DPAC is looking for a few volunteers to participate on the School District’s parent consultation group regarding custodial services. As mentioned at the May 15 DPAC meeting, the School District is seeking the participation of 4 to 6 Burnaby parents who are able to attend two consultation group meeting(s) between May 29 and June 9. The consultation group will provide feedback/input on the School District’s Custodial Services and the recent review. Currently, the tentative meetings dates are 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 6 and 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 8. If you are interesed in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org@burnabydpac.com by this Monday, May 22.
At the May Burnaby DPAC General meeting, the 2017-2018 Executive Committee elections will be taking place. The May General meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 15 at 7 PM at Burnaby Central Secondary School (6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby, BC V5G 0A9).
An official call for nominations was sent out to all Burnaby DPAC representatives via email on April 13, 2017.
Per Section VI of the Burnaby DPAC Constitution,
1. A maximum of two DPAC representatives will be elected from each zone of the school district yearly to serve on the Executive Committee. Representatives’ elected to the Executive Committee must have a child enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Burnaby school system.
2. In addition to the two DPAC representatives from each zone, one member at large position can be appointed at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
3. Executive Committee shall select when required from its membership a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
4. No employee or elected official of any school district or the Ministry of Education shall be eligible to serve as an Executive Committee officer.
Section VII of the Constitution outlines the responsibilities of the Burnaby DPAC Executive Committee:
SECTION VII EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee:
1. To be the formal liaison between the School Board and DPAC representatives regarding parent involvement in school district operations.
2. To identify and appoint parent representatives to represent DPAC on school district and community committees.
3. To ensure that there is representation from Burnaby parents at appropriate educational workshops, meetings and conferences.
4. To take responsibility for the operations of the DPAC including chairing district meetings, recording the proceedings and managing the financial affairs of the DPAC.
5. To identify topics and plan meeting format and agenda for district parent meetings
6. To act as group leaders and recorders in group discussions at district meetings and to be the communication liaison between DPAC representatives in each of the district’s zones.
7. To inform DPAC representatives, on an ongoing basis, of the issues and topics being discussed at Executive meetings and at the various committees where DPAC has membership.
A full copy of the Burnaby DPAC Constitution is available at on the Burnaby DPAC website at: http://www.burnabydpac.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/dpac.constitution.rev11.04.18.pdf
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the elections and/or the role of DPAC Executive Committee members, please don’t hesitate to a member of the current DPAC Executive.
The Burnaby DPAC received a written response from Education Minister Mike Bernier regarding the letter we sent the Ministers of Finance and Education in support of the recommendatinos on K-12 Education as found in the November 2016 report of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
A copy of the Minister’s letter can be found here.
The Burnaby DPAC will continue to advocate for predictable, sustainable and adequate funding for capital and operational expenses in BC’s public schools.
Tuesday March 28, 7pm at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School.
The Ministry of Advanced Education is working to better understand the student journey from high school to post-secondary, and the resources and tools required to help student and their supports make this transition. One of these resources is EducationPlannerBC, an initiative to consolidate online post-secondary resources, enabling students to search for programs, compare admission and tuition requirements, and apply directly to the public post-secondary institution(s) of their choice through a common online application platform.
The Provincial Government’s Service Design team is visiting post-secondary institutions, high schools, counselling offices and parent advisory councils, conducting user research to validate assumptions and make recommendations for subsequent EducationPlannerBC development beyond 2017.
During the approximately 1 hour long PAC session, we will lead brainstorming exercises on your top areas of concern when talking with students about post-secondary, what resources you use to support your children and what might help make those conversations easier.
At the February 20 DPAC General meeting the following motion was passed unanimously:
MOTION: That Burnaby DPAC send a letter to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance in support of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ recommendations, in particular, Recommendation 49: “Provide predictable, sustainable and adequate yearly funding to enable school districts to fulfill their responsibility to continue to provide access to quality public education.”
A copy of that letter is available here: Letter to Finance and Education Ministers
Many of your children will be bringing home their report cards this week as we get ready for the winter break.
We thought that this would provide a good opportunity for you to participate in the Ministry of Education’s Engagement Process on Student Reporting.
As many of you may be aware, this 2016-2017 school year, the Ministry of Education is gathering input from parents on how you want to hear about your child’s process at school. The Ministry is looking for input from parents to guide the development of the reporting approach for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 so parents have a better understanding of their child’s progress.
There are two ways for parents to participate:
- By attending one of the community open houses that are happening around the province. These sessions are drop-in between 5-7 PM with a one-hour facilitated workshop from 7-8 PM. A schedule of the Community Open Houses is available at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/en/communitymeetings/
- By completing a parent feedback form either online or by printing a hard copy that can be completed and return by mail. The online survey is available at https://interceptum.com/s/en/Student_Progress
The parent feedback form will be open for response until February 28, 2017 at 4 PM. All of the input submitted will be summarized into an Engagement Summary Report, which will be available online in June 2017. The information gathered will be considered by the Ministry and the School District leaders as they develop potential models for improved reports.
For further information, please visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/en/home/
Thanks in advance for your participation in this parent engagement process.
Update on BC’s New Curriculum from Education Minister Mike Bernier
Based on feedback provided by teachers and educators, the redesigned grade 10-12 curriculum will be implemented at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. This extra year will give teachers, principals and trustees more time to work hands-on with the redesigned curriculum – making sure it’s right for students. Additionally there is an update on Foundation Skills Assessment for students going into grades 4 and 7 in the coming year. Parents can read all about these updates in a letter from Minister Bernier.
The letter includes important updates on:
- New curriculum implementation for students going into grades 10-12
- Foundation Skills Assessment for students going into grades 4 & 7
For more information, please visit the Burnaby School District website.
Please see the news from the Burnaby School District regarding the Interim Ministerial Order on Reporting 2016-2017:
And here is the web page for feedback:
The next DPAC General meeting is taking place Monday, September 19th at 7 PM at Burnaby Central High School (6011 Deer Lake Pkwy). As you may recall from our June meeting, DPAC Reps voted in favour of moving our monthly general meetings to the third Monday of each month for this school year.
The agenda for next Monday’s meeting can be found at the link below:
2016 – 2017 Burnaby DPAC Meeting Schedule
Monday, September 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017 *
Monday, May 15, 2017
* Budget Consultation Meeting – note the April meeting takes place on the first Monday of the month. As such, there is no DPAC meeting in March.
May 31, 2016
Burnaby, BC – The Burnaby DPAC supports the BC Ministry of Education decision today to return $25 million in mandated administrative savings back to classrooms across the province.
“We hope that some of the funds redistributed to Burnaby will be used to address the issues and concerns that were brought forward by school representatives and parents during our district budget consultation process last month such as increasing counsellor time, more supports for special needs students, and increases to custodial hours to provide coverage for custodial absences”, says Jen Mezei, Burnaby DPAC Chair. “Unfortunately, the $25 million that is going back to our public education system is a small proportion of what has been cut provincially over the last five years”.
Underfunding was also an issue that was voiced at the BCCPAC AGM earlier this month, where provincial parents from across BC strongly supported a resolution for BCCPAC to advocate for the total amount of administrative savings to be returned to district operating budgets.
“Although we applaud the government’s latest efforts to restore cuts from public education, it will only bring temporary relief to the chronic underfunding of BC’s public schools”, says Kristin Schnider, DPAC Executive member. “A longer term funding strategy is needed to adequately meet the diverse learning needs of all students in BC.”