Feb 22 - DPAC General Meeting with Presentation

DPAC General meeting this Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm in Room 180 of the School Board Office (1580 West Broadway). All parents and guardians of VSB students are welcome to attend. Please contact vicechair@vancouverdpac.org at least 48 hours ahead of time if you require on-site childcare.

Following a brief general meeting (agenda), we are thrilled to have

  • Jan Unwin - Superintendent of Graduation and Transitions, Ministry of Education; and
  • Suzanne Hoffman - Superintendent, Vancouver School Board, former Superintendent of Learning, Ministry of Education

present "Educational Transformation: What does the new curriculum mean for your children?"

  • This event will also be broadcast for those parents unable to attend in person. This is the link to access the broadcast webinar (test if your device is ready). More information is on our event page.
  • During this session, the presenters will be using an audience participation tool called Slido. Starting February 17th, you may test if your device will work by simply clicking the link and entering E035 in the # box and click 'Join.'  You may answer our Olympic medal poll, or you may enter a question for the presenters to consider prior or during the presentation.
  • PDF of poster if you'd like to print and share.

Upcoming:

  • Please submit any events or requests for the March DPAC newsletter by Tuesday, February 27th.
  • Our next Executive meeting will be on Thursday, March 8th. Already booked are:
    • Capital Planning by David Green, VSB Secretary-Treasurer
    • VSB Budget Update by David Green, VSB Secretary-Treasurer, and Lisa Landry, VSB Director of Finance
    • VSB Bike to School Week 2018 by Jel Kocmaruk
    • Introduction of our newest Associate Superintendent, Rob Schindel
    • District update by VSB Superintendent, Suzanne Hoffman

February 2018

Thank you to those who could make it out to our General Meeting last week with a special presentation by Suzanne Perreault on Navigating Inclusive Education/Triggering the Process. Her slideshow is now posted on our resource page.

DPAC has two meetings this month. The Executive Meeting on February 8th will include 2 delegations (VSB Sustainability Plan (draft) & Partners for Inclusive Education (PIE)), an introduction of Jody Langlois, Associate Superintendent, and a District Update by Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman. The General Meeting on February 22nd will include a presentation on the new curriculum by Jan Unwin, Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions at the Ministry of Education. This presentation will be broadcast as a webinar (details to come).

Draft and final minutes of our previous meetings are available on our website: http://vancouverdpac.org/2017-2018-school-year/ and agendas should be posted a few days beforehand.

Note: all DPAC meetings are open to parents and guardians of VSB students. While only DPAC executives can vote at Executive meetings, and only official DPAC representatives (PACs to self determine) can vote at General meetings, all parents and guardians of VSB students can participate.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, Feb  7, 6pm – VSB Committee III – Education and Student Services Meeting, Room 180, VSB Board Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Thursday, Feb 8, 7pm – DPAC Executive MeetingRoom 120, VSB Board Education Centre
  • Monday, Feb 12 – Family Day - No School
  • Monday, Feb 19 – District-wide Non-Instructional Day - No School
  • Tuesday, Feb 20, 7-9pm – SACY workshop "Building Bridges with Your Teen" at King George Secondary. Seating limited. Please register: www.SACY.eventbrite.ca
  • Wednesday, Feb 21, 5pm – VSB Committee II – Planning and Facilities Meeting
  • Thursday, Feb 22, 7pm – DPAC General Meeting with presentation on New Curriculum, Room 180, VSB Board Education Centre
  • Monday, Feb 26, 7pm – VSB Board Meeting
  • Wednesday, Feb 28Pink Shirt Day 
  • Thursday, Mar 8, 7pm – DPAC Executive MeetingRoom 180, VSB Board Education Centre
  • Thursday, Mar 8, 6:30-8:30pm – SACY workshop "Adult Toolkit: Understanding Youth and Substance Use" in the SACY STEP Portable at Tupper Secondary. Seating limited. Please register: www.SACY.eventbrite.ca
  • Tuesday, Mar 13, 7-9pm – SACY workshop "Building Bridges with Your Teen" at Vancouver Technical Secondary. Seating limited. Please register: www.SACY.eventbrite.ca

PAC / Parent Advocacy

Petition For Out-of-School Care

Petition To Accelerate Seismic Upgrades

Email Tool to Write to Premeir Horgan to Prioritize Education in BC Budget 2018

    • BC Budget to be announced February 20th. Let your MLA, the Premier and the Minister of Education know that public education is important to you. This tool developed by FACE/PAN (Families Against Cuts to Education / Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education) quickly creates an email requesting the government implement the funding recommendations for public education made by the Select Standing Committee for Finance and Government Services in the 2018 budget with the ability to amend/add to make the message yours. http://facebc.ca/newyear/

DPAC News:

Welcome

  • Welcome to DPAC's newest executive, Roy Park (treasurer@vancouverdpac.org). Roy is our new treasurer and the DPAC liaision for:
    • Crosstown Elementary School
    • David Livingstone Elementary School
    • Edith Cavell Elementary School
    • Elsie Roy Elementary School
    • False Creek Elementary School
    • Henry Hudson Elementary School
    • King George Secondary School
    • Lord Roberts Elementary
    • Lord Roberts School Annex
    • Simon Fraser Elementary

Input Opportunities:

  • French Immersion Program Review Working Group. We are looking for up to two more DPAC representative to join this VSB committee. Next meeting will be on Thursday, February 15th from 3:45-7:15pm.
  • DPAC French Immersion Program Review Input Session. Interested in the French Immersion Program Review but don't have the time to be on the VSB Working Group? We still want to hear from you so our representatives can share the diverse opinions of Vancouver parents. We are organizing an input session on Saturday  February 10th to go over the meeting summary from last month's working group and prepare for the next one. Reading materials will be sent out in advance. Contact Amanda Hillis (secretary@vancouverdpac.org) if interested. 
  • DPAC By-laws. Think there is room for improvement in DPAC's by-laws? We do! We updated some of them last year, but are looking for suggestions on areas to change/update this year in time to present them at our AGM on June 21st. Current by-laws here. Send input to Shaun Kalley (vicechair@vancouverdpac.org).

Recent Motions

Updates at VSB:

  • New Senior Staff:
    • Rob Schindel has been promoted to Associate Superintendent. He takes over from Nancy Brennan who retired last month.
  • Announcements:
    • David Lloyd George Elementary to be replaced by a new build as part of the Seismic Mitigation Program. (Vancouver Courier article)

DPAC meeting this Thursday, January 25th

DPAC General Meeting

This Thursday, January 25th at 7pm in Room 180 of the School Board Office (1580 West Broadway). All parents and guardians of VSB students are welcome to attend.

Highlights include: (agenda)

  • A introduction of our new superintendent, Suzanne Hoffman
  • 3 motions for PACs to vote on re: VSB school facility naming including Crosstown
  • Call out for level of interest in SACY presenting a special workshop on ways to engage parents at the Secondary School level

Followed by our special education workshop "Navigating Inclusive Education in the Public School System" with speakers:

  • Suzanne Perreault, Inclusive Ed Parent Advocate/Mediator, Public Speaker & Workshop Educator (link to her TedX presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu5XFdT7q8k)
  • Mette Hamaguchi, Director of Instruction - Learning Services

If you would like to submit questions for the speakers in advance, please email secretary@vancouverdpac.org by the end of Wednesday, January 24th.

PDF of poster if you'd like to print and share.

Upcoming:

  • Please submit any events or requests for the February DPAC newsletter by Tuesday, January 30th.
  • Our next Executive meeting will be on Thursday, February 8th. Already booked are:
    • Presentations on VSB's draft Sustainability Plan and on Partners for Inclusive Education (PIE)
    • Introduction of our newest Associate Superintendent, Jody Langlois
    • District update by our new Superintendent, Suzanne Hoffman

January 2018 Update

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Welcome back. DPAC has two meetings this month: an Executive meeting on January 11th with 2 delegations (SACY & PIE) and a General Meeting on January 25th with a special presentation geared for parents/guardians of children with special needs by Suzanne Perreault.

Draft and final minutes of our previous meetings are available on our website: http://vancouverdpac.org/2017-2018-school-year/ and agendas should be posted a few days beforehand.

Note: all DPAC meetings are open to parents and guardians of VSB students. Though only DPAC executives can vote at Executive meetings, and only official DPAC representatives (PACs to self determine) can vote at General meetings, all parents and guardians of VSB students can participate.

Important Dates:

Upcoming SACY workshops:

  • Thursday, Feb 1, 7-9pm – SACY workshop "Building Bridges with Your Teen" at Britannia Secondary. Seating limited. Please register: www.SACY.eventbrite.ca
  • Tuesday, Feb 20, 7-9pm – SACY workshop "Building Bridges with Your Teen" at King George Secondary. Seating limited. Please register: www.SACY.eventbrite.ca

PAC / Parent Advocacy

Petition For Out-of-School Care

Petition To Accelerate Seismic Upgrades

Email Tool to Write to Premier Horgan re: Prioritizing Education in BC Budget 2018

    • This is a FACE/PAN (Families Against Cuts to Education / Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education) initiative requesting the government implement the funding recommendations for public education made by the Select Standing Committee for Finance and Government Services in the 2018 budget. Simple email tool http://facebc.ca/newyear/

DPAC News:

Welcome

  • Welcome to DPAC's newest executive, Erin Bartlett (erin.bartlett@vancouverdpac.org). Erin is now the DPAC liaision for:
    • Bayview Elementary School 
    • Ecole Jules Quesnel 
    • Lord Byng Secondary
    • Lord Kitchener Elementary School
    • Queen Elizabeth Annex
    • Queen Elizabeth Elementary School
    • Queen Mary Elementary School
    • Southlands Elementary School
    • University Hill Secondary School

Parent/Guardian Input Opportunities:

  • Emergency Management Committee: We are looking for a DPAC representative to join this VSB committee. First meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, January 23rd from 1-2:30pm.
  • VSB Audit Committee: DPAC has been invited to send comments and feedback on the proposed terms of reference for the new VSB Audit Committee. Background and draft terms of references found here: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/sites/default/files/17_11Nov15_op_commV_agenda_item%201_0.pdf. Please forward any comments or suggests by January 9th.
  • Call out for more executives: Currently we have three openings in our executive for Members-at-large. In addition to voting at executive meetings, members-at-large are PAC liaisons, represent DPAC at VSB standing committees, and help ensure DPAC runs effectively. The term would only be until June 30th, 2018. If you are interested in joining our executive, please ask your PAC to nominate you and submit your application (link).

Reminder

  • An electronic ballot to ratify the nomination for a new DPAC executive, Roy Park, was sent to every PAC's general email account (PAC chair's email for PACs with no general account). Please ensure your PAC responds before our Executive meeting on January 11th.

Updates at VSB:

  • New Senior Staff starting this month:
  • Actions:
    • On December 18, the board passed a motion which will replace the term 'Aboriginal' with 'Indigenous' for district programs, committees, and job titles. Part of their reasoning included DPAC's October 26 motion requesting the same.
    • On December 1st, DPAC sent two representatives (Erin Arnold and Roy Park) to a special VSB focus group looking at current hiring and retention issues at VSB and in BC. From this meeting, a letter was crafted and sent to Rob Fleming, Minister of Education on December 8th.

December 2017 Update

Great to see so many of you last month at our Executive and General meetings. If you were not able to make it, draft minutes are available on our website:  http://vancouverdpac.org/2017-2018-school-year/ and we hope you can join us soon.

Note: all DPAC meetings are open to parents and guardians of VSB students. Though only DPAC executives can vote at Executive meetings, and only official DPAC representatives (either PAC chair/co-chair or DPAC representative - PACs to self determine) can vote at General meetings, all parents and guardians of VSB students can participate.

Important Dates:

PAC to PAC notices:

Henry Hudson Elementary PAC's Seismic Upgrade Committee is supporting a petition started by a Hudson parent calling upon the new provincial government to follow up on its stated objective of accelerating seismic upgrades for the remaining high-risk schools throughout the province.  We would welcome participation from all other PACs in Vancouver - please help us increase the number of signatures by sharing the link throughout your communities! 
 https://www.change.org/p/the-honourable-rob-fleming-bc-minister-of-education-accelerate-seismic-upgrades-for-high-risk-bc-schools
 Together we can demonstrate to the government (while it is preparing the budget for the coming year) that this concern remains high among parents across the province.  If you have any questions or feedback please contact Laura MacDougall, committee chair, through hudsonpac@gmail.com.

DPAC News:

  • Seismic Motion: On November 23rd at our General Meeting, PACs voted and unanimously passed a seismic motion asking VSB, City of Vancouver, and the Ministry of Education to expedite the seismic mitigation program to get all VSB students in seismically safe buildings by 2025. Yesterday we emailed it to them (link to letter to VSB, CoV, and MoE)
  • REMINDER: An electronic ballot to ratify the nomination for a new DPAC executive was sent to every PAC's general email account (PAC chair's email for PACs with no general account). Please ensure your PAC responds by Wednesday, December 13th.
  • CALL OUT out for more executives. Currently we have four openings in our executive for Members-at-large. Members-at-large vote at executive meetings as well as being PAC liaisons and helping with events. If you are interested in joining our executive, please ask your PAC to nominate you and submit your application (link).

    Updates at VSB:

    • Trustees:
      • The new Trustees wrote a letter to parents and guardians.
      • Trustees have now been assigned to all the schools. Find out who yours is (link) and invite them to your next PAC meeting.
    • Senior Staff:
      • Jody Langlois will start Jan 1 as Associate Superintendent (taking over for Julie Pearce who is retiring).
      • Suzanne Hoffman will start Jan 8 as Superintendent (taking over for interim Superintendent John Lewis)
    • Capital/Facilities:

    Letter to VSB, City of Vancouver & Ministry of Education re: seismic motion

    Yesterday DPAC sent the following letter to Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, Janet Fraser, Chair, Vancouver Board of Education, and Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver. (download pdf version)

    Dear sirs and madam,

    On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 during a General Meeting of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), the following motion was passed unanimously by the 23 PACs with official representation present. We call on each of you to do your utmost to expedite the Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP) with a return to the 2025 deadline following the prioritization in the motion.

    Motion: Vancouver School Board District Parent Advisory Council requests that the Vancouver School Board and associated partners (Ministry of Education, City of Vancouver) expedite the Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP) with a return to a 2025 deadline instead of the amended 2030 deadline.  To assist in achieving this target, DPAC urges the following prioritization:

    1. Speed -> all parents, children, and staff need to know there is progress towards all schools meeting the minimum safe designations for a significant seismic event.  We urge all partners to allocate the required funding and expertise to deliberately and transparently work towards this deadline

    2. Resources -> DPAC recognizes that we have to work within a limited resource envelope so we urge fiscal prudence in allocating expenditures that meet SMP standards for the greatest number of schools within the shortest possible timeframe

    3. Function and form -> unless there is conflict with priorities 1. and 2., DPAC does support the preservation of heritage facilities and schools as neighborhood hubs where possible.  We urge each relevant parent group, through their local PAC, begin the process of establishing a consensus position now.

    We look forward to a time when all students in Vancouver, and across British Columbia,  are in seismically safe schools.

    Sincerely,

    Rob Peregoodoff

    Chair, Vancouver DPAC

    November 2017 Update

    Great to see so many of you last month at our Executive and General meetings. If you were not able to make it, draft minutes are available on our website:  http://vancouverdpac.org/2017-2018-school-year/ and we hope you can join us soon.

    Note: all DPAC meetings are open to parents and guardians of VSB students. Though only DPAC executives can vote at Executive meetings, and only official DPAC representatives (either PAC chair/co-chair or DPAC representative - PACs to self determine) can vote at General meetings, all parents and guardians of VSB students can participate.

    Important Dates:

    • Wednesday, Nov 1 - VSB Kindergarten registration opens.
    • Wednesday, Nov 8, 6pm – VSB Committee III – Education and Student Services Meeting, Room 180, VSB Board Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
    • Thursday, Nov 8 Aboriginal Veterans Day (info about)
    • Thursday, Nov 9, 7pm – DPAC Executive MeetingRoom 180, VSB Board Office.
    • Friday, Nov 10 - Curriculum Day - No school for students
    • Friday, Nov 10, 6pm - Free theatre performance of “Saving Mother” at UBC Longhouse. DPAC had anticipated hosting this performance earlier this year but was unable to due to unforeseen circumstances. It was written by our Treasurer, Crystal Smith.
    • Saturday, Nov 11 - Remembrance Day
    • Monday, Nov 13 - Remembrance Day Stat - No school
    • Wednesday, Nov 15, 5pm – VSB Committee II – Planning and Facilities Meeting, in Room 180, VSB Board Education Centre
    • Thursday, Nov 23, 7pm – DPAC General Meeting, Room 180, VSB Board Office. We are working out the details of the workshop, but it will include Communicating Student Learning. We will send more details when they’re available. Contact Shaun Kalley by Nov 21 if you require childcare (Vicechair@vancouverdpac.org)
    • Thursday, Nov 23, 6pm - Beyond the Blues: The Hidden Depression in Children & Youth presentation by Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children's & Women's Hospital 950 West 28 Avenue. Free but registration required.
    • Monday, November 27, 7pm – VSB Board Meeting at the VSB Board Education Centre

    PAC to PAC notices:

    Does your Elementary school have a scholarship or bursary for alumni when they graduate from high school? General Gordon Elementary is looking into starting one and would appreciate learning about your eligibility and guidelines. Please contact parent-volunteer sheilakirkby@gmail.com. Thanks.

    Updates at VSB:

    • New faces:
      • Congratulations to our new School Board Trustees who were sworn in Monday evening. Janet Fraser (chair), Joy Alexander, Fraser Ballantyne, Carrie Bercic, Ken Clement, Lisa Dominato, Estrellita Gonzalez, Allan Wong, and Judy Zaichkowsky
    VSB Board of Education (left to right in image): Dianne Turner (special advisor), Carrie Bercic, Ballantyne, Ken Clement, Allan Wong, Janet Fraser (chair), Joy Alexander, Judy Zaichkowsky, Estrellita Gonzalez, Lisa Dominato, and Eugene Jeoung (student trustee).

    VSB Board of Education (left to right in image): Dianne Turner (special advisor), Carrie Bercic, Ballantyne, Ken Clement, Allan Wong, Janet Fraser (chair), Joy Alexander, Judy Zaichkowsky, Estrellita Gonzalez, Lisa Dominato, and Eugene Jeoung (student trustee).

    • Two new members of senior staff starting soon
      • Chris Hudson will start Dec 1 as Executive Director of Employee Services (position was previously filled by Associate Superintendent Murray Doucette).
      • Jody Langlois will start Jan 1 as Associate Superintendent (taking over for Julie Pearce who is retiring).
    • New school name:
      • Xpey’ Elementary is the new name of Sir William Macdonald Elementary, VSB’s District Aboriginal Focus School.
    • Seismic announcements:
      • On October 11th, the government announced that Sir Matthew Begbie Elementaryand Bayview Community Elementary (both on year 1 of VSB’s 2017 Capital Plan) will be replaced with new builds by September 2021. CBC article. This leaves 56 high seismic risk schools on the Capital Plan without guaranteed funding.

    Updates at the Ministry of Education:

    • On October 24th, the Ministry announced that the new Grade 11-12 curriculum implementation is being delayed a year. This means next year, Grade 10 will start using the new curriculum and the following year Grade 11 and 12 will start. More information on the transition to 2018 Graduation Program on the Ministry website.

    • The Ministry is reviewing playground funding (CBC article, Oct 25). As this was part of the NDP platform, we hope to see something in the February 2018 budget. BCCPAC will be asking for DPACs to provide a list of schools in their district that need immediate playground replacement, replacement in 5 years, in 10+ years, and playgrounds that have just been replaced.

    October 2017 Update

    Thank you to all the parents who came to our first General Meeting of the year: PAC 101. We had a full house of engaged parents with so many wonderful questions that we didn’t get to everyone. If you still have questions, please feel free to ask your PAC liaison.
     
    On Tuesday, DPAC is hosting a VSB Trustee Candidate forum at John Oliver Secondary from 6:30-9pm. We hope to see lots of parents there, but if you are unable to attend in person, a few of the mini school program students will be recording it via Facebook Live to our Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/VSBDPAC/). Thank you to all the PACs who sent in questions. We hope the candidates give you the answers you need to pick which 9 of the 19 you want to have as trustees. More details in the “important dates” section.

    Important Dates

    • Monday, October 2nd – Institute for Public Education is hosting VSB Election All Candidate Forum from 7:30-9:30pm at Trout Lake Community Centre. Open to the public.

    • Tuesday, October 3rd – DPAC is hosting the VSB Trustee Candidate Forum from 6:30 – 9pm at John Oliver Secondary Auditorium (530 E. 41st at Fraser)Doors open at 6pm. Open to the public. Questions from PACs. Moderated by Tracy Sherlock.

    • Saturday, October 7th – BCEDAccess presents Advocacy in Action: Workshop for Special Ed Parents. Keynote speaker in Rick Moore. Ticket required

    • Wednesday, October 11th – VSB Committee III & IV meetings

    • Thursday, October 12th – DPAC Executive meeting from 7-9pm inRoom 120 at VSB Board Office (1580 West Broadway)All parents/guardians welcome to attend. DPAC executives vote. Typically includes a report from the Superintendent, chair & treasurer reports, VSB standing & advisory committee reports. If you require child-minding, please contact our vice-chair, Shaun Kalley, at least 48 hours in advance (vicechair@vancouverdpac.org).

    • Saturday, October 14th – By-election voting day for a Vancouver councilor and nine Vancouver School Board trustees.

    • Wednesday, October 18th – VSB Committee II & V meetings

    • Thursday, October 19th – The Great British Columbia Shake Out at 10:19am. FYI: currently there are 58 schools in Vancouver that are still in the planning (unfunded) stage of the seismic mitigation program.

    • Friday, October 20th – District Professional Development Day (no school)

    • Thursday, October 26th – DPAC General meeting  from 7-9pm inRoom 180 at VSB Board Office (1580 West Broadway). Main focus will be an Indigenous workshop presented by Jolene Andrews. All parents/guardians welcome to attend. Official PAC representative (DPAC rep or chair) votes. If you require child-minding, please contact our vice-chair, Shaun Kalley, at least 48 hours in advance (vicechair@vancouverdpac.org).

    • Monday, October 30th – VSB Board meeting at 7pm. Will including swearing in ceremony of new trustees.

    Call for DPAC executives

    There is currently room on our executive for 3 more parents. If you know of a parent who is interested, please nominate them at your next PAC meeting and submit the completed nomination form to our chair, Rob Peregoodoff (chair@vancouverdpac.org).

    Call for DPAC representatives to VSB Advisory Committees

    At our October 12th executive meeting we will be selecting DPAC representatives to the following VSB advisory committees. If you know of a parent who is interested in being on one of these committees, please have them email our chair, Rob Peregoodoff (chair@vancouverdpac.org). Typically, advisory meetings meet 1-4 times during the year in the afternoon. After the meeting, the representative would be asked to provide DPAC a report – either orally at the following executive meeting, or in writing. Any parent/guardian can be a DPAC representative on an advisory committee.

    1. Active Transportation Advisory Committee

    2. Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Implementation and Monitoring Committee

    3. ICT Advisory Committee (Information and Communications Technology)

    4. Diversity Committee (NEW)

    5. School Calendar Committee

    6. Special Education Advisory Committee

    7. Sustainability Advisory Committee

    DPAC Chair Welcome 2017_2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians of the Vancouver School District,

     

    Welcome to another school year on behalf of the 2017/2018 DPAC Executive!  We hope that you have had a relaxing summer and that you and your children are ready to take on the challenges (and there will be several) of the coming year.

     

    Please find the following information below:

    1. Our mandate

    2. Our goals

    3. Call for volunteers, how you can help

    4. Communication Channels

    5. Invitation to our September 28th General Meeting (PAC 101)

    6. PAC Liaisons

     

    Our mandate

    The Vancouver DPAC represents the parents/guardians in the Vancouver School District to the VSB.  The DPAC Executive consists of parent/guardian volunteers who have been nominated by the PACs at their children’s schools and elected by PAC representatives from throughout the district.   to contribute to the conversation around public education at the board and superintendent’s office levels.  It is intended to be a two-way communication body.  For more information, please click http://vancouverdpac.org/about-dpac/

    Our 2017/2018 goals (to be ratified)

    1. Improve bi-directional communication between Vancouver parents and VSB through Vancouver DPAC, resulting in higher parent engagement and stronger education community.

    2. Advocate for resolution of systemic education impediments, including:

      1. Student safety, including seismic and building remediation.

      2. Sustainable, predictable funding enabling long-term education planning.

    3. Improve administrative governance and procedures of Vancouver DPAC.

      1. Complete revision and modernize DPAC By-Laws.

      2. Improve quality of DPAC meetings.

      3. Increase awareness of, and relevance to, DPAC to Vancouver PACs.

    4. DRAFT -> DPAC will explore and understand Indigenous ways of knowing, and will strive to create more opportunities for Indigenous families to be involved in all DPAC gatherings.

    Call for volunteers

    As the VSB DPAC starts up, we have lots of opportunities for parents to get involved.

    1. Currently we have three openings in our executive for Members at large. Members at large vote at executive meetings as well as being a PAC liaison and helping with events.  Ideally at least one of these positions would be filled by a parent/guardian with a child in the secondary system as we are currently under-represented by this group.

      If you are interested in joining our executive, please ask your PAC to nominate you and submit your application (link).
       
    2. VSB has a number of advisory committees which include a DPAC representatives. These committees typically meet 1-3 times a year and would require either reporting back by attending a DPAC executive meeting or submitting a written summary. Currently, the VSB is looking for DPAC representation at these meetings:
      1. Active Transportation Advisory Committee

      2. Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Implementation and Monitoring Committee

      3. ICT Advisory Committee ( Information and Communications Technology)

      4. Diversity Committee (NEW)

      5. School Calendar Committee

      6. Special Education Advisory Committee

      7. Sustainability Advisory Committee

    If you are interested in being the DPAC representative on a specific advisory committee, please let DPAC know.

    DPAC also has internal committees parents can join. In previous years they included finance, by-laws and communications. Stay tuned for call outs.

    Communication Channels

    1. Attend any meetings you can. We have two main types of meetings: executive and general.

      1. Executive meetings contain all our regular DPAC business: committee meeting updates, treasurer reports, etc. The current interim superintendent, John Lewis, has agreed to give a brief update of VSB and we hope this continues when a new superintendent is hired. All parents can attend and ask questions. Executive members votes on motions. Our next executive meeting is on Thursday, October 12th.

      2. General meetings are new this year and replace citywides. They are for more indepth discussion of a particular topic plus voting on any issues requiring PAC consensus (only one PAC representative can vote per PAC, typically their DPAC representative or chair). More details on our first general meeting, PAC 101, later in this letter.

        We have posted our meetings for the year here: http://vancouverdpac.org/upcoming-events/. If there is something your PAC thinks would make a great general meeting topic, please let us know.

    2. If you are unable to join us formally, we do hope that you will connect with us virtually by subscribing to our mailing list at:  http://vancouverdpac.org/
    3. Call for all school PAC contact information. Please keep our contact information up-to-date by sending us your school contact information, preferably both Chair and DPAC representative. If you have not already done so, we highly recommend establishing ‘generic emails’ for all PAC executive volunteers i.e. NR_PAC_chair@gmail.com.  If you are unsure how to do this, please come to the PAC 101 meeting and we will help!

    Invitation to first general meeting (PAC 101) on September 28th

    1. This 2 hour meeting is going to focus on the challenges (and solutions) to being a volunteer for a public education school.  We invite all PAC’s to send a representative, but in particular we hope to see:

      1. Parents who are new to the VSB and/or new to their PAC executive

      2. Schools that may find establishing and running a PAC to be not as smooth as it should be.

    PAC liaisons

    1. DPAC executives are all PAC liaisons. http://vancouverdpac.org/liaisons/

    2. Liaisons are a great first contact if your PAC is looking for help 1) with creating an effective PAC; 2) with an issue involving your PAC and VSB; 3) finding out how to navigate VSB and also to share information between DPAC and your PAC.

    3. Liaisons do not get involved in: internal PAC issues; fundraising; or individual parent issues, but can recommend ‘best practices.’

    This year is going to be interesting with lots going on at VSB including: a new board of trustees (attend our candidate forum on October 3rd in John Oliver Secondary’s auditorium starting at 6:30pm); a review of choice programs; a review of catchment boundaries; an update to the Long Range Facilities Plan; and the impact of implementing the previous class size and composition language; just to name a view.

    Parent and PAC input is very important to us at DPAC as we strive to represent all students across the district.

    Rob Peregoodoff

    2017/2018 DPAC Chair

    DPAC Executive Nominee Bios

    The Vancouver DPAC is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been nominated by their PACs as Executive Members:

    • Stephen Filbey (Beaconsfield Elementary PAC) (bio)
    • Anne Montgomery (John Oliver Secondary PAC) (bio)
    • May Ke (General Wolfe)
    • Rob Peregoodoff (Norma Rose Point School PAC) (bio)
    • Crystal Smith (Aboriginal Focus School / Macdonald Elementary PAC) (bio)

    Please join us at our AGM on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. in room 120 at the VSB (1580 West Broadway).

    DPAC Bylaws 2017

    Vancouver PACs, DPAC is proposing revisions to our bylaws at our upcoming AGM on June 22, 2017, as passed unanimously at our last DPAC meeting on June 25, 2017. An email has been sent to every PAC that we have contact information for, but below are two documents for review.

    1. Revised, proposed bylaws: 2017 DPAC proposed bylaws
    2. Intro presentation about revision: 2017 DPAC bylaws overview
    3. Current 2007 Bylaws.

    All-candidates education forum April 25, 2017

    Vancouver DPAC is proud to present an all-candidates educational forum on April 25, 2017 at 6:30 at the VSB. We have invited the three main political parties to present their party's education platform with a special focus on Vancouver. The event will be moderated by Tracy Sherlock, and sample questions (derived from a survey of Vancouver PACs) have been provided in advance. All parents and guardians of Vancouver students are most welcome, but please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mla-candidate-education-forum-tickets-33368384737 in advance to we know the numbers of people attending.

    -NW

     

     

     

    DPAC Statement to Joint Plenary III-V Committee - April 10, 2017

    Parents and guardians, this evening Vancouver DPAC presented some initial feedback regarding the proposed 2017/2018 VSB budget to the joint plenary III-V committee. The draft statement represents feedback received from parents and PACs so far, as well as from the Vancouver DPAC members.

    The complete text is posted here (https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56baeb4337013bc5ec5fd5d5/t/58ec55ed6a49630e8a518c5c/1491883502120/DPAC+Statement+to+Joint+Plenary+III-V+Committee+-+April+10%2C+2017.pdf).

     

    -NW, -SK

     

    DPAC letter regarding BC Hydro proposal

    Vancouver DPAC has published a letter to VSB offering feedback on the recent BC Hydro proposal to build a substation under Lord Roberts Annex in return for funds to build two primary schools. The feedback is based on round tables and open houses DPAC members attended, feedback from directly from parents and PACs, a DPAC meeting devoted to the issue, and from a survey of all Vancouver PACs.

    Many thanks to the parents who contributed to the process.

     

    -NW

    Tips for University Success

    Please see below information shared with Vancouver DPAC about an upcoming event taking place at Killarney Secondary School. 

    DESCRIPTION

    Learn about skills that lead to a successful and balanced academic life in post-secondary school. Renee McCallum and Poh Tan, experts from Simon Fraser University, will present tips to help you transition successfully to post-secondary studies. You will take away tips that lead to a successful and balanced academic life; Renee and Poh will speak about learning strategies, time management, reading and writing.

    FAQs

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
    Everyone is welcome to our talk. High school and elementary students, parents, and educators are all welcome.

    What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
    Parking is available in our inner courtyard staff parking lot accessed from 49th Avenue. There is also street parking available.

    The 49th Avenue bus stops in front of our school.

    What can I bring into the event?
    Admission is by donation at the door.

    For more information please email:  Lynn Leong at lleong@uniserve.com