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.

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.

SD57 FoodSafe

The SD57 DPAC is sponsoring a Level 1 FoodSafe course. Parents and PAC members who are providing food service in our schools, must have this certification.

Date: Saturday October 29th, 2022

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Break 11:30 am – 12:15 pm)

Location: Van Bien Training Centre Meeting Room

For: Parents from within School District No. 57

Cost: $25 (non-refundable)

Lunch: Not provided, light snacks will be available

Tickets: Available for purchase on Eventbrite here.

Travel Subsidy: For schools located in the Mackenzie, Hixon, McBride, and Valemount a gas subsidy will be provided per km.

Online Course Subsidy: If parents feel uncomfortable travelling from these towns, or are not available on this date, DPAC will reimburse the cost of an online course. The first person per PAC will get $85 reimbursed and all subsequent people will get $45. Must email registration receipt and completion certificate. Cheque will be mailed to the PAC. FOODSAFE

https://www.openschool.bc.ca/foodsafe_level1

PAC FoodSafe – Nov 27

Did you know that at least one volunteer with your PAC needs to have Level 1 FoodSafe for food related events at your school?

PAC FoodSafe Level 1

Date: Saturday November 27th, 2021

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Break 11:30 am – 12:15 pm)

Location: Van Bien Training Centre Meeting Room

Available Spaces: 24

Masks required and participants must follow all current and future SD57 COVID-19 protocols for in class learning.

Deadline to sign up: Wednesday November 24, 2021

Attendees: Parents from within School District No. 57, if space available after the deadline we can offer to district staff who indicated to us that they would like to attend.

Participant Cost: $10 (non-refundable)

Lunch: Not provided, coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available

Tickets: Available for purchase on Eventbrite here

Travel Subsidy: For schools located in the Mackenzie, Hixon, McBride, and Valemount a gas subsidy will be provided per km.

Online Course Subsidy: If parents feel uncomfortable travelling from these towns, or are not available on this date, after the event has taken place, DPAC will be looking to offer a limited amount of partial subsidies for an online option. https://www.openschool.bc.ca/foodsafe_level1/

An Evening with Ivan Coyote

Parents & Families of SD57!!

SD57 DPAC is delighted to offer An Evening with Ivan Coyote” this coming Thursday October 28th @ 6pm via Zoom.

The evening promises to be an engaging break from a typical weekday evening. Grab a comforting drink to warm you up while Ivan’s stories warm your heart as they touch on their northern upbringing with shared Canadian family values of hard work, self-reliance and small-town/big family connections. This one night engagement is limited to a small audience so secure a ticket now to join us from the comfort of your home.

Ivan will share relatable and humourous accounts of their experiences growing up and traveling Canada: experiencing society while expressing themselves in ways that do not match society’s expectations. The audience will be captured in a traditional story-telling event that is hard to find in today’s fast-paced, sound bite media. Join other parents to share a deep conversation that will open the heart and mind. The chance to hear Ivan speak is not to be missed and there will also be a question period at the end.

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, and been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan’s stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world. Ivan’s 13th book, Care Of, was released in June 2021 by McClelland and Stewart.

For event details and to register please go to the  An Evening with Ivan Coyote Eventbrite site. 

For more information on Ivan and their storytelling background, you can visit their Facebook page or Ivan’s website here.

Date: Thursday October 28, 2021
Time: 6:00pm until 8:00pm

Cost: $20

Zoom link will be shared with registrants before the event. It will be a webinar format with no video/audio or chat features. But Ivan will be taking live questions through the Q&A with DPAC moderating.

Eventbrite: An Evening with Ivan Coyote

Please share this event with all your friends and family. If the fee is a barrier, contact info@sd57dpac.ca to inquire about a grant.

White Hatter Recording

The Glenview Elementary parent community, and a few other SD57 parents, enjoyed a presentation from the White Hatter tonight.
Good news, the recording is available!
You must use this link within 48 hours. It will expire on June 3 at 6:30pm.

Brandon Laur presented for two goals: 1) enable children to do more online safely, and 2) reduce the parent’s anxiety and present a more balanced approach to media.

Here are 4 Steps to Internet Safety:

  1. Parental Participation and Communication
  2. Parental/Caregiver Supervision
  3. Tech Boundaries
  4. Software Tools

Some great parenting advice, discussion on balance, boundaries, and encouragement to be a role model and digital leader in the family.

LINK:https://app.sli.do/event/b8zkt8xe
PASSWORD: Glenview2021

Again, thank you for selecting the White Hatter to deliver the important message of social media safety and digital literacy to your school community!
www.thewhitehatter.ca

Last White Hatter Seminar

School District 57 has sponsored several White Hatter sessions for intermediate and secondary students, staff, and parents this Spring. Even though they are hosted by a specific school, DPAC has been given permission to share these opportunities. The link can’t be publicly shared so you must request it.

If you are unfamiliar with what the White Hatter does, check out their website.

Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy for Parents

Hosted by Glenview Elementary School on Tuesday June 1 at 6:30-8:30pm

Email DPAC@sd57.bc.ca for the link.

Parent Engagement and Succession Planning

Andrea Sinclair, BCCPAC President, finished the Parent Conference on Saturday May 29 with a very informative presentation for parents on the importance of engagement and succession planning.

PACs do incredible work in our school communities. Regular meetings, elected Executive Members, and record keeping is important to keep the society operating providing signing authority for the bank accounts and application/distribution of Gaming Grant funds. If your PAC is struggling with basic function and dwindling members, email DPAC for support.

The Administration Staff (Principal) supports the function of the PAC and attends the meetings to provide school information and educational updates. PAC distributes gaming and general funds to support students and staff at the school. The parent voice is important at the school, district, and provincial levels so speak up and access resources when issues arise. Fundraising and hot lunches are fantastic programs and events to promote community, but are not the PAC’s primary mandate.

If you are a parent of a student in K-12 at SD57, consider attending PAC meetings for your school or Distributed Learning/Alternate program. There is always a place for you to contribute.

If you are involved in PAC, start thinking about writing things down and passing information on to another person to take over for you. If you need information about your role, contact DPAC or find resources on the BCCPAC website and Leadership Manual.

This session is IMPERATIVE for all PAC Members who have ever struggled to engage with parents. We can all relate! It was recorded and will be shared. Watch for it and plan to view it with your PAC executives. In the meantime check out PAC A to Z from the 2019 Conference here: (2) PAC A to Z – YouTube

We hope that participants will share this knowledge with their peers and PAC Members. Join DPAC at our General Meeting on June 7 to hear more.