Agenda – November 4, 2013 General Meeting

Additional agenda items, and link for web conference, to be posted.

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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.

CKPG story on transportation safety

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.

Parent Engagement Newsletter

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

Continue reading “Parent Engagement Newsletter”

Presentations from Conference

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:


YMCA MEND Program – January 2014

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!


Do you qualify for a refund of tuition fees for summer school in 2004, 2005, or 2006?

Many families in B.C. are entitled to a refund of tuition fees for summer school in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as a result of a court settlement reached last week, the Vancouver Sun reports.

The settlement ends a class-action lawsuit against the Vancouver board of education, which was filed by lawyer Jim Poyner in 2009 on behalf of a mother who had paid for her son to attend summer classes in science and English.

Two years earlier, the government had ordered school districts to stop charging tuition for students attending summer school for academic credit, saying the fees – ranging from $200 to $500 per course – were illegal.

Poyner argued that if the fees were illegal in 2007, they were also illegal in preceding years, subject to the statute of limitations. B.C. Supreme Court certified the lawsuit in 2011, which led to Friday’s settlement affecting the Vancouver board and 20 others (Surrey, Coquitlam, Richmond, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, Langley, New Westminster, Mission, Victoria, Campbell River, Vernon, Chilliwack, Powell River, Prince George, Okanagan-Skaha and Cowichan Valley).

When the report interviewed Poyner on Monday, he said those school districts will be identifying all families affected by this decision so that they may file their claims through the Poyner Baxter law office. But anyone who wants to be pro-active, rather than waiting to receive a claim form, may contact the firm directly. Send an email to or watch the Poyner Baxter website for future postings with information about claims.

Food Safe Course November 9th

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:

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.

K-9 Curricum Redesign

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 to sign up for the conference!

It’s not too late! You can sign up for the conference through this link:

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

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EDI Results for Prince George

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.

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