Monthly Archives: February 2017

Printable poster for community open house on student reporting

NEW_KidsProgress-Open House Poster.Prince George

For more information please visit:
engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/

Details:
Your child’s curriculum has changed, now
the way we report your child’s progress is changing too.
Your ideas about what would make student reporting better are valuable and we
want to hear them! Drop by our casual open house anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. to
learn more, you can also take part in a fun one hour brainstorming workshop from
7 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy refreshments, good conversation, and help us to shape the
future of student progress reports in B.C.
DROP BY A COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE TO LEARN MORE
Have Your Say on Report Cards

 

February 22, 2017, PGSS Library, drop in between 5pm and 7pm

Reminder of registration deadlines

As a reminder, kindergarten registration opened January 31st.

For schools with capacity issues, at 4pm one week following registration day, then there will be a raffle as to who can be accepted.

Schools Operating at Full Enrolment Capacity

Schools listed below ar operating at full enrolment capacity.
Admission of out-of-catchment students is not anticipated.

Choice Programs

  • Lac des Bois – Maximum of 60 students Kindergarten students
  • Polaris Montessori – Maximum of 40 students Kindergarten students

Elementary Schools

  • Edgewood
  • Glenview
  • Hart Higlands
  • Heather Park (English Program)
  • Heritage
  • Malaspina
  • Southridge

 

Secondary Schools

  • College Heights
  • Duchess Park

 

Policy on registration priorities

https://www.sd57.bc.ca/Board/Policies/Documents/5119%20School%20Catchment%20Areas%2c%20Registration%20and%20Student%20Transfers.pdf

2.1.1 Siblings of catchment area children who, in the previous year, attended the school in question and who will be attending the school in the following year.

2.1.2 If there are more siblings than can be accommodated, priority will be established based on a lottery.

2.1.3 If siblings can be accommodated and there are more new registrations who do not have siblings in the school than can be accommodated, priority will be established based on a lottery.

 

At 4:00 p.m. one week following registration day, the principal of the school will determine if all of the students who have registered can be accommodated in the school. If more students have registered than can be accommodated, students will be accepted in the priority order established in Regulation 2.

2.1.5 If a lottery is required, the principal of the school and the chairperson of the school’s parent advisory council, or designate, will at that time conduct it as follows:

a) The names of all students in the priority category will be placed in an envelope or other suitable receptacle. The names of multiple children of the same age from the same family will be recorded together on one piece of paper.

b) The names will be drawn one at a time and recorded on a list in the order drawn. This list will establish the order in which registrations are accepted.

c) If there is not sufficient space to accommodate multiple children of the same age from the same family, their parents will have the option of accepting spaces for individual children.

d) Those names on the list whose registrations are not accepted will become the wait list.

e) Parents will be informed regarding registration acceptance or wait list status as soon as possible following the draw and prior to the start of the school district’s transfer process.

 

 

 

Policy out for input – Sexual Orientation Gender Identity

https://www.sd57.bc.ca/Board/Policies/Draft/Pages/default.aspx

On January 31, 2017 the Board of Education approved Draft Policy 4117 SOGI (SEXUAL ORIENTATION GENDER IDENTITY) for distribution to reference groups for input.

DRAFT 4117 SOGI.pdf

On September 8, 2016 the Ministry of Education issued a directive requiring that all British Columbia school districts add explicit protections for LGBT students to their anti-bullying policies.

The existing policy was reviewed by the school district’s LGBTQ Advisory Group who identified areas within Policy 4117 LGBTQ that require updating to include the current terms, definitions and language as outlined in the Ministry of Education’s guidelines.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS REGARDING DRAFT POLICY 4117 SOGI IS APRIL 2, 2017.

If you or your organization has any comments, concerns or suggestions about the draft policies, please forward them in writing to:

Diane Nygaard,
Executive Assistant
School District No. 57 (Prince George)
2100 Ferry Avenue
Prince George, BC ~~V2L 4R5
or e-mail:dnygaard@sd57.bc.ca
or fax:250-561-6820 or 250-561-6801

To help focus your input, the following questions may be considered:

How does the new policy fit with current practice?

How will the new policy affect your school/department/group?

How will the policy affect teaching, learning and student achievement?

Do you have any ideas for making the policy more effective?

Are there any areas in the policy that are unclear?

Are there significant issues that the policy should, but does not, address?

Can you foresee any difficulties posed by the implementation of the policy?

Will the policy as proposed put unreasonable demands on people or resources? If so, how?

 

Agenda – February 6th DPAC General meeting

Attachments:

 

Webconference link: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/2017-feb-6-dpac

Please text (250) 565-4949 if you have any difficulty with logging into the web conference link. 

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, February 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (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 (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong) – Received communication that Karen would be unable to attend as she is in Vancouver at the moment.
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Senior Administration Report ( Nevio Rossi )
f) Trustee Report (Bob Harris)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) Draft Budget
d) BCCPAC Report
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) PAC Café – February 25th
b) White Hatter Presentation
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ( Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance (Mike Gagel)
d) School Board Policies and Policy Development
e) Enrollments, Projections and Capacity DPAC Review
f) Suggestions for School Board Report
8. Election – Director positions, secretary

9. Other Business
a) Communicating Student Learning and Parent Engagement Opportunity to provide input at Ministry Community Meeting February 22nd, 2017
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6th, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

PAC Cafe Registration

For all volunteer members of parent advisory councils. This may include the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other positions you may have – Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Fundraising, and more. This is a fun and flexible event – bring your questions, concerns, or great ideas!

Share ideas and challenges
Network with other PAC volunteers in your area
Get ideas from other volunteers doing your job
Enjoy a catered lunch

Pre-registration is required.

We charge a nominal fee of $5 per attendee for SD57 attendees. Please contact info@sd57dpac.ca or chair@sd57dpac.ca if this is a barrier to your attendance, as we have a budget to ensure all are included.

If you are from Hixon, Mackenzie, McBride, or Valemount, please let us know, as we should be able to assist with travel costs.

Questions? Call 250-649-6770 or email info@sd57dpac.ca

Eventbrite - PAC Cafe 2017

Grant opportunity

Apply for Funding  http://crs.coopconnection.ca/communityspaces.html

2017 Funding
$25,000 – $150,000 available per project. $2M will be awarded across Western Canada in 2017.
Co-op Community Spaces requires all projects to submit their project budgets within the application form.
Online applications will be accepted from February 1 – March 1, 2017. Paper copies will not be accepted.

APPLY NOW

Please direct questions or inquiries to communityspaces@fcl.ca.
Eligibility
Projects eligible for funding must:

  • be a registered non-profit, registered charitable organization or a community service co-operative
  • be a capital project located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba
    be completed in two years
  • Provide the opportunity for permanent signage

Projects ineligible for funding include:

  • those that support religious or politically affiliated organizations
  • those that will have adverse environmental impacts
  • those that are third-party fundraising campaigns
  • those that are led solely by municipal governments and do not have a charitable or non-profit partner
  • *Local non-profits and charities partnering with their local municipality must apply on behalf of the project.

Parent Engagement: Your child’s curriculum has changed, and the way we report your child’s progress is changing too.

Currently, student progress is reported in many different ways, including report cards, parent teacher meetings and regular student/parent/teacher check-ins. The Ministry of Education has updated the curriculum for kindergarten to grade 9. Now you are being asked to share your thoughts on report cards and all types of progress reporting. Ministry staff and educators, along with district staff will be hosting a community session in Prince George at Prince George Secondary (in the Library) at 2901 Griffiths Ave. on February 22, 2017 – between 5pm and 8 p.m.

Your ideas about what would make student reporting better are valuable and we want to hear them.
Drop in to the casual open house between 5 and 7 p.m. then take part in a fun brainstorming workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy some refreshments and good conversation, and help us shape the future of student progress reports in B.C.

Rural Forum – February 1, 6pm to 8pm, at Van Bien

Prince George Van Bien Training and Development Centre
311 Wilson Crescent

February 1, 2017 6-8pm

The Parliamentary Secretary is looking for feedback from British Columbians and interested stakeholders to provide a range of different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing rural school districts and communities for her consideration.

The purpose of the regional open houses is to explore rural funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province. These regional open houses aim to gather feedback from families and community members through an open dialogue.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The first 30-45 minutes of each meeting will be an open house format, where light refreshments will be served. The remaining portion of the meeting will be a more formal question and answer format with Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson and/or Ministry of Education staff.

We invite you to share your thoughts on the following discussion questions at the open houses:

Discussion 1: What is your definition of a rural school?

Discussion 2: What are the positive impacts in the community?

Discussion 3: How are schools being used?

Discussion 4: Share your rural education story