White Hatter Recording

The Glenview Elementary parent community, and a few other SD57 parents, enjoyed a presentation from the White Hatter tonight.
Good news, the recording is available!
You must use this link within 48 hours. It will expire on June 3 at 6:30pm.

Brandon Laur presented for two goals: 1) enable children to do more online safely, and 2) reduce the parent’s anxiety and present a more balanced approach to media.

Here are 4 Steps to Internet Safety:

  1. Parental Participation and Communication
  2. Parental/Caregiver Supervision
  3. Tech Boundaries
  4. Software Tools

Some great parenting advice, discussion on balance, boundaries, and encouragement to be a role model and digital leader in the family.

LINK:https://app.sli.do/event/b8zkt8xe
PASSWORD: Glenview2021

Again, thank you for selecting the White Hatter to deliver the important message of social media safety and digital literacy to your school community!
www.thewhitehatter.ca

Last White Hatter Seminar

School District 57 has sponsored several White Hatter sessions for intermediate and secondary students, staff, and parents this Spring. Even though they are hosted by a specific school, DPAC has been given permission to share these opportunities. The link can’t be publicly shared so you must request it.

If you are unfamiliar with what the White Hatter does, check out their website.

Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy for Parents

Hosted by Glenview Elementary School on Tuesday June 1 at 6:30-8:30pm

Email DPAC@sd57.bc.ca for the link.

Parent Engagement and Succession Planning

Andrea Sinclair, BCCPAC President, finished the Parent Conference on Saturday May 29 with a very informative presentation for parents on the importance of engagement and succession planning.

PACs do incredible work in our school communities. Regular meetings, elected Executive Members, and record keeping is important to keep the society operating providing signing authority for the bank accounts and application/distribution of Gaming Grant funds. If your PAC is struggling with basic function and dwindling members, email DPAC for support.

The Administration Staff (Principal) supports the function of the PAC and attends the meetings to provide school information and educational updates. PAC distributes gaming and general funds to support students and staff at the school. The parent voice is important at the school, district, and provincial levels so speak up and access resources when issues arise. Fundraising and hot lunches are fantastic programs and events to promote community, but are not the PAC’s primary mandate.

If you are a parent of a student in K-12 at SD57, consider attending PAC meetings for your school or Distributed Learning/Alternate program. There is always a place for you to contribute.

If you are involved in PAC, start thinking about writing things down and passing information on to another person to take over for you. If you need information about your role, contact DPAC or find resources on the BCCPAC website and Leadership Manual.

This session is IMPERATIVE for all PAC Members who have ever struggled to engage with parents. We can all relate! It was recorded and will be shared. Watch for it and plan to view it with your PAC executives. In the meantime check out PAC A to Z from the 2019 Conference here: (2) PAC A to Z – YouTube

We hope that participants will share this knowledge with their peers and PAC Members. Join DPAC at our General Meeting on June 7 to hear more.

BCCPAC Parent Conference Day 2

The Zoom Webinar was jam packed with information for parents on Saturday May 29. Here is a brief summary of the presenters and some resources.

We received a thorough recorded presentation from Dr. Gordon Neufeld that outlined all of his research and practices on attachment with children. It is possible for children (and adults) to flourish through challenging times. Think of the plant analogy. In order to foster character traits (emergent, adaptive, integrative) that we want to see in our children, the conditions need to be conducive to growth. Where there are deep roots (belonging, love, being known), people feel attached and secure, and then you see fruitfulness. Discussion on important impacts on development (pyramid) including play, rest, feelings, attachment. 

Unfortunately Tyrone McNeil was unable to join us, so Jan Haugen presented on behalf of the First Nations Education Steering Committee. Great overview of the history, recommendations, and guidelines that are being implemented in BC’s education system. Many ways for parents and PACs to support. Check out these resources here: Learning First Peoples Classroom Resources – First Nations Education Steering Committee FNESC If we “make room on our Agenda” at PAC and DPAC meetings, it opens the door for more discussion and involvement from first nations parents.

After lunch, Dr. Greg Gerber from Safer Schools Together gave an eye opening picture of where kids and teens are coping through the pandemic and some serious implications related to social media and online safety. There are tips and tools for parents to be aware of and intervene when warning signs present themselves. Kids generally want attention and support through difficult social and emotional situations. Check out the parent guide below and resources here.

Dr. Ashley Miller explained what it means when parents “flip their lid”, reacting instead of responding to a situation with their children. The “Parent Alarm” goes off and we can either feel guilt or follow a better way of responding. She suggested that parents attend to their own needs first in order to better support their families. She recommended 1) putting a child’s feelings/concerns into works and acknowledging how difficult it is and then 2) finding ways to provide emotional/practical support. Below is a list of helpful resources for parents.

We recommend reviewing BCCPAC’s website here and following them on Facebook to get regular updates and links to resources. Talk to your PAC about being a member and sharing the periodic email updates. They do so much to advocate for parents and support PACs.

BCCPAC Parent Conference Day 1

We have 8 parents participating from SD57 and we are enjoying some learning and community among parents all over BC, approximately 120 participants.

We received an engaging message from the Minister of Education, Hon Minister Jennifer Whiteside. She highlighted some good news stories featured here: Good News in Education – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) She mentioned many issues and initiatives that the Ministry is engaged in and some exciting changes.

Presentation on Mental Health in Schools (MHIS) Strategy.


Presentation on the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) attached.

Some great breakout group discussions and ideas. The parent voice is so important and valued by the Ministry and Districts in BC. Keep engaging!

Another White Hatter Seminar

Mackenzie Secondary School has booked a second Parent Seminar with The White Hatter this week. Details below.

Email DPAC@sd57.bc.ca for the link.

The Deep and Dark Dangers of The Internet
Thursday March 18 from 7-9pmYou will be granted access to the SLIDO/VIMEO platform where the White Hatter will be hosting the live event.
You must be available to log on by 6:50 and ready for a 7pm start, engaging for the whole session until 9pm.

If you are unfamiliar with what the White Hatter does, check out the 3.5 minute Intro Video here.