General meeting Monday, March 7, 2011

Elluminate participant link, for those participants attending remotely:

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DPAC Chair Report March 7, 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING March 7, 2011

DPAC General Meeting Minutes February 2011

DPAC Income Statement -January 2011

DPAC January 2011 Event Report

DPAC Income Statement February 2011

DPAC February 2011 Event Report

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of February 7, 2011 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Gang, Drugs, Bullying Education Workshop(s)

(b)               BCCPAC AGM, Saturday, April 30, 2011, Richmond, B.C.

(c)                Transportation; Separate Policy Group?

(d)          Prince George Urban Aboriginal Strategy Presentation April or May?

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of February 7, 2011 Meeting

–          Chairperson Report

–     Treasurer’s Report

Late French Immersion

Update: Unfortunately, there were not enough registrants to run late immersion in 2011/12. The school plans to try again for 2012/13.

Grade 5 letter for Late Immersion – PDF

To:  Parents of all Grade 5 Students:

Re:  Registration for Late French Immersion for September 2011

Lac des Bois is hoping to start a successful Late French Immersion program, (beginning in Grade 6).  If there is sufficient enrolment the program will begin in September 2011.  It is the district’s intention that this letter along with the pamphlet will help to answer some questions that you may have about the program and provide you with information about registering for this grade six program.

 

Do the students and parents need to understand French to follow the material?

NO.  When they enter the class, students are assumed to have little or no French.   In September the curriculum is adapted so that vocabulary acquisition is the emphasis.  By October, students understand basic instructions and are starting a reading program. By December, students can understand all basic instructions, use many French words or expressions when speaking, read small books and write sentences.  By February, students speak 100% in French in the classroom, and are learning the grade 6 curriculum at full speed.

 

How much French will they acquire in a year?

Most students will be able to converse in French reasonably well by the end of grade six.  The students’ written skills will need further development in grade seven.  By the end of grade seven they should read and write in French at their grade level while maintaining their English skills.

 

Did you know?

Tests have revealed an interesting phenomenon.  By the time they graduate from high school, students who started Late Immersion in grade six are as fluent in French as students who start in Kindergarten. The reason is a bit of a mystery.  The hypothesis is that, because Late French Immersion is a choice that students and parents make together, rather than the decision made for them by their parents, Late French Immersion students are highly motivated.  It may be that Late French Immersion offers the best of both worlds—a thorough grounding in English, followed by the fluent acquisition of French.

 

For more Information

Want to know more about the Late French Immersion program check out the Lac des Bois website at (www.ldb.sd57.bc.ca) or call Madeleine Crandell at 250-562-1164

 

Registration

Registration deadline is March 18, 2011.  You can register by doing the on-line transfer (www.sd57.bc.ca) or in person at Lac des Bois.

Aboriginal Education Board Survey

Click here to take survey

Since its inception in 1996, the Aboriginal Education Board (AEB) has taken on the role of providing advice and guidance to School District 57 (SD 57) in Aboriginal Education. This partnership has resulted in many exciting initiatives such as the Task Force on Aboriginal Education, the creation of many support services for Aboriginal students, the Aboriginal Choice School (a BC first), and created a new awareness of the issues faced by the Aboriginal learning community.

AEB Statement of Vision & Purpose
“We are Aboriginal community members, who honour the unique gifts given to our children, and we are committed to ensuring that their individual physical, spiritual, mental and emotional needs are met.”

Currently the AEB lists the following as its goals:

• The ensure accountability through sound financial and resource management
• The ensure fair and equitable allocation of resources in the area of culture, language, and support
• To pro-actively recommend improvements to school programs and services
• To ensure we have the capacity to meet our needs
• To provide advocacy

Wear Pink Day – February 23, 2011

On February 23, 2011, people are encouraged to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. This idea came from two Nova Scotia high school students. Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article about them:

David Shepherd and Travis Price

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.

‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’

So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag.

As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.

The bullies were never heard from again.”

for more information:

http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

Financial Hardship Policy

The school district has a policy regarding financial hardship for students, and how students shouldn’t be denied opportunities because their parents can’t afford to pay for things such as field trips:
The Board of Education of School District No. 57 (Prince George) is committed to ensuring that no student is denied an opportunity to participate in a course, class or program because of financial hardship.

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5101.pdf

If parents are having difficulty, they are encouraged to contact their school administration to ask for information about the hardship application process. As per policy:

“The hardship application process may be formal or informal.  The process must always, however, respect an individual’s privacy and dignity and adhere to strict principles of confidentiality and fairness. “

General Meeting – February 7, 2011

Link for those attending remotely:

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PDF documents:

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING February 7, 2011

DPAC Chair Report February 7 2011

Superintendent report – December 2010

DPAC Income Statement -January 2011

DPAC Income Statement -December 2010

DPAC December 2010 Event Report

DPAC January 2011 Event Report

EPPC Meeting Report – January 18-2011

DPAC Meeting Minutes January 10, 2011

AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1.               Adoption of Agenda

2.               Adoption of January 10, 2010 Minutes

3.               PAC Networking

4.               Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report

(b)               Treasurer’s Report

(c)                Superintendent Report

(d)               Trustee Report

(e)               PGDTA Report

(f)                 PGPVPA Report

(g)                CUPE Report

(h)               DSAC Report

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)

5.               Committee Reports

(a)                EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate:  Don Sabo)

(b)               Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate:  Dennis Fudge)

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report –  Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)

(d)               Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats

6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                BC Principals and Vice-Principals Association on FSA

(b)               DPAC position on FSA

(c)                Policy 5119 Feedback

(d)               Gang Education for Children & Youth (Parents not Involved)

(e)               Communities That Cares Prince George Initiative

(f)                 3 copies of “A Guide to School Legislation in B.C.”

(g)                Other

7.               Other Business

(a)          Other

8.               Agenda items for next meeting

9.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Schedules

–          Minutes of January 10, 2010 Meeting

–     Treasurer’s Report

Kindergarten Registration Process

A revised policy 5119 was passed at the board meeting of January 25th, as follows:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5119.pdf

The school district has also posted a FAQ on the subject:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Home/News/2011.02.01_FAQ_re_Policy_5119.pdf

The policy has the potential to be quite confusing. For parents registering their children in kindergarten, we suggest you speak to a school principal directly to find out how to proceed. Contact information for principals can be found here:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/index.php?id=611

As the policy has just been adopted, it is possible that some processes aren’t in line with the policy as yet. In the event of any discrepancies between the process we describe and the process interpreted, used and described by the school district, the latter shall prevail.

Catchments are listed here (note: not all catchment maps may be up to date, confirm with principals):

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/index.php?id=2485

If you wish to register your child for a choice school or program (French, Montessori, Traditional, or Aboriginal schools), then your catchment is the entire district – it doesn’t matter which area you live in.

If you wish to register your child for a regular program, you will need to know which catchment you live in, as you can only apply to your catchment school.

The school district has a one page reference guide as well:

Policy 5119 Reference Info

Do note that incorrect information has appeared in some media about sibling priority for those living out of catchment.

If parents continue to encounter difficulties after meeting and attempting to resolve those difficulties with Principals, they should contact Assistant Superintendents Office; either John McLay; (250) 561-6800 Ext. 316 email: jmclay@sd57.bc.ca, or contact Sharon Cairns; (250) 561-6800 Ext. 312 email: scairns@sd57.bc.ca.

If you encounter any difficulty in registering your child, The District Parent Advisory Council would also appreciate being informed of any difficulties, as part of our responsibility to advise the school board on matters involving education in the district. Please email us at info@sd57dpac.ca or contact us.