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School Trustee Forum, Wednesday October 29th

Sent to DPAC October 28th – I apologize for the late notice of this. If you are willing and able, please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

The Prince George Citizen, College of New Caledonia, and CBC Radio are hosting an all-candidates forum for School District 57 Wednesday, October 29 at 7 pm at the College of New Caledonia Room 1-306 on the main floor.

It is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity for guests to ask questions of all the candidates.
We are planning on webcasting it through our website at cbc.ca/daybreaknorth as well, but make no promises as to the quality of the video and sound.
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Pro-D Flyer – City of Prince George

The City Of Prince George coordinates the Pro D Day flyer to be distributed to SD #57 offices prior to each Pro D Day.  The Flyer lists some of the great activities that are offered for kids during their day off school.  The flyer only lists activities that are unique or discounted to kids on the Pro D Days.  Please share this flyer with the staff in your school and with your students.  Feel free to include it in newsletters or promote it on your school websites.

Each Pro D Day Flyer is also available on the City Of Prince George website at:  www.princegeoge.ca  (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).  Please feel free to link to this site in your newsletters and websites.

There are a lot of great activities available in Prince George for kids during Pro D Days, including events at the YMCA of Northern BC, Pacific Sport Northern BC, IMSS, Two Rivers Gallery, The College of New Caledonia, RollaDome, City Aquatics and Hartland Youth!

Does your PAC want funding from DPAC?

Is your PAC interesting in hiring a speaker for a PAC event, or getting a grant from DPAC? DPAC may be able to assist your PAC.

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. DPAC has a limited amount of money for grants, and may not be able to fund all requests. Cheques will not be issued until the event occurs, and a final invoice is available.

Please complete the information this form and submit via email to dpac@sd57dpac.ca – Request for PAC funding 2014 2015

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.

DPAC to pay for BCCPAC membership for SD57 PACs

At our October general meeting, DPAC representatives voted to pay 100% of PAC memberships for those PACs who apply to BCCPAC.

We usually pay 50% of the membership for PACs who join, and who give us their proxy to vote for them at the BCCPAC AGM. This year, we have the opportunity to tell BCCPAC that we will pay for our PACs directly.

Why?

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: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/membership

 

What does my PAC need to do?

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

When the forms asks how you are paying, write in that your DPAC is paying for you.

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

Questions?

Please let us know.

Supporting Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kids in the Classroom

Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society presents a workshop: 

Supporting Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kids in the Classroom – Special Guest Speaker:  Debra Russell, University of Alberta

Saturday, October 25 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

College of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC  – Rooms 1-308 A & B

$10 per person – includes lunch.  Please register before October 20th at https://debrarussellworkshop.eventbrite.ca

 

BCCPAC Conference – prospective delegates invited to apply

BCCPAC is holding a conference in Nanaimo in November, November 21-23.

Details: http://conference.bccpac.bc.ca/

If you are interesting in attending, and having DPAC pay, please submit a brief written application detailing your reasons for wanting to attend the conference, and how your believe this experience will benefit DPAC and/or your PAC.

Please send to info@sd57dpac.ca.

 

 

No extension to 2014/15 school year

http://www.cbc.ca/news/b-c-teachers-strike-no-extension-to-school-year-to-make-up-for-lost-time-1.2771797

B.C. has no plans to extend the school year to make up for three weeks of class time lost during the teachers’ strike,  Education Minister Peter Fassbender has confirmed.

“We have clearly agreed that we will move forward with the existing calendar and the remaining hours to make up any learning shortfalls that might have been there.”

Monday first day of school

The school district waited until after 3:30pm on Friday to officially notify parents of when the first day of school is.

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=13

Superintendent’s Update: Friday, September 19, 2014 3:30 p.m.

With the ratification of the Memorandum of Agreement between BCPSEA and BCTF schools will open on Monday, September 22, 2014.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Schools will follow normal opening day routines with a shortened 90 minute day. Busses will run at the usual time in the morning. Bus students will be transported home following the morning session.

Beginning Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Schools will begin full day programming. Regular bus routes and schedules will be in effect.

Kindergarten Gradual Entry

School District 57 will continue with the gradual entry process for kindergarten students entering school this year. The gradual entry of phasing in with a small group and shortened attendance times allows children to feel comfortable as they adjust to their new environment, routines, teacher and peers. This gentle introduction to school helps build the foundation for a successful start to their school life.

On September 22, kindergarten students will attend for the first 45 minutes of the day. On this first day, schools will provide parents with a schedule outlining the gradual entry for their child.
      Gradual Entry Schedule Outline (Specific times will be provided by the school)
Week 1
Monday, Sept. 22 45 minute session
Tuesday, Sept. 23 1.5 hour session
Wednesday, Sept. 24 1.5 hour session
Thursday, Sept. 25 2 hour session
Friday, Sept. 25 3 hour session
Week 2
Monday, Sept. 29 4 hour session
Tuesday, Sept. 30 4.5 hour session
Wednesday, Oct. 1 First Full Day
      **Hixon, Giscome and McBride Centennial will have an alternate kindergarten schedule to accommodate rural bussing.

School Calendar, Secondary Semesters, Secondary School Provincial Exams

Due to the late start to the school year, it is likely the Ministry of Education will allow district staff to balance secondary semesters and schedule provincial exams at a later date. Senior staff are working with the Ministry of Education and the Prince George District Teachers Association today and we expect to announce a revised semester 1 end, Ministry of Education exam schedule and semester 2 start early next week. Secondary school principals will provide this information to you. It is likely that the January 23rd Non Instruction Day will be shifted to coincide with the adjustment in semesters. All remaining Non Instructional Days and scheduled school year holidays are confirmed as determined earlier this year by the Board of Education.

Focus on Learning

Our most important work remains student learning in a safe, caring and orderly environment. Our professional and support staff are united in this belief and we will continue to provide learning experiences that enrich the lives of each student.

First Day in Prince George School District?

As of 7:30am, the SD57 website did not have any details as to whether or not Monday would be the first day of school. We are expecting information to be released today, so do check the district website: www.sd57.bc.ca

There is at least one elementary school website that says school will be on Monday, September 22nd:

– All Kindergarten students will attend for 45 minutes:  8:40 – 9:25 (MAY VARY FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL)

– Grades 1 – 7 students will attend for 90 minutes:  8:40 – 10:10  (MAY VARY FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL)

KINDERGARTEN GRADUAL ENTRY SCHEDULE has been changed across School District 57. 

 

CBC Daybreak North had published a page showing various information posted by school district in this area: http://www.cbc.ca/daybreaknorth/2014/09/18/find-information-about-the-first-day-of-school-for-prince-george-the-peace-the-northwest-and-more/

 

Teacher Strike Ratified – 86% YES

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-teachers-strike-is-over-86-vote-yes-to-accept-deal-1.2771202

The prolonged B.C. teachers’ strike has ended, and the province’s public school students will be starting their new school year next week.

More than 31,000 B.C. teachers voted Thursday on the tentative agreement reached with the government earlier this week, with 86 per cent of them voting to accept the deal.

B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker said it was a tough round of negotiations and a difficult time for those on strike, but the job action is now over.

“With the ratification of the new collective agreement, the strike and lockout are now over,” he said. “Teachers and students will be back in school on Monday.”

For some school districts — Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, and Delta included — Monday will be a day of student orientation, and classes will start Tuesday. Parents are advised to check with their local school boards for details about the new school calendars.

Iker said the deal wasn’t perfect, but said it did provide gains for teachers, protects their charter rights and increases support for students.

“There will be more classroom and specialist teachers in schools to help our students. Our teachers teaching on call will get fair pay for a day’s work, and all our members will get a salary increase,” he said.