DPAC Executive Nomination: Allison Tredwell

Allison Tredwell has been nominated to the DPAC executive by the Edith Cavell PAC. Her nomination was accepted at our executive meeting on October 11, 2018. In her own words:

Hello, my name is Allison Tredwell. I am currently the DPAC Rep for Edith Cavell Elementary, where I have a daughter in Grade 1, and a son who will start kindergarten in 2019. I began attending DPAC meetings around May 2018, during the Boundary Catchment Review. It was at this time that I realized that all these potential changes had been in the works for months, and that parents have the opportunity to have a voice with the VSB through DPAC.

I am interested in facilities and planning (such as seismic mitigation, boundary catchment review and the potential policy changes that may be involved), sustainability and environmental impact, emergency preparedness and response (including reunification processes, and fire/earthquake/lockdown procedures/drills). I am also interested in increasing inclusiveness in schools, and I fully support SOGI education.

I currently work as a TTOC (teacher, teaching on call) for the Richmond School District. I TOC at the secondary level, for almost all subjects, but my background is in physical geography and biology.

I think of myself as a logical, organized person, who appreciates honest and direct constructive criticism. I hope that these traits, as well as my perspective as a TTOC and parent, will be an asset to DPAC. I’m committed to regularly attending both general and executive meetings, as well as volunteering for other committees/events as needed. Thank you for considering me for DPAC Exec.

An electronic ballot was sent to PACs following this meeting with voting to close on October 31, 2018 at 7pm. If you are the DPAC Rep or Chair of a PAC and you have not received the ballot please contact us.

DPAC VSB Trustee Candidate Forum - Candidate Questionnaire Responses

We asked all 33 trustee candidates the same 19 questions. See who responded and what they said here …. and join us tonight at Charles Tupper Secondary for our school board candidate forum where you can ask them your questions.

UPDATE: Revised document with responses from candidate Sophia Woo here.

UPDATE 2: Revised document with responses from candidate Ken Denike here.

DPAC Executive Nomination: Gord Lau

Gord Lau has been nominated to the DPAC executive by the Trafalgar PAC. His nomination was accepted at our executive meeting on September 13, 2018. In his own words:

My name is Gordon Lau.  I have children at Trafalgar Elementary school in grade 3 and 6.

I have been an active member of our school PAC since the first day of kindergarten.  I was co-chair for our PAC for three years (2014-2017).  My participation with the DPAC started in Spring 2017, when we discovered that our school was one of five French immersion schools to lose a kindergarten class.  At that time, I worked with the DPAC to better understand the root causes behind the changes and to ensure that the parent voice was heard at the VSB.  Since then, I have been the DPAC representative for our school and the parent representative on the VSB French Immersion Working Group and Digital Strategy Working group. 

Having seen first-hand the amount of time it takes to engage with the VSB through working groups, I want to help.  Based on my experience with the working groups and the French immersion changes, I feel that I have the skills and attitude to engage with the VSB and represent the concerns of Vancouver parents and students.

Thank you for your consideration in electing me to the DPAC executive.

An electronic ballot was sent to PACs following this meeting with voting to close on October 10, 2018 at 7pm. If you are the DPAC Rep or Chair of a PAC and you have not received the ballot please contact us.

October 2018

Message from Vancouver DPAC Chair

  • First, I'd like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in our PAC 101 meeting this past week.  About 65 parents from 45 different schools attended and engaged in excellent discussions ranging from the big-picture view of public education in BC, to the three levels of parent representation in the system (BCCPAC, DPACs, PACs), to discussions of the rights and responsibilities of PACs and examples of PAC best practices.  I'm pleased that two significant themes to emerge from these discussion were community and advocacy.  Some PAC leaders spoke very eloquently about changing the culture in their schools by making community building a cornerstone of their practice.  Others spoke very passionately about the need to advocate to simultaneously make the system better and to reduce inequities between school communities.  

  • Second, election season is upon us.  DPAC is committed to political neutrality and will not endorse any candidates.  We are, however, in keeping with our mandate, hosting a school board trustee candidates forum on October 4th (details below) as a way of bringing information about the candidates to parents.  The format of this forum will allow parents to directly ask candidates questions, so please take advantage of this opportunity and come participate.  We very much look forward to working with the new board after the election.

  • Third, we are looking to increase the capacity of the DPAC executive.  We currently have 6 open positions which we would like to see filled as soon as possible. A nomination has already been received from the Trafalgar PAC to elect Gord Lau to the DPAC executive and an electronic ballot has been sent to PACs as part of our election process. Please contact us if your PAC did not receive this ballot.

  • Finally, I'd like to invite all interested parents and guardians to attend our October general meeting on SOGI 123 with presenters Matt Carruthers (former SOGI District Lead) and Renee Hock (VSB Diversity Mentor). In particular, I would like to invite parents who have concerns with SOGI education in schools to attend to begin a dialogue. We will have translation services available for parents who require them.
    Shaun Kalley, DPAC chair

Upcoming DPAC Events

  • Thursday, Oct 4 6:30-9pm – DPAC's VSB Trustee Candidate ForumModerated by Tracey Sherlock. Sir Charles Tupper Secondary Cafeteria. We have invited 31 candidates (if anyone has contact info for Gordon T. Kennedy or Mrs. Doubtfire, please let us know) and sent them a questionnaire to complete (responses will be posted on our website). A portion of the evening will be spent with candidates answering your questions, so please bring them.

  • Thursday, Oct 11 7-9pm – DPAC Executive Meeting, Rm 120, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Agenda will be posted on the vancouverdpac.org website when finalized.

  • Thursday, Oct 25 7-9pm – DPAC General Meeting: SOGI 123. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Presenters include Matt Carruthers (former SOGI District Lead) and Renee Hock (VSB Diversity Mentor). We will have translation services available for parents who require them. Agenda will be posted on the vancouverdpac.org website when finalized.

  • Thursday, Nov 15 7-9pm – Provincial ADHD Clinic facilitated ADHD workshop for parents and caregivers. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. More details will be provided when they are finalized.

  • NOTE:DPAC meeting are open to all parents and guardians of children in VSB schools. Voting is limited to DPAC executives at executive meetings and PAC reps at general meetings, but all attendees may otherwise participate in the meetings.

Upcoming PAC Events that the wider community is invited to join

Important Dates

  • Monday, Oct 1 - Friday, Oct 5 – Kids ride free on Translink buses

  • Tuesday, Oct 2 – Navigating the Mental Health System. First in a series of FREE Child and Youth Wellbeing 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 enrol.

  • Wednesday, Oct 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Dialogue on Cannabis. Sunset Community Centre, Multipurpose room (6810 Main St, Vancouver).  The Vancouver School Board, together with its partners Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Parks Board, City of Vancouver Social Planning Department and Vancouver Police Department are organizing these dialogues in order  to listen to the community’s perspectives. Exploratory conversation among adults 19+ about cannabis legalization. Join us to share your thoughts and to listen to others.(Please note, this is not a workshop or an evening of hearing from “experts.”) There is limited seating at this event to better allow for dialogue and listening. To ensure you get a seat please register as soon as possible. Use this link with the password: dialogue   

  • Wednesday, Oct 3, 5pm – Policy and Governance Standing Committee (formerly Committee I), VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway

  • Wednesday, Oct 3, 6pm – Facilities Planning Standing Committee(formerly Committee II), VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway

  • Thursday, Oct 4 6:30-9pm – DPAC's VSB Trustee Candidate Forum Moderated by Tracey Sherlock. Sir Charles Tupper Secondary Cafeteria. More details above.

  • Saturday, Oct 6, 8:30am-5pm – BCEDAccess's Advocacy Conference which includes a full day of workshops for parents/guardians/allies of students with special needs. (Tickets)

  • Thursday, Oct 11 7-9pm - DPAC Executive Meeting, Rm 120, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Agenda will be posted on the vancouverdpac.org website when finalized.

  • Saturday, Oct 20 - Municipal Election Day, If you are at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, have lived in BC for at least the past 6 months and in Vancouver (or owned property in your name) for at least the past 30 days, you are probably eligible to vote. Please do. Follow the link if you have any questions. This vote will determine Vancouver's mayor, city council, parks board and school board.

  • Thursday, Oct 25 7-9pm - DPAC General Meeting: SOGI 123 Information Session. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Information and discussion on SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identiy) and SOGI 123 which are the provincial resources.

  • Thursday Nov 15 7-9pm - Provincial ADHD Clinic facilitated ADHD workshop for parents and caregivers. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway

Useful Information & Resources

PAC 101 Resources

Municipal Election - Oct 20

  • City of Vancouver resources, including how to register, where to vote, and who is running.

  • Special Kids Vote Program - On Saturday, Oct 13 and Sunday, Oct 14, children under 18 can go to any advance voting location and vote on three questions printed on special pink Kids Vote ballots.

  • Who to vote for - as DPAC is non-partisan, we won't tell you, but please attend candidate forums, read candidate material, ask questions ... and attend our school trustee candidate forum on Oct 4 (more information above).

Diverse Learners / Mental Wellness

  • October is ADHD Awareness Month.

  • BCEDAccess's 3rd annual Advocacy Conference is on Saturday, Oct 6 8:30–5pmTickets include a full day of workshops, lunch, snacks and annual membership.

  • FamilySmart® monthly parent group for those parenting children, youth or young adults with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Next meeting is Tuesday, Oct 9 6:30-8pm at the South Vancouver Youth Centre (4910 Fraser St @ 33rd Ave. It features Occupational Therapist Megan Eastwood discussing how to support kids who struggle with Sensory Processing. Note: parents only, no kids or childcare provided. Parents with questions or wanting to attend, please email Jared Hazzard at jared.hazzard@familysmart.ca

  • Autism Community Training (ACT) Conference: Positive Behavior Support in School, Home and Community on Oct 19-20 from 8am–3pmat SFU Downtown Campus or via web-streaming. It is for educators, families, and communities to “set the stage for success” by using Positive Behavior Support techniques for students with ASD and other special needs. Tickets

  • Save the date, DPAC is hosting a Provincial ADHD Clinic facilitated ADHD workshop for parents and caregivers on Thursday, Nov 15 7-9pm in Room 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway.

  • Kelty Mental Health Parent Resource Page and Navigating the Mental Health System

Digital Literacy

Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

VSB 

Big News

  • Vancouver Board of Education revises its governance model - at the Board meeting on September 24 the board voted to adopt a new board policy handbook and received an Administrative Procedures Manual (previously the two manuals were combined).

  • Seismic project announcements for General Wolfe and Edith Cavell elementary schools - on September 28, Minister of Education Rob Flemming announced that the government of BC is providing $35.8 million combined for the seismic upgrading of Cavell and Wolfe elementary schools. Construction on both schools is expected to begin in spring 2020 and be ready for students in fall 2021 leaving the heritage structures of both facilities intact.

  • Vancouver School Board and BC Hydro conclude agreement for underground electrical substation at Lord Roberts Annex site - the District and BC Hydro have concluded all necessary agreements related to the sale of an underground portion of the Lord Roberts Annex site. Under the terms of the agreement, the District will receive from BC Hydro a minimum of $73 million (up to $75 million):

    • $48.3 million for the subsurface parcel (received in September 2018);

    • $16.7 million for various statutory rights-of-way and covenants (received in September 2018);

    • $8.0 million for a five-year construction lease (payable in 2023 when construction of the substation is planned to begin); and,

    • Up to $2.0 million for the construction of a play field at the Lord Roberts Annex site following completion of the substation construction, anticipated in 2028. 

New Board of Trustees ... Timeline

  • Saturday, Oct 20 – General school election [School Act, s. 35 (2)]

  • Wednesday, Oct 24 – Official election results must be declared by 4 p.m. [Local Government Act, s. 146 (1)]

  • Tuesday, Oct 30 – First day to take the oath of office if elected by voting [Local Government Act, s. 147 (1)]

  • Monday, Nov 5 – Elected school trustees take office, provided they have taken their oath [School Act, s. 49 (a) and 50 (3)]

BCCPAC

Updates:

Ministry of Education/Government of BC 

News Releases

  • Province celebrates new French teacher education students and expands training efforts - 37 additional French teacher training spaces filled this year and an investment in new spaces.

  • Wolfe, Cavell students can look forward to learning in safer schools

  • Minister and K-12 education partners’ statement on support for SOGI - 

    “All of B.C.’s provincial education partners for K-12 schools are committed to ensuring every school — both public and independent — is a place where students feel safe, accepted, respected and welcome regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or background. In 2016, the B.C. Human Rights Code was amended to ensure that gender identity and expression are protected under the code. There is no room for any type of discrimination in our schools.

    “As provincial education partners, we stand unified in this commitment. All of our province’s 60 school districts have now updated their codes of conduct and all independent schools have updated their harassment and bullying prevention policies that safeguard students from being bullied for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Students have the complete support of teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents as we create learning environments where all students are free of discrimination so they can thrive and live authentic lives.”

Back-To-School 2018

Welcome back from Vancouver DPAC Chair

  • There's no more interesting time to be a parent volunteer in Vancouver public education than today: we have a school board election coming up in October (DPAC will be hosting a trustee candidate forum on October 4th); the deadline for teacher contract negotiations is coming up next June (wasn't the last strike fun?); the VSB is continuing its downtown and False Creek catchment review as well as its choice program review; and there are still reports of teacher shortages across the province.

    Last year DPAC worked to improve our relationship with the VBS senior management team.  This is important as we are a stakeholder within the VSB, but also because we want there to be enough trust for the VSB to share important information with us and with parents.  We've been pleased to have Superintendant Suzanne Hoffman at many of our meetings to provide updates and answer questions and we hope to continue this custom.  One of our core goals is to become an effective two-way information conduit between PACs and the VSB, providing information to PACs about the goings on in the district and providing feedback from PACs to the VSB.  A good example of this was our May general meeting which brought parents and representatives from the VSB together to have real conversations about the catchment review and which ultimately helped the VSB rethink its process.

    We will be continuing the changes we made last year to increase the number of topic-based DPAC meetings.  These meeting last year were well attended and provided good feedback.  Our first general meeting on September 27th will be PAC 101.  We encourage new PAC execs to attend as there will be opportunities to both learn from more experienced PAC execs as well as to connect with parents at other schools.  We would be happy to take input from parents and PACs on the topics which are important to you and your school communities which you would like to have covered during the year. - Shaun Kalley, Vancouver DPAC Chair 2018/19

Upcoming DPAC Events

  • Monday, Sept 10 7-8:30pm - SACY (Supporting and Connecting Youth) facilitated workshop "Engaging Parents at the Secondary School Level" Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
    Come to a relaxed and interactive session with SACY parent engagement facilitators to discuss innovative ways to engage folks with their schools. We’ll explore what’s working across the district to build parent-school engagement and how that contributes to social, emotional and academic success of students at secondary school. Register: www.SACY.eventbrite.ca
  • Thursday, Sept 13 7-9pm - DPAC Executive Meeting, Rm 120, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Agenda will be posted on the vancouverdpac.org website when finalized.
  • Thursday, Sept 27 7-9pm - DPAC General Meeting: PAC 101. Rm 180, Vancouver Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. Information and discussion of benefit to new and returning PAC executives as well as all parents. Agenda will be posted on the vancouverdpac.org website when finalized.
  • Thursday, Oct 4 6:30-9pm - DPAC's VSB Trustee Candidate Forum Moderated by Tracey Sherlock. Sir Charles Tupper Secondary Cafeteria. Agenda will be posted on the vancouverdpac.org website when finalized.
  • 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.

Wondering How to Get More Involved?

  • Join the DPAC Executive - We currently have 6 openings on our executive including the position of Treasurer. If you are interested, please ask your PAC to nominate you at the next PAC meeting (nomination form)
  • Volunteer to represent the parents/guardians of VSB students on a VSB Advisory or ad-hoc committee (stay tuned for opportunities that come up throughout the year)
  • Become the DPAC representative for your PAC
  • Attend DPAC meetings. Join in the discussion, hear what's going on, talk to other parents, enjoy some light refreshments. Childcare provided onsite for General meetings when requested in advance.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, Sept 4 - First day of school
  • Monday, Sept 10, 7-8:30pm - SACY facilitated workshop "Engaging Parents at the Secondary School Level"Hosted by DPAC. VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway. All parents and caregivers welcome. RSVP (free). More details above.
  • Tuesday, Sept 11, 6:30-8pm - Family Smart Parent Group monthly meeting topic "Building Relationships Between Home and School" featuring Langley district consultant and retired principal Lucy Lenko. South Vancouver Youth Centre, 4910 Fraser St @ 33rd Ave (parents only, no kids or childcare provided, unfortunately). Please register by RSVPing to jared.hazzard@familysmart.ca. More details in next section.
  • Wednesday, Sept 12, 5pm – Committee I - Management Coordinating Meeting, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Wednesday, Sept 12, 6pm – Committee III - Education & Student Services Meeting, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Thursday, Sept 13, 7pm - DPAC Executive Meeting, Room 120, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Wednesday, Sept 19, 5pm – Committee II - Planning & Facilities Meeting, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Wednesday, Sept 19, 6pm – Committee IV - Personnel & Staff Services Meeting, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Wednesday, Sept 19, 7pm – Committee V - Finance & Legal Meeting, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Saturday, Sept 22, 9am-4pm - First Call's Public Education Forum with keynote presentation by Annie Kidder, Executive Director of People for Education (RSVP for free ticket)
  • Monday, Sept 24, 7pm – VSB Board Meeting, VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway
  • Thursday, Sept 27, 7pm - DPAC General Meeting: PAC 101Room 180 VSB Education Centre 1580 W. Broadway.
  • Sunday, Sept 30 - Orange Shirt Day
  • Thursday, Oct 4, 6:30pm - DPAC's VSB Trustee Candidate Forum Moderated by Tracey Sherlock. Sir Charles Tupper Secondary Cafeteria.
  • Saturday, Oct 6, 8:30am-5pm - BCEDAccess's Advocacy Conference which includes a full day of workshops for parents/guardians/allies of students with special needs. (Tickets, earlybird deadline Sept 4)

Useful Information & Resources

Preparing for Back-to-School

Mental Wellness

Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

VSB 

Website Resources for Parents

Catchment Boundary Review

  • At the May 27 Board meeting, Suzanne Hoffman, Superintendent, announced that Catchment review is being extended by one year to accommodate the following:
    • BC Hydro proposal
    • French Immersion Program Review
    • Grandfathering, including review of district policy
    • Pursuit of school at Olympic Village
  • We will update you when we know more about what the planning and consultation for 2018/19 will look like.

Staffing & Classrooms

  • VSB's updated website includes their mission statement and recent statistics on enrollment, diversity and schools. 
    • Mission: To enable students to reach their intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical potential in challenging and stimulating settings which reflect the worth of each individual and promote mutual respect, cooperation and social responsibility.
  • Current job postings for VSB on Make-a-Future. As of Sept. 1, 12 teaching positions and 19 support positions were posted. Some positions have more than one opening.
  • Current graphic on staffing and student numbers for 2018/19. 

BCCPAC

Updates:

  • Membership Renewal - Its time to renew! Membership year is Sept 1-Aug 31.
  • Gaming Grants Reporting - PACs/DPACs must submit a Gaming Account Summary Report annually within 90 days of their fiscal year end. 
  • 2018 AGM Minutes - Minutes, including full details on Resolutions, from their AGM
  • Bylaws Updated - Most recent changes from the May AGM approved and submitted to the Societies Act Registrar.

Ministry of Education/Government of BC 

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

  • Have thoughts on how the government of BC should prepare its budget? Think about presenting or submitting to the Select Standing Committee on Finance & Gov't Services on their Budget 2019 Consultation. Online registration for public hearings opens Friday, Sept 7 at 9:00am for their Vancouver consultation on Sept 24

Employer Health Tax (EHT)

  • On July 4, the Ministry of Finance released an announcement regarding implementation of the new Employer Health Tax (EHT) which included: "The transition to the EHT includes funding that ensures public services will not be impacted and that the cost pressure of the EHT has been fully funded in the government’s Budget 2018 fiscal plan … for sectors including school districts.”
  • As the VSB 2018/19 budget was passed with funds to cover the EHT starting in January 2019, DPAC looks forward to seeing how these funds will be reassigned to benefit our students.

News Releases

2018 AGM Results

New Executive Members

Congratulations to the following PAC nominees who are now members of DPAC's Executive:

  • Sandra Bell, nominated by Queen Alexandra Elementary
  • Michele Buckman, nominated by Xpey' Elementary
  • Derek Palaschuk, nominated by Southlands Elementary*
  • Chris Zhang, nominated by Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary*

2018/19 Officers

  • Shaun Kalley, Chair
  • Michele Buckman, Vice-Chair
  • Amanda Hillis, Secretary
  • Derek Palaschuk, Treasurer*

* Update, June 22, 2018:  Since our AGM on Monday, we have been contacted by the PAC chairs from both Laurier and Southlands who informed us that the nominations for Chris Zhang and Derek Palaschuk, respectively, do not meet DPAC's eligibility criteria for election to the DPAC executive.  As a result, we have invalidated their nominations and nullified their elections to the DPAC executive.  Both Chris and Derek have been informed of this decision and have been invited to seek nominations again in September if they still wish to join the DPAC executive.  Since Derek was also elected Treasurer at our AGM, Shaun and Amanda will share the responsibilities until a new Treasurer can be elected.

2018/19 Calendar

  • September 13 - Executive Meeting
  • September 27 - General Meeting (PAC 101)
  • October 11 - Executive Meeting    
  • October 25 - General Meeting        
  • November 1 - Executive Meeting (moved ahead a week to respect National Aboriginal Veterans Day)
  • November 22 - General Meeting        
  • December 13 - Executive Meeting
  • January 10 - Executive Meeting
  • January 24 - General Meeting
  • February 7 - Executive Meeting (moved ahead a week to respect Valentines Day)
  • February 28 - General Meeting        
  • March 14 - Executive Meeting
  • April 11 - Executive Meeting
  • April 25 - General Meeting (VSB Budget 2019/20)
  • May 9 - Executive Meeting
  • May 23 - General Meeting
  • June 13 - Executive Meeting    
  • June 20 - General Meeting (AGM) (moved ahead a week to stay within school year)

Unless otherwise stated, all meetings will take place at the Vancouver School Board at 1580 West Broadway. Executive Meetings are in Room 120 and General Meetings are in Room 180. DPAC meetings are open to all parents and guardians of VSB students.

Additional events already scheduled

Budget

DPAC's 2018/19 Budget was amended and approved. Will be posted to website by the end of the month.

The Treasurer went over DPAC spending over 2017/18. Mostly due to the fact that the budget allowed for a contracted support person and this position has not been filled since November, there was a large surplus. After discussion with the PAC representatives, it was decided to evenly divide the surplus funds from DPAC's 2017/18 VSB budget between the Tier 1-3 schools. These are schools determined by VSB to qualify for Enhanced Learning Services because they support a high number of vulnerable students and families.

Bylaws

The proposed changes include:

  • Streamlining of language:
    • More definitions
    • Consistent use of references
  • Change to dissolution requirements:
    • Previous language is perceived as contrary to the School Act
  • Creation of the Indigenous Parent Representation position:
    • Retaining current maximum size of the DPAC executive
    • Primary responsibilities:
    • Support and enhance engagement between DPAC and Indigenous parents
    • Represent DPAC on VSB committee that are focused on Indigenous education
  • Better enumeration of roles and responsibilities
    • Overhaul of the section on Perception of Bias
  • Cleanup of the Code of Conduct
  • Cleanup of the requirements to amend the bylaws:
    • Make it explicit that bylaw amendments are not in effect until they are ratified
    • Add a sunset clause requiring there to be no more than 2 months between approval and ratification

The proposed revisions will be made accessible to the PACs by the end of June to receive feedback and suggestions before the September 13 Executive meeting.

Thank you and Call out for Volunteers

DPAC is very appreciative of the parents and guardians who step up to volunteer on VSB advisory and ad hoc committees, DPAC committees, and volunteer their skills to help DPAC run smoothly.

June 2018 Update

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We've made it to the last month of this school year and the final two DPAC meetings of 2017/18. Our Executive Meeting is on June 7th and our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Monday, June 18th (please note the date change ... this meeting has been moved to the Monday to avoid conflict with National Indigenous Peoples Day).

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

DPAC

AGM - Election and Bylaw Updates

  • Do you know someone, or are someone, who would make a great DPAC executive or DPAC table officer next year? Please get your PAC to sign off the nomination form and submit to DPAC before June 18th.
  • We've made some revisions to our bylaws we'd like to have ratified at the AGM including making one of our executives-at-large seats for an Indigenous parent. PACs and DPAC reps please keep an eye on your inbox as we hope to have these and a proposed budget for 2018/19 out to you early next week. Current by-laws here

Playgrounds

  • Following the announcement that Brock Elementary would be receiving a new playground as part of the provincial government's new Playground Equipment Program, DPAC asked the VSB to help clarify the criteria that are looked at when such decisions are made and to provide guidance on the question we have received from multiple PACs, "Should we stop fundraising for a new playground?"  Here's the Information we received re: fundraising and prioritizing
  • To help DPAC advocate to VSB to include playgrounds on their capital plan request (they can include up to 3), please send DPAC the following information:
    • age of your playground(s)
    • general condition
    • how much fundraising you have raised to date
    • a short paragraph on what your school needs
    • a picture if you have one 

Catchments and Boundaries - DPAC motions

  • At our May 24 General Meeting, General Gordon brought two motionsforth regarding the proposals which we forwarded to VSB. 

Mental Health

  • FamilySmart® has released a new video The Language We Use which gets at how important our language/words are when we're talking about or trying to support people with mental health issues

Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

VSB

Budget 2018/19

Catchment Boundary Review

  • VSB information on proposed changes 
  • At the May 27 Board meeting, Suzanne Hoffman, Superintendent, announced that Catchment review is being extended by one year to accommodate the following:
    • BC Hydro proposal
    • French Immersion Program Review
    • Grandfathering, including review of district policy
    • Pursuit of school at Olympic Village

BC Hydro West End Substation Proposal

Staffing & Classrooms

  • Teacher and Teacher Support Staffing Update Report presented at May 16 Committee IV meeting.
  • At the May 27 Board meeting, it was announced that Garibaldi Annex will have no students next school year

BCCPAC

Updates:

Ministry of Education

Area Standards & Capital

  • At the BCSTA (British Columbia School Trustees Association) AGM and the BCCPAC Conference, Rob Fleming, Minister of Education acknowledged that construction costs have increased so area rates for school construction will be increased. In addition school area standards (how much space & what it’s used for) will be updated.

Relationships with Indigenous peoples

Mental Health and Vulnerable Students

Playgrounds

 

 

 

Catchment Review

At our general meeting last night, two motions were tabled by the General Gordon PAC and passed by the PAC reps in attendance.  DPAC thanks the General Gordon PAC for its commitment to these issues and we will be bringing them forward both to the VSB senior management and the trustees for further discussion.

1st Motion

We propose the DPAC writes a letter to VSB in support of parents advocating for the following: If the VSB passes the proposal to change the school catchment maps that siblings are included in the grandparenting policy. In other words, if a family home is rezoned by VSB out of their current school boundary, where their older children are already attending school, the siblings enrolling in 2019 or later retains priority enrolment status akin to in-boundary-siblings. 
This will maintain school security, childcare security and keep our children's communities together.  

2nd Motion

We propose that the VSB be encouraged by DPAC to hold a feedback meeting inviting parents affected by the sibling policy (if catchment maps are rezoned) to have a chance to speak directly with Trustees and Planners to explain the hardships this policy poses to them if it passes without being amended to grandparent in siblings.

Playgrounds

Following the announcement that Brock Elementary would be receiving a new playground as part of the provincial government's new Playground Equipment Program, DPAC asked the VSB to help clarify the criteria that are looked at when such decisions are made and to provide guidance on the question we have received from multiple PACs, "Should we stop fundraising for a new playground?"  Here's the answer we received.  Please forward us any questions and we will update this page with new information as it becomes available.


I spoke with the Ministry today, and this is the information they provided:

  • Although the Ministry does ask for the amount of fundraising to date, this does not necessarily factor into the decision of what project is approved. 
  • While fundraising does not influence the decision, continued fundraising is seen as a good idea, for two reasons: 
  1. the funding provided ($90,000) may not be enough to fully cover the costs for a playground, taking into account the site and what work needs to be done for installation, and any incremental funds raised can be applied to the project; and
  2. given that there are a maximum of three submissions per year per district, it will take a significant time to get to our 90+ elementary schools.

So to answer the PACs question, ‘should we stop fundraising?’, I believe the answer is ‘no’, given points 1) and 2) above.

The criteria that the Ministry does look for are:

  • No playground at the school;
  • Age of the equipment, older equipment is more likely to be replaced;
  • If there are safety concerns about the existing playground;
  • For accessible playgrounds, the number of students with special needs designations of physically dependent.

The Ministry considers that three projects per year for each district (regardless of size) does not take into account the size of the larger districts, so the Ministry will be considering how to factor that district size differential in the future of the program.

May 2018 Update

May 2018

DPAC has two meetings this month. Our Executive Meeting on May 10th will be hosted by Xpey' Elementary PAC at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (1607 E Hastings). Our General Meeting will be on May 24th with a focus on potential catchment boundary changes and the proposed BC Hydro substation under Lord Roberts Annex site in the West End. Both of these items will be decided at the June 25 Board Meeting.

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

DPAC

Mental Health

  • Jared Hazzard, FamilySmart® Parent-in-Residence for Vancouver, presented at our April 26 Executive Meeting. FamilySmart® PiRs are parents with lived experience caring for children with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Jared is available to connect with other parents in the district as a resource and support, to host a resource table at local events, and to speak publicly about his experiences as a parent. He will also be hosting a monthly “In the Know” community group for parents. Parents or PAC representatives can connect directly with him at jared.hazzard@familysmart.ca.
  • Resources for the May 7th Child and Youth Mental Health Day can be ordered or downloaded directly from familysmart.ca.

Input for DPAC

  • 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). Will be discussed during the May 10 Executive Meeting.
  • 2018/19 General Meeting topics. Tell us what you want to learn about.
  • DPAC 2018/19. Succession. Our AGM is on June 21. Do you know someone, or are someone, who would make a great DPAC executive or DPAC table officer next year? Time to start thinking about it and getting your PAC to sign off the nomination form.

Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

  • Search your location to find out whose traditional lands you are on.
  • If you have a teen interested in journalism, send them to Indigenous Junior J School on Thursday, May 17. Indigenous J School is the brainchild of Steve Sxwithul'twx who offers workshops to engage teens in a participatory way by getting them to try out a broadcast camera and use professional recording devices. Students will also hear from several Indigenous CBC employees about their reasons for choosing this career. Post-secondary schools will be on hand to talk about the programs they offer. This workshop is put on by CBC Vancouver in partnership with Musqueam First Nation and the Indigenous Education Department of VSB.
  • Visit the new UBC Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre which opened last month

VSB 

Budget 2018/19

  • Preliminary Draft Operating Fund Budget for 2018/19 was presented on April 18. Report
  • Give feedback:
  • View the PowerPoint for more information on the report. 
    • budget changes for non-enrolling teaching staff (page 15);
    • budget additions for non-enrolling teacher staffing (page 16),
    • preliminary budget additions (page 23),
    • preliminary budget reductions (page 24),
    • proposals for consideration (page 25), and  
    • potential savings (page 26),
  • A revised budget will be presented and discussed on Wednesday, May 2 in Plenary Committee III / V Meeting at 7pm. While only stakeholder representatives can participate, the public is welcome to attend.
  • In the new timeline, the trustees will be voting on the budget at the June 25 board meeting.

Catchment Boundary Review

  • Proposed changes (will be provided at the open houses) would come into effect in September 2019.
  • Students currently enrolled at any of the impacted schools are not affected.
  • Attend an information open house to learn more about the proposed changes:
    • Thursday, May 10, 4-6:30pm  – Sir Charles Tupper (419 E 24th Ave in the Library)
    • Tuesday May 15, 4-6:30pm  – Kitsilano (2706 Trafalgar in the Entrance Lobby)
    • Tuesday May 22, 4-6:30pm  – King George (1755 Barclay above Joe Fortes Library)
    • Thursday, May 24. 7pm  – DPAC General Meeting discussion

BC Hydro West End Substation Proposal

  • VSB April 12 media release
  • Participate online at bchydro.com/westendsub (available May 1 to 31)
  • Attend an open house or small group discussion:
    • Tuesday, May 1, 5-8pm  – Open house at Century Plaza Hotel, 1050 Burrard Street, Vancouver
    • Thursday, May 3,  6-8pm  – Small Group Discussion at Lord Roberts Annex, 1150 Nelson Street(space is limited. Email westendsub@bchydro.com or call 604-341-1304 to sign up)
    • Monday, May 7, 6-8pm  – Small Group Discussion at Century Plaza Hotel, 1050 Burrard Street (space is limited. Email westendsub@bchydro.com or call 604-341-1304 to sign up)
    • Thursday, May 10, 6-8pm  – Small Group Discussion at Century Plaza Hotel, 1050 Burrard Street (space is limited. Email westendsub@bchydro.com or call 604-341-1304 to sign up)
    • Tuesday, May 15, 6-8pm  – Small Group Discussion at Century Plaza Hotel, 1050 Burrard Street (space is limited. Email westendsub@bchydro.com or call 604-341-1304 to sign up)
    • Thursday, May 17, 5-8pm  – Open house at Century Plaza Hotel, 1050 Burrard Street, Vancouver
    • Thursday, May 24, 7pm  – DPAC General Meeting discussion

Capital Plan 

  • VSB's 2017 Capital Plan submission (pages 44 & 45)
  • The Ministry's response to VSB's June 2017 Capital Plan submission was discussed at the April Committee II meeting. Since then we have received clarification that funding for creating a school at the Coal Harbour site would have to come from an agreement with BC Hydro and not the provincial government. The board has not made any agreements with BC Hydro to date. The decision will not be made until the June 25 board meeting.

Staffing & Classrooms

BCCPAC

Conference May 4 & AGM May 5-6 (Reminder)

  • Registration open now for BCCPAC members (Early bird deal until April 9; non-members can register as of April 10) 
  • Conference theme is Human Rights with keynote address by Ivan Coyote and feature speaker, Rick Hansen.
  • Resolutions and nominations
  • If your PAC is a current member of BCCPAC (see below) and is unable to send a representative, DPAC can bring your proxy votes (authorized proxy vote rules & form)
  • Vancouver PACs with current BCCPAC membership
    • Charles Dickens Elementary 
    • David Thompson Secondary 
    • Edith Cavell Elementary 
    • Elsie Roy Elementary 
    • Henry Hudson Elementary 
    • Laura Secord Elementary 
    • Lord Beaconsfield Elementary
    • Lord Byng Secondary
    • Lord Tennyson Elementary 
    • Magee Secondary
    • Maple Grove Elementary 
    • Point Grey Secondary 
    • Prince of Wales Secondary 
    • Queen Alexandra Elementary 
    • Queen Elizabeth Annex 
    • Queen Elizabeth Elementary 
    • Queen Mary Elementary 
    • Shaughnessy Elementary 
    • Simon Fraser Elementary 
    • Sir Charles Tupper Secondary 
    • Sir John Franklin Elementary 
    • Trafalgar Elementary 
    • Tyee Elementary 
    • University Hill Elementary 
    • Vancouver Technical Secondary

SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) 123

  • BCCPAC and the BC Ministry of Education created some resources to answer parent questions about what SOGI-inclusive education looks like in BC schools: presentation and facilitator's guide.

Ministry of Education

Area Standards & Capital

  • At the BCSTA (British Columbia School Trustees Association) AGM, Rob Fleming, Minister of Education acknowledged that construction costs have increased so area rates for school construction will be increased. In addition school area standards – how much space & what it’s used for – will be updated. (via Tweet from VSB chair Janet Fraser).

April 2018 Update

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Hope everyone is well rested after Spring Break.

If you were unable to join us last month at our Executive meeting. draft minutes are available on our website and we hope you can join us soon. Minutes and presentations from previous meetings are also on our site.

DPAC has two meetings this month, in a reversed order to accomodate VSB's budget timeline. The General Meeting will be on April 12 with the main focus on VSB's 2018/19 budget plus a discussion on the provincial K-12 funding formula review currently underway. Please bring your thoughts and ideas of what is missing in VSB and your funding priorities. This is our opportunity to get parent perspective in before the 2018/19 budget is created. Please also review the funding model review discussion paper so we can discuss and add parent voices to the process. The Executive Meeting will be on April 26 and will include a district update by VSB Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman and a presentation by Family Smart.

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

    upcoming:

    • Wednesday, May 2 9am – ADHD Education Day for Parents by The Provincial ADHD Program. This a free education day, providing parents/caregivers with information on how ADHD is diagnosed, evidence based treatment for ADHD, tips on parenting a child with ADHD and how to help a child with ADHD at school.
    • Friday, May 4 – BCCPAC Conference
    • Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6 – BCCPAC AGM
    • Thursday, May 10, 7pm – DPAC Executive MeetingNote: this meeting will be hosted by Xpey' Elementary at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, 1607 E Hastings St,
    • Thursday, May 31, 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.
    • May 28-June 1 – Bike to School Week. Register your school now! 

    DPAC

    VSB Working Groups

    • French Immersion Program Review Working Group. FI Update/Mandate. This month VSB will be conducting surveys and/or focus groups. Stay tuned for more details. 
    • Catchment Review Working GroupPolicy and Terms of ReferenceReport given at March 14 Committee II. Discussion is on-going. We hope to have an update at our Executive meeting and there will be opportunities for discussion and input later this Spring.

    Input for DPAC

    • 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).
    • 2018/19 General Meeting topics. Tell us what you want to learn about.
    • DPAC 2018/19. Succession. Our AGM is on June 21. Do you know someone, or are someone, who would make a great DPAC executive or DPAC table officer next year? Time to start thinking about it and getting your PAC to sign off the nomination form. More details to come.

    Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

    • Visit UBC Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre. Official opening on Monday, April 9th at 10am (Registration has ended, but there will be a webcast and Facebook Live broadcast: https://ceremonies.ubc.ca/IRSHDC-opening/). 
    • Listen to "Think Indigenous - A Special Podcast Mini-Series on Indigenous Education" and other podcasts on Indian and Cowboy. Membership is not required to listen to the podcasts. http://indianandcowboy.ca/
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    VSB

    Budget 2018/19

    • On March 8 during our DPAC Executive Meeting, VSB Secretary Treasurer, David Green, gave a brief VSB Budget update.
    • On March 15, the Ministry of Education (MoE) announced district Operating Grants for 2018/19. Unlike previous years, there were slight increases in per student and unique student needs funding and no deduction for 'Administrative Savings.' With a projected enrolment decline of ~600 students and the slight increases, VSB will be getting slightly more than last year ... basically status quo.
    • On April 12 following our DPAC General Meeting, David Green will lead a Workshop to inform and gather feedback from parents and guardians before presenting VSB's 2018/19 preliminary budget onApril 17.
    • Public survey from April 18 - May 9
    • Public consultation on April 24
    • In the new timeline, the trustees will not be voting on the budget until the June 25 board meeting.
    • draft timeline

    Long Range Facilities Plan Update 

    • Update given at March 14 Committee II
    • Current (2016) LRFP

    New Curriculum series

    1. What does the new curriculum look like: An overview of BC's redesigned learning
    2. New curriculum fosters life-long learning for Walter Moberly Elementary's kindergarten class 
    3. New curriculum begins next year for Grade 10s, meaning new options for this year's Grade 9s in course selection
    4. By creating podcasts with seniors, Tecumseh students learn about communication, a core competency of BC's new curriculum
    5. Indigenous focus in the new curriculum helps students develop 'mastery'

      Parental Access to Student Records and Student Information Policy

      • Passed at the April 3 board meeting after discussion at March 7 Committee I (minutes)
      • Purpose: The Vancouver Board of Education SD #39 recognizes that positive communications between home and school contribute to student success and that parents/guardians are entitled to student records pursuant to the School Act. Students have rights of access to their own records under the School Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Parents or guardians may exercise these rights on behalf of children, in accordance with the Family Law Act, who are too young to exercise them for themselves. The School Act also recognizes a “joint” right of students and parents to inspect student records, as defined in the School Act.
      • Policy: The Board will allow access to student records to parents and guardians to the extent legally permissible. In making decisions regarding the disclosure of student records to a student's parents/guardians, the Board will be guided by the School Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, other relevant legal considerations, and the best interests of the student.

      Staffing

      • Teacher and Teacher Support Staffing Update Report presented at March 14 Committee IV meeting
      • Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman and Director of Instruction Adrian Keough are traveling to Europe with the Ministry of Education and BCTF to recruit French-language teachers (announcement)
      • Finance department has been reorganized with 2 assistant secretary treasurers and 2 new managers replacing the previous director of finance and supervisor positions. Lisa Landry has been promoted to Assistant Secretary Treasurer - District Services. Shehzad Somji was hired as Assistant Secretary Treasurer - Financial Services (announcement)
      • On April 2 Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, rescinded his executive order making Dianne Turner VBE's special advisor.
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      BCCPAC

      Conference May 4 & AGM May 5-6

      • Registration open now for BCCPAC members (Early bird deal until April 9; non-members can register as of April 10) 
      • Conference theme is Human Rights with keynote address by Ivan Coyote and feature speaker, Rick Hansen.
      • Resolutions and nominations
      • If your PAC is a current member of BCCPAC (see below) and is unable to send a representative, DPAC can bring your proxy votes (authorized proxy vote rules & form)
      • Vancouver PACs with current BCCPAC membership
        • Charles Dickens Elementary 
        • David Thompson Secondary 
        • Edith Cavell Elementary 
        • Elsie Roy Elementary 
        • Henry Hudson Elementary 
        • Laura Secord Elementary 
        • Lord Beaconsfield Elementary
        • Lord Byng Secondary
        • Lord Tennyson Elementary 
        • Magee Secondary
        • Maple Grove Elementary 
        • Point Grey Secondary 
        • Prince of Wales Secondary 
        • Queen Alexandra Elementary 
        • Queen Elizabeth Annex 
        • Queen Elizabeth Elementary 
        • Queen Mary Elementary 
        • Shaughnessy Elementary 
        • Simon Fraser Elementary 
        • Sir Charles Tupper Secondary 
        • Sir John Franklin Elementary 
        • Trafalgar Elementary 
        • Tyee Elementary 
        • University Hill Elementary 
        • Vancouver Technical Secondary
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      Ministry of Education

      Operating Grants 2018/19

      • On March 14, the Ministry of Education (MoE) announced district Operating Grants for 2018/19. 
      • From the March 14 Committee V report:
        • For the September 2018 enrolment intake, the Ministry has projected 3,000 more students in the province as compared to the current school year.
        • Vancouver is one of 10 school districts in the province that is projected to have declining enrolment, as mentioned previously.
        • The provincial block grant has increased by $130 million of which $105 million relates to collective agreement wage lifts for teachers and support staff and increase enrolment in the province. There is a $25 million add back for administrative savings.
      • On March 5, VSB wrote to the Ministers of Finance and Education to lay out concerns about the Employer Health Tax.

      Capital Funding

      • On March 27, the MoE announced some of the funding approved from district Capital Plan funding requests submitted last June including $65 million for School Enhancement Program (SEP), $5 million for Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP) and $12.5 million for School Bus Replacement Program (SBRP).
      • VSB's request (pages 44 & 45)
      • VSB will receive $981,000 from the School Enhancement Program for:
        • Washroom upgrades at Champlain Heights Elementary, Thunderbird Elementary and Lord Byng Secondary
        • Fire alarm upgrades at Magee Secondary
        • PA system upgrades at ten schools
        • Roofing upgrades at five schools

      K-12 Public Education Funding Review

      March 2018 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. The recording of our workshop on the new curriculum presented by Jan Unwin and Suzanne Hoffman is now on our website.

      DPAC has only one meeting this month, but it's packed with lots of interesting topics. The Executive Meeting on March 8th will include 5 reports/presentations by guests. A district update by Suzanne Hoffman and/or Lisa Dominato; a presentation on Capital Planning (i.e. seismic retrofits and new builds) by David Green; a VSB Budget Update by David Green and Lisa Landry; VSB Bike to School Week by Jel Kocmaruk; and an introduction of VSB's newest Associate Superintendent, Rob Schindel.

      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

      DPAC

      PAC2PAC Fund

      In conjunction with the VSB Finance office, DPAC is pleased to announce the creation of the PAC2PAC fund. This fund is a mechanism by which those Vancouver PACs who wish to anonymously support PACs (and the students within) of schools less fortunate may do so. More information is available here.

      VSB Working Groups

      DPAC is currently involved in two VSB working groups. While we have sufficient representatives in these groups, we want to ensure we are able to represent the diverse opinions of Vancouver parents and guardians.

      • French Immersion Program Review Working Group. FI Update/Mandate. Information was sent to all PACs last month, please connect with your PAC executive to review and provide input. 
      • Catchment Review Working Group. Current scope is a review of schools in significant growth areas in the downtown core, UBC, Cambie corridor, and spillover areas impacted. Policy and Terms of Reference. Information will be sent to PACs inside these areas shortly.

      Input for DPAC

      • 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).
      • 2018/19 General Meeting topics. Tell us what you want to learn about.
      • DPAC 2018/19. Succession. Our AGM is on June 21. Do you know someone, or are someone, who would make a great DPAC executive or DPAC table officer next year? Time to start thinking about it and getting your PAC to sign off the nomination form. More details to come.

      Expand/Embrace Your Indigenous Knowledges

      BC Budget 2018 - VSB Budget 2018/19

      BC Budget 2018

      • Presented on February 20.
      • The Budget Highlights briefly mentions two points specifically on education on page 6: the continuation of funding for the Classroom Enhancement Fund and $2 billion over 3 years for capital projects.
      • There is also a new $5 million annual Playground Fund to help alleviate some PAC fundraising pressures.

      VSB Budget 2018/19

      • In March districts will learn about their 2018/19 Operating Grants.
      • On March 8 during our DPAC Executive Meeting, VSB Secretary Treasurer, David Green, will give a VSB Budget update.
      • On April 12 following our DPAC General Meeting, David Green will lead a Workshop to inform and gather feedback from parents and guardians before presenting VSB's 2018/19 preliminary budget on April 17.
      • Public survey from April 18-May 9
      • Public consultation on April 24
      • In the new timeline, the trustees will not be voting on the budget until the June 25 board meeting.
      • draft timeline

      VSB

      New Curriculum series

      Staffing

      • Teacher and Teacher Support Staffing Update. Report presented at February 21 Committee IV meeting
      • Impact of Teacher-on-Call Shortage on VSB Budget. As reported at February 21 Committee V meeting, there is a predicted savings of $1.1 million from unfilled TTOC positions for 2017/18. It was proposed to spend this plus another $0.1 million ($1.2 million) on school resource materials (report page 3 first and last bullets). NOTE: The saving going back to schools instead of to help balance the budget was something advocated for by parents, in particular the Tyee Education Advocacy Committee.

      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.