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UNBC is hosting Go ENG Girl on Saturday, Oct. 14

UNBC is hosting Go ENG Girl on Saturday, Oct. 14.

This is a free event for girls in Grades 7 – 10 and their parents to visit UNBC and learn about the wonderful world of engineering.

Meet women currently studying engineering, learn about some of the amazing things female engineers are doing, and participate in a fun hands-on activity.

A pizza lunch will be provided for all participants.

Date: Saturday, October 14– 9:00am to 12:30pm
Location: UNBC, Bentley Centre
Cost: FREE

To sign up and learn more please visit unbc.ca/goenggirl

Parent groups, volunteers, and cliques – tips from PTO Today

PTO Today is a US publication for parent groups, which often has information that works very well for Canadian parents.

Every year at back-to-school time, there’s a (sometimes combustible) mixture of brand-new, enthusiastic parents and grizzled parent group veterans. How you welcome that new energy (or not) and take full advantage of it (or not) can make or break your parent group for the entire year.

Seven things that volunteers hatehttp://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/6006-7-things-volunteers-hate

We’ve all been there ourselves. So be the change you want to see and do what you can to keep your school’s moms and dads from feeling the same way!

Six ways to connect with new volunteers: http://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/1249-6-ways-to-connect-with-new-volunteers

How to react to critics: http://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/1216-how-to-react-to-critics

…The question is, What do you do about [these criticisms]? And the answer will define the way your group is perceived. The wrong but very tempting response is to snap back at the critic with a snarky “Why don’t you try next time?” or an emotional but honest “You know, we try our best; it really stinks having to hear these criticisms.” While both responses are perfectly understandable, both responses will get talked about widely, and the story will be about how the parent group is just a clique and doesn’t want to hear from anyone. Or how you are a crank and it’s no wonder no one helps out. Unfair as heck, but reality.

Stop the PTO Drama: http://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/821-stop-the-pto-drama

…But sometimes it seems like drama is the norm rather than the exception for many parent groups, and there’s almost no way for involvement to grow and community to flourish in that kind of atmosphere. As a leader, one of your most basic goals has to be reducing or avoiding drama.

The truth about cliqueshttps://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/380-the-truth-about-cliques

…Parent involvement is the most searched term on our ptotoday.com. Our involvement seminars are the most well attended talks at our PTO Today conferences. Clearly, parent group leaders want more parents involved. You’d love help. You’d gladly allow someone else a turn counting gift wrap receipts.

Why is it, then, that so many parents feel closed out of and unwelcome in parent groups? Why is “the PTO is a clique” the most whispered criticism of parent groups across the country?

The answer: Your group is a clique. The critics have a point.

Is your PTO a clique? https://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/article/148-is-your-pto-a-clique

…Even when outsiders see a clique, PTO insiders often believe they are welcoming to new members. Officers and other active members just think that they’re the only ones who want to volunteer and that others aren’t interested in doing the work. But more often than not, it’s precisely that attitude that keeps fresh recruits away.

Even if a PTO truly is not cliquey, it must actively fight the perception that the group is unwelcoming. Because many parents have preconceived ideas equating parent groups with cliques, PTOs have to reach out to counter the idea that theirs is an exclusive club.

Emergency Procedures

The school district has a new set of emergency procedures, which should have been distributed to all parents by now:

2017.09.01 New Emergency Procedures

Students are still learning about these, in an age appropriate manner, but they have been distributed so that parents will know what they mean should there be any sort of incident.

Note that for certain situations, such as the “Hold & Secure” procedure, nobody will be allowed in or out of a school. This includes both parents and students, and is meant for the safety of everyone involved.

 

First DPAC meeting – Monday, September 11, 2017

Welcome back to a new school year!

We look forward to our first meeting of the year, held Monday, September 11th, at 7pm. The location is the Van Bien Elementary Training Centre.

Weblink:

https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/sep2017dpac

Please text 250-565-4949 if any difficulty!

2017 September 11th- DPAC General Agenda
Executive Board Report – for September 11, 2017
Prince George District Parent Advisory Council Balance Sheet 2017-09-11
Prince George District Parent Advisory Council Income Statement from 2016-09-01 to 2017-06-30
DPAC Minutes Monday June 12 2017

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Monday, September 11, 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)

  1. Senior Administration Report () –
  2. District Student Advisory Council ( )
  3. CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
  4. Prince George District Teachers Association Report ()
  5. Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
  6. Trustee Report (Bob Harris)

 

 (5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)

5.       Officer and Committee Reports

  1. Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
  3. BCCPAC Report – DPAC Summit November 24th and 25th

6.       PAC and Parent Assistance

  1. Foodsafe – October 8th
  2. 2017 Parent Conference

7.       Advising School District

  1. Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
  2. Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ()
  3. Policy and Governance ()
  4. Lunch hour survey
  5. Suggestions for School Board Report

8.       Elections

  1. a) Vacant positions

9.       Other Business

  1. a)

10.   Agenda items for next meeting

11.   Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 2nd, 2017, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting June 12th

 

Web conference: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/june-dpac-meeti

If any issues, please text 250-565-4949

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, June 12, 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 (?) – Presentation on operationalization of the Strategic Plan
b) District Student Advisory Council ( )
c) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
d) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
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 – AGM and By-elections
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Foodsafe – October
b) 2017 Parent Conference
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance (Gillian Burnett)
d) Expanded Committee of the Whole – DPAC Submission (Gillian Burnett and Sarah Holland)
e) Lunch hour survey
f) Draft Policy 5123 Student Promotion, Communicating Student Learning and Reporting – Distributed to reference groups for input until June 26th.
g) Suggestions for School Board Report
8. Elections
a) AGM – All positions (Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors)
9. Other Business
a) BC Registries – Dissolution of “Society”
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 11th, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Administration Appointment

School District No. 57 (Prince George) is pleased to welcome Ms. Cindy Heitman to the position of Assistant Superintendent, School Effectiveness, as of August 1, 2017.  The Board of Education appointment follows a national search and a rigorous selection process involving stakeholders, Senior Administration and Trustees.

 

Ms. Heitman has served in SD57 as an elementary, intermediate and secondary level Teacher and as a school-based Vice-Principal and Principal.  In 2011, she assumed the district-wide leadership role of District Principal, Learning Innovations.

Ms. Heitman is wished every success in her new position.