Monthly Archives: August 2012

BCCPAC Update – emailed to BCCPAC members August 31, 2012

 The 2011-2012 BCCPAC Memberships are due to expire August 31, 2012                      

Do not miss out on important information to members. Renew your membership now for the upcoming year: September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013

                                 

Reminder to all PACs and DPACs that December 15, 2012 is the deadline for membership to be received to be eligible to vote at the 2013 Annual General Meeting

                                   

 

Regional Conferences

BCCPAC will be hosting a Northern Regional Conference in Prince George on October 20 2012

We look forward to supporting and learning more about parent involvement in our rural areas.

Keep an eye on your email and on the website for more information on this event and other events coming to your area.

 

BCCPAC Mail Out – Our Voice Magazine

 

In the next few weeks each PAC and DPAC will receive BCCPAC’s Our Voice Magazine in your mail boxes.

This is an important source of information concerning public education in Bitish Columbia. Our  Voice is designed to inform parents on a variety of topics including the latest educational news affecting schools and students, new BCCPAC initiatives and shared stories from parents across the province.

 Member Views

 

We encourage you to send comments, ideas or concerns on any educational issue tomemberviews@bccpac.bc.ca Please indicate the topic in the subject line and                                      provide your school district number.

 June 2012 Provincial Exam Results

Exam results are now posted on the Ministry of Education’s website: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/                                 

The results can be viewed on the Student Secure Web (SSW) at  www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/

School registration – starts next week

If you have just moved to the school district, or are interested in transferring schools, registration opens next week. For the best results, do NOT wait until the first day of school to register.

For more information, there are a variety of links on the school district website:

 

September Registration – Prince George

September Registration – Mackenzie

September Registration – Robson Valley

Kindergarten Registration 

  • Please contact your catchment school as soon as possible to register.
  • Registration Information click here

Financial Hardship Policy

As a reminder to parents, school district 57 has a financial hardship policy for students:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5101.pdf

The Board of Education of School District No. 57 (Prince George) is committed to ensuring that no student is denied an opportunity to participate in a course, class or program because of financial hardship.

The administrative procedures as laid out in policy are as follows:

  1. All communication with students and/or parents regarding fees and deposits must include a statement that explains that fees will not be a barrier to student participation in school activities.
  2. Schools will publish, at the beginning of each school year, a schedule of fees and deposits. This schedule shall include reference to the procedures that can be followed by students, or parents on behalf of students, who would otherwise be excluded from the course, class or activity because of financial hardship.
  3. Schools will establish a hardship application process that is clear to students and parents. All staff members should be aware of this financial hardship provision and be able to advise students and parents with regard to access.
  4. The procedures for addressing financial hardship must be clearly communicated to parents and students and should be conveyed in such media as the student handbook, the parent handbook, student planners, newsletters and/or the school’s website.
  5. The hardship application process may be formal or informal. The process must always, however, respect an individual’s privacy and dignity and adhere to strict principles of confidentiality and fairness.
  6. All requests for support will be considered by the school. The school should consider, but not be limited to, the following options: deferred payment, payment over time, partial waiver or full waiver.

 

Schools that are not following these policies should be reminded of policy 5101.

Salvation Army – School Supplies donations

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20120824/PRINCEGEORGE0101/308249967/-1/princegeorge/sally-ann-seeking-school-supply-donations

The Salvation Army has launched its annual effort to collect backpacks and school supplies for kids in needs.

Items can be dropped off at all three TD Canada Trust locations (400 Victoria St., 5224 Domano Blvd, and Pine Centre Mall), participating Starbucks (College Heights, Spruceland, 15th and Central and Pine Centre Mall), the Yellow School Bus in Pine Centre Mall or at The Salvation Army located at 777 Ospika Blvd S.

Suggested school supply items include pens, duotangs, pencils, erasers, packs of lined paper, rulers, binders, highlighters, white out, glue sticks, geometry sets, calculators, blunt scissors, Crayons and markers.

Or make a financial donation by either coming by the Salvation Army, or calling in a credit card donation to 250-564-4000

Registration for families in need is set for Tues., Aug. 28 and Tues., Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Distribution will take place Mon., Sept. 10.

PTO Today

PTO Today is a US publication for parent groups, which often has information that works very well for Canadian parents. Their latest email newsletter is as follows:

New Parents + Old Pros = The Perfect Group

It’s the nature of the PTO and PTA beast — every year at back-to-school time, there’s a (sometimes combustible) mixture of brand-new, enthusiastic parents and grizzled parent group veterans. How you welcome that new energy (or not) and take full advantage of it (or not) can make or break your parent group for the entire year.

Don’t get me wrong, I also know that new parents have a responsibility to respect and learn from those who have preceded them.

One of my most popular columns is this one describing a conversation between New Parent and Old Vet.

The key, as usual, is for both sides to try to see the other’s point of view. Those veterans have put in major hours and lots of passion, so subtle put-downs of their efforts never work well. It’s way better for new officers to celebrate the group’s earlier efforts while building upon them. Likewise, the newbies shouldn’t have to wait to be accepted into your clique (real or perceived) , and veterans need to patiently listen to new ideas (even if they’ve been tried before). Respect is the key. Check out these additional resources on getting new volunteers started successfully:

Update on BC Education Plan

Start classes later in the day, stream high-school students into academic or vocational career paths, give parents a voice in teacher evaluations and re-examine whether special-needs students should continue to be integrated into regular classrooms.

Those are among the suggestions the B.C. Education Ministry has received since it began seeking public comment in October about what changes are needed to bring B.C. schools into the 21st century. The exercise is dubbed the B.C. Education Plan — although it lacks the substance to be called a plan — and it’s received about 5,000 responses, says a report released Friday, titled What You’ve Said.

The report lists five themes that have emerged during the online consultation: curriculum, quality teaching and learning, parents and communities, technology in schools and administrative issues. Those topics garnered some specific recommendations and revealed a split in opinion over whether independent schools should receive government funding and whether the traditional school calendar should be abandoned in favour of year-round schooling.

Flexibility and choice in curricula attracted the most attention, with 35 per cent of respondents offering comments. The main message was that students should have greater say over what, where, when and how they learn because that would improve motivation and outcomes and encourage independence.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Public+wants+schools+more+flexible+dynamic/7118858/story.html#ixzz24DE0e9iW

 

 

Back to School Tips

August 2012        Tips to Ease Back to School Anxiety

Here are some great sites for parents, teens and “kids” for all to read or listen to,  to help with the exciting but sometimes challenging back to school days.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/back_school.html

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/back_to_school.html

http://kidshealth.org/teen/homework/back/back_to_school.html

Linda Campbell
School Counsellor, School District 57

What parents can do to alleviate back to school jitters

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Back-to-school anxiety is normal and understandable. Many kids may feel anxious about going back to school after a long summer break. Others may feel nervous about starting school for the first time. Whichever the case may be, parents can help ease the transition to back to school with these simple strategies.

Organize your home for back to school. A great way to ease some of your child’s anxiety about going back to school is by getting your home ready for the transition. Strategies such as making school lunches the night before or establishing a comfortable homework area can help make kids feel more in control and relieve some of their anxious feelings.
Help your child feel more comfortable about his new school environment. One of the things that can cause back to school anxiety for kids is not knowing what to expect. Help your child become more acclimated to new routines and unfamiliar surroundings by doing the following:

  • Take him for a visit to the school. If your child is starting kindergarten or first grade, he may be uneasy about going into a new building. Older grade-schoolers may be nervous about being in a new classroom or meeting a new teacher. To alleviate some of these concerns, ask your school about arranging a visit to school and meeting the teacher before school begins.
  • Make a couple of drives back and forth from home to school. Whether your child will walk, take a school bus, or be driven to school by mom or dad, helping him become familiar with the route to and from school will make considerably ease back to school anxiety. Even if your child is already familiar with the route to school, making a pre first-day run will remind him where school is, and help him feel more connected to where he will go on the first day back to school.
  • Go over the basics. Where will he hang his jacket? Where will he go to the bathroom? Where will he eat lunch? Knowing the answers to some of these questions will help make your child feel more comfortable in his new classroom.

Highlight the things that make school great. There are lots of attractive factors that can make school very appealing for kids. For starters, there’s the swag — fun new school supplies and clothes. There will also be friends she hasn’t seen and things she may have missed about school — or can look forward to if she’s starting school — such as the playground or making arts and crafts projects.

Arrange some playdates. Help your child re-connect with old friends or make new ones before school starts. Try to get a class list if possible and set up some playdates with familiar pals as well as kids he may not be familiar with. If he is anxious about not being in the same class with old friends, reassure him by letting him know that he can have regular playdates with his friends after school so that they can stay connected.

Remind her that she’s not the only one who may be nervous. Let your child know that the other students are likely to be just as anxious as she is about the first day of school. Reassure her by telling her that the teacher knows that the children are nervous, and will probably spend some time helping the students feel more comfortable as they settle into the classroom.

Try to be home more during back to school time. Right before school starts and during the first days back, try to make it a point to be present at home for your child and support him through this transition back to school. If you work away from home, try to arrange your hours so that you are able to drop your child off at school and are home in time for after school or an early dinner. If you stay at home, try to focus more on your child and put everything else on the back burner. Spend some time talking to your child about his day such as what he liked and what he might have questions about. By giving your child more attention, you will help him feel more secure about his connection to you and home, and help him navigate back to school time.

Make sure she gets enough sleep and eats a balanced diet. Getting adequate sleep and eating a healthy diet — especially a protein-carbohydrate balanced breakfast — is important for brain function, mood and the ability to focus and pay attention in school.

Keep an eye on his school anxiety. You know your child best. If you sense that his back to school anxiety may be rooted in something more serious, such as an anxiety disorder or a problem with a bully, talk with your child, your child’s teacher, and the school counselor.

And remember to try to get yourself relaxed as much as possible. Back to school time can also be a hectic time for parents, so taking care of yourself by eating right and getting enough sleep and exercise is a good idea during this transitional phase back to school.

Try to remind yourself that any anxiety or stress you or your child may be feeling is only temporary. Before you know it, your family will be back in the back to school groove, and you’ll be sailing smoothly into the fall semester.

School Registration

Do you need to register your child for school in September, or transfer schools? Don’t wait until the first day of school to do so.

For more information, there are a variety of links on the school district website:

Back to School

September Registration – Mackenzie

September Registration – Prince George

September Registration – Robson Valley

Summer Closure of Schools

Kindergarten Registration 

  • Please contact your catchment school as soon as possible to register.
  • Registration Information click here