Superintendents report for April 2011

2011.04.04 (must have been an email problem, as notes were only received after 11pm)

SUPERINTENDENT’S SPEAKING NOTES
District Parent Advisory Council Meeting
1.    Student Transfer Process:  parents should expect to receive information related to transfer requests made earlier on our district online transfer program in the next several days.  Please contact the school next week if you have not been contacted about your transfer request.

2.    School Organization: Principals are currently preparing staffing and supplies organization/budget for the 2011-2012 school year.  Parent Advisory Council presidents may wish to contact principals for a status report at an upcoming PAC meeting.

3.    International Education: International education contributes an estimated $1.8 billion to the economy of British Columbia. This makes International Education the 5th largest industry in B.C. Of this total, approximately $24 million is generated directly in Northern BC, creating 250 jobs for the region. This is a significant and growing industry which is critical to the growth and future
Prosperity of all of British Columbia and which has the potential to address some of the short? and long?term demographic challenges faced by the regions in BC. The presence of colleges, universities, and school districts with large international student populations create great opportunities for northern communities.

School District #57 is expecting approximately 42 fee paying International students in September of 2011.

4.    Bargaining 2011: Several union partners are now in the early stages of collective agreement bargaining with the employer.  Some bargaining is done at the local level but the majority of bargaining involves the British Columbia Public Sector Employers Association, who represents British Columbia Boards of Education in this complex process.

5.    Provincial Examinations: In order to graduate, secondary school students must complete specified courses in Grades 10, 11 and 12, and write at least the following five provincial exams:
•    Language Arts 10
•    Science 10
•    Mathematics 10 (Essentials, Applications or Principles)
•    Social Studies (Social Studies 11, Civics 11 or First Nations 12)
•    Language Arts 12 (English 12 or Communications 12)
Other provincial exams are optional.

For more information regarding provincial exams, please access this website:  http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/

6.    Reminder – Schedule of Fees and Deposits 2010-2011 *Sent to parents in September 2010 re Valedictory Ceremonies:  Most schools with grade 12 students offer a valedictory ceremony near year’s end. The participation in such ceremonies is optional. Students who wish to participate will be expected
to pay the shared cost of such a ceremony.

Parents of students in grade 12 should be checking with son’s/daughter’s school counselor prior to the end of April to ensure their child is eligible to participate in the school’s valedictory ceremony!

7.    Policy 1240 Provision of Volunteer Services: Volunteers make valued and appreciated contributions to enhancing student success, the enjoyment of school and enriching school climate. This policy sets out the manner and conditions in which volunteers may become involved in school life.

The period between April and June usually offers many opportunities for parents to be involved in school sponsored activities – please review this policy as a criminal record check is a critical component of the volunteer process!

8.    Communities That Care (CTC) founder/developer/researcher, Dr Richard Catalano visited Prince George last week to work with the CTC Board.  Approximately 100 parents and interested community members attended Dr. Catalano’s public presentation.

CTC is a long-term, evidence-based approach to crime prevention that targets six adolescent behavior problems: criminal involvement, violence, substance misuse, school failure, teen pregnancy and anxiety and depression.  This youth-focused strategy to enhance public safety is an integral part of the City of Prince George’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.

Approximately 3000 students in our school district completed a survey and identified a number of positive things:
a.    High levels of family attachment
b.    A larger than average percentage of youth report believing in the concept of right and wrong.
c.    Many youth report having opportunities and rewards for positive involvement within the community and family, and especially within schools.  Dr. Catalano indicated that kids like school and schools are Prince George’s strongest asset in this process.  A huge THANK YOU to our staff and educational partners!!!!!

DPAC Meeting Monday, April 4th, at 7pm

Elluminate link for people attending meeting remotely!

https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=&password=M.2F33BFFA6BD946C4E02277236B259A

A reminder that DPAC will be holding it’s monthly meeting this coming Monday, April 4th, at 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training & Development Center.

DPAC Income Statement February 2011

DPAC February 2011 Event Report

DPAC Minutes – March 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING April 2011

EPPC Meeting Report – March 15-2011

DPAC March 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement March 2011

DPAC Chairperson Report April 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

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

 

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of March 7, 2011 Meeting 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)                Communication / Parent Recruitment

(b)               Invitation for stakeholders to join Parent Involvement Committee

(c)                BCCPAC Resolutions / Proxy Voting Procedures

(d)               Motion to send  DPAC Representatives to BCCPAC  & Authorize Travel Expenditures

(e)               Notice of upcoming DPAC Annual General Meeting; May 9, 2011

 

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

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

Schedules

–          Minutes of March 7, 2011 Meeting

–          DPAC Chair Report

–          EPPC Report

–          Treasurer Reports (2)

A message from Northern Interior Communities Association

I just wanted to remind you that the deadline for PAC and DPAC Community Gaming Grant applications is from April 1 – June 30 with notification of the results of your application by September 30. It is a quick and easy application so be sure to get it in as soon as possible! I have attached the application and you can also complete the process online. Here is the link: https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/gaming/common/Welcome.do?start=true

 

I also want to let you know that the $15 million boost to gaming grants announced last week means good things for you as well! I’m not sure what it translates into for DPAC groups but for the PACs it is a 25% increase (or $5 per child).

 

If you have the contact info for the PACs in town could you forward this on to them? We only have two that are members of NICA.

 

If you need any assistance with your applications please contact me!

 

 

 

Christine Hauff BSc.

Coordinator

 

 

 

Northern Interior Communities Association

214 – 1600 3rd Avenue

Prince George, BC V2L 3G6

Phone: 250-562-2553

Fax: 250-562-2564

Website: www.northernica.org

General meeting Monday, March 7, 2011

Elluminate participant link, for those participants attending remotely:

https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=&password=M.47C6D9FA4A57CF49D1424918F28443

DPAC Chair Report March 7, 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING March 7, 2011

DPAC General Meeting Minutes February 2011

DPAC Income Statement -January 2011

DPAC January 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement February 2011

DPAC February 2011 Event Report

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

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

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of February 7, 2011 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)                Gang, Drugs, Bullying Education Workshop(s)

(b)               BCCPAC AGM, Saturday, April 30, 2011, Richmond, B.C.

(c)                Transportation; Separate Policy Group?

(d)          Prince George Urban Aboriginal Strategy Presentation April or May?

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of February 7, 2011 Meeting

–          Chairperson Report

–     Treasurer’s Report

Late French Immersion

Update: Unfortunately, there were not enough registrants to run late immersion in 2011/12. The school plans to try again for 2012/13.

Grade 5 letter for Late Immersion – PDF

To:  Parents of all Grade 5 Students:

Re:  Registration for Late French Immersion for September 2011

Lac des Bois is hoping to start a successful Late French Immersion program, (beginning in Grade 6).  If there is sufficient enrolment the program will begin in September 2011.  It is the district’s intention that this letter along with the pamphlet will help to answer some questions that you may have about the program and provide you with information about registering for this grade six program.

 

Do the students and parents need to understand French to follow the material?

NO.  When they enter the class, students are assumed to have little or no French.   In September the curriculum is adapted so that vocabulary acquisition is the emphasis.  By October, students understand basic instructions and are starting a reading program. By December, students can understand all basic instructions, use many French words or expressions when speaking, read small books and write sentences.  By February, students speak 100% in French in the classroom, and are learning the grade 6 curriculum at full speed.

 

How much French will they acquire in a year?

Most students will be able to converse in French reasonably well by the end of grade six.  The students’ written skills will need further development in grade seven.  By the end of grade seven they should read and write in French at their grade level while maintaining their English skills.

 

Did you know?

Tests have revealed an interesting phenomenon.  By the time they graduate from high school, students who started Late Immersion in grade six are as fluent in French as students who start in Kindergarten. The reason is a bit of a mystery.  The hypothesis is that, because Late French Immersion is a choice that students and parents make together, rather than the decision made for them by their parents, Late French Immersion students are highly motivated.  It may be that Late French Immersion offers the best of both worlds—a thorough grounding in English, followed by the fluent acquisition of French.

 

For more Information

Want to know more about the Late French Immersion program check out the Lac des Bois website at (www.ldb.sd57.bc.ca) or call Madeleine Crandell at 250-562-1164

 

Registration

Registration deadline is March 18, 2011.  You can register by doing the on-line transfer (www.sd57.bc.ca) or in person at Lac des Bois.

Aboriginal Education Board Survey

Click here to take survey

Since its inception in 1996, the Aboriginal Education Board (AEB) has taken on the role of providing advice and guidance to School District 57 (SD 57) in Aboriginal Education. This partnership has resulted in many exciting initiatives such as the Task Force on Aboriginal Education, the creation of many support services for Aboriginal students, the Aboriginal Choice School (a BC first), and created a new awareness of the issues faced by the Aboriginal learning community.

AEB Statement of Vision & Purpose
“We are Aboriginal community members, who honour the unique gifts given to our children, and we are committed to ensuring that their individual physical, spiritual, mental and emotional needs are met.”

Currently the AEB lists the following as its goals:

• The ensure accountability through sound financial and resource management
• The ensure fair and equitable allocation of resources in the area of culture, language, and support
• To pro-actively recommend improvements to school programs and services
• To ensure we have the capacity to meet our needs
• To provide advocacy

Wear Pink Day – February 23, 2011

On February 23, 2011, people are encouraged to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. This idea came from two Nova Scotia high school students. Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article about them:

David Shepherd and Travis Price

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’

So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag.

As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.

The bullies were never heard from again.”

for more information:

http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

Financial Hardship Policy

The school district has a policy regarding financial hardship for students, and how students shouldn’t be denied opportunities because their parents can’t afford to pay for things such as field trips:
The Board of Education of School District No. 57 (Prince George) is committed to ensuring that no student is denied an opportunity to participate in a course, class or program because of financial hardship.

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5101.pdf

If parents are having difficulty, they are encouraged to contact their school administration to ask for information about the hardship application process. As per policy:

“The hardship application process may be formal or informal.  The process must always, however, respect an individual’s privacy and dignity and adhere to strict principles of confidentiality and fairness. “