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.

        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.