Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

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Monday, December 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre


1.      Call to order, Secretary pro tem

2.      Adoption of agenda

3.      Adoption of November 5, 2012 Minutes

4.      PAC Networking

To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

5.      Presentation on anti-bullying initiatives (Susan Johnston & Cindy Heitman) – 15 minutes max

6.      Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each, maximum)

a)      DSAC Report  (Jay Khatra)

b)      CUPE Report (Lorraine Prouse)

c)       Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Matt Pearce, Tina Cousins)

d)      Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Faith Mackay)

e)      Professional Employees Association (Deborah Coxson)

f)       Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)

g)      Trustee Report (Kate Cooke)


(5 – 10 minute snack break)

7.      Officer and Committee Reports

a)      DPAC Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)

b)      Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)

c)       Budget Committee and DPAC Priorities for Surplus (Gillian Burnett)

d)      Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)

e)      EPPC Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)

f)       PAC Café Committee

8.      Announcements/New Business

a)      Food Safe course – January 19th

b)      Survey to PACs

c)       PAC Planner

d)      District Calendar Committee – Proposed date for a meeting is either Wednesday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m or Monday, December 17, at 3:30 p.m.

e)      Management and Finance committee of the whole

f)       Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society – request for DPAC member to sit on board


9.      Other Business


10.  Agenda items for next meeting

11.  Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Superintendent Blog Being Updated

Congratulations to our Superintendent of Schools, Brian Pepper, on updating his blog on engaging learners.

A recent blog entry made reference to DPAC:

The DPAC is a valued partner group in our district. These hardworking volunteers are passionate about supporting parents in each of our schools and they make significant, important contributions at board committee meetings each month. Countless parent advisory council (PAC) participants at each of our schools offer important advice and provide valuable service to students and staff. I am honoured to be included on the agenda at every DPAC meeting, as are the liaison trustee and the presidents of all the school district’s recognized partner groups. This ongoing positive relationship is an important building-block in our district. We all recognize that by working together we are able to better support all learners in our classrooms.

and another blog entry has talked about the Student Support Services department:

It is necessary that all parties sit down together to discuss the issues and develop the best possible plan to work together in support of a child’s education! When it comes to children and learning – a home/school partnership focused on learning requirements and productive solutions is always the best method!

Other interesting posts talk about Nusdeh Yoh and Remembrance day ceremonies. We look forward to more communications in the future.

Math Invitation to Parents – Fractions

Please take advantage of this opportunity to come and see first-hand, some of the math instruction taking place in elementary schools in School District No. 57.
Hands on, interactive, discussions
This session will focus on FRACTIONS

Dec. 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Van Bien Training and Development Center
Attached to Van Bien Elementary
311 Wilson Cres. (entrance on Upland St.)
(by Candy Cane Lane)

RSVP to and include the grade level you are most interested in.

New Homework Study

A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study — and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.

Let’s start by reviewing what we know from earlier investigations. First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school. In fact, there isn’t even a positive correlation between, on the one hand, having younger children do some homework (vs. none), or more (vs. less), and, on the other hand, any measure of achievement. If we’re making 12-year-olds, much less five-year-olds, do homework, it’s either because we’re misinformed about what the evidence says or because we think kids ought to have to do homework despite what the evidence says.


In an effort to better serve our members, DPAC is conducting a short survey of PAC executive members and parents. Your input can help us better serve you and all the parents of this school district. We estimate that it will take you only a few minutes to complete the survey.

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If possible, please complete this survey before our next DPAC meeting, which is held Monday, December 5th. All answers are appreciated.