General Meeting – February 7, 2011

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PDF documents:

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING February 7, 2011

DPAC Chair Report February 7 2011

Superintendent report – December 2010

DPAC Income Statement -January 2011

DPAC Income Statement -December 2010

DPAC December 2010 Event Report

DPAC January 2011 Event Report

EPPC Meeting Report – January 18-2011

DPAC Meeting Minutes January 10, 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of January 10, 2010 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                BC Principals and Vice-Principals Association on FSA

(b)               DPAC position on FSA

(c)                Policy 5119 Feedback

(d)               Gang Education for Children & Youth (Parents not Involved)

(e)               Communities That Cares Prince George Initiative

(f)                 3 copies of “A Guide to School Legislation in B.C.”

(g)                Other

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of January 10, 2010 Meeting

–     Treasurer’s Report

Kindergarten Registration Process

A revised policy 5119 was passed at the board meeting of January 25th, as follows:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5119.pdf

The school district has also posted a FAQ on the subject:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Home/News/2011.02.01_FAQ_re_Policy_5119.pdf

The policy has the potential to be quite confusing. For parents registering their children in kindergarten, we suggest you speak to a school principal directly to find out how to proceed. Contact information for principals can be found here:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/index.php?id=611

As the policy has just been adopted, it is possible that some processes aren’t in line with the policy as yet. In the event of any discrepancies between the process we describe and the process interpreted, used and described by the school district, the latter shall prevail.

Catchments are listed here (note: not all catchment maps may be up to date, confirm with principals):

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/index.php?id=2485

If you wish to register your child for a choice school or program (French, Montessori, Traditional, or Aboriginal schools), then your catchment is the entire district – it doesn’t matter which area you live in.

If you wish to register your child for a regular program, you will need to know which catchment you live in, as you can only apply to your catchment school.

The school district has a one page reference guide as well:

Policy 5119 Reference Info

Do note that incorrect information has appeared in some media about sibling priority for those living out of catchment.

If parents continue to encounter difficulties after meeting and attempting to resolve those difficulties with Principals, they should contact Assistant Superintendents Office; either John McLay; (250) 561-6800 Ext. 316 email: jmclay@sd57.bc.ca, or contact Sharon Cairns; (250) 561-6800 Ext. 312 email: scairns@sd57.bc.ca.

If you encounter any difficulty in registering your child, The District Parent Advisory Council would also appreciate being informed of any difficulties, as part of our responsibility to advise the school board on matters involving education in the district. Please email us at info@sd57dpac.ca or contact us.

Notice of DPAC Executive Appointments

At the January 10th DPAC meeting the following DPAC Executive appointments were made, for the following reasons:

Approximately 3 months ago, Cliff MacLachlan; “Director at Large”, submitted his resignation. To fill this vacant position Michelle Rolfes was nominated, accepted the nomination, and was appointed to the “Director at Large” position.

Approximately 2 weeks ago DPAC Executive Secretary; Michelle Hourie submitted her resignation to accept employment with the School District. To fill this vacant position Marilyn Langlois was nominated, accepted the nomination, and was appointed to the “Executive Secretary” position.

Please join us in thanking both Cliff MacLachlan and Michelle Hourie for the time and dedication they have contributed to DPAC and avocation for quality public education in our School District. We wish them all the best.

In closing please congratulate both Marilyn Langlois and Michelle Rolfes for being willing to step up and fill the vacant DPAC Executive positions.

Kindergarten Registration and Transfer Process

Kindergarten registration will be taking place Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

The transfer process will start Monday, February 7, 2011, and closing Friday, March 18, 2011.

The policy that will govern how these proceed will be finalized after the Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Public Board of Education Meeting. It is possible that the policy will be the proposed 5119 policy, a revised proposed policy, or the 2008 revision of the policy.

FSA information

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 Jan. 17 and Feb. 25 this year.

The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has  developed an FSA information kit for parents. Find it here.

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. Find the brochure here.

The BCTF plans to distribute its own brochures in opposition to the tests, saying they are expensive, contribute nothing to learning, detract from more meaningful activities and lead to school rankings by the Fraser Institute. Find the BCTF brochures here. Our BCTF rep at the DPAC meeting has also referred to the Centre of Policy Alternatives report on the FSA: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/fraser-institute-ranking-fails-measure-school-quality

Agenda for January 10, 2011 meeting

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AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING January 10, 2010

DPAC Minute Notes – Dec 2010 Meeting

DPAC November 2010 Event Report (2)

DPAC Income Statement – November 2010 (2)

DPAC Income Statement -December 2010

DPAC December 2010 Event Report

Superintendent Report for December 2010

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of December 6, 2010 Minutes

3.               Motion to accept DPAC Secretary Resignation (Appointment or election of DPAC Secretary and 1 DPAC Director at Large)

4.               PAC Networking Topic: (Policy Committee)

5.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

6.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

7.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Recommend Statistical measurement of  policy 5119 impact on students and families

(b)               Motion to purchase 3 copies of “A Guide to School Legislation in B.C.”  Approve expenditure of

$__________.

(c)                Recommendation DPAC  join the Northern Interior Communities Association

(d)               Additional clarification for DPAC position on FSA

(e)               Calendar Committee

8.               Other Business:

(a)          Other

9.               Agenda items for next meeting:

10.           Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 7, 2011; 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of December 6, 2010 Meeting

–          Chairperson Report

–      Treasurer Report

Comments welcome on policy 5119

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Speaking notes from December 7th Board Meeting:
Kirsten Miller Lo
Trish Mahmoud statement
Brenda Herbert
dylan vaillancourt notes
carolyn holmes comments

Other comments or submissions:

Comments on Policy 5119 – Sarah Holland
Applicable Sections of the School Act for Policy 5119 Discussion – Sarah Holland notes

Sandra Lamb Letter

Belinda Larisch letter

5119 ltr 4 Jan 2011[1]

enrolment policy 26apr2010[1]