Seycove Secondary
North Vancouver School District
North Vancouver PAC
The Annual General Meeting of the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council (NVPAC) will be held on Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Mountain View Room (5th Floor) of the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue.
 
A formal Agenda will be posted on the NVPAC Blog and forwarded via email by 13th May, 2015.
 
One of the purposes of the Annual General Meeting is to elect a new Executive for the 2015/16 school year.  All Executive positions are up for election each year.  NVPAC encourages parents who are interested in issues at the District level to consider joining the Executive.  A description of the duties of each Executive position can be found in the NVPAC Constitution and Bylaws, pages 5 - 7  The time commitment varies with the particular role taken on, but at minimum, NVPAC Executive members are expected to attend one Executive meeting and one General Membership meeting per month.  There are no General Membership meetings held in September, December, March or June.  For more information, please contact the writer at jlholborne@northvanpac.org.
 
In addition to the Executive elections, the NVPAC Treasurer will present for approval an interim budget for the 2014/15 school year, and current Executive members will present year-end reports.

Regards,

Jane Lagden Holborne
Chair, NVPAC




1. Children and Youth Safe and Active Travel Working Group
 
The City of North Vancouver has requested that NVPAC provide a representative to this working group.
 
The purpose of this group is to:
  • Share information about initiatives, policies, and programs related to improving traffic safety and encouraging safe and active travel amongst children and youth;
  • Collaborate on initiatives to improve traffic safety and increase active transportation amongst children and youth;
  • Discuss education, engineering and enforcement opportunities to improve pedestrian, cycling, and vehicular safety and movements around locations frequented by children and youth;
  • Support the development of Safe and Active School Transport Plans; and
  • Support the efforts of the City's Transportation Demand Management Program, in relation to the travel patterns of children and youth.
Meetings will be held for the most part during business hours, about four times a year.  The first meeting of this group is next Wednesday afternoon, April 22nd, and "walkabout" meetings at two City schools are scheduled for May 7 and 8.
 
If you are a City resident and interested in this topic, and are willing and able to report back to the NVPAC Executive, please contact the writer at chair@northvanpac.org for more information.
 
2. Emergency Preparedness in a Day - Sunday May 3, 2015, 9 am - 4 pm
 
The North Shore Emergency Management Office is hosting this personal preparedness one-day free workshop at the NSEMO office, 2nd floor, 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver.  Anyone over the age of 19 is welcome to attend.  Pre-registration is required at  www.nsemo.org
 
3. Volunteer Opportunity for Youth:
 
Family Services of the North Shore is seeking students going in to Grade 11 or 12 in the 2015/16 school year for their Youth LAB.  Follow the link to find more information and to apply.




1. Upcoming NVPAC Events:
 
a) NVPAC General Meeting - Wednesday February 25, 2015.  Agenda
    If your PAC is unable to send a representative to this meeting, please forward your PAC's budget priorities via email to chair@northvanpac.org
    by Friday February 27.
 
b) NVPAC Speaker Event - The Problem with Discipline" featuring Christopher Burt - Wednesday March 25, 2015
c) Foods that Fit Workshop - Wednesday April 15, 2015
    Details of the above two events have already been forwarded under separate cover.
 
2. Youth Awards in City and District of North Vancouver:
    Both the City and District of North Vancouver recognize youth aged 10 to 24 for their contributions to the community or for other achievements.
    For more information, please follow these links to the respective City and District schemes.  Nominations close on March 25, 2015.
 
3. MEND Program at John Braithwaite Community Centre:
    Tracy Wakaluk, the Fitness Centre Supervisor at JBCC, has kindly provided the following information regarding the MEND program. 
   
    MEND: Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do-it! 
   Children 7-13yrs, who are above a healthy weight and their families.
   MEND empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier together. This FREE program includes family workshops on health topics followed by fun
   physical activities for the kids.  While the children are busy being active, parents can share their experiences about transitioning to a healthy lifestyle. The
   program runs twice a week for ten weeks for two hours each session.  Post program, families receive free recreation passes to encourage sustained changes.
   (Note, this program is not a diet or a weight loss program.) Click here to watch a 5-minute video. This program is funded by Healthy Families BC and supported
   by BC Parks & Recreation Association and the YMCA of BC & Yukon.  North Vancouver Recreation Commission is the host agency.
 
   REGISTRATION:
   Session #1: April 8 – June 14 (Wed 5:45-7:45pm & Sun 3-5pm) at John Braithwaite Community Centre,
   Session #2: October – December 2015 (Days & Times TBA), Harry Jerome Recreation Centre
 
Regards,
 
Jane Lagden Holborne
Chair, NVPAC





North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council

Keeping parents up to date on what's happening in North Vancouver Schools

Visit our website at www.northvanpac.org


North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council - NVPAC - is the District Parent Advisory Council for the North Vancouver School District. Our members are the PACs from the schools in the North Vancouver School District. We represent the parents of North Van at the District level. NVPAC offers grants to PACs to assist them in providing speakers for parent education, to ensure that volunteers overseeing food sales have the required FoodSafe certification, and to support communication and co-operation between the schools within a Family of Schools.

NVPAC General Meetings:

Our General Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of most months throughout the school year. Please refer to the NVPAC website for the exact dates. We meet from 7 - 9 pm in the Mountain View Room on the 5th Floor of the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale. All parents are welcome to attend our General Meetings, regardless of whether or not they are the District PAC Rep for their school. In addition to a business meeting, we typically have a speaker on a topic of interest to parents of school-age children and youth. Our October 22nd meeting will include a presentation by school district personnel Joanne Robertson and Kathleen Barter on the District's Assessment Handbook, and our November 26 meeting will feature a presentation on Outdoor School - now known as the Cheakamus Centre. A reminder, including an agenda, will follow closer to the date of each meeting.



NVPAC INFORMATION

1. School District Budget Development Consultation Process:


The North Vancouver School District is developing a budget for the 2015/16 school year, and has scheduled a number of meetings in the coming months as part of the process.  More detail and background can be found on pages 31 and 32 of the January 20, 2014 Board Agenda Package.   Public Standing Committee Meetings on February 3 and March 3, 2015 will focus on budget development, and an opportunity for individuals to submit comments on line will be available in March.  Follow this link to find the agenda for the February 3rd meeting.   At the March meeting, NVPAC, as one of the School District's Partner Groups, will submit a report outlining parent priorities for the coming year's budget, and would appreciate receiving input from PACs in this regard.  Please forward comments and suggestions for budget priorities to chair@northvanpac.org.


2. Traffic Safety and Active Transportation to Schools:


Carol Sartor is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Safe Routes Advocates.  She is offering to assist select North Shore schools to both identify safety concerns near schools and encourage active transportation to schools.  Four schools will receive 50 hours of consultation services, free.  Please apply by February 28th, 2015.  For further information, please contact Ms Sartor at carol.northshoresra@gmail.com.


3. Save the Date:  Foods that Fit Workshop - Wednesday April 15, 2015:


Vancouver Coastal Health, with the support of the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council and the North Vancouver School District, will once again present the "Foods that Fit" workshop.  This free, interactive workshop is designed for current and future lunch coordinators and interested parents at all North Shore schools.  Helen Yeung, Community Dietitian, will facilitate this workshop about the provincial "Guidelines for Food and Beverage sales in BC Schools", food safety and waste reduction, and school fundraising with healthy foods. Food vendors will be on site offering samples of their products.   More detailed information about the workshop and how to RSVP will follow shortly.


NVPAC, on behalf of Ms Yeung, is compiling a list of vendors providing foods to North Shore schools.  Please ask your lunch coordinators to email to chair@northvanpac.org a list of the vendors currently used, together with the vendors' contact information (name, email, phone number, website), the type of food provided and the name of the school.  If your PAC does not offer fun lunches, please let us know.


4. North Van City Library - Homework Club - Mondays 4 - 5:30 pm


The North Van City Library offers a Homework Club every Monday from 4 - 5:30 pm, except during school breaks and holidays.  Youth can drop in to the Teen Room on the 2nd floor of the library at 120 West 14th Street and get help from peer tutors or just use the quiet study space.  Computers, iPad minis and wifi are available.  For more information please contact Kate Longley, Teen Services Librarian at klongley@cnv.org.


Regards,

 

Jane Lagden Holborne

Chair, NVPAC