DPAC AGM – May 3, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and DPAC meeting tonight!

The results of tonight’s AGM elections and your DPAC Board of Directors for the upcoming 2021-2022 year are:

Andrea Beckett – DPAC Chair

Laura Weller – Vice-Chair

Arlene McKibbin – Treasurer

Rickie Mitchell – Secretary

Gillian Burnett – Director at Large

Christa Porter -Director at Large

There are additional Director at Large positions available and un-filled, so if you or anyone you know is interested in getting a feel for the work that DPAC does and are thinking of trying something new and exciting, please submit your interest to us via email!! We had a fantastic presentation on the Equity Scan done of SD57, which then led to a very in depth and great discussion with our partner groups around the effects of the pandemic on our teachers, students, families and what the next year will bring both in terms of challenges as well as opportunities.

The minutes of our discussion with the partner groups will be up on our webpage shortly.

The Agenda for our May meeting and associated reports are posted below. Meeting minutes from the April DPAC meeting can be found here.

Bylaw Amendments can be found here.

If you are interested in a position on the Executive, contact us for more information. exec@sd57dpac.ca

BCCPAC May Updates

Take a peek at some PAC and Parent resources in the BCCPAC update including The Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, updates about Gaming Grants and Zoom licenses, and links to parent information websites to enhance social emotional learning and safety for children.

May Newsletter

Any parents who are interested in attending this Conference, contact your PAC or DPAC for your $35 reimbursement.

Annual Parent Education Conference – May 28-29, 2021

We are excited for you to join us virtually for our annual parent education conference on Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29, 2021. Our conference speakers and sessions will cover 10+ hours of valuable content for you and your PAC parent community! Our online format over two days enables parents/guardians/caregivers from across the province to safely participate from their home or office. Register Now!

Virtual PAC Cafe – May 17

As discussed with the Membership at our last two DPAC Meetings, we would like to hold a Virtual PAC Cafe in May to facilitate communication between PACs and DPAC. This is a place where PAC Members can share information with each other and give input to DPAC on how we can support. An opportunity to network and discuss what is working and what concerns your school may have. For elementary and secondary PACs.

Virtual PAC Cafe
DATE: Monday May 17
TIME: 6:30 – 8pm
ZOOM Info: email DPAC@sd57.bc.ca to register and receive the Zoom link

We are starting with a few announcements about DPAC and BCCPAC. We will briefly outline a recent Gaming Grant Seminar. Then our discussions will follow these themes: Engagement, Advisory, Sponsorships.

1) Engagement – How does your PAC connect with parents in your school? What does your PAC do to engage with students, staff, and parents? What are some ways you can engage with the whole school community?
2) Advisory – How does your PAC discuss and advocate on issues related to education, funding, and policy within your school and district? If there is a concern raised, do you feel like you have the support from School Administration, DPAC, and other resources?
3) Sponsorships – How does your PAC spend your funds? What can you sponsor and support that benefits the school and is sustainable? How has the pandemic effected your ability to support meaningful initiatives?

Look forward to seeing you there! Spread the word to ALL your PAC Members (not just Execs). Thanks!

DPAC Minutes – May 2021

Our DPAC AGM went well. Thank you to all the PACs for joining and creating quorum.

We are pleased to announce our new executive members:

  • Chair – Andrea Beckett 
  • Vice-Chair – Laura Weller 
  • Treasurer – Arlene McKibbin 
  • Secretary – Rickie Mitchell 
  • Director – Gillian Burnett 
  • Director – Christa Porter  

We had a lively discussion about wellness, workload, and sustainability for teachers and staff at SD57. This is the statement from DPAC:

We acknowledge that teachers have done their best in a difficult year when they have been asked to do more and more with less and less (less certainty, less protection) and that teachers and the public school system are critical to the health and well-being of students and families.  That’s a heavy load to bear.  We acknowledge that teachers in classrooms are critical to reaching students and bringing out their best. This is not to say that other staff members do not contribute in meaningful ways to support our kids – it takes a team, it takes a village. 
But teachers. Teachers are something else and we recognize that teachers don’t come to the profession as anything less than seeing it as a calling and an honour to support children and the community at large.  They are the frontline to children, they become a special part of a student’s growth.  As adults we all remember special teachers that had an impact on our own growth and brought us to a path we would not have discovered without them.  How can we make sure our kids have the same experience without burning out highly trained, compassionate educators? 

Then some questions were sent out to teachers and responses are coallated in the document below.

Parent Education

This past year parents have had to adapt and navigate increased stress more than ever during this pandemic. They are teaching, finding alternate activities and social outlets for their families, and balancing health risks.

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is here for you!  Join us virtually at the BCCPAC Parent Education Conference: Empowerment through Knowledge and Sharing on Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29, 2021. The theme and content focus over the two day event is “Empowerment through Knowledge and Sharing”. We strongly believe parents/guardians become more empowered for themselves and their children through a better understanding of all that encompasses “schooling and parenting” (during and post-pandemic) and by sharing what they learn and their experiences with their peers.

One of the most exciting parts of this conference will be the keynote speaker, Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Dr. Gordon Neufeld is  a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. He is a foremost authority on child development, an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. In addition, the BCCPAC parent education conference will also have closing Keynote Speaker Dr. Ashley Miller, child and adolescent psychiatrist, family therapist, and Award-winning educator and author of “What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work”. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia where she serves as co-director of family therapy training. Other speaker sessions lined up to empower and educate parents will include:

  • An opening address and Q&A with the Minister of Education, the Honorable Jennifer Whiteside
  • Mental Health in Schools session with Jennifer McCrae, Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Division, Ministry of Education
  • Policy for Enhanced Student Learning session with Shelaina Postings, Executive Director, Sector Policy and Performance, Ministry of Education
  • Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship, and Cyberbullying session with Dr. Greg Gerber from Safer Schools Together BC.
  • Tyrone McNeil, president of First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and vice-president of the Stó:lō Tribal Council will be discussing First Nations Education and the Parent’s Role

For more information and schedule of events & sessions please click here.

DPAC will reimburse $35/parent regardless of whether their PAC is a BCCPAC member or not or whether they registered before or after the early bird deadline. If they register and attend, they get $35 (sent to their school PAC) after the conference. See fee schedule below.

The early-bird registration deadline is this Monday May 3.

COVID-19 Survey

Many of us participated in the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Survey BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future last year. Now that we have passed a year into this pandemic, Round 2 of the Survey has been released.

COVID-19 Survey (bccdc.ca)

It takes approximately 30 minutes and can be completed on a computer or mobile device. It asks important questions about whether your work was interrupted, your financial situation changed, how you have accessed education and extra-curricular activities, and how you’ve been able to cope during this stressful year. This is important information that directs the health and government authorities in their decision making.

DEADLINE: Sunday May 9, 2021

BCCPAC Gaming Grant Seminar Recording

On Thursday April 8th, Andrea Sinclair, BCCPAC President, hosted Denise Mahon, a Community Gaming Grant Outreach Coordinator, to discuss the 2021 Gaming Grant Guidelines below.

The full 2 hour recording is below. I suggest watching at least until the 1:03:25 mark. There is an introduction to BCCPAC to start, and then a comprehensive presentation regarding Community Gaming Grants (CGG).

Gaming Grants – 8-Apr-2021 – YouTube

There are many questions answered on the video and in the Q&A document. All the resources are found here: 2021 Gaming Grants Information (bccpac.bc.ca)

If your PAC needs support with Grant Applications, Gaming Account Summary Report (GASR), or with ideas on how to spend the funds, reach out to DPAC at exec@sd57.bc.ca.

DPAC Bylaws Revision – Apr 19, 2021

Many of you will remember that we adopted revised Constitution and Bylaws at our Meeting on January 11, 2021. There were 3 recommendations taken back to the Bylaws Review Committee. We also received valuable feedback from Gayle Hesse, CLA PAC, regarding wording clarification and formatting.

The 2 documents that we reference above are here:

The DPAC Executive has reviewed these recommendations and propose the changes outlined in Version 4 below dated April 19, 2021.

This serves as two-week written notice to Membership that the Constitution & Bylaws be adopted at our next DPAC Meeting (AGM) on Monday May 3, 2021.

Please review and provide feedback at exec@sd57dpac.ca or attend on May 3 to assist in amendments that need to be discussed. Thank you!

Three Mental Health Parent Seminars

School District 57 is having their “Spring Fling” this Friday April 23. It is a non-instructional day for all students so Staff can attend professional development training. The District has some training for parents too!

DPAC has been advocating for more mental health resources for families. Take advantage of these great opportunities for all parents. Mark your calendars!

#1 Beyond Behaviours: When Is It More?
What It Looks Like at Ages 4 to 8
Wednesday April 21 6:30pm
Free registration here.
The familysmart.ca website has numerous resources for parents. They host monthly ‘in the know’ sessions in Prince George.

#2 When the Worry Monster Attacks: Supporting Children Struggling with Anxiety
Thursday April 22 6:30-8:00pm
Free Registration here.
The speaker’s website drvanessalapointe.com has lots of information.

#3 ERASE: Mental Wellness, Substance Use and Addiction: Educational Session for Parents
Friday April 23 3:00-5:00pm
Free registration here.
The saferschoolstogether.com website is the source for all safety and wellness info for BC schools.

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