1. Meeting called to order – 9: 00 am
  2. Motion to adopt Minutes of May meeting – moved: Julie; Seconded: Stephanie
    • carried
  3. Introduction of new Executive:
    • Chair: Julie Kucher, Mankee Mah, Wenshu Li
  4. Executive Reports:
    • PAC Chair’s Report
      • direct appeal has gone out
      • Mankee and Hazita organizing busing – 3 buses going to 4 schools – approximately 400 students ride the bus
      • Divisions 5, 9 and 14 still need class parents
      • role of class parents to be discussed at SAC
    • Treasurer’s and Fund raising Report
      • Direct Appeal letters went home last week; will go out via email as well
      • Grocery Vouchers – next fund raiser; to start week of October 27th. Veronica & Artimesia to organize again this year
      • school will order portable sound system
  5. School Reports:
    • Principal’s Report – see attached
    • introduction of School Liason Officer (SLO), Megan Driscoll; description of role
    • moved: Louise; Seconded: Julie, that UHE PAC call Vancouvr Police Department (VPD) to request that Megan attend monthly VPD SLO meetings
    • carried
  6. Staff Wish Lists:
    • Frankie has given ‘wish list’ to PAC – see attached
  7. Other Business:
    • Hip Hop – moved: Julie seconded: ? That PAC will financially support the school’s Hip Hop initiative for up to $?.
    • PAC executive will determine sponsorship and amount
    • Learning Through the Arts – SAC
    • Teaching through the Arts program request
      • moved: ; Seconded: that PAC support LTTA for a total of $1500.00 in 2 classrooms
      • PAC executive will determine sponsorship and amount
    • Dogs in the Classroom – (parent letter)
      • guidelines, curriculum and rationale reviewed
      • please see specific teacher for details or concerns
    • Code of Conduct Signing Sheet – (parent letter)
      • Ministry/district requirement that parents sign and agree to Code
      • Code is reviewed annually by school, posted in every classroom and reviewed by every CRT
      • teachers’ behavior is governed by B.C. School Act, the B.C. College of Teachers; they have a specific Code of Ethics and obvious legal responsibilities
    • Dealing with Parent Complaints – (parent letter)
      • specific concerns should be brought to the attention of the teacher and/or administrator
      • process for dealing with concerns described
    • Meeting Adjourned: 10:15

Principal’s Report – October 2008

  1. Start Up
    • very smooth; up and running the 1st day of school
    • staffing now almost complete – New Staff – SSW’s – Muni, Lisa and Moeko. – Lori Freeze (Gr. K/1); Faidra Hubbard(Gr. 4/5); Craig Polzen (Gr. 7) – Maryam M. (K/1) – 20 divisions – 510 students; at max in most classes
  2. Band is up and running with Mr. Dewreede
  3. Peer Helpers (Jean and Shannon)
    • Patrol (Susan H.); & Library Monitor (Judy) programs all running
  4. Photos
    • individual photos September 29th; retakes October 28th
  5. Meet the Teacher Night
    • new format worked well – lots of positive comments; PAC suggestions – perhaps stagger grades and start a little later; new format worked well. We will use this format next year
  6. Terry Fox Run
    • raised about $1000.00 for cancer research
    • students learned valuable lessons in giving, community service and citizenship through their participation
  7. Growth Plan
    • staff and SPC late Spring meetings developing, reviewing and approving growth plan for this year. A variety of sources of information considered (student assessment results, report card info, surveys, attendance data, etc)
    • big thanks to the staff and the SPC
    • some non instructional day time was used to fine tune the plan which has now been submitted to and approved by the district and the ministry. This year’s only goal is still in the area of literacy – slightly expanded to include writing.
    • 1st step is done- SWW and DRA/RAD assessments on all students
  8. EFR Update
    • Kathy on committee re: new schools
    • meets every 2 weeks; at the moment mostly preliminary discussion
  9. Fire Drill
    • we’ve had 2. All went well. Look forward to 3 or 4 more before the end of the school year
    • earthquake and lock down drills to come
  10. Non Instructional Days
    • September 19th – Intro to Jump Math; many staff now using in classrooms
    • PSA Day – October 24th – individual Pro D based on teacher interest and/or specialty areas
  11. LEAP and Mad Science programs have started after school
  12. Individual Student Pre Conferences
    • October 15th and 16th
    • opportunity to discuss hopes, dreams, goals, wishes for your children; nip any issues/problems in the bud
  13. Field Trips
    • many e.g.
    • Grade 6 and 7 – Kinesiology partnership Ii§> Division 18 – Beach Study
    • Fire Safety House – Grade 3’s
  14. Student Teachers
    • 4 this year – with Janet, Susan K., Eileen, Evelyn
  15. Cross Country
    • many students involved from all grades
    • 3 mini meets; 1 city wide
    • thanks to Marise, Carina, Eleni, Jean and Evelyn for coaching
    • congratulations to all participants
  16. Soccer
    • 4 teams this year – Jr Boys & Girls; Sr Boys & Girls
    • skill building year
    • thanks to Barry and Frankie for coaching
  17. Coming Events
    • Pro D – Mon., Nov. 10 – 6 Traits Writing – Literacy Strategies
    • Remembrance Day Assembly – November 11th