We want to hear your voice!!! The SD57 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is hosting a first ever virtual Town Hall with PG City Community Groups via Zoom this Monday June 7th @ 7:00pm to explore and discuss the issues and impacts of increasing traffic on our schools, families, and the surrounding communities.
What are your experiences as parents around traffic, safety, and commuting issues at our schools in SD57??
We want to know! We will be discussing:
Safety and traffic: What are the experiences from your school and community?
Barriers: What prevents you, your child, or family from walking or bicycling to school?
Solutions: What do you see as potential solutions or interventions to improve the traffic and safety issues currently being experienced at your school? What changes do you see that would improve safety and provide better commuting options for students?
Challenges: What infrastructure challenges have you experienced? Provide specific examples of sidewalks, crosswalks, crossing lights, etc.
We have an awesome panel of City & Community Groups who will be attending Monday’s Town Hall including:
Mayor Lyn Hall representing the City of Prince George
Fire Chief John Iverson – Prince George Fire Department
Dave Bradshaw – City’s Manager of Transportation and Technical Services and/or Chris Vliegenthart, Transportation Supervisor
Tracey James – Manager of BCAA
A representative from the Traffic Division for RCMP Superintendent Shaun Wright
Dane Greenwell – Urban Director PG Cycling Club & Go By Bike Week Coordinator for Prince George
Doug MacDonald – ICBC Road Safety Coordinator for Prince George
Also, we will have SD57 Representatives attending Monday’s Town Hall including:
Acting Superintendent of Schools – Cindy Heitman
Representative from the SD57 Board of Trustees/School Board
President of the PG District Teachers Association/PGDTA – Joanne Hapke
President of the Principals & Vice-Principals Association of PG – Kelly Johansen
President of CUPE for SD57 – Karen Wong
During the Town Hall we will be using the app Slido (which you can access on any mobile device or via your computer) for participants to ask live questions, participate in live polls, and provide your thoughts and feedback during this event. The Slido link will be provided at the start of the meeting.
So either email us questions in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask them live using Slido during the meeting as well. See you there!
There is great information and resources in the June newsletter including summaries of the AGM and Parent Conference, information about membership, zoom license expiry, and mental health resources for parents. Access the issue here.
All of the slides from the Parent Education Conference are found on this page.
We look forward to sharing Andrea’s Parent Engagement and Succession Planning recording when it comes available. The slides are attached below.
This Monday June 7th we are holding our Traffic Town Hall as part of our monthly DPAC meeting SD57 Traffic Town Hall. The monthly DPAC meeting will start at 6:30 as per our usual time, with Community and Partner group representatives joining us to start the Traffic Town Hall at 7pm.
The Glenview Elementary parent community, and a few other SD57 parents, enjoyed a presentation from the White Hatter tonight. Good news, the recording is available! You must use this link within 48 hours. It will expire on June 3 at 6:30pm.
Brandon Laur presented for two goals: 1) enable children to do more online safely, and 2) reduce the parent’s anxiety and present a more balanced approach to media.
Here are 4 Steps to Internet Safety:
Parental Participation and Communication
Some great parenting advice, discussion on balance, boundaries, and encouragement to be a role model and digital leader in the family.
School District 57 has sponsored several White Hatter sessions for intermediate and secondary students, staff, and parents this Spring. Even though they are hosted by a specific school, DPAC has been given permission to share these opportunities. The link can’t be publicly shared so you must request it.
If you are unfamiliar with what the White Hatter does, check out their website.
Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy for Parents
Hosted by Glenview Elementary School on Tuesday June 1 at 6:30-8:30pm
Andrea Sinclair, BCCPAC President, finished the Parent Conference on Saturday May 29 with a very informative presentation for parents on the importance of engagement and succession planning.
PACs do incredible work in our school communities. Regular meetings, elected Executive Members, and record keeping is important to keep the society operating providing signing authority for the bank accounts and application/distribution of Gaming Grant funds. If your PAC is struggling with basic function and dwindling members, email DPAC for support.
The Administration Staff (Principal) supports the function of the PAC and attends the meetings to provide school information and educational updates. PAC distributes gaming and general funds to support students and staff at the school. The parent voice is important at the school, district, and provincial levels so speak up and access resources when issues arise. Fundraising and hot lunches are fantastic programs and events to promote community, but are not the PAC’s primary mandate.
If you are a parent of a student in K-12 at SD57, consider attending PAC meetings for your school or Distributed Learning/Alternate program. There is always a place for you to contribute.
If you are involved in PAC, start thinking about writing things down and passing information on to another person to take over for you. If you need information about your role, contact DPAC or find resources on the BCCPAC website and Leadership Manual.
This session is IMPERATIVE for all PAC Members who have ever struggled to engage with parents. We can all relate! It was recorded and will be shared. Watch for it and plan to view it with your PAC executives. In the meantime check out PAC A to Z from the 2019 Conference here: (2) PAC A to Z – YouTube
We hope that participants will share this knowledge with their peers and PAC Members. Join DPAC at our General Meeting on June 7 to hear more.
The Zoom Webinar was jam packed with information for parents on Saturday May 29. Here is a brief summary of the presenters and some resources.
We received a thorough recorded presentation from Dr. Gordon Neufeld that outlined all of his research and practices on attachment with children. It is possible for children (and adults) to flourish through challenging times. Think of the plant analogy. In order to foster character traits (emergent, adaptive, integrative) that we want to see in our children, the conditions need to be conducive to growth. Where there are deep roots (belonging, love, being known), people feel attached and secure, and then you see fruitfulness. Discussion on important impacts on development (pyramid) including play, rest, feelings, attachment.
Unfortunately Tyrone McNeil was unable to join us, so Jan Haugen presented on behalf of the First Nations Education Steering Committee. Great overview of the history, recommendations, and guidelines that are being implemented in BC’s education system. Many ways for parents and PACs to support. Check out these resources here: Learning First Peoples Classroom Resources – First Nations Education Steering Committee FNESC If we “make room on our Agenda” at PAC and DPAC meetings, it opens the door for more discussion and involvement from first nations parents.
After lunch, Dr. Greg Gerber from Safer Schools Together gave an eye opening picture of where kids and teens are coping through the pandemic and some serious implications related to social media and online safety. There are tips and tools for parents to be aware of and intervene when warning signs present themselves. Kids generally want attention and support through difficult social and emotional situations. Check out the parent guide below and resources here.
Dr. Ashley Miller explained what it means when parents “flip their lid”, reacting instead of responding to a situation with their children. The “Parent Alarm” goes off and we can either feel guilt or follow a better way of responding. She suggested that parents attend to their own needs first in order to better support their families. She recommended 1) putting a child’s feelings/concerns into works and acknowledging how difficult it is and then 2) finding ways to provide emotional/practical support. Below is a list of helpful resources for parents.
We recommend reviewing BCCPAC’s website here and following them on Facebook to get regular updates and links to resources. Talk to your PAC about being a member and sharing the periodic email updates. They do so much to advocate for parents and support PACs.
It would be great if we could have representatives from all 41 PACs at our networking event tomorrow May 17 from 6:30-8pm. Zoom allows us to connect more people at the same time to share information and resources. Grab a drink and a device, and come chat with us!
Find us on Facebook and view the event here. Feel free to invite all PAC parents!
ERASE: Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying Date: Monday May 17 Time(s): either 10:30-11:30am OR 1:00-2:00pm Who: Students in grade 8-12 and their parents
White Hatter – Nukko Lake Elementary Date: Tuesday May 25 Time: 9:45am Who: Students in grade 6-7
White Hatter – Glenview Elementary Date: Tuesday June 1 Time: 6:30-8:30pm Who: Parents of Glenview students, parents of other student groups who received a recent White Hatter presentation, or any interested SD57 parents