Fall Courses – 2018

Please take a look at the Fall Courses starting in September 2018. Since you enjoy the classes so much, why not take a friend along with you so they can enjoy it just as much as you.

Courses: Fiddle, Quilting, Guitar (beginner & intermediate), Crokinole, Braided Rugs, Cross-Stitch, Crocheting, Card Making, Home for the Holidays (alternating weeks of holiday baking and crafts, Healthy Neighbours/Speaker a Night and Exercise.
Chairperson: Barb MacFarlane
Contact Phone Number: Barb MacFarlane – 902-569-3577 or May Trainor – 902-651-2400
Location: Donagh Regional School
County: Queen’s
School Address: 928 Bethel Rd, Donagh
Annual Fee: $15 (extra fee may apply to some courses)
Age Limit: 14+
Start Date: September 18, 2018
Day: Tuesday
Class Time: 7:00pm
Registration Date: September 18, 2018
Registration Time: 6:30
Donagh Community School is held every Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:50 with a 15-20 minute break for lunch and socializing. Classes start on Sept. 18th at 7:00 with registration the same night at 6:30. Classes run for 10 weeks with a closing and potluck social on the 11th week. Tentative courses have yet to be confirmed.
Classes are held at Donagh Regional School which is about a 12-minute drive east of the Hillsborough Bridge. A 2nd registration will be held the following Tuesday for anyone unable to make the first night.

Knotty Knitters
School Name: Knotty Knitters
School Type: Year round
Courses: Knitting, Crocheting, Felting, Diamond Art, plus other courses during the year
Chairperson: Freda McNally
Contact Phone Number: 902-859-3065
Location: Community Centre, O’Leary
County: Prince
Location: Community Street, O’Leary
Registration is on-going.
Day: Wednesday
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ME Callaghan
School Name: ME Callaghan
School Type: Fall
Courses: Line Dancing, Guitar Intermediate, Jamming, Exercise, Knitting, Cake Decorating with Fondant, Health Cooking, and Banking
Tentative Courses: Diamond Art, Computer, Painting and Fiddle
Chairperson: Corrina Butler
Contact Phone Number: 902-882-2021
Location: ME Callaghan Junior High
County: Prince
School Address:
41870 Western Rd RR#2, Elmsdale
Annual Fee: $15
Age Limit: 12+
Start Date: October 1st, 2018
Day: Monday
Class Time: 7:00pm
Registration Date: October 1st, 2018
Registration Time: 6:30pm

School Name: O’Leary
School Type: Fall, Winter
Courses: Knitting, Painting, Cro-hooking, Crocheting, other courses will be added on
facebook: OLeary Community School Facebook Group
Chairperson: Dianne Ramsay
Contact Phone Number: 902-859-1840
Location: O’Leary Elementary
County: Prince
School Address:
25 Barclay Rd., O’Leary
Annual Fee: $15
Age Limit: 12+
Start Date: November 6, 2018
Day: Tuesday
Class Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Registration Date: November 6, 2018
Registration Time: 6:30pm
Nov 6, 2018 – Dec 12, 2018 and then continuing from Jan 8, 2019 – Feb 12, 2019

School Name: Stratford
School Type: Fall
Courses: All Can Sing, Bridge, Crocheting, Estate Planning, Belly Dancing, French, Gardening, Genealogy, Guitar – Beginner, Guitar – Intermediate, Line Dancing (Begins registration night), Photography-Basic, Pickleball, Sewing, Sign Language, Stained Glass (additional cost), Ukulele – Beginner, Knitting, Handle with Care (promotes positive mental health in children)
Website: http://www.townofstratford.ca/?page_id=5833
Chairperson: Jo-Ann Gaudet
Contact Phone Number: 902-892-0351
Location: Stratford Elementary School
County: Queen’s
School Address:
50 Glen Stewart Dr, Stratford
Annual Fee: $20 – extra fees apply to some courses
Age Limit: 15+
Start Date: September 19, 2018
Day: Wednesday
Class Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration Date: September 12, 2018
Registration Time: 6:30pm

Summerside Intermediate
School Name: Summerside Intermediate
School Type: Fall
Courses: Craft a Night; Chair Fit (a mild workout); Pound Fit (an intense workout); Cake Decorating (Limit of 12); Spanish; Knitting; French; Cro-hooking/Crochet; Basic Sewing (need your own machine); Diamond Art; Bridge; Scrap-booking/ Card-making; Astronomy; Swedish Embroidery; Intermediate Guitar; Cross Stitch; Photography; Beginner Fiddle; Beginner Guitar;
Classes pending are: Quilting; Embroidery; Country Jam; Photo Editing or Advanced Photography; Welding; Banjo; Choir; Painting; Felting; Choir.
The Spanish course is going to be 6 weeks with a short break in October
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/250557371655806/
Chairperson: Donna Matthew
Contact Phone Number: 902-436-1174
Location: Summerside Intermediate
County: Prince
School Address:
247 Central St, Summerside
Annual Fee: $15
Age Limit: 12+; except for Beginner Guitar which is 16+
Start Date: September 11, 2018
Day: Tuesday
Class Time: 6:45 pm
Registration Date: September 8, 2018
Registration Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Classes run from 6:45 to 8:45 PM each Tuesday evening starting September 11th until November 13th, 2018, with registration beginning at 5:30 PM at SIS on Central St. (for the first 2 weeks only). Please use the bus doors.
Early registration will be held on Saturday, September 8th at the Sherbrooke Community Centre, 26998 All Weather Highway (beside Sherbrooke Mechanical building), from 10 AM until 1:00 PM. Some classes are limited so please register early.
Updates and a list of supplies (if available) will be posted on our Facebook Page “Summerside Community School PEI” Group.

Vernon River
School Name: Vernon River
School Type: Fall
Courses: Rug hooking, Basic Acrylic Painting (limited number], Knitting/crocheting, Quilting, Texas Holdum-poker, Line Dancing, Swedish Weaving-Chicken Scratch, Rug braiding, Game a night, Yoga, Origam, Local history, Guitar jamming/ introduction to mandolin, Cross stitch/cardmaking, Crokinole,
Tentative: Ukulele, Cooking demonstrations, Wood carving

Chairperson: Betty Wichers
Contact Phone Number: 902-393-7393
Location: Vernon River Consolidated School
County: Queen’s
School Address:
5505 Murray Harbour Rd, Lot 50, PE
Vernon River
Annual Fee: $15
Age Limit: 16+
Start Date: September 24, 2018
Day: Monday
Class Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Registration Date: September 17, 2018
Registration Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please Note: Please Lug A Mug; Classes take turns taking lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.
Some courses require a minimum, if you can not make the registration please call to register before the 17th , some classes may have a limit.

New Coordinator

The PEI Association of Community Schools has recently named June Ellis as their new Provincial Coordinator.  Ms. Ellis of East Bideford, Prince County, replaces Shelley Montreuil of County Line Road, Kensington.  Ms. Montreuil has done a great job over the last two years to reorganize the coordinator position.  The Board thanks Ms. Montreuil for all of her hard work.

Ms. Ellis brings with her over 20 years of experience with Community School either as a participant in classes, member of her Tyne Valley/Ellerslie board, or as an instructor.  She knows the value of continually learning new skills and sincerely recommends Community Schools as not only a way of making the winters go by quicker while learning a new skill, but also as a social event to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

Community School is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to learn new skills and have fun doing it.  This year there are 26 Community Schools on PEI offering over 100 different courses, which gives people a good choice of subjects to choose from.  While some schools start in September, other schools offered start in January and all run for ten weeks. An important aspect of Community School is bringing together people from all age groups to work, share and learn together while having fun.

The key to the success of Community School on PEI is the volunteers.  Chairpersons, committee workers and instructors all give of their time free of charge and because of these dedicated individuals quality courses can be offered to Islanders for very minimal registration fees.  A lot of planning goes in to organizing a Community School and whether these volunteers instruct a course, work on or chair the planning committee, they continue to be Community Schools’ most valuable resource.

Planning is now underway for the fall classes and right around the corner will be the winter classes.  Another news release will be going out in September for the fall classes, then later in December for the winter classes.  To find out more, go to www.peicommunityschools.com

June Ellis can be reached through email: peicommunityschools@gmail.com or by phone at 902-892-3445 or toll free at 1-800-565-5629.

Fall Courses – 2018

PEI Community Schools have announced the fall line-up of the upcoming courses. The schools include: Vernon River, Summerside Intermediate, O’Leary, ME Callaghan, Donagh, Stratford and Knotty Knitters. Please have a look at the courses offered and when you pick the course you are going to take, by all means take a friend with you so they can enjoy the spirit of Community School.


Welcome to the Prince Edward Island Association of Community Schools website.

Over 2500 Islanders attend community schools programming each winter and fall across the province. Courses such as guitar, arts, crafts, introductory computer, and many more are offered to all Islanders. PEI Community Schools have been in existence for over 45 years and depend on volunteers to plan, organize and deliver programs of interest to all age groups.

For a complete list of school, please check the side panel of this site and it will tell you if it is a Winter, Fall or Seniors School.  Once you click on the school you are interested in you should be taken to that school’s page.  Some of our Seniors schools run year round and even though it is a “senior’ school, many will accept residents of the community that would just like to join in!  We will strive to put as much information as possible on these pages for your convenience.

Some of our schools have their own websites, you will find the addresses as they become available in our blog, and on their particular pages.

Also you may wish to sign up for our electronic mail list.  We will periodically send out relevant information and you can receive it directly in your email!  Please be assured that your email address will be kept strictly confidential and not shared with any other parties. Also, please check to make sure the emails are not going into your junk folder


If you would like to teach or just help out at one of our schools, please call the contact number at the desired location.

The Island wide flyer to advertise our winter schools will go out in December (between Christmas and New Years) in the flyer packs and in the areas that fall flyers are delivered they will go out approximately the end of August or the first week in September. Advertising is different for the Winter and Fall sessions so please check on-line and at various local bulletin boards!

Thank you!

Please take a look at our new page “Worth Mentioning” for Information on special events as they are sent to us!

At this time we would like to thank the provincial government of Prince Edward Island for their continued support and funding. Without their help, much of our program would not be able to exist.  A sincere thank you from all of us at PEIACS.