Christy Thomas Co-Chair
Kerryn Williams Co-Chair Annex
Deb Copeland Co-Chair
Andrea Sinclair Vice Chair Main (chaired meeting)
Kelly Maxwell Treasurer
Nicole Nozick Co-Secretary (took Minutes)
Adrienne Wang Member at Large
Andrea Mitchell Member at Large
Leone Hall Member at Large
Scott Urquhart Member at Large
Rachelle Leduc Member at Large
Tami Friesen Member at Large
Judith Steedman Member at Large
Brian Anderson Principal (Interim) Charles Dickens ElementaryKarl Graham Vice Principal Charles Dickens
Lisa Nucich Vice Principal Charles Dickens Annex
RegretsPhil Benson Co-Secretary
Brad White Vice Chair Annex
Aasia Paterson Member at Large
Ania Jakobs Member at Large
Tara Robens Member at Large
Cathy Golf Member at Large
Jenny Pronovost Member at Large
Mimi Wong Member at Large
Anne-Marie Long Member at Large (unable to attend on Weds)
Rochelle Tucker Member at Large (unable to attend on Weds)
1. Agenda for tonight’s meeting approved (Deb 1st / Kelly 2nd / Passed)
2. Approve Minutes: Exec mtg Jan 8/14 (Kerryn 1st /Kelly 2nd / Passed)
3. School Update
● Brian (
Anna-Maria is back on a part-time gradual-return basis working half day (mornings) for the next few weeks. Brian is in place full time until AM returns full time. AM is feeling well and happy to be back.
Re Basketball hoops - confirmed hoops will soon be lowered to a better height - 9’6” (as per January Exec mtg discussion). Some new coat hooks and cubbies near the gym will be replaced, more to be added in the hallways. VSB approval given for the outdoor drainage issues to be fixed (PAC funded as per previous meeting discussions and motions). This will take place in the near future.
● Karl (
Activities are in full swing - grade 6/7 boys and girls basketball teams, skating fieldtrips, Bollywood dancing (performance planned for Monday Feb 17 - parents are welcome to attend), high school selections continuing. The Ministry-operated Satisfaction Survey for parents and students grades 4, 7 & 10 will be coming out in April. Students complete survey at school, parents receive/fill in via email.
Some discussion re after-school care Bike Camp - very popular program. Karl provided background explanation about VSB rental policy - school sponsored clubs (eg chess club) don’t pay rental fees, non-profit organizations (eg Bike Camp) pay reduced rate rentals, for- profit organizations (Church groups, Stratas) pay full rental fees. The school has priority if the space is needed.
UPDATE as per Feb 11: Karl was able to purchase PAC’s #1 technology priorities for the Main with the most recent packet so Main library will now have four student Mac computers, a full laptop cart (that all teachers can sign out) and Arms installed for all smartboards in the school.
● Lisa (Annex)
January has been extremely busy. Activities included parents centre morning with six parent-run stations, staff keen to have parent involvement whenever possible. Bob Heidebreider (author) gave presentation. Jump Rope for Heart coming up soon. The Annex has grown so much that the students are split into two groups for the performance. (Brian - keep in mind that space is limited when bringing along family members to watch performances.)
Pink Day is coming up soon. Dickens Annex Parents Night Out (raised $2,500) happening again March 7. Only for Annex parents - space issues. Hopefully this will be expanded with a larger venue in the future.
Lice - VCH nurse will be visiting Annex to speak with parents about lice control and management. Parents will receive information kits to take home. Some group discussion about the issue and how to address it in the schools.
Budget ReportGeneral funds have been updated to reflect the decisions voted on at from PAC January meeting.
General funds for Main$ 1579.75 uncommitted
General funds for Annex $0.00 uncommitted
Lisa - Annex used the technology money to purchase an additional projector. Grateful for the funding.
5. Spring Fling - May 29 Andy M
Four months away. Andy is happy to continue to lead this (huge!) project. Unfortunately Jen Smythe is unable to work with Andy again this year. Fling needs more male volunteers. Gail Hallet will lead the Silent Auction and needs help - specifically data-base entry and door-to-door solicitation (approaching neighbourhood businesses to solicit donations for the Silent Auction.) Kerryn, Christy, Rachelle will sign up to help with this.
Most Fling stations have a manager in place (pretty much the same as last year). The
Kerryn will manage the pop-up homemade store, parents will be solicited to
donate anything home-made to have for sale. Bouncy
Andy would like to set up a marketplace area and suggested having a garden centre/plant sale, the group liked this suggestion.
Some discussion about:
· the 50/50 draw (raised approx. $250). Some concerns from last year that it is inappropriate (gambling). A gaming license is required. The group decided to keep 50/50.
· the Cake Walk - a lot of mess, fewer cakes donated, last year the cakes were used for food fights (this hasn’t happened in previous years). Recommendation to keep the Cake Walk but have more volunteers in place to supervise and additional regulations in place to keep this popular event successful .
· working with Paul Eviston (local realtor) and his offer to provide wine and/or donations for a station. (Kerryn to follow up). Eviston has been very generous in the past (cash donations) and has offered to host a money-making event.
Brian - must be mindful about offering ‘free’ advertising for businesses. The school may not allow any form of advertising to parents or students to take place during school events.
Lisa - the Annex has had to decline many funding offers because of this issue from parents who are neighbourhood realtors.
Beer garden on roof suggestion quickly dismissed as inappropriate.
There is a Spring Fling committee that will begin meeting in March.
6. Feb 27 - General event discussion - Christy/Nicole
Event suggested will include potluck appies (sweet/savoury) plus a dance or line dancing component. Christy to talk with staff to get them on board, this will encourage student attendance, but not necessary for teachers to attend or participate (but desirable of course). Gym and multi-purpose room to be used. Gym capacity standing 750, seated 420.
Some discussion about expected attendance and whether to include Annex families.
Karl expressed concern about numbers/attendance if both schools are included. Discussion and decision made for event to be held on Thursday or Friday, to include Annex and
Main, with the idea that very few Annex families would
attend in reality. Suggestion to make it ticketed (free) to address
UPDATE as per Feb 11: there is no funding left in the speakers budget line to cover the DJ ($300). Funding will need to come from the Emergency funds budget line (currently $800).
Motion: to take $288 from Emergency Funds to use for DJ Dance Party on Feb. 28 at
(both schools invited). Main School
(Christy 1st /Kerryn 2nd/Passed). Whoohoo!
A number of funding requests have recently been presented from teachers. There has been some a fair amount of misunderstanding amongst teachers about the application for funding process. Christy met with Main school staff to talk about the process and address the confusion/concerns. Christy will address communication issues with staff to improve the process for future funding requests.
For now, after much consideration, a solution has been devised by Christy and Kelly to address the discrepancies between teachers/divisions and to ‘even out’ the playing field so that all the students benefit equitably from field trip/funding opportunities. Group discussion about disbursing funds to each division (
Main) to ensure equitable division
amongst all the divisions/classes while acknowledging and honouring the
requests made by teachers in advance.
Some discussion about the recommended plan which includes a suggestion to hold $10 per student for two classes in which the usual teachers have been absent and therefore not applied for funding, but are expected to return soon.
Below is the plan put forward by Christy and Kelly:
February Funding 2014 – Main
DIV + title
1-7 - School bus for Salmon Release
Wendy & all K/1/2
1 + 2 – Planetarium
3 + 4 - Field Trip
3 + 4 - Bird Talk
Sheila, Cathy, Jeanne
5 + 6 - Salmonids/aquarium
8 + 9 - Owl Rehab
10 + 11 - Spring Field trip
13 -Spring Field trip
16 - Anne Frank
19 + 20 -
12 - reserved by PAC
14- reserved by PAC
MOTION: Funding for the above will come from General funds; excess funding needed ($1,200.22) will come from the contingency and cash surplus. Whatever is taken out of this (contingency/cash surplus) will be given to the Annex on a per student rate - total $351.03.
(Kelly 1st/Andrea 2nd / Passed)
● Crossing guard (Judith) - Rachelle explained that a former conversation with Bob provided some important information - it’s possible to set up a patrol program but it must be parent volunteer run. It requires some training/gear and a parent liaison. Student involvement is not allowed.
● Criminal record checks - Kerryn heard back from VSB about criminal record checks which will be needed by parent volunteers as per new VSB requirements. At the moment it is up to the parent to fund the criminal record checks. Tabled for discussion at next meeting.
● Christy - Dawn and Dawn’s family were very grateful for the support. There is a dinner roster going around.
● Internet: safety and best practices (Nicole) - is this being addressed in the classroom, curriculum based, ad hoc? Tabled for next meeting.