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

DPAC Meeting – Oct 3

Please join us for our monthly DPAC Meeting on Monday October 3, 2022 at 6:30-8:30pm. The DPAC Executive, PAC Representatives, and Parents are welcome to join in-person (we have snacks!) at Van Bien Training Centre or virtually on Microsoft Teams at 6:30pm. Our District Representatives and Partner Groups join us at 7:30pm for approximately 1 hour.

The agenda is posted below. Feel free to email us with additional topics or add at the beginning of the meeting when we are adopting the agenda.

Join us on MS Teams using this link. You can download the app or join for free on the web. Meeting ID: 212 631 087 687 Passcode: 2NBzCu

Feel free to share this meeting info with your networks. Thanks!

Prince George District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) exec@sd57dpac.ca

December Monthly DPAC Meeting

Happy December everyone!!! Our last DPAC Meeting for 2021 is this coming Monday December 6th @ 6:30pm. Come and meet us in person at the Van Bien Training Centre (see Covid protocols below) or join us via the comfort of your home and PJ’s via MS Teams at this link.

If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

For those attending in person, the following communicable disease guidelines requirements must be adhered to:

  • Do a self-assessment Covid health check prior to attending: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en  or SD57 Daily Health Check for Staff & Visitors
  • Do not attend if you sick or have symptoms or any kind (even if it just a cold or sniffles)
  • You must be wearing a mask when attending any indoor in person events, including DPAC and PAC meetings
  • Social distancing is on personal preference – it is no longer mandated
  • You must sanitize or wash your hands upon arrival
  • You must sign in and provide your contact information upon arrival, should PH and SD57 need to follow up for case and contact tracing purposes.

November Minutes: click here.

Chair Report

As all are aware, we have our monthly themes that are being focused on throughout this school year (see below) and for December we are switching it up a bit – there will be no presentations from our Partner Groups (though they will be there) and instead we want to hear from you – PACs and parents. This month it is your turn to update us on how things are going, with your PAC and your school and family. What has gone well so far? What have been both your successes and your struggles? What do you want or need us to know?

We are really excited to hear from you, our parents and PACs and school communities this month and we know the partner groups are as well 🙂

MonthTheme
SeptemberAdvocacy
OctoberSOGI; Inclusivity & Equality
NovemberSafety – Emotional, Psychological & Physical in our School  Communities
DecemberWhere’s Waldo? Where are things at? PACs to provide updates to Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders
What has the first half of the school year been like for your family and school? 
What are some of your PAC’s successes thus far this year? 
What has your PAC struggled with so far this year? 
What questions do you have as parents or PACs? 
JanuaryDistrict Innovation & Strategic Plan
FebruaryCatchment & Capacity in SD57
MarchFinancial & Budgets
AprilMental Health & Wellness
MayExtracurricular Activities
June Truth & Reconciliation

October Monthly DPAC Meeting

Come and join us Monday October 4th @6:30 either in person or virtually via Microsoft Teams (join on your computer or mobile app): Click here to join the meeting

If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

As in the past, our DPAC meetings start at 6:30 for PACs and parents and our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders will join us at 7:30 at the Van Bien Training Center. However, given that we are still in a pandemic and the availability of new technologies we are also moving to a hybrid meeting model this year so there will also be a MS Teams meeting link for anyone who prefers to attend virtually.

For those attending in person, the following communicable disease guidelines requirements must be adhered to:

  • Do a self-assessment Covid health check prior to attending: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en  or SD57 Daily Health Check for Staff & Visitors
  • Do not attend if you sick or have symptoms or any kind (even if it just a cold or sniffles)
  • You must be wearing a mask when attending any indoor in person events, including DPAC and PAC meetings
  • Social distancing is on personal preference – it is no longer mandated
  • You must sanitize or wash your hands upon arrival
  • You must sign in and provide your contact information upon arrival, should PH and SD57 need to follow up for case and contact tracing purposes.

This year we are trying something new – we have decided to focus on certain themes for each month of the school year and have lined them up with other events and district work happening throughout the year. We have asked that each of our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders present to our PACs & parents related to or focused on the monthly themed topic for 5 minutes and then we have planned for 5 minutes of Q&A for each partner group as well. 

MonthTheme
SeptemberAdvocacy
OctoberSOGI; Inclusivity & Equality
NovemberSafety – Emotional, Psychological & Physical in our School  Communities
DecemberWhere’s Waldo? Where are things at? PACs to provide updates to Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders
JanuaryDistrict Innovation & Strategic Plan
FebruaryCatchment & Capacity in SD57
MarchFinancial & Budgets
AprilMental Health & Wellness
MayExtracurricular Activities
June Truth & Reconciliation

In addition to our monthly focused themes, DPAC has identified three key overarching priorities that we will be focusing our work on this 2021-2022 school year:

Community SafetySafety in and around our school community Emotionally & psychologically Physically – in the school, on the school grounds & around the school grounds Virtually
PAC & Parent Education & EmpowermentAdvocacy Education
Getting Excited About Education AgainCurriculum changes, core competencies, life skills Indigenous content integrated in curriculum How special education programs support learners. District Learner Support (DLS) Integrating physical activity and outdoor class times into learning

We look forward to seeing everyone again and continuing the work to improve education for the children and families in our district!

September Monthly DPAC Meeting

September 13th Monthly DPAC @ 6:30pm virtual meeting link: Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting

If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

DPAC is excited to start meeting in person this coming Monday September 13th again.  As in the past, our DPAC meetings start at 6:30 for PACs and parents and our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders will join us at 7:30 at the Van Bien Training Center. However, given that we are still in a pandemic and the availability of new technologies we are also moving to a hybrid meeting model this year so there will also be a MS Teams meeting link for anyone who prefers to attend virtually.

For those attending in person, the following communicable disease guidelines requirements must be adhered to:

  • Do a self-assessment Covid health check prior to attending: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en  or SD57 Daily Health Check for Staff & Visitors
  • Do not attend if you sick or have symptoms or any kind (even if it just a cold or sniffles)
  • You must be wearing a mask when attending any indoor in person events, including DPAC and PAC meetings
  • Social distancing is on personal preference – it is no longer mandated
  • You must sanitize or wash your hands upon arrival
  • You must sign in and provide your contact information upon arrival, should PH and SD57 need to follow up for case and contact tracing purposes.

This year we are trying something new – we have decided to focus on certain themes for each month of the school year and have lined them up with other events and district work happening throughout the year. We have asked that each of our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders present to our PACs & parents related to or focused on the monthly themed topic for 5 minutes and then we have planned for 5 minutes of Q&A for each partner group as well. 

MonthTheme
SeptemberAdvocacy
OctoberSOGI; Inclusivity & Equality
NovemberSafety – Emotional, Psychological & Physical in our School  Communities
DecemberWhere’s Waldo? Where are things at? PACs to provide updates to Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders
JanuaryDistrict Innovation & Strategic Plan
FebruaryCatchment & Capacity in SD57
MarchFinancial & Budgets
AprilMental Health & Wellness
MayExtracurricular Activities
June Truth & Reconciliation

In addition to our monthly focused themes, DPAC has identified three key overarching priorities that we will be focusing our work on this 2021-2022 school year:

Community SafetySafety in and around our school community Emotionally & psychologically Physically – in the school, on the school grounds & around the school grounds Virtually
PAC & Parent Education & EmpowermentAdvocacy Education
Getting Excited About Education AgainCurriculum changes, core competencies, life skills Indigenous content integrated in curriculum How special education programs support learners. District Learner Support (DLS) Integrating physical activity and outdoor class times into learning

We look forward to seeing everyone again this year and continuing the work to improve education for the children and families in our district!

June Monthly Meeting & Traffic Town Hall

This Monday June 7th we are holding our Traffic Town Hall as part of our monthly DPAC meeting SD57 Traffic Town Hall. The monthly DPAC meeting will start at 6:30 as per our usual time, with Community and Partner group representatives joining us to start the Traffic Town Hall at 7pm.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09
Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

May Minutes are posted here.

June 2021 Treasurer’s Report:

Education Programs & Planning Committee Report:

Expanded Committee of the Whole (ECOW – budget) Report:

Education Services Committee Report:

DPAC Meeting – April 12

We hope you will be joining us for our DPAC Meeting Monday April 12 at 6:30 on Zoom. See documents below:

The March Minutes can be found here.

DPAC Zoom Administrator is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09

Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Feb 1, 2021

February is upon us and it is time for our Monthly DPAC Meeting. Please review the Agenda and reports below. We will “see” you on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09
Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171 Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

DPAC Monthly Meeting – Jan 11, 2021

Our next DPAC Meeting is Monday January 11, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. We don’t have specific questions for our Partner Groups, but we still invite our representatives from Senior Administration, Board of Education, Principals and Teachers Associations, CUPE Support Staff, and District Student Advisory Council to share a report.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

Agenda

DPAC Executive have been reviewing our technology applications and website tools to increase efficiency with communication and file sharing. We have some “free” apps that are not intuitive with other platforms or user-friendly. If there are any PAC members or parents in our District that are experienced with technology, here are two ways to help.

  1. We currently use DreamHost but are interested in switching to a Canadian web hosting provider. WordPress is our website platform but we are interested in WIX or other options. We need support with moving data and setting up a new refreshed website.
  2. We currently use Google drive to share and collaborate on documents and store data in Dropbox. We are interested in paying for a Microsoft Office 365 Suite to keep emails in Outlook, create/edit files in Word and Excel, and store data in OneDrive or SharePoint. The following document shows the options for a non-profit packages with Microsoft. We will be discussing this at our next meeting. If anyone has input or advice, let us know.

DPAC Executive Team – exec@sd57dpac.ca

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Dec 7 – Updated

Our December DPAC Meeting is fast approaching. Please review the Agenda and Reports below. See you Monday!

Click the following link to join:
https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09
Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

November DPAC Meeting Minutes (previously posted):