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Agenda – March 4, 2013 Meeting

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Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Monday, March 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

 

1.       Call to order

2.       Adoption of agenda and Adoption of February 2013 Minutes

3.      Election – DPAC Secretary

4.      Request for parent input on budget issues and challenges for 2013/14, for presentation April 3rd.

5.       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

6.       Special Presentation: “Kids Helping Kids: Healthy is Happy”, based on the Action Schools! BC Student Leadership model. Glenda Newsted, City of Prince George (15 minutes, maximum)

7.       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 (Nicole Haines)

f)       Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)

g)      Trustee Report (Kate Cooke)

(5 – 10 minute snack break)

8.       Officer and Committee Reports

a)      Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)

b)      Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)

 

9.       PAC and Parent Assistance

a)      PAC Planner

b)      Grants

 

10.   Advising School District

a)      Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)

b)      EPPC Committee Report (Darlene Campbell)

c)       Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland)

d)      Expanded committee of the Whole (Gillian Burnett & Sarah Holland)

e)      Suggestions for School Board Report

 

11.   Other Business

a)      Election of Delegate Selection Committee for BCCPAC Conference May 3 to 5

b)      Election of Nominating Committee for AGM

c)       Resolutions Workshop – before BCCPAC Conference

d)      Change date of April DPAC meeting from April 1st to April 8th  ?

12.   Agenda items for next meeting

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

"Not an education budget"

No increase in education funding in Tuesday’s budget is bad news for schools and bad news for students.

That was the assessment from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. School Trustees’ Association (BCSTA). Flat funding means boards of education will have to cover inflationary costs and new pension and MSP expenses out of existing dollars.

Regrettably, this is not an education budget,” BCSTA president Michael McEvoysaid in an interview. “Trustees around the province are going to be very concerned that the government is not funding any of the increased cost pressures that we’re facing.”

Secretary-treasurers estimate that cost pressures for boards of education will be about $134 million this year. But the budget says provincial education funding will remain unchanged at $4.7 billion for the next three years (although all figures are questionable given that British Columbians will be going to the polls in May).

“This is going to mean cuts in districts around the province,” McEvoysaid. “I think we owe our students a little bit more than this.”

The budget will also put pressure on boards trying to reach new contracts with the BCTF and school support workers. This year, for the first time in a decade, the BCTF is able to bargain class size and composition and teachers are expecting improvements, said the union’s second vice-president, Glen Hansman.

But the only new proposal from the Liberals is for a $1 million for the school fruit and vegetable nutritional program, which will now include milk, he said.

Hansman also noted there is no money in the budget for the 10-year contract that Premier Christy Clark has been promoting as a way of bringing stability to public education.

http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2013/02/19/b-c-trustees-and-teachers-agree-its-not-an-education-budget/

School Counsellor Newsletter – Transition to High School

parent bulletin board highschool

Transition to High School
Crossing The Bridge

I cross the bridge and leave behind
The world so well I know,
A place without surprises,
Quite ordinary and dull.

Across the bridge, what lies there?
If only that I knew.
A land of possibilities,
Where all my dreams come true?

Every bridge I cross in life
Will take me to new ground.
Old things will be left behind,
But new things will be found.
Inspired by a poem of the same title by George Moore

 

Continue reading School Counsellor Newsletter – Transition to High School

Notes from PAC Cafe

A big thank you to all PAC members who were able to attend our first PAC Cafe event! We had representatives from 11 PACs attend, with several PACs sending several representatives. We thank everyone involved for giving out three hours of their weekend. We also appreciated Superintendent Pepper for coming to give a brief thank you, on behalf of the school district, for the volunteer hours put in by our parent volunteers.

The following are pictures of the notes taken during the meeting: 

  

Mid-Year Slump?

February 2013                                    Mid-Year Slump?
From Counsellor Linda Campbell

 

Parent Mid-Year School Check-Up to Ensure Kid Success

This is a time of year when parents often overlook a few important aspects of their children’s school experience that can greatly impact learning success. That’s why now is the ideal time to do a mid-year check up with your child’s progress. Here are some items to check and solutions if you note a problem.

 

Attendance and Lates
Next to parent involvement, the highest correlation to school success is showing up in class on time ready to learn. Many parents are shocked to discover their kids are “missing” classes and marked absent even though you thought you sent your child to school on time.

 

Solutions: Find out what’s going on why and find a simple solution.

 

  • If your child is chronically late waking up, get him an alarm clock.
  • Communicate with the teacher on a daily or weekly basis until the problem is resolved.
  • Don’t overlook another cause: could his tardiness have anything due to your own behavior   like you can’t find those car keys for the carpool or you’re always scheduling his doctor’s appointments during his crucial science class? Revamp your own behavior if needed.

Draft Minutes – February 4, 2013 Meeting

Various handouts – Feb 2013 DPAC

DPAC Meeting Minutes Feb 4th, 2013-1

Attendees:

DPAC Executive:               Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair), Darlene Campbell (District Associate), Jacqueline Dockray  (Director) and Steve Shannon (Director).

Partner Groups:               Kate Cooke, Trustee; Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Lorraine Prouse, CUPE; Faith MacKay, PGPVPA; Nicole Haines PEA.

School Reps:                      Jacqueline Dockray, Ecole College Heights Elementary; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Kim Shannon, Hart Highlands; Sarah Holland, Ecole Heather Park; Karen Masich, Heritage; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Lotte Andersen, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh; Michelle Rolfes, Pineview; Shannon Baird, PGSS;  Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland; Maureen Schulting, Buckhorn Elementary; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac des Bois

 

1.                  Adoption of Agenda

Unanimous consent

 

2.                  Adoption of January 7th, 2013 Minutes

Unanimous consent

 

3.            PAC Networking

 

Kelly Road – Info. Night for Northern Learning Centre February 7th

 

Hart Highlands – fundraising and expecting 2 full K classes (capped).

Vanway – supporting administration for a new library commons.  Some money going towards projector – fundraising.

Heritage – full school, trying to figure out what to do for fundraising – more parents participating is a problem. – K registration capped.

Nukko Lake – will be receiving more children, so not to be closed which is good.

Buckhorn – is there a chance for another Foodsafe course?

Pineview – year going smoothly.  Lots of room.

Lac des Bois – carnival, pancake breakfast, decorating T-shirts, etc.  Sports activities.

DP Todd – number of retirements, course planning for next year, building timetable, student satisfaction survey going out Feb 14th.  Learning commons being set up.  Ministry audit on DP Todd enrolment – lost 3 FTE`s during that process.

Quinson – online registration a problem because no computers at home.  Suggested that parents go to computers at school.  Discussion on registration and Policy 5119 and how to register in person.  Has the secretaries’ job description changed?

Nusdeh Yoh – nothing to report.

College Heights – swing set to be put in place in summer – district to pay for installation.  Lots of other activities going on – Legomania, ski trips, skating, spring concert and others.

PGSS – Spirit Day success – students were very impressed – played pool, bowling, random acts of kindness at Pine Centre Mall (opening doors etc.).

Heather Park – raffle will go ahead (hockey draw), FI Parent info. Night, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing.  Trip to QC for G6 & 7 students for next year – deposits due in spring.

DP – football to Oregon for a skills camp with NFL – 7 days.  Band off to china.

4.            Reports

(a)    DSAC Report –  not present

(b)   CUPE Report –  see Bargaining Bulletin.  Feb 12th Lorraine to Vancouver to see what next step will be.  Feb 14th next meeting.  Hands are tied due to funding limitations.  President and reps to decide what to do next.  Q concerning K registration – online registration how to if you don`t have a computer.  Secretaries have done it traditionally, but now that it is online, are they to assist everyone?  A real problem.

(c)   PGDTA Report –  K registration a big issue at their meeting. Understand that EA`s are deployed to help out, but they should be in class.  Perhaps could hire some CUPE office staff to help out.  What about school org if kids are not registered because people hold off and show up on Sept 5th.  I Love Public Education – new initiative.  99 days until voting day.  See Charter for Public Education.  Wristbands and buttons.  BCPSEA came to an agreement regarding framework for bargaining – will be a facilitator, will start bargaining sooner, also will put out common numbers.  Shift in relationships about local issues.  Can now bargain some local issues at the local level.  Positive move forwards in relationship with BCPSEA.  10 year plan is flawed – ignores court rulings.  Want right to bargain class size and composition.  Teacher`s salaries has been left out of plan.  Teachers have rejected this deal.  Happy to come and talk to PAC`s.

(d)  PGPVPA Report –  semester 2 started – looking into programming for next year end of February.  Dry Grads organizing.  UNBC Achievers – any Grade 12 student with all A`s get to go to UNBC for a day, registration fee waived ($60) and get one course for free if attend UNBC.

(e)   PEA Report –  help kids transitioning into K.  After K registration can assign case managers if necessary – needs based and after consultation.  Can provide support if child needs.  Transitioning service to about 100 or so students.  If early intervention services have been accessed, then this helps with transitioning.  Collaborative problem solving model – different from pre-school screening.  Info. Attached.  They tend to attend Welcome to K days to be available for questions from parents.

(f)     Superintendent Report –  not present

(g)   Trustee Report –   see attached.

 

5.            Committee Reports

a)  Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland) –   see attached

b)  Treasurers Report (Gillian Burnett) – see attached – review of bank statements over last year done.  This is an example of best practices for PAC’s – just check out the books, conduct a self-audit.

 

6.            PAC and Parent Assistance

a) PAC Cafe Committee – February 16th – not a lot of people registered at the moment – expect more as date draws near.  Doesn’t have to be Chairs and Vice-Chairs – others can

b) PAC planner  – need to meet.

c) Grants – Edgewood request – much discussion.

 

Motion:  We move to approve the Edgewood grant application for Speaker grant and Family of Schools grant and recommend they speak with Duchess Park about sharing their speaker.

College Heights, Seconded by Nusdeh Yoh.  Spruceland and PGSS opposed – notes preference for one of the grants to be okayed rather than both.

Motion:  To approve anti-bullying grant proposed by Edgewood.

Kelly Road, Seconded by Buckhorn.

All opposed.  Not within the parental purview of DPAC.

 

7.            Advising School District

a) Education Services report (Steve Shannon) –   see attached

b) EPPC Committee  Report (Darlene Campbell) –  3 new coursed have been approved.

c) Policy and Governance report (Sarah Holland) –  very first meeting we were able to attend – see attached.

d) Calendar committee report (Darlene Campbell & Maureen)  – lack of public consultation – said it was 30 days.  Concerns for working poor.  Break in February 2015 too long between break and end of year.  Could they introduce another little break?  Will consider – dependent on CUPE and other groups requirements. – minutes attached.  To be approved at February Board meeting.

e) Suggestions for Board Meeting (Sarah Holland)  – concerns re: K registration, capacities.  Concerns about snow piling around schools – are there bylaws to ensure kids can be seen and snow cannot be piled around schools? Ask Mr. Pepper at our next meeting.

8.            Other Business

(a) Gift certificate – Direct Art – resolution – Don indicated that he did not need nor want any art and would rather it went to other uses like supporting students in the schools.  Suggestion that it could be passed on as a prize for competition in district.  Give to Don`s PAC.  Could use as a door prize at the PAC Cafe.

Motion: that the Direct Art gift certificate be used as a door prize at the PAC Cafe.  Nusdeh Yoh, seconded by Spruceland.  Passed unanimously.

(b) DPAC AGM scheduling and election of Nominating Committee –  keep it in May.

(c)  BCCPAC Conference, May 3-5th, 2013.

Motion:  To change the May DPAC meeting to the second Monday in May.  Nusdeh Yoh, seconded by PGSS.  Motion passes.

(d)  Request to present in March – Kids Helping Kids, Action Schools.  Unanimous consent – 15 min. Presentation limitation.

(f)  Invitation from PGDTA to attend Spring Fling – email Kim Rutherford directly – see website.

9.            Agenda items for next meeting

                Resolutions for BCCPAC

Meeting adjourned  at 9:56 pm.

 

 

Last Chance for Lunch!

We need to get our numbers into the Coast for lunches today – please let the rest of your PAC know about this, encourage people to come out, register, and please come. 

(Did we mention the door prize?)

We have a networking lunch coming up for all PAC executive members! No cost, lunch at the Coast Inn of the North, Saturday, February 16th, from 11am to 2pm. 

If you’re on the executive of your PAC, then you’re welcome to come – that’s everyone doing the job of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and any other positions, such as Volunteer Coordinator or Communications Coordinator.

Topics already noted by attendees of being interest to discuss include:
  • fundraising and gaming
  • getting parents involved, and getting members
  • volunteer recruitment
  • bylaws
  • communicating with parents
  • and everything!
 To register, or find out more, please click here: http://pgpaccafe.eventbrite.com/

We need to know the numbers for the lunch as soon as possible, so please register, and please come – it can help your school and your PAC to meet with other PACs, doing the same job as you.

Thank you,

Prince George District Parent Advisory Council