Monthly Archives: February 2016

Administrative Appointments and Changes

Catching up on a few administrative appointment announcements:

The school district executive assistant, Wendy De Marsh, retired at the end of January.

As per a message from the district, “We thank Wendy for 25 years of exemplary service to the District and wish her all the best in her retirement.”


The Board of Education is pleased to announce the following appointment:

Kap Manhas – Principal of Skills, Trades and Careers
We wish Kap all the best as he assumes his new role.


The Board of Education is pleased to announce the following appointments, effective Monday, February 1:

Aubrey Pender-Mitchell – Vice-Principal, Prince George Secondary School
John McLay – Acting Assistant Superintendent

We wish Aubrey and John all the best as they assume their new roles.

City of Prince George Pro-D day flyer

Please find attached the Pro D Day Flyer for February 26th, 2016. The flyer is produced as a community service by the City of Prince George and promotes recreation, fitness, culture and education and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers that are looking for activities for kids to be involved in on February 26th Pro D Day.  This is the fourth edition of the flyer for the 2015-2016 school year: a flyer is distributed prior to each Pro D Day, Spring break and Summer break.

The flyer is also available on the City Of Prince George website at www.princegeorge.ca (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).  The flyer changes from one Pro D Day to the next but the link to access it on the City website is the same.

This is the direct link: http://princegeorge.ca/cityliving/recreation/YouthPrograms/ProDDay

Please feel free to link to this site on your school websites and list it in your monthly newsletter.  A link in the school monthly newsletter is the best way to reach most students and parents/caregivers.  Please also feel free to share the flyer or link with staff, administration as well as parents and students.

Thank you for your time in sharing this resource.

Food Safe – Saturday, March 5th

DPAC is hosting a FoodSafe course for PAC volunteers on Saturday, March 5th, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre. A book and certificate will be provided for each participant.

As a reminder, for school food programs and PAC fundraising where food is involved, at least one on-site parent is required to have FoodSafecertification.

As of July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in British Columbia have a five-year expiry date. FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013, are valid until July 29, 2018.

Class runs from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

COST: $25 (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.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/prince-george-dpac-foodsafe-for-pacs-march-5-2016-registration-21417518374?aff=website

Again – are you from outside the Prince George area? Need any financial support to travel to Prince George? Please let us know!

PAC Cafe – Sunday, March 6th

What is PAC Cafe?
PAC Cafe is a lunch and discussion for parent advisory council executive members in the Prince George School District, at no cost to you. This will include the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other positions you may have.

It is being held Sunday, March 6, 2016, from 11am to 2pm, at the Prince George Civic Centre.

In this discussion, you can share ideas and challenges, network with other PACs in your area, get ideas from other volunteers doing your job, and enjoy a catered lunch.

This is a fun and flexible event – come with questions, concerns, or great ideas, and enjoy the conversations.

Here’s a report from the 2015 PAC Cafe:
http://sd57dpac.ca/2015/01/paccafe-2015-info-from-session/

To register for PAC Cafe:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pac-cafe-2016-tickets-21417560500?aff=website

Are you from outside the Prince George area? Need any financial support to travel to Prince George? Please let us know!

BCCPAC Spring Conference – are you interested in attending?

The conference and AGM will be held in Kelowna, April 28th to May 1st. More information on the conference available here: http://bccpac2016.weebly.com/

If you are interested in attending, DPAC has some funding that can be used to send people. We would ask that you put your reasons for wanting to attend in writing, email to exec@sd57dpac.ca, and then a decision will be made at the March 6th general meeting. We would also ask that you attend the Resolutions workshop, which will be held early April.

 

BCCPAC and Proxies

Is your PAC a voting member of BCCPAC? If you are, and if you’re not sending a delegate to the BCCPAC AGM, DPAC will act as your proxy in order to cast your vote. In exchange, DPAC will pay your PAC 100% of the BCCPAC registration of $75.

DPAC provides this funding to give our school district, and the North, a larger voice at the  BCCPAC AGM.

DPAC will be sending delegates to the AGM. These delegates have not been chosen yet – please leave the proxy form blank for delegate names.

Your PAC can give specific voting instructions, or there will also a DPAC meeting held to discuss how our delegates should be casting their votes – you don’t need to specify how you would like your vote cast, if you don’t have a particular opinion on a topic.

Once you have filled out the 2016_proxy_form, it will need to be sent to DPAC. Please send to DPAC by April 26th, in order to ensure that it gets taken to the AGM. 

Please either scan/email the form to info@sd57dpac.ca, or fax it to (250) 561-6801 (attention DPAC mailbox).

This document is the proxy form: 2016_proxy_form

BCCPAC Members as of December 31, 2015:

Beaverly Elementary
Buckhorn Elementary
College Heights Elementary
DPAC SD#57 Prince George
Duchess Park Secondary
Edgewood Elementary
Heather Park Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Hixon Elementary School
Kelly Road Secondary
Lac des Bois (Ecole)
Malaspina Elementary
Morfee Elementary
Nukko Lake Elementary
Nusdeh Yoh
Peden Hill Elementary
Pineview Elementary
Polaris Montessori Elementary
Prince George Secondary
Quinson Elementary
Southridge Elementary
Spruceland Traditional
Vanway Elementary

Rural Education Committee Report

2016.01.18 Report, Ad Hoc Committee on Rural Education, FINAL

From the background, first page:

In 2015, an ad hoc committee on rural education in SD No. 57 was developed. The committee was designed to gather information from a broad spectrum of rural citizens and provide feedback and recommendations to the Management and Finance Committee.

Specifically, the scope of this work was to receive:
1. Information about successful rural education practices.
2. Information about the challenges of rural eduation [note – spelling error in original] programming for students.
3. Input on operational challenges and efficiencies to be considered in delivery of  centralized services.
4. Input on operational challenges and efficiences to be considered for school organization purposes.
5. Input on revenue and expenditures specific to the rural context of the school district.
6. Information that is of particular concern to rural secondary school programming.

IMAGINE Community Grant funding now available to community groups, schools, and organizations

As discussed at Monday’s DPAC meeting:

IMAGINE Community Grant funding now available to community groups, schools, and organizations!

Do you have an idea for a project that promotes staying healthy? Northern Health is looking for community partners with ideas for projects that will improve the health of those living, working, learning, and playing in northern B.C.

Community groups and partners can apply for IMAGINE funding of up to $5,000. Grant information and applications are available on Northern Health’s Imagine Grants website. Information can also be obtained via e-mail at imagine.grants@northernhealth.ca or by phone at 1-855-645-6555 or 250-645-6407.

Applications are being accepted from January 25, 2016, to February 29, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified in March and a list of successful applicants will be posted on the IMAGINE Community Grants website at that time.

The IMAGINE grants will provide two opportunities to obtain funding in 2016, with another cycle in early fall.