Ever wondered the purpose of PAC?

If you’re wondering more about what PACs in Vancouver are for, and the benefits of being in one, read this summary from the BC PAC website:  (http://bccpac.bc.ca/what-pac)

What is a PAC?

The School Act gives parents the right, through PACs, to assume an advisory role in every school. PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school other than matters assigned to the School Planning Council (SPC).

PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by:

  • providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school;
  • involving parents in volunteer activities; and
  • openly discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools.

Who Can Become a Member of PAC?

All parents and guardians of students registered in the school are able to participate as a member of the PAC.

What Governs a PAC?

As an autonomous body, the PAC must abide by its Constitution and Bylaws and the School Act.

How Does a PAC Work?

Through their elected executives from parents in the school, PACs communicate with their parent community gathering and discussing issues of importance regarding their school in order to adequately advise those that influence their school. In addition to PAC meetings communication may also be done through, newsletters, telephone, email, and websites so that all parents have the opportunity for input. PACs, with strong participation from parents, have an important influence on life at the school and the feelings the community has toward the school and education. There is strong evidence that increased parent involvement in the school results in increased student achievement, accomplishment, satisfaction, and bonding all of which result in decreased dropout rates and better citizen.

Whom does the PAC Advise?

(a) advise the board and the principal and staff of the school or the Provincial school respecting any matter relating to the school or the Provincial school, other than matters assigned to the school planning council, and

(b) at the request of the SPC, assist the SPC in carrying out its functions under this Act.

(c) advise their District Parents’ Advisory Council (DPAC), British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), the Ministry of Education and any other organization, as they deem necessary.

The Purpose of a PAC can be:

  • to provide parents with the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the school;
  • to assist the School Planing Counsel in carrying out its function;
  • to give input into school- based decisions;
  • to participate in goal setting;
  • to unify efforts of the school community towards the goal of quality education;
  • to monitor and review school rules and conduct, the safety programs, the educational programs; learning materials, equipment and the school building;
  • to educate parents;
  • to advocate equal educational opportunities for all students;
  • to liaise with other education partners and organizations; and
  • to provide methods to resolve problems between the school and community by directing parents and students to the Advocacy project.

The PAC is NOT:

A forum to discuss individual students/staff problems or conflicts.

Your Involvement

Parents are encouraged and invited to bring forth issues, suggestions, or concerns relating to the meeting and enhancement of the needs of your school community.

These issues can be brought forth by:

  • contacting a PAC executive member
  • sending a letter to the school addressed to a member of the PAC executive
  • attending a PAC meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you out at an upcoming John Oliver Secondary PAC meeting!

Funds raised, Budget Shortfalls, Activities – great stuff – Minutes April 13 2016 PAC meeting

Lots of goodies talked about at the JO PAC meeting Wednesday April 13, 2016, including success of our BMO-fund-matching program ($3250 raised), some filming going on ($7000 raised), and some very important issues you should read about (VSB shortfalls that will affect our school in terms of kids per class (raised), loss of mini school program secretaries (jeopardizing programs at all 17 Vancouver secondary schools).

Read please!  JO PAC Meeting Minutes 04-13-2016

Do you follow JO on FB? Do you receive emails from JO PAC? Being informed and sharing accurate information with other parents, students and neighbours in the John Oliver family is key to our success. Thank you!

Follow / Share about John Oliver:

https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School-1081121061932130/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/JO_School

http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/johnoliver/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/johnoliverminischool/

FB group for Mini School Parents:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/

Do you receive the John Oliver PAC email: If not, email pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca and request to be added!

Communication is key for the goals of our kids and our school. Ask 3 parents of JO students you know if they are on the email list and/or following JO via the methods above. If not, ask them to please sign up! Thanks!

Open a Student Account with $100, Get $50 and JO PAC gets $50 (before end of March 2016)

Deposit $100, get FREE $50

Hi all – want to help John Oliver make $15,000 this year for student programs/band/arts/sports *and* get $50 in matched savings for your child? BMO on Fraser has made an offer to the John Oliver PAC and we need action by end of March!

The Bank of Montreal at Fraser and 48th has given the JO PAC a generous offer – if 300 JO students open accounts at that branch in the next month or so, the bank will give the PAC $15,000! That money would go a long way towards funding some of the requests we receive each year from teachers and students. There are information packages at the office if you would like to know more about this special offer. Basically, the JO student (can also include siblings, faculty and faculty children) opens up an account at BMO Fraser/48th by depositing at least $25, and then depositing another $25 for at least 3 months (this means you put in another $75). At the end of 3 months, BMO will put another $50 into that account and give the PAC $50! There are no fees with the student account. You will need student ID or a BMO form to prove your connection to JO, and you should have a SIN number and 2 other pieces of ID with you (the student) when you sign up. Parents should come with the student and also provide ID. Saturday March 12, 2016, has been set aside for John Oliver families to open accounts. Please call Charlene Chen at the bank 604-668-1313 for more information, or email the PAC at pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca. This is an amazing opportunity for us so please open an account! The JO PAC thanks you! SHARE with JO Parents!

Welcome Back 2015-2016

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Welcome back!

Our first PAC meeting will be on September 23, 2015 at 7pm in the Learning Commons (in the main hallway). Please join us to talk about the coming year – fundraising opportunities, teacher and student wish lists, and hopefully the election of a Co-Chair and Secretary. Refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions or wish to add something to the agenda, please contact the PAC Chair, Anne Montgomery, at

Hope to see many new families at the meeting!