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:
 
FINANCE & FACILITIES STANDING COMMITTEE (PUBLIC)
 
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
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW ROOM
 
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

“BULLYING ENDS HERE”

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
http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/speaking
·         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
http://bccpac.bc.ca/sites/default/files/resources/individual_education_plan_guide2010.pdf
·         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
http://bccpac.bc.ca/sites/default/files/supporting_student_success.pdf
·         How to help your kids yourself and how to play on the greater team

Parent Support Services Society of BC:  Steps to Effective Advocacy
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/378541/advocacy_guide.pdf
·         General guide on how to advocate effectively
               


North Vancouver School District ( NVSD) : Inclusive Education Website
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/ProgramsServices/InclusiveEducation/Pages/default.aspx
·         Links to all sort of services  1st stop when looking for help

NVSD Policy 211: Special Education Services and Programs
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/Board/PoliciesProcedures/Series200/Policy211/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/ProgramsServices/InclusiveEducation/Documents/InclusiveEducation44Handbook.pdf
·         Specific practices and services available in North Vancouver

NVSD Policies on Child health welfare
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/Board/PoliciesProcedures/Series300/Pages/default.aspx
·         Specific policies and links to additional resources for different challenges ( eg abuse, bullying, medication)

NVSD Policy 406: Complaints Concerning Personnel, Programs or Procedures
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/Board/PoliciesProcedures/Series400/Policy406/Pages/default.aspx
·         Procedures for dealing  with complaints

NVSD Advocacy efforts
http://www.nvsd44.bc.ca/Board/Advocacy/Pages/default.aspx
·         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
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/awareness/5.htm
·         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
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/ppandg.htm
·         Provincial policies: Help understand constrain in school system
·         Links to supports

Ministry of Education: The BC Safe Schools Strategy
 http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sco/
·         Resources on social responsibility and bullying avoidance

Ministry of education Dispute resolution Process
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=9455A1DB98FE4DACBD5813668E253D06&title=Student%20Disputes%20and%20Appeals
·         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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Meeting Minutes: Jan 22. 2013 General Meeting (draft)

NVPAC General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2013
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, Joanna Woronchak, Mike Sexsmith, Amanda Nichol
Regrets: Deborah Johnstone, Alex Best,
Attendance: 18
(DPAC Reps & PAC Chairs): 14
Guests: 
Schools Represented:  Blueridge, Braemar, Brooksbank, Canyon Heights, Cleveland, Handsworth, Larson, Mont Royal, Queensbury, Ross Road, Seycove, Seymour Heights, Sutherland

1.   Welcome & Introductions:  Jane Lagden Holborne called the meeting to order at 7:08pm

2.   Approval of Minutes: Debra Dennehy (Queensbury), Seconded by Amanda Nichol (Braemar), moved that the minutes of the Oct 2013 General Meeting minutes be accepted as written.  All in favour; carried.

3.   Upcoming Parent Involvement Opportunities
Jane listed a number of events of interest to parents that the district is hosting in the near futur including the Feb 4, March 11 Finance and Facilities meetings, budget discussions, and the calendar survey

4.   PAC registration Update: Debra Dennehy reported that we now have contact info for all 32 schools. Please keep this information up to date. May 29th BCCPAC spring conference (new date). Proposed resolutions deadline recommended to be circulated by Jan 30th to be able to be circulated for discussion beforehand.

5.   Treasurers Report:  Joanna Woronchak:
$115 left in gaming account. $6000 in other accounts. FOS grants for Handsworth, Windsor and Sutherland? BCCPAC  we only have 14 receipts for reimbursement so far. All speaker and spring conference grants are now allocated. PACs, should please submit their receipts so we can reimburse them.
Discussion of how to manage requests so early movers don’t end up consuming the entire budget. Options disussed: Limit # of grants to 1 per school until a certain date.  Possibly more justification. Consideration of need. Bottom of list following year.
6.   School Calendar Steering Group Report: Karen Nordquist
3 Options under consideration
·         No longer a provincial standard
·         Starting to experiment this year with addition of collaboration time
·         No consensus within the meeting
·         Option A – combines spring break and Easter. Adds 10 minutes a day to the calendar because of the teacher contract. Inconsistency between school districts is an issue, especially for teachers with kids in other districts
·         Option B – goes with the 1 week holiday
·         Option D – closer to the Vancouver, WV, etc otherwise but means Easter and Spring Break separate. Teachers prefer D
·         30 day comment period starting soon, will be announced via school connects.
·         Teachers really find value in the collaboration time.

7.   Parent Services Role for School PACs: Mel Montgomery
Mel Montgomery discussed her experience as a “parent services” representative for Cleveland PAC. As an example of best practice in engaging with parents.
Next month’s event will be on best practices for advocating for your child at the school
       Creating more inviting PACs
       Welcome to Cleveland program –
       Getting volunteers is hard, always the same people
       Why would someone volunteer? For every action there is a reaction. Most correspondence is general – the school as a whole – needs to be more 1 on 1 interaction to make it personal and done on an ongoing basis
       Starts with the kindergarten tour, introduce the people on the PAC and how parents are involved, all the activities, show the parent pride in the school and the parent engagement.
       Participate in the tour to offer information on the schools in the tour.
       Start the contact there and keep the contact going. Invite people to contact you individually.
       Kindergarten orientation
       Meet the parents, introduce them to each other, get their contacts, start the conversation, build the community.
       Give them more information than they need from the start, all the practical things they need to know to orient themselves to the new school. Provide the information over the summer.
       Demonstrate the relationship with the administration
       Summer Socials – at the school playground with the kids
       Get to know the parents, get them to know each before school starts/
       Give them the parking info before they first show up – where can they park!
       Setup the walking school bus
       3rd session to introduce the school and Where to go on the first day of school ahead of time and how to navigate the school. Good time to hit them with the volunteering, especially in the classroom.
       Kindergarten is for learning about the volunteering opportunities not the year to hit them with the main volunteer roles.
       Same thing for new families
       Become a trusted representative for them in the school.
       They become unable to be anonymous on the playground and very willing to volunteer.

8.   Draft Parent Services Handbook – Mike Sexsmith
30 minute session to identify best practices for PACs to raise parent engagement.

9.   Meeting adjourned at 9.28 pm.
Next Meeting:     February 22, 2014
7:00 pm
Education Services Centre,

2121 Lonsdale Avenue