Tips for school success

Here we are in October already.

In this month’s articles, you will find you will find tips on homework, time management, working with teachers and community resources. Hopefully, you might find something that helps you and your elementary school child. If you are to starting notice changes in their attitude about school, there is a good read below. Videos for your enjoyment as well.

Everything is clickable and don’t forget to browse the families and teen sites too. I hope you all have a nice October!


Linda Campbell


BCCPAC Conference – prospective delegates invited to apply

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


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



Agenda – October 6, 2014 Meeting

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre

Webconference  link:


Full agenda package to be posted before meeting.

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, October 6, 2014, 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

7:30pm – Partner groups enter
4. Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each).
a) DSAC Report
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
e) Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Betty Bekkering)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke)
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests
b) Conference / PAC Café discussion
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (TBA)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Chris, Darlene)
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Dennis)
d) Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve?)
e) Calendar Committee (Leanne, )
f) Suggestions for School Board Report

8. Other Business
a) School board Trustee forum – November 4th, Vanier Hall
b) BCCPAC conference in Nanaimo – attendees and application process
c) Vacant director position
d) Priorities for year
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 3rd, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

No extension to 2014/15 school year

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.

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:

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:


Teacher Strike Ratified – 86% YES

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.

Tentative deal reached!

A tentative deal in the teacher strike was reached as of 3:50 a.m. this morning!

Details will be coming out as time goes by, but a vote by teachers to ratify is required first. There is online chatter that this is tentatively expected for Thursday, with schools then tentatively opening Monday – but wait for details to come out before making definite plans.

Teachers are still on strike until the vote is taken and the deal signed, so expect picketing to continue until then.

BC School Sports Update

For Immediate Release September 8, 2014
BC School Sports

Burnaby –The Board of Directors of BC School Sports (BCSS) recognizes and respects the position of teachers during the current labour dispute with government. BCSS views extra-curricular activities including coaching as voluntary and will respect the decisions that teacher coaches, volunteers, schools and school districts will make on their involvement with school sports.

We represent member schools and advocate for student-athletes and their participation. As long as there are schools and school districts with volunteers willing to support student-athletes and facilitate the leagues, zones and provincials, our athletic programs will continue.

At this point we are going to proceed with the planned fall zone and championships schedule for the students, coaches and volunteers involved in Football, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Aquatics and Cross Country. BCSS will continue to monitor this situation and consult with the sports commissions and school districts as we move forward.

As the BC public schools remain in a strike position it is mandatory that all teams have permission from their school and school district to participate in competition. Also please ensure that all participation of school teams follow district policy. All BCSS rules and regulations still apply including the need for school teams to only compete against approved school teams.

BCSS is a voluntary non-profit society and charity with a membership of 425 schools and has served the athletes
and volunteer coaches in our province for over 44 years. BCSS’ mission is to provide governance for interschool competition, encourage student participation in extra-curricular athletics and assist schools in the development and delivery of those programs. BCSS is independent from government and BC School Boards. The BCSS Board of Directors relies upon the dedication, commitment and efforts of over 20,000 volunteers to run inter-school athletic programs for the 19 sport commissions that conclude with the 162 zone playoffs and 53 provincial championships.

For more information contact:
Christine Bradstock
Executive Director

Deb Whitten
250 475 4155