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DPAC General Meeting January 8, 2018

Our regularly scheduled general meeting takes place Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre at Van Bien Elementary, 7pm.

Video conference: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting?authuser=1

(if you have difficulty connecting, please text 250-565-4949 for help)

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, January 8, 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. Presentation (not confirmed) – Milly from Vantage Vision and Reading
5. 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 ()

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6. Elections
a) Vacant positions
b) Succession Planning
7. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report (Gillian Burnett) – resolutions
8. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Lunch hour survey and next steps
b) Guest Speaker/Seminar
9. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon, Gillian Burnett and Sarah Holland)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance ()
d) Suggestions for School Board Report – Traffic issues around schools (from Dec meeting). Anything else?

10. Other Business
a)
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

BCCPAC Summary Report – Survey for Parents of Students who are denied a Full Day at School

BCCPAC recently put out results from a survey of special needs student parents:

http://bccpac.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-11-03-Full-Day-Summaryresults.pdf

Under the BC School Act every child in our province, regardless of ability, has the right to receive access to a fully funded public education. However, BCCPAC has heard from hundreds of parents of children with special needs who are not allowed to attend school full time. For three weeks this fall, we conducted a province wide survey to gain a better understanding of how widespread this problem is in B.C. schools.

 

DPAC General Meeting Monday, December 4th

Our regular general meeting will be held Monday, December 4th, at 7pm at Van Bien Elementary Training Centre.

Webconference: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting

Agenda package:

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, December 4, 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. Presentation from Susan Trabant on SOGI
5. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken 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 (Bob Harris)

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report – DPAC Summit November 24th and 25th (Trudy Klassen)
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Guest Speaker/Seminar
8. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance ()
d) Lunch hour survey results and next steps
e) Suggestions for School Board Report
9. Elections
a) Vacant positions
10. Other Business
a)
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Recent media

We have had some recent media from the preliminary report on our lunch survey:

Lack Of Time A Big Reason Why 47% Of Kids Rarely Finish Lunch

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/kids-not-getting-enough-time-to-eat-at-school-parent-survey-finds-1.23109067

http://ckpgtoday.ca/article/509810/almost-60-parents-say-kids-lunch-breaks-are-too-short

My Prince George Now also did a story on a presentation that DPAC did to the board in March 2017 on this subject:

Prince George parents asking for longer lunch breaks in schools

 

 

Preliminary report – Lunch survey

At the school board meeting of November 28th, DPAC presented a sneak peek at the results of our parent lunch survey during our 5 minute time slot. We are working on a written report, and have posted the presentation given to the board below.

2017 nov 28 school board dpac lunch presentation – final

We look forward to a discussion with the district regarding some of the identified issues.

We are still taking responses to the survey, and it’s available here:

http://dpaclunch.questionpro.com/

Tuesday presentation: presented by Greg Gerber SaferSchools

Greg Gerber is the presenter from SaferSchools:
Greg is deeply engaged in the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning. As Director of Learning at SCSBC, Adjunct Professor in Education at SFU and TWU, and a Senior Technical Consultant, Greg is known for his work. He finds joy in solving complex problems and helping educators resolve tensions between practice and theoretical understanding. Greg has extensive experience in technology infrastructure and securities, curriculum and pedagogy, leadership, and instruction.

It’s not too late to register!

https://social-media-awareness-for-parents.eventbrite.ca

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.

Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying

https://social-media-awareness-for-parents.eventbrite.ca

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!

http://www.canadashistory.ca/Awards/Governor-General-s-History-Awards/Award-Recipients/2017/Glen-Thielmann

Glen has written more about the award, and his history project, on his blog: http://thielmann.blogspot.com/2017/11/governor-general-award.html

 

Parent Lunch Survey Reminder

Please share to continue to get the word out!

We posted our survey one week ago at http://dpaclunch.questionpro.com/, 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: https://meet.google.com/mno-appg-xsv?authuser=3

APOLOGIES, BUT THE DISTRICT HAS CHANGED THEIR WIFI AND NOW WE CAN’T CONNECT

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
a)
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 4th, 2017, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.