Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NVPAC General Meeting Agenda: Wednesday 28 January, 2015

North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
7:00 pm
Mountainview Room
5th floor - 2121 Lonsdale Avenue
1.   Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions        
2.   Approval of Minutes – 26 November 2014
3.   Treasurer’s Report:  Homa Sorooshi
4.   BCCPAC Liaison/Registrar’s Report:  Debra Dennehy
5.   Traffic Safety and Active Routes to School:
     A.   Guest Speaker:  Harvey Kooner, Road Safety Coordinator, ICBC
B.   Guest Speaker:  Tom Walker, President North Shore Safety Council
C.   Guest Speaker:  Carol Sartor, Montroyal PAC
 6.   NVPAC Survey Report:  Dave Whitehead
7.   Adjourn


Sunday, January 11, 2015

General Meeting Minutes - Nov. 26, 2014

NVPAC General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
7:00 pm Mountainview Room, ESC, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue

Chair:  Jane Lagden Holborne (Sutherland)
NVPAC Attendance: Jane Lagden Holborne, Karen Nordquist, Homa Sorooshi, Debra Dennehy, David Whitehead, Amanda Nichol, Debra Johnstone, Suzanne Till, Heather Skuse
Attendance: 25
Guests:  Mike McGraw, Cyndi Gerlach, Carmen Farrell, Wendy Holtan, Kathy Jenkins, Connor McMullan.
Schools Represented:  Argyle, Braemar, Brooksbank, Boundary, Carson Graham, Cleveland, Handsworth, Highlands, Larson, Lynn Valley, Montroyal, Norgate, Ridgeway, Seycove, Seymour Heights,  Sutherland.
Regrets: Carisbrooke

7:06 Call to order:

7:10 Approval of Minutes of Oct 22nd, 2014 General Meeting: Moved by Amanda Nichol, seconded by Homa.  All in favour – unanimous, motion carried

7:15 Guest Speaker: friendship groups. Carmen Farrell and Wendy Holtan presented the Club G story video (watch it at: seedsociety.ca/clubg.html) as an introduction to friendship groups in schools and then discussed their experience introducing friendship groups to North Vancouver Schools.

Key topics included the advantages of Special needs support through student inclusion in activities and the resulting student growth that comes through special needs inclusion. With special needs reporting, media focus is often on the needs of the child, but not the character benefits to the others around them in terms of emotional learning and empathy. Learning to enjoy rather than fear inclusion of others

Club G was a program to help one child. Friendship groups operate at all levels, elementary and secondary. Resources are available to help schools create collaborations to build student led friendship groups.

Friendship groups work because:
Kids get that it is ok to have differences
Adults are too old to teach kids how to have/be friends. Only kids can teach each other that.
They demystify special needs conditions for the kids.

Please contact Carmen or Wendy (info@seedsociety.ca)  if you would like to know more about friendship groups at your school.

7:45 Guest Speaker: Kathy Jenkins, Connor McMillan from the Cheakamus Centre (Outdoor School)

The name has changed but the mandate of the centre hasn't. 45 yrs supporting student learning through outdoor education.
Change to the name "Cheakamus Centre" from North Vancouver Outdoor School helps respect the heritage, helps people understand where it is, and makes it a resource available to a wider community, not just North Van schools.

Listel now provide the operational management with the District providing the educational expertise and resources. But It's still "Outdoor School"

Vision is to be a center of excellence for environmental learning, leadership and sustainability.

Mission is to create a hub for innovative authentic educational experiences to inspire learners to make informed, sustainable decisions through a deeper understanding and connection to the natural world.

Environmental education is best when infused across the curriculum rather than as a separate subject.

Lots to be done to teach teachers how best to teach outdoor and environmental learning. Cheakamus Centre is a way to gather this knowledge, test it and redistribute it.

50% of program used by SD44. Doing more to bring schools from other districts. District gets first choice of times.

Student counsellors are key to outdoor school success. Alumni Society helps fundraise and train new counsellors.

Developing single day and secondary school programming

Also, professional development, leadership and team-building efforts.

Funded through cost-recovery. NVSD subsidized by revenue from other districts and corporate efforts.

Counsellors are recruited from high schools grade 10 on.  Secondary School PACs could help promote volunteering.

The Centre would love to have parents help to promote the school.

“Please feel free to let your members know to contact me anytime if they have any questions at all about the Outdoor School, or if they are interested in getting more involved with the Cheakamus Centre.
For more information contact:  
CATHY JENKINS Project Manager
Cheakamus Centre • Brackendale BC

8:35 Treasurer Report: Homa Sorooshi
Healthy budget, $8000 surplus.
42 grants available for PACs .. Info on the website
Food Safe, Conference Fees, speakers
Only 2 schools have applied so far for 3 grants
20 schools have registered out of 33 for BCCPAC. Please register and we will reimburse

8:40 BCCPAC: Debra Dennehy
Can no longer pay directly for registration. We will still reimburse PACs that register.
Register by Dec 15 to vote at AGM

8:45 Registrar Report: Debra Dennehy
Please update your contact info if you have not done so already. 7 schools still outstanding.
Argyle, Mountainside, Boundary, Braemar, Cove Cliff.

8:50 NVPAC Parent Survey: Due to a technical difficulty the presentation was unable to be made. David Whitehead spoke briefly on the survey results instead and will present a fuller report at the January NVPAC meeting.

9:00 Speaker Discussion: Invited suggestions for potential speakers or topics for our NVPAC general meetings and possibly a district wide speaker event. Several attendees made good suggestions related to self-regulation.

Suggestions included: Dr Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr Gordon Neufeld; Colleen Drobot, Mark Landry, Sir Ken Robinson.

9:11 Motion to adjourn

Next Meeting:    General Meeting
Jan 28, 2015
7:00 pm
Education Services Centre,
2121 Lonsdale Avenue

Monday, November 24, 2014

November General Meeting Agenda

North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council

General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, 26 November, 2014

7:00 pm

Mountainview Room

5th floor - 2121 Lonsdale Avenue


1.   Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions        

2.   Approval of Minutes – 22 October 2014

3.   Guest Speakers:  Carmen Farrell and Wendy Holtan:

Friendship Groups

4.   Guest Speakers:  Cathy Jenkins and Conor McMullan:

Cheakamus Centre (North Vancouver Outdoor School)

5.   Treasurer’s Report:  Homa Sorooshi

6.   BCCPAC Liaison/Registrar’s Report:  Debra Dennehy

7.   NVPAC Survey Report:  Dave Whitehead

8.   Adjourn


Saturday, November 22, 2014

General Meeting Minutes - Oct, 22, 2014

NVPAC General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 22rd, 2014
7:00 pm Mountainview Room, ESC, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue

Chair:  Jane Lagden Holborne (Sutherland)
NVPAC Attendance: Jane Lagden Holborne, Karen Nordquist, Debra Dennehy, David Whitehead, Homa Sorooshi, Amanda Nichol, Debra Johnstone,
Attendance: 16
(DPAC Reps & PAC Chairs):
Guests:  Joanne Robertson - Director of Instruction and Kathleen Barter from NVSD
Schools Represented:  Argyle, Braemar, Brooksbank, Canyon Heights, Cleveland, Highlands, Lynn Valley, Montroyal, Queen Mary, Queensbury, Ridgeway, Seycove, Seymour Heights,  Sutherland, Upper Lynn

7:06 Meeting called to order

7:08 Introductions by all present

711: Approval of the minutes of the May 28th, general meeting
Motion to Approve the minutes: Birte Hunter - Seycove. Seconded by  Heather Skuse - Argyle.
All in favour - unanimous, motion carried

712: Treasurer's Report: Past treasurer  Joanna Woronchak  presented the 2013/14 treasurers report
Highlights include:
·         Only 19 of 33 schools submitted expense claims for BCCPAC membership
·         NVPAC spent $3600 on conferences vs $2000 budgeted due to higher than usual interest.
·         Many grants were allocated to schools but ended up unused by those schools, while preventing other schools from getting grants - proposed process changes should address this.
·         $8819 balance
·         Motion to Accept the report as presented: Amanda Nichol - Braemar. Seconded by Birte Hunter - Seycove.
All in favour - unanimous, motion carried and report accepted.

7:31 Homa Sorooshi, current treasurer presented the draft 2014/15 Budget (see budget document)
·         Goal is to provide more grants to schools
·         Support @$250 for 5 people to each attend the BCCPAC fall and spring conferences
·         Safety grants have been under utilized  and may be cut if unused
·         Food Safe certification now only lasts 5 years.
·         New rules restrict the initial allocation of grants to 2 grants per school on a first come, first served basis. Applications are now open. All allocated funds will only be held until mid-year, at which point unclaimed grants will be made available to all schools.

Motion to adopt budget as presented: Joanna Woronchak, seconded by Debra Dennehy - Sutherland.
All in favour - unanimous, motion carried and budget adopted.

7:50 Joanne Robertson - Director of Instruction and Kathleen Barter from NVSD presented a session on the new approach to student assessment currently being rolled out in North Vancouver School District.
·         The new focus is on "communicating student learning"  Vs. the current approach of reporting grades.
·         Last year the implementation of the handbook was focussed on training admin and teachers on the new approach. The new assessment processes and now in place and are being introduced to the parents starting this year and adopted in individual schools and classrooms.
·         Joanne asked what do parents remember of assessment in their schools?
·         Overall the feedback on the current system is that there is too much mystery about what was/is expected. Which creates anxiety and fear in the classroom. The new system wishes to avoid this.
·         New Focus is on helping  students understand how they are assessed on an ongoing basis, to help them self-assess and learn from the assessment.
o    What do students need to learn
o    How will teachers and students know they've done it
o    How would the kids know they have learned it
·         New Assessment Handbook is best viewed online. The handbook is to help teachers understand what the expectations are of them for doing assessment and communicate that with teachers, parents and students.

9:00 Deb Dennehy reported on BCCPAC items of interest
·         PACs, please send us you info on whether you have registered for BCCPAC. You must register by Nov 1 for us to pay for you.
·         Fall BCCPAC conference is Nov 21-23 in Nanaimo. Grants for conference fees available.

9:05 Other announcements - Jane  Lagden Holbourne
·         Family of schools assemblies - NVPAC is trying to get schools in different families of schools connected to work together and will take time in future meetings to enable better FOS connections.
·         NVPAC is planning an outreach to PACs to talk to PAC exec or at PAC meetings in order to better communicate with our member school PACs
·         NVPAC presentations , we would welcome speaker or topic suggestions  for our meetings
·         PAC Communication Guidelines now approved, please use them as the school administrators are now familiar with the published guidelines for parent / PAC communication
·         Next month - presentation on the outdoor school, reports from BCCPAC conference.

9:21 Motion to adjourn

Next Meeting:     General Meeting
Nov 26, 2014
7:00 pm
Education Services Centre,
2121 Lonsdale Avenue