Monthly Archives: October 2013

Schedule for October 19th Conference

Registration starts at 8:30am, coffee and light refreshments served

9 to 10am

Welcome and Keynote Speech
from 10:15 to 12:15:

  • Six Steps to Communicating with Your Teen
  • Gaming Presentation
  • Navigating Special Needs in the School System
  • Care and Feeding of Your School Community

Lunch provided 12:15 to 1:15pm

From 1:15 to 2:45pm

  • Treasurer 101
  • BC Education Plan – Education Transformation in BC
  • Everything I Need to Know about Robert’s Rules I Learned in Kindergarten
  • Anti-Bullying in School District 57

From 3 to 4:30pm

  • Restitution and Restorative Practices
  • School Planning Councils
  • Communicating with Parents: From Posters to Facebook
  • RCMP

DRAFT Minutes from October 9 2013 General Meeting

DPAC MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 7, 2013
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

Attendees:
DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair), Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Darlene Campbell (District Associate) , Steve Shannon (Technical Director) and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Faith MacKay, PGPVPA;
School Reps: Jacqueline Dockray, College Heights Elementary; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Michelle Yon, Hart Highland; Gina Layte Liston, Heather Park; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac Des Bois; Lotte Andersen, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh; Amy Hudson, Pineview; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland; Christy Wright, (on WebX), Morfee; Marilyn Langlois, (on WebX), Center for Learning Alternatives;

Absentee School Reps: Beaverly; Blackburn; Buckhorn; College Heights Secondary; Foothills; Giscome; Glenview; Harwin; Heritage; Highglen; Hixon; Mackenzie Secondary; Malaspina; McBride Centennial; McBride Secondary; Peden Hill; Pinewood; Ron Brent; Southridge; Valemount Elementary; Valemount Secondary; Van Bien; Vanway; Westwood;

1. Call to order and Adoption of Agenda – Add Lice to 8. (c)
Adopted with changes by unanimous consent.

2. Adoption of September 2013 Minutes-
Adopted by unanimous consent.

3. PAC Networking – Introductions
• College Heights Elementary – discussion of PAC member volunteers
• Duchess Park- discussion of PAC member turnout
• Heather Park- discussion of fundraising and engaging parents and admin. First day of school cafe provided muffins (school/PAC) and had booths set up and welcome pkgs
• Ecole Lac Des Bois- discussion of PAC member volunteers
• Hart Highlands- provide info to new PAC members (ie: gaming info)
• Spruceland- PAC mtg had a presentation about Radon in homes. Discussion about counselor position.
• Nusdeh Yoh- discussion of PAC member turnout.
• Nukko Lake- Safety around traffic and school buses. Silent auction. Discussion about getting new people out

4. Partner Group Presentations
(a) DSAC Report- Two new DSAC reps announced today through email to DPAC Chair. Graeme MacKenzie (KRSS) and Shelby Miller (DPSS).
(b) CUPE Report – (Karen Wong) Regrets.
(c) PGDTA Report – (Tina Cousins) Spoke to report. World teacher day on the 5th. Plan to meet at Hummus Boy to celebrate teachers and the job they do. Finishing up at Supreme Court. Bill 22 was the remedy. Not in agreement with it. Court will finalize in November. Class size and composition is still a topic of concern.
(d) PGPVPA Report – (Faith MacKay) Spoke to report . Nusdeh Yoh: Leadership Academy and Hockey prgm started up, preparing hides to to scrape. PGSS: Parent teacher night, Early dismissal, Open House, Polar performing Arts, Project based learning. CHSS: Anti-bullying and harassment training. Blackburn: Parking Lot Party. Giscome: Preparing for 2 modular classrooms.
(e) PEA Report – (Nicole Haines) – Not in attendance.
(f) Superintendent Report – (Brian Pepper)- Spoke to his report. World Teacher’s day. Enrollment. Learning Improvement Fund. BC Education plan. Erase Bullying. Transformation.
(g) Trustee Report – (Kate Cooke)- Spoke to her report. Public Board meeting: Management and Finance. Education services Committee . Policy and Governance Committee.

5. Officer and Committee Reports
aa) Finacial review of DPAC records by School Trustee Kate Cooke. Everything looked good to Kate.
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland) – Spoke to her report. Attached in October agenda package. ACTION: Reminder – Sarah please change format of Executive Board Report.
b) Treasurers Report (Gillian Burnett) – Attached in October agenda package. Discussion of change for recuperating travel subsidies and paying out per diems.
c) BCCPAC Report- Darlene Campbell. Spoke to her report. Info on November Conference and speakers. Anti- bullying full day session. Printer delay for planners and publications. Report on DPAC website.
d) Election- vacant Executive position. Election- Michelle Yon from Hart Highlands volunteered for Director position. All in agreement. Michelle Yon – new DPAC Director.

6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Budget and Grants – 2013/2014 MOTION: (Gillian Burnett Treasurer) Accept DPAC 2013/14 Budget as circulated. 2nd by Duchess Park (Darlene Campbell). All in agreement. Motion Carried. b) Fall Conference- October 19, 2013. Keynote speaker Kerri Isham. Another speaker for BC Education and graduation requirements coming. Info on DPAC website.
c) Food Safe workshop – Scheduled November 9, 2013 at Van Bien Training Center 8:30am-5pm. DPAC will pay $600 for the course. It will be $20 per person. Max 20.

7. Advising School District
a) Education Services report (Steve Shannon and Dennis Fudge as alternate) – Report in Executive Board report in October 2013 agenda pkg.
b) EPPC Committee Report (Chris Finke and Darlene Campbell) – Darlene Spoke to her report. Physical and Fundamental Movement. Next meeting Oct 22, 2013. Report on DPAC website.
c) Policy and Governance report (Sarah Holland and Chris Finke) – Sarah spoke to her report. Policy 5119. Attached in October agenda pkg.
d) Expanded Committee of the Whole ( Gillian Burnett & Sarah Holland)- Hasn’t met yet.
e) Calender Committee- (Darlene and Gillian)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report (Sarah Holland)- Please email Sarah with ideas.
8. Other Business
a) Email discussion of events and updates outside of meetings. Discussion.
b) BCCPAC Conference November 15-17-expressions of interest. Email DPAC Chair or Exec if interested.
c) Lice- Policy in the school district for parents doing lice checks.
9. Agenda items for next meeting… Health concerns that we may want to bring forward to school board (ie: head lice).
Meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm.
Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00pm Van Bien training and Development Center.

Membership Renewal Notice

Have you renewed your BCCPAC Membership for the 2013/2014 year?

NOTICE TO MEMBERS

Have you renewed your BCCPAC Membership
for the 2013/2014 school year?

If your PAC or DPAC has not renewed your BCCPAC membership for this year, please do so by:

1) Using our NEW online membership registration and payment form (pay by cheque or credit card) click here.

OR

2) Printing and mailing a membership registration form to our office. click here.

We appreciate your membership and efforts to help keep the parent voice strong in BC public education!
Why Your Membership Matters!

Membership gives you the opportunity to:

participate in education workshops, discussions and opinion polls,

network with other PACs and DPACs,

discuss and share ideas using our member forum,

access to current and relevant resources, and

develop the resolutions BCCPAC can use to lobby for change

BCCPAC needs parents opinions, feedback, and ideas to help to ensure we are representing our parents message when meeting with our partnership groups.

Memberships received and/or postmarked by December 15, of the closing year, will give your PAC or DPAC voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

Popular BCCPAC Resources

Our Voice Magazine

Our Voice is BCCPAC’s magazine. It includes articles on what PACs are doing around BC, current BCCPACnews, education issues affecting BC public school students, and membership feedback. As a member of a BCCPAC, you will receive a hard copy.

Guides

BCCPAC maintains current and relevant guidess, to give membership hands on support. Popular guides are:

Individual Education Plans: A Guide for Parents, and

Speaking Up! A parent guide to advocating for students in public schools.

Our resources help parents to learn how to navigate the public school system, and to solve problems their children may have in BC public schools.

Conferences (Spring and Fall)

At our BCCPAC hosted conferences, you can expect top-notch keynote speakers, informative lectures, and useful workshops. All BCCPAC members pay a reduced participation fee. Check the Calendar for upcoming events.

*Fall Leadership Conference is November 15-17, 2013* (more details here)

Reasons to Join BCCPAC

Recognition by government and education partners, who involve BCCPAC as the provincial voice of parents.

Represention by member PACs and DPACs in BC, BCCPAC advocates for systemic changes to the education system.

Create change in the education system by bringing resolutions to the Annual General Meeting, for discussion and support. If accepted by the membership, BCCPAC will lobby the governement for change, on behalf of our provincial parents.

Implementation of new legislation when BCCPAC is successful in its on going lobbying.

Participation in nominating and voting on BCCPAC Board positions at the Annual General Meeting. Positions are filled from by membership.

Involvement with other member PACs and DPACs to network, share their questions, and successes via conference, website and forums.

Kept advised by receiving regular communications about current educational issues.

Receive leadership education from skilled experts at  the annual conferences.

Potential travel subsidy is available for membership school district to attend the Fall and Spring Conferences and the Annual General Meeting.

Ability to serve on various provincial committees, and to participate in focus groups and opinion polls.

Your Membership Matters –

 

New Blog About BC Education

In the News..

BCCPAC welcomes writer and guest blogger Janet Steffenhagen

The BCCPAC Board of directors is very pleased to announce the start of an exciting new relationship with Janet Steffenhagen.  Janet is a well-known and highly respected freelance writer who has been on the BC education beat for over a dozen years and whose influential education blog, Report Card, appeared in the Vancouver Sun for many years.  We welcome Janet as our guest blogger and look forward to her twice weekly posts and the stimulating discussion about education which inevitably follows.  You can find her on the BCCPAC website at www.bccpac.bc.ca .

Janet will be blogging about BC Education on a weekly basis, so please visit the BCCPAC website often and feel free to comment using the comments section at the bottom of each blog post.

Social Media – What are Your Kids Doing?

Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
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Remember MySpace? Not so long ago, practically every teen in the world was on it –- and then many left for Facebook. Now,as Facebook’s popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new “it” social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools that let them write, share, video chat, and even shop for the latest trends.
Knowing the basics — what they are, why they’re popular, and the problems that can crop up when they’re not used responsibly — can make the difference between a positive and negative experience for your kid.

 

 

Most Popular!  

Pheed is best described as a hybrid of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube — except that you can require others to pay a premium to access your personal channel.

Continue reading Social Media – What are Your Kids Doing?

Childcare options for conference

We are not able to offer any on site child care for the DPAC conference. However, we have been in contact with the childcare resource and referral office, which has given us the following list of facilities who may be able to offer care on the 19th:

  • Amanda’s Angels Giscome Road Prince George V2N-6S7 250-963-0044
  • Amazing Kids  Byng Ave. Prince George 250-561-8781
  • Kidz “n” Totz Family Daycare Poplar Place Prince George V2K-1X3 778-415-3825
  • Leaping and Learning  Olds Street Prince George V2N-3B8 250-614-9345
  • Teddy Bear Junction Ferguson Lake Road Prince George V2K-5V2 250-962-5705

Additional reports from Monday’s general meeting

These are reports from our general meeting on Monday that were received after the agenda package was posted.

CUPE Report to DPAC Oct. 2013
BCCPAC director report oct 7
September EPPC report

 

 PGDTA Report:

Good Evening,

 

Here are the latest updates from the Prince George District Teachers’ Association.  

 

World Teachers’ Day:

 

The PGDTA plans to celebrate World Teachers’ Day from 3:30PM-5:30PM on Tuesday Oct. 8 at the Hummus Bros.
We feel a social gathering is a great way to build relationships and recognize that the jobs we do each and every day is important.
We are building tomorrow and together we are better.

 

Here is some further information about this day!
World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemoratesteachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

 

According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

 

Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers’ Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.

 

Over 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

 

BCTF Court Case/Bargaining

 

The BCTF are wrapping up at the BC Supreme Court re:  Bill 27/28 class size and composition.  In 2011, the stripping of our collective agreement was deemed unconstitutional.   We built our court case around the Bill 22 remedy  This will be finalized in November.   We are thinking that the decision may take place in the Spring.   This could have a profound effect on Bargaining.   Class Size and Composition are huge issues in our classrooms.   Now that October is upon us, many teachers are identifying complex needs in their classrooms.  Our class size and composition are our students learning conditions.   It affects all of us.  The latest word is that BCTF will be back at the Bargaining Table in October.   Of course the 10 year deal has been mentioned like a broken record and we maintain, teachers do not want a 10 year deal.  We are hoping the talks at the bargaining table will be reasonable, fair and fully funded.

 

Submitted by Tina Cousins
President of the PGDTA

Agenda – October 7, 2013 General Meeting

A complete agenda package will be posted closer to the time of the meeting.

 

Link to WebEx meeting for online participation:

https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M44D3WDT4DH0MDNHEPH1RFKJ6P-B8NT

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

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

 

1.       Call to order

2.       Adoption of agenda and Adoption of September  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

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)

d)       Election – vacant Executive position

 

6.       PAC and Parent Assistance

a)      Budget and Grants – 2013/14

b)      Fall Conference –October 19, 2013

c)       Food Safe workshop – tentatively scheduled November 9, 2013

 

7.       Advising School District

a)      Education Services Committee Report  (Steve, Dennis – to be confirmed)

b)      EPPC Committee Report (Chris, Darlene – to be confirmed)

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)

9.       Agenda items for next meeting

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