Kindergarten Registration & Choice Programs & School of the Arts

The School District No. 57 released information about kindergarten registration on February 1 and Information Sessions on Choice Programs that are offered. See post here.

If your child turns 5 on or before December 31, 2023, they can be registered for kindergarten. All the information and forms can be found here. Contact your local school if you need support.

There are many Choice Programs offered by SD57. The sessions are outlined below. More information can be found on the school’s website.

  • College Heights Elementary – French Immersion program
    • Parent Information Night Wednesday January 25th, 2023, at 3pm in the College Heights Elementary Library
  • Heather Park Elementary – French Immersion program
    • Parent Information Night Monday January 23rd, 2023, at 6:30pm in the Heather Park Elementary Library
  • École Lac des Bois – French Immersion Program
    • Parent Information Night Thursday January 26th, 2023, at 4pm in the École Lac des Bois Library
  • Nusdeh Yoh Elementary – Aboriginal Choice program
    • Parent Information Night Tuesday February 7th, 2023, at 3pm
  • Spruceland Elementary
    • Parent Information Night Thursday January 26th, 2023, at 6pm in the Spruceland Elementary Gymnasium
  • Polaris Montessori Elementary
    • Parent Information Night Wednesday January 18th, 2023, at 6pm

Community School of the Arts – All parents and stakeholders are invited

Spruceland

DPAC Minutes – Jan 9

We had an amazing turnout at our Monthly DPAC Meeting on January 9. We were discussing the important theme of Mental Health and Family Resources. Check out all the great information on our Minutes and on the attachments below.

Find information about the free Open Parachute online resource sponsored by SD57 on our previous post here: Open Parachute – Nov 3 – School District 57 DPAC (sd57dpac.ca)

Connect with us if you have any questions at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

Strategic Plan Engagement – Feb 1

All parents and stakeholders are invited to the SD57 Strategic Plan Engagement Session on Wednesday February 1, 2023. You can attend in-person or online. Details below.

It is important to understand the values and goals within our District and how it relates to your School Plan for Student Success. Come with curiosity and questions!

  1. Truth and Reconciliation
  2. Equity of Access
  3. Wellness
  4. Learning
  • Date: Wednesday February 1, 2023
  • Time: 6:30-8pm
  • Location: Van Bien Training Centre
  • Zoom: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/61024569181
  • Theme: Here’s What, So What, Now What

Feel free to review our previous post about Strategic Plan Implementation here.

Email your questions to us at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

Secondary Schools Parent Feedback Forum

Many parents and students from our SD57 Secondary Schools have expressed concerns and questions related to education, graduation requirements, special programming, and funding/grants to support student success. SD57 DPAC is hosting a Secondary School Parent Feedback Forum on Thursday January 5 at 6pm on MS Teams (virtual only). District representatives will be on hand to answer questions and listen to concerns at the high school level from parents and students.

This forum is to collate feedback and understand the experience of parents and students in Secondary Schools for District 57 (Hixon, Prince George, Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount).

  • College Heights Secondary
  • Prince George Secondary
  • Duchess Park Secondary
  • D.P. Todd Secondary
  • Shas Ti Kelly Road Secondary
  • Mackenzie Secondary
  • McBride Secondary
  • Valemount Secondary

We are approaching the semester change so DPAC wants to hear from parents of Secondary Students on all topics. Forum will be drop-in/drop-out as you can with no set agenda.

Feedback can also be submitted in advance to info@sd57dpac.ca so we can bring it up and record areas of interest.

Date: Thursday January 5
Time: 6-8pm
MS Teams (virtual only): link to join
Meeting ID: 294 428 897 398 Passcode: UdqJ23

Please share with other parents who may be interested. We look forward to hearing from you.

DPAC Minutes – Dec 5

Thank you to all who attended our Monthly DPAC Meeting on December 5. We are getting great participation from PACs. There was a celebration and appreciation for all that PACs do to support our school communities. We had a lively discussion about how PACs struggle to get parents involved and communicate with families. There are some big fundraising goals including outdoor playgrounds, sports equipment, and technology. See details in our minutes below. A more detailed report on playground grants will be available on the SD57 website in the new year.

We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break with family and friends over the holidays. See you in 2023!

SD57 Renaming

Our School District No. 57 (Prince George) is looking at their identity (brand) and considering renaming and designing a new logo and colour scheme.

The first of many surveys was emailed out to parents and stakeholders and rightsholders on Monday Dec. 5. Please take some time to complete the survey and share with your networks. Discuss it with your child(ren) as to how they feel about the identity of our district. Have them complete the survey too!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XKLMTG2

In case you missed it – more rationale and history is explained in the Q&A below.

Many more opportunities for feedback will follow throughout the project.

DPAC Meeting – Dec 5

Please join us for our Monthly DPAC Meeting on Monday Dec 5 at 6:30pm at Van Bien Training Centre or MS Teams.

Microsoft Teams meeting Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 284 625 672 319
Passcode: uyVDzp

Our December DPAC Meeting is an opportunity to turn the tables in our conversation. Instead of receiving presentations from the District representatives, our parents and PACs will be sharing successes and challenges experienced at their schools so far this year. Share your questions and concerns directly with DPAC and the District to highlight innovations and advance your issues.

Brett Apolczer is joining us to explain the playground upgrade process to our PACs.

Virtual PAC Cafe – Dec 3

We had a great turn out at the PAC Cafe in person on Nov 5. We understand that many PACs couldn’t attend, and it is difficult for our remote communities to come to Prince George in the winter. We have a second opportunity next Saturday December 3 for a Virtual PAC Café on Microsoft Teams from 12:30-2:30 including a $20 lunch reimbursement.

Any parent volunteer involved in an SD57 PAC can connect with DPAC virtually. Especially those from our remote communities in Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount, and Hixon. 

  • Share ideas and challenges
  • Network with other PAC volunteers in your area
  • Get ideas from other volunteers doing your job 
  • Reimbursed lunch – Tim Horton’s GC

Register on the Eventbrite link.

Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

The SD57 DPAC Executive recently received the following notification from the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch (GPEB).

As you know, PACs receive $20/student (min. $2000/year) and DPACs get $2500/year in gaming grants to support our school communities. Unfortunately, these parent volunteer run organizations are small with high turnover and risk for fraud or audits.

The gaming guidelines have changed in recent years. Review the latest PAC/DPAC document here:

An outline of the changes is provided on the PowerPoint presentation:

Questions can be emailed here: CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca

Our local Northern Interior Communities Association (NICA) in PG is here to help. They often host webinars for PACs. Contact Us | NICA (northernica.org)

Let us know if you have questions or need support at exec@sd57dpac.ca.