Renfrew PAC Meeting
November 13, 2013 Minutes

The meeting is called to order at 6:45 by Colleen T.

Colleen T. moves to adopt agenda. Ester B is asked to act as secretary for the meeting. Colleen motions to adopt agenda, second by James B. Previous minutes reviewed. Emily H motions to adopt the minutes, second Janet T.

Chair’s Report

  1. Cut-off for next hot lunch is tomorrow, there are two more before the end of this year (Christmas)
  2. Cookie and Pies are on sale now, Delivery date is December 3
  3. Babysitting course is scheduled for November 22. Spaces are open to non-Renfrew students. PAC is supplying lunch for participants.
  4. Poinsettia sale starts November 15, runs through to November 30. Choices of pink, red or white, 6.5 inch pots cost is $10. Delivery date is December 10.
  5. Breakfast with Santa is December 11. Photographer will be available, cost of admission not know at this time. Exec committee working on details.
  6. Eleanor McDouall brought in author, Sigmund Brouwer. PAC paid for half fee, presentation was great. Website is available and every time you visit you get 3 free book downloads.
  7. BCTF presentations for Anti-bullying and Internet awareness are on hold as they can’t find facilitators to give the workshops. Colleen will continue to pursue and arrange for next year if possible. She will also continue to search out other parent education services.
  8. First performing arts presentation is Raven meets the Monkey King, December 2 at 9am. All parents are welcome to attend.

Treasurers Report

  1. Colleen reviews financials in comparison to the 2013-2014 budget. Performing Arts receipts should be kept to apply for PST rebate. Money for two field trips requested and paid so far.
  2. Montessori account has no budget, balance remains unchanged.
  3. Gordon motions to adopt financial report, second Jaylene T.

Principals Report

  1. Twitter feed of pix showing a few examples of great learning
  2. Teachers working on upcoming report cards
  3. Beautiful and very respectful Remembrance Day assembly d) Many special opportunities—Oliver Harwood, sculptor doing soap stone carving, Japanese consulate program
  4. Successful Think and Eat Green grant
  5. Thx for successful lunch program PAC!
  6. New K registration system (affects District programs but should work well)
  7. Montessori Program Interest sessions (one/ month)
  8. Neighborhood K classes: Ready, Set Learn and Welcome to Kindergarten in Spring
  9. Amazing iPad projects i.e. French iPals, great learning apps and projects
  10. MDI results l) Communication using webpage (might start prize draws for newsletter like done in past)
  11. VSB Grounds update—Murray coming tomorrow to look at front playground equipment and also cost for painting lines for basketball and 4 square etc.
  12. Philippines Typhoon fundraising o) Windermere After School programs
  13. Buddy Read and Buddy Math
  14. Variety club presentation Friday
  15. Volleyball teams

New Business

  1. All four performing arts presentations have been booked. PAC is paying for these performances. Check the school calendar or our website for dates and times.
  2. We have asked for a review of the playground on the west side of the property to find out exactly what will be removed and the timeline.
  3. Evelyn Grossmith has been asked to review catalogues and give suggestions for new equipment based on users ages and equipment that supports development of skills, physical fitness, social interaction and imagination. Recommendations will then be used to develop budget goal for the playground and an action plan to raise the funds.
  4. Mr. B to see about painting for the blacktop in the front for basketball, other games for kids.
  5. There will be two clothing drives this year; one in January and the other in May. We’ve changed companies and will use Developmental Disabilities this year. They will supply bags and will also take small household items. The list of acceptable items will be provided closer to January.
  6. A suggestion was made to have PAC supply coffee/tea for the parent volunteers on School-Wide Fitness days. PAC will begin this with the next SWF day.

DPAC update

  1. We have a DPAC volunteer but will ask for nominations in new year and hold election accordingly.
  2. City wide DPAC meeting was held on October 17 - we were asked about biggest concerns. Biggest concerns from PAC’s were technology, funding and fundraising, Vancouver Courier picked up article.
  3. DPAC survey earlier in year identified same concerns
  4. Report to go to VSB management committee in December, VSB to redouble efforts to advocate for more stable, predictable and adequate funding
  5. DPAC website has an on-line petition for parents to sign regarding public education funding. All parents are encouraged to sign at or to ask PAC for a hard copy to sign.

Ministry of Education

  1. Is updating/changing curriculum for K-9 students. Changes emphasize core competencies, concepts and content for deeper learning and personalization of learning.
  2. Changes to assessments as well
  3. Focus continues to be on literacy and numeracy
  4. Website has info on the new curriculum and embedded questions for feedback from parents. Please go to . Ministry and this PAC encouraging parent participation

Meeting Adjourned: 7:50pm


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