that you wish to attend the Annual Parent Network Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you on November 3.

AGM_Schedule.pdf
AGM_registration.pdf
Teacher Staff Appreciation Week is February 10th to 16th. 

In collaboration with the Canadian Home and School Federation we are sharing with you a poster to display in your schools or community areas and share with your contacts, to promote and celebrate Teacher Staff Appreciation Week. 

This is an opportnity to acknowledge the ongoing work and dedication that all staff in education do to support and ensure students receive the education they are entitled to.  Teachers, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Principals and Vice Principals, Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Bus Drivers, Crossing Guards, and All Staff we appreciate the important work that you all do...thank you!

2019 TSAW FINAL.pdf
We will be hosting our AGM/Conference on November 3, 2018 at Future Inn, Bayers Lake in Halifax.  More details to follow.

The Conference is an opportunity for parents, guardians, and people interested in education to come together to hear guest speakers, to use as personal development for increasing knowledge on education matters, meet other parents and share information that you can take back to your local schools and communities. Each year NSFHSA aims to include information that is current and is reflective what is happening in Education in Nova Scotia.

This is a conference for you and we welcome your input and feedback.  We are currently in the planning process, so If there is something that you would like to see or a topic that you feel should be included in the conference, please let us know.  You can use the contact form on our website or send us a message on facebook. We would love to hear from you.