In March, April, and May, the DPAC general meeting has changed from the first Monday of the month to the second Monday of the month.
Please find attached the Play During the Games Flyer. This is a special edition of the Pro D Day/Spring Break flyer as it includes a variety of activities and programs for people of all ages to get involved in during the Canada Winter Games/Spring Break. The flyer promotes recreation, fitness, culture and education and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers that are looking for things to do during their kids’ time off school. The flyer is also available on the City Of Prince George website at www.princegeorge.ca (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs). Please feel free to link to this site on your school websites and list it in your monthly newsletter. A link in the school monthly newsletter is the best way to reach most students and parents/caregivers. Please also feel free to share the flyer or link with staff, administration as well as parents and students.
The full list is available somewhere on the school district website, but here is a summary for our PACs:
- Brenda Hooker will be the liaison for DPAC
- College Heights – Beaverly, College Heights, Malaspina, Southridge, and Vanway Elementaries, and College Heights Secondary – Bruce Wiebe
- Duchess Park – Edgewood, Harwin, Ron Brent, Spruceland, and Lac de Bois Elementaries, and Duchess Park Secondary – Sharel Warrington
- John McInnis – Tony Cable
- Kelly Road – Glenview, Hart Highlands, Heather Park and Nukko Lake Elementaries, and Kelly Road Secondary – Bob Harris
- PGSS – Highglen, Nusdeh Yoh, Peden Hill, Pinewood, Van Bien and Westwood Elementaries and Prince George Secondary – Brenda Hooker
- PGSS – Blackburn, Buckhorn, Giscome, Hixon and Pineview Elementaries – Sharel Warrington
- DP Todd – Foothills, Heritage, and Quinson Elementaries and DP Todd Secondary – Trish Bella
- Mackenzie – Morfee Elementary and Mackenzie Secondary – Tony Cable
- Robson Valley – McBride and Valemount Elementaries, and McBride and Valemount Secondaries – Tim Bennett
DPAC has encouraged the trustee liaisons to contact their PAC chairs to see about attending a PAC meeting. PACs may also wish to reach out to trustees.
Thank you to all of our attendees, at Saturday’s PAC Cafe! Special thanks as well, to the Civic Centre, for the terrific food.
There were several websites noted at the meeting, links below:
- Eventbrite – manages event ticketing, this link will give you (and us) a $20 credit each once you sell your first ticket: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/friend_signup/14583620?utm_source=ebemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=refer_a_friend
- Have a problem? The first section has resources to assist: http://sd57dpac.ca/dpac_resources/ (we may be looking to create a version with specific parent tips).
Pictures of notes from event:
Various Information sessions are available for parents who are interested in registering their child(ren) in the following Choice Programs:
- Aboriginal (K-7)
- Early French Immersion (entry in either Kindergarten or grade 1, continues to grade 12)
- Montessori (K-9)
- Traditional (K-7)
Parent information nights are scheduled: http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Documents/Parent%20Information%20Nights%20-%20all%20%20combined.pdf
On-line pre-registration is required for Kindergarten in all School District No. 57 elementary schools, and will take place beginning at 9:00 on Tuesday January 27, 2015. Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 31, 2015 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2015.
Click here for more information FAQ – Online K Registration – Parents and Schools.pdf
School Bus Information for Parent/Guardian(s) of Kindergarten Students: Ktgn Bus Information.pdf
DPAC has some funds set aside for supporting activities that foster parental involvement in the schools and promote effective communication between schools, parents, students and the community.
If your PAC would like funding or support for holding such an activity, please get in touch with us for more details.
In the past, we’ve asked people to fill out a form for certain uses of funds. If the activity you’d like funded doesn’t fall within those guidelines, please just let us know – we are looking to be as flexible as possible, as long as it’s an activity that fosters parental involvement in the schools.
Decisions on funding are made at general DPAC meetings, usually held on the first Monday of each month. Please submit the request at least one week in advance of the meeting.
Please complete the information this form and submit via email to exec@sd57dpac. ca – Request for PAC funding 2014 2015 version 2
Use of funds:
- Speaker Grants: up to $300 towards hiring speakers for PAC events
- Family of Schools Grants: up to $200 contribution toward a joint event, such as within a family of schools (the group of schools around each secondary school), serving to improve communication/interaction between schools
- Anti-bullying Grant: up to $200 for PACs to promote anti-bullying in their school
- BCCPAC Conference Attendance: an application may be made if there is any excess DPAC funding to pay for PAC parent attendance at BCCPAC conferences.
- Something else that helps foster parental involvement in the schools, and/or promotes effective communication between schools, parents, students and the community.
The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) – tests of reading, writing and math delivered province-wide every year in Grades 4 and 7 – are coming up. Schools are expected to administer the tests between January 12 and February 20, 2015 this year.
The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has developed an FSA information kit for parents. Click here to see more information from BCCPAC: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/fsa-information-kit-parents
The B.C. Education Ministry has prepared a brochure advising parents why it thinks the tests are important. In summary, it says the tests help determine whether students are learning vital skills and improving over time, if there are any significant trends in schools, districts or across the province and how certain groups of students (such as aboriginals) are doing. Click here for more Ministry information: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/info/welcome.htm
The BCTF does not support the foundation skills assessments, and says: “The provincial government has been administering the Foundation Skills Assessment tests to all students in Grades 4 and 7 since 2000. This test does not help students learn or teachers teach. It takes valuable time and much needed resources away from the classroom learning and undermines the ability to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students.” Click here for more information on the BCTF position on FSAs: http://www.bctf.ca/fsa.aspx
SKM_454e15011215310 – Superintendent’s speaking notes
The Principal Connection – YouTube videos from BC Principals: