BCCPAC News Update

BCCPAC Nominations are closing in two weeks (February 28, 2012)- “Parents required! 

We have a number of positions open – are you an excellent note taker?  BCCPAC’s Board has an opening for a Secretary.  If you were born to lead our President’s and both Vice President’s positions are open.  If you are a quiet achiever, we have two Director’s positions open.  Be an active part of the provincial parent voice and join the Board!”  Please contact Cathy Jewett (cathyjewett@bccpac.bc.ca) if you have any questions.  Our forms may be found on our website at: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/index/event_calendar/2012AGM.aspx
BCCPAC Awards – BCCPAC is very pleased to offer the following four awards – three for parents and one for a student. The George Matthews Award for Excellence in Parent Leadership, The Bev Hosker Motivational Award for newly involved parent leaders, BCCPAC Life Membership Award, The BCCPAC Educational Award.  February 28th is the deadline for the four awards offered to BCCPAC members. Do you or someone you know meet any of the criteria?  If so, please nominate them for an award. Information, criteria, forms and posters (for your bulletin board) for each award are posted on the BCCPAC website http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/aboutus/awards.aspx

BCCPAC 2012 Spring Conference & AGM – May 25-27, 2012

The Parent Voice: Creating Connections To Support Student Success at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Coquitlam.
All parents from around the province are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in all or part of the weekend. Further Information coming soon.

Bullying Stops Here – Wednesday February 29th is Pink Shirt Day – Anti Bullying
Click here to get involved
BCCPAC has parent resources on the topics of Bullying, Intimidation & Harassment in schools.  Click the links below for your preferred language:
Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with bullying in elementary schools. Available in:  English, French, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with harassment & intimidation is secondary schools.  Available in:  English, French, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Speaking Up! A Guide to advocating for students in public schools

May 7th is Child & Mental Health Day:
BC Mental Health and Addiction Services (BCMHAS) and Fraser Health are pleased to announce the provincial launch of mindcheck.ca and the “In One Voice” video submission campaign. Mindcheck.ca is a youth and young adult-focused, interactive website where visitors can check out how they’re feeling and get connected to support early and quickly.

Grandparents raising grandchildren
The Ministry of Children and Family Development is investing $100,000 a year from the ministry’s existing fiscal plan for the Parent Support Services Society of B.C. to launch the new Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line and email support. Click here for full details.

Satisfaction Survey
The Ministry of Education recognizes that the ongoing labour negotiations have the potential to make administration of the Satisfaction Survey more difficult – especially if the task falls entirely to administrative staff.   Therefore the Ministry would like to hear more about how you use the survey and what changes you think could be made to ensure it aligns with 21st Century learning and with the needs of the field.  The Ministry will be posing questions on BC’s Education Plan website shortly and based on the feedback received they will review the surveys existing tools and measures to see what improvements should be made.

Federal Announcement to support youth in schools
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health today announced that researchers will be tackling the issue of improving access to mental health services for Canadian children and youth thanks to federal funding. Click the link for details:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/921827/harper-government-invests-to-improve-access-to-mental-health-services-for-children-and-youth

Inspiring a New Canadian Future: ArtsSmarts Launches the 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge.
ArtsSmarts is a dynamic approach to teaching, learning, doing and thinking that has been changing the lives of students, artists, educators, and entire schools and communities since 1998.


Brand New: Cycling Resource Manual for Canadian Schools

On behalf of Transport Canada, HASTE staff worked with programmers and consultants from across Canada to develop a resource manual for communities looking to encourage and support students cycling to school. The manual has ideas to suit most any school or community at any stage of their cycling encouragement process. The manual is available in both English and French through the HASTE website.


Member Views

BCCPAC has an email address specifically for our members’ views. To help BCCPAC better understand experiences and concerns that parents have please share your stories with us by e-mailing your input to memberviews@bccpac.bc.ca. Please indicate the topic in the subject line and provide us with your school district number.


Government Press & News Releases
Catch up on the latest K-12 Government news/press releases. Visit the new section of our website by clicking here

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