Virtual PAC Cafe – Dec 3

We had a great turn out at the PAC Cafe in person on Nov 5. We understand that many PACs couldn’t attend, and it is difficult for our remote communities to come to Prince George in the winter. We have a second opportunity next Saturday December 3 for a Virtual PAC Café on Microsoft Teams from 12:30-2:30 including a $20 lunch reimbursement.

Any parent volunteer involved in an SD57 PAC can connect with DPAC virtually. Especially those from our remote communities in Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount, and Hixon. 

  • Share ideas and challenges
  • Network with other PAC volunteers in your area
  • Get ideas from other volunteers doing your job 
  • Reimbursed lunch – Tim Horton’s GC

Register on the Eventbrite link.

Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

The SD57 DPAC Executive recently received the following notification from the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch (GPEB).

As you know, PACs receive $20/student (min. $2000/year) and DPACs get $2500/year in gaming grants to support our school communities. Unfortunately, these parent volunteer run organizations are small with high turnover and risk for fraud or audits.

The gaming guidelines have changed in recent years. Review the latest PAC/DPAC document here:

An outline of the changes is provided on the PowerPoint presentation:

Questions can be emailed here: CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca

Our local Northern Interior Communities Association (NICA) in PG is here to help. They often host webinars for PACs. Contact Us | NICA (northernica.org)

Let us know if you have questions or need support at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

ERASE – Parent Seminar

The BC Government hosts a website for students and families to receive resources regarding bullying and report incidents. Link here: erase = expect respect & a safe education – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Upcoming Parent Seminar – Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying

November 15 and 30 at 6:30-7:30 pm online – same content at both presentations. Register below:

Register Student with Parent Session 1 – November 15, 2022 (event-wizard.com)

Register Student with Parent Session 2 – November 30, 2022 (event-wizard.com)

PAC Cafe Minutes – Nov 5

Thank you to all who attended our PAC Cafe at the PG Civic Centre today. We had 14 people representing 11 schools (out of 40) in our district. We had a fabulous Greek buffet lunch, coffee/tea, and dessert.

There were lively, open discussions! Here is an attempt to capture the main themes. See Minutes below.

We hope to have another Virtual PAC Cafe event for our remote communities soon. There is also talk about a Bylaws Workshop in the near future.

Please plan to attend (or send a Rep) to our DPAC meetings on the first Monday of each month. We will be at Van Bien and MS Teams at 6:30 on Nov 7.

Reach out anytime to our DPAC Executive exec@sd57.bc.ca.

DPAC Meeting – Nov 7

What a busy time for families! We went from school start up, into an election, Thanksgiving, Halloween… non-instructional days sprinkled throughout… and now we are in November!

Please take some time to engage with DPAC and other PACs at our meeting on Monday November 7. You can come in-person at Van Bien Training Centre or join online via MS Teams. We have some PAC networking and discussion items at 6:30pm, and then our District partners and Trustees join us at 7:30pm.

MS Teams Link
Meeting ID: 248 337 554 514
Passcode: ACgk3S

We look forward to seeing you there!

SD57 DPAC Executive – exec@sd57dpac.ca

Open Parachute – Nov 3

Seminar for Parents regarding Open Parachute mental health resources. Wed November 3 from 6:30-7:30pm at Vanier Hall (PGSS).

Message from Audrey Mitchell, Vice Principal – Inclusive Education Department, SD57

Part of my role as Vice Principal of Inclusive education is to support the implementation of Mental Health Supports for our students. Last year, we had a trial run in using the program Open Parachute and due to the supports the program provides for students, educators, and their families, as well as the quick “buy-in” from educators and staff in our schools we will be using the program for the next three years.

We have invited Dr. Hayley Watson, the CEO and creator of Open Parachute to Prince George share her knowledge of how to best support the mental health complexities of all educators, students and their families to all SD57 staff and all parents of the children in our schools. We are very excited for her to be presenting in person!

Information about the courses/resources are at the link below.

Open Parachute (openparachuteschools.com)

PAC Cafe – Nov 5

On Saturday November 5 at 11am, the SD57 District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is hosting a PAC Cafe. This is an in-person (only) opportunity to network with DPAC and your fellow PAC Executives. We hope that at least one member from each of our PACs can attend to collaborate and learn from each other.

We have booked an upstairs meeting room at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre where we will have coffee/tea, a Greek Buffet lunch, and dessert. The fee is $15/person with DPAC sponsoring a majority of the costs.

Register on Eventbrite here.

If you are from Hixon, Mackenzie, McBride, or Valemount, please consider coming to Prince George for this event. You will receive a mileage reimbursement. Email exec@sd57dpac.ca for more information.

DPAC Minutes – Oct 3

We had 15 parents representing 14 schools at our October DPAC Meeting. A total of 7 partners joined us from the Office of the Superintendent, School Trustees, Prince George District Teachers Association, Principals and Vice Principals Association, and CUPE Local 3742 (inside workers).

We had a great discussion on inclusion and equality ensuring all students receive a full day of education and individual education planning. The appeals process has been rolled out to support families resolve conflicts or difficult circumstances for students from K-Grade 12.

You’ll also notice the announcement of our FoodSafe course on Oct 29 with pricing details. Online course reimbursement is available as well.

Save the date! PAC Cafe is Sat November 5 from 11-2pm at the Civic Centre.

Reach out anytime at exec@sd57dpac.ca.

PG School Trustees

UPDATE! Results of the PG Voting

As you know we are voting 5 candidates to serve in the Prince George Electoral Area 1 in addition to the 2 incumbents from Mackanzie and McBride. Please research all 13 candidates and plan to vote on October 15. Accountability is important in public education.

Answers to the following questions from the All-Candidates Forum on September 28 are provided on our website here.

NAME Introduction:
Tell us about yourself and why you are running or what you hope to achieve.

Question 1 from CUPE Local 3742: 
What do you view as your responsibility in relation to senior management?

Question 2 from PGDTA: 
School District 57 continues to face a six-year shortage of teachers in all of its communities.  This has already resulted in over 20 thousand hours of lost support to students and District assessment data shows that vulnerable students are not reaching education achievement benchmarks in multiple areas.
What are your ideas for teacher recruitment and retention and how would you advocate at both local and provincial levels for a fully funded serious recruitment and retention plan

Question 3 from DPAC: 
What does accountability mean to you and increasing accountability in SD57?

Question 4:
Please provide a value Statement on Indigenous Education in School District 57.

Below are links to interviews from myprincegeorgenow.com and princegeorgecitizen.com.

ANTRIM, Cory Public Schools Have Become a ‘Pay to Participate’ System Former Basketball Star

BEKKERING, Betty More Funding Needed for the District
Seeking Re-Election

BRENNAN, Craig In Favour of Organizational Audit as SD57 Trustee
Former Principal

BURNETT, Gillian Run as Trustee as a Natural Next Step
Long-time Parent Advocate

FORTIN, Cathy Bring a Different Perspective to School Board
Retired Beekeeper

MAHONEY, Milton Looking to Keep SD57 Trustee Seat
Running for Re-Election

McCRORY, Shar Looking to Bring Outside Experience as SD57 Trustee
Smithers Area Trustee

McLEAN, Erica Special Advisors Report Prompted Run for SD57 Trustee
Former Indigenous Education Worker

ROBINSON, Damon Bring Outside Perspective to School Board
Student Advocate

ROSITANO, Mike It’s Time to Step Away From ‘Cookie-Cutter’ Programs
Football Coach

SCHROEDER, Bob Bring Back Culture of Education to SD57
Prince George Social Worker

SILVA, Josh District Needs to Up Their Standards
Local Father

TAYLOR, Martin Bring 30 Years of Local Government Service Experience to SD57 Board
Municipal Consultant

If you have questions reach out to us at exec@sd57dpac.ca.