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