February is a busy month with Valentines Day, our winter games, pink shirt day, and spring break! Each month of the school year, parents will receive helpful tips, strategies, activities and resources to support children at home. Family and school can work together to improve children’s social emotional learning skills. These skills lead to school and life success. The flyer is an easy read on smartphones and tablets. When parents are engaged and teachers supported, kids are better able to learn. Have a nice February.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
Do you remember being told to ‘go outside and play’ for hours at a time with little or no adult supervision? Contrast that to today’s children who spend hours in front of a screen or in adult directed activities.
Christine will describe the importance of play and ways that we can encourage children to play like we did in the olden’ days, only with fewer cuts and bruises!
THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2015
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