Monthly Archives: February 2013

CUPE K-12 Bargaining Bulletin

clip_image002.jpgFebruary 13, 2013                                                                      Bulletin No. 10

 

Presidents call for province-wide strike vote

RICHMOND~– The Presidents’ Council met Tuesday to discuss this provincial government’s latest attack on K-12 education workers.

CUPE K-12 local presidents at an all-day session in Richmond voted overwhelmingly in favour of authorizing the council’s provincial bargaining committee to prepare a province-wide, local-by-local, strike vote.

While K-12 locals are in various stages of bargaining and the provincial table has met several times with the government’s BC Public School Employers’ Association, little or no progress has been made.~ Council chair Colin Pawson emphasized that the goal remains a fair and reasonable contract settlement for 27,000 CUPE support workers, but that “we must be prepared for job action to get there in light of the direction this government has chosen to take.” Continue reading CUPE K-12 Bargaining Bulletin

Kindergarten Registration – with important information about capped schools

As a reminder to parents, kindergarten registration day is on Wednesday, February 6th, starting at 9am.

District information is available here: https://www.sd57.bc.ca/?id=499

Some important areas that DPAC would like to bring to parents’ attention are:

  • Registration is online only, but we have been assured that there will be assistance in schools. If you encounter any difficulty registering for kindergarten, please let us know.
  • Once you have registered online, you must print off various documents and then bring them to the school. If you do not get the paperwork into the school on or before February 15, 2013, then “you will lose your spot and drop to the bottom of the list”.
  • Parents must register their kindergarten child in either their catchment school, or in a choice school or program. If you wish your child to attend a different school, you must still register in your catchment school, and then apply to transfer your child as of February 12th.
  • If there are more children applying than spaces available on the day of registration, then a lottery will be conducted on February 6th at 4pm, and the results communicated to parents.
  • After the day of registration, if there are more children applying than spaces available, catchment students would most likely be accepted as they register, while non-catchment children may or may not be accepted.
  • At the moment, siblings of catchment children already enrolled in a school would have first priority, then catchment children. Siblings of non-catchment children enrolled in a school do not have any priority over catchment children according to the school district.
  • Some schools have capped enrollment – they will only accept up to a certain number of kindergarten students.The school district has now put which schools have caps up on their website – we do note that the document showing WHICH schools are capped was only created on February 4th, at 2:29pm. Please see: https://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Schools/Advertising/January_-_2013-2014_Registration_Restrictions.pdf

 

According to this document, the following schools have their kindergarten programs capped:

  • College Heights Elementary Kindergarten English – 1 Class of 22, Kindergarten French – 1 Class of 22
  • Edgewood Kindergarten – 1 class of 22
  • Glenview Kindergarten – 1 Class of 22
  • Hart Highlands Kindergarten – 2 Classes of 22
  • Heritage Elementary Kindergarten – 2 Classes of 22, Kindergarten – no Transfer in
  • Vanway Kindergarten – 2 Classes of 22

 

For more information on the school district policy for registration, please see: http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5119.pdf

DPAC would appreciate parent comment on this policy, and possible changes parents would like to see to the policy.

General meeting – Monday, February 4, 2013 – Agenda

For those logging in from their home computers, here is the link in order to log in and view the meeting remotely:

https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.AC4A3020F5F37670445197CC6A9AE7

Sometimes technical problems have meant a slight delay in bringing the online meeting up and running – please give it a few minutes if it’s not active at the right time.

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

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

 

1.       Call to order, Secretary pro tem

2.       Adoption of agenda

3.       Adoption of January 2013 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. Possible topic: parking issues

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

5.       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)

6.       Officer and Committee Reports

a)      Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)

b)      Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)

 

7.       PAC and Parent Assistance

a)      PAC Café Committee

b)      PAC Planner

c)      Grant applications

 

8.       Advising School District

a)      Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)

b)      EPPC Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)

c)       Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland)

d)      Calendar Committee (Darlene & Maureen)

e)      Suggestions for School Board Report

 

9.       Other Business

a)      Scheduling of DPAC AGM and election of Nominating Committee

b)      BCCPAC Conference, May 3 to 5, 2013

c)       Change date of May DPAC meeting from May 6 to ___ – ?

d)      Request to present in March – Kids Helping Kids, Action Schools

10.   Agenda items for next meeting

11.   Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.