PAC Cafe 2015 – info from session

Thank you to all of our attendees, at Saturday’s PAC Cafe!  Special thanks as well, to the Civic Centre, for the terrific food.

There were several websites noted at the meeting, links below:

Pictures of notes from event:

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Choice School Information Sessions

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=27

Various Information sessions are available for parents who are interested in registering their child(ren) in the following Choice Programs:

  • Aboriginal  (K-7)
  • Early French Immersion  (entry in either Kindergarten or grade 1, continues to grade 12)
  • Montessori  (K-9)
  • Traditional (K-7)

Parent information nights are scheduled: http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Documents/Parent%20Information%20Nights%20-%20all%20%20combined.pdf

Kindergarten Registration for 2015/2016 school year

On-line pre-registration is required for Kindergarten in all School District No. 57 elementary schools, and will take place beginning at 9:00 on Tuesday January 27, 2015. Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 31, 2015 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2015.

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=25

Click here for more information FAQ – Online K Registration – Parents and Schools.pdf

 School Bus Information for Parent/Guardian(s) of Kindergarten Students: Ktgn Bus Information.pdf

 

Does your PAC need funding?

DPAC has some funds set aside for supporting activities that foster parental involvement in the schools and promote effective communication between schools, parents, students and the community.

If your PAC would like funding or support for holding such an activity, please get in touch with us for more details.

In the past, we’ve asked people to fill out a form for certain uses of funds. If the activity you’d like funded doesn’t fall within those guidelines, please just let us know – we are looking to be as flexible as possible, as long as it’s an activity that fosters parental involvement in the schools.

Decisions on funding are made at general DPAC meetings, usually held on the first Monday of each month. Please submit the request at least one week in advance of the meeting.

Please complete the information this form and submit via email to exec@sd57dpac. ca – Request for PAC funding 2014 2015 version 2

Use of funds:

  • Speaker Grants: up to $300 towards hiring speakers for PAC events
  • Family of Schools Grants: up to $200 contribution toward a joint event, such as within a family of schools (the group of schools around each secondary school), serving to improve communication/interaction between schools
  • Anti-bullying Grant: up to $200 for PACs to promote anti-bullying in their school
  • BCCPAC Conference Attendance: an application may be made if there is any excess DPAC funding to pay for PAC parent attendance at BCCPAC conferences.
  • Something else that helps foster parental involvement in the schools, and/or promotes effective communication between schools, parents, students and the community.

Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs) for 2015

The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) – tests of reading, writing and math delivered province-wide every year in Grades 4 and 7 – are coming up. Schools are expected to administer the tests between January 12 and February 20, 2015 this year.

The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has  developed an FSA information kit for parents. Click here to see more information from BCCPAC: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/fsa-information-kit-parents

The B.C. Education Ministry has prepared a brochure advising parents why it thinks the tests are important. In summary, it says the tests help determine whether students are learning vital skills and improving over time, if there are any significant trends in schools, districts or across the province and how certain groups of students (such as aboriginals) are doing. Click here for more Ministry information: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/info/welcome.htm

The BCTF does not support the foundation skills assessments, and says: “The provincial government has been administering the Foundation Skills Assessment tests to all students in Grades 4 and 7 since 2000. This test does not help students learn or teachers teach. It takes valuable time and much needed resources away from the classroom learning and undermines the ability to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students.” Click here for more information on the BCTF position on FSAs: http://www.bctf.ca/fsa.aspx

Remember Play Workshop

Do you remember being told to ‘go outside and play’ for hours at a time with little or no adult supervision? Contrast that to today’s children who spend hours in front of a screen or in adult directed activities.
Christine will describe the importance of play and ways that we can encourage children to play like we did in the olden’ days, only with fewer cuts and bruises!

THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2015
7:00-8:30
AT VAN BIEN ELEMENTARY
(TRAINING CENTER)

Remember P.L.A.Y.

To register contact Andrea Maurice – 250-561-6800 ext. 341 or amaurice@sd57.bc.ca

remember play pic

PAC Cafe Reminder

For parent advisory council executive members in the Prince George School District. This will include the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other positions you may have – Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Fundraising, and more. 

  • Share ideas and challenges
  • Network with other PACs in your area
  • Get ideas from other volunteers doing your job 
  • Enjoy a catered lunch 

 Pre-registration required here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pac-cafe-2015-tickets-14891785732

Free of charge for all PAC executive members

Have you completed our survey about topics and possible lunches? Click here: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/sd57dpac/pac-cafe-2014/

Agenda for January 12, 2015 DPAC General Meeting

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Monday, January 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre

 

Attend by webconferencehttps://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.9D5D9B062510B51EA3152EA29737FD

 

1.       Call to order, Secretary

2.       Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes

3.       PAC Networking and discussion

To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

4.       Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each)

  1. DSAC Report (Robin Keahey, Hayley Jakubowski)
  2. CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
  3. Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
  4. Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
  5. Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
  6. Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
  7. Trustee Report

 (5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)

5.       Reports from BCCPAC Conference (2 minutes each, plus written reports)

6.       Officer and Committee Reports

  1. Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke)
  3. BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)

7.       PAC and Parent Assistance

  1. Grant requests
  2. PAC Cafe planning – January 24th. Location and topics.
  3. FoodSafe – January 31st, at Van Bien
  4. Conference or speaker- tentative dates for conference Saturday, April 18th

8.       Advising School District

  1. Education Services Committee Report (Steve)
  2. Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Chris, Darlene)
  3. Policy and Governance (Sarah, Dennis)
  4. Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve)
  5. Calendar Committee
  6. Suggestions for School Board Report
  7. Revisions to policy on Respectful Workplaces & Harassment (WORK ON!!)

 

9.       Other Business

  1. Planning for prospective meeting with new school board
  2. Resolutions for upcoming BCCPAC AGM, May 1 to 3, 2015

10.   Agenda items for next meeting

11.   Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 2nd,  at 7:00 pm,  Van Bien.

Registration open for FoodSafe course – January 31st

DPAC is hosting a FoodSafe course for PAC volunteers on Saturday, January 31st, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre. The course will be run by ABC FoodSafe, and a book and certificate will be provided for each participant.

As a reminder, for school food programs and PAC fundraising where food is involved, at least one on-site parent is required to have FoodSafe certification.

Class runs from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

COST: $25 (to cover the book and certificate cost – DPAC is funding the course itself)
Lunch break is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
DPAC will be providing lunch and snacks.

Register now: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/prince-george-dpac-foodsafe-for-pacs-january-31-2015-registration-15098539137?aff=website