John Oliver PAC Meeting – May 17, 2017

Present:   Anne Montgomery (PAC Chair), Jo-Ann Gordon (Secretary), Suzanne Smythe (Co-DPAC Rep), Pedro de Silva (Principal), Teachers – John Silver, Sangeeta Kauldher (PAC Liaison), James Francom, Jacqui Symons and 7 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. Approval of minutes from Apr. 19 meeting by Lara Spence and seconded by Antonella Perri.

  1. Presentations by Clubs and Groups for Gaming Grant money:

There is only $2,000 left in the Gaming Grant, to distribute at the end of the year. Other money in the PAC account was given to scholarships for graduation. Funds were already given to Robotics earlier in the year.

Skills Canada Club (John Silver – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,200

– 20 students in club (Girls STEM, Shop and Robotics) – money to allow them to enter competitions

– $1,500 each for VEX Robots to enter VEX Robotics Competition; $700 for router and router table to enter cabinet making competition; public speaking and job interview competition;

Creative Writing Club (James Francom -sponsor teacher) – asking for $250

– New Shoots mentorship program has been defunded – for $250 12 students have 10 weeks with a mentor from UBC – some written pieces are published in an anthology

– Int’l Book Day – students entered 100 word short story contest

Student Council (Jaqui Symons – sponsor teacher) – asking for $500

– Team Building (hike and kayak in Deep Cove) June 29 for new and old student council members

– Student Council provides leadership and support to other clubs (ex. Yearbook – distribution party and Grad Committee dances)

– would like to have another Leadership Summit at the end of each year (include finance and leadership for all clubs)

Grad Committee (Sangeeta Kaulder, Richard Edge – sponsors)

– presented a signed Thank You card from 200 grads to PAC for supporting Grad events

Girls Softball Team (Nathan – sponsor) – asking for $500

– won City championships last year and this year – would like to buy jackets for the team

Jr. Lifeskills Program (Eddy – sponsor) – asking for $500

– wanting to build a Sensory Room

– if essential to students learning it should be paid for by the VSB

Exceptional Students Dept/Skills Development Centre – asking for $400

– for supplies – once again if the supplies are essential then should come from school

As a group it was decided to give the remaining Gaming funds to:

Creative Writing – $250

Student Council – $500

Athletics – $750

$500 to be carried over to next year

It was suggested that a notice go out to parents asking any with Grant Writing Skills to come forward, to help with grant writing for various clubs (Athletics, Skills Canada Club, etc.).

  1. Principal’s Report (Pedro)
  • May 23 – Scholarship meeting
  • May 24 – Grad tickets to be picked up and Teachers Appreciation Lunch
  • June 5 – IDS Expo 8:00 am – 9:00 pm (students display work)
  • June 6 – school leaving ceremony at Chan Centre (7:00 pm)
  • June 7 – Band final performance (7:00 pm)
  • June 12-15 – double blocks for final exams
  • June 22 – Awards (1:00-3:00 pm)
  • June 23 – Yearbook distribution party
  • June 28 – Mini School potluck
  • Langara Homestay – high school students – contact Barbara Onstad if interested (homestay@langara.ca)
  • Thank You to Anne Montgomery for being PAC Chair for 3 years and Co-Chair with Farrell Segall for 2 years.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Have a good summer! Next meeting will be Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7:00 pm.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:

‘like’ the John Oliver Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School-1081121061932130/?fref=ts ), the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jo_school), or (if in Mini) ask to join the Mini School parents FB (https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/)

You can also check in on the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac).

 

John Oliver Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Food, Donations, Volunteers Wanted!

On Wednesday, May 24th, the PAC is hosting a Teacher Luncheon in the staff room to show our wonderful John Oliver teachers how much we appreciate them. Since we aren’t allowed to draw from the grant money the PAC receives, we are asking for donations of food, money for food and supply purchases, and gifts that can be given to the teachers.

Do you own a restaurant or know someone who does? Perhaps you make amazing samosas or brownies? There are over 100 teachers to feed and there are various food needs to take into account: vegan, vegetarian, Halal, peanut-free. If you can provide any of these foods, that would be great. The gifts for the teachers can include gift certificates to restaurants, spas or stores, or items such as bottles of wine, coffee or other specialty foods.

If you are able to help with food or gift donations, please contact the PAC at pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca.

Food items should be labelled (eg. peanut-free, vegetarian), and please put your name on any containers that you would like back. Food can be delivered to the school the morning of the 24th.

We are also happy to have volunteers to set up the lunch and clean up afterwards. (Let us know at pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca).

To donate money for prizes and/or food: www.paypal.me/JOPAC

Thank you for helping the PAC show our love and support for our fantastic teachers!

  • Anne Montgomery, PAC Chair, John Oliver Secondary

John Oliver PAC Meeting – April 19, 2017

Present:  Anne Montgomery (PAC Chair), Jo-Ann Gordon (Secretary), Tracey Santos (Treasurer), Ramandeep Kaurminhas (Co-DPAC Rep), Pedro de Silva (Principal), Sangeeta Kauldher (Teacher), Farrell Segall (Past PAC Chair) and 12 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. Approval of minutes from Feb. 15 meeting by Majinder Deol and seconded by Jo-Ann Gordon.

  1. Principal’s Report (Pedro)
  • course selection – sent home with students, for parents to see as well
  • Indoor Track Meet – March 31 – was a great success and a lot of fun
  • incoming Gr. 7’s – JO Principal and VP meet with Elementary school teachers at their schools, to better know the students (academically, socially, financially) who will be coming to JO in the fall – helping them transition to high school
  • Aboriginal night was held at Templeton – JO participated
  • Mini School on field trip this week
  • After school – Mon. & Wed. Mentor Club – all students welcome – help with homework; Fri. ELL Club; Tues. & Thurs. Math & Science tutors [older students and teachers are on hand to help]
  • additional staffing of teachers will happen for the fall
  • Code of Conduct review – common expectations in classroom and in school – feedback from some parents is welcome [JOKERS is the old code of conduct]
  • May 10 – Dry Grad for all Gr. 12’s
  • May 11 – School Dance for all grades
  • June 6 – School Leaving ceremony at the Chan Centre
  • June 16 – Gr. 12 Prom Night
  1. Treasurer’s Report (Tracey)

Account has a total of $8,351.48, some of which will be carried over to next year. The balance needs to be given out. Teachers have until May 3 to email Anne Montgomery with requests, otherwise funds will go to Music and Athletics.

Direct Drive – Chimp program to be set up for the fall (easier to read and donate; receive a thank you and tax receipt right away).

In the September student mail out, will add form to sign up to be included in PAC emails and the Direct Drive letter.

  1. Farrell Segall (Past PAC Chair)

Will match donations to the Robotics program. Pedro to send out information to parents/students about how to donate.

Vancouver Maker Faire – Sunday June 11 – PNE Forum 2pm.

All students get in free. Farrell is offering $250, $150 and $100 cash prizes for innovative ideas. Deadline is June 4th. Website is www.makerfaire.ca and for information/submit entries: nifty2017@toptekkies.com

  1. Chair’s Report (Anne)

SACY – support for parents. Will be holding May and June workshops. Check website www.vsb.bc.ca/sacy for more information.

Committee of the Whole – Suzanne and Anne attended. More money needs to be put into education as programs and positions are still being cut. A letter will be circulated to JO parents to sign and send to their MLA’s and Premier.

DPAC – MLA candidates will meet Tues. Apr. 25 (6:30-8:30 pm) at the VSB Main office on Broadway.

Gordon Neufeld Workshop – Fri. Apr. 28 and Sat. Apr. 29 “Raising Resilient Children”. For information check out www.neufeldinstitute.org

Mini School Fundraising – magazine subscriptions to be sent out by Lara in the next week or so.

Talked about Poinsettias and Purdy’s as suggestions for whole school fundraisers for next year.

PAC Scholarships – six $500 scholarships (1T. Harpiniuk, 2 Mini School, 3 Regular). Criteria is listed on JO website. Pursuing further post-secondary education to be added to criteria for the Regular ones. Teachers and Principal make the decisions.

  1. Graduating Class of 2017

Parent Volunteers (preferably non-Gr. 12 parents) are needed for Dry Grad night Wed. May 10 (5-9 pm) in 2hr shifts. Please contact Miss Kauldher skauldher@johnoliver.ca if you can help.

  1. Teacher’s Appreciation Lunch

Wed. May 24. Please consider volunteering to help PAC with set up and clean up on that day (11-1 pm). As well food and donations are gratefully accepted. A number of prizes are given to teachers randomly (gift certificates, etc.). Please contact Anne annemontgomery@yahoo.com or Tracey tsknit@gmail.com if you can help with prizes, contacting restaurants, setting up, etc.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm. Final PAC meeting will be Wed. May 17 (7-8 pm). Discussions for PAC positions, and final disbursing of funds will be on the agenda.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:

‘like’ the John Oliver Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School-1081121061932130/?fref=ts ), the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jo_school), or (if in Mini) ask to join the Mini School parents FB (https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/)

You can also check in on the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac).

April 11 Discussion of Provincial Education Policy

Your Education Matters is hosting a another discussion on public ed with former Minister of Education George Abbott on Tuesday April 11th, at 7pm at SFU Woodwards. The event will be moderated by Katie Hyslop, Education & Youth Reporter for The Tyee and the panel will include past VSB Chair Mike Lombardi, Cindy Dalglish of Surrey Students Now, Jennifer Stewart of FACE (Families Against Cuts to Education) and PAN and Andrea Sinclair of PAN. This event is open to everyone and is free. It starts at 7pm at SFU Woodwards in downtown Vancouver. The evening should be insightful and informative – we look forward to seeing many concerned citizens there. Poster for sharing within your networks is attached.

John Oliver PAC Meeting – Feb. 15, 2017

Present:    Anne Montgomery (PAC Chair), Jo-Ann Gordon (Secretary), Tracey Santos (Treasurer), Pedro de Silva (Principal), Lindsay Reynolds (Vice-Principal) and 4 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m.  Approval of minutes from Jan. 25 meeting by Tracey Santos and seconded by Jo-Ann Gordon.

  1. Principal’s Report (Pedro)
  • 7 Stories is being performed by Drama Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:00 pm.
  • Green Thumb will be performing a play “Alone Together” on Friday March 10th.
  • 5 yr Strategic Plan will be posted on JO website.
  • Staffing – based on new curriculum and changes in class size, there may delay in course selection in September.
  • Introducing Lindsay Reynolds, new VP
  • STEM – career day happened with Science World
  • Riverdale – filmed episode 13 and will continue at JO – 2 main areas being used are the Cafeteria and small gym.
    Death Note – may come and do a re-shoot this March.
  1. Treasurer’s Report (Tracey)

Bingo Night (Jan 26) raised $722.55 for PAC.
VanCity $500 donation was added to Account bringing total to $8,351.48.
Money from this account will be used for Teacher’s Lunch, 6 year-end Scholarships and perhaps Athletics; with surplus carried over to next year.

  1. Bingo Night

Turnout was good, as well as prizes. Noticed that the crowd was mainly caucasian. Next year perhaps approach the Filipino or Indian groups to have something within their communities included in the school as a fundraiser, or to offer something different to attract more parents from the whole school.

  1. DPAC – Two surveys:
  1. Lord Roberts – seismic upgrade
  2. Questions to Mike Bernier:
  • Why are there so many CP days (20 in the year) in high school?
  • When will money be there for school to hire teachers for accommodating smaller classes.
  • Better drug education needs to be developed and implemented in high schools.
  • Students graduate with too little education. When will post-secondary counsellors be re-attached to every high school, and not 1 counsellor for 4 or more high schools?
  • Will more funding be made available for electives so more classes that are popular but do not meet 30 student minimum, can be run?
  1. Graduating Class of 2017

There are 220 grads this year. Wanting to ensure cost is not an issue for students to attend all the planned activities. Grad photos too expensive from Mountain West photography and so contracts will be re-visited for next year.

  1. Teacher’s Lunch

Friday April 28, 2017. Please consider volunteering to help PAC with set up and clean up on that day. As well food donations gratefully accepted. Please contact Anne annemontgomery@yahoo.com or Tracey tsknit@gmail.com

  1. Richard Edge
  • ELL – team teaching in skills centre, so more effective with reaching students and completing work.
  • BC select standing committee on finance and government services. A provincial sub-committee (non partisan) wanting to restore learning and teaching conditions to previous levels. Parents can check out https://bctf.ca/parents.aspx for more information.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm. Next meeting to be held Wednesday April 12 after spring break.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:

‘like’ the John Oliver Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School-1081121061932130/?fref=ts ), the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jo_school), or (if in Mini) ask to join the Mini School parents FB (https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/)

You can also check in on the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac).

 

John Oliver PAC Meeting Minutes – Jan. 25, 2017

Welcome back!

Attendance: Anne Montgomery, PAC Chair, Tracey Santos, Treasurer, Ramandeep Minhas and Suzanne Smythe, DPC Representatives, Pedro DaSilva, Principal, Richard Edge, School Counsellor, Roma Mehta, Sacy Representative; 8 parents

Last month’s minutes were accepted and seconded.

  1. Sacy – Roma Mehta from Sacy (School Age Children and Youth) came to remind us that Sacy is there to support parents and students by offering workshops (there is an upcoming Capacity Café at JO where students can tell parents what school and teenage hood is like for them) and meeting one-on-one with students and parents.

– in April there will be the workshop ‘Building Bridges With Your Teen’.

– there is a youth support worker at JO – Kelly – and kids don’t need a referral to see her.

– Feb 8 & 9, there will be a health fair at the school for kids, and there is a wellness club at lunch time during the week.

– STEP – Sacy Teen Engagement Program – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week; kids talk about adolescent development.

  1. Richard Edge spoke of the $44 million that the VSB will be receiving from the government. Schools will present requests for “areas of need” in order to get money. JO is hoping to get 2 full-time positions filled, which will help lower the teacher to student ratio for some classes.
  1. Pedro’s Report – The Human Library was held this past week and was very successful in engaging students. People were invited to come and share in their area of expertise, with a focus on the STEM programs.

– Canadian Films were also offered this week after exams.

– it’s time to look at course selection for next year so talk to your kids; they can start choosing courses next week.

– staff changes: Shannon (Vice Principal) was transferred to Kits High, and was replaced by Lindsay Reynolds.

– BC new curriculum – the Grade10/11 curriculum has been delayed for another year although core classes have already started moving towards the new curriculum; there will be no further exams except for Language Arts 12.

  1. Treasurer’s Report – after paying out over $11,000 for teacher/student requests, we are left with just over $9,000 in our gaming account. We expect to have more requests given to the PAC over the next couple of months.

– the Direct Drive wasn’t as successful as hoped, bringing in just over $900. Sheril suggested we keep sending out the request and Anne suggested we try and get it translated into other languages. Anne will ask the Tupper PAC what they think made their DD successful?

– Pedro suggested a couple of fundraising ideas: offer plaques on the back of the auditorium chairs for donations of $100 and over (this would be a great idea for the new build, in order to raise funds to keep the auditorium), or have alumni years start a competition to raise the most money for the Direct Drive, and the year that raises the most can have a plaque and their year’s grad photos put up by the office.

  1. The Mini school held it’s 2nd Bingo fundraiser on January 26 and it was a fun and successful evening, bringing in around $700 for the Mini school. A big thanks to all who donated prizes and snacks, and who bought tickets and played. The big winner of the night was a neighbour from the community who won a tablet!
  1. Tracey suggested we revisit the idea of a fall fair for late September or early October. We’ll talk to Jeff Spence since he had wanted to do a fair, and see if a concrete plan can be developed before the end of the spring semester.
  2. The Drama Department is presenting Morris Panych’s ‘7 Stories’ in the JO Auditorium, February 20, 21, 22 and 23. Door open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from students, at the office or at the door. Come out and support the Drama students!

Meeting adjourned at 8pm; next PAC meeting set for Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm.

 

JO PAC Meeting – Nov. 16, 2016

Present:         Anne Montgomery – PAC Chair, Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary, Farrell Segall (past PAC Chair), Pedro de Silva – Principal, and 9 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. Approval of minutes from Oct. 19 meeting by Kanwal Deol and seconded by Majinder Deol.

  1. Presentation by Eastside Fitness (Wendy – co-owner)
  • Located on Fraser Street across from the school – offers personal training, yoga, zumba and other classes; teenagers are welcome to any class $5.00 (waiver signed once), Teen Girls class offered too
  • Free Month Pass for silent auction and Free Class cards.
  • Space is available for rent for parties or community gatherings.
  • Dance Co. bought the building and are upstairs.
  1. Principal’s Report (Pedro)
  • Red Cross Healthy Relationships Youth Symposium (2 day workshop happened on the weekend).
  • Day of the Dead displays throughout the school – involves Spanish and French classes.
  • Halloween School Dance – smooth one, students being respectful of the school and building.
  • Oral Quiz – week long for French and Spanish.
  • Boys Soccer are in Provincials; Sr. Girls Volleyball also doing well.
  • Mini School Information night was a success.
  • LIT Festival – each grade ranked books they would like to read. With grant money the top 3 books for each grade were purchased (from KidsBooks) and put in classroom libraries.
  • Remembrance Day – Harjitt Sajjan (Min. of Defence) visited the school and was presented with an aboriginal shirt made for PM Justin Trudeau.
  1. Grant Money given to the following clubs

Photography Club – $800

Lunch Time Drop-in – $300

Music Exchange – $1,000

Grad Committee – $1,500 for Grad Breakfast; $3,000 for Mystery Bus

JO Wrestling Team – $1,000

Student Council – nothing at this time as they receive money from the VSB

Safe Teen – $2,400

Robotics – $2,000

Aboriginal Club – $500

Boy’s Club – $800

There is approximately $6,800 remaining from the Gaming Grant, for proposals in the New Year.

Direct Drive is happening, with deadline of Dec. 2.

All details and link to credit card “Donate Now” button are here http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac/ and http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d105fb37c4c7addeb4e84f0b0&id=a9dc77b76c&e=a262de1809 (the MailChimp email that went out to our 85 PAC emails). People can also write cheques. Tax receipts are available if people donate more than $20 and let us know they need a receipt (name, address, phone number). Wishlist items we are hoping to fund are listed at http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac/john-oliver-wishlist/

  1. UBC Engineering Open House

Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10-4 pm. Register online.

  1. DPAC Chair

Morgane has stepped down as she is running for MLA. This is a strong organization that fights for student and teacher concerns.

Rallies in March 2017 with PAN or FACE (check online at JO PAC). They will upload videos made by parents about different ideas and issues.

  1. Mini School Bingo fundraiser

Coming in the New Year – Thursday, January 26, 2017!

  1. Parent Teacher night

Thursday, December 8

  1. Farrell Segall

Would like to help fund Robotics at JO by giving a $1,000 cheque and then matching donations by students up to another $1,000 until April/May 2017. He is supporting technology in JO and will meet with A. Wong and Pedro to discuss and set up how to get the word out to all the students. If 50 to 100 students each brought in $10 that would be enough!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday January 18, 2017.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:

‘like’ the John Oliver Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School-1081121061932130/?fref=ts ), the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jo_school), or (if in Mini) ask to join the Mini School parents FB (https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/)

You can also check in on the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac).

 

2016-2017 John Oliver PAC Wish List (we need to raise funds for these!)

At the recent October 2016 JO PAC meeting (all parents of all John Oliver students are members of the PAC by the way and are welcome to attend the meetings), clubs and teams and departments presented their wish lists for PAC funding/help, and below is the list of what we have decided to focus our fundraising efforts on this year.

The truth is, though, that we can’t fund everything on the list with the money we have in our PAC bank account from the BC Lottery grant and previous fundraising efforts. We will be having a direct drive this fall and a fundraising bingo night in January 2017 (and possibly more events).

Can you help? You can donate *HERE* *NOW* to JO PAC (Paypal or credit card) (cheques are also OK)

2016/2017 Student and Teacher Funding Requests:

  • Dry Grad and Grad Breakfast – $4500
  • Wrestling Team (attending national championship event) – $3000
  • Aboriginal Club – $700
  • Grade 8 Lunch Time Drop In Club – $300
  • Robotics Club – $2000
  • Boys Club – $1000
  • Manitoba Music Exchange – $2000
  • Safeteen Program – $2300
  • Photography Club – $1200
  • LALS Cooking Program – $600
  • Student Council (to help put on events, build student engagement) – $500

The JO PAC will fund some of these requests with Gaming Grant money, but not all of these requests can be fulfilled without extra fundraising/donations.

And, there are still outstanding requests from other years such as:

  • Risers for the Choir (improves performance/sound) – $2000
  • Tuba for the band (we have no tuba!) – $2500
  • Camera Lens – $2000
  • Travel Bags for Mini School field studies – $300
  • Art Hanging System for the Learning Commons – $200
  • Athletics – need more funds for referees and tournament costs!

For information on any of these items, please email pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca.

We can get you a tax receipt for your donation for the current tax year but need your contact details including name + address).

If you have any other fundraising ideas, please contact us!

 

PAC Meeting Minutes – Oct. 19/16

Present:      Anne Montgomery – PAC Chair, Tracey Santos – Treasurer, Ramandeep Kaurminhas Co-DPAC Rep., Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary, Pedro de Silva – Principal, and 10 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m.
Approval of minutes from Sept. 21 meeting Sheril Gelmon, seconded by Jo-Ann Gordon.

  1. Presentations by Clubs and Groups for Gaming Grant money:

Photography Club (Michelle Nelson – sponsor teacher) – asking for $1,240
– seed money to make pinhole cameras, graphic design, revenue generating club (50% student/50% club)
– at the end of the school year put on a gallery show

Lunch Time Drop-in (Catherine -sponsor) – asking for $300
– Gr. 8 casual drop-in on Mondays to get to know one another

Music Exchange – (Eric Tsang – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,000
– Nov. 18-24 23 JO students with 25 Manitoba students
– government pays for airfare and transportation to and from airport
– fundraising for 48 students and 6 chaperones seeing culture of Vancouver, buses and meals
– could put on a concert to raise money

Grad Committee (Sangeeta Kaulder, Richard Edge – sponsors) – asking for $4,500
– Grad Breakfast $1,500 (VSB Catering) Nov. 22/16 – wear PJ’s, eat breakfast, open Gr. 8 letters, etc.
– Dry Grad $3,000 (Mystery Bus tour, assembly, dinner, casino games in gym) – end of June
– fundraising for other money, as well as $2,400 VSB grant
– does not include Prom and Grad ceremony
– suggested that Gr. 11 parents help for Gr. 12’s each year (8 hr. day so shifts would be needed)
– PAC has supported this since 2009

JO Wrestling Team (John Silver – sponsor teacher) – asking for $3,000
– 2 yrs ago top Canadian Champion was at JO
– last year both Gold and Silver winners and top 3 finishers
– goal this year is to send 5 wrestlers to Canada Games to compete
– no coach at JO (Chris Fuoco used to coach and he is now in Delta)
– Chris did all the grant and bursary application writing – need parent or teacher to help with this
– wrestlers train at Tupper and Surrey in the summer – mats are expensive so are shared or borrowed
– limits of the VSB Gaming Grant and so can only fund secondary school championship

Student Council (J. Simmons – sponsor teacher) – asking for $1,000
– put on events to build school spirit (Halloween Dance, Canned Food Drive, Santa Pictures, Spring Fling Dance, etc.)

Safe Teen – (Don – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,400
– anti-violence program for Gr. 10’s ($325/class for 2 sessions each)

Robotics Competition – (A. Wong – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,000
– money for 4 starter kits – robots don’t change from year to year, but playing field does
– develop Gr. 8 and 9’s to compete against themselves
– engineering driven and programming
– VEX IQ – age 16 competition cut-off

Aboriginal Club – (D. Wilmann – sponsor teacher) – asking $700
– 41 Aboriginal students at JO
– bridging with an artist – wants to develop the boards in the hallway over the year
– run meetings and share culture – for non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal students

Boys Club – (D. Wilmann – sponsor teacher) – asking $1,000
– result of recognized need of Filipinos coming to school needing a space to find positive experiences and create social/emotional connections
– Constable Freeman comes every Wed.

  1. School Board/Provincial Government update: (Richard Edge co-PAC liaison w/Sangeeta Kauldher)
    – VSTA – Van. Secondary Teacher’s Association
    – VSB fired 9 elected School Trustees; Min. of Education staff member is in the role probably for next 2 yrs.
    – teachers cannot attend Council meetings so must go to committee meetings
    – A meeting was held at the VSB on October 20 to show support for the fired Trustees
    – DPAC will hold a meeting at the VSB on October 27 at 7 pm – public is welcome to attend
    – the first official Trustee meeting will be held on November 7
    – Principal Pedro de Silva assured parents that teachers at JO are creating a good environment for students.

– Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) – To learn more about what is happening with the school board, please check PAN’s website is www.panvancouver.ca
– Any voicemail phone calls to Minister Mike Bernier’s office in the evening will be documented and shared the next day. Please phone (250) 387-1977 with your positive message for a new school to be re-built.

  1. Voting on Funds:
    – Tracey (Treasurer) talked about the Gaming Grant of $20,000 should be used to benefit all JO students.
    – Parents and Executive stayed to vote on distribution of the Gaming Grant.
  1. Mini Bingo Night:
    – Postponed until January, 2017.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday November 16, 2016.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:
‘like’ the John Oliver Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School-1081121061932130/?fref=ts ), the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jo_school), or (if in Mini) ask to join the Mini School parents FB (https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/)

You can also check in on the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac).