Monthly Archives: February 2012

School Board Meeting Report – February 21, 2012

The North Vancouver DPAC has been posting updates from their school board meetings example: http://blog.northvanpac.org/2012/01/board-meeting-summary-jan-24-2012.html

The following is an experiment to see if there would be any interest in a similar type of update. This is only one person’s notes from the board meeting, and is not intended to be a full representation of what happened during the meeting, or any type of official minutes of the meeting. There may be major errors in fact, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

The official minutes of this meeting will eventually be published on the school board website.

 

Public Input Session – Partner Groups:
Partner groups added to public input session first.
PGDTA – Tina Cousins
matt pearce away lobbying MLAs, hope he will have better luck at this.
discussion of IEPs, and discrimination.
there is a limit to how much a teacher can teach. it is important to note that some teachers with composition issues are new teachers.
thank you to teachers, parents, and students who spoke at last meeting – need a lbgtq policy. we believe our students have a right to a safe and respectful learning environment. we do not want to just add to existing policy – this is not sufficient.
That the gsa club is the only place students feel safe is shameful. Policy – educate students and staff, keeping students safe only one piece of policy.
if reject different policy, and just add it to existing policy – not good.
celebrate diversity – wear pink, feb 29, take a stand.

DPAC – Don Sabo
parents were concerned about stories heard about last meeting
shocked, by individuals, dpac drafting a letter – would like to see something done
wouldn’t mind jointly partnering with various groups to help raise awareness
would like to talk about openness, accountability, transparency
rather than talk about recommendations in report – committee – more inclusive, including various stakeholders
it’s about being more open, about being more inclusive
definitely have some ideas
quote from Alberta minister of education: “As challenging as it can be, transparency, accountability and engagement will produce real benefits for boards. The better you communicate, the more you engage with your communities and the more you embrace generative governance, the less what you do will result in negative debate and acrimony.”

Chair – definitely open to being open and transparent – board in front of you definitely has these goals in mind.
No representatives presented from other partner groups.

Public Input Session – Public:
Valentine Crawford presented on behalf of Pride PG.
Additionally, heard from 6 thoughtful and articulate students. Their names will appear in official minutes. Great comments from these students, and can’t do full justice to trying to record them, so won’t try to. Emotional stories about bullying, suicidal thoughts, and lack of support by adults.

School district news:
Board wearing pink today as there is no board meeting on February 29th, Pink Shirt day.

Northern Learning Centre reports will be given to EPPC committee on a regular basis, to provide more openness and transparency.

Management and finance report – no real news.

EPPC – usually about 25 research projects a year this year only 3. Likely due to work action.

Presentation from Mackenzie Secondary re: Trades, Mining, and Environment course.
Question from Trustee Cooke – please explain difference between sustainable resources 12 course and this course.
Sustainable resources has a very large focus on coal mining, whereas this course just looks at copper and gold. Out of 21 learning outcomes, only 3 pertain to the goal – local course, with local connections.

All board members in favour of new course.

Education Services
reviewed committee mandate
report – family resource centre
Update – capital plan – nothing from Ministry as yet
Enrolment projections and DPAC report
– did discuss how confidential these numbers are. The numbers are based on a fluid formula, and they could be misused in community. The fear is that if school numbers are down, could be on closure list.
– Numbers are not confidential at all.
– concern over pinch points
– do still have over 2000 empty spots
– committee – input from partner groups
– during closure, were asked by partner groups that it be done quickly, not draggd out

Heather Park busing and courtesy ridership
– when made Miworth decision, meant as a one-off decision – there are 6 additional families also affected by decision in Nukko Lake catchment going to Heather Park school
– ongoing questions around transportation and budget
Motion that busing be reinstated, on courtesy basis, for the Heather Park families who had bus service previously, to the end of June 2012
question – what are additional costs, and are there other families out there?
– no applications have been made by any other families
cost – $216 a day for busing, and supervision cost to school of some $2500 (assuming 1.5 hours per day of additional supervision), for a total of some $20,000 to the end of June.

Trustee Bekkering – Miworth decision weakened policy, this would weaken it more – but do need to relook at busing policy.

Trustee Bourassa – also in opposition – focus resources in classroom.
Trustee Bella – totally support – fine to bring kids to school last year, should be good this year, extension of good will.
Trustee Warrington – was part of Miworth decision – which was meant to be a one-off. That was different from the Heather Park situation. Courtesy can be applied for if there is no schedule change and additional cost. Noted that students were transported to Heather Park last year as a result of transition from middle school to elementary school.
Trustee Bennett – is it possible to lower the cost of supervision?
Response: no, and the 1.5 hours of additional supervision is assuming that another supervisor wouldn’t need to be hired, and paid a minimum of 4 hours a day.
Trustee Hooker – don’t support, but also want to relook at transportation. Cost is high.
Trustee Cooke – wish she had known the numbers at the ESC meeting, as cost was not specified at that meeting. Understands human element, is torn.
Vote – in favour Trustee Bella, motion not carried.
Trustee Cooke brought forward some motions from the DPAC report.
Motion: that DPAC’s request that enrolment projection data be released for inclusion in their report be granted.
Vote: none opposed, motion carried
Motion: that an ongoing education sustainability committee be created, with partner group/critical stake holder representation, be formed to monitor and assess enrolment changes, school capacity, and any significant events that could affect school district operations.
Trustee Bennett: question about critical stake holders
Trustee Bella: comment re ed services committee
Bryan Mix: finds one phrase in motion scary – “any significant events” would be turned into an ad hoc committee discussion with stakeholders.
Trustee Hooker: concur with recommendations and intent. Suggests that discussion be deferred to after board planning session in March.
Motion: table motion to March 27 board meeting, none opposed, motion passed.

Policy and Governance:
board orientation session
minor change to policy 5119
Trustee Warring – clarification as intent of change, would students in choice programs have more options than those in regular programs? May be a philosophical question.
Clarification by Brian Pepper as to intent, mention of choice program/schools and geographical choice.

After last board meeting, referred to senior admin to see if must have separate LGBTQ policy.
boards must have one or more codes of conduct, rules re: codes of conduct, and provincial standards for codes of conduct.
Presentation from Cindy Heitman regarding SAFER schools.
Recommendation 1: Ensure that the SAFER schools resource guide is updated and redistributed to schools.
Recommendation 2: Ensure that the curriculum and instruction department continues to support and provide workshops for staff, students and parent son topics related to LGBTQ issues in schools.
Recommendation 3: Ensure school principals, as part of their yearly review of the school code of conduct, review with all students policies 1170.1 and 5131 and the school based reporting protocols associated with each policy
Trustee Bourassa – concerns around enforcement, education side being covered with motion quite well. Need more than just education and reporting.
Trustee Bekkering – question to Cindy Heitman. Answer about updating document, working with all, better job of getting into hands of teachers and those who would be using it on a regular basis.
Trustee Bella – thanks to all who have presented on behalf of all of those who have been bullied. Also have a big concern re: enforcement piece; those who will not be educated.
Brian Pepper – talked re enforcement at length
Trustee Hooker – thanked presenters. not convinced that moving LGBTQ to a separate policy would have any affect, and may even be discriminatory. suggestion of addressing funding towards education.
Trustee Cooke – thanked gallery, lots of good points made. Enforcement a big part of the issue. In favour of a separate policy, existing policy not working, maybe an additional policy is needed, go back to policy and governance – tend to have a lot of questions. do we not have enough money for discipline, is it a funding thing, and staffing?
Trustee Bella – right to safe schools. who determines the severity of the discipline. start with young students, teach them to be careful with their words, and how to say this isn’t right. Not sure how to put in that piece of how to report, this has to come forward, and the person receiving the information needs to move with it. Feels stuck.
Trustee Warrington – motion on the floor is regarding educational piece, am hearing we have major concerns regarding enforcement and policies. We do not take this lightly.
Trustee Bourassa – in support, it’s about half of what we need at this point. Question – timeline?
Cindy Heitman – would like to see resource guide over end of school year and work on it over the summer.
Trustee Bennett – wanted to discuss policy at board level, in public. Utilize stakeholders in district to help change culture.
Trustee Hooker – how to incorporate stakeholders with updating resource guide?
adding “and that the process of updating the guide includes the involvement of the LGBTQ community”.
Trustee Bourassa – against amendment, due to additional time required for consultation.
Trustee Bella – would like involvement of all partner groups, open it up for input.
Trustee Cooke – would like to see input, as times have changed, from interested parties.
Trustee Hooker – realize concern over timeframe, but do require involvement – involvement doesn’t necessitate a committee. “Add other partner groups”?
4 in favour of amendment, 2 opposed (Bella and Bourassa).
Favour of first recommendation – none opposed, carried.
recommendation 2 – none opposed, carried.
recommendation 3 – none opposed, carried.

Motion – In sexual harassment of students policy, be referred to policy and governance to develop and include under definitions:
abusive behaviors that includes discrimination against others on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation.
none opposed, motion carried.
Trustee Cooke – bcsta recommendation for separate policy from 2005.
Motion: that the LGBTQ issue be directed back to the policy and governance committee for further review.
Trustee Bella – suggestion of more clarification
Friendly amendment – “, based on recommendation in 2005 from BCSTA regarding LGBTQ policies”
Trustee Bennett – point of information.
Trustee Bourassa – brought to p&g, had discussion, unless different members not sure what would be different. Against motion.
Trustee Bekkering – also against motion, want code of conduct to be comprehensive. Now need to test education and enforcement.
Trustee Cooke – would like to see go back to policy and governance for more discussion around enforcement, and look clearly at discipline.
Trustee Bella – in favor, would like more information from bcsta and from other districts.
Trustee Hooker – question re: policy and governance committee, answer from Brian Pepper.
BP – even in time of strike, plan to move in direction of having admin/teacher meetings to discuss reporting and safety concerns.
… missed some comments …
Motion: Cooke and Bella in favour, opposed Bekkering, Bourassa, Hooker, Bennett, motion defeated.

BCSTA Association – Trustee Bella
– some great conversations
– provincial council does come up this weekend

DPAC – Trustee Cooke
discussed funding – DPAC to PACs, priorities within school districts
– thanks to Mr. Pepper – thanking for assistance with pac contacts
BCCPAC conference
great conversation around bullying and discipline actions
tour of district resource centre, parents were able to go on tour there
discussion around kindergarten registration and capping
end note – when in Vancouver @ new trustee session, was told PG DPAC well organized and articulate – very fortunate in PG

DSAC – Bennett
hoping to get them revived – no report at the moment

Regional District – quick note – met with them Feb 1st – around rural schools, board reaffirmed commitment to work with regional district, and committed to further meetings
Calendar committee – recommendation brought to either March or April meeitng – some interest being shown

New Business:
Trustee Bourassa Motion: move that bylaw 1 be moved to policy and governance committee meeting for the purpose of revising clause 3.3 to allow those persons who attend committee meetings to publicly discuss agenda items, other than those which are privileged to in camera in accordance with the school act.
Trustee Hooker – in favour, had some suggested wording.
Trustee Warrington – all partner groups are provided with agenda prior to a committee meeting, and this provides partner group time to review agenda, and seek input from other members of partner group. It isn’t until a recommendation comes to the board that the board passes it or rejects it. Ramifications of changing bylaws needs to be seriously considered, with great caution.
Trustee Bella – conversations with other boards – their trustees try to take back seat at committee meetings, try to get more partner group input. Concern – if partner groups then go out after meeting to try and get input, then where does that input go?
Trustee Bekkering – in favour to go to committee to discuss, what are some of the ramifications?
Trustee Bennett – in favour, so that it can be discussed at committee. 10pm is not the time to be debating this.
Trustee Bourassa – want to point out that public discussion can be stifled by public not knowing what motions are being brought forward to board meeting.
Trustee Cooke – in favour, talk through it. Stakeholders asking to have more openness.
Motion – in favour – cooke, bekkering, bourassa, bella, hooker, bennet. Opposed – Warrington.

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Today’s email included the following links:

Negotiations News
BC Teachers’ reps to meet with MLAs
February 16, 2012 – Castanet.net
New special-needs cash can’t outweigh loss of teachers’ bargaining rights
February 16, 2012 – The Globe and Mail

Provincial
Trustees add 3 academies
February 17, 2012 – Delta Optimist
Minister challenged to visit ‘needy’ district
February 17, 2012 – Burnaby Now
Student waiting list plagues downtown school
February 17, 2012 – Vancouver Courier
District talks about charging students to ride school buses
February 17, 2012 – Canada.com
Former trustee supports findings
February 17, 2012 – The Record
Teacher charged in case of child luring
February 17, 2012 – Nanaimo Daily News
Chief checks out First Nations education
February 17, 2012 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Trustees split on including grades in new school talks
February 17, 2012 – Cowichan Valley Citizen
Rankings, report flawed
February 17, 2012 – Squamish Chief
School-board votes should be recorded, former trustee says
February 16, 2012 – Times Colonist
School Act legislation leaves no one satisfied
February 16, 2012 – Times Colonist
Bullies should be curbed
February 16, 2012 – Times Colonist
School district seeks $12,000 from tile supplier
February 16, 2012 – Kamloops News
FOI about government action on anti-bullying comes up empty
February 16, 2012 – Xtra | Canada’s Gay & Lesbian News
Vancouver students take part in global anti-bullying video
February 16, 2012 – The Province
More heartbreak at Delta’s Burnsview Secondary school
February 16, 2012 – Delta Optimist

National
updatedQuebec students must take ethics-religion course
February 17, 2012 – CBC Sudbury – CBC.ca
Equality is no religion in public schools
February 16, 2012 – Ottawa Sun
Why inequality is growing in public schools
February 16, 2012 – The Globe and Mail
Education: It’s about our kids’ minds – is this where we want pinch pennies?
February 16, 2012 – London Free Press
Budget may give more for aboriginal education
February 16, 2012 – Metro – Vancouver
Colleges decry proposal to stop degree programs
February 16, 2012 – Ottawa Citizen

Newspaper Blogs
Parent hit with $1,385 bill for school FOI request
February 16, 2012 – Vancouver Sun – Blogs
Overproduction of teachers in Ontario and B.C.
February 16, 2012 – Vancouver Sun – Blogs
Simple meditation helps students concentrate: researcher
February 16, 2012 – Vancouver Sun – Blogs
An argument against $$ for smaller classes
February 16, 2012 – Vancouver Sun – Blogs

 

Teacher Zone Conference

DPAC members have been invited to attend the Zone Conference (Spring Fling 2012) on March 9, 2012, at PGSS. The website address for the conference is www.bctf.ca/northcentralzone.

Depending on the number of parents interested, they are willing to accommodate as many as possible. However, please understand that parents may not get into every workshop, and that this is being offered as a courtesy to parents.

If you are interested, please email Kim Rutherford, the Conference Coordinator, at krutherford@sd57.bc.ca. Parents must register in advance.

BCCPAC 2012 Spring Conference & AGM – May 25-27, 2012

The Parent Voice: Creating Connections To Support Student Success at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Coquitlam.

All parents from around the province are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in all or part of the weekend. Further Information coming soon.

 

Are you interested in attending as a delegate from Prince George? Our policy for conferences is found here:

http://sd57dpac.ca/2011/12/revised-draft-policy-for-conference-delegates/

We invite all interested parties to submit a brief written application, detailing your reasons for wanting to attend the conference, and how you believe this experience will benefit DPAC and/or your PAC.

BCCPAC News Update

BCCPAC Nominations are closing in two weeks (February 28, 2012)- “Parents required! 

We have a number of positions open – are you an excellent note taker?  BCCPAC’s Board has an opening for a Secretary.  If you were born to lead our President’s and both Vice President’s positions are open.  If you are a quiet achiever, we have two Director’s positions open.  Be an active part of the provincial parent voice and join the Board!”  Please contact Cathy Jewett (cathyjewett@bccpac.bc.ca) if you have any questions.  Our forms may be found on our website at: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/index/event_calendar/2012AGM.aspx
BCCPAC Awards – BCCPAC is very pleased to offer the following four awards – three for parents and one for a student. The George Matthews Award for Excellence in Parent Leadership, The Bev Hosker Motivational Award for newly involved parent leaders, BCCPAC Life Membership Award, The BCCPAC Educational Award.  February 28th is the deadline for the four awards offered to BCCPAC members. Do you or someone you know meet any of the criteria?  If so, please nominate them for an award. Information, criteria, forms and posters (for your bulletin board) for each award are posted on the BCCPAC website http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/aboutus/awards.aspx


BCCPAC 2012 Spring Conference & AGM – May 25-27, 2012

The Parent Voice: Creating Connections To Support Student Success at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Coquitlam.
All parents from around the province are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in all or part of the weekend. Further Information coming soon.


Bullying Stops Here – Wednesday February 29th is Pink Shirt Day – Anti Bullying
Click here to get involved
BCCPAC has parent resources on the topics of Bullying, Intimidation & Harassment in schools.  Click the links below for your preferred language:
Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with bullying in elementary schools. Available in:  English, French, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with harassment & intimidation is secondary schools.  Available in:  English, French, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Speaking Up! A Guide to advocating for students in public schools

May 7th is Child & Mental Health Day:
BC Mental Health and Addiction Services (BCMHAS) and Fraser Health are pleased to announce the provincial launch of mindcheck.ca and the “In One Voice” video submission campaign. Mindcheck.ca is a youth and young adult-focused, interactive website where visitors can check out how they’re feeling and get connected to support early and quickly.

Grandparents raising grandchildren
The Ministry of Children and Family Development is investing $100,000 a year from the ministry’s existing fiscal plan for the Parent Support Services Society of B.C. to launch the new Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line and email support. Click here for full details.

Satisfaction Survey
The Ministry of Education recognizes that the ongoing labour negotiations have the potential to make administration of the Satisfaction Survey more difficult – especially if the task falls entirely to administrative staff.   Therefore the Ministry would like to hear more about how you use the survey and what changes you think could be made to ensure it aligns with 21st Century learning and with the needs of the field.  The Ministry will be posing questions on BC’s Education Plan website shortly and based on the feedback received they will review the surveys existing tools and measures to see what improvements should be made.

Federal Announcement to support youth in schools
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health today announced that researchers will be tackling the issue of improving access to mental health services for Canadian children and youth thanks to federal funding. Click the link for details:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/921827/harper-government-invests-to-improve-access-to-mental-health-services-for-children-and-youth

Inspiring a New Canadian Future: ArtsSmarts Launches the 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge.
ArtsSmarts is a dynamic approach to teaching, learning, doing and thinking that has been changing the lives of students, artists, educators, and entire schools and communities since 1998.

 

Brand New: Cycling Resource Manual for Canadian Schools

On behalf of Transport Canada, HASTE staff worked with programmers and consultants from across Canada to develop a resource manual for communities looking to encourage and support students cycling to school. The manual has ideas to suit most any school or community at any stage of their cycling encouragement process. The manual is available in both English and French through the HASTE website.

 

Member Views

BCCPAC has an email address specifically for our members’ views. To help BCCPAC better understand experiences and concerns that parents have please share your stories with us by e-mailing your input to memberviews@bccpac.bc.ca. Please indicate the topic in the subject line and provide us with your school district number.

 

Government Press & News Releases
Catch up on the latest K-12 Government news/press releases. Visit the new section of our website by clicking here

Blank report cards – not to be sent

One blank report card was enough.

That seems to be the conclusion of the B.C. Education Ministry, which has decided not to issue another directive for schools to produce report cards with next-to-no information.

In a recent letter to superintendents, deputy minister James Gorman advised that they are excused from a legal obligation to provide parents with a written report on their children’s progress this spring, given the BCTF  job action.

http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2012/02/07/no-requirement-for-another-blank-report-card/

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20120215/PRINCEGEORGE0101/302159975/-1/princegeorge/report-cards-on-hold

 

As a reminder, if parents are not hearing from their children’s teachers, they can contact the Prince George District Teacher’s Association for assistance:

http://sd57dpac.ca/2012/02/pgdta-available-for-pacs/

Minutes – February 2012 Meeting

February DPAC 2012 Minutes

DPAC MINUTES FOR February 6, 2012

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

Chair: Don Sabo, Minutes prepared by Gillian Burnett

Attendees:

DPAC Executive:               Don Sabo, Michelle Rolfes, Gillian Burnett, Chris Finke, Sarah Holland and Steve Shannon

Partner Groups:               Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Matt Pearce and Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Lorraine Prouse, CUPE; and Faith MacKay, PGPVPA

School Reps:                      Trish Stevens, Aboriginal Choice; Colleen Smith, Beaverly; Lara Beckett, College Heights Elementary; Melanie Pierce, Edgewood; Kim Shannon, Hart Highlands; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve Shannon, KRSS; Shauna Connor, Lac des Bois; Gillian Burnett, Nukko Lake; Michelle Rolfes, Pineview; Don Sabo, Pinewood; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; and Dennis Fudge, Spruceland

 

1.      Adoption of Agenda

Accepted as circulated

 

2.               Adoption of January 9, 2012 Minutes

Motion to accept minutes – Heather Park

Seconded by – PGSS

3.               PAC Networking

Discussions were held about:

  • Beaverly looking for advice on hosting a large scale event; will be hosting a Magic Show at Vanier Hall.  Suggested asking other organizations such as United Way.  DPAC will advertise this event on our website
  • Teaching virtues – excellent
  • Both College Heights and Heather Park currently holding raffles for Canucks tickets including airfare and accommodations for 4
  • Heather Park held French Immersion information evening for parents
  • FSA notification letters to parents have not been consistently sent throughout district
  • Interest shown in obtaining information from all schools regarding how many Kindergarten students are registering, how many being turned away, how many in and out of catchment.

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report – see attached

(b)               Treasurer’s Report – see attached

(c)                Superintendent’s Report –(presented after 4(h) as Brian was late arriving) see attached

  • Asked about FSA notification letter – Principals asked to distribute – indicated follow-up required.
  • Questions regarding Kindergarten registration; pinch point at College Heights (both French and English)
  • Question regarding catchment registrations that are unsuccessful – Superintendent take as immediate concern.
  • Question about figures for transfer into the Northern Learning Center – Best recollection is 37 confirmed registrants

(d)               Trustee Report – see attached

  • DPAC chair expressed our concerns about access to information and appreciates the interest shown by trustees.
  • Question – Will ‘Math Makes Sense’ for gr 4-7 be replaced, scrapped, continued….?

(e)          PGDTA Report

  • Second semester up and rolling.
  • What’s happening at the bargaining table – BCPSEA didn’t show up last time, do not wish to discuss BCTF’s proposals
  • Belief that this is setting stage for next sitting of legislature.  Unfortunate.
  • Tina Cousins offered to attend PAC meetings to provide parents with more information.  This offer will be posted on our website.
  • Question – Will “Math Makes Sense’ for Gr 4-7 continue, be replaced…?  That is a school decision.

(f)           PGPVPA Report

  • Drew attention to some great things happening around the district.  Ron Brent and UNBC partnership for tracking the use of technology; a weekly support program for young moms; the Mackenzie Hockey academy; PGSS hosting the Grey Cup.
  • Question regarding the collection and sharing of registration information – Principals do collect this information and they do share this information.

(g)          CUPE Report

  • Ratification vote on collective agreement taking place; scheduled for February 21th in PG
  • If vote receives 50% plus one in favour, will mean a notice to bargain in March, if not, members will be asked to take a strike vote.
  • Ratification will be tricky across the province; different locals will have different outcomes.

(h)          DSAC Report – Not in attendance

 

5.               Committee Reports

(a)               EPPC Committee Report – see attached

(b)               Education Services Committee Report – met today to discuss several matters, will be brought forward at next Board meeting

(c)                Policy and Governance Committee Report – Subcommittee created to develop feedback from DPAC regarding Child Protection Policy, hasn’t met yet, but has communicated through e-mails.  Will have response prepared by deadline.

(d)               Environmental Sustainability Committee Report – Haven’t yet met, new liaison Kate Cooke will communicate with Don regarding when they will meet.

 

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Calendar Committee – Has met, considering 2 week spring break next year.  Discussion regarding how we could collect a better, fairer representative sample of parents on this issue.  Led to discussion regarding DPAC’s acceptance of Brian Pepper’s offer to collect PAC contact information.  Determined that PACs could refer parents to our website to provide feedback and opinion regarding the spring break issue.

(b)          District Resource Centre Tour – Scheduled to take place on February 16th at 6:30 pm.  10 spaces still available, register on our website.

(c)           Status on kindergarten registration in schools that are capped – Covered under Superintendent’s report

(d)          Langley DPAC (Cracks in the system) letter – went to PACs for direction, what are the results?  Cracks identified as grade 7 transitions hindered, course schedule development in secondary schools not happening, extra-curricular sports coaching affected.  Majority in favour of pursuing the submission of a similar, but briefer, letter from DPAC SD57.

(e)          DPAC funding for PACs.  What are PAC funding priorities? – Ideas include FoodSafe Courses, BCCPAC membership fees, and parent seminars.

(f)           BCCPAC Conference May 25 – 27.  Expression of Interest – Refer to policy on our website, looking for expression of interest in attending before our next meeting.

(g)          DPAC Bylaws and Policy Committee Update – Have met and almost completed revisions to Bylaws, still need to cover Policies, next meeting Thursday February 9th at Duchess Park 7 pm.

(h)          Scent free policy – Discussion around event involving a student at Duchess Park.  District policy provides direction about how to respond and what must be done as well as outlining the consequences of not abiding by policy.  Not a policy issue, rather an enforcement issue.  More visible signage concerning scent-free policy may be needed.  Action required.  DPAC to draft letter of concern regarding Bullying and enforcement.

 

 

7.               Other Business – none

 

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

Delegate selection committee for BCCPAC Conference

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Motion KRSS

Second Spruceland

Welcome parents!

Given we’re having a lot of parents visiting the site to make a comment about Spring Break, we thought we’d point out some of the ways we can help parents:

  • We are an organization that brings together Parent Advisory Councils for school district 57
  • We’re the “official voice” of parents, and advocate for parents to the school district
  • We have regular meetings the first Monday of each month to discuss PAC and school district matters
  • We publish information and distribute news about education in the district and province
  • We have lots and lots and lots of information that can help parents
  • Take a look at our Resources page – the speaking up for your child booklet is a great resource, for example
  • Let us know if we can help!

 

New Questions available on BCED Plan

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, we’d like to thank you for your recent comments on the BC Education Plan Engage page. Your thoughts and ideas are helping us to better understand how the public feels about K-12 education in BC and what changes may be needed to make our system even better in the future.

In the weeks ahead we’ll be expanding the conversation to topics such as teacher professional development, assessment in the 21st century, and funding. We’ve just changed the questions to focus on teacher support. Do you have thoughts on what additional opportunities and support we can provide to help teachers support our 21st Century learners? If you do, please join the conversation – it’s now open on the discussion forum.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your friends, colleagues, and personal networks as well. To get a realistic sense of how the public feels about BC K-12 education we need to hear from as many people, from as many places, and as many walks of life as possible. So, please share – we want to hear from everyone who has an interest or a stake in the BC K-12 education system.

See you on the discussion forum!

Sincerely yours,
The BC Education Plan Moderation Team