Popcorn dates for October, November and December are:
Thursday October 5
Thursday November 16
Thursday December 7
If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Options for helping out are as follows:
popping shifts (7:30-9am, 9-11am) 1 person per shift per sale
sales/distribution/clean up (10:30-11) 2-3 people per sale
This is a really fun PAC job as we get to see the little smilers receiving a treat :)
Our school Terry Fox Run takes (took) place the afternoon of Friday, October 6
Donations to the Terry Fox Foundation can be made online by clicking on the following link: TERRY FOX DONATIONS.
Donors have two options:
Thank you for your support.
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 (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Popcorn will be for sale at $2 per bag if you did not pre-pay. Just send your child to school with $2 cash on the day of the sale.
Additional dates for the rest of the fall will be announced soon.
PAC 101 - DPAC Holding Session - Sept 28
Vancouver DPAC will be holding its regular general meeting - which is open to all parents - on Thursday September 28th. This meeting will focus on "PAC 101" with presenters Nathan Wilkes (past Chair) and Rob Peregoodoff (current Chair)
It will be held in room 180 at the Vancouver School Board offices (1580 West Broadway).
This is a great session if you have new PAC members, need a refresher for your Executive team, or need reinforcement on the roles and responsibilities of a PAC. All parents and guardians in the Vancouver school district are welcome.
PAN Asks Own Questions of VSB Trustee Candidates
There are 19 individuals who’ve put their names forward as candidates in the October 14th by-election for Board of Education. Some are running as independents, some with existing political parties. Some names are familiar, some are less known.
We believe citizens/voters of Vancouver, especially parents of school-aged children, should cast a vote in the by-election. We also believe voters should do their due diligence and get informed about all the candidates to make an informed choice; informed about both the candidates’ platforms and experience, but also important is who they are and how they plan to effect change.
We have asked all 19 candidates the same 6 questions and we will post their answers – which are due by October 1 – (or their lack of response) on our website by October 4th to help voters make an informed choice.
By-Election for VSB Trustees - 2 All Candidates Forum
The Vancouver by-election to elect a new 9-member Board of Education will be held October 14th. Advance voting will be held at City Hall on October 4th and 10th. We encourage all voters to get informed about the individuals running for Trustee positions for the Vancouver School Board.
The City of Vancouver has published information on all the 19 candidates who are running for the VSB Board. Additionally information on their education platforms can be found on the related links in their profiles.
Forum - Oct 2
The Institute for Public Education is hosting an all Candidates Forum on Monday October 2, 2017, from 7:30-9:30pm at the Trout Lake Community Center. in Vancouver. Candidates will be available for a question and answer session about their vision for the future of Vancouver schools.
Forum - Oct 3
Vancouver DPAC is holding an all Candidates Forum on Tuesday October 3, 2017, from 6:30-9:30pm at John Oliver Secondary School in Vancouver with Tracy Sherlock as moderator. This event is open to the public, but DPAC especially invites parents/guardians in the school district to attend. Admission is free.
Attn Special Needs Parents: BCCPAC Needs Your Input in Survey
The BCCPAC strongly believes that every child deserves access to a full day of education. Since the spring, they have been actively advocating regarding the problems faced by families of children with special needs who are unable to attend school full time. They are now conducting a parent survey to confirm how widespread this issue is across BC public schools. The survey will close on October 6, 2017 and we encourage you to add your information.
BCCPAC will be taking survey results directly to the Ministry of Education with the expectation that changes will be made to end discrimination against children with complex learning needs. Please forward this email and survey link to your PAC or DPAC members as well as other parents that would be interested in participating in the survey.
Questions for Parents re Back-2-School
PAN will be once again (our 3rd time)presenting to the Select Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services in October 6th. In preparation for this presentation and to help us better understand exactly where the issues are with insufficient funding and/or the unintended effects of the implementation of the Supreme Court of Canada ruling regarding class size and composition, we are asking for your input from the front lines.
As parents, you know and see where the deficiencies are, where things are not as they should be. We have a brief survey we are asking parents to complete - we would really appreciate your help in gathering this data.
Please share the survey within your parent networks.
PAN Requests Gov't Action to Attract Teachers for SCC Implementation
Today we sent a letter to the Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, Scott MacDonald, Deputy Minister of Education and Dave Duerkson, Executive Director, Legislation, Policy & Governance Branch asking for the government to take more action to help attract and retain teachers and remove some of the impediments for hiring. Read our letter.
BCCPAC Issues Statement on Provincial Budget
The provincial budget was released September 11th. The BCCPAC released its statement indicating that "the budget update good start but more needs to be done for public education in BC". They have strong concerns about effect of TOC shortages on students. Read the full release: http://mailchi.mp/bccpac/bccpac-media-release-budget-update-is-a-good-first-step-but-more-needs-to-be-done-parents-voice-concerns-about-effect-of-toc-shortages-on-students
For more information on the Parent Advisory Network visit:
Web - www.panvancouver.ca
Facebook - www.facebook.com/panvancouver
Twitter - PAN Vancouver@PAN_Vancouver
Thank you to everyone who took care of the garden this summer. Your help is very appreciated!
I'll be in the garden on Friday, Sept 22nd (this is a Pro-D) and Sept 29th from 3-4:30 to weed, prune and move a bit of mulch.
I'd love your help!
Everyone is welcome to join in (parents, teachers, and students). Parents, please join your kids or have another parent come with them.
Class reps are a valuable connection between classroom teachers and parents, especially those parents that aren't able to drop off or pick up their kids in person.
The role will depend on the individual teacher, but can include collecting an email list of parents in your class, forwarding the occasional PAC email, sharing classroom specific info, assisting the teacher in coordinating and communicating classroom activities.
If you are interested in being a class rep this year, please email email@example.com
Classrooms Open 5:00pm - 5:30pm
BBQ 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Visit your child(ren)s classroom, then connect with fellow families over a BBQ.
Order forms will be sent home September 11th.
Please return order forms and payment (cash or cheque) by Monday, September 18th.
Please make cheques out to "David Livingstone PAC"
All orders must be made in advance so we can purchase what we need and avoid waste.
Please sign up HERE if you can help.
The smell of popcorn will soon be filling the school hallways. This year, the David Livingstone PAC is selling popcorn cards at a cost of fifteen dollars ($15) per card. Each card will give your child 10 bags of popcorn throughout the school year.
Purchasing the cards will be managed exclusively on the Munch-a-Lunch site again this year, so convenient, hooray! Once you've paid for popcorn on the site, your popcorn worries are over, we'll take it from there.
To order, go to www.munchalunch.com/schools/livingstone/
If you have any trouble, ordering info and more details can be found here.
The deadline to order is September 21st and can be made at the same time as your Fun Lunch order !
Popcorn will be for sale at $2 per bag if you choose not to purchase the card in September. Just send your child to school with $2 cash on the day of the sale which will be announced via email, online and through class reps. (Remember that buying a card means you save money AND we can predict volume a little easier.)
Thanks for your support.
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