Tuesday, December 3

Resources from Ellen Shumka - Speaker from Anxiety BC


At our General PAC meeting on Wednesday, November 27 2013, Ellen Shumka, from Anxiety BC (website: anxietybc.com) gave a comprehensive talk on how anxiety can affect our children, and how to help them through their bouts of anxiety.

Below are summaries and links to some resources which may be helpful to you as parents/guardians:

 


What is Anxiety?

 

Why is it important to learn about anxiety?
Most people do not recognize their anxiety for what it is, and instead think there is something “wrong” with them. Some people are preoccupied with the physical symptoms of anxiety, e.g., stomach aches, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, etc. Others think they are weird, weak, or even going crazy!

Unfortunately, these thoughts only make people feel even more anxious and self-conscious. Therefore, the first step to successfully managing anxiety is to learn to understand and recognize it. Self-awareness is essential.

For more facts on anxiety, how to recognize it, and how it affects our bodies, go to: 

Healthy Habits in the Home


Anxious children and teens prefer to have a sense of control in their lives. They do not cope well with a disorganized, "spontaneous" family style. They feel calmer when:

·         life is predictable
·         they know what is expected of them
·         they know what the consequences will be
Two ways to help make life more predictable for everyone in the family are setting limits and creating routines.

For more info on setting limits and creating routines, go to:
anxietybc.com/sites/default/files/hm_habits.pdf

 

Helping your child cope with “Back-to-School Anxiety”


Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting kindergarten. This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family! Prior to the first day of school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have temper tantrums, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw, and become sullen or irritable.

For a list of common worries, how to deal with them, and how to assist your child in getting ready for school, go to: anxietybc.com/sites/default/files/CopingwithBacktoSchool.pdf


Talking to your Child or Teen about Anxiety

There are three steps to introducing the topic of anxiety to your child:

Step 1: Encouraging your child to open up about any fears and worries
Step 2: Teaching your child about anxiety
Step 3: Helping your child recognize anxiety

For more info, go to:
anxietybc.com/sites/default/files/TalkingtoYourChildaboutAnxiety.pdf

How to teach your child “Calm Breathing”


What is “calm breathing”?
Calm breathing is a technique that teaches your child to slow down his or her breathing when feeling stressed or anxious.

Why is calm breathing important?
When your child is feeling anxious, his or her breathing will change. When we are anxious, we tend to take short, quick, shallow breaths or even hyperventilate. This type of anxious breathing can actually make the feeling of anxiety worse!

Doing calm breathing can help lower your child’s anxiety, and give him or her a sense of control. Calm breathing is a great portable tool that your child can use when feeling anxious, especially in situations when you are not there to help him or her through it.

Techniques for calm breathing for both children and teens, can be seen at:
anxietybc.com/sites/default/files/calm_breathing.pdf

Monday, November 25

Reminder for Wednesday!


Guest Speaker: Ellen Shumka at PAC General Meeting

Wed. Nov 27, 7pm - Main School Library

Anxiety, in children, can interfere with daily functioning, academic performance, and even family or peer relationships.
Ellen Shumka will address the causes of anxiety, how to recognize the symptoms and how you can help your child overcome anxiety. Further info can be seen on the blog poster. 
 Cheriee, the Main School Librarian, will also update parents on Charles Dickens Library access.
*Childcare will be provided.   

Tuesday, November 19

Guest Speaker at PAC General Meeting - Nov 2013


October 16, 2013 PAC Exec Meeting

Present

  1. Christy Thomas Co-chair (Main) - chaired the meeting
  2. Deb Copeland Co-chair (Main)
  3. Kerryn Williams Co-chair (Annex)
  4. Andrea Sinclair Vice-chair (Main)
  5. Brad White Vice-chair (Annex)
  6. Kelly Maxwell Treasurer
  7. Phil Benson Co-secretary
  8. Nicole Nozick Co-secretary
  9. Tami Friesen Member at Large
  10. Ania Jakobs Member at Large
  11. Rachelle Leduc Member at Large
  12. Andrea Mitchell Member at Large
  13. Aasia Paterson Member at Large
  14. Jenny Pronovost Member at Large
  15. Judith Steedman Member at Large
  16. Scott Urquhart Member at Large
Absent
  1. Cathy Golf Member at Large
  2. Leone Hall Member at Large
  3. Anne-Marie Long Member at Large
  4. Rochelle Tucker Member at Large
  5. Mimi Wong Member at Large

  1. Christy Thomas welcomed and explained the process of voting to fund disbursements

  2. Christy reviewed individual projects and funding requests. This was then brought forward for discussion/questions/input from the group. After each project discussion an informal vote was taken to approve or decline funding.

  3. Dickens Annex disbursements were discussed first followed by a short break. Dickens Main disbursements discussion began after the break (approx. 9:30pm)

  4. The motions to approve the PAC funding (and Gaming funding) for disbursements were as follows:
Dickens Annex - Kelly Maxwell moved to pass; Kerryn Williams seconded - all in favour
Dickens Main - Christy Thomas moved to pass; Kerryn Williams seconded - all in favour

In a nutshell:
The PAC voted to increase the budget to each school slightly and proportionately out of the PAC budget surplus. This allowed for full funding of Thanksgiving and Math (Dickens Annex) and funding of more General Funds requests from Dickens Main. At Dickens Main this year we had more General Funds requests than we had General Funds so we could not fully fund all requests.
Dickens Main has Gaming Funds still to be allocated. Discussions will be held at the next PAC Exec about disbursement of these funds.
ADDITIONAL INFO/ACTIONS following the meeting:
From Kelly Maxwell:
During the meeting, PAC voted an additional $200 of our budget surplus to be allocated to the Annex general funds. This $200 was disbursed, as the minutes reflect, to support the Thanksgiving and Math applications.
Then, in fairness, PAC allocated the same amount per capita to the main; that's (200/136)*465=683.82. This went into general funds at the main, again from our budget surplus.
After the meeting, I sought clarification from Gaming as to whether the DJs for dances would be suitable, and to check on terms for Gaming funding artists' visits. Ursula Cowland, ED of Gaming’s Licensing and Grants division responded that they consider the DJ for a dance as an extracurricular activity and it is therefore eligible for Gaming funds. Cowland addressed the artists’ visits as follows:
“And would the professional artist be augmenting the arts curriculum?  If so, then no.  If it just a nice thing for the students to hear, then you could.”
In light of that, I think that PAC would like to fund 2 x DJ dances with Gaming money as requested, $200 x 2 (we had left it at 1 x $200 because we were unsure if a Halloween dance would apply).
I would also like to suggest that we can fund the Pillows application at the main with gaming funds instead of general, because I think the terms of that application/project meet the definitions supplied by gaming. we have gaming funds available and could cover the full $225 requested.

These items will be brought to vote at the next PAC Exec meeting in November (Wed. Nov 13, 2013).

For ease of access below is an overview of disbursements per project. For more detailed budget breakdown refer to Kelly Maxell’s Budget Report 2013-2014 document attached.


DICKEN'S ANNEX
Total Requested: 6,871.10
Total Committed: PAC $2,978.49 / Gaming 2,634.39

   

Project name

Category

Requested

Approved Y/N

PAC $ committed

Gaming $ committed for full amount

Comments

Parent Centres

Annual event/activity

120.00

Y

0.00

120.00




Grade Three Stuffies

Annual event/activity

100.00

Y

0.00

100.00




Math Manipulatives

Education

200.00

Y

200.00

0.00

we believe these should come from school budget

Sea Crow

Field trip

652.05

Y

0.00

652.05




Thanksgiving Lunch

Annual event/activity

200.00

Y

200.00

0.00




Pin Money

Education

1,400.00

Y

1,400.00

0.00




Winter Celebrations

Annual event/activity

300.00

Y

300.00

0.00




Curl BC

Sport

175.00

Y

128.49

0.00




Healthy Living Week

Food/health

300.00

Y

150.00

0.00




Brainpop Jr

Education

175.00

N

0.00

0.00

we believe these should come from school budget

Week Of Dance

PE/dance

450.00

Y

450.00

0.00




Author Visits

Cultural Arts

300.00

Y

150.00

0.00




Book Club

Cultural Arts

250.00

Y

0.00

250.00




Ugly Duckling/Tortoise and Hare

Cultural Arts

652.00

Y

0.00

652.00




Grade Three Farewell

Annual event/activity

120.00

Y

0.00

120.00




Ice Skating

Field trip

600.00

Y

0.00

88.29




Year-End Stanley Park Trip

Field trip

652.05

Y

0.00

652.05




Coyotes 101

Education

225.00

N

0.00

0.00




DICKEN'S MAIN
Total Requested: $18,138.00
Total Committed: PAC $12,083.49 / Gaming $3,775.00


Project name

Category

Requested

Approved Y/N

PAC $ committed

Gaming $ committed

Comments

World Dance Project/Bollywood

PE/dance

4,650.00

Y

4,650.00

0.00




Word Processing

Education

300.00

Y

300.00

0.00




Project Chef

Food/health

1,500.00

Y

1,100.00

0.00




Student Council

Student leadership

225.00

Y

0.00

225.00




Book Club

Cultural Arts

700.00

Y

0.00

700.00




Author Visits

Cultural Arts

2,000.00

Y

0.00

1,000.00

details tbd? Please specifically target primaries as well

TV Club

Student club

300.00

Y

0.00

300.00




Pin Money

Misc

4,700.00

Y

4,700.00

0.00




Chess Club

Student club

950.00

Y

0.00

950.00




Artists in the Classroom

Cultural Arts

300.00



0.00

300.00

fine arts in-class fieldtrips

E-readers

Education

120.00

Y

120.00

0.00




Literature in the Classroom

Cultural Arts

200.00

Y

200.00

0.00

we believe these should come from school budget

Math Development

Education

500.00

N

0.00

0.00

our understanding is that admin will pay

Burnaby Art Gallery

Cultural Arts

100.00

Y

0.00

100.00




DJ Dances

Misc

400.00

Y

0.00

200.00

?? Eligible expense: funding grade 7

Healthy Eating

Food/health

500.00

Y

350.00

0.00




Marimba Song and Dance

Cultural Arts

468.00

Y

468.00

0.00




Classroom Pillow Project

Cultural Arts

225.00

Y

195.49

0.00





 

Sunday, October 27

Reminder for Wednesday!

Guest Speaker: Saleema Noon at PAC General Meeting

Wed. Oct 30, 6:30pm - Main School Library

During this open, informative workshop, sexual health and how it fits into the lives of your children will be discussed.  Attendees will discover how to overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, and will learn words and concepts that are easy to use. You will leave well equipped to clearly answer your children’s questions. See more info on poster below.

*Childcare will be provided.   

Wednesday, October 23

Cyber Sercurity Presentation at Tupper Secondary


If your children are using computers | notebooks | tablets and/or smartphones, you may be interested in attending the following presentation at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary:


Thursday, October 17

Guest Speaker at PAC General Meeting - Oct 2013


September 11, 2013 PAC Exec Meeting

Present
Christy Thomas Co‐Chair Main
Deb Copeland Co‐Chair Main
Kerryn Williams Chair Annex
Andrea Sinclair Vice Chair Main
Kelly Maxwell Treasurer
Phil Benson Co‐Secretary
Aasia Paterson Member at Large
Andrea Mitchell Member at Large
Ania Jakobs Member at Large
Jenny Pronovost Member at Large
Leone Hall Member at Large
Mimi Wong Member at Large
Rachelle Leduc Member at Large
Scott Urquhart Member at Large
Tami Friesen Member at Large
Judith Steedman Member at Large
Rock Leung Prospective Member at Large
Adrienne Leung Prospective Member at Large
Katarina Chin Prospective Member at Large
Bob Moore Principal (Interim) Charles Dickens Elementary
Karl Graham Vice Principal Charles Dickens Main
Lisa Nucich Vice Principal Charles Dickens Annex

Absent
Brad White Vice Chair Annex
Nicole Nozick Co‐Secretary
Anne‐Marie Long Member at Large
Cathy Golf Member at Large


1) Christy Thomas described the role of the PAC Executive as the elected governing body of the PAC. The Executive listens to concerns from parents and communicates with administration. PAC leads several activities throughout the year including Spring Fling, Xmas Giving Tree, etc.

2) Mimi Wong, Jenny Pronovost & Aasia Patterson were elected as Members at Large. Rock Leung, Adrienne Leung and Katarina Chin will consider becoming Members at Large at a later date.

3) Principal Report (Bob Moore)
‐ Bob is a recently retired but happy to be here interim principal.
‐ Anna Maria is expected back at the end of the term.
‐ Main School newsletter will be issued shortly with important information for the coming
year (student led conferences, etc.)
‐ 19 September evening 6‐7:30 pm, students introduction to teachers
‐ Bob issued a reminder for parents about safe driving around student drop off & pick up


4) Annex Report (Lisa Nucich)
‐ Annex is part of UBC Help Questionnaire (Kindergarten interviews)
‐ Annex population is healthy
‐ Stranger‐Danger discussions upcoming
‐ 26 September Terry Fox Run
‐ Lisa noted that Media Consent Forms are coming out. Parents to please note that children may miss out on parts of some activities if parents answer “no”. Photos, videos, etc. that are becoming increasingly commonplace during activities. Consider indicating “yes”.


5) Main School Report (Karl Graham)
‐ Earth Rangers coming on Friday 13 September
‐ Happy to be working with Bob, appreciative of another administrator’s perspective


6) Treasurer’s Report (Kelly Maxwell)
‐ Gaming fund applications ($20/child) have been submitted but funds have not yet been
received from BC Government
‐ Refer to Treasurer’s Report for additional details
‐ Disbursement meeting expected in October or November


7) Year at a Glance
‐ Confirmed that it’s the PAC’s turn to do the WinterFest (teachers did last year)
‐ PAC voted and agreed that Spring Fling date will be Thursday 29 May 2014


8) Lisa Nucich advised that she has connections to a UBC expert (Dr. Miller) on children’s anxiety and is prepared to contact one of his colleagues and book as a speaker for a future PAC General Meeting. Adrienne Leung indicated she also has professional expertise in this area and is prepared to provide assistance.

9) Kerryn Williams suggested that PAC also try to book speakers with expertise in creative areas.

10) PAC voted and agreed that:
‐ PAC Executive Meetings will be held on 2nd Wednesday of every month (7 pm).
‐ PAC General Meetings will be held on final Wednesday of every month (7 pm).


11) PAC Jobs Filled During Meeting:
‐ PAC General Meetings Chair – Andrea Sinclair
‐ Poster Designer – Deb Copeland will design for PAC Meetings
‐ PAC Blogger – Leone Hall will run the PAC Blog (Deb will provide some guidance) including posting of PAC meeting minutes. Leone will develop the text for posters and send to Deb for poster development. Deb will send the posters back to Leone for posting on the blog.

‐ Poster Hanger – Ania Jakobs will take responsibility for putting up PAC posters at the
schools. Posters are typically put up one week in advance. Ania will also take for developing
other ideas for getting parents to attend PAC General Meetings.
‐ Speakers Coordinator – Aasia Patterson
‐ Technology Coordinator/Fundraiser ‐ Kerryn Williams
‐ Snacks Coordinator for PAC General Meetings – Jenny Provonost
‐ Parent Classroom Representative Coordinator (Main School) – Andrea Sinclair
‐ Parent Classroom Representative Coordinator (Annex) – Kerryn Williams


12) PAC Jobs Still to Be Filled:
‐ Poster Printing Coordinator
‐ Volunteer Coordinator ‐ Christy has some ideas, will advise later
‐ Silent Auction Volunteer (Spring Fling)
‐ Holiday Hampers Coordinator – Christy has some ideas, will advise later


13) Both the Main School and the Annex had wi‐fi installed over the summer.

14) Kerryn Williams would like to have some assistant volunteers with a goal of fundraising $45,000 for Technology by end of 2013. The plan is to approach corporations for donations (tax receipts will be issued). This committee will need to be motivated and energetic.

15) Glenn Drive Update (Andrea Mitchell)
‐ Drains have been installed by City
‐ In 2‐4 weeks, the City’s portion of the infrastructure installation is expected to be completed
‐ Hopefully we will have plants in during mid October
‐ Hoping we can upgrade the benches to be installed by the City
‐ Planning to rename to “Glenn Drive Community Street”
‐ Discussion about purchasing hockey nets for lunchtime use by the kids. Existing basketball hoops are adequate (just to be repainted)
‐ Asphalt will be patched & fixed
‐ Discussion about pruning some trees
‐ Discussion about a party when the work is completed
‐ Discussion about forming a committee
‐ Andrea Mitchell to meet with Bob Moore for clarification discussion


16) Dogs on School Property (Scott Urquhart)
‐ Scott suggested some “NO DOGS” signs be installed on the Main School school property
‐ Scott confirmed that the school property is deemed an on‐leash area
‐ Dogs are leaving waste and digging holes in the fields
‐ Bob Moore advised that other schools have had some success with community education.
Policing does not seem to be successful and fences are not an option. Bob is open to
installing signs.
‐ It was noted that the Annex does not seem to have such a problem as at the Main School
‐ It was suggested that ideas be put to a committee.


17) Disbursements Meeting
‐ To be done at next PAC Exec meeting rescheduled for Wednesday 16‐October
‐ Bob Moore will announce at next staff meeting that disbursement forms are coming
‐ Teacher request forms to be submitted by 9‐October
‐ Parents to be educated about this at September PAC General Meeting (they can submit
request forms at later times)


18) PAC Awareness Initiative (Rachelle Leduc)
‐ Rachelle suggested that all initiatives funded fully or partially by PAC should include a note on the forms sent home that the activity is funded by PAC


19) Crossing Guard at Kingsway & Windsor
‐ Suggested by both Judith Steedman & Deb Copeland
‐ Bob Moore will look into current VPD policy and report back to PAC
‐ Lisa Nucich advised the school will need to provide a coordinator. Perhaps this could be a PAC member.


20) Parent Criminal Record Checks
‐ Jenny Pronovost indicated that these checks cost $50 ‐ $70. Can PAC cover these costs for parents that are volunteering on an ongoing basis? Jenny mentioned there is one parent
who is contributing quite a bit of volunteer time but does not have the funds to pay for this
herself.
‐ Bob Moore to advise on current policy status and report back to PAC.
‐ It was suggested that PAC could estimate the number of volunteers it would be willing to
pay for and establish a budget.

Monday, September 16

Welcome to the new school year!


June 19, 2013 PAC General Meeting - Budget and Elections for 2013/14

PAC Members in Attendance: Kerryn Williams, Rachelle Leduc, Kelly Maxwell, Andrea Sinclair, Andrea Mitchell, Christy Thomas, Deb Copeland, Brad White, Cathy Golf

Admin in Attendance: Anna Maria Niccoli-Mullett, Karl Graham, Lisa Nucich

Parents in Attendance: Phil Benson, Nicole Nozick, Ania Jakobs, Anne-Marie Long, Leone Hall, Judith Steedman, Rochell Tucker, Scott Urquart, Tami Friesen

PAC Members with Regrets: Jenny Pronovost, Mimi Wong

  1. Annual Budget Review
    Kelly M referenced the 2012-2013 documents and outline the budget for 2013-2014. Things to note: there is a small carry forward from current budget; the run-rate line items have been revised and merged for clarity. She explained how Gaming and General funds are allocated and disbursed and the percentages allocated to both Main and Annex. Kelly noted the gaming application has been efiled and is complete. There was some discussion on the allocation and disbursements of the Technology Campaigns funds; this will continue in September.
    Motion by Christy T to accept the budget as presented and reviewed. Phil Benson seconded. All were in favour - passed.
  2. Greenway Project Status
    These funds - $15k - were raised some years ago and are being held. Andy M  gave an update on the revised Greenway Project with the City of Vancouver. This project is now just coming to the community; letter are being sent in the coming week to residents in the area. Motion made by Kelly M to continue holding these funds until it was clear what percentage (possibly 90% +) the City would cover. All in favour to keep holding these funds - motion passed.
  3. Technology Campaign Funds Disbursement
    Through parent contributions, about $3k has been raised for technology specifically. Motion by Kelly M, seconded by Kerryn W and passed by Executive to disburse these funds based on 564 total current enrolment in both Main and Annex - $5.00 per child for a total of $2820.00.
PAC Election
Current PAC members introduced themselves and spoke to the positions they currently held. Deb C motioned to accept the new PAC Executive as presented; Scott U seconded, all in favour and passed by those present.





2013-2014 PAC:


Position

Name


Co-Chair Main

Christy Thomas


Co-Chair Main

Deb Copeland


Chair Annex

Kerryn Williams


Vice Chair Main

Andrea Sinclair


Vice Chair Annex

Brad White


Treasurer

Kelly Maxwell


Co-Secretary

Phil Benson


Co-Secretary

Nicole Nozick


Member at Large

Andy Mitchell


Member at Large

Ania Jakobs


Member at Large

Anne-Marie Long


Member at Large

Cathy Golf


Member at Large

Judith Steedman


Member at Large

Leone Hall


Member at Large

Rachelle Leduc


Member at Large

Rochell Tucker


Member at Large

Scott Urquart


Member at Large

Tami Friesen