NVPAC Attendance: Jane Lagden Holborne, Karen Nordquist, Homa
Sorooshi, Debra Dennehy, David Whitehead, Heather Skuse
Guests:Franci Stratton – Trustee , Tristan Crowther, Ilona
Wardas, Janet Mclean from the Windsor Family of Schools,
Koppang Telford - ePact
Schools Represented:Argyle, Brooksbank, Carson Graham, Cleveland,
Handsworth, Highlands, Lynn Valley, Montroyal, Norgate, Queensbury, Ridgeway, Seycove,
Seymour Heights, Sutherland
7:01 Called to order
No NVPAC Meeting in March -
Instead a talk by Christopher Burt on Effective Discipline for Children. Free
event for all parents. Please register for it on EventBrite
Foods the Fit Workshop, April
15th: Intro to health food options for PACs. The meeting will be held April 15th
at 2121 Lonsdale and will include samples from local vendors plus info on how
to have healthy, safe foods in Schools
7: 05 Approval of February Minutes: motion:
Heather Skuse, second: Debra Dennehy,all in favour - carried
7:06 Motion to adopt changes to policy 103.:
Moved: That NVPAC Approve the
changes to policy 103 to be amended to the wording as presented at the NVPAC
NVSD is active at provincial
trustee level lobbying for funding for increased support programs, to remove schools
from anti-spam legislation, to seek funding for exempt staff, to increase funding
rather than make cuts to administration staff funding.
Franci has been hearing about
communication issues and would like more help from NVPAC to understand the
issues and seek ways to improve parent-school communication. Would like to
understand, what are the challenges that need to be addressed - can NVPAC
provide a short list of issues/recommendations
Comment from floor: anti-spam
policy:What guidance have Principals received
from the District to ensure they know how to understand and know how to apply
the legislation. It seems to be different in each school.
Comment from the floor: NVSD
Website: contact information lacks org charts - hard to know who is responsible
for what. Lack of telephone numbers. Only counsellors have phone numbers. Not
very friendly. It used to give the contacts.
7:36 Presentation: Self-Regulation in the Classroom.
Presented by: Tristan Crowther,
Ilona Wardas, Janet Mclean from the Windsor Family of Schools
General Concept: Rather than just
teach self-regulation to special needs students, the team is applying
self-regulation concepts school wide. At the school level and the teacher level
to help all students develop the skills not just those with special needs
·Everyone uses self-regulation strategies, from a morning coffee
·Everyone needs to learn self-regulation, kids are trying to learn
·Every student manages self-regulation differently - "figuring
out what to do when you don't know what to do"
·Some strategies are more acceptable and sustainable than others.
The intent is to help students to
be able to recognize the start of difficulty and apply strategies to head them
off in a healthy way.
In general, Self-regulation
ability is the best predictor of school success.
More about awareness of personal
state than control of personal state - kids need to be able to recognize how
they are doing and respond appropriately not just control their emotions.
The Zones of regulation curriculum
they use is designed to foster self-regulation at a classroom level for all
elementary and even at high school level.
The program teaches students to
recognize their state and that of others so they can self-regulate and gives
them strategies/tools/practices (sensory, calming, thinking) to move from
different zones to help alert and/or calm themselves. Building a personal
toolbox for each student in a class rather than just for one student.The strategies are always different for each
child, a single strategy is never sufficient.
The team is making visits to the
family school PACs to introduce the program to parents at each school.
The self-regulation program is a
resource available to teachers but not all are using it. Parents/PACs should ask
the Principal and learning support teachers if you're are interested in it in
8:18 Presentation: ePact Online Emergency Network
Presented by: Kirsten Koppang
Telford - ePact
ePact is an online emergency
network - used for families to safely maintain and share emergency information
to ensure it is accurate and effective when an event occurs.
Initial pilot with Capilano and
The general idea is to Create 1
family emergency account and keep it safe
·Help manage the lists of who are the emergency guardians
·Gets the information online and working when schools starts not by
the time all the paper is in and organized in Nov.
·Increases the % of people completing the forms
·$3 per child per year. Sometimes the school pays, PAC pays or a
combination of both.
·District has approved its adoption but Principals need to adopt
8:52 School District Budget Development: PAC Priorities
NVPAC will make a presentation to
Finance & Facilities standing committee meeting, Tuesday March3rd. We are recommending increased
funding for Libraries, clean and healthy classrooms, assessment tools, special
needs / grey area kids, equalizing advantage of schools.
Patty - Norgate - 157 students -
small pool makes it very difficult to fundraise or get gaming grants.
Reallocation of funds on a school basis or perhaps classroom basis rather than
per student would help equalize the challenge for smaller schools.
Other suggestions for
recommenations: Better technology funding. Not cut back on administrators.Training to use the new communication
9:03 Debra Dennehy - BCCPAC - preparing for the AGM
BCCPAC AGM: Hilton Vancouver,
Metrotown - May 1 at 7:30 am till May 3, noon
Speakers: Barry Macdonald - Self
Regulation, Raj Dhasi, many other sessions
NVPAC is organizing voting by family of schools and looking
for 2 reps from each family of schools to attend and vote for each family.
Resolution books will be coming
out. These are the guidelines that BCCPAC uses to guide its feedback to the province.
Resolutions are voted on by the PACs. Proxies enable the holders to vote
according to the instructions on the form. PACs should send delegates with
their proxies and voting instructions
NVPAC will help fund attendee
BCCPAC resolutions are what we as
parents are asking BCCPAC to advocate for at the ministry level.