Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nobody Likes Me!

I remember hurting for my children when they had troubles with friends.  Perhaps there are some ideas here to help!
Linda Campbell
School Counsellor, School District 57
lcampbell@sd57.bc.ca

 

 How to help your child make friends

Your child is in grade school and out to explore the world. But she is a bit of a loner and seems shy or reluctant to make friends, and this has you worried. Other kids your child’s age seem to have no trouble in the social-life department, easily making and keeping pals.  
by Kate Rauch ?You can help, and it’s worthwhile. Playing with friends is an important way for young school-age children to learn social rules such as cooperating, not hurting each other’s feelings, and waiting for their turn.

 

Keep playdates small. Start by inviting only one or two prospective pals over to your house, preferably kids your child already knows who are around her age. Ask your child who she enjoys spending time with at school, and arrange a get-together.

 

Keep playdates short. One or two hours is plenty when kids are just getting to know each other. True, this might mean that the new friend will have to leave just as things are really getting fun, but this is better than having the playdate go on too long and deteriorate into squabbles, leaving a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.?

 

Plan ahead. Orient the playdate around games and activities that your child enjoys and is good at. This will make her more comfortable and keep her feeling good about herself. Let your child pick the activity, but make suggestions.

 

Get involved. Don’t just leave the kids to play by themselves and hope for the best. Your guidance can make children feel more at ease with each other, especially new friends. Oversee art or cooking projects, or suggest a game. If this seems to make your child more self-conscious, though, back off. Do make yourself available in case they run into conflicts, get distracted and stop playing together, or need a change of activity. However, try not to dominate or fill in for your child; the idea is to help break the ice without taking control. “Mom or Dad can help get things going, then hang back once the kids get into the groove.?

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Minutes of October 1, 2012 DPAC General Meeting

2012 Oct 1 – DPAC minutes

DPAC MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 1ST 2012

7:00 PM Van Bien Training and Development Center

 

Attendees:

 

DPAC Executive:              Sarah Holland (Chair), Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Jacqueline Dockray (Director), Steve Shannon (Director) and Darlene Campbell (District Associate)

 

Partner Groups:               Brain Pepper (Superintendent), Kate Cooke (Trustee), Lorraine Prouse (CUPE), Faith MacKay (PGPVPA), Matt Pearce/Tina Cousins (PGTDA)

 

School Reps                     Colleen Smith (Beaverly), Jacqueline Dockray (College Heights) Chris Finke (DP Todd), Darlene Campbell (Duchess Park), Melanie Pierce (Edgewood), Steve Shannon (Hart Highlands), Sarah Holland (Heather Park),  Steve Shannon (Kelly Road), Shauna Conner (Ecole Lac des Bois), Trista Spencer (Malaspina), Ray Jacob (Morfee – illuminate), Lotte Anderson (Nukko Lake), Darlene Campbell (Nusdeh Yoh), Michelle Rolfes (Pineview), Don Sabo (Pinewood), Michelle Rolfes (PGSS), Ryan Clarke (Quinson), Dennis Fudge (Spruceland)

 

Agenda – adopted as presented

Minutes – adopted as amended

 

Adoption of / Election of positions

–          Secretary… no one nominated, secretary position rotating till further notice, Darlene taking October minutes.

–          Vice-Chair… Chris Finke nominated by Nusdeh Yoh second by College Heights. [CARRIED]

 

PAC NETWORKING

–          Pinewood – held open house on Sept 27, had display of leap frog and a book fair

–          Bev – open house and scholastic book fair

–          Pineview – Open house occurred

–          Lac des Bois – open house and teacher / parent interviews

–          Spruceland – also held open house and interviews

–          Nusdeh Yoh – holding naming ceremony Oct 25th at 4 pm

–          Duchess park – upcoming elections and parent teacher interviews

–          Quinson  – Held book fair

–          DP Todd – First meeting already took place, all sport teams are up and running, Oct 24 is parent teacher interviews

–          Nukko Lake – Hot lunch program is running, did a financial review, held a silent auction

–          College Heights – Snow Flake run held, Pizza party, open house, terry fox run, Power of One did presentation on anit-bulling, cross country is active and actively fundraising for a swing.

–          Malaspina – set up email account with gmail, held or planned 3 fundraisers, Hot lunch program began, talking about wheel chair access to playground, has full tech upgraded, and supply issue has been addresses with admin.

–          Edgegwood – PAC meeting and AGM next week, was discouraged of holding an open house by admin, purposed changes to recess, seeks out information.

–          CLA – Marilyn shared with DPAC the programs being held there

–          Kelly Road – NLC (northern learning center) no one is without a laptop, received unanimous donations, mentored by grade 11/12

–          Hart highland – has no track and field

–          Morfee (Ray) – held open house and has added 2 new teachers

–          Heather Park – Open house held, book fair, very good power point done by the admin, PAC is online and doing T-shirts sales got to heatherparkpac.info to view products.

SPECIAL ANNOUNMENTS

–          Brenda from Staples, annual stock the locker, 8000.00 raised and distributed via DPAC to PAC’s

MOTION:     Spruceland seconded by Edgewood

To include a special thank you to Staples and the community for the donations of the gift cards on the DPAC website and send a letter directly to Staples.  [CARRIED]

–          Presentation to Don Sabo for his services and a message from the School District as well.

PARTNER GROUPS

                DSAC – sends his regrets

CUPE – CUPE met with Superintendent for a working meeting, EA’s are back to work (written report given)

PGDTA – report submitted – World Teacher Day is Friday Oct 5th, monthly events are planned, Thursday Oct 4th in front of School Board office is pie and ice cream celebration from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

PGPVPA – highlighted report

SUPERINTENDENT – Brian highlighted the good news in his report.  Capital Plan’s top 3 choices are Kelly Road – new building, Nusdeh Yoh – new building, DP Todd – new space. Questions arouse and addressed about his report (see report) about input and class size

TRUSTEE – Kate Cooke written report given

DPAC REPORTS

                Chair report –the Executive Board meeting report was submitted

Treasurer – submitted.  Do we need a transactional report? General consensus was that it was not necessary; Gillian will provide this to the Executive.

Budget committee Report – Gillian gave report.

Don asked that he be removed from this committee.

MOTION: (regarding the budget) that we approve the 2012/2013 budget as presented. [CARRIED]

–          Explained the budget and questions were addressed

MOTION: (regarding the surplus) that we approve the plan to appropriate the surplus as presented in the proposal. [CARRIED]

MOTION: (how to spend) that the budget committee provide the membership with a number or options for spending the surplus that agrees with the stated priorities and goals at the November General Meeting. [CARRIED]

Lots of discussions happened on this motion, amendments brought forward all failed.

Conference committee – Volunteer list needed as lots of things to do, send email regarding volunteers, go for’s mileage logs money to cover, childcare issues addressed, link is online to register, travel coverage

EPPC – Gillian *all day kindergarten discussed, gradual entry, will provide information on website

Ed Services – Steve, no meeting yet, next Monday

Policy and Governance – Sarah.                                                                                                                                            MOTION: send another letter to the board (see report) Sarah, seconded Jacqui [CARRIED]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Flag Policy ? (no input)

Graduation dialog – people wanting to come

MOTION:  for DPAC to purchase a laptop, to a max of 500 for use of secretary. [CARRIED] Nusdeh Yoh seconded by Edgewood. Steve to purchase

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities for Discussion

There are two opportunities for educational discussions on various topics on Friday and Saturday:

  • on Friday, October 19th, from 7pm to 9pm, we will be having a short tour of Duchess Park school, refreshments, and a Graduation Requirements Dialogue, facilitated by Cindy Heitman and Mike McDiarmid. This dialogue will help to inform the development of future graduation requirements, and address questions such as what students should know and understand by the time they leave school, and how student learning could be communicated to parents. All parents are welcome to attend at no cost, we do ask that you let us know in advance by emailing chair@sd57dpac.ca.
  • Jane Thornthwaite, the Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement, will be speaking at the BCCPAC Northern Regional Conference on Saturday, October 20th. We have been asked to communicate to our members that she would also be available for conversations with parents, during this time, should anyone have concerns to bring her. Please call Charlotte, in Pat Bell’s office, if this is the case – 250-612-4194.

BCCPAC Northern Regional Conference – Saturday, October 20th

Each Parent Advisory Council in this district has been provided with two complimentary tickets to the BCCPAC Northern Regional Conference, to be distributed as each PAC sees fit.

If PAC executive members are unable to use these tickets, we encourage the tickets to be distributed to other parents, or school staff to use.

PACs that have registered one person for the conference, as of October 16th at 9:30am:

  • Beaverly Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Centre for Learning Alternatives  Parent Advisory Council (John McInnis)
  • Ecole Lac des Bois Parent Advisory Council
  • Hart Highlands Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Morfee Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Nukko Lake Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Prince George Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • Quinson Elementary Parent Advisory Council

PACs that have not registered anyone yet for the conference, as of October 16th at 9:30am:

  • Blackburn Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • College Heights Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • D P Todd Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • Duchess Park Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • Edgewood Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Foothills Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Giscome Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Glenview Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Harwin Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Heather Park Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Heritage Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Hixon Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Kelly Road Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • Malaspina Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • McBride Centennial Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • McBride Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • Nusdeh Yoh Parent Advisory Council
  • Pineview Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Pinewood Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Ron Brent Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Southridge Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Valemount Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Valemount Secondary Parent Advisory Council
  • Van Bien Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Vanway Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Westwood Elementary Parent Advisory Council

Some of these PACs have let us know that they have meetings planned this week to decide on tickets.

If you are interested in attending the conference, and are a parent of one of these schools listed, then we suggest you contact your local PAC or principal to see if you can receive one of these tickets.

If not, please register and/or find out more, visit:

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/events/bccpac-northern-regional-conference

Conference Update

DPAC has sent an email to all PAC contacts that we have, offering TWO FREE TICKETS for each PAC to distribute. If you have NOT received this registration information – which includes a password – please email chair@sd57dpac.ca for information.

The link to register is here: http://dpacnorthernregionalconference.eventbrite.com/

We will also be offering travel funding for representatives from McBride, Mackenzie, and Valemount.

For more information about the conference, including a full program and information on how to register for all parents, please visit:

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/events/bccpac-northern-regional-conference

Check out the Conference at a Glance for an overview of the Northern Regional Conference:

 

 

Staples and Stock the Lockers

During the Prince George Staples “Stock the Lockers” campaign, the Prince George Staples raised $8000 to purchase school supplies and to help provide necessities for students in need. This year, Staples is sending this money out directly to PACs, for PACs to assist students. This $8000 has been divided equally between all 40 PACs in the Prince George School District, and presented to PACs in the form of gift cards at our October 1st District Parent Advisory Council meeting.

DPAC suggests that PACs may wish to consult with your principal, teachers, and staff regarding needy students in your school.

All gift cards have been distributed to PACs. Sixteen cards went out to PAC representatives at the DPAC meeting who were present in person, and the remaining cards went out through the school district inter-office mail October 3rd.

On behalf of PACs, DPAC would like to thank Staples and all those who donated through Staples.