Congratulations to the new DPAC executive members!
- Chairperson – Andrea Beckett
- Vice Chairperson – Trudy Klassen
- Treasurer – Arlene McKibbin
- Director – Kim Pryschlak
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our elections and general meeting is being held Monday, May 7th, at the Van Bien Training Centre.
As a number of representatives are currently attending the BCCPAC AGM, a full agenda package will be available on Monday.
- DPAC Meeting April 9th
- 2018 May 7th- DPAC General Agenda
- Prince George District Parent Advisory Council Balance Sheet 2018-05-07
- Prince George District Parent Advisory Council Income Statement from 2017-09-01 to 2018-05-07
- PAC Cafe flyer 2018
- AGM 2013 instructions
We have a number of terrific people prepared to run for office for the DPAC executive (there is going to be quite a bit of turnover this year). There are also several representatives who have let us know that they are unable to make Monday’s meeting, and are getting concerned about our ability to meet our quorum requirements to hold our elections.
If your PAC can send a representative, we would very much appreciate it.
We will be working to provide the ability to web conference in, but this can sometimes depend on the district’s wifi and is not successful.
Google Hangouts link: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting
Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, May 7th, 2018, 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, once all reports are complete, about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Senior Administration Report () –
f) Trustee Report (Sharel Warrington)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
b) Vice Chair
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report (Gillian Burnett, Andrea Beckett, Kim Pryschlak, Trudy Klassen, Sarah Holland)
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Guest Speaker/Seminar/Conference
b) Foodsafe report
c) PASC Cafe
8. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance (Trudy)
d) Extended Committee of the Whole –
e) Suggestions for School Board Report –
9. Other Business
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 4th, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.
In October 2017, government launched a funding model review to fulfill its commitment to ensure B.C.’s K-12 public education system receives stable and predictable funding.
The co-governors of B.C.’s K-12 public education system, the Province and the B.C. School Trustees Association, have worked together to develop a set of shared principles for the future funding model and establish a solid foundation for moving forward. The new model will be guided by the following principles:
- Responsive: Allocates available resources amongst Boards of Education in consideration of unique local and provincial operational requirements.
- Equitable: Facilitates access to comparable levels of educational services and opportunities for individual students across the province.
- Stable and Predictable: Supports strategic, multi-year planning for educational programming and school district operations.
- Flexible: Respects the autonomy of, and does not unnecessarily restrict, individual Boards of Education in the spending of their allocations to further student success.
- Transparent: Calculates funding using a clear and transparent methodology.
- Accountable: Allocates resources to Boards of Education in the most efficient manner, and ensures that resources provided are being utilized as intended
Input that has been provided to the Ministry is also accessible here:
This post is copied from a post from April 2016, with updates for current links.
At the May 1st board meeting, there was a brief verbal report on the upcoming consultation process for the Edgewood Elementary and the French immersion program.
The superintendent reported that the district has been working diligently on consultation plan with the express purpose of reaching as many of the folks directly involved as possible, each household involved, planning to talk to each staff involved. They had initially had thought to provide handouts tonight, on further review, not quite ready for documents to be circulated. Good progress is being made. The goals of consultation are to learn what our constituents – students, staff, community – think from both a programming and where programs are offered perspective. The district is working diligently to ensure consultation process gets that info, and provide thoughtful feedback to the board that considers it. They are also making good progress to plans to provide an electronic process, for households as completing these surveys, where data will stay in Canada.
There was also a brief update that discussions are taking place regarding consultation for Mackenzie and McBride.
If your PAC is a voting member of BCCPAC, we will reimburse your BCCPAC membership if we hold your proxy (or if you have your own representative).
The proxy voting form is available: BCCPAC_-Proxy-Vote-
Our delegates are Andrea Beckett, Trudy Klassen, Kim Pryschlak, and Sarah Holland – we can write the appropriate delegate names on the form for you, to make sure that everyone has the ability to vote, or you can write in a delegate and alternate.
If your PAC is a member (please see list below), please fill out the proxy, scan/take a picture, and email it to email@example.com.
Our delegates will cast votes for resolutions, and nominees for the board of directors of BCCPAC. If you like, you can direct these delegates to vote in a specific way, or to use their best judgement at the time – just let us know.
Who are BCCPAC members in this district?
- Beaverly Elementary
- Blackburn Elementary (received)
- College Heights Elementary (Ecole) (received)
- College Heights Secondary
- DPAC SD#57 Prince George (received)
- Edgewood Elementary
- Glenview Elementary (received)
- Hart Highlands Elementary
- Heather Park Elementary (received)
- Heritage Elementary
- Kelly Road Secondary (received)
- Lac des Bois (Ecole)
- Nukko Lake Elementary
- Peden Hill Elementary
- Pineview Elementary
- Prince George Secondary
- Quinson Elementary (received)
- Southridge Elementary (received)
- Spruceland Traditional (received)
- Vanway Elementary
Non-voting members (membership not received by deadline, according to BCCPAC):
- Duchess Park Secondary (PAC is contacting BCCPAC to check on this)
- Morfee Elementary
The Ministry of Education announced in April that it was changing the electoral process for School District 57 from an at-large system (7 representatives elected from the entire district), to an electoral area system with one representative from Mackenzie, one from the Robson Valley (McBride and Valemount), and 5 representatives from the Prince George area.
Links to two recent articles:
SOGI 1 2 3 Parent Resources were created in collaboration with BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) and the BC Ministry of Education to answer parent questions about what SOGI-inclusive education looks like in BC schools.
What does SOGI mean?
SOGI stands for sexual orientation and gender identity. Since we all have a sexual orientation and gender identity, it includes all of us. Every student understands and expresses their gender differently, with interests and choices that are common or less common for their biological sex. Some students may be unsure of their sexual orientation. Others may identify specifically as lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, cisgender, or other. A SOGI-inclusive school means all of these experiences and identities are embraced and never cause for discrimination.
What is changing?
SOGI is one of many topics about diversity discussed regularly in schools, such as when educators speak about race, ethnicity, religion, and ability. SOGI-inclusive education simply means speaking about SOGI in a way that ensures every student feels like they belong. There is no “SOGI curriculum.” SOGI is a topic that can be addressed throughout many subjects and school activities. Educators have expressed a need for more SOGI resources and training to ensure all students feel confident being themselves. SOGI 1 2 3 is simply one more way that educators can find the resources they need and learn from each other.
What will my child learn?
SOGI-inclusive education is about students having conversations about the SOGI diversity in society and the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect. Teachers are best equipped to determine what is age appropriate for their classrooms. For example, some students are raised by single dads, grandparents, or stepparents, while some do not have a mom, and some have two. An effective K/1 lesson on family diversity will teach students that families come in all shapes and sizes. Another lesson may discourage students from saying “that’s so gay,” which directly impacts the welcoming atmosphere of schools. SOGI 1 2 3 lesson plans are an optional resource for educators. They align with your provincial curriculum and are meant to be customized by educators as they desire.