YMCA MEND Program – January 2014

Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It! MEND empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier. This free program is fun and interactive and supports children in two age groups: 7-13 and 5 – 7 and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  MEND is for children who are above a healthy weight (body mass index (BMI) of 85 per cent or higher).   Parents/caregivers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being physically active.  Twice-weekly MEND sessions begin in January and are held at the YMCA.  Call Cheryl at 250 562 9309 x 213 to learn more!


Do you qualify for a refund of tuition fees for summer school in 2004, 2005, or 2006?

Many families in B.C. are entitled to a refund of tuition fees for summer school in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as a result of a court settlement reached last week, the Vancouver Sun reports.

The settlement ends a class-action lawsuit against the Vancouver board of education, which was filed by lawyer Jim Poyner in 2009 on behalf of a mother who had paid for her son to attend summer classes in science and English.

Two years earlier, the government had ordered school districts to stop charging tuition for students attending summer school for academic credit, saying the fees – ranging from $200 to $500 per course – were illegal.

Poyner argued that if the fees were illegal in 2007, they were also illegal in preceding years, subject to the statute of limitations. B.C. Supreme Court certified the lawsuit in 2011, which led to Friday’s settlement affecting the Vancouver board and 20 others (Surrey, Coquitlam, Richmond, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, Langley, New Westminster, Mission, Victoria, Campbell River, Vernon, Chilliwack, Powell River, Prince George, Okanagan-Skaha and Cowichan Valley).

When the report interviewed Poyner on Monday, he said those school districts will be identifying all families affected by this decision so that they may file their claims through the Poyner Baxter law office. But anyone who wants to be pro-active, rather than waiting to receive a claim form, may contact the firm directly. Send an email to classaction@poynerbaxter.com or watch the Poyner Baxter website for future postings with information about claims.

School Registration

Do you need to register your child for school in September, or transfer schools? Don’t wait until the first day of school to do so.

For more information, there are a variety of links on the school district website:

Back to School

September Registration – Mackenzie

September Registration – Prince George

September Registration – Robson Valley

Summer Closure of Schools

Kindergarten Registration 

  • Please contact your catchment school as soon as possible to register.
  • Registration Information click here

Portables and schools

According to the Prince George Citizen, August 4th, “School maintenance staff and private contractors have been busy since classes ended in June working on capital projects to upgrade school buildings.”

Working within a budget of about $3.2 million, the projects range from new rubberized gym floor replacements at Foothills and Hart Highlands elementary schools, to lighting upgrades at PGSS, College Heights elementary, École Lac des Bois, Edgewood, Foothills, Heritage, Highglen, Pinewood, Vanway, and Westwood schools. New boilers have been or will be installed at Blackburn, Glenview, Highland and Mackenzie secondary.

The Citizen listed schools with portables, attributing portable removal to declining enrollment. This may be a surprise to parents at schools such as College Heights Elementary, where children have been refused admission to this school due to lack of capacity:

Portables are still in use at some schools, although declining enrollments are reducing the need for those additional classrooms. The district’s student population in 2011-12 was 12,767, which is expected to drop by 238 students to 12,529 in the 2012-13 school year.

Heritage will have just two portables in use in September, down from three in previous years, while College Heights elementary is down to one portable, with one still on site that won’t be used in the coming school year. D.P. Todd secondary will continue using three portables, while Beaverly, Malaspina, Glenview, and Southridge will each have one portable in use starting in September.

Message from PGDTA

The Prince George DPAC has received the following email from the Prince George District Teachers Association, and is passing the message along:



We wanted to keep our Partner Groups and Supporters….in the loop about the upcoming Teacher Event. We would really appreciate it if you could let your members know. We would love for them to join us! We are all in this struggle together and are hoping for your support.

Thank you


My original message:

There will be a “GIANT” burma shave occurring province wide on Wednesday June 20. All 60 BCTF locals around the province are encouraging their members to come out and show their solidarity before the end of the school year.

In Prince George, we ask that all of our PGDTA members and supporters come out to a giant Burma Shave from 4:30PM -5:30PM between 5th and Central to 10th Ave. We plan to line up along both sides of the bypass. We are hoping for a turn out of 100’s of people!!! Please be sure to stay off the pavement, we want everyone to be safe. Line up along the grass.

Continue reading “Message from PGDTA”

LRB ruling made over teacher withdrawal of services




The Labour Relations Board (LRB) today issued a one-page “bottom-line” decision (with reasons if the parties so request) with respect to the application filed by BCPSEA on May 9 for a declaration that the BCTF and its members have declared or authorized or are engaging in an illegal strike, contrary to the Labour Relations Code and the Education Improvement Act.

The LRB found as follows:

  • The union declared an unlawful strike by directing/authorizing its members to withdraw from activities which, although they occur outside of instructional hours, may nonetheless be part of their work duties, including participating in school-based team meetings, Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, parent–teacher interview meetings, district committee meetings and BC Ministry of Education initiatives such as Ready, Set, Go and kindergarten orientation.
  • The BCTF is directed to cease and desist from declaring or authorizing an unlawful strike in this manner.


  • The union did not declare an unlawful strike by directing its members to refrain from participating in activities which occur outside of class time/instructional hours that are truly voluntary and extracurricular such as coaching, instructing or supervising student performances, sports teams, clubs or field trips or attending graduation or awards ceremonies, where those activities are not related to a course or undertaken for marks OR from directing its members to minimally participate in meetings with “Administrative Officers”


For more information and background, please see:


June 2012 Minutes

DPAC Minutes June 2012



7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre



DPAC Executive:               Don Sabo (Chair), Gillian Burnett (Recorder), Steve Shannon, Sarah Holland, Darlene Campbell

Partner Groups:               Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Matt Pearce and Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Lorraine Prouse, CUPE

School Reps:                      Darlene Campbell, Aboriginal Choice; Colleen Smith, Beaverly; Jaqueline Dockray, Ecole College Heights; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Steve Shannon, Hart Highlands; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac des Bois; Gillian Burnett, Nukko Lake; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS and Pineview; Don Sabo, Pinewood; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland


1.      Adoption of Agenda

Motion to accept agenda – Lac des Bois

Seconded by – College Heights


2.               Adoption of May 7, 2012 Minutes

Motion to accept minutes – Aboriginal Choice

Seconded by – Quinson

3.               PAC Networking

First order of business.  Chair calls for nominees for Director-at-Large.  Jacqueline Dockray accepts and is elected by acclamation.  Chair calls for nominees for Secretary, hearing none this position remains vacant.

PACs are busy with yearend plans, graduations, Sport’s Day and elections (for some).

Presentation was made to Michelle Rolfes and Chris Finke for all the work they have done on behalf of DPAC as past executive officers.

  1. 4.                Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report – see attached.

(b)               Treasurer’s Report – see attached.  Chris Finke prepared this for us because the materials have not yet transferred to Gillian Burnett.

(c)           Superintendent Report – Expressed thanks to DPAC and all PACs for all we do to support education in the district.  Cindy Heitman and Lisa Carson gave a presentation on the Proposals to Utilize Appropriated Surplus to Improve Student Learning and Increase Teacher Capacity (report attached).  The Board is looking for feedback from all interested individuals or parties.  Superintendent Pepper expressed interest in discussing Strategic Planning with Partners and Stakeholders.

(d)          Trustee Report – see attached.

(e)         PGDTA Report – June is often a hard time to get students to focus on learning.  Labour Relations news:  LRB hearings over next 2 weeks.  Protest action against Bill 22 has been deemed an illegal strike.  Mediation is on-going, but BCTF seeking Dr. Jago’s removal.

(f)           PGPVPA Report –Not in attendance.

(g)          CUPE Report – Provided information concerning this year`s bumping, only 18 bumps this year.  Still have members on leave.  Members were hopeful that new positions would be available as a result of the Education Improvement Fund, but no new positions, rather increased time for existing positions.  May 24th submitted intent to return to the Provincial and Local bargaining tables.  Looking for a common front from all public employer unions.

(h)          DSAC Report – Not in attendance


5.               Committee Reports

(a)               EPPC Committee Report – DPAC did not have a representative present at the last meeting.

(b)               Education Services Committee Report –see attached.

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report – DPAC has not been invited to a meeting.  Sarah Holland has written a letter regarding Bylaw 1 for review by the membership.

MOTION – by Heather Park

That DPAC send a letter requesting that partner groups be members of standing committees.

Discussion concerning the difference between being invited to attend and having privileges of

membership.  Seat at the table not enough, we need a voice too.



6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Discussion on DPAC Budget Recommendatins and Motions to Accept Report – Recorder reviewed past minutes and the report is already accepted, but the recommendations have not been addressed.  First recommendation:

MOTION – by Pineview

That DPAC hold a PAC parent workshop in tOctober/November 2012.

Discussion regarding the timing and the need for a budget.

AMENDMENT – College Heights

That DPAC hold a PAC parent workshop in the 2012/2013 school year with a budget of $2500.


Discussion regarding the establishment of a committee to organize the PAC parent workshop.  Called for volunteers.

Gillian Burnett, Dennis Fudge, Darlene Campbell and Sarah Holland will sit on this committee.

Second recommendationThat DPAC create two $500 bursaries.  Lots of discussion, but no decision.  This recommendation will be tabled until our September meeting and members are to gather more information.

Gillian Burnett and Don Sabo have been added as members of this committee and the committee is to revisit the funding grants for PACs.


(b)         Motion to change signing authority, remove Chric Finke add Steve Shannon & Gillian Burnett

MOTION – by College Heights

To remove Chris Finke as signing authority on the DPAC bank accounts.


MOTION – by College Heights

To add Stephen Shannon and Gillian Burnett as signing authority on the DPAC bank accounts.


(c)           June 16th Food Safe- 8 seats filled, 12 seats still available.  Course will be 8 hours long and the $17 covers the cost of the booklet and the certificate.

(d)          BCCPAC Conference Report – see attached

(e)          Report on Curriculum Assessment – see attached.  Noted that although SD57 teachers did not partake, there were teachers from other districts in attendance.



7.               Agenda items for next meeting

Nothing at this time. 

8.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

DPAC Minutes June 2012