Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Updated Agenda for NVPAC General Meeting, Wednesday 23 April, 2014


North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council

General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Mountainview Room

5th floor - 2121 Lonsdale Avenue


1.   Call to Order, Welcome and Introductions     
2.   Jane Thornthwaite, MLA – North Vancouver- Seymour

-      update on the ERASE bullying strategy
3.   Approval of Minutes – 26 February, 2014
4.   Treasurer’s Report – Joanna Woronchak
5.   BCCPAC Annual General Meeting – Debra Dennehy
-      resolutions

-      voting and proxies at the AGM

6.   Student Information System Advisory Group Report – Karen Nordquist
7.   Safe Routes Advocates – Jeneen Sutherland and Carol Sartor

8.   Adjourn

 Parking available in the underground garage - entrance off 21st Street.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lynn Valley Community Association Speaker Series

Lynn Valley Community Association Speaker Series

The Plans for Argyle School:
Thursday April 17
7 pm Lynn Valley Rec Centre

Our first speaker series of the year features a presentation on the plans for the redevelopment of Argyle School, followed by a Question and Answer session.

Join MLA Jane Thornthwaite, Superintendent of Schools John Lewis, School Trustees Franci Stratton and Lisa Bayne, Councillor Robin Hicks and MP Andrew Saxton at this informative evening.

Everyone welcome!

www.lvca.ca info@lvca.ca

Monday, April 7, 2014

Finance and Facilities Standing Committee Meeting - Tuesday 8th April 2014

For your information:
The April 8, 2014 Finance & Facilities Standing Committee meeting will be the third of three meetings that will provide information and opportunity for discussion regarding the development of the 2014/15 Operating Budget.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
North Vancouver School District
Education Services Centre
2121 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver BC
v  Pedestrian Access: Main entrance at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue (west side), proceed by elevator to 5th Floor
v  Vehicle Access: Parkade entrance off West 21st Street and Lonsdale Avenue, Parking Level 1 and proceed by elevator to 5th Floor

Friday, April 4, 2014

NVPAC's April General Meeting

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Mountain View Room – 5th Floor
Education Services Centre
2121 Lonsdale Avenue

Free parking is available in the underground garage; enter from 21st Street.
Proceed via elevator to the 5th floor.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NVPAC invites
North Vancouver parents and youth
(grades 7-12) to


featuring Tad Milmine

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Queen Mary Elementary Gymnasium
230 Keith Road West, North Vancouver
7:00 pm

Bullying Ends Here empowers youth and parents to break the cycle of bullying through acceptance, tolerance, and understanding.

Tad Milmine, a Surrey RCMP officer, began speaking to youth after he was inspired by the tragic story of Jamie Hubley, an Ottawa teen who committed suicide after being bullied for years.

“I inspire youth to make this world what they want it to be.  I inspire them to be better, to help and to make a real positive change in this world.  I want them to be the very best that they can be.”

Please RSVP at
An RSVP is preferred but walk ins are welcome (seating is limited).

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Advocating for your Child Workshop Report

Advocating for your Child Workshop 

Objective:  Provide a broad overview to parents as to how and when to advocate for their child.  
·         Overview suitable for all type of needs ranging from minor to serious.  (eg my kid is getting too much homework all the way to we need more support for my child special needs)
·         Teach parents basic etiquette and protocols
·         Help parent know where to look for more detailed resources
·         Provide practical advice on how to deal with specific challenges raised by attending parents.
·         Help parents understand that advocacy is better when proactive and positive
·         Help parents broaden their perspective on how to approach challenges.
Panel Composition

·         High School Administrator: Adam Bauman  abaumann@sd44.ca
·         High School Counsellor:  Katherine Sigurdsson   ksigurdsson@sd44.ca 
·         High School Teacher: Terry Mitruk  tmitruk@sd44.ca
·         Elementary school Administrator: Rick Chan   rchan@sd44.ca
·         Elementary School Teacher: Lori Kennedy
·         Student Leader: Sara MacIntosh
·         Wise Parent 1: Cindy Gerlach   cgerlach@sd44.ca

Four key elements of advocacy

1)      Goal
·         Before you start to address a problem decide what you think should be the outcome:  A change, an apology, restitution, justice, revenge…
·         Define the desired outcome as clearly as possible:  What do you want to happen.  How will you know when it has?
2) Information
·         Having adequate information is a basic requirement of becoming an active participant in the system
·         Learn everything you can and become an empowered participant in the system.
3) Voice
·         With information, support and resources, people are their own best advocates.
·         To really have a voice, people need the opportunity to say it “their way” to someone who really listens and can do something about it.
4) Inclusion
·         When everyone who “cares” or “should care” has a voice, better decisions will be made.
·         Inclusion is not just about inviting people to the table –it is about genuinely welcoming and considering their point of view.
·         Effective advocacy can only happen in a climate of mutual respect. Act respectfully in all of our relationships with participants in the advocacy process.

Key Resources:

BCCPAC Advocacy Pamphlet
·         An outline of parents’ and students’ rights and responsibilities.
·         A guide to working through a problem.
·         An approach for dealing with parents’ fears.
·         Information about bullying/harassment.
·         Tools to help parents stay on track.
·         Information about the public school system.
·         Places to look for more help.

BCCPAC Individual Education Plans  A Guide for Parents
·         Collaboration—What Does It Look Like? 3
·         Sample IEP Goal Showing Collaboration 4
·         Understanding Learning 6
·         Our Child’s Learning Style
·         More

BCCPAC Guide Supporting Student Success
·         How to help your kids yourself and how to play on the greater team

Parent Support Services Society of BC:  Steps to Effective Advocacy
·         General guide on how to advocate effectively

North Vancouver School District ( NVSD) : Inclusive Education Website
·         Links to all sort of services  1st stop when looking for help

NVSD Policy 211: Special Education Services and Programs
·         Specific practices and services available in North Vancouver

NVSD Policies on Child health welfare
·         Specific policies and links to additional resources for different challenges ( eg abuse, bullying, medication)

NVSD Policy 406: Complaints Concerning Personnel, Programs or Procedures
·         Procedures for dealing  with complaints

NVSD Advocacy efforts
·         Examples of how the school board has addressed advocacy on behalf of your students

Ministry of education:  Awareness of Students with Diverse Learning Needs,  What the Teacher Needs to Know, Volume 1
·         Information intended to assist classroom teachers in understanding the implications for classroom instruction and management of a number of diverse learning needs. Each section includes a definition, recognition signs, classroom strategies and contacts for more information.
·         Lot of  links to support organizations

Ministry of Education:  Special Education Services:  A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
·         Provincial policies: Help understand constrain in school system
·         Links to supports

Ministry of Education: The BC Safe Schools Strategy
·         Resources on social responsibility and bullying avoidance

Ministry of education Dispute resolution Process
·         Instructions for escalation of issues to province

Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Meeting

NVPAC’s February General Meeting will be devoted to a panel session with the topic “Advocating for your Child”.  The objective is to provide a broad overview to parents as to how and when to advocate for their child.

NVPAC Program Facilitator Mike Sexsmith will present a short introduction to advocacy and an overview of existing supports, including organizations and on-line materials.

The main portion of the evening will feature a question and answer session with a panel of experts representing several key perspectives, including the following:

-          an educational services expert from the school district
-          a secondary school administrator
-          a secondary school counsellor
-          a secondary school teacher
-          an elementary school administrator
-          an elementary school teacher
-          a wise parent

Meeting attendees will be able to submit questions anonymously, and each question will be answered by at least two panel members.

Please forward this message to your parent communities, and plan to join us for this informative event:

7:00 pm - Wednesday, 26th February, 2014
Mountain View Room – 5th Floor
Education Services Centre
2121 Lonsdale Avenue

Free parking is available in the underground garage; enter from 21st Street.  Proceed via elevator to the 5th floor.