DRAFT – minutes for October 5, 2015

DPAC MINUTES FOR October 5, 2015
7:00 p.m. Peden Hill Elementary Gymnasium

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Gillian Burnett (Recorder), Mike Gagel, Steve Shannon, Dennis Fudge, Darlene Campbell
Partner Groups: Richard Giroday, Brian Pepper, Dan Watt
School Reps: Jacqueline Dockray – Ecole College Heights; Darlene Campbell – Duchess Park; Shara Schenk – Edgewood;Mandy Levesque – Hart Highlands; Kim Shannon – Kelly Road; Shauna Connor – Lac Des Bois; Gillian Burnett – Nukko Lake; Charleen Henyu – Nusdeh Yoh; Randi McLeod – Peden Hill; Michelle Waning – Pinewood; Wendy Neumeyer & Michelle Rolfes – PGSS; Kim Pryschlak – Quinson; Mike Gagel – Southridge Dennis Fudge – Spruceland; Chelsea Vonah – Vanway

1. Call to Order, Secretary
Call for volunteer to record the meeting and prepare minutes. Gillian Burnett from Nukko Lake volunteers.

2. Adoption of Agenda and Minutes
Strike Darlene Campbell’s name from EPPC Committee Report as she has not represented DPAC on this committee.
5. b) MOTION
To Vacate the previous decision to add Dennis Fudge as signing authority on both DPAC bank accounts at Integris Credit Union.
That Darlene Campbell, Mike Gagel and Rob Woods be added as signing authority on both DPAC bank accounts at Integris Credit Union.
Minutes adopted as amended.
3. PAC Networking – Discussion about a variety of events taking place in schools, Scholastics Book Fairs run by PAC vs school staff, parking and traffic around schools, and Program start ups like El Sistema at Quinson. Best practice coming forward from Southridge – added a line to lunch forms which asked for permission to contact parents by e-mail and provided a space for them to supply their e-mail address.
4. Reports
a) DSAC– Not in attendance
b) CUPE (Karen Wong) – Unable to attend
c) PGDTA (Richard Giroday) –Recognized World Teacher Day October 5th. Spoke about support for new curriculum in the form of 2 additional Pro-D days both this year and next. Gave information about the difficulty PEA has had in attracting members and announced that PEA is looking at becoming BCTF members.
d) PGPVPA (Dan Watt – Spoke about workshops provided by the provincial body that support Principal and Vice Principal professional development. Provided information on Learning Team Grants, Innovation Grants and Aboriginal Education Grants.
e) PEA (Nicole Harris) – Not in attendance
f) Superintendent (Brian Pepper) – See attached.
g) Trustee (Brenda Hooker) – Unable to attend
5. Acceptance of Resignation
Dennis Fudge is moving out of province and will be unable to complete his term. Bylaws and Constitution allow us to accept his resignation prior to the end of term. Resignation accepted by general consent.
We now have a Director’s position open on the executive. Call for nominees. Hearing none, we will call again at next meeting. Provided members with a brief description of duties to think about.
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland) – see attached
Discussion regarding acknowledgement of aboriginal traditional grounds at various DPAC meetings.
Decision reached to observe acknowledgement at our AGM in the future.
b) Treasurer’s Report () – see attached.
Reviewed 2015/2016 Budget.
To accept the 2015/2016 Budget as presented.
Still looking for another volunteer to conduct the Financial Review of the DPAC 2014/2015 books.
Kim Shannon volunteers. All in favour. Dates and times to be determined following the meeting.
c) BCCPAC Report (Dennis Fudge) – “Bullying Stops Here” publication now available. AGM to be held in Kelowna last weekend in April/first weekend in May.
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Communicating with PACs and parents – looking for any ideas about how to improve our effectiveness in this area.
b) Grant requests – Vanway – Discussion about events’ alignment with grant criteria and whether food intended as applicable expense.
To pay for 50% of the $481.73 Vanway PAC grant request.
c) Fall Conference October 24, 2015 at Civic Centre. registration up and going. Discussion about speakers and workshops available.
7. Advising School District
a) Long Range Facilities Plan – District is looking at.
b) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon) – See attached.
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Mike Gagel) – Did not meet. Next meeting scheduled for October.
d) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland) – See Executive Report attached.
e) Budget Planning Committee – Not convened for this year yet.
f) Calendar Committee – Not convened for this year yet.
g) Suggestions for School Board Report – If anything comes up, send to executive.
8. Other Business
a) Change of meeting dates – January and May – January’s meeting changed to second Monday. Van Bien not available for second Monday in May. Will look at again next meeting.

9. Agenda items for next meeting – none at this time
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 2nd, at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

BCCPAC Newsbytes

Notice to Members

Healthy Schools E-Update – October 2015
1. Healthy Schools BC Year Two Evaluation Report
The Healthy Schools BC (HSBC) Year Two Evaluation Progress Report has been completed, and is available online. This report showcases progress of the HSBC initiative across the four key action areas (cross-sector partnerships, coordination of healthy living programs and schools, capacity building and student engagement & leadership), and knowledge and application of the Comprehensive School Health approach among key stakeholders. Thank you again to those members of the committee who facilitated dissemination of the surveys to educators and school administrators that helped to inform the evaluation of this initiative.

2. New School Connectedness Videos and Website Resources
As part of Healthy Schools Week (October 5th to 9th), DASH has launched an onlineSchool Connectedness Film Festival; publicly releasing videos developed by the six schools and school districts that received grants via the School Connectedness Capacity Building initiative – a project co-sponsored by DASH and the BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition. The videos show examples of the strong practices and diverse approaches being used in BC schools and districts to support school connectedness and the mental wellbeing of students.
The videos are part of the newly expanded school connectedness area of the Healthy Schools BC website, where visitors can find quick tips, approaches and strategies, tools and resources.
The videos and the website are meant to encourage and support BC schools and districts as they work on fostering connectedness in their own school community.
FYI, you can follow Healthy Schools Week on social media – share their posts and tweets using #HSW15.

3. Rethinking Drug Education Webinar – October 8th
As another instalment of Healthy Schools week , the Centre for Addictions Research of BC is hosting a webinar related to rethinking drug education and promoting mental health. Jennifer Gibson, a teacher with SD#62 (Sooke), will be co-facilitating the session. For more info and/or to register click here.

4. Evaluation of Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit for School Professionals
Dr. Shelina Babul at the University of British Columbia, Department of Paediatrics is leading an evaluation of the new On-line Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit for School Professionals (CATT School Professionals). CATT provides up-to-date education, tools and resources to effectively recognize, respond and help support a student’s return to school following a concussion. This research study seeks to evaluate this new resource.
Additional Information can be found here

Ken Spencer Award – Your School Could win $15,000
What promising practices are you delivering in your classroom? 
Apply for CEA’s seventh annual Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and get noticed for how you, your colleagues, and your school community are nurturing your students’ curiosity and love of learning.
Winning entries will be profiled nationally to encourage peer-to-peer learning.
Are you still working under the radar to deeply engage your students while tending to the constant flux of curriculum and assessment requirements? Now’s the time to gain some valuable recognition for the changes you have provoked in your classroom, among a group of classes, a department, or your whole school. Over the years, we’ve seen the impact this this award can bring to educators and their schools.
Our public education system needs to learn from your innovative work.
For details on how you can apply, and to view last year’s winning entries, please visit:
Complete our online application form by November 10, 2015 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Interested in mobile health technology and food allergy?
We are developing a smart phone application that will provide evidence-based information about food allergy for patients and parents. We invite you to participate in a study to help determine the content and features that will be included. We would like to speak with parents and adolescents (ages 14-17) to hear their opinions about the use of mobile technology in health, and about the content they would find useful for food allergy. Focus groups will last two hours and refreshments will be provided.  They will likely take place at a local school within the next couple of months.  If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact us at victoria.cook@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Edmond Chan (Division Head, Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology, BC Children’s Hospital)
Dr. Victoria Cook (Fellow, Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology, BC Children’s Hospital)
Christopher Mill (Research Coordinator, Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology, BC Children’s Hospital)

Upcoming Event
Internet/Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy Education 101 for Parents.
Presenter Darren Laur with Personal Protection Systems Inc.
October 156:308:30pm
This workshop will cover;
What is the Internet and Social Networking
Internet stats and facts
Emerging online teen trends
What are our kids doing online
Online media literacy and critical thinking
Plagiarism and Copyright Law specific to downloading online
Parental risk management
Why parents need to be good role models
The threat of internet pornography
When to be concerned when your child is online
To register visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/killarney-pac-7810965683?s=44901969 or at the door.

Information and Updates for our Members

For all office queries please contact our Office Assistant;
Julie Davies juliedavies@bccpac.bc.ca
or our Office Manager;
Marijoel Chamberlain. marijoelchamberlain@bccpac.bc.ca
Please note our office hours are:
from 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday thru Friday.

We will be hosting a DPAC Summit Saturday November 7th, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton at Metrotown, please contact the office for additional details.

Memberships received and/or postmarked by December 15th 2015 will give your PAC or DPAC voting privileges at our  2016 Annual General Meeting.
Click here to apply online
Click here for a printable form 

PACs and Gaming Fund

The Government of BC sent out a press release announcing PAC funding from gaming, and included a list of PACs in this school district and city:

Organization Name Payment Amount
Giscome Elementary School P.A.C. 420.00
Hixon Elementary School Parent Advisory Council 640.00
Mackenzie Secondary School PAC 4,080.00
Morfee Elementary Parent Advisory Council 7,560.00
Beaverly Elementary School PAC 3,820.00
Blackburn Elementary School PAC 4,300.00
Centre For Learning Alternatives PAC 14,600.00
College Heights Elementary School PAC 7,100.00
College Heights Secondary School PAC 18,980.00
District Parent Advisory Council No. 57 Prince George 2,500.00
DP Todd Secondary School PAC 13,420.00
Duchess Park Secondary School P.A.C. 18,940.00
Ecole Heather Park Elementary School PAC 12,220.00
Edgewood Elementary Parent Advisory Council 3,800.00
Foothills Elementary Parent Advisory Council 6,640.00
Glenview Elementary PAC 4,880.00
Hart Highlands P.A.C. 7,120.00
Harwin Elementary School P.A.C. 5,300.00
Heritage Elementary P.A.C. 8,020.00
Immaculate Conception Elementary PSG 4,100.00
Kelly Road Secondary School PAC 15,660.00
Lac des Bois PAC 8,560.00
Malaspina Parent Advisory Council 5,280.00
Nukko Lake Elementary School PAC 2,160.00
Nusdeh Yoh PAC 3,040.00
Peden Hill Elementary School PAC 3,540.00
Pineview Parents Advisory Council 3,000.00
Prince George Secondary School PAC 22,180.00
Quinson Elementary Parent Advisory Council 4,320.00
Ron Brent Elementary School P.A.C. 4,260.00
Sacred Heart Parent Support Group 2,820.00
Southridge Elementary School PAC 6,740.00
Spruceland Traditional Elementary School PAC 7,300.00
St. Mary’s Catholic School Parent Support Group 3,660.00
Van Bien Elementary School PAC 4,080.00
Vanway Elementary School PAC 5,480.00
Westwood Elementary School P.A.C. 4,020.00
Valemount Secondary School P.A.C. 1,440.00
Association De Parents Du Programme Francophone De Prince George 2,880.00

The funds will be used to enhance the student experience through extracurricular activities. These grants cover various costs, including sporting equipment, musical instruments, playground equipment and field trips.

Local PACs receive $20 per student, while DPACs receive a flat rate of $2,500. The grant funds must remain under the management and control of those that receive them. Funds cannot be used for, or transferred to, curricular purposes or to schools or school districts or their activities or programs.

At our upcoming DPAC conference, we will be having a session from Gaming on how to manage these funds, as well as a presentation about responsible gaming.

If your PAC did not receive funding – your PAC does need to apply for this funding –  we encourage you to get in touch with the Gaming branch to see if anything can be done. The people at Gaming are great to work with.

Motivation and Your Child – October Counselor Newsletter


Help your child find what motivates them to explore, reach and grow. I hope your September school startup was good for you and your children. Throughout October and beyond, we want our kids to continue to work hard at school, persevere and not give up easily. Please check out the tips and video clips below to help you motivate your children to do the best they can in school. Also, included are parenting success video clips and a great resource called the “emotional toolbox” to help you teach your children emotional smarts.
Linda Campbell, social emotional learning resources for students, families and staff

Conference Workshop Descriptions

2015 Oct Conference Delegates – Workshop Descriptions

Pre-registration required, limited number of tickets are available.  All Prince George District PACs have received promo codes for 2 free tickets for parents. Please email chair@sd57dpac.ca if you have any questions about getting the free tickets.

DPAC will be supporting our PACs who require travel subsidies, and is working with the sponsorship of BCCPAC to provide travel subsides for other PACs in the area.


Keynote Speech – Building Emotional Resilience in Children

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for 15 years. Vanessa has been working in the world of private practice for the past 6 years and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system. Her areas of interest include holistic approaches to the psychoeducational assessment of children, supporting and advocating for children in foster care, and promoting the child’s right to attachment through her work with children, parents, and various provincial organizations. Vanessa continues to reach out to her local, provincial, and national communities to ensure that children have what they need to grow up to their fullest potential. As a mother to two growing children, Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally to view the world through the child’s eyes.
Vanessa enjoys presenting workshops to a wide range of professionals and parents throughout Canada. Vanessa cherishes the opportunity to collaborate with educators, childcare providers, early interventionists, mental health clinicians, and other professionals supporting children in the delivery of a variety of workshops. All of Vanessa’s workshops have at their core a focus on encouraging hope, nurturing resiliency, and awakening a collective drive for professionals and parents to be the best they can be for our children.

A: Happy Kids & Angry Birds
Presented by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
As a society, we have never before experienced a revolution as swift and all encompassing as the Technology Revolution. The result is we are growing up children in a time when their brains and worlds are being changed and shaped by forces we could not have imagined even 10 years ago. Facebook didn’t exist a decade ago. Twitter and Instagram are a foreign language to many adults. And actual play in the real world is often replaced by screen time, with the average Canadian child being exposed to approximately 7.5 hours of “entertainment technology” per day. The challenge is that this has happened so quickly, we have not culturally had an opportunity to adjust our practices and build in safeguards and check-points to ensure that this revolution does not harm the influential brains and minds of our growing children. This workshop will focus on how technology exposure and use might be harming our children, how technology might be used to actually benefit the development of our children, and some ideas and guidelines to implement in our children’s exposure to and use of technology to ultimately protect and nurture their well-being.

B: Gaming Funds & Responsible Gaming Practices
Facilitated by Michelle Albinati and Andre Serzisko
Participants will be presented with information about the use of gaming funds by both DPAC’s and PAC’s, and will discuss suggested record keeping, financial controls, required reporting, proper conducting of licensed events (raffles), and continuity of information from one year to the next. We will also cover responsible gaming and gambling practices.

C: How (Not) to be Effective in Advocating for Children in the School Setting
Presented by SD57 Staff
Learning to communicate effectively with teachers and other school staff is one of the best ways to ensure that your child’s school is creating a good learning environment for your child, and to ensure that your child’s school is providing your child with the services or programs that he or she needs to succeed in school. In this workshop, we will learn from SD57 staff effective ways to advocate.

D: Changes to the BC Curriculum
Presented by Ministry of Education
British Columbia’s curriculum is being redesigned to respond to the demanding world our students are entering. Transformation in curriculum will help teachers create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students. At the heart of British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum are core competencies, essential learning and literacy and numeracy foundations. Redesigning assessment will focus on bringing coherence to curriculum, assessment, and communicating student learning.

E: Supporting Children with Executive Function Challenges
Presented by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
Our understanding of the brain and what is actually needed for children and indeed, even adults, to be relatively at ease with the day-to-day demands of life in the classroom and beyond has resolutely highlighted Executive Function as a primary area of interest. As a result, the term ‘Executive Function’ (EF) is beginning to become more commonplace. However, it is a term that is relatively new to the field, with many of us who work to support and grow up children often left scrambling to make sense of what exactly EF is, how it develops, and what we can do to both support its development, and find ways through for children who are struggling. All too often, children who have this type of struggle are thought to be lazy, unmotivated, disinterested, or manipulative, when the reality is their brains actually cannot engage in the expected way. Participants in this workshop will leave with a clearer understanding of EF, the children impacted by delayed development of such, and strategies and supports that actually continued growth of EF related skills and abilities.

F: Making Your Life Easier with Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order
Presented by Sarah Holland
Robert’s Rules may seem confusing, but using Robert’s Rules can be a good way to maintain order, effectively run a meeting, and ensure justice, courtesy, fairness, and equal treatment for all members – without getting caught up in procedural problems. In addition, we will cover bylaws, which are the rules that govern how your PAC is organized and run, such as who can vote, who is eligible to run for the executive, what the executive does, and how officers are elected. By paying attention to what the rules are before you run into problems – and changing the rules when required – your PAC can avoid some awkward problems. Participants are welcome to bring questions.

G: Making Schools Inclusive and Welcoming
Presented by Susan Trabant, PG District Inclusivity Resource Teacher
This workshop on making schools inclusive and welcoming for all students, is facilitated by teacher Susan Trabant. Her job is to be a resource and support person for teachers wanting to make classrooms safe for students with different ethnicity, religion, gender, and/or sexual identity. The creation of her position was the direct result of new policy drafted by the school district for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students.

H: MyEducation BC Parent Portal
Presented by Ministry of Education
The MyEducationBC is the new Ministry student information system, for collecting and storing data on K-12 students. In this workshop, we will learn more about the parent portal aspect of this system.

I: Kids’ Mental Health: Anxiety, Resilience, and Parent Resources
Presented by BC FRIENDS Parent Program
FRIENDS Parent presentation is designed for parents, families and caregivers to learn more about the BC FRIENDS Parent Program. FRIENDS is an evidence based anxiety prevention and resiliency program used in BC schools to promote the mental health and well-being of all students.
In an effort to further involve parents in FRIENDS, the FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health and MCFD joined forces to deliver FRIENDS parent workshops throughout the province starting in 2005.
At a Parent Program workshop those in attendance will learn about and see demonstrations of parent friendly resources, tools, home activities and videos addressing the following:
• How anxiety affects children
• How to foster resilience
• How to reinforce the FRIENDS skills at home
• Where to go for more information
They will gain parent-friendly tools and information to practice FRIENDS together at home and assist them in helping their children cope with their worries, learn how to relax, and much more!

J: Treasurer 101
Presented by Gillian Burnett
What PACs and DPACs need to know about gaming funds, budgets, finances, and the reporting obligations associated with them. This session is ideal for volunteers who are treasurers, who are considering becoming a treasurer, or who want to play more of a role in the financial work of their PAC or DPAC. Bring your questions.

K: What All Parents Should Know about Weaving Aboriginal Perspectives into the Curriculum
Presented by SD57 Staff
The Aboriginal Education Department of School District No.57 offers a variety of services, with the goal being to infuse Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum for all students, as well as by providing direct wrap-around supports to enhance the overall achievement of Aboriginal students throughout the District. BC’s new curriculum also integrates aboriginal history, culture, and perspectives across subject areas and grade levels.

L: Kids and drugs: A parent’s guide to prevention
Presented by Const. Trevor Hurley, RCMP
Parents, guardians and other adult mentors have a significant influence on children’s attitudes and behaviours regarding alcohol and drug abuse. The Kids and Drugs prevention program is a prevention program for parents to help parents learn strategies to prevent their school age children from abusing alcohol and other drugs. Kids and Drugs is built on known protective factors for substance abuse prevention and strives to improve interactions between kids and parents through improved communication, support, decision making and discipline.

Pro D Day Flyer from City of Prince George for October 23rd

October 23 Flyer

Please find attached the Pro D Day Flyer for October 23rd. The flyer is produced as a community service by the City of Prince George and promotes recreation, fitness, culture and education and is a valuable resource for parents and teachers that are looking for activities for kids to be involved in on October 23rd Pro D Day.  This is the first edition of the flyer for the 2015-2016 school year: a flyer is distributed prior to each Pro D Day, Spring break and Summer break.

The flyer is also available on the City Of Prince George website at www.princegeorge.ca (look under City Living>Recreation>Youth Programs).  The flyer changes from one Pro D Day to the next but the link to access it on the City website is the same.  This is the direct link: http://princegeorge.ca/cityliving/recreation/YouthPrograms/ProDDay/Pages/default.aspx

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.

Thank you for your time in sharing this resource.

Marta Gregor

Community Coordinator, City of Prince George

Phone: (250) 561-7798  Fax: (250) 561-7718


Bullying Stops Here: New Resource for Parents



Our schools should be safe and welcoming places, where students can learn in an environment free from bullying, harassment, intolerance, discrimination and violence. We all play a role in helping to ensure our schools are safe places, and one way to do this is by working to prevent bullying among our children and youth.

This guide for parents outlines how we can work together to ensure our children are part of a safe and respectful school community. We can achieve this by:

  • Helping our children recognize when they are experiencing or participating in bullying;
  • Taking steps to end bullying by working with staff at schools and representatives of community-based organizations and
  • Improving our school’s culture so that every student feels a sense of security, belonging and well-being.

Research shows that children who have been bullied or who have bullied others are at greater risk of emotional and social issues. That’s why it’s so important to intervene appropriately and quickly if we suspect that bullying is taking place.

This guide offers advice for parents whose children are the targets of bullying, as well as for parents of children who have witnessed bullying or who have bullied others. Our goal is to help you gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and to suggest strategies for how you can work with your child and their school to come to a solution.

We hope that you find this guide to be a useful resource, giving you the tools you need to talk about bullying with your children and take action to seek a positive solution.

CHANGE OF LOCATION and general agenda

Please note that our meeting will be held at Peden Hill Elementary School, 3500 Westwood Drive, Prince George. This is beside the Centre for Learning Alternatives (John McInnis), near Superstore.

Thanks to the PAC and principal at Peden Hill for hosting us in our unexpected need!

TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH WIFI – SORRY, NO WEB CONFERENCING TONIGHT – o participate in the meeting through web-conferencing, please click here:


This link will be active shortly before 7pm. 


Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, October 5th, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Peden Hill Elementary
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. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics)
a) DSAC Report ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
e) Professional Employees Association ( )
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Brenda Hooker)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Acceptance of resignation
6. Elections –Vacant Director position
7. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report (Dennis Fudge)
8. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Communicating with PACs and parents
b) Grant requests – grant request from Vanway
c) Fall conference–October 24, 2015, at Civic Centre, full day.
9. Advising School District
a) Long Range Facilities Plan
b) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Mike Gagel)
d) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland)
e) Budget Planning Committee ( )
f) Calendar Committee ( )
g) Suggestions for School Board Report

10. Other Business
a) Change of meetings dates – January and May
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm, Van Bien Training Centre.

Training for New Curriculum Announced


The new K-12 curriculum maps out what teachers teach and what students are expected to learn. While it focuses on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, the new curriculum teaches them in a way that students also learn the collaboration, critical thinking, and communications skills needed to succeed after high school.

The curriculum will be phased in over three years. K-9 is available for teachers to use this year on a trial basis before being fully implemented next school year. By 2017-18 the entire K-12 curriculum will be used throughout the province.


Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –

“In our changing world parents expect us to make sure kids have the skills they need to succeed. The new curriculum was designed by teachers for teachers and these training supports will make sure they can bring the new curriculum to life in the classroom. It’s really encouraging to work collaboratively. The BCTF and its members have been key partners in building the new curriculum and this support plan. It’s my hope we build on this work together for an even more collaborative relationship moving forward.”

Jim Iker, president, BC Teachers Federation –

“The BCTF has been very supportive of the collaborative process involved in developing B.C.’s new curriculum and we are very proud of the hard work more than 100 of our members put into the redesign teams. The new curricula are streamlined and flexible –qualities teachers will appreciate – while remaining rigorous and engaging for students. Today’s announcement of 10 hours of in-service time for B.C. teachers to work together, learn, discuss, and share strategies about the new curriculum is a very welcome first step in ensuring a successful roll out. Teachers want to see the new curriculum succeed. Going forward, the BCTF will continue to advocate for the funding needed to ensure teachers have the resources and learning conditions to support our students’ learning.”

Teresa Rezansoff, president, BC School Trustees Association –

“The BC School Trustees Association supports the Ministry of Education’s decision to fund and facilitate opportunities for teachers at all levels to engage in and explore the new K-12 curriculum. The co-construction of this initiative by the BCTF and the ministry is positive and recognizes the value of all parties in the education sector working together. Boards of education will be looking forward to the local discussions on how best to structure the use of the 10 hours and accompanying resources to best meet the needs of teachers while minimizing any impact on student learning time.”

Sherry Elwood, president, BC School Superintendents Association –

“District superintendents and their senior leader colleagues will be pleased to work with our educational partners to design and plan for the implementation of the new curriculum. This is an exciting opportunity to create experiences for our students which will engage them in meaningful learning for the 21st century. Working together with teachers, educational support staff, principals and vice-principals, we can continue to focus on the skills that our students will need to be positive and contributing members of a future that we can only imagine!”

Dr. Peter Froese, executive director, Federation of Independent School Associations BC –

“Independent school teachers are pleased to have participated in the development of the new curriculum for K-12 students. To assist teachers in curriculum implementation strategies, the five associations of FISA BC will join our education partners in providing ten hours of professional development this year to better prepare teachers in strengthening communication, personalized learning opportunities, collaboration and critical thinking skills for students.”

Tyrone McNeil, president, First Nations Steering Committee –

“Professional learning is essential to effective implementation of the new curriculum, particularly when it comes to increased Aboriginal content. We celebrate opportunities for teachers to increase their capacity to meet the needs of Aboriginal students and integrate Aboriginal content across the curriculum.”

Nicole Makohoniuk, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils –

“We are encouraged that all partners in education were consulted to create the new curriculum for students and that teachers will be supported as the new curriculum is being rolled out. This is an exciting time for students in education.”

Gordon Li, president, BC Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association –

“Educators are hopeful about the possibilities of the new curriculum framework and its promise to engage students in personalized and inter-disciplinary learning and critical thinking. Successful implementation requires that principals and vice-principals work with our partners to develop common understanding and share successful practices. The opportunities the Ministry are providing will greatly increase the prospect of successful implementation for the benefit of all students.”

Kelvin Stretch, BC Association of School Business Officials –

“We appreciate the recognition by the Province of the need for additional resources to support the implementation of initiatives such as the introduction of new curriculum.”

Quick Facts:

  • The ministry is working directly with more than 150 teachers on 20 curriculum teams to develop the new curriculum.
  • Draft K-9 curriculum was posted online for review in October 2013 and garnered more than eight million webpage views and more than 1,200 pieces of feedback from teachers, experts, parents and the general public.
  • Draft curriculum for grades 10-12 is now being developed and posted for review.
  • Aboriginal culture and perspectives have been integrated throughout all grade levels.
  • The curriculum also includes the history and the contributions of the Asian and South Asian community to the development of our province – and the injustices they experienced.


“A year after ending a bitter five-week-long school strike, the province and the teachers’ union have worked together to develop a new curriculum that is being phased in starting this year. The changes are meant to be less prescriptive, encouraging more emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills.

Mr. Bernier said teachers will each be given 20 hours of non-instructional time to study the new curriculum over the next three years – a block of time he says is worth $100-million.”

Information on new curriculum for parents: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/




Conference Registration Now Open

You can now register for the October 24th conference online! All SD57 PACs are being sent a link with information, and how to receive the two free tickets each PAC receives.

If you believe your PAC should receive this, and hasn’t, please contact info@sd57dpac.ca


Conference topics include:

  • Happy Kids & Angry Birds
  • Supporting Children with Executive Function Challenges
  • Kids Mental Health – Anxiety, Resilience, and Parent Resources
  • Gaming Funds & Responsible Gaming Practices
  • Treasurer 101
  • Making Your Life Easier with Bylaws & Robert’s Rules of Order
  • How (Not) to be Effective in Advocating for Children in the School Setting
  • Making Schools Inclusive and Welcoming
  • What All Parents Should Know about Weaving Aboriginal Perspectives into the Curriculum
  • Changes to the BC Curriculum
  • My Education BC, Parent Portal


DPAC will be supporting our PACs who require travel subsidies, and is working with BCCPAC to provide travel subsides for other PACs in the area.