Congratulations to new school board

The Prince George School District board of trustees took their oaths of office the evening of Tuesday, December 9th, for the 2014-2018 term.

We welcome Trish Bella, Tim Bennett, Tony Cable, Bob Harris, Brenda Hooker, Sharel Warrington, and Bruce Wiebe.

The new chairperson is Tony Cable, elected from nominated trustees Tony Cable and Tim Bennett. The vice chairperson is Brenda Hooker, elected from nominated trustees Trish Bella and Brenda Hooker.

The BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) liason is Sharel Warrington, and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) is Bruce Wiebe.

School liasons and committee memberships are to be decided on later, and typically announced at the January school board meeting.


Agenda for December 1, 2014 DPAC Meeting

Apologies – due to technical difficulties, will not be webcasting this meeting.


Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1.      Call to order, Secretary
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.      Presentation from Shawn Peters, Diversity Prom (5 minutes)
5.      Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics)

  1. DSAC Report (Robin Keahey, Hayley Jakubowski)
  2. CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
  3. Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
  4. Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
  5. Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
  6. Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
  7. Trustee Report (Betty Bekkering)

 (5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6.      Reports from BCCPAC Conference (2 minutes each, plus written reports)
7.      Officer and Committee Reports

  1. Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke)
  3. BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
  4. Grant requests
  5. Request from Quesnel DPAC
  6. Communication with PACs – we@sel and surveying
  7. PAC Cafe planning – January 24th. Location and topics.
  8. FoodSafe
  9. Conference – call for committee, with tentative date for conference Saturday, April 18th
  10. Education Services Committee Report (Steve)
  11. Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Chris, Darlene)
  12. Policy and Governance (Sarah, Dennis)
  13. Ad hoc Technology Committee (Steve)
  14. Calendar Committee (Leanne, Darlene ) – meeting Thursday, November 27th, at 3:30pm.
  15. Suggestions for School Board Report
  16. Revisions to policy on Respectful Workplaces & Harassment

8.      PAC and Parent Assistance
9.      Advising School District

10.  Other Business

  1. Planning for prospective meeting with new school board
  2. Resolutions for upcoming BCCPAC AGM, May 1 to 3, 2015

11.  Agenda items for next meeting
12.   Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 5th,  at 7:00 pm,  Van Bien.

Sports Day in Canada – November 29th

Please find (attached) a special edition flyer for Sports Day in Canada (November 29th).  This one-page document is provided as a community service by the City Of Prince George and lists all the great (and free) activities available for youth and their families as Sports Day is celebrated across Canada.  Please share this flyer with the staff in your school and with your students.  Feel free to include it in newsletters or promote it on your school websites.

2014 Sports Day Flyer

Prince George Pro-D Day flyer for November 28th

November 28 Flyer

These are the events listed in the flyer for the upcoming Pro D Day:

  • College of New Caledonia – Continuing Education

o    Introduction to Computer Programming for Kids

  • Exploration Place

o    Hands on activities at discounted admission prices

  • Hartland Baptist Church

o    Hartland Youth Games Night

  • Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society

o    Movie Matinee

  • LA Promotions

o    Pro D Day Fun

  • Pacific Sport Northern BC

o    Pro D Day Camp

  • Prince George Aquatic Centre and Four Seasons Leisure Pool

o    Fun and Games

  • Prince George Public Library

o    Drive-In Movie Theatre

  • Rolladome

o    Public Skating – discounted prices

  • Two Rivers Gallery

o    Creativity Day Camp

  • YMCA of Northern BC

o    ‘Out of this World’ Recreational Program

o    Licensed Child Care

o    Pro D Day Skating at the Coliseum

For details about program times, locations, rates and ages for admission, as well as any other information please visit The City of Prince George website for the full Pro D Day flyer and links to the organizations that are hosting events:

Social Emotional Learning Flyer for Parents and Teens

This flyer contains articles such as:

helping kids cope with stress

To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles.

But it’s not always easy for parents to know what to do for a child who’s feeling stressed.

Here are a few ideas:

Election Results

The election results have been made public on the school district website, and the following 7 people received the highest number of votes:

  • Trish Bella
  • Brenda Hooker
  • Sharrel Warrington
  • Tim Bennett
  • Tony Cable
  • Bruce Wiebe
  • Bob Harris

Our thanks go out to all candidates who stood for election, and for the outgoing trustees who have served this district.

The new board will take office at the inaugural meeting, December 9th.