Monthly Archives: November 2011

Remembrance Day

A reminder that November 11th is a statutory holiday, and there will be no school on Friday.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who went over.
In peace may they rest, may we never
Forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time.

All Candidate Forum

The needs of rural schools, the ability of school boards to localize collective bargaining, funding shortfalls and whether teachers should be penalized monetarily for their job action were among the topics discussed Wednesday night at an all-candidates forum for District 57 school trustees.

On behalf of DPAC, thank you to the PGDTA for co-sponsoring this event, the trustee candidates who came and who answered some very tricky questions, and to all those who attended.

At the forum, each candidate was given 2 minutes for an introduction, 3 questions were asked of each trustee candidate, and then each candidate had one minute for a closing comment.

Here are the introduction speeches at the forum, starting at 6 minutes:

PGDTA Presentation to DPAC Meeting, Nov 7, 2011

PGDTA report Nov 2011

The presentation is attached as a PDF, and includes information on the class composition issues that the PGDTA is currently grieving with the district.

For more information on individual education plans (IEP) and class composition issues, please read:

School Trustee Answers to DPAC and PGDTA questions

The District Parent Advisory Council and the Prince George District Teachers’ Association sent three questions each to each trustee candidate, to be returned November 4th. We have posted the answers received below.

DPAC Questions:

  1. Why are you running for school trustee?
  2. What is your position on choice of school and programming in School District 57?
  3. How will you ensure that parents and other education partners are involved in decision-­making?

PGDTA Questions:

  1. What specific actions would you take to ensure better classroom composition for the students of School District 57?
  2. How do you plan to advocate for District 57 students even if it means opposing government initiatives?
  3. How will you ensure teachers have input in the implementation of 21st century learning initiatives?


Meeting Agenda – Monday, November 7, 2011

Remote viewing link –

2011 November – DPAC Agenda

DRAFT DPAC October 2011 Meeting Minutes

DPAC Income Statement September 2011

DPAC October 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement October 2011

DPAC September 2011 Event Report

2011 Nov DPAC chair report

Sup Speaking Notes DPAC Nov 8, 2011

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

1.    Welcome and Introductions
2.    Adoption of Agenda
3.    Adoption of Previous Meeting Minutes
4.    PAC Networking
7:30 p.m. Partner group representatives welcomed to meeting
5.    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)
6.    Committee Reports
(a)    EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate: Gillian Burnett)
(b)    Education Services Committee Report- Stephen Shannon (Alternate: Sarah Holland )
(c)    Policy/Governance Committee Report – Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)
(d)    Environmental Sustainability Committee- Don Sabo (Lara Beckett)
(e)    Committee for BCCPAC and conference policies

7.    Announcements/New Business
(a)    All Candidates forum (Gillian)
(b)    Boy Smarts Workshop (Jacqui)
(c)    BC College of Teachers (Sarah)
(d)    Transportation

8.    Other Business
(a)    Other
9.    Agenda items for next meeting
10.    Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Elementary Math Meeting

On Oct 18th, the District had Dr. Marian Small speak to parents at UNBC, which was quite successful (55 parents). At the end of that evening, those attending were asked if they would like to attend an evening where they could come and see how the math is taught today and see for themselves why it is being done these ways. There was a high number of hands that went up. So to that end there has been an evening scheduled to start to look at elementary math. Hopefully, it will be the first of many, and discussions around mathematics will be fostered.

November 22 6:30-8:00 pm at the Van Bien Training and Development Center (attached to east side of Van Bien elementary 311 Wilson Cres.)

If people are interested please have them email Brian Hatcher directly at, along with the elementary grade level that they are most interested in. There is a maximum of 25 participants for this first evening.

Brian Hatcher
District Math Resource Teacher
SD#57 Prince George B.C.
2100 Ferry St.
250 561-6800 loc 318