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Rural Education Consultation Meetings

The school board has created an ad hoc committee on rural education, and has now engaged a consultant to gather information from people regarding the successes and challenges of rural education in this district.

They have not defined rural, but left it to be “inclusive and self-determined”.

The board’s original committee composition did not include parents as a partner group, but when this was pointed out to them at the November 24th board meeting, they added a representative from DPAC to their terms of reference, in addition to the planned second representative from CUPE.

The board also approved a motion at the November 24th board meeting to allocate up to $20,000 to hiring a consultant to facilitate community consultation meetings.

If you have comments to make about the successes and challenges of rural education that you would like passed along to the board, please let us know.

If you are a parent in Mackenzie, then your session was held November 16th, from 5 to 7pm. We hope you knew about this.

Parents in McBride have an opportunity to meet on November 30th, from 4pm to 6pm, at McBride Secondary.

The committee then travels to Valemount Secondary the same evening, to meet from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

On December 2nd, from 5pm to 7pm, residents of the northern part of the Prince George area are apparently invited to Glenview Elementary. It is unclear how this is being publicized. Presumably, this would include residents of Bear Lake, Nukko Lake, Salmon Valley, and Shady Valley, and the former Springwood area.

On December 3nd, from 5pm to 7pm, residents of the southern and eastern parts of the Prince George area are apparently invited to Pineview Elementary. It is unclear how this is being publicized.  Presumably, this would include Hixon, Giscome, Pineview, and Blackburn, and surrounding area.

On December 10th, from 10 to 12pm, the committee will be meeting with all the principals from the rural areas, and then a report will go to Management and Finance.

If you’re in a “rural area”, and haven’t heard of these consultations, or if you would like to provide input through email or a letter  – please let us know, as we would be quite happy to pass that information on to the board.

Change to district calendar – two more non-instructional days

The school district has added two non-instructional days to the calendar – Tuesday, February 9th, and Monday, April 25th, 2016. 

The Ministry of Education has advised school districts of two additional non-instructional days for the 2015/2016 school year.

The new hours of non-instructional time are to be used for the purpose of enabling teachers to participate in discussions and activities related to implementation of the new BC curriculum.

In School District No.57, the two days designated for this work are Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and Monday, April 25, 2016.

Cyber-bullying report

“Cyberbullying involves the use of digital technologies and services including social media, texts, and instant messaging to repeatedly harass and intimidate others. The issue of how best to reduce and penalize cyberbullying has not been resolved by any jurisdiction to date.

However, just because the task is difficult doesn’t mean that there is any less onus on governments to do their best to protect and prevent young people from involvement in cyberbullying – as victims, perpetrators, or, as this report shows, sometimes as both.

The high-profile suicides in recent years of Canadian teenagers – including British Columbia’s Amanda Todd – appeared to be a response to particularly vicious cyberbullying. These tragic cases, and many other instances of exploitation of young people, have brought the issue of cyberbullying to the forefront of public consciousness. The provincial government’s approach to cyberbullying has initiated some dialogue on these issues, but difficult and pressing questions remain to be addressed.

This report, a joint effort by B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Representative for Children and Youth, provides important context and background on the issue of cyberbullying, with a particular focus on this province. More importantly, it provides recommendations for how the provincial government can comprehensively address cyberbullying – including education and prevention efforts for young people, protection of privacy concerns, and appropriate prosecution of offenders. It also includes a discussion about a role in the dialogue on cyberbullying for social media companies operating from, or reaching into, B.C. This report also highlights the concept of digital citizenship, which broadly refers to the responsible use of communication technologies in the online world. Digital citizenship education addresses cyberbullying and other issues related to it, such as privacy and security, relationships and communication, Internet safety, the digital footprint, legal and ethical aspects of online behaviour, and the role of information and communication technology in society. Prevention efforts must include promoting a greater acceptance and understanding of digital citizenship.

What this report shows is that there is still much to be learned about cyberbullying, its causes and effects, and how it differs from face-to-face bullying. The report also explores the potential for cyberbullying to touch thousands of lives, given that children and youth spend a great deal of their lives online and on social media, in large part through mobile devices that can connect them from virtually anywhere.”


Parents at Blackburn elementary have started a healthy food program in response to hungry kids.

Randi Dery started volunteering in her boy’s classroom last year, when she started noticing some students consistently weren’t eating lunch.

“I was seeing that more and more kids were coming to school with no food,” said Dery, mother to seven-year-old Kaleb and six-year-old Brody.

“Hungry kids is angry kids. They disrupt the class and it’s a snowball effect,” said Dery, who was volunteering because her son’s class was “very high maintenance.”

So she spent the summer planning, and by September had the program in place.

It’s called Let’s Eat and twice a week Dery fills a basket of fresh food – fruit, juice boxes, fig bars – in each of the 10 classrooms.

It’s important to Dery that the food be in the rooms and available to everyone, unlike some food programs where kids go to the office to get a meal.

“That’s not fair. They shouldn’t have to put their hand up and say ‘I’m hungry, can I go get food?’ because there’s shame involved,” she said. “They don’t want to say they’re hungry. I just think it’s important not to put a spotlight on those kids.”

She estimated it costs about $60 a month to sustain the program.

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BCCPAC Membership Reminder & Deadline

Has your PAC applied for your BCCPAC membership yet?

DPAC is changing how we rebate PACs who apply to BCCPAC. If your PAC becomes a voting member  by December 15th, and if your PAC gives us your proxy to vote for you at the BCCPAC AGM, we will rebate 100% of your $75 membership.


We believe it’s important to have a provincial parent voice. We also believe that it’s important to be able to influence this parent voice through our voting power. There’s a whole list of other reasons as well – you can find them here:

What does my PAC need to do?

Your PAC needs to apply for membership, either by paper form or online:

When the spring BCCPAC AGM is being organized, we will contact your PAC and ask for your proxy vote, if your PAC is not intending to send anyone to the BCCPAC AGM. Voting is important, and gives us a voice.


Please let us know.

BCCPAC Proxies and Resolutions

Member Resolutions for the 2016 AGM: 
We encourage member PACs and DPACs to submit proposed resolution(s) for presentation at the BCCPAC Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Resolutions represent the views of our membership, and help to provide direction of our organization.  For more information about special and ordinary resolutions and for a list of all BCCPAC member resolutions click here.
Special Resolutions:
Advocates for change to BCCPAC’s Constitution and/or Bylaws, calls for the removal of a director, or gives authorization to the BCCPAC Board to borrow money.

Deadline to submit a special resolution: January 31 (until 11:59 pm).

Ordinary Resolutions:
A resolution that advocates change to BC’s public education system or gives direction to the BCCPAC Board of Directors.  These can be submitted anytime, including from the floor.  However we recommend these are submitted prior to the AGM so they can be widely circulated to the membership for comment.

Deadline for ordinary resolutions to be included in the AGM Resolution Booklet and Agenda:  January 31 (until 11:59 pm).  After this date submitted resolutions may not make it into the resolution booklet mailed to our members and possibly delay their being heard until the 2017 AGM.

For more information about resolutions and to check the status of existing BCCPAC member resolutions click here.

Proxy Voting – Important Information

  1. LOOK OUT –  for your resolution book mail out arriving at your school (Spring 2015)
  2. SCHEDULE – a PAC meeting to review resolution book
  3. VOTE –  within your PAC on the presented resolutions
  4. ATTENDANCE – decide if a representative from your PAC will be attending or if you will be sending you PROXY form with a trusted delegate.
  5. ATTENDING – if you are sending a delegate, register for the AGM
  6. NOT ATTENDING – Contact a member school or DPAC to represent you via PROXY vote. It is vital that you select a representative that will adhere to the position your PAC has taken on the preliminary vote in section 3.
    Member Listing

BCCPAC has no way of guaranteeing that the proxy holder will vote the way your council wishes.

Physical Activity and Health Summit

The  Inaugural Annual

Physical Activity and Health Summit

Friday,  November . 20,  2015

8am to 4: 30 pm

Prince George Civic Centre – Room  2 0 8

  • How healthy are we?
  • What is the role of physical activity and inactivity?
  • Canada’s Physical Activity Report Card:

D minus -­‐  What does this mean?  A  Provincial  Strategy  for Physical  Activity

  • What is Physical Literacy and its role across the life course?
  • What does Active and Safe Transportation to School look like? Active Outdoor Play – Risk versus Health Enhancement


What:  Presentations will cover current knowledge and promising practices, and workshops will engage in translating knowledge and opportunities for northern contexts.

Who should attend:  Stakeholders in physical activity and health, School district and Educators, Health services, Municipal planners, Community Rec, Not for profit, Parents,Community leaders -­‐  all who have an interest in enabling health enhancing physical activity in any age group or setting in communities.


Registration fee:  $55.00 per person includes lunch and nutrition breaks

A limited number of bursaries are available to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation.

Register at:

For alternative payment options and bursary inquiries please contact the Event Organizers at:

DRAFT – Minutes from November 2, 2015 Meeting

DPAC MINUTES FOR November 2, 2015
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training Centre

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Mike Gagel, Steve Shannon, Darlene Campbell
Partner Groups:
School Reps: Jacqueline Dockray – Ecole College Heights; Darlene Campbell – Duchess Park; Shara Schenk, Sarah Foot – Edgewood;Mandy Levesque – Hart Highlands; Kim Shannon – Kelly Road; Shauna Connor – Lac Des Bois; Gillian Burnett – Nukko Lake; Charleen Henyu – Nusdeh Yoh; Kim Pryschlak – Quinson; Mike Gagel – Southridge; Heather Isaak – Vanway; Raylene Anderson, Kerry Williams-Polaris; Mandy Levesque – Hart Highlands; Nicole Laferriere Munger- Duchess Park

1. Call to Order, Secretary 7:01 pm
Call for volunteer to record the meeting and prepare minutes. Shauna Connor – Lac des Bois volunteers.

2. Adoption of Agenda
Gillian to talk about money in the Treasure’s report.

3. Adoption of Minutes
Amendments – none
Adopt as circulated – Gillian

PAC Networking
Teacher interviews, Haunted houses, Movie nights, Presentations before PAC meetings, Traffic presentations, Thank you cards for DPAC funding, Telus clearing property, Excellent DPAC conference, Garden Community, Popcorn Day, Bussing, Using

Five MLA’s attended Northern Interior Trustees meeting – 4 Cabinet Ministers and Education Minister, MyEdBC has growing pains, security concerns and problems with connection speed.

4. Partner Group Presentations
a) DSAC– Not in attendance
b) CUPE (Karen Wong) – Unable to attend out of town.
c) PGDTA (Richard Giroday) – Sick
d) PGPVPA (Dan Watt) – Sick
e) PEA (Nicole Harris) – Not in attendance
f) Superintendent (Brian Pepper) – Sick
g) Trustee (Brenda Hooker) – Unable to attend. See attached.
5. Elections – Vacant Director position
Will ask at next meeting

6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland) – see attached
Media – annual facility grant and new Kelly Road School
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian) – see attached 3 Reports
• Did receive $2500 gaming grant
• Bills coming in for DPAC conference
• When PAC’s give money to school it is reported out as income by School District. Ten million (includes bursaries & scholarships). PAC’s are better off paying vendors than giving money to schools. PAC’s giving money has no negative impact on school funding, they just need to report it.
c) Audit report (Kim Shannon, Candice Bate)
• Met at Gillians
• Some missing receipts
• Recommended:
• Always have support receipts and print email receipts.
• Document motions on cheques
• Staple all receipts together
• Treasurer needs paperclip funds.
• Gillian recommends a checklist for travel requests form & expense form (She will be discussing this at DPAC executive meeting)

d) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell) – Darlene is not attending meeting this weekend.

Snack Break 8:15-8:25

7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Communicating with PACs and parents – looking for any ideas about how to improve our effectiveness in this area. You don’t always have Principal’s support and what about including DPAC information in school or PAC newsletter.
b) Grant requests – None

c) Fall Conference Report

• 86 Registered

• 40 PAC tickets – 31 attended and 9 no shows. Cost DPAC about $300 in food costs.

• Some PAC’s didn’t share conference information to Parents if PAC people didn’t want to attend.

• 26 attendees from out of town.

• 20 Schools attended representing half of the school district.

• Bob Harris (Trustee) raved about the conference at the School Board meeting.

d) Future event planning

• General Interest Workshops like Gary Annaka

• What about sending out a survey for workshops people would like to see.

• Send out survey to Parents through website and social media.

• Anxiety and Mental Health workshops.

8. Advising School District

a) Education Service Committee Report (Steve Shannon) – no meeting until next week.

b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Mike Gagel)

• 1st meeting of the year.

• Presentations

• Programs in place for high school kids to get credit for college courses

• Wanting to fund scholarships for dental assisting & power engineering

• Awards update

• School District doesn`t issue cheques for scholarships, moving to a voucher system.

• Mr. Karpenko was working last year on a special program on trades, will be asking if he would assist with elementary kids and trades.

c) Policy and Governance

• Whistleblower policy

• Protecting employees

• May want to look at protecting parents and non- employees

• They would need more staff to manage a policy like that

d) Suggestions for School Board Report

9. Other Business

a) Radon

• Invest in radon detectors

• Province tested in the 90`s

• Northern Health looking into taking information they shared at Cancer society back to the School District.

• Want DPAC to continue to pursue.

b) DPAC Chair Summit November 7 – three questions for discussion:

What areas do you believe are most important for you DPAC to focus on?

What resources or information would help your DPAC be more effective?

In a perfect world, what role would you like your DPAC to play in your district?

Assisting PAC`s and advising School District. Assisting Parents with Treasurer 101, Roberts Rules, and maybe having a large conference every 2 years and smaller ones on the off years.

10. Agenda items for next meeting

11. Adjournment 9:35 pm – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

DPAC questions:

• What exactly is the insurance for, that Parent`s pay when their children play sport?