January 2014 Minutes

2014-01-27 DPAC General Meeting Minutes

 

D.P.A.C. MEETING NOTES

Schou Education Centre
4041 Canada Way
Burnaby, B.C.
DATE: January 27, 2014
TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Schools Attending:

Brentwood North: Alpha, Confederation Park, Gilmore, Lochdale, Montecito, Sperling
Cariboo Lougheed: Burnaby Mountain, Cameron, Forest Grove, Lyndhurst, Stoney Creek, University Highlands, Twelfth Avenue
Central West: Burnaby Central, Buckingham, Lakeview, Moscrop, Cascade Heights, Inman, Marlborough
Kingsway South: Burnaby South, Nelson, Suncrest, Byrne Creek, Edmonds, Taylor Park

District Staff:

Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools; Gina Niccoli-Moen, Deputy Superintendent; Roberto Bombelli, Assistant Superintendent.

Board of Education Trustees and Their Zones:

Larry Hayes (Cariboo Lougheed); Harman Pandher (Central West); Baljinder Narang, (Kingsway South); Meiling Chia (Kingsway South).

DPAC Executive: 

Katherine Robertson, Chair (Central West); Romy Bacchioni, Member at Large (Kingsway South ); Dave Dye, Member at Large (Cariboo Lougheed); Herman Louie, Member at Large (Central West); Kristin Schnider, Secretary (Cariboo Lougheed); Jocelyn Schonekess, Treasurer (Brentwood North).

Regrets: Jen Mezei, Past and Vice Chair (Cariboo Lougheed); Gjoa Andrichuk, Secretary (Central West).

1. Welcome and Introductions

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm and introduced the District Staff, Trustees and DPAC Executive members present.

2. School Calendar – Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Kaardal advised that the District is soliciting input from DPAC on the drafted framework before they set the calendar process for this year and post any future calendars in the next few weeks. The current process for the 2014 spring break was derived through consultation process that took place last year. During that engagement, staff promised to work with community to
support childcare programs and services during the two-week break to offset some parent community concerns regarding childcare spaces, etc. during the additional week of spring break.

Gina Niccoli-Moen further provided that the District is currently working with childcare providers that offer spaces within the School District to determine which facilities will be open and have additional spaces for students during spring break. Once the list of providers is completed it will be posted on the District website. The District is also working with Burnaby Parks and Rec in offering additional programming throughout the two weeks in Community Centres. The District is also looking at possibility of opening one of the District’s community schools and teaming with the City of Burnaby and More Sports to offer day camps. Additional information on programs will be posted by the website as soon as it’s available.

Superintendent Kaardal then acknowledged that another provision of the current calendar pilot was a commitment from staff to conduct a review in April after the first two-week spring break so that adjustments could be made for subsequent spring breaks. Last year, following the consultation process, staff were unable to recommend the second year of the pilot two-week calendar to the Board due to lack of consensus within Metro Vancouver Districts on the alignment of dates. Consequently, the Ministry deadline to submit next year’s school calendar is March 31, which comes before the conclusion of this year’s spring break. This makes an April review problematic as 2015 dates will have already been submitted. Kevin then affirmed that the District can do the review regardless, and if there’s a recommendation that the Board has already accepted for the 2014-2015 school year (and potentially beyond) the District can then reassess and either affirm that decision or reopen the calendar consultation process for 2014-2015 school year based on the results of that review.

Last year there were two primary reasons for the two-week spring break: (1) cost pressures and the budget savings resulting from the two-week spring break, and (2) alignment with Metro Schools Districts, which assists with recruitment and retention of staff. This year, the District determined that a one-year cycle with uncertainty afterward makes it challenging for community partners to set business plans and service plans (e.g. childcare and additional programming during
spring break). A three-year plan is more conducive for their needs and also fits the District’s budget cycle, creating some stability in understanding savings based on cost pressures, including negotiated salary increases, infrastructure, etc.

Process for 2014-2015 school calendar:

  • February 1 – post proposed calendar to District’s website (3-year calendar to be proposed)
  • Conduct a survey February 11 to 28 via DPAC and PAC listserves
  • A date is still to be confirmed for an open community discussion, like the one conducted last year
  • March 11 – recommendation to the Board on a three-year calendar
  • Calendar review to take place April 22 – May 3, which the provision to reopen the discussion for following year if results warrant
  • Affirm Board decision or plan for new 2014-2015 calendar

Superintendent Kaardal then reviewed the tentative three-year calendar, noting that 7 of 10 Metro Vancouver districts will have aligned dates in 2014-2015 and in 2015-2016 all districts will be aligned. For the 2014-2015 year, spring break is tentatively scheduled for March 9-20.
For the 2015-2016 year, spring break is tentatively scheduled for March 14-25, which includes Good Friday. So an additional school closure day is proposed for Feb 5.

A parent then asked about the additional closure day noticed in November ’14. Superintendent Kaardal acknowledged that there may be an additional closure day in the 2014-2015 year for the purposes of alignment with the other Metro Districts, who included it to allow for a long weekend in conjunction with Remembrance Day.

Another parent then asked why the 2014-2015 spring break occurred a week earlier than in the following year. Superintendent Kaardal answered that it was a matter of alignment with other Metro Districts.

Superintendent Kaardal noted that they have not included any PRO-D days in the proposed calendar yet. These dates will be provided in the finalized calendars. A parent then asked if there was any intention to align PRO-D days with other districts. Kevin answered that is not a priority. Instead the aim is for internal alignment of at least 4 days to allow for staff development opportunities within families of schools in zones. 

Table discussions were then conducted and DPAC reps provided feedback on the previous consultation process as well as concerns/questions for moving forward with the proposed three-year proposal.

3. District Programs in Burnaby – Gina Niccoli-Moen

Gina Niccoli summarized the January parent information sessions on District Programs:

• Jan. 15- a parent information session was held on multi-age cluster class (MAC) program, which will be offered next September at Capitol Hill for grades 4-5 and 6-7. Session was well attended, and the Power-Point presentation from that session is available on the District website. Application deadline is Feb. 19.

• Jan. 16 – information session was held on the French Immersion program. The registration process for all District language programs begins Feb. 1-28. Applications are available online.

• Jan. 23 – information session was held on the Mandarin Language program. The program is now in its fifth year at Forest Grove. The program continues to have strong enrolment. The presentation from that session is also available on the District website.

• Jan. 29 – information session on the AP Capstone program at Schou. Presentation materials will be available on the District website following the session. The program is for students going into grades 11 and 12 in the 2014-2015 school year.

Questions on District Programs can be directed to Wanda Mitchell or Ron Hall at the Burnaby District School Office.

Career Night also took place at Burnaby Central regarding the ACE-IT and apprenticeship programs. The event was well attended by parents and staff. Program and registration information is available on the District website. Questions on the ACE-IT program can be directed to Donna Scott at the School District Office.

4. Digital Literacy and Citizenship – Roberto Bombelli, Assistant Superintendent

Roberto provided detail around the preliminary discussion and planning around digital literacy: the District Learning Tech Team and the Burnaby Online Team have come together to discuss how Burnaby can work with kids and parents around digital literacy and citizenship. This discussion is tied to improvements to the network. These plans are still in a draft form. By June the District anticipates having a more solidified plan for implementation next fall.

First stage of the planning looked at the definition of digital literacy (DL) and digital
citizenship (DC) to create a common vernacular:

  • DL – being able to use technology in the work kids are doing both at school and at home
  • DC – demonstrating appropriate behaviours and responsibility when using technology

The team aims to engage kids using technology. The team acknowledged that there is a bridge between what students do at home and what they do at school, and more importantly that kids are already using technology on their own.

Plan goals include:

  • Have parents and students sign and understand the District Network Acceptable Use Policy
  • Have staff and parents understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting this with kids
  • Engage students in understanding DC through meaningful activities at home and at school
  • Provide cross-curricular units and lessons to address DL
  • Provide access to these resources both at school and online

Core topics that will be included in DL and DC education materials:

  • Safety
  • Information Literacy
  • Self Image and Identity
  • Cyberbullying
  • Creative Credit and Copyright
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Privacy and Security
  • Digital Footprint

Proposed implementation strategies will be broken into two sections: one for K-6 and one for 7-12. The rationale for this breakdown is that there is a real shift in how kids use technology when they get to grade 7 versus earlier school years. In addition the resources tend to be different for one group versus the other.

For the 7-12 section, the team is looking at developing an interactive course in partnership with SFU. The District is also in consultation with Jesse Miller to look at various resources to address social media safety with kids. The online courses will begin in grade 7 through Burnaby Online and will involve modular pieces that can be exchanged or adapted to new and merging media technologies. Credit will be granted for completed courses.

The team is also developing a layout for the scope and sequence so that materials aren’t repeated year after year. This will allow for a much more intentional delivery of DL and DC.

The plans for DL and DC involve a partnership with Microsoft and the use of Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft has agreed to provide a user account for all students free of charge. The user accounts will provide students with an email address and cloud storage on Microsoft servers. However, the plan is not to give email addresses to students. Each student will first have to understand online
safety and parental consent will be required.

Another component of the DL and DC plan is to incorporate parent and community involvement, such as school websites, newsletters, etc.

Following a table talk session, Roberto call questions on the proposed plans for DL and DC:

Question: When will cloud storage be implemented for students (via Microsoft Office 365)?
Roberto answered the while the infrastructure will be ready in the next few weeks, implementation will not begin until at least September so that the deployment can coincide with the delivery of the DL and DC education.

Question: Where are the Microsoft servers located?
Roberto confirmed that Microsoft’s servers are in the States, which does involve some other issues. As a result, staff will not be permitted use the software due to privacy issues.

Question: Does the current network upgrade in involve a bandwidth expansion?
Roberto answered that the upgrade has entailed a number of different infrastructure upgrades, including new switches, the Provincial Learning Network (PLNet) in partnership with TELUS. That said, some of the schools are already have the existing bandwidth required whereas some schools will also receive this upgrade.

Question: Will students be able to work on the online courses during school hours?
Roberto answered that time will be allotted during school hours in grade 7 for students to work on course materials with school equipment. This should address any concerns on students with limited or no access to the internet at home. Some thought has also been given to using some of the study time available to high school students to facilitate online instruction/learning.

Roberto concluded, noting that the District will continue to provide DPAC with information as it develops.

5. Chair Report

Katherine was pleased to report that there are several parent education events ongoing throughout the District. In part this is due to a number of schools taking advantages of the DPAC grant for parent education. Katherine then quickly reviewed the grant guidelines and procedures and reminded parents that further details are available on the Burnaby DPAC website. A number of the parent education events are also the result of PACs finding free speakers and opening attendance up to other Burnaby School District parents. Katherine then reviewed some upcoming events for parents, including:

  • F.O.R.C.E. Society webinar on parenting and ADHD at Byrne Creek from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on January 28
  • “Balancing Our Minds: Tools for Youth Wellness” – A free one-day workshop for high school students, organized by BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 11 at Rogers Arena. For further details, please visit: http://canucks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=95567
  • “Rethinking Dyslexia” – movie night for parents and teachers regarding dyslexic learning styles from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on February 13 at Heritage Woods Secondary in Port Moody (1300 David Ave). Advance registration required. Admission: $3 for one person, $5 for two. For further details, please visit: http://www.nwdpac.ca/?author=21
  • “The Gift of Dyslexia” – free information talk by Sue Hall who will explain the cause of a multitude of so-called learning disabilities for teens and adults, the dynamics and the solution from 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm on February 11 at McGill Library (4595 Albert St). For further details, please visit: http://www.burnabynow.com/events#/?i=1

 

6. Correspondence/Committee Reports

DTAC – DPAC representative at last meeting was Herman Louie
DTAC received several questions from parents, which were addressed at the last meeting. Herman then summarized the answers for these questions received:

• WIFI in schools – some new articles were sent to DTAC regarding WIFI in schools. The District will review these articles and add them to the District’s report, which is available online.

• Technology upgrades – upgrades in all elementary schools were supposed to be implemented by January. However, there have been some delays as a result of hardware issues with certain suppliers. Implementation in elementary schools is now expected to take place by spring break.

• FSAs – questions were raised with regard to computers that had been moved around to facilitate the FSAs. When these machines moved and rebooted, the initial log–on took considerably longer than expected. However, subsequent logons did not experience the same delays.

• iPads – PACs forwarded questions to DTAC and what the District provides for iPads. DTAC answered that they are decentralizing, allowing schools to control some of those accounts. Therefore some of the software at individual schools are being shared through those iTunes accounts. Parents were also asking for technical recommendations on approved applications for personal iPads. However, there are no District approved applications. DTAC suggests that parents
speak to the school’s administration on what aps are used within the child’s school to seek guidance. Of note, the District Learning Tech Team also has blog that goes out to teachers. Part of the blog reviewed applicable aps and good aps available for classroom use. There is no District recommendation per se, but this blog information is made available to teachers and administrators.

Metro DPAC Dinner last Thursday – Attended by Katherine Robertson and Dave Dye
Dave reported that the discussion was on Parent engagement discussed. They Metro DPACs also discussed best practices for engaging different cultural communities within schools and soliciting their involvement. Going forward the DPACs will continue to share best practices in these areas:
One school seeks contact information from all kindergarten parents during intake interviews, but instead of assigning responsibilities to these parents, they wait until the following year to seek their support. During the kindergarten year, these parents are provided with information on programs in the school and activities of the PAC so that they have a good understanding of what roles they can take on in subsequent years.

Burnaby DPAC is also working on way to engage ELL parents in DPAC and the schools. DPAC encourages any PACs that have had success in this area to share their strategies with DPAC and other schools.

Youth and Community Services – Jocelyn Schonekess advised that there have been no committee meetings since the fall. The next meeting is scheduled for early February.

7. Show and Tell

Lochdale Elementary – Hosting a parent education evening on February 11, 2014 at 6pm
Anti-Bullying: A Parent’s Guide by Sue Dorey. Advance registration is required via EventBrite. Childcare is also available.

Gilmore Elementary – hosting a free parent education evening on social media awareness with Jesse Miller on January 30th 6:30 to 8:30 pm (geared to elementary students) RSVP to gccpacsd41@gmail.com

Gilmore Elementary – hosting an anti-bullying seminar on February 18th at 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Kitchener Elementary – hosting “Literacy Strategies & Resources for your Child” with Teacher-Librarian Patricia Finlay on January 27 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Alpha Secondary – hosting an open house for incoming grade 8 parents and students as well as students and parents interested in AP programs for grades 9-12 on January 29 at 6:30 pm

Burnaby Mountain – hosting a free parent on social media awareness with Jesse Miller on March 4 (geared to high school students). Advance registration is required through EventBrite. Link will be posted to DPAC website shortly

DPAC – as discussed last May, DPAC has purchased the Emergency Preparedness materials from the North Van. School District. The materials have come on CDs, which are only to be used internally by Burnaby School District’s PACs and the materials cannot be posted online. PACs requesting the
information can contact the executive and a copy of the materials will be provided.

Forest Grove – hosting an information evening on social media with different speakers. Seating is limited. Further details to follow. Forest Grove is also organizing Chinese New Year celebrations to take place Jan. 31 at the school, show-casing the students in the Mandarin Immersion program.
Forest Grove has been approved for District funding to construct a labyrinth, which will be installed this April. Forest Grove will be hosting their first emergency mock drill with parents and students in April (including parents signing out students).

Stoney Creek – selling tickets to a Vancouver Giants game on Feb. 16 against Kamloops to raise funds for the school. Tickets are $16 each and are available through the school’s community office. Orders and payments must be received by Feb. 5.

8. New Business/Q & A

Question: Problems with School Heating During Weekend Activities
A parent from Alpha advised that she is a volunteer with Canadian Blood Services, who hold blood clinics in the school every 8 weeks on weekends. However, the past two blood clinics have been hindered by the lack of heat in the cafeteria. She asked who she needs to contact to ensure that the heat is turned on earlier as the school’s custodian has no control over this matter. Superintendent Kaardal advised the parent to outline the issues in an email and send them to him and Greg Frank at the School District Office.

Question: Training for Head Lice Screening Volunteers
A parent advised that the school is forming a volunteer head lice screening committee. He asked where other schools seek the training for these volunteers. Katherine advised that at her school it is parents training parents. Dave added that this training is not provided through the Public Health Unit and they’re not able to assist. However, the Fraser Health Authority website has some training materials available on their website to assist parents.

Question: Future of Letter Grades in Burnaby
A parent asked if the Burnaby School District is considering dropping letter grades. Superintendent Kaardal answered that at some point, yes; it is on the radar. The Ministry is currently considering other options to communicate learning to parents. As a District, no strategy has yet been adopted. However, before doing so there will be consultation with the BTA and parents. Presently there is a joint conversation underway with the teachers’ union, but there will be no practice changes this year.

Question: Implementation of New Curriculum
A parent asked if there was any update on the implementation of the new curriculum. Superintendent Kaardal answered that they are still taking input at this point with set determined end date. However, he anticipates that this process will continue into the next school year. He added that he will provide DPAC with any timelines if received.

Question: Metro Vancouver School District Merger
A parent referenced recent media attention on the possibility of merger of New West, Coquitlam and Burnaby school districts and asked if there was any potential for such a merger. Superintendent Kaardal answered that the media story was based largely on a few comments made by parents, which new spun to create media hype. Currently there is no position or thought on such a concept by either Burnaby or the Ministry.

Question: District’s Non-Renewal of the Movie Screening License
A parent asked about the District’s recent decision to allow their movie screening license to lapse with ACF. She asked why the decision had been made as it has significant financial impacts on PACs’ abilities to organize family movie nights at schools. Superintendent Kaardal answered that license formerly held was based on the intention of both the licensee and the licenser that it would be used for
classroom use or free use. It was not intended to be used for fundraisers, which has often been the case when used by PACs (either for admission or concession revenues). If used for the movie screening as a fundraiser, there is a cost associated, which will now be incumbent upon PACs to fund. Kevin Kaardal suggested that District staff could provide further details at the next DPAC meeting.

Based on information from ACF website, all licensing options allow for the unlimited presentation of commercially available movies from the studios they represent … Movies can be obtained from any legal source. This means, you do not have to rent or buy the movies through ACF.

ACF offers three pricing options for licenses:

  • Option A (12 Month License) involves a fee of $0.75 cents per student, with a minimum charge of $350 + taxes. This option includes one complimentary pre-release movie rental during the term of the license.
  • Option B (12 Month License) involves a fee of $0.95 cents per student, with a minimum charge of $650 + taxes. This option includes three complimentary pre-release movie rentals during the term of the license.
  • Option C (12 Month License) involves a fee of $1.30 cents per student, with a minimum charge of $1,050 + taxes. This option includes unlimited rentals of any pre-release movie rental during the term of the license.

Question: BC Supreme Court Decision Regarding Class Size and Composition
A parent asked when the changes will take effect with respect court’s order to return class sizes and composition to the 2002 limits. Superintendent Kaardal answered that the court’s ruling determined that the Province’s legislation was no longer in effect. However, school districts are waiting on the responses for the lawyers for both parties. He added we’ll need to wait and see what happens between the Government, the BCTF and teachers. The implications of this decision could take months or years.

With the recognition that class sizes have been kept relatively low in Burnaby, a parent then asked what impact of the ruling would have in Burnaby. Superintendent Kaardal answered that if the ruling is upheld there may be challenges in terms of class composition in the Burnaby school district.

9. Next Meeting – Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7 PM

10. Meeting Adjourned
The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00 PM and thanked everyone for attending.

 

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR:

  • Connect! – www.burnabydpac.com – email your events to be published.
  • Communicate! – Email info@burnabydpac.com or chair@burnabydpac.com
  • Follow us on Facebook: Burnaby District Parent Advisory Council
  • Follow us on Twitter: Burnaby DPAC
  • Please bring your coffee mug or water cup.

DPAC Grant Application Process

DPAC Grant Application Guidelines and Process

DPAC offers a financial grant to school PACs to help bring in speakers to their school that offer parent education.

Grant Guidelines:

  1. The Grant Application must be received no less than 45 days prior to the event.
  2. The Grant is available to cover speaker fees for free parent education events.
  3. The Grant will cover up to 50% of the speaker fee.
  4. The event must be for parents of children in Burnaby public schools and be sponsored by your school’s Parent Advisory Council.  You may not charge an admission fee for your event.
  5. The event must be a stand-alone event, i.e. there is only one event and it’s only for parents.  Events where there is a parent presentation one night and a student presentation the next day do not qualify.
  6. 50% of the seats must be reserved for parents from other Burnaby schools.

Application Process:

  1. Complete DPAC Grant Application Form (found here) and submit it no less than 45 days prior to the event.
  2. Send form via email to info@burnabydpac.com.  Our DPAC Executive team will review the application and advise if you have been awarded the grant.
  3. The Grant is awarded at the discretion of the DPAC Executive.  If all criteria are met there is not a guarantee that the application will be approved.

 

Once your grant is approved you will hold your event, pay your speaker and then submit the invoice to DPAC.  DPAC will issue a cheque for up to 50% of the speaker fee (the final amount is at the discretion of the DPAC Executive).

Form is here: DPAC Grant Application form

November 2013 Minutes

2013-11-25 DPAC General Meeting Minutes

D.P.A.C. MEETING NOTES

Schou Education Centre
4041 Canada Way
Burnaby, B.C.
DATE: November 25, 2013
TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Schools Attending:

Glenwood, Maywood, Taylor Park, Moscrop, Cascade Heights, Burnaby Central, Buckingham, Douglas Road, Gilpin, Lakeview, Lyndhurst, Seaforth, Stoney Creek, Burnaby North, Aubrey, Capitol Hill, Montecito, Alpha, Confederation Park, Gilmore, and Kitchener.

District Staff:

Gina Niccoli-Moen, Deputy Superintendent; Roberto Bombelli, Assistant Superintendent
Board of Education Trustees and their zones:
Baljinder Narang, (Kingsway South), James Wang (Central West Zone), Meiling Chia (Kingsway South)

DPAC Executive:

Katherine Robertson, Chair (Central West) , Jen Mezei, Past and Vice Chair (Cariboo Lougheed), Gjoa Andrichuk, Secretary (Central West) Members at Large Dave Dye (Cariboo Lougheed), Herman Louie (Central West), Romy Bacchioni, (Kingsway South), Jocelyn Schonekess, Treasurer (Brentwood North), Kristin Schnider, Secretary (Cariboo Lougheed)

Steve Billington has stepped down. We now have a vacancy in the Kingsway South Zone

 

1. District Presentation: Learning Improvement Fund (LIF) – Funding Allocation Presented by:

  • Roberto Bombelli, Assistant Superintendent

Roberto Bombelli began with the history of the LIF fund. The LIF came into effect in 2012. Each school is eligible to be considered for funding as per some requirements in the spring. Funds must be spent by June of that same school year: The LIF funding was a three-year allocation of funds.
Four stages of consultation involve the school and the District in the Spring and the Fall.

Priorities are identified by the

  • number of students
  • experience of the teacher
  • resources already available
  • District, Community and Ministry Data.

The funding may be used for

  • additional teaching staff, EAs and other paraprofessionals
  • additional teaching time
  • Pro D
  • District Reserve fund

The principal consults with the teaching staff, committee, or staff representative. The principal also consults with the PAC President, and their Director of Instruction collecting “wish lists” in order of priority.
The District spends time analyzing the requests and matches them with the district, school and provincial priorities.

The key areas that have been addressed are Staffing, Literacy, Mathematics, and Social Emotional Learning.

The District received $2.4 Million and has divided it under Teacher and EA staffing, Pro D and District Reserve Fund (e.g. 21K) [money held back different needs in different schools – in areas not on staffing and EAs – less held back than last year].

A sampling of questions from the parents are as follows:

  1. Is there a list of schools who are getting LIF funding? A: Please contact Mr. Bombelli, or your school principal.

Executive Report/Old Business – Katherine Robertson

BCCPAC Conference

Jen Mezei, Jocelyn Schonekess and Katherine Robertson all attended the conference, which was held in Kelowna.

Jen Mezei – Jen volunteered at the conference and had a chance to hear Rod Allen on the new BC Ed plan, which was similar in content to our PAC Chair event last May. – The New K-9 Curriculum presentation on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 will go over aspects of the changes as well. See the DPAC website to register for this Parent Information Evening.

She also attended the presentation on BCCPAC resolutions and how they are put forward and/or archived. Feel free to bring forward issues that we, as a district, would like to bring to BCCPAC.

Jocelyn Schonekess volunteered and attended the conference as well and enjoyed seeing it from another side. She attended Barbara Coloroso’s keynote address and her presentation on bullying. She also attended Rod Allen’s presentation as well as the Q&A held afterwards addressing questions on the implementation on the BC Ed Plan. She also attended the presentation by Ursula Cowland on Gaming Grants. Ursula advised schools to spend their gaming grants before their fundraising monies.

Jen mentioned that gaming licenses are required for 50/50 draws and any proceeds raised from gaming are to go into the gaming fund account rather than a general account. Spending with proceeds from raffles and 50/50 draws are subject to the same restrictions as the PAC gaming grant.

If your PAC has any questions regarding gaming grants please feel free to contact Ursula Cowland (gaming.grants@gov.bc.ca) for clarification.

Lunch break presentations were from WorkSafe BC and Jane Thornthwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement.

Jocelyn Schonekess also attended the presentation on BCCPAC Resolutions, and the discussion was that the resolutions need to be part of parent involvement and in future will be posted in an interactive blog so that they can be debated and discussed amongst parents before AGMs.

The next BCCPAC conference will be in the May 2014 in either Vancouver or Richmond near a SkyTrain station.

Katherine Robertson also attended the Barbara Coloroso presentation and the DPAC Chair workshop. Katherine was happy to see that our Burnaby DPAC is on a wonderful track. Katherine reported that Jen and Jocelyn had presented a workshop on LGBTQ, and DPAC’s role in developing Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Policy. . The discussion covered the fact that DPAC is mandated to support all parents.

The development of Burnaby’s policy included distribution of the draft widely to parents resulting in a comprehensive policy acting as a model for other districts.

BC School Superintendents Association Conference – http://www.bcssa.org/events/current-events/fall-conference-2013/

Katherine saw a presentation on Body Worlds and the Brain Project hosted by the Burnaby School District. The presentation detailed the four years that Burnaby has been helping students who are survivors of war, violence, and trauma.

Katherine also saw a presentation on Digital Immersion about a school within a school at John Oliver Secondary.

Jen saw a presentation hosted by Delta on inquiry based learning and by the Ministry et al. on Assessment (digital portfolios to the student). Innovation is being done all over the province in line with the new Ed Plan.

Metro DPAC Dinner, hosted by Burnaby DPAC – Sharing Ideas Across Districts

Burnaby DPAC hosted a dinner to foster conversations amongst DPAC Executives within the Metro Vancouver area. Future dinners will be held by Vancouver and Maple Ridge to exchange ideas amongst DPACs. The focused topic of the night was the ELL (English Language Learner) Consortium and how they support English Language Learners. New families to Burnaby go to the Welcome Centre located near Marlborough School and a Settlement worker (Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) support them). DPAC reps from the Lower Mainland asked how PACs and DPAC could best support the ELL’s efforts. Suggestions were for the PAC to personally welcome new families with language and culture challenges to the school community.

Trustee Baljinder Narang and Heather Hart from the District helped present the SWIS story, and are actively advocating supporting new families as they adapt to the school culture. A webvideo was shown to share the successes of SWIS workers with newcomers, and is available at www.swis.sd41.bc.ca under the tab “VIDEOS”.

2. Correspondence and Committee Reports

Buildings and Grounds: Dave Dye

  • Funding decision for Alpha upgrades will be announced soon.
  • Montecito should be getting four classrooms during seismic upgrades if the Ministry agrees. The cost of new classrooms is similar to the cost of adding and removing portables for the renovations.
  • Burnaby North planning will start soon.
  • Gilmore will be finished seismic upgrades shortly, only the landscaping is left to be completed.
  • A rush of applications for gardens has happened; contact Ron Hall if you need information for your school.
  • Capitol Hill is working on traffic and safety issues at their school.
  • 6th Street’s community changes may impact Second Street’s circulation.
  • Security presence at schools continued this Halloween and is less costly than cleaning up after the fact.

Education: Jen Mezei

  • Presentation on Digital Literacy
  • The assembly was asked if they would like a presentation on Digital Literacy at the general DPAC meeting to allow opportunity for input
  • The members confirmed their interest

MAC Committee: Jen Mezei

  • The district will have a Multi-age cluster class for advanced learners in grades 4/5 & 6/7
  • There will be a Parent Information Evening held in January

LGBTQ Committee: Jen Mezei

  • The assembly was asked if there was any interest in holding a PIE that would address name calling including homophobic name calling; it could be held in February in conjunction with Pink Shirt Day
  • The members confirmed their interest

Youth and Community Services (November 5, 2013): Jocelyn Schonekess

  • District Early Learning & Community Programs Coordinator Doreen George attended a presentation on October 30th by HELP (Human Early Learning Partnership) regarding the EDI (Early Development Index) data that was correlated from the EDI testing the District did last spring. This data helps the District to know where to support families. Report areas covered include vulnerability, physical health & well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language & cognitive development and communication skills.
  • Charity group Canada SCORES was approved to run their literacy and soccer program in Burnaby schools to work with vulnerable youth, however Edmonds and Stride Elementary schools are already running enough after school programs so there is no gym space available. The program will instead be based out of Taylor Park Elementary and the criterion was widened to include more students from the south side schools. Sessions will start in January and March 2014.
  • The 3rd Annual Youth Summit was held on October 24th and was attended by students from across the District. Students participated in workshops that focused on social/emotional learning, relationship building, health and wellness and creative arts. All workshops were delivered by District staff, teachers and counselors. Students gave feedback that they would like to see topics for next year’s event to include understanding addictions and gambling, stress relief, civic engagement, history of hip hop, and healthy relationships.
  • District staff attended a provincial all-day ERASE bullying workshop in October. Research and plans to further integrate Healthy Schools initiatives were discussed. It was mandated that there would be two meetings per year. The ERASE Bullying Reporting Tool has been updated. To date there have been no legitimate reports of bullying from Burnaby through the reporting tool. The second phase of Erase Training will be in March 2014, with elementary schools getting 2 days of training and secondary schools 1 day of training on safe school culture.

3. New Business/Q & A/ Show & Tell

Question: What is going to happen with the changes to exams and the time students are expected to be in school?

ANSWER: Burnaby has added hours and kept classes later, adding tutorials for students who want to get stronger for exams and to prepare for exams. Burnaby has worked with the Ministry because of the timing of the exams: Can exams be moved later so that students don’t “pack it in” once their provincials are completed. Burnaby is trying to engage as many students as they can as long as they can.

Question: Do all schools have collaboration time?

Answer: No they don’t, but there are discussions about increasing collaboration times.

  1. Kitchener is having a fundraiser during the day for an iPad at Glenburn Ice Cream Shop on Hastings on November 30, 2013. $1 from every item purchased between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm will go to the school.
  2. Confederation Park Annual Art Show will be November 30th at Confederation Park Elementary Gymnasium. Saturday November 30th from 7-10. There will be live entertainment by the band “Cupcake Affair” with Cash bar, silent and live auctions and appetizers. All parents welcome to attend, tickets $10, contact the school. (An adult-only event).
  3. Stoney Creek on December 7 is holding a breakfast with Santa and funds raised are going to Canuck Place and Burnaby Food Bank.
  4. ADHD Awareness Meet and Greet for parents and caregivers at Byrne Creek from 6-8pm Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.
  5. LGBTQ committee is still looking for a third parent to sit on the committee. This person cannot be employed by the District.
  6. K-9 Curriculum PIE with Maureen Dockendorf & Kevin Kaardal 7:00 November 27th at Central Secondary 6011 Deer Lake Parkway Burnaby
  7. SPC School visits: Sign-up sheets have been distributed via listserv. Note that parents per team are limited so sign up quickly.
  8. BTA Annual Sock it to Poverty campaign until December 6 – looking for socks, touques, scarves, supporting Burnaby Task Force for Homelessness. See their website www.burnabyhomelesstaskforce.org for ways to donate.
  9. BASES (Burnaby Association for South East Side) Family Thrift store now open at 7666 Kingsway – and profits go to south side schools. Volunteer opportunities for new immigrants and students.

4. Next Meeting – Monday, January 27, 2014

5. Meeting Adjourned 8:35 pm

Thank you all for participating. Have a wonderful holiday season. See you in the New Year.

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR:

  • Connect! – www.burnabydpac.com – email your events to be published.
  • Communicate! – Email info@burnabydpac.com or chair@burnabydpac.com
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  • Please bring your coffee mug or water cup.

Exploring the NEW K-9 Curriculum

How will the NEW Curriculum affect what your child is taught, and how your child will learn? Will your child learn the skills he/she will need to be successful in the 21st Century?

The redesigned curriculum will transform the BC Education system as we move towards deeper learning and cross-curricular competencies such as Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communication and Social and Personal Responsibility.

Exploring the NEW K-9 Curriculum – Burnaby Central, Nov 27, 7 pm

Maureen Dockendorf – Ministry of Education – Superintendent of Reading
Kevin Kaardal – Superintendent – SD 41 Burnaby

The Burnaby DPAC is pleased to provide parents of SD41 an opportunity to learn more about the redesigned K-9 curriculum and the competencies that have been interwoven into all subject areas. Maureen Dockendorf and Kevin Kaardal will give an outline of the new curriculum framework and explain how these changes will affect our students in Burnaby.

Registration is available here.

For more information on the BC Education Plan go to: www.bcedplan.ca
To see the draft curriculum go to: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca

Agenda for the October 28 2013 General Meeting

1.         Welcome and Introductions                                     7:00 – 7:10

 

2.         District Presentation: Community Schools                7:10 – 7:40

Presented by:

  • Gina Niccoli-Moen, Deputy Superintendent
  • Peter Dubinsky, Director of Instruction
  • Dave Rawnsley, Principal Byrne Creek

 

3.         Break                                                                       7:40 – 7:50

 

4.         Chair Report                                                               7:50 – 8:05

 

5.         Correspondence/Committee Reports                         8:05 – 8:30

 

6.         New Business/Q & A/Show & Tell                            8:30 – 9:00

Ministry of Education New Curriculum Site Is Now Live

A note was sent out to DPAC from the District, we wanted to publicize is here as well:

 

We are pleased to advise you that draft redesigned curricula for several areas are now available for review.  See:  www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca

More curricular areas will be added as they are available.  Functionality will be added to this website over time as well (e.g., viewing big ideas by grade; adding instructional examples).

We look forward to feedback from the educational community.  More information will be forthcoming regarding a variety of field review processes.

There is much more to come on curriculum, assessment, communicating student learning and graduation requirements, but you will see developments in these areas as the year progresses.

Thank you in advance for sharing this information widely in your districts and for leading these transformation efforts.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all.

Sincerely,

Rod Allen, Superintendent of Learning and Achievement

Learning Division, Ministry of Education

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