PAC Bootcamp – Postponed

Unfortunately we have to cancel PAC Bootcamp until the public health advisories are lifted and we are able to access the school facility. We were blown away by your response to this event and understand the need to facilitate training.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

Contact us anytime at DPAC@sd57learn.com. Thank you!

PAC Bootcamp – April 14, 2020

We invite all parents of children in School District 57 to attend this free event with BCCPAC Treasurer Gillian Burnett!

Bring your queries, your questions and your stories – this session will be a great learning and sharing experience for anyone on your PAC Executive.

Gillian will discuss all things financial including the importance of budgets and documentation, best practices in fundraising, what makes for good cash handling policies, and transparency with meaningful reporting to parents. And you don’t need to be a Treasurer to understand what your Executive team should be putting in place to ensure financial responsibility.

Gillian will also provide an overview of the key things PACs should be aware of and practicing such as: the importance of the PAC/DPAC and their role within the school and the district; why an updated Constitution and Bylaws is critical; why communication and transparency are important and can be done easily; benefits of being involved at DPAC level, and a few general tips and tricks for ensuring your PAC is more knowledgeable.

Register at Eventbrite here: https://princegeorgedpac.eventbrite.ca/

Contact us with questions at DPAC@sd57learn.com.

BCCPAC Conference & AGM Proxy Vote Forms

The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is holding their Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) May 1-3, 2020 at the Westin Wall Centre hotel in Richmond. Take a look at the schedule and details here. If you are interested in attending, contact DPAC.

There are 23 PACs in our District who are BCCPAC Members in Good Standing and eligible to vote on Resolutions brought forward at the AGM. 

If you are not able to send a representative to the AGM to vote, a DPAC Executive Member will attend and can vote on your behalf. This is called a Proxy Vote. 

Each proxy vote counts to show our District’s support for Resolutions.  In the past we have noticed that many Districts struggle to acquire Proxies from their PACs.  Even Districts with many more schools than ours do not get the support of more than 50% of their PACs and may have fewer Proxy Votes than we do. This is why your Proxy Vote can make a big difference. We hope to receive permission from all 23 PACs to vote at the AGM as it gives Prince George and the North a louder voice on important issues.

If you would like to see last year’s AGM Package to see an example of the Resolutions and results, please look here.

Please follow these simple steps to fill out the Proxy Vote Form (download here):

  1. Ensure your PAC is a Member in Good Standing with annual dues paid. Check the website here.
  2. Discuss the process at your next PAC Meeting and vote on whether the group would like to give DPAC their Proxy Vote.
  3. Complete the Proxy Vote Form with your school name and have two members of your Executive sign it.
  4. Email the Proxy Vote Form to exec@sd57dpac.ca or hand it in to the DPAC Executive at the April meeting.  
  5. We will complete the Official Delegate and Alternate Official Delegate names once DPAC attendees are confirmed.  We will send the completed forms to the BCCPAC (and include your PAC) by email.
  6. Include any instructions for specific Resolutions, if applicable.  You can see the Resolution booklet on the BCCPAC website here.
  7. We will confirm receipt of your email and make arrangements to reimburse your PAC for the $75 annual BCCPAC membership fee.
  8. Watch for updates on our website and at BCCPAC to see how the votes made a difference. 

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2020.

If you have any questions, email us at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

School District No. 57 District Parent Advisory Council Executive

DPAC Meeting – March 2

We hope you can join us for our monthly General Meeting on Monday March 2, 2020 starting at 6:30pm at the Van Bien Training Centre.

DPAC Minutes from February 3 can be found here.

The following are Reports from District Committee Meetings attended in February:

The DPAC Executive Team has reviewed the events from last Tuesday’s Board Meeting as well as the subsequent posts and feedback from the community regarding the renaming of Kelly Road Secondary. We have discussed the issue and struggle with the same questions that have already been raised. We hope to receive clarity at our Monthly Meeting on Monday. We will have representatives from the Board, Office of the Superintendent, Principals/Vice-Principals, Teachers, and CUPE attending to give input, but we will limit the discussion at that time. There will be an opportunity for parents and PACs to voice their concerns and questions at the end of the meeting. DPAC Executive will listen to parent feedback and do our best to represent the parent voice in this matter. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

New process for parents to submit suggested questions for the Partner Groups:

Feel free to contact us at exec@sd57dpac.ca if you have questions or feedback on any of this information. See you at the meeting!

Media Releases

There have been several news stories and information released regarding funding and education in our District and Province recently. Allow us to help you navigate that information.

  1. A good news story about new Board Authorized Courses for our District as discussed at the Education Programs and Planning Committee Meeting on January 21. A report outlining the details is in our February 3 DPAC Meeting Minutes here.
  1. There have been discussions about a teacher shortage in Prince George for some time but this is the first year that classrooms are experiencing vacancies. Listen to Prince George District Teachers Association (PGDTA) President Joanne Hapke explain. 
  1. Prince George District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Chair Andrea Beckett was asked to join a panel including Joanne Hapke (PGDTA) and Joanna Larsen (Prince Rupert parent and BCTF activist) on CFIS FM “After Nine – Monday Edition” with Stuart Parker on February 3. We brought a parent voice to the discussion on teacher shortages and funding issues. 

http://stuartparker.ca/after-nine-monday-edition-bctf-pac-activists-on-two-decades-of-education-austerity-in-bc/

  1. We had a lengthy discussion about the BC Ministry of Education’s proposed Funding Model with MLA Shirley Bond at our January 6 DPAC Meeting, details in the Minutes here. Little information was released following the Independent Review Panel releasing its list of 22 recommendations outlined in this report from 2018.
  1. Last Friday February 7th, Rob Flemming Minister of Education announced supplement funding allocated for programs such as: Tuition Waiver Program for former youth in care to attend post-secondary or trades; TogetherBC a poverty reduction strategy; and Pathway to Hope, a 10 year mental health plan; and further support for indigenous education. This is the News Release, CKPG clip including reaction from Tim Bennett School Board Chair, and article from the Prince George Citizen.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0012-000244?fbclid=IwAR0x7qDHUD4fz-6VG1FpmJ6xv3g2FFjvFv7jTqvcqlQ4-OhpkxDbYg9KNmU

https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/teachers-encouraged-by-special-needs-funding-changes-1.24073839?fbclid=IwAR1WYbdgKPQdooTMwTtRHNaUSWzrx-V0vvJRPKE9U61fLlShIhbqtD2vjv4

  1. There is more information on the BC Government website in regards to the history of the Review and how the Funding Model will be implemented.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/resource-management/k-12-funding-and-allocation/funding-model

  1. The Throne Speech was Tuesday Feb. 11. The NDP Government will release their Budget next Tuesday Feb 18. We watch to see how much will be allocated to Public Education in BC. Then on March 15 the Ministry of Education will release budget amounts for each District in the Province and our School Board will provide comment on what the changes will mean for us locally.

Anytime you have questions and need help navigating the system, come to our monthly DPAC Meeting on the first Monday of each month. Representatives from the School Board, Senior Administration, Teachers Association, Principals, and CUPE all meet with us to talk in depth about issues and initiatives affecting our children. Email us anytime at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

School District No. 57 District Parent Advisory Council Executive

PAC Email Accounts

School District 57 is moving to a new Office 365 email system. DPAC has requested more seamless communication from the District Office and DPAC to PACs. Each of the 40 elementary and secondary schools in our district will now have an opportunity to set up their own email addresses. These will be in a standard format that is accessible to all. It will be used for District announcements and news items, DPAC meeting minutes, agendas, and events, communications from Principals, and collaboration with other PACs.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  1. TALK TO YOUR PRINCIPAL – A Consent Form to share the current PAC Chairperson’s personal email is required to be submitted by the Principal. If you are the current Chairperson for your PAC and haven’t completed this already, please reach out to your Principal to have it completed and submitted as soon as possible. The personal email will only be used once to send set up instructions and will not be used or shared for any other purpose.
  2. SOME SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY SIGNED UP – The District IT Office is already creating accounts for 20+ PACs already registered, but we would like to include all 40 schools! The IT Manager will send out a link to the account with instructions on how to set up your password the first time. An outgoing Chairperson will give the newly elected person the password to update and then continue to use the same email address, having access to all the email history. The IT Manager can reset passwords if needed.
  3. IT CAN WORK WITH YOUR EXISTING PAC ACCOUNT – If you already have a PAC email address or a personal email that you use and would not like to check an additional email account, you can forward incoming messages. Instructions will be sent from the IT Manager.

DPAC Executives can help with questions or concerns at any time. Email exec@sd57dpac.ca.

First DPAC Meeting for 2020

Welcome back! We look forward to collaborating with you at the first DPAC Meeting of the year Monday January 6th, 2020. We are at the Van Bien Training Centre (side door entrance on Upland Street side) at 6:30pm until around 8:30pm.

We look forward to meeting our new District Superintendent Anita Richardson. We also have the opportunity to hear from the Honorable Shirley Bond and Mike Morris, or local MLAs in the BC Legislature. As usual, we will have presentations from CUPE, the Teacher’s Union, Principals Association, and School Board. Please come with ideas and encouragement for all our guests!

Happy New Year!

We hope you are enjoying the break with family and friends over the holidays. Be sure to invest time in our students as they have new experiences, create new friendships, and learn new strategies this coming year.

Start the year off right and plan to attend our DPAC Meeting on Monday! It is the first day back at school on January 6 at 6:30pm at Van Bien Training Centre. It is important for parents to engage with the School District Staff and PAC Members working toward better education and school experiences for our children. The Honorable Shirley Bond and Mike Morris will attend as BC Liberal MLAs representing our region. It is important to understand the political direction our government is taking in regards to education and funding for families. Please come with your questions and encouragement for them as they advocate for us.

Feel free to contact DPAC Executive with any questions, suggestions, or concerns from your PAC. Email exec@sd57dpac.ca.