UNBC offering Math Made Fun for Everyone

math made fun for everyone – PDF file

Many caregivers struggle teaching K-3 kids basic mathematical principles. However, teaching and learning math can be fun! Using three-dimensional manipulative games, this interactive twelve session program will provide caregivers with the skills and tools necessary for learning and teaching basic mathematical concepts. Math Made Fun will also highlight the math behind every-day activities. Students will work individually, in small groups, participate in discussions as well as journal about their challenges and successes.

Sept 17 to Dec 3, 2013 (Tuesdays)

News article about School Supplies and Fees


A former school trustee is once again telling parents they do not have to pay for pens, paper, glue and any fees for other school supplies.

In 2006 John Young successfully sued the Victoria School Board and the Education Ministry to ensure schools would provide all supplies.

As a result he says schools must provide standard courses and all materials, free of charge.

“They’re acting illegally if they try to deprive a student of a full program leading to graduation,” says Young.

Young advises parents that if their child’s school charges a fee to cover those costs, they should simply refuse to pay.

“The school must provide everything that child needs in order to achieve graduation status, there are no exceptions to that, although school boards all over the province just ignore the School Act and make a long list of supplies that schools have to purchase.”

Supporting Meaningful Consultation with Parents


from British Columbia Council of Administrators of Special Education (BC CASE)

Meaningful consultation is not a structure; rather it is a process that underpins educational decision making. Meaningful consultation is necessary when decisions are made that will have an impact on a student’s educational program, and it is essential that this process includes the student’s family and/or caregivers. To the extent appropriate to the student’s age and ability, the student should also participate in the process.
At its heart, meaningful consultation is about interactive, two-way communication and dialogue. Such consultation is undertaken to seek information, advice and/or informed
opinion for consideration prior to decision making.

Tips for a Great School Year 2013 – 2014

Tips for a Great School Year       2013 – 2014
?Keep a Family Calendar ?
Be sure to get the school year calendar and post it in a visible spot. Note parent-teacher conference dates, report card distribution dates, and other school events. Record them into your personal calendar too. ??Focus on Friendship ?
When a child feels a sense of belonging and connectedness to his environment, he will learn and develop with greater ease and comfort. ??Look for Extra-Curricular Activities
However, parents beware: Do not overschedule your child (and yourself) to the point of stress and exhaustion. ??Spend Some Time at School ?
Most teachers and principals are delighted to have parents lend a hand in the classroom and around the school.It provides an additional sense of connectedness to strengthen their village of care and support. ??Create Two-Way Communication ?After checking to see whether your child has accurately completed her homework, take a moment to initial the agenda or school planner to let her teacher know you have reviewed the work. Write a comment or ask a question.
?Read the School Newsletter ?
This shows your interest in the school community and your willingness to be a part of that connection. Be sure to read the School Handbook. ??Develop Healthy Habits ?Good physical health, proper nutrition, and enough sleep are the most important elements for school success. ?
One More Thing ?Enjoy yourself, the years go by fast!   Trish Dolanski Continue reading “Tips for a Great School Year 2013 – 2014”

Agenda – General Meeting September 9 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

Agenda package in process of being posted.


In a move to improve audio quality for attendees participating by computer, we have moved from the school district’s conference system to Webex.


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1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of June 2013 Minutes
3. 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

4. Tapestry Singers presentation (Carolyn Duerksen) – 5 minutes

5. Mayor’s Crime Task Force Update (Brian Pepper) – time to be determined

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

a) DSAC Report

b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)

c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)

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)

7. Officer and Committee Reports

a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)

b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)

c) Acceptance of resignation and election of new executive position


8. PAC and Parent Assistance

a) PAC Planner Update

b) Budget and Grants – Ideas for grants for 2013/14

c) Fall Conference –October 19, 2013


9. Advising School District

a) Education Services Committee Report

b) EPPC Committee Report

c) Policy and Governance

d) Expanded committee of the Whole

e) Suggestions for School Board Report


10. Other Business

a) Bear Aware


11. Agenda items for next meeting

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