New Parent Ed Event next Thursday

2019 NRPS PAC Parent Education Committee Event

Thur., Mar.7, 9:00am-10:30am 2019: How to arrange the spring / summer holidays (especially camping in the National/Provincial parks, also including the spring/summer camps in the city)

Location: Room D110 (1st floor, Early Learning room)

Style: Sharing your experience so that we could learn the creative ideas from each other.

Resources: Two volunteers will share their camping experience with RV, tent and cabin at provincial and national parks. Please contact Fei at feiliuregina@gmail.com  if you are able to share some good park options in BC. Thanks!

Please click the following Questions Collection Platform for the event on Mar. 7th  2019 (feel free to list the other topics you are interested in)  https://app2.sli.do/event/g3z1rkmd/live   (Slido code: camping)

 

 2019年NRPS PAC 家长教育组系列活动

 时间:3月7日周四早上9点-10点半:春假/暑假度假及露营计划安排与攻略 (在国家公园和省公园扎营体验以及城市周边夏令营等信息资源)

地点:学校一层靠近一年级处D110房间

形式:分享各自的度假安排经验,互相学习有借鉴性的经验。

资源:届时有志愿者分享他们在加拿大的房车/帐篷/小木屋露营经验。欢迎对BC省公园有了解的志愿者加入分享和推荐BC周边的好去处,有意者请联系Fei (Wechatemail均可feiliuregina@gmail.com,谢谢!

  请点击这里在活动反馈平台上输入您的问题和其它感兴趣的话题以便我们参考 (中英文皆可),谢谢!

https://app2.sli.do/event/g3z1rkmd/live  (也可去slido网站直接输入会议代码camping)

 

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Pink Shirt Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we celebrate Pink Shirt Day. We ask all kids (and parents) to wear pink (or purple). The pink t-shirt symbolizes taking a stand against bullying. If your child does not have a pink shirt then they can wear anything from a pink ribbon in their hair or on their clothing, to a pink scarf.

Where, when and why did it start?

The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after male ninth grade student Chuck McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.

Please support this day and help show support for those who have suffered from bullying or are currently suffering.

Jody

 

 

Congrats to the NRP Math Challenge Club Students!

Yesterday was the 2019 Math Challengers Lower Mainland Regional competition at UBC. 20 Norma Rose Point students participated in this event. 15 in 3 Grade 8 teams and 5 in 1 Grade 9 team. Our school was seeded in Pool A and we were against 9 opponents such as Transition, UHill, Burnaby North, West Point Grey Academy. It was the toughest competition ever.

Our Grade 8 team placed first with 3 students in the Top 10 participating in the Face-Off stage. Our Grade 9 team placed third with one in Top 10. Another double-trophy-day for NRP!

The following are the names of the students who have rendered their outstanding contributions:

Team Alpha (Grade 8 Division)
Kevin Liu: 1st place, Face-Off Champion, and Perfect Blitz
Erik Wang: 8th place
William Jiang
Elvin Sun
Alice Wang

Team Beta (Grade 8 Division)
Amanda Yang: 6th place
Alyssa Ren
Andy Liu
Jimin Hong
Jamie Hung

Team Gamma (Grade 8 Division)
Karl Luo
Lucas Zhang
Matin Narimani
Dani Stecklov
Moses Law

Team Omega (Grade 9 Division)
Alec Situ: 3rd place
Amy Tong
Minjune Park
George Luo
Elliot Hui

Our 2 teams of students will compete in the Math Challengers Provincial that is coming up on April 6th. Congratulations! Special thanks for the support of the parents and student coaches.

We are super proud of ALL of you!! What an amazing job!

Free Event for Parents and DPAC February Update

Please see the link for a parent opportunity 😊

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/raising-digitally-responsible-youth-free-event-for-parents-caregivers-tickets-56276053190

 

 

DPAC February Update:

February updates

There is so much going on this month, we thought it warranted a mid-month update.

  • Within the next month there will be a DPAC General (Feb 28), and Special (Mar 7), and Executive (March 14) meetings. More information about them further down.
  • VSB is working on its Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) and 2019/20 Budget. DPAC will be having meetings on them on March 7 (LRFP) and April 25 (Budget).
  • We have received two nominations for DPAC executives,
    • Peter Couch (nominated by Simon Fraser Elementary) and Skye Richards (nominated by Magee Secondary). PAC execs, voting closes at 7pm on Wednesday, March 13. If you haven’t received your electronic ballot, please contact Shaun Kalley (chair@vancovuerdpac.org)
    • If both Peter and Skye are successful, we will have 9 executive members leaving space for 3 more.  If you are interested, please ask your PAC to nominate you at the next PAC meeting (nomination form). Our March 14 Executive Meeting will be the last opportunity to be nominated to our 2018/19 executive.

VSB’s Long Range Facilities Plan

VSB is revising it’s Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)

  • This is a Ministry required document which is used to help decide:
    • which capital projects (seismic, new schools, expansions) the Ministry will endorse;
    • which schools may be considered on a closure list; and
    • what new initiatives the VSB sees happening in the next 10 years with respect to VSB buildings.
  • DPAC will have having a special meeting with VSB staff on Thursday, March 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm in Room 180, 1580 W. Broadway. to discuss and ask questions. (Registration not required unless you require childcare, but is appreciated)
  • Background information to be aware of:
    • The revised draft is scheduled to go public on Friday, February 22nd as part of the VSB’s Facilites Planning Standing Committee agenda. A link will be posted here.
    • The current Long Range Facilities Plan, passed in May 2016, can be found here.
    • The Ministry’s Long Range Facilies Plan Guidelines are here.
  • All parents and guardians in the Vancouver school district are welcome to attend. Please contact chair@vancouverdpac.org or register with Eventbrite at least 48 hours ahead of time if you require childcare for this meeting.

February General Meeting: Supporting Caregivers of Students with Diverse Learning Needs

As part of DPAC’s General Meeting on February 28th, BCCPAC will be presenting a session on supporting students with diverse needs and their caregivers.BCCPAC’s presentation will include:

  • How PACs and DPAC can help support parents;
  • The understanding that all students have the right of a quality education;
  • That parents have rights;
  • That there is a process and protocol within the school district when seeking assistance/resolution; and
  • Resources parents should be aware of

All parents and guardians in the Vancouver school district are welcome to attend. Registration is not required unless you require childcare, but is appreciated..

Upcoming Events

Parents of incoming K’s

Cross Boundary applications must be completed by Feb 28

A Message from UEL Area D Planning

Dear Parents. Please read the below which was sent to us from the UEL Area D Neighbourhood Plan Team:

As you may know, the University Endowment Lands is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Area D, often referred to as the Village. This important plan will guide Area D’s development over the long-term and inform key decisions about land use, infrastructure investment, and community priorities.

In Phase 2A, we asked the community about what you like and what could be improved about the neighbourhood, what your priorities are for the future and big ideas for topics like housing, transportation, parks and green space, heritage, the local economy, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Now in Phase 2B, we are asking residents, business owners, community groups and key external agencies to further explore policy and design options for the neighbourhood.

We’re hosting a Public Ideas Jam and Stakeholder Design Charrette, where you can shape design options for the neighbourhood, and four Public Design Review events, where you can provide feedback on the policy and design options you helped create for the Plan, covering a variety of topics including land use, housing, neighbourhood design, parks and green space, transportation, and sustainability.

As a key stakeholder we need your input!

 

  • Area D Stakeholder Design Charrette Workshop

February 27 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Community Amenity Space, #300 – 5755 Dalhousie Road, Vancouver, BC

RSVP at AreaDDesignCharrette.eventbrite.com

The workshop will consist of an overview of the Plan, a site tour and a neighbourhood mapping exercise.

 

You are also welcome to join any of our public events!

  • Area D Public Ideas Jam

Regent College Atrium

February 26 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm

RSVP at AreaDIdeasJam.eventbrite.com

 

  • Area D Public Design Review Events

February 28 | 6:00pm–8:30pm | Regent College Atrium; or

March 7 | 6:30 – 8:30pm | Norma Rose Point School; or

March 16 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm | Marketplace Courtyard; or

March 21 | 10:00am-2:00pm | Marketplace Courtyard

 

All are welcome! Refreshments will be provided at evening events.

All Design Review Events will have the same content – you don’t need to attend all!

 

  • Online Survey

March 7 – 31, 2019 | AreaDPlan.ca
For more information, please visit www.AreaDPlan.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Area D Neighbourhood Plan Team

University Endowment Lands

DPAC February Newsletter

There is a lot of great information in the DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council) Newsletter. Take a look:

January 2019

Message from Vancouver DPAC Chair

  • Thank you to those of you who attended our general meeting on Cannabis Legalization & Schools and our special presentation on Anxiety in Children & Youth in January, as well as our executive meeting.  We’re very pleased to take suggestions on other topics to organize presentations on.  Our general meeting on February 28th will have a presentation on Supporting Caregivers of Students with Diverse Learning Needs.

    DPAC is very focused right now on expanding our capacity to respond to facilities-related issues.  The DPAC facilities sub-committee, which was struck in December, had its first meeting this past week.  One of the committee’s initial goals will be to prepare material to help guide PACs as their schools enter the seismic mitigation process as well as to organize a presentation on the steps that a school goes through in that process.  A second goal will be to directly help the DPAC executive when major facilities initiative are undertaken by the VSB.

    The first opportunity for the committee to exercise the second goal will be this month when the VSB releases a draft of a major revision to its Long Range Facilities Plan.  This report is critical to parents as it helps ensure that capital projects in the district are correctly identified and prioritized, but at the same time it also defines criteria which will be used to prepare a school closure list.  Public consultations have thus far been excluded from the process presented to stakeholders, and I would strongly encourage parents to contact the trustees to make sure proper consultations are held.

    I would also like to please ask for input on the following two topics:
    1. Measurable effects of not having a distinct anti-racism mentor in the district; and
    2. Problems in PAC/admin relationships.
    Your input will help inform ongoing discussions with VSB senior management.  Input on any other topic is always welcome, too.

    I’m very pleased that at least one nomination to the DPAC executive, and possibly also a second, will be received in time for our executive meeting on February 7th. There are still more open positions for parents who wish to serve in a district role for the remainder of this school year.  Nominations need to be received at least 24 hours prior to an executive meeting; please contact any DPAC executive for more information.

    Shaun Kalley, 2018/19 DPAC Chair
    chair@vancouverdpac.org

Upcoming DPAC Events

Upcoming PAC Events Open to the Wider Community

  • Thursday, Feb 7, 7pm, join PIE (Partners for Inclusive Education) in General Gordon’s library for #SayDyslexia “One in five people live with dyslexia and accompanying ADHD or ADD, and, a person can be identified (diagnosed) with dyslexia as early as 5.5-years-old. Yet dyslexia and accompanying ADHD/ADD is not discussed on par with routine vision and hearing screenings for kindergarten students. In addition, most folks think dyslexia is as simple as reversing letters. Join Gordon parent, Kathryn Self Ransdell, as she shares her story and learnings about dyslexia and how businesses like Microsoft, global charities including #MadeByDyslexia, and a host of inventors, entrepreneurs and actors are working so that dyslexia is seen as an advantage and kids are given the tools to know their brilliance.” (poster)
  • Wednesday, Feb 27, 7pm, Tyee Elementary PAC is proud to host Roger Haskett speaking on the Power Of Play. He focuses on The Power of Play to motivate you through many facets of being a parent, an individual, and a member of your community. We are very lucky to have Roger at Tyee. He spoke to us last year and wanted to open up the evening to more schools so more parents could benefit from his brilliant take on Play! He is a fun and dynamic speaker – we promise this will be an evening to remember! Tickets are $4 and are available at https://powerofplayattyee.eventbrite.com (poster)

PAC and Parent Petitions

  • Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education (PAN) has started #BuildSchoolsRight, an online email campaign that calls on the Ministry of Education to address the issues caused by its school-design policy. The policy determines how much space, and therefore budget, will be allowed when constructing a new school. The policy leads to new schools being built on average 30% smaller than the schools they are replacing, and without crucial learning spaces such as art rooms and music rooms.
  • Help us ensure Eric Hamber Secondary is built to accommodate current & future programs.The Eric Hamber Alumni Organization and the Eric Hamber PAC, as well as past, present, and future students, staff and parents need your help. Eric Hamber has been slated to be rebuilt but current Area Standards mean the new school won’t include a lot of the important spaces the current has, including an auditorium, sport and track fields and sufficient gym space.
  • Restore The Vancouver School Board Elementary Band and Strings programAsk that the Vancouver School Board Trustees restore Elementary Band and Strings to its pre 2016 cut level.  In addition, the VSB should put in a five-year plan to provide equitable access to Band, Strings and a Choral program across all Vancouver elementary schools.

Important Dates

Useful Information & Resources

Diverse Learners

  • On Thursday, Feb 7 at 7pm, join PIE (Partners for Inclusive Education) in General Gordon’s library for #SayDyslexia (poster)

Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

  • Attend Hoobiyee 2019 on Feb 1-2 at the PNE Forum (see image for details)
  • Indigenous Awareness – A FREE self-paced course offered by BCIT. Three self-paced modules in this course were created to promote and increase understanding about Indigenous people and their place and space in Canada, past and present. Together, the modules will provide you with a foundational knowledge of Indigenous people in the hopes that when the true history and contemporary reality of Indigenous people is known, Reconciliation can begin. It should take about 2 hours in total to complete the entire course and you will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end. To get access to the Indigenous Awareness course, send and e-mail to techhelp@bcit.ca asking for an account and access to the Indigenous Awareness online course. Please provide your first and last names.
  • Indigenous Arts & Stories Contest is open to Canadians of Indigenous ancestry (self-identified Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 6 and 29. Deadline is March 31. For more details: http://www.our-story.ca/guidelines/
  • Giant Indigenous Peoples Atlas floor map will change the way you see Canada

Expectation of Respect & Safety

  • Wednesday, Feb 27 – Pink Shirt Day / Day of Pink. Wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference, and each one of us can make positive change to end bullying
  • erase (expect respect & a safe education) – updated government website about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.

Mental Health

Mentoring/Tutoring/Career Planning

  • 2018 WorkBC Parents’ Guide.- easy-to-use guide will provide you with information, guidelines and resources to support youth on their career journey.
  • Big Sisters Study Program is essentially a free tutoring program with mentoring component front and center of the program. They provide a caring volunteer to girls 7 to 17 years old, helping them with school and academic work. Volunteers are carefully screened and have gone through training. They are to provide academic guidance and support. The volunteer will meet with their mentee once a week for at least 6 months. (On average, matches last 2.5 years). The matches meet outside of school to work on homework or whatever the Little Sister identify her academic needs are. Website: https://www.bigsisters.bc.ca/get-involved/refer-a-little/
  • Have a G12 student who would like to be a mentor to an elementary student? Have them look into Learning Buddies or check out YouthVancouver for other volunteer opportunities, events and announcements for youth.

Parenting

  • Tuesday, Feb 12 6pm – Responding to Challenging Behaviour. Part of the free Child and Youth Well-being Workshops that VCH Child and Youth Mental Health Services in collaboration with the VSB are co-presenting this school year. Open this PDF, then click on the register link to enroll.
  • Thursday, Feb 14 10-11:30am – Strengthening Relationships: A Group for Parents, Grandparents, & Caregivers. Bi-weekly meeting hosted by CYMH-Northeast Office (3rd floor, 2750 E. Hastings St.). Free to the community, no registration required. For more information contact CYMH—Northeast Team at 604-675-3896. (poster)
  • Wednesday, Feb 20/27, 6-8pm – Kids Have Stress Too! FREE Parenting Workshop for parents of children ages 2-8 who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of stress and/or anxiety. Partnership between the YMCA and Westcoast Family Centres, curriculum from the Psychology Foundation of Canada. Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard St) Limited child minding spaces. Register by contacting the Robert Lee YMCA Family Development Program – 604-673-6180
  • Wednesday, Feb 27, 7pm – Tyee Elementary PAC is proud to host Roger Haskett speaking on the Power Of Play. Tickets are $4 and are available at https://powerofplayattyee.eventbrite.com (poster)

Physical Health

VSB

News

  • Highlights: Public Board meeting of January 29 (view recording)
    Included passing the following motions:

    • That the Board of Education appreciates the continuing efforts of the Cavell community to advocate for their children in the seismic upgrade discussion and hope that they will continue to lobby the Ministry of Education for the replacement school option and the expansion project as recommended in the VBE Five Year Capital Plan
    • That the Vancouver School Board sends letters to Robert Oliphant, PM and Chair and The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, MP and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Committee with a copy to MPs and MLAs noting the importance of making ineligible clients (students and their families) are made eligible for settlement services and programs that are delivered from within our schools and that funds are increased accordingly.
  • District staff updated the kindergarten enrolment priorities. The new policy says, in the event existing catchment boundaries change, kindergarten siblings will be grandfathered to have enrollment priorities in the same catchment. Find out more info here: http://ow.ly/PDc130nqERK.
  • Vancouver school food program for vulnerable kids faces 50 per cent funding cut At the Finance committee on January 23, staff mentioned this funding will get them through to June. They are working on options for September onward.
  • Vancouver School District mulls free tampon dispensers Vancouver parent Selina Tribe has worked in concert with her school’s PAC and principal to install a coin-free dispenser at Sir John Franklin Elementary. She’d like to see them in all 18 Vancouver secondary schools.
  • A large cedar log for VSB’s Legacy Carving project, in honour of Reconciliation in Education, has been delivered to the grounds beside the VSB office.We look forward to seeing its transformation.

BCCPAC

Updates

Nominations & Resolutions

  • Ordinary Resolutions – February 28 Deadline
    • Resolutions passed at the AGM form the basis for the operations and advocacy work of BCCPAC on behalf of its members. Details and forms.
  • Nominations to the Board of Directors – February 28 Deadline
    • We encourage members to put forward nominations for the open positions on the Board. Details and forms
    • Board positions available for election at the 2019 AGM:
 Position  Term
 President  2019-2020
 1st Vice President  2019-2021
 2nd Vice President  2019-2020
 Treasurer  2019-2021
 Director (two positions available)  2019-2021
 Director (one position available)  2019-2020
  • Parent Awards – February 28 Deadline
    • Award applications from members to recognize parents/guardians giving back to their communities. Details & forms
  •  Student Educational Award – February 28 Deadline
    • Our Educational Award honours a well-rounded Grade 12 student attending a BCCPAC member school who plans to pursue post-secondary studies. The recipient will receive an award in the amount $1,000.

Ministry of Education / Government of BC