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!

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!

June Monthly Meeting & Traffic Town Hall

This Monday June 7th we are holding our Traffic Town Hall as part of our monthly DPAC meeting SD57 Traffic Town Hall. The monthly DPAC meeting will start at 6:30 as per our usual time, with Community and Partner group representatives joining us to start the Traffic Town Hall at 7pm.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09
Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

May Minutes are posted here.

June 2021 Treasurer’s Report:

Education Programs & Planning Committee Report:

Expanded Committee of the Whole (ECOW – budget) Report:

Education Services Committee Report:

DPAC Meeting – April 12

We hope you will be joining us for our DPAC Meeting Monday April 12 at 6:30 on Zoom. See documents below:

The March Minutes can be found here.

DPAC Zoom Administrator is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Feb 1, 2021

February is upon us and it is time for our Monthly DPAC Meeting. Please review the Agenda and reports below. We will “see” you on Zoom.

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DPAC Monthly Meeting – Jan 11, 2021

Our next DPAC Meeting is Monday January 11, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. We don’t have specific questions for our Partner Groups, but we still invite our representatives from Senior Administration, Board of Education, Principals and Teachers Associations, CUPE Support Staff, and District Student Advisory Council to share a report.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

Agenda

DPAC Executive have been reviewing our technology applications and website tools to increase efficiency with communication and file sharing. We have some “free” apps that are not intuitive with other platforms or user-friendly. If there are any PAC members or parents in our District that are experienced with technology, here are two ways to help.

  1. We currently use DreamHost but are interested in switching to a Canadian web hosting provider. WordPress is our website platform but we are interested in WIX or other options. We need support with moving data and setting up a new refreshed website.
  2. We currently use Google drive to share and collaborate on documents and store data in Dropbox. We are interested in paying for a Microsoft Office 365 Suite to keep emails in Outlook, create/edit files in Word and Excel, and store data in OneDrive or SharePoint. The following document shows the options for a non-profit packages with Microsoft. We will be discussing this at our next meeting. If anyone has input or advice, let us know.

DPAC Executive Team – exec@sd57dpac.ca

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Dec 7 – Updated

Our December DPAC Meeting is fast approaching. Please review the Agenda and Reports below. See you Monday!

Click the following link to join:
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Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

November DPAC Meeting Minutes (previously posted):

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Nov 2

We look forward to “seeing” everyone on Zoom tonight at 6:30pm for our Monthly DPAC Meeting. Please review the following documents prior to joining.

Click the following link to join:
https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65674887171?pwd=NmxKbGtYb2ZvU2c0VW53MFFISlZEdz09
Meeting ID: 656 7488 7171
Passcode: Kd5t*1cv

Financial Report and Budget for review:

We will be reviewing the following documents and discussing the Zoom Meeting process:

We will be adopting minutes from September and October (previously posted):

June DPAC Meeting – Tonight!

Our last meeting of the school year is tonight June 1 at 6:30pm on ZOOM. Please plan to join us and give input on the SD57 Restart Plan and other programs and initiatives in our schools. We need 9 PACs represented to reach quorum.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 827 3743 4510
Password: 317793

Contact the Executive anytime at DPAC@sd57learn.com or exec@sd57dpac.ca. Thanks!

DPAC Meeting Agenda – Apr 6

Our April meeting is online! We look forward to collaborating with PAC and Partner Groups on ZOOM. It is a great way for more PAC Reps and parents to engage with DPAC and find out about all the changes within our District.

For more information on how to connect, review our website post here.

If you have additional questions for the School Board, Senior Administration, Principals and Vice Principals Association, Teachers Association, and CUPE, please review these instructions and complete the form. Email to dpac@sd57learn.com.

See you Monday!
From: The Prince George District Parent Advisory Council Executive