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General meeting February 5, 2018

The February DPAC meeting is Monday, February 5th at 7pm, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

The agenda package will be posted soon.

We will offer web conferencing for people unable to attend in person (although the quality will depend on the internet connection quality that day).

Web conference link: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting?authuser=0

If you encounter any difficulty logging in, please text 250-565-4949.

We ask that you send at least one person to represent your school – this is a way that your voice can count in the district. We need representation; we need to know what you want for parents in this district in order to be effective.

It’s important that parents have a strong and effective parent voice, and in order to do this, we need to have representatives from our PACs.

We also need new leadership in this DPAC, as a number of current Executive members will be leaving at the end of their term due to term limits, children graduating, or other commitments.

School catchment closings in some schools

At the school board’s January 30th meeting, the board voted to restrict new enrolment in the following schools to catchment area students only for the 2018/19:

  • Malaspina Elementary
  • Southridge Elementary
  • College Heights Secondary
  • Heritage Elementary
  • Glenview Elementary
  • Hart Highlands Elementary
  • Springwood Elementary
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Duchess Park Secondary (regular program)

Note: this would not affect current out of catchment students, but may affect siblings of current non-catchment students attempting to register or transfer into the school.

The board also approved that kindergarten registration at the following schools be restricted (capped):

  • College Heights Elementary (French immersion, 40 students)
  • Spruceland Traditional (40 students)
  • Polaris Montessori (40 students)
  • Ecole Lac de Bois  (60 students)

 

Lastly, that for the 2018/19 school year, that both McBride Centennial and McBride Secondary schools operate in their current configuration.

Lunch Survey Report

DPAC presented the results of THE lunch survey to the school board at the January 30th board meeting:

2018 jan 30 DPAC parent lunch survey

We are pleased and encouraged by the paper based surveys the district has sent out at various elementary schools. These surveys give information on the current lunch time arrangements at each particular school, and ask parents if they are satisfied with lunch time provisions, ask for concerns, and what could be done differently.

We urge parents and parent advisory councils to continue this conversation with the staff at their child’s school, and to remember that purpose of parent advisory councils, according to the school act, is to advise the board and the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school.

Should any PAC or principal wish to see results for their particular school, please email info@sd57dpac.ca, and we can provide you with this information.

District Administration – Response to preliminary lunch survey report in January 30th school board agenda package: 2018 Jan 30 District Admin Report

 

White Hatter in Prince George February 19

Back by popular demand!

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: Internet Literacy and Education for Parents with the White Hatter, Monday, 19 February 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

The Prince George District Parent Advisory Council, in cooperation with the Prince George School District, invites all parents to attend an evening educational session regarding online safety and children. Regular admission is $5, parents can also select a free ticket, or by donation. We want everyone to be able to attend.

The sessions will be presented by The White Hatter of the award winning organization Personal Protection Systems Inc.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the White Hatter before, you’re in for an interesting and useful session. If you have seen the White Hatter before, come out for technological updates!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation runs from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, February 19th. Register now to reserve a seat!

Eventbrite - Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: Internet Literacy and Education for Parents with the White Hatter

DPAC General Meeting January 8, 2018

Our regularly scheduled general meeting takes place Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre at Van Bien Elementary, 7pm.

Video conference: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting?authuser=1

(if you have difficulty connecting, please text 250-565-4949 for help)

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

4. Presentation (not confirmed) – Milly from Vantage Vision and Reading
5. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken, once all reports are complete, about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Senior Administration Report () –
f) Trustee Report ()

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6. Elections
a) Vacant positions
b) Succession Planning
7. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report (Gillian Burnett) – resolutions
8. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Lunch hour survey and next steps
b) Guest Speaker/Seminar
9. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon, Gillian Burnett and Sarah Holland)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance ()
d) Suggestions for School Board Report – Traffic issues around schools (from Dec meeting). Anything else?

10. Other Business
a)
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

BCCPAC Summary Report – Survey for Parents of Students who are denied a Full Day at School

BCCPAC recently put out results from a survey of special needs student parents:

http://bccpac.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-11-03-Full-Day-Summaryresults.pdf

Under the BC School Act every child in our province, regardless of ability, has the right to receive access to a fully funded public education. However, BCCPAC has heard from hundreds of parents of children with special needs who are not allowed to attend school full time. For three weeks this fall, we conducted a province wide survey to gain a better understanding of how widespread this problem is in B.C. schools.

 

DPAC General Meeting Monday, December 4th

Our regular general meeting will be held Monday, December 4th, at 7pm at Van Bien Elementary Training Centre.

Webconference: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting

Agenda package:

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

4. Presentation from Susan Trabant on SOGI
5. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Senior Administration Report
f) Trustee Report (Bob Harris)

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report – DPAC Summit November 24th and 25th (Trudy Klassen)
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Guest Speaker/Seminar
8. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance ()
d) Lunch hour survey results and next steps
e) Suggestions for School Board Report
9. Elections
a) Vacant positions
10. Other Business
a)
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Recent media

We have had some recent media from the preliminary report on our lunch survey:

Lack Of Time A Big Reason Why 47% Of Kids Rarely Finish Lunch

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/kids-not-getting-enough-time-to-eat-at-school-parent-survey-finds-1.23109067

http://ckpgtoday.ca/article/509810/almost-60-parents-say-kids-lunch-breaks-are-too-short

My Prince George Now also did a story on a presentation that DPAC did to the board in March 2017 on this subject:

Prince George parents asking for longer lunch breaks in schools

 

 

Preliminary report – Lunch survey

At the school board meeting of November 28th, DPAC presented a sneak peek at the results of our parent lunch survey during our 5 minute time slot. We are working on a written report, and have posted the presentation given to the board below.

2017 nov 28 school board dpac lunch presentation – final

We look forward to a discussion with the district regarding some of the identified issues.

We are still taking responses to the survey, and it’s available here:

http://dpaclunch.questionpro.com/

Tuesday presentation: presented by Greg Gerber SaferSchools

Greg Gerber is the presenter from SaferSchools:
Greg is deeply engaged in the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning. As Director of Learning at SCSBC, Adjunct Professor in Education at SFU and TWU, and a Senior Technical Consultant, Greg is known for his work. He finds joy in solving complex problems and helping educators resolve tensions between practice and theoretical understanding. Greg has extensive experience in technology infrastructure and securities, curriculum and pedagogy, leadership, and instruction.

It’s not too late to register!

https://social-media-awareness-for-parents.eventbrite.ca

Eventbrite - Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying for Parents

Parents from across the district are invited to attend an evening presentation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at École Heather Park Elementary.

Parent Presentation – Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints, and Cyberbullying
This parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child has now entered into their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with cell phone in hand and you need to be prepared. Family rules, parental controls and developing a family tech plan will be outlined as well as recommendations for monitoring your teen’s digital life.