PAC FoodSafe – Nov 27

Did you know that at least one volunteer with your PAC needs to have Level 1 FoodSafe for food related events at your school?

PAC FoodSafe Level 1

Date: Saturday November 27th, 2021

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Break 11:30 am – 12:15 pm)

Location: Van Bien Training Centre Meeting Room

Available Spaces: 24

Masks required and participants must follow all current and future SD57 COVID-19 protocols for in class learning.

Deadline to sign up: Wednesday November 24, 2021

Attendees: Parents from within School District No. 57, if space available after the deadline we can offer to district staff who indicated to us that they would like to attend.

Participant Cost: $10 (non-refundable)

Lunch: Not provided, coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available

Tickets: Available for purchase on Eventbrite here

Travel Subsidy: For schools located in the Mackenzie, Hixon, McBride, and Valemount a gas subsidy will be provided per km.

Online Course Subsidy: If parents feel uncomfortable travelling from these towns, or are not available on this date, after the event has taken place, DPAC will be looking to offer a limited amount of partial subsidies for an online option. https://www.openschool.bc.ca/foodsafe_level1/

DPAC Minutes – November 2021 – Safety Quiz

Our DPAC Meeting on November 1 had a lively discussion about Safety in and around our schools. Much is being done to ensure students feel safe and have a sense of belonging in our schools.

Check out our Safety Quiz on SurveyMonkey to learn more about our theme this month. Safety Matters Survey (surveymonkey.com)

We had a Presentation from Acting Superintendent Cindy Heitman.

Please also take some time to review the presentation regarding Facility Services. Some great data and information on how our buildings are heated and ventilated to high standards. Big thanks to Barry Bepple and Brett Apolczer for putting this together.

Reach out to us anytime at info@sd57dpac.ca. Thanks!

November DPAC Meeting – Safety is the Theme

It’s that time of month again!!! Come join us on Monday November 1st @6:30 for our monthly DPAC meeting. Due to circumstances outside of our control our November meeting will be entirely virtual via MS Teams.  Our DPAC meetings start at 6:30 for PACs and parents, with our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders joining us at 7:30pm.

Join on your computer or mobile app click on the link below:

Click here to join the meeting

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The theme for November is Safety – physically, emotionally and psychologically both within classrooms and within the larger school community. We want to hear your experiences, challenges and thoughts on what safety means to your family and child. All of our usual partner groups will be there, and there will be a presentation on ventilation and air safety in our schools by SD57staff.

Here are some Safety Resources for PACs and Parents:

If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

This year we are trying something new – we have decided to focus on certain themes for each month of the school year and have lined them up with other events and district work happening throughout the year. We have asked that each of our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders present to our PACs & parents related to or focused on the monthly themed topic for 5 minutes and then we have planned for 5 minutes of Q&A for each partner group as well. 

MonthTheme
SeptemberAdvocacy
OctoberSOGI; Inclusivity & Equality
NovemberSafety – Emotional, Psychological & Physical in our School  Communities
DecemberWhere’s Waldo? Where are things at? PACs to provide updates to Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders
JanuaryDistrict Innovation & Strategic Plan
FebruaryCatchment & Capacity in SD57
MarchFinancial & Budgets
AprilMental Health & Wellness
MayExtracurricular Activities
June Truth & Reconciliation

In addition to our monthly focused themes, DPAC has identified three key overarching priorities that we will be focusing our work on this 2021-2022 school year:

Community SafetySafety in and around our school community Emotionally & psychologically Physically – in the school, on the school grounds & around the school grounds Virtually
PAC & Parent Education & EmpowermentAdvocacy Education
Getting Excited About Education AgainCurriculum changes, core competencies, life skills Indigenous content integrated in curriculum How special education programs support learners. District Learner Support (DLS) Integrating physical activity and outdoor class times into learning

We look forward to seeing everyone again and continuing the work to improve education for the children and families in our district!

An Evening with Ivan Coyote

Parents & Families of SD57!!

SD57 DPAC is delighted to offer An Evening with Ivan Coyote” this coming Thursday October 28th @ 6pm via Zoom.

The evening promises to be an engaging break from a typical weekday evening. Grab a comforting drink to warm you up while Ivan’s stories warm your heart as they touch on their northern upbringing with shared Canadian family values of hard work, self-reliance and small-town/big family connections. This one night engagement is limited to a small audience so secure a ticket now to join us from the comfort of your home.

Ivan will share relatable and humourous accounts of their experiences growing up and traveling Canada: experiencing society while expressing themselves in ways that do not match society’s expectations. The audience will be captured in a traditional story-telling event that is hard to find in today’s fast-paced, sound bite media. Join other parents to share a deep conversation that will open the heart and mind. The chance to hear Ivan speak is not to be missed and there will also be a question period at the end.

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, and been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan’s stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world. Ivan’s 13th book, Care Of, was released in June 2021 by McClelland and Stewart.

For event details and to register please go to the  An Evening with Ivan Coyote Eventbrite site. 

For more information on Ivan and their storytelling background, you can visit their Facebook page or Ivan’s website here.

Date: Thursday October 28, 2021
Time: 6:00pm until 8:00pm

Cost: $20

Zoom link will be shared with registrants before the event. It will be a webinar format with no video/audio or chat features. But Ivan will be taking live questions through the Q&A with DPAC moderating.

Eventbrite: An Evening with Ivan Coyote

Please share this event with all your friends and family. If the fee is a barrier, contact info@sd57dpac.ca to inquire about a grant.

DPAC Minutes – October 2021 – Inclusion Survey

Our theme this month is Inclusion which includes equality and sexual orientation and gender identity topics. We had a great discussion with PACs at the beginning of the meeting about what parents can do to support inclusion and identity at home. We had presentations from various stakeholders and partners from the District on how values, policy, and curriculum drive the organization to create welcoming spaces for all.

Please take a minute to do our Inclusion Quiz on SurveyMonkey. It will give you insights into our District.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SD57DPACInclusionQuiz

Take a look at the minutes from our October 4th meeting below. Plan to attend our November 1 meeting on MS Teams with the theme of Safety.

October Monthly DPAC Meeting

Come and join us Monday October 4th @6:30 either in person or virtually via Microsoft Teams (join on your computer or mobile app): Click here to join the meeting

If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

As in the past, our DPAC meetings start at 6:30 for PACs and parents and our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders will join us at 7:30 at the Van Bien Training Center. However, given that we are still in a pandemic and the availability of new technologies we are also moving to a hybrid meeting model this year so there will also be a MS Teams meeting link for anyone who prefers to attend virtually.

For those attending in person, the following communicable disease guidelines requirements must be adhered to:

  • Do a self-assessment Covid health check prior to attending: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en  or SD57 Daily Health Check for Staff & Visitors
  • Do not attend if you sick or have symptoms or any kind (even if it just a cold or sniffles)
  • You must be wearing a mask when attending any indoor in person events, including DPAC and PAC meetings
  • Social distancing is on personal preference – it is no longer mandated
  • You must sanitize or wash your hands upon arrival
  • You must sign in and provide your contact information upon arrival, should PH and SD57 need to follow up for case and contact tracing purposes.

This year we are trying something new – we have decided to focus on certain themes for each month of the school year and have lined them up with other events and district work happening throughout the year. We have asked that each of our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders present to our PACs & parents related to or focused on the monthly themed topic for 5 minutes and then we have planned for 5 minutes of Q&A for each partner group as well. 

MonthTheme
SeptemberAdvocacy
OctoberSOGI; Inclusivity & Equality
NovemberSafety – Emotional, Psychological & Physical in our School  Communities
DecemberWhere’s Waldo? Where are things at? PACs to provide updates to Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders
JanuaryDistrict Innovation & Strategic Plan
FebruaryCatchment & Capacity in SD57
MarchFinancial & Budgets
AprilMental Health & Wellness
MayExtracurricular Activities
June Truth & Reconciliation

In addition to our monthly focused themes, DPAC has identified three key overarching priorities that we will be focusing our work on this 2021-2022 school year:

Community SafetySafety in and around our school community Emotionally & psychologically Physically – in the school, on the school grounds & around the school grounds Virtually
PAC & Parent Education & EmpowermentAdvocacy Education
Getting Excited About Education AgainCurriculum changes, core competencies, life skills Indigenous content integrated in curriculum How special education programs support learners. District Learner Support (DLS) Integrating physical activity and outdoor class times into learning

We look forward to seeing everyone again and continuing the work to improve education for the children and families in our district!

DPAC Minutes – September 2021 – Advocacy Survey

Our theme this month is Advocacy. We had a great discussion with PACs at the beginning of the meeting about what issues parents are advocating for on behalf of their children and what PACs advocate for at their school. We presentations from various stakeholders and partners from the District on what Advocacy means to them and how they work to support students and families.

Please take a minute to give us feedback on this SurveyMonkey. It will help DPAC gather information to continue our work advocating for all parents in our District.

Advocacy Quiz Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Our first meeting of the year was on September 13, a successful “hybrid” meeting with attendees at Van Bien Training Centre and virtually on Microsoft Teams. Take a look at the minutes below.

Contact us anytime at info@sd57dpa.ca.

September Monthly DPAC Meeting

September 13th Monthly DPAC @ 6:30pm virtual meeting link: Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting

If you are attending virtually and are new to using MS Teams, we suggest downloading the app and creating a free Microsoft account. Alternately you can click on the meeting link and attend the meeting via the your browser of choice as a guest either on a computer or mobile device. When you join the DPAC meeting MS Teams will ask for your name – please fill in your full name and school or organization you are representing.

DPAC is excited to start meeting in person this coming Monday September 13th again.  As in the past, our DPAC meetings start at 6:30 for PACs and parents and our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders will join us at 7:30 at the Van Bien Training Center. However, given that we are still in a pandemic and the availability of new technologies we are also moving to a hybrid meeting model this year so there will also be a MS Teams meeting link for anyone who prefers to attend virtually.

For those attending in person, the following communicable disease guidelines requirements must be adhered to:

  • Do a self-assessment Covid health check prior to attending: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en  or SD57 Daily Health Check for Staff & Visitors
  • Do not attend if you sick or have symptoms or any kind (even if it just a cold or sniffles)
  • You must be wearing a mask when attending any indoor in person events, including DPAC and PAC meetings
  • Social distancing is on personal preference – it is no longer mandated
  • You must sanitize or wash your hands upon arrival
  • You must sign in and provide your contact information upon arrival, should PH and SD57 need to follow up for case and contact tracing purposes.

This year we are trying something new – we have decided to focus on certain themes for each month of the school year and have lined them up with other events and district work happening throughout the year. We have asked that each of our Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders present to our PACs & parents related to or focused on the monthly themed topic for 5 minutes and then we have planned for 5 minutes of Q&A for each partner group as well. 

MonthTheme
SeptemberAdvocacy
OctoberSOGI; Inclusivity & Equality
NovemberSafety – Emotional, Psychological & Physical in our School  Communities
DecemberWhere’s Waldo? Where are things at? PACs to provide updates to Partner Groups, Rights & Stakeholders
JanuaryDistrict Innovation & Strategic Plan
FebruaryCatchment & Capacity in SD57
MarchFinancial & Budgets
AprilMental Health & Wellness
MayExtracurricular Activities
June Truth & Reconciliation

In addition to our monthly focused themes, DPAC has identified three key overarching priorities that we will be focusing our work on this 2021-2022 school year:

Community SafetySafety in and around our school community Emotionally & psychologically Physically – in the school, on the school grounds & around the school grounds Virtually
PAC & Parent Education & EmpowermentAdvocacy Education
Getting Excited About Education AgainCurriculum changes, core competencies, life skills Indigenous content integrated in curriculum How special education programs support learners. District Learner Support (DLS) Integrating physical activity and outdoor class times into learning

We look forward to seeing everyone again this year and continuing the work to improve education for the children and families in our district!

BCCPAC September Update

The latest update from BCCPAC emailed on September 1 can be viewed here. There are some important updates and useful information for all parents. Feel free to share!

You’ll see links to the full Return to School Recovery Plan and protocols from BC Centre for Disease Control.

A link to the Mental Health Strategy in Schools. You can read the full report.

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Online Learning programs are being developed and rolled out province wide. BCCPAC is involved in the consultation process and doing exciting work!

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The RCMP has an opportunity for youth to participate in an Advisory Committee.

There is a summary and link to the SD57 Special Advisors Report.

And an exhaustive list of parent resources.

If your PAC is not a member of BCCPAC yet, please register! There is considerable value for the $75 membership fee. And you can use your gaming funds! If your PAC has not applied for Gaming Grant, search for how-tos on the BCCPAC website or contact DPAC for support!

Contact us anytime at info@sd57dpac.ca.

Welcome Back PACs & Parents!

DPAC is excited for the start of the 2021-2022 school year and classes starting up across SD57 and BC. Across the province and district Communicable Disease Plans local Safety Plans have been reviewed and updated, and protocols are in place to ensure a successful entry for all students this month. DPAC has been actively involved with SD57 in consultations and planning for the 2021-22 school year. If you have any questions or concerns about the safety protocols or plans in place at your school please reach out to your school administrator(s).

For more details about the updated Communicable Disease Safety Plan for SD57 please go the school district website: https://www.sd57.bc.ca/ 

For additional Recovery Plan Resources for the 2021-2022 school year please see the BCCPAC website which has key documents important for parents for the upcoming year

DPACs first meeting of the year will be a hybrid meeting on Monday September 13 @ 6:30pm in person at Van Bien Training Centre AND online.  This year our DPAC is trying something new – every month we will have a theme we will be exploring in more detail and will be the focus of the month. For September our theme is Advocacy. We will have representatives from the district, board, rights and stakeholders join us at 7:30pm for presentations around the theme of Advocacy. We anticipate a large attendance as these meetings offer insights and support to PACs and parents navigating the school system.

Remember September 30 is the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and it is also Orange Shirt Day to honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada. We encourage all PACs and parents to learn more about the history of those schools and will be sharing resources and ideas on how to do so. So please wear orange, explore what Truth & Reconciliation means and remember that every child matters!
DPAC is here for you! Please reach out to us at any time for information, support or to get involved via our email info@sd57dpac.ca.