Important information about nominations, resolutions and awards deadlines for the 2014 year.
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 13 and February 21 this year.
The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has developed an FSA information kit for parents. Click here to see more information from BCCPAC: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/fsa-information-kit-parents
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
What it is and why it is important for learning
Public lecture by Dr. Stuart Shanker
Thursday Jan 30th, 2014
2901 Griffiths Ave (PGSS)
Please register by contacting
250-561-6800 ext 341
250-561-6800 ext 209
This event is FREE to everyone and Registration is required
Interested in finding out more on self regulation? Try here: http://www.self-regulation.ca/
Is your PAC interesting in hiring a speaker for a PAC event? DPAC may be able to assist your PAC in bringing in a speaker.
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. DPAC has a limited amount of money for grants, and may not be able to fund all requests. Cheques will not be issued until the event occurs, and a final invoice is available.
Use of funds:
- Speaker Grants: up to $300 towards hiring speakers for PAC events
- Family of Schools Grants: up to $200 contribution toward a joint event within a family of schools, 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.
Canada’s teens were warned Friday to be aware of who takes their picture and where those images may end up after a Victoria-area girl was convicted of distributing child pornography.
The 17-year-old girl who sent explicit texts of her boyfriend’s former girlfriend was also convicted of possession of child porn and uttering threats.
From the Federal government website:
You may have heard about serious cases of cyberbullying in the news. You may have heard about this happening to a child in your community, or maybe your own child has been involved. A large number of kids are being hurt by cyberbullying. It’s happening enough that, as a country, we need to do more about it.
That is why we have launched Stop Hating Online, a new cyberbullying public awareness campaign. Our goal is to start a national conversation about the impacts of cyberbullying, to give parents and teens the tools to stop it.
Get Cyber Safe now has comprehensive information on cyberbullying for both teens and the adults in their lives, on everything from recognizing the warning signs, to step-by-step instructions for dealing with it, to ways to encourage bystanders to stand up to cyberbullying.
An important message for parent volunteers to consider.
January 12, 2014
As we see the end of the holiday season, and most of our celebrations are done, it’s a time to thank the parent volunteers for all their work in the classrooms. Their volunteer time is always appreciated, and many events depend on our parents stepping forward with time, skills and resources to make special events successful.
In our district, CUPE supports a welcoming and inclusive environment, and we value our parent’s abilities to contribute their time and expertise.
That being said, there is a grey area, a fine line, between volunteerism and CUPE work. As we move forward with the 2014 school year, we ask the parents to seriously consider the work they are asked to do.
Ideally, your volunteer work should supplement, not replace, the work of paid staff. Volunteer participation in schools should complement the work of our non-teaching staff.
We ask parents to please take a cautionary approach to the assignments you accept as helper chores. Also, you should not be in a situation where a student is disclosing to you. Yet these situations are not uncommon within our CUPE world. We have the training, we are aware of the chain of command and the duties to report. And we are prepared to process unexpected situations as they arise. I often think, as a parent, would I want my own children to be disclosing personal information to a volunteer parent?
CUPE members are held to the highest standards of confidentiality and professionalism. We are para-professionals with training that is focused around the student’s social, emotional and educational needs.
CUPE asks the parents to consider the following questions.
1. Will your volunteer time result in a decrease in the funding for professional services provided to students?
2. Will your volunteer time result in an overall reduction in services to the students?
3. How much time are you contributing to the school?
4. Should this work be done on a consistent basis with a CUPE employee, or is it a piece-meal project that needs some additional helpers?
5. Do you think it is important that your volunteer time lead to permanent support for the classroom?
6. Do you think your volunteer time should be reported and tracked, so that in future years, the appropriate funding would be in place, for continual and permanent educational support?
7. Is your volunteer work a substitute for adequate staffing by professional and non-teaching support personnel?
We are not saying ‘do not volunteer’. Your volunteer time is invaluable in our district, and we do recognize the importance of the work you do on behalf of your children. But, moving forward with the 2014 school year, we would appreciate you keeping our concerns in mind.
President, CUPE 3742
School District 57, Prince George, BC
- How Parents Can Help
- As kids navigate friendships and cliques, there’s plenty parents can do to offer support. If your child seems upset, or suddenly spends time alone when usually very social, ask about it.
- Continue reading
A complete agenda package will be posted for Monday’s meeting.
- Executive Board Report – for January 6 2014
- 2014 January 6 – DPAC General Agenda
- DRAFT – SuperintendentAchievementReport 2013-2014
- Morfee – request for letter of support
- 5119 Survey results
- 2014 January 5 Catchment for Dual tracks from 2009
- DPAC Draft Revisions to 5119
- 2014 January 6 Policy 5119 Letter – 755pm
- 01-06-14 Inc Stmt
- 01-06-14 YTD Inc Stmt
- 12-02-13 Bal Sht
- DPVPA Report to DPAC Jan 6 2014
- DPAC meeting minutes Dec 2, 2013
To see the web broadcast of the meeting, please visit: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M3CZBTORIUTAXDE5DVTHJNNRD7-B8NT
Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, January 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of December 2013 Minutes
3. PAC Networking
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 (5 minutes each).
a) DSAC Report (Graeme Mackenzie, Shelby Miller)
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 (Faith Mackay)
e) Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Kate Cooke)
(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 (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests
b) Event scheduling – PAC Café, Fall conference
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve, Dennis)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Darlene, Chris)
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Chris)
d) Expanded committee of the Whole (Sarah, Gillian)
e) Calendar Committee (Darlene, Gillian)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report and School Board Partner meeting, being scheduled
g) Trustee Remuneration Committee, January 29 and February 19th, 3:30pm
8. Other Business
a) Request from Morfee parents for letter of support
b) Feedback – policy 5119
c) Feedback sought by school district on LGBTQ
d) Presentations to DPAC – are we interested in hearing about anything?
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd, at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.
It seems like a timely day to remind parents of the school district’s winter weather policy! If parents do not feel their children can travel safely to school, then don’t send your children to school. Schools will always be open for students, no matter what the weather or the temperature. However, regular instruction may be modified – in other words, don’t expect them to be doing anything too academic on a day like today!
Student safety is the first priority of School District No. 57. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s safe travel to and from school. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, then they should make other arrangements. Schools shall not be closed because of cold or inclement weather. On days when student attendance is reduced substantially because of cold or inclement weather condition or because travel is considered treacherous, regular scheduled instruction may be modified for those students who attend school. The decision to keep a student from home for the day because of winter weather conditions shall be made by the parent/guardian.
Click on the link to read the full policy 3541.35 – Winter Weather
Another important point: “Students shall not be expected to wait for a school bus for more than fifteen minutes past the scheduled pick-up time. If the bus has not arrived by that time, students should return to their homes or to another prearranged place of shelter.”