Additional agenda items, and link for web conference, to be posted.
link to webex
Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of October 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. Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each).
a) DSAC Report (Graeme Mackenzie, Shelby Miller)
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, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Budget and Grants – 2013/14
b) Fall Conference –October 19, 2013
c) Food Safe workshop –scheduled November 9, 2013
d) Survey to PACs
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve, Dennis)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Darlene, Chris, Darlene)
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Chris)
d) Expanded committee of the Whole (Sarah, Gillian)
e) Calendar Committee (Darlene, Gillian)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report
8. Other Business
a) Email discussion of events and updates outside of meetings
b) BCCPAC Conference in November 15-17 – expressions of interest
c) Feedback sought by school district on policy 5119
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.
Hundreds of school children ride the bus every day in Prince George. Parents trust their kids will make it to and from school safely, but Diversified Transportation says some drivers are making that a difficult task. While the law dictates vehicles stop in both directions when a school bus has its flashing red lights on, the bus company has found many drivers aren’t obeying the law. The cost could be much higher than a ticket.
It’s Element@ry October 25, 2013
Problems at School? What’s a Parent to Do?
Linda Campbell, School Counsellor
At some point as a parent, you will likely be faced with the dreaded email from your child’s teacher telling you that your kid has crossed the line and that you need to come in for another conference—or the principal will call to tell you that your teen has missed the last week of school altogether, unbeknownst to you. Maybe you’ve discovered that your child’s grades have plunged from acceptable to barely passing. What’s a parent to do? Carol Banks, MSW
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We are collecting various presentations from our conference on October 19th. We don’t have permission to share all of them with you, but here are some presentations:
We can’t post the presentations for Gaming, unfortunately, but if you have any gaming questions please let us know.
Kerri Isham is finishing a handout for her presentations. We can’t post the presentations themselves, but can post some links to some of the embedded videos and other resources:
Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It! MEND empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier. This free program is fun and interactive and supports children in two age groups: 7-13 and 5 – 7 and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle. MEND is for children who are above a healthy weight (body mass index (BMI) of 85 per cent or higher). Parents/caregivers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being physically active. Twice-weekly MEND sessions begin in January and are held at the YMCA. Call Cheryl at 250 562 9309 x 213 to learn more!
DPAC is hosting a FoodSafe course for PAC volunteers on Saturday, November 9th, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre. The course will be run by ABC FoodSafe, and a book and certificate will be provided for each participant.
Register here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/8963332569
Why Foodsafe ?
- protects public health
- prepare for employment as a Care Provider or in the food industry
- to volunteer as a food handler
- protect your businesses from litigation or embarrassment
Class runs from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
COST: $20 (to cover the book and certificate cost – DPAC is funding the course itself)
Lunch break is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
DPAC will be providing lunch and snacks.
FoodSafe is a B.C. Ministry of Health required program for people working in the food service industry. Graduates are registered with the B.C. Ministry of Health and will receive a FoodSafe certificate.
You need to bring your CareCard number to the class.
To arrange to pay by cheque, click on Show other payment options under the Register button.
The Ministry of Education is redesigning the K-9 curriculum and has released drafts for English language arts, math and social studies, with others to follow.
A review of the drafts is now underway and is expected to continue throughout the 2013-14 school year, prior to implementation. Details can be found here.
The ministry says the proposed new curriculum is intended to be “flexible, competency-driven, concept-based and inclusive,” with a focus on big ideas rather than facts.
It’s not too late! You can sign up for the conference through this link: https://pgdpacconference.eventbrite.com/
You can pay through a credit card, through a PAC subsidized ticket, or if you click on the Show other payment options under Order Now button, you can arrange to pay at the door.
Schedule for the day
Conference delegate booklet
More information: http://sd57dpac.ca/conference/
The Human Early Learning Partnership announced that new EDI results for Wave 5 are now available, as of September 18th.
These maps and community summaries include data from over 42,000 EDI surveys completed by Kindergarten teachers across British Columbia in 2011-2013.
EDI maps and community summaries are valuable tools that provide insights into children’s physical health and well-being, communication skills, language and cognitive skills, emotional maturity, and social competence.