Monthly Archives: November 2017

Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying

Eventbrite - Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying for Parents

Parents from across the district are invited to attend an evening presentation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at École Heather Park Elementary.

Parent Presentation – Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying
This parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child has now entered into their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as recommendations for monitoring your teen’s digital life.

As a parent, you must lead the charge as a digital role model and help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital footprint is a reflection of their real and online selves. At this age, they will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying (and more commonly – cyberexclusion), the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites, and you need to be there to provide support and guidance during this critical period. Finally, to better equip you for your digital parenting strategy, a snapshot of the current trends and concerning apps will be provided.

This presentation is from Safer Schools Together.

The school district is putting on the presentation for students during the day, and the District Parent Advisory Council is helping to fund the presentation in the evening. All parents are eligible to attend. We do ask that people register for the event.

Note: for parents not able to attend this session, we are also planning a session from the White Hatter in February.

Congratulations to local teacher (and parent) Glen Thielmann

Glen Thielmann, DP Todd teacher is a recipient of the 2017 Governor General’s History award for excellence in teaching. Congratulations Glen!

Glen has written more about the award, and his history project, on his blog:


Parent Lunch Survey Reminder

Please share to continue to get the word out!

We posted our survey one week ago at, and at this point we have 622 responses from parents.  On average, people take 6 minutes to complete the survey.

We would like to get more responses from the following elementary schools, as we have 10 or fewer responses from these schools:

  • Giscome Elementary
  • Harwin Elementary
  • Heritage Elementary
  • Hixon Elementary
  • McBride Centennial Elementary
  • Morfee Elementary
  • Nukko Lake Elementary
  • Nusdeh Yoh
  • Peden Hill Elementary
  • Quinson Elementary
  • Ron Brent Elementary
  • Southridge Elementary
  • Valemount Elementary
  • Van Bien Elementary

We have 6 schools with 11 to 20 responses, and 8 schools with 21 to 50 responses, and 4 schools with over 50 responses.

Parents had let DPAC know about some concerns with students and time to eat lunch, and we have been looking to get more data on these concerns and then presenting this to the district. We definitely have data indicating concerns at this point, and would like to make this as complete as possible.


DPAC General Meeting November 6, 2017

Web conference link:


The agenda package is in the process of being posted:

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, November 6th, 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) Senior Administration Report –
b) District Student Advisory Council ( )
c) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
d) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
e) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
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) BCCPAC Report – DPAC Summit November 24th and 25th
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Report – Foodsafe – October 8th
b) White Hatter – tentatively February 13th, PGSS dividing total cost of $3895, asking for $1298 from DPAC for an evening session
c) Other guest speaker/seminar
d) Traffic forum
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance ( )
d) d) Report: Lunch hour survey – preliminary results
e) Suggestions for School Board Report
8. Elections
a) Vacant positions
9. Other Business
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 4th, 2017, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.