A message from Northern Interior Communities Association

I just wanted to remind you that the deadline for PAC and DPAC Community Gaming Grant applications is from April 1 – June 30 with notification of the results of your application by September 30. It is a quick and easy application so be sure to get it in as soon as possible! I have attached the application and you can also complete the process online. Here is the link: https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/gaming/common/Welcome.do?start=true


I also want to let you know that the $15 million boost to gaming grants announced last week means good things for you as well! I’m not sure what it translates into for DPAC groups but for the PACs it is a 25% increase (or $5 per child).


If you have the contact info for the PACs in town could you forward this on to them? We only have two that are members of NICA.


If you need any assistance with your applications please contact me!




Christine Hauff BSc.





Northern Interior Communities Association

214 – 1600 3rd Avenue

Prince George, BC V2L 3G6

Phone: 250-562-2553

Fax: 250-562-2564

Website: www.northernica.org

General meeting Monday, March 7, 2011

Elluminate participant link, for those participants attending remotely:


DPAC Chair Report March 7, 2011


DPAC General Meeting Minutes February 2011

DPAC Income Statement -January 2011

DPAC January 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement February 2011

DPAC February 2011 Event Report


7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of February 7, 2011 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Gang, Drugs, Bullying Education Workshop(s)

(b)               BCCPAC AGM, Saturday, April 30, 2011, Richmond, B.C.

(c)                Transportation; Separate Policy Group?

(d)          Prince George Urban Aboriginal Strategy Presentation April or May?

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.


–          Minutes of February 7, 2011 Meeting

–          Chairperson Report

–     Treasurer’s Report

Late French Immersion

Update: Unfortunately, there were not enough registrants to run late immersion in 2011/12. The school plans to try again for 2012/13.

Grade 5 letter for Late Immersion – PDF

To:  Parents of all Grade 5 Students:

Re:  Registration for Late French Immersion for September 2011

Lac des Bois is hoping to start a successful Late French Immersion program, (beginning in Grade 6).  If there is sufficient enrolment the program will begin in September 2011.  It is the district’s intention that this letter along with the pamphlet will help to answer some questions that you may have about the program and provide you with information about registering for this grade six program.


Do the students and parents need to understand French to follow the material?

NO.  When they enter the class, students are assumed to have little or no French.   In September the curriculum is adapted so that vocabulary acquisition is the emphasis.  By October, students understand basic instructions and are starting a reading program. By December, students can understand all basic instructions, use many French words or expressions when speaking, read small books and write sentences.  By February, students speak 100% in French in the classroom, and are learning the grade 6 curriculum at full speed.


How much French will they acquire in a year?

Most students will be able to converse in French reasonably well by the end of grade six.  The students’ written skills will need further development in grade seven.  By the end of grade seven they should read and write in French at their grade level while maintaining their English skills.


Did you know?

Tests have revealed an interesting phenomenon.  By the time they graduate from high school, students who started Late Immersion in grade six are as fluent in French as students who start in Kindergarten. The reason is a bit of a mystery.  The hypothesis is that, because Late French Immersion is a choice that students and parents make together, rather than the decision made for them by their parents, Late French Immersion students are highly motivated.  It may be that Late French Immersion offers the best of both worlds—a thorough grounding in English, followed by the fluent acquisition of French.


For more Information

Want to know more about the Late French Immersion program check out the Lac des Bois website at (www.ldb.sd57.bc.ca) or call Madeleine Crandell at 250-562-1164



Registration deadline is March 18, 2011.  You can register by doing the on-line transfer (www.sd57.bc.ca) or in person at Lac des Bois.