June 19 PAC Meeting Agenda -Meeting will be 90 minutes!

Dear parents,
Please find attached the agenda for the PAC Meeting Wednesday June 19th from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Please note the extended length. As we have so much to go through we felt it appropriate to add 30 minutes to the meeting so we did not have to rush.
There are some important financial motions to be brought forward so we really encourage parent to come attend.
Remember PAC provides childminding for free during our meetings.
​Thank you
Jody​

June 19 PAC Agenda

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THANK YOU TO PARENTS!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all those parents who made food for yet another amazing Staff Appreciation Lunch today! The staff was overwhelmed (and over stuffed!). We even ended up having a special guest there….our incoming Principal! What a great NRP Parent welcome for him.

So thank you all for all that you do in supporting the school and the staff. You are all amazing!

Jody

UHill Music Night / MunchaLunch closing reminder / Staff Appreciation Lunch Monday

Dear Parents
1. UHill Music Night: I have had the honour and pleasure to be involved (in my NRP PAC Chair role) with the Youth Connection Group at UHill Secondary the past few months. It is comprised of some NRP Grade 8 students as well as Grade 9-12 UHill Secondary Students. This is an amazing group of kids who have planned out, what I suspect will be, an amazing evening of entertainment on June 14, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm at the UHS cafeteria. Please see attached poster for information. I encourage families to go check it out.
*** Please note that all funds generated from above will go to Music Heals, a non-profit organization that the student leads chose.    https://musicheals.ca
2. MunchaLunch closing for Ordering : Another reminder that our PAC run lunch program will close for ordering as of Monday June 10th in order to give time for us to reconcile all the accounts.
3. Staff Appreciation Lunch : This coming Monday is also our final Staff Appreciation Lunch! A huge thank you to all those who have signed up to bring something. If you still wish to participate please sign up at: www.PerfectPotluck.com/ADHX2182
We would also appreciate a few hands to help clean up after the lunch from 1-3pm:
Jody
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WPG Library Summer Reading Club / DPAC June Newsletter

 

WPG Branch of the Vancouver Public Library Information on Summer Reading Club:

SRC2019-ParentLetter

 

DPAC June Newsletter:

June 2019

Upcoming DPAC Events

  • Thursday, June 6, 6:30-9pm – Parent Advocate Training: Introductory Rm 120, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Vancouver DPAC is looking to reinitiate the role of appointed parent advocates in the district. Appointd parent advocates can help other parents in the district by: listening to their concerns; explaining how the school system works, including policies and procedures; suggesting resources and options; helping them develop a plan to address their concerns; and attending meetings with them for support. This session is open to all VSB parents/guardians, staff and administors interested in learning more. See event for more details.
  • Saturday, June 8, 9am-12:30pm – Parent Advocate Training: Level 1  Mount Pleasant Community Centre. Registration required.
  • Thursday, June 13, 7-9:30pm – DPAC Executive Meeting Rm 120, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Thursday, June 20, 7-9:30pm – DPAC AGM Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Parents of VSB students interested in being part of DPAC’s 2019/20 Executive, please get your nomination form signed by a PAC you’re a member of and submitted by 7pm Wednesday, June 19.

Upcoming PAC Events Open to the Wider Community

  • Monday, June 3, 6:45pm – Calling for parents to join the Vancouver Learning Network Parent Advisory Council! Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) offers a valuable service for over 5000 Kindergarten to grade 12 students seeking to repeat a course, take a course not offered at their school or those taking a full program when they cannot or chose not to attend a brick and mortar school. We are putting a call out to all PAC Presidents to encourage parents to join the VLN PAC if they have a student enrolled in VLN.  As you know, parent input is incredibly valuable in ensuring that schools are meeting student needs and the VLN is no different. VLN PAC meetings only last 1 hour and often include a guest speaker with information pertinent for all BC students in addition to information specific to online learners. We encourage parents to attend our last meeting of the year on Monday June 3rd at 6:45pm at the VLN offices at the back of John Oliver Secondary at 41st and Fraser. In addition, we are seeking 2 new executive members for the fall. Please consider serving your child’s school community in this rich and valuable role. There are no meeting or obligations outside the 4-5 yearly PAC meetings. As if you needed another incentive, there will be really delicious goodies at every meeting!
  • Tuesday, June 4, 7-8pm – Laurier PAC has invited Ms. Chas Desjarlais, District Vice Principal – Aboriginal Education for Vancouver School Board to present to parents on the Indigenous program in our schools and ways PACs and parents can get involved. Laurier School Library
  • Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30pm – Queen Mary PAC presents: “Understanding Child Anxiety with Dr. Bethany Michel.” Learn where anxiety in children comes from, how to recognize it, and specific tools to help manage and prevent it. Register
  • Friday, June 7, 3-7pm – MacCorkindale 2019 Carnival
  • Wednesday, June 19, 3-7pm – “Say Goodbye to Bayview School” A Community Farewell Open House. Join us in saying goodbye to a building students have walked through for over a century. Enjoy a roaming “tour” of Bayview history as Kitsilano historical characters are brought to life by “Live History” Theatre. Walk through the school and reminisce. Display of Bayview memorabilia and historical artifacts in the gym. There will be refreshments for sale. Bayview Community School, 2251 Collingwood St.

Important Dates

Useful Information & Resources

Diverse Learners

  • The Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth (part of the Legislative Assembly) is holding a public consultation on Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs: How can assessment and eligibility processes for children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g.: ASD, FASD, Developmental Delay) special needs by improved?. Share your input and experiences in writing by Friday, June 7. (more information)
  • UBC’s Supporting Progressive Inclusive Child-centred Education (SPICE) released the results on their study “Special Education: A Population-Based Investigation of the K-12 Educational Trajectories of Children across Multiple Categories of Needs
    • Background – provides information on a Research Priority Setting survey conducted with education leaders on special education priorities.
    • Methodology Fact Sheet – explains how the research was conducted.
    • Grade-to-Grade Transition – results presented for each designation and for the overall special education student population.
    • High School Completion – results presented for each designation and for the overall special education student population.
    • Time to Designation – results presented for each designation and for the overall special education student population.
  • Pilot project to use MedicAlert bracelets for BC youth with mental health conditions (article)
  • ADHD Information Night powerpoint presentation by VCH for VSB

Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

  • Monday, June 3 – Residential School History and Dialogue Centreat UBC is launching a new exhibit to coincide with Congress of the Humanities at UBC. The exhibit, on display until August 31, highlights the origins of the building, and explores engagement and research initiatives at the Centre. Expanded hours for Congress for the week of June 3-7 are 10am-4pm.
  • Tuesday, June 4, 7-8pm – Laurier PAC has invited Ms. Chas Desjarlais, VSB’s District Vice Principal – Aboriginal Education, to present to parents on the Indigenous program in our schools and ways PACs and parents can get involved. Laurier School Library
  • Thursday, June 6, 6-8pm – Genocide, Residential Schools and the Challenge of [Re]Conciliation: Dialogue and Panel Discussion. 
    Panel features Professor David MacDonald (Guelph University), Dr. Paulette Regan, and Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot (University of British Columbia). The event is free and open to the public but space is limited – RSVP.
  • Friday, June 21 – National Aboriginal Peoples Day
    Participate in a local events, such as:

    • Unveiling of VSB’s reconciliation pole, 10am-12pm on the lawn (facing West 10th Avenue) of the Vancouver School Board, 1580 West Broadway.
    • National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake
      • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre,1607 East Hastings Street, 9-11am
      • Friendship Walk starts around 11am from Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre to Trout Lake.
      • Trout Lake, 12pm onwards
  • Read the e-book, A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in Canadian Military by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, John Moses, R. Scott Sheffield, and Maxime Gohier.

Family Fun

  • Monday, July 1 – Canada Day Drumming. Three ways the public can participate in this nationwide drumming event:
    • Simultaneous national drumming at 11am – Canadians of all cultures and ethnicities come together to drum in unity. This is to celebrate the rich culture of the multicultural make-up of Canada and to create a Canadian record.
    • Guinness World Records™ Attempt at 11:15am – aims to set the record for “The Largest Group Drum Roll (multiple venues)” that lasts at least five minutes. The attempt is based on the number of drummers participating, the minimum is 1,683 people. If the attempt is successful, 300 registered drummers will receive an official Certificate of Participation on a lottery basis. Pre-registration deadline is midnight, June 17.
    • Take in the festivities from 10am to 4pm at Creekside Park, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver (beside Science World) to enjoy multicultural stage performances, children activities, multicultural food, sponsors’ booths, contests and more.
  • Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Summer Reading Club 2019: Imagine the Possibilities! Special weekly programs at the library include creating a model of a new city, stop-motion animation of your own drawings, exploring the stars, and seeking the elusive mythical Sasquatch! Pick up a brochure listing all the special summer programs or check our Events Calendar. Come into your library branch starting on June 21st get your reading record, stickers, and calendar. This year’s amazing artwork is by artist Jami Gigot.
  • Sierra Club parent and caregiver page has seasonal activities for children

Mental Health / Substance Abuse

  • Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30pm – Queen Mary PAC presents: “Understanding Child Anxiety with Dr. Bethany Michel.” Learn where anxiety in children comes from, how to recognize it, and specific tools to help manage and prevent it. Register
  • Monday, June 24, 12-10pm – Centre for Mindfulness Launch; Chieng Family Atrium, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. The new Centre hopes to connect, support, and grow the wisdom and talent of individuals and teams who are bringing mindfulness to children, caregivers, and health professionals at BC Children’s Hospital. *The first 30 minutes is networking and light refreshments. All are welcome! RSVP Frances Tong at mindfulnes@cw.bc.ca
  • The Foundry – provides young people from ages 12 to 24 with easy access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, psychosocial rehab supports, peer support, supported employment and recreational activities all housed under one roof (1260 Granville St)
  • ERASE – resources and information specific to supporting student’s mental health
  • Youth & Vaping: What do we need to know? – SACY article

Guest Blog

Advocating for your Child – Preparing for a Meeting

Parents are natural advocates for their child and when it’s time to address a concern with school staff in a meeting, being prepared is essential for a successful resolution. Work with the school staff to determine the purpose of the meeting. Will you be going over your child’s academic progress or discussing a disciplinary issue? Remember to keep the agenda to one or two issues. If more issues arise then plan another meeting so each issue can be adequately addressed.

Confirm who will be attending the meeting and let school staff know if you plan to bring a support person with you.
Here are a few more things to consider before the meeting:

  • Should my child attend?
  • What information do I need before the meeting?
  • What resolution do I want?

Taking notes can help parents reflect on the meeting after it’s over. Record action items that come from the meeting, including who is responsible and within what timeframe. If the meeting goes off track, review the purpose of the meeting including the agenda items. If at any point there’s something confusing or unclear speak up and ask for clarification. Summarize the meeting before everyone leaves to ensure a common understanding and share notes that have been taken.

It can be very helpful to have a support person attend a meeting. Appointed advocates, through the Vancouver DPAC, can be a source of information to help parents navigate the public education system through existing laws and school district policies and administrative procedures. Advocates can assist parents by taking notes and keeping the meeting on task.

Whether through brief discussions with your child’s teacher or in a more formal meeting setting, coming to an amicable resolution is in everyone’s best interest to ensure a success educational experience for your child.

Submitted by Susan Wilson. Susan has over 17 years experience helping parents advocate for their child and is currently providing parent advocacy training to district parent advisory councils across the province.

If you’re interested in learning more about parent advocacy and helping other parents, please attend Parent Advocate Training: Introductory on June 6th.

VSB

Board Meeting May 27 & 29

  • Highlights
  • Watch the meeting here (May 27; May 29).
  • Lots of discussion on version 3 of the 2019/20 budget. Decision to increase a District position of Indigenous Knowledge Keeper to five days per week (up from three with the required funding from a budget proposal for an international education coordinator.
  • Approved a land exchange with the Vancouver Park Board at Gordon Park/Thompson Secondary school, subject to a replacement school being the best value funded option.
  • Lots of discussion, amendments, and amendments on amendments were suggested and voted on to with respect to the LRFP recommendations.

VSB Budget 2019/20 Timeline

Long Range Facilities Plan

Track and Field Facilities

Summer School – Registration began on April 29

VSB Summer Experience 2019 offers a wide range of courses for elementary, secondary and international students. The Ministry of Education funds most courses for BC resident students. Visit summer.vsb.bc.ca to learn more or pick up a catalogue at your school office.

BCCPAC

Updates

  • Reminder: Apply for Gaming Grants: DPACs & PACs – Gaming Grant Applications must be done online by June 30 to get $ in Fall 2019

“Empowerment through Knowledge and Sharing” Conference Presentations

MunchaLunch Closing June 10th! – Dealing with Balances and Credits

PAC will be closing MunchaLunch for ordering as of Monday June 10th!
 
What does this mean? There will be no ability to place any more orders for the remainder of the school year as of June 10th
 
Why is it being closed?? Our Lunch Chair needs time to go through and deal with the Balances and Credits on parents accounts before the end of June.
 
What if I OWE money? We will be emailing all parents who have a balance owing on their account the week of June 10th. 
We would appreciate if you could check your account prior to that day and either pay online or send in a cheque (remember to add your childs name and the Order # so we can find you!).
 
What if I have a CREDIT on my account?? We will be emailing you the week of the 10th as well. You will have 3 Options: 
1. Roll over the credit to next year
2. Donate the credit to PAC, or 
3. Have PAC write a cheque to you for the amount you have on credit (**Note: you will need to arrange to pick the cheque up from the school office. We will not mail cheques out).
Thank you
Jody

Message from UNA about Car Free Day Activities

Dear Parents,

Come to school early tomorrow with your entire family to take part in Car Free Morning. Ortona Road will be closed for vehicular access. The street will be transformed into a family-friendly festival. We have a ton of fun planned for you including: a magician, bike decoration and tune-ups, face painting and other fun hands-on activities. While you are at it, be sure to check out the fire truck and say help to a RCMP officer.

Walking School buses will depart early tomorrow to bring kids to school in time for the Car Free Morning:

8:00 AM: Wesbrook Village (Menchie’s)

8:00 AM: The Old Barn Community Centre

8:15 AM: Acadia Park Commonsblock

Thank you!

Mustafa Akhtar (He, Him, His)

Coordinator, Community Programs and Outreach | Campus and Community Planning

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory

3rd Floor, CIRS Building 2260 West Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4

Phone 604 822 2278 |  Email mustafa.akhtar@ubc.ca

www.ubc.ca |  www.planning.ubc.ca |  www.utown.ubc.ca | @UtownUBC

 

 

Parent Ed Talk / Car Free Day / Staff Appreciation Lunch / a couple minor date changes to June school activities

1. Parent Ed Talk at WCC Opportunity:

– A reminder about the Parent Ed Talk for Grade 7/8 (Grade 6 parents welcome as well) parents happening Thursday May 30th at Wesbrook Community Centre. Pre Registration is highly recommended as space is limited!:

Topic: What puts kids at risk for mental illness as they transition to high school?

Understand & Help the Transition to High School – 15951

Description: Do you have a child who will be making the transition to high school in the next few years? Ellen Jopling, a graduate researcher at UBC, will be speaking about what worries kids when transitioning to high school, and ways that parents might be able to help. Her 30 minute talk will be followed by a question period.

Child minding will be kindly provided by the Norma Rose PAC. To reserve a space please email tscott@myuna.ca with your child’s name and age

Date: May 30th, Thursday

Time: 7 to 8p.m.

Location: Wesbrook Community Centre, Social Room

Registration: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/myunarecreation/Activity_Search/5956

2. Car Free Day: It has been great to see all the kids walking, biking and rolling to school this week! It has all made a difference in the number of cars I see in the parking lots both at drop off and pick up. Thank you to the parents and kids who are participating!

 A reminder that Ortona Road will be closed to cars this coming Friday May 31st! 

3. Staff Appreciation Lunch:  Thank you to all those who have already signed up. There are still more spaces that need to be filled so please check out : www.PerfectPotluck.com/ADHX2182

We are also going to need a few parents to help set up tables and the food about 11am as well as help clean up (mainly washing dishes and packing up the left over food). Please go to:

volunteersignup.org/P3LX9 or check out the NRP PAC Website – the link can be found on the Home page.

4. Updated Dates for a couple June School Activities: I want to let you know that there has been a couple changes to the NRP school activities calendar. Several of the dates previously sent out to parents have changed. For updates please check out the calendar which you can access through the NRP APP or the PAC Website. They are mainly around Sports Day and Beach Day.

Thank you

Jody

A few reminders about the week ahead

Walk n Roll Week:

–  Big reminder that on Friday, Ortona Road will be closed to all traffic!

Parent Ed Talk at WCC Opportunity:

– This Thursday Wesbrook Community Centre will be hosting a Parent Ed Talk for Grade 7/8 (Grade 6 parents welcome as well) parents:

– Topic: What puts kids at risk for mental illness as they transition to high school?

Understand & Help the Transition to High School – 15951

Description: Do you have a child who will be making the transition to high school in the next few years? Ellen Jopling, a graduate researcher at UBC, will be speaking about what worries kids when transitioning to high school, and ways that parents might be able to help. Her 30 minute talk will be followed by a question period.

Child minding will be kindly provided by the Norma Rose PAC. To reserve a space please email tscott@myuna.ca with your child’s name and age

Date: May 30th, Thursday

Time: 7 to 8p.m.

Location: Wesbrook Community Centre, Social Room

Registration: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/myunarecreation/Activity_Search/5956

Staff Appreciation Lunch Sign up:​

– June 10th NRP Parents will host our Staff Appreciation Lunch. Parents are encouraged to sign up and bring an item:

https://perfectpotluck.com/ADHX2182

Thank you,

Jody

Message about book return / Info on Walk n Roll week…

Here is a message from Adrienne regarding library book return:

We’ve had a wonderful year and 38,434 books have been circulated!

Please note the following: All books are due June 3rd

Please return all library books before or on June 3rd for inventory. Please help get every book back into the Learning Commons by cleaning up your cubbies, lockers, and looking in the corners and cupboards in your learning community. Help out your classmates and teachers and work at a team to scavenge for books! Sometimes they end up in strange places – look under shelves and in nooks and crannies too. Sift through your classroom library – the books from the Library have a barcode on the front.  If you have taken books home have a look for any books you’ve forgotten to return.

Thanks for your help and support!

Adrienne

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Here is a message from the UNA about Walk n Roll Week:

Next week is the Walk ‘n Roll Celebration Week. Would you please send a reminder to the parents?

 Norma Rose Point School: Walking School Bus Departure Times for Monday to Thursday, May 27-30.

8:30 AM: Wesbrook Village (Menchie’s)

8:30 AM: The Old Barn Community Centre

8:45 AM: Acadia Park Commonsblock

Please note that on Friday, May 31, Ortona Road will be closed for vehicular access in celebration of Car Free Morning. We encourage all kids and their families to commute by foot or ride to

school. If you choose to drive, please see the alternate designated drop o_ point. On May 31, Walking School Buses will depart earlier, so that kids can participate in the fun activities planned for them at Car Free Morning.

Walking School Bus Departure Times for Friday, May 31 (Car Free Morning)

8:00 AM: Wesbrook Village (Menchie’s)

8:00 AM: The Old Barn Community Centre

8:15 AM: Acadia Park Commonsblock

Also, this year, we are seeking year-round parent volunteers from Hawthorn Place to lead Walking School Buses. If you are interested, please contact us at this email: volunteer@myuna.ca.

 

Gr. 6-8 Parent Ed Talk on Mental Health and Transition / Staff Appreciation Lunch/ June Newsletter/ PAC Minutes

  1.  I have been collaborating with Wesbrook Comminity Centre as they put together a great Parent Ed Talk. We would like to invite all grade 7/8 as well as Grade 6 parents to come and take advantage of this opportunity. Here are the details:

Topic: What puts kids at risk for mental illness as they transition to high school?

U​nderstand & Help the Transition to High School – 15951

Description: Do you have a child who will be making the transition to high school in the next few years? Ellen Jopling, a graduate researcher at UBC, will be speaking about what worries kids when transitioning to high school, and ways that parents might be able to help. Her 30 minute talk will be followed by a question period.

Child minding will be kindly provided by the Norma Rose PAC. To reserve a space please email tscott@myuna.ca with your child’s name and age

Date: May 30th, Thursday

Time: 7 to 8p.m.

Location: Wesbrook Community Centre, Social Room

Registration: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/myunarecreation/Activity_Search/5956

​2.  Staff Appreciation lunch:

When? June 10th!!​

If you would like to bring a food item for the end of school year Staff Appreciation Lunch please click on the link below: Let`s show all the staff how much we appreciate all they have done throughout the school year for us!

https://perfectpotluck.com/ADHX2182

​3.  Please find attached the June PAC Newsletter

June 2019 PAC Newsletter pdf

4. PAC Minutes:The Final April PAC Minutes and the Draft May Minutes with Financials are now posted on the PAC Website under “Documents”. Please feel free to read the,

A reminder the final PAC meeting will be Wednesday June 18th. We will have some financial spending motions to bring forward as well as have a rundown of the finances from the school year. ​