The October LVR Parent Advisory Council (PAC) AGM and Meeting is Mon. Oct. 16th 7-8:30pm at LVR with a focus on the School Growth Plan and building the direction for PAC this year. We will also be electing the 2017-2018 executive - Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.If you would like to be on the PAC email list, have questions, have agenda items, or are interested in being on the PAC Exec.this year please email email@example.com
Please join DPAC, for its AGM and regular meeting this Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm (AGM) and 6:30 (regular) at the Nelson School Board Office (570 Johnstone Rd) with videoconferencing to the Creston Education Centre.
Come on out and meet new Superintendent Christine Perkins and Aboriginal Education District Principal Gail Higginbottom!
Attendance by teleconference is available - respond to this email to request the toll-free number to call. Find the agendas on the DPAC website here. See you there!
LVR SCHOOL PAC: the PARENT VOICE of LV Rogers Secondary School.
If you are a parent or guardian of a child who is attending L.V. Rogers Secondary then you are a member of the LVR Parent Advisory Council (PAC). PAC meetings are held monthly throughout the year and all parents are welcome to attend. These meetings provide opportunities to find out what's happening in the school, to ask questions, and to provide input. Tamara Malloff attends and gives a 'Principal's Report' at each meeting to update parents on school events and issues.
Our PAC constitution states that "The Council's primary mandate is to promote effective communication between the home and the school. The Council shall encourage parents to participate in meaningful educational activities and decision-making, to strengthen the role of families in education and schooling and to foster meaningful participation."
The role of our PAC is to work in collaboration with the school administration and faculty. Please note that PAC meetings are not the place to discuss school personnel, individual students and/or parents.
The LVR PAC is not a fundraising group. However, the PAC does administer and distribute funds received from the provincial government through the Gaming Commission Branch. These funds are specifically targeted for supporting extra-curricular events.
Parent Email List: Get in the Loop and get information about upcoming meetings and PAC activities please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our list serve.
2016-2017 Parent Advisory Committee Executive: The following folks have been elected as member of the LVR 2016-2017 PAC. Chairperson: Marth Wilson-Valdez VIce Chair/DPAC Rep: Sheri Walsh Treasurer: Terese Bowors Secretary: Martha Clark French Advisory Council Rep: Trish Dehnel
2016-2017 scheduled PAC Meetings: Monday, November 21st 7pm Monday, January 16th 7pm Monday, February 20th 7pm
Greetings to Kootenay Lake parents, staff, trustees and community members interested in public education!
Please forward this email far and wide. PAC chairs and secretaries – please distribute to your parent list at your earliest convenience. DPAC is a volunteer organization, and we don’t always get things done as quickly as we had hoped!
If you would like your event promoted via the DPAC mailing list, please send the information to email@example.com.
DPAC wishes everyone the best in 2017.
Rural Education Survey *Respond by January 9* Join the online discussion and help create a Rural Education Strategy for BC. The purpose of this engagement is to explore rural school funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province.
Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity and provide your comments about the challenges and opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
All comments received will be reviewed and a final report, with recommendations for the future, will be released near the end of the 2016/2017 school year. Read more about the several ways to participate between now and the end of the 2016/2017 school year.
2016-17 Prime Minister’s Award *Submissions due January 9* Do you know a terrific teacher or early childhood educator? Consider nominating them for a 2016-17 Prime Minister’s Award! This prestigious program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the challenges of tomorrow.
2016-17 nomination packages are now available at www.pma.gc.ca. Nomination packages must be submitted by January 9, 2017.
Attention French Immersion Families: French Family Ski Night - January 14, Salmo All French Immersion families are invited to French Family Ski Night at the Salmo Ski Hill on Saturday January 14 from 5 to 9pm. Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of l’École des Sentier Alpins!
$10 per skier, $35 per family, kids under 5 free. Food available for purchase. Lessons and equipment available for rent. Find all the details on the DPAC website.
Global Intercultural Certificate Program Beginning February 4, SD8 is offering a 4-credit combined face-to-face and distance learning course for senior secondary students who wish to pursue the Provincial Intercultural Certificate Program.
The Intercultural Certificate Program originated in our school district through the leadership of International Program Administrator Sandy Prentice. Since then, the Ministry of Education has developed the concept further and created a Provincial Intercultural Certificate Program in which students throughout the province may participate. This certificate is now recognized by many post-secondary institutions in BC, and more are expected to follow suit.
DPAC MEETING Thursday, January 26, 6pm Want to see the bigger picture? Connect with parents throughout the school district? Find out what’s happening in SD8? Make a difference? Speak one on one with senior district administrative staff?
If so, attend the next DPAC meeting on January 26 in person or by phone. There’s juice and cookies for those you attend in person at the Nelson School Board office on Johnstone Rd!
The agenda will be posted on the DPAC website on Monday, January 23.
In addition to representing the parent voice at the district level, DPAC works to keep parents informed. But, DPACs busy executive could use assistance with newsletter preparation (that’s why this one is late!), website maintenance (ditto) and planning parent education events. Just a couple of hours every month would make a big difference. Please contact DPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
Live Streaming Mobile App “Live.me” Concern The Canadian Centre for Child Protectionwould like parents to be aware of youth using the popular live streaming mobile app Live.me. The app allows its users to post live broadcasts and receive “tips” from other users for completing specific tasks during live broadcasts. These “tips” are in the form of “gold coins” and can be exchanged for money. Users then have the ability to either delete the recording of the live broadcast or post it on their profile. There is no minimum required age to have an account.
The New Curriculum – Update Grade 10-12 Curriculum Implementation Delayed until 2018-2019 Have your say about report cards – until February 28 The Ministry of Education has responded to recommendations from education professionals, parents and trustees and is delaying full implementation of the new grade 10 – 12 curriculum until 2018-2019 to allow more time to try out the draft and provide feedback. Read the letter from Minister Bernier on the DPAC website.
Tell the Ministry of Education how you want your student's progress reportedhereuntil February 28.
Big changes to student assessment & provincial exams were announced May 26. Find additional information and letters to parents on the DPAC website.
Advocacy - Parents Helping Parents Sometimes families need assistance dealing with problems or situations at school. Parents may find these issues challenging to deal with or not be sure where or how or with whom to begin.
The Kootenay Lake District Parents’ Advisory Council (DPAC) has resources to help parents and students be heard and problem solve in a positive way. Find parent advocacy resources on the DPAC website here.
Kootenay Lake school district parents can also contact DPAC for information and support. Contact our volunteer parent advocates via email at email@example.com. All correspondence is completely confidential.
CBT Programs & Grants for Schools, PACs and Students The Columbia Basin Trust has many programs and grants available to school districts, schools, PACs and students. Find out more by downloading the brochure from the DPAC website here.
(Thanks to SD8 Innovative Learning Director Lorri Fehr for tracking this down!)
BCTF Presentations for Parents Did you know that the BCTF offers presentations to parents? These presentations provide “opportunities to learn strategies, gain knowledge and explore concerns” on a variety of topics from professional development days, advocacy and social media to racism and anti-bullying. All presentations are offered free by qualified teachers after school and in the evening. Presentations can be booked now for January to May 2017.
It's Story Time! Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing challenge for children in grades 4 to 8 that provides winner(s) with the opportunity to be a published author before high school. In addition to author fame, the annual proceeds from book sales are donated to that year's winners' schools. School(s) are also provided with the option of selling their author’s book for fundraising. Winner(s) will have an opportunity to take part in the following year’s judging panel.
The contest runs from October 1 to March 31. Info here.
The world is run by those who show up – get involved!
Did you know that SD#8 parents have their own facebook page? It’s “A place for parents of SD8 students to share news, ideas, information, plan events and work together for our children's education.” Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/groups/273417826188629/
The DPAC Website is updated frequently Please visit http://dpacsd8.weebly.com often to get updates from DPAC on a variety of district and provincial issues. Check out the “Great Info for Parents” for some, um, great info. Please drop by and don’t forget to send us a comment!
DPAC Executive Committee Members are available for PAC Meetings. Have questions about DPAC or PACs or public education, but can’t attend DPAC meetings? Members of the DPAC Executive are available to come to your PAC meeting. We have information on the role of parents in education – plus we bring food and door prizes!