PAC Meeting Jan 17 2018

Join John Oliver parents, Principal Pedro da Silva, and John Oliver STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) teacher Jeff Spence on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7pm in the John Oliver Learning Commons.

Agenda:

  • Jeff Spence (JO Teacher) – STEM at JO (only offered at one other school in Vancouver!), why it matters, what it is (grades 9,10, 11 one class each), how to apply, who should be part of it, who won’t thrive, how it differs from John Oliver Digital Immersion Mini
  • Principal Pedro da Silva – school news, dates for mid-year exam week (how each grade will experience things), update VBS Student Learning Grant $34,000 (one time given) – we know the teachers met to discuss how to allocate funds (instructional supplies, athletic supplies, band/instruments, etc.) – Pedro will update and discuss if we received and when monies need to be spent.
  • Suzanne Smythe (PAC DPAC rep) – District PAC update – info on what concerns the district PAC
  • Tracey Santos (PAC treasurer) – PAC Accounts update
  • Sheri Wiwchar (PAC fundraising co-chair) – Purdy’s Fundraising totals; buying gift cards (to benefit the PAC, mini and music programs) will continue throughout year
  • Lara Spence (PAC Communications) – Family Bingo Thursday March 1 – a community event, organized by Mini students
  • Sheril Gelmon (PAC Co-Chair) – Update on The Quest Course for Teens by facilitator Rebecca Janke (attended November PAC meteing)– how to sign up for interested students/parents
  • Lara Spence (PAC Communications) – update on Screenagers, which recently screened at Tupper Secondary and JO Secondary (but it wasn’t put on by us…)
  • Other business? Parents welcome to ask questions!

 

Quest Course – Course for Teens on Rites of Passage – Groups Forming for Early 2018

Opportunity to sign up your teen for The Quest Course, a 9 (or 7) hour course for teens (with breaks of course!) to learn about and understand the types of support they’ll need as they pass through the 6 developmental rites of passage essential for becoming healthy adults.

Adolescence is a bridge where we leave childhood on one side and venture forward to adulthood on the other side. Bridges allow us to look back at where we came from as well as forward to where the trail will lead next.

Along this journey of self-discovery there are 6 rites of passage that are essential for healthy development.  As with any adventure, each rite of passage has opportunities as well as pitfalls.

This course is a map to this incredible adventure and offers support to youth as they become equipped to step forward on their own path with confidence and a sense of purpose and meaning.

Rites of Passage We will Learn About

  1. A New Awareness: A time of self-discovery
  2. A New Way of Thinking: A time of confusion and conflict
  3. A New Way of Feeling: A time of emotional intensity
  4. A New Way of Being: A time of identity formation
  5. A New Way of Interacting: A time of journeying with others
  6. A New Purpose: A time to venture forth.

Course Leader

Rebecca Janke RSW MSW is a parent consultant and registered social worker who is a facilitator for the Neufeld Institute.  She specializes in promoting attachment within the parent-child relationship.  Learn more about Rebecca.

Two Course Options for Groups of 5-12 Teens (Gr 8+9, or Gr 10-12 advisable)

Option A: 3 x 3 hour Sessions – dates up to your group

Parent Workshop; 2.5 hours, held prior to student workshops

The parent workshop is designed to overview the Quest Course and outline the six rites of passages that adolescents are experiencing and how we can come alongside our children and support them on this journey.

3 Youth Workshops; 3 hours each

Option A includes 3 interactive and dynamic workshops for youth that introduces them to their own Quest Journey and allows them to identify the six rites of passages, how to overcome the temptations and pitfalls along the way, and how to be equipped to take up the challenge and design their own adventure.

COST: $185 per child (parent workshop included) (food + room extra if needed)* , assuming 10 kids in group. If less kids, more per child. $154 per child if 12 in the group.

* Parents responsible for managing registration + forming groups. Additional costs for food + room rental may be incurred. Parents can arrange food or Rebecca can ($50 per session (significant snack including protein, veg/fruit and carbs, including drinks).

Option B: Full Day Teen Workshop – date is up to your group

Part I: Parent Workshop; 2.5 hours, held prior to student workshops

The parent workshop is designed to overview the Quest Course and outline the six rites of passages that adolescents are experiencing and how we can come alongside our children and support them on this journey.

Part II: Full Day Youth Workshop; 9:00am – 4:00pm

Option B includes a one day interactive and dynamic workshop for youth that introduces them to their own Quest Journey and allows them to identify the six rites of passages, how to overcome the temptations and pitfalls along the way, and how to be equipped to take up the challenge and design their own adventure.

COST: $155 per child (parent workshop included) (food+room extra if needed)*, assuming 10 kids in group. If less kids, more per child. $130 per child if 12 in group.

Parents responsible for managing registration + forming groups. Additional costs for food + room rental may be incurred. Parents can arrange food or Rebecca can – the full day option = lunch and 2 smaller snacks.  Kids could brown bag it, or parents arrange. or Rebecca orders ($150 = lunch, drinks + 2 snacks).

What You Need To Do

We need to form suitable teen groups of those interested. Rebecca recommends kids being groups where they feel OK sharing, so knowing (comfortable with) some of the kids in the group is essential.

We are going to form groups via a shared Google spreadsheet. Go to the PAC Google Sheet and see if a group already listed might work for you. Or, form your own. We are sorry we don’t have everyone’s email address so we can’t do this for you. We will get the JO Office to send out a synervoice email about this but it is up to parents to create groups. Each group needs 1 parent coordinator.   If you have the link to this spreadsheet, you can edit it. The link is www.tiny.cc/questjo.

Or, comment on this post with questions.

Thanks! We hope to start a few groups in January or early February.

 

 

JO PAC Meeting Minutes – November 22, 2017

Present:    Sheril Gelmon, Sukhminder Guru, Ramandeep Kaurminhas – Co-Chairs, Lara Spence – Communications/Social Media, Jo-Ann Gordon, Wendy Sinclair – Co-Secretaries, Sheri Wiwchar, Jennifer West – Co-Fundraising Coordinators, Pedro da Silva – Principal, Joy Jose – Filipino Multicultural Liaison Worker, and 25 parents.

The meeting began at 7:00 pm with parents introducing themselves and sharing what grade(s) their child(ren) are in. Approval of minutes from October 18 meeting by Marjinder Deol and seconded by Monica Moreno.

  1. Principal’s Report: (Pedro da Silva)
  • Trustees are now in place – Joy Alexander is both Chair and Trustee for John Oliver Sec. School
  • Thurs. Nov. 23 – report cards go home and Grad Breakfast
  • Nov. 29 – Girls basketball tournament begins
  • Thurs. Nov. 30 – Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Fri. Dec. 1 – Pro-D day
  • Tues. Dec. 5 – Winter Concert at 7:00 pm (tickets at the door) – come and hear the choir, the 3 bands and the new R&B student band “24 Carrots”
  • Wed. Dec. 6 – “Screenager” film will be shown at JO
  • Dec. 6 – Boys basketball tournament begins
  • Fri. Dec. 22 – Winter Madness (students and teachers performing)

Education –

  • Transition Gr. 10, 11 and 12 curriculum next year (Gr. 10 courses are now on new curriculum while Gr. 11 and 12 are delayed)
  • Plan 2018 for graduation is now in place
  • Planning 10 course is being replaced by Career Education and Grad Transitions (2 new courses)
  • Provincial Exams are gone – replaced by Numeracy and Literacy exams (which are only standardized tests) – these can be taken at any time between Gr. 10-12 and as often as students want
  • Universities will be taking these two exams into consideration

Parent-Teacher Conferences –

It was mentioned that parents are only allowed to sign up online to meet with max 4 teachers. Mr. Da Silva was going to look into why there is a limit, but it may be to ensure all parents have the opportunity to see teachers.

At another school in September they have a “Walk-about Night” where parents follow their child’s timetable and walk to each class, meeting with the teachers for about 5 minutes each. An appointment is then made to see a teacher if further discussion is wanted. They also have Parent-Teacher Conferences after the first report card.

At JO parents can call or email your child’s counsellor to set up a meeting with any teacher, at any point in the year.

  1. Treasurer’s report: (Tracey Santos)

No report as Tracey was absent.

Antonella Perri (Van City employee and JO parent) brought in a $250 cheque from donations to John Oliver through Van City. They will go into the regular JO PAC account.

Hallway Health Project – Mr. Da Silva hasn’t heard back from Catherine (sponsor). She does receive Community Service funding, however if the PAC wants to give her requested money as well, that’s up to PAC.

Athletics – Mr. Lee is too busy with Jokers Classic to get back to us about details PAC requested for funds.

  1. Fundraising: (Sheri Wiwchar, Lara Spence)

Grouse Mtn Ski Pass – nothing was raised this year

Purdy’s Chocolates – $200 raised so far – link is online until the end of the day Wed. Nov. 29, the deadline. Please support this fundraiser by ordering chocolates for Christmas. Chocolates will be available Dec. 14 after school.

Gift card shopping Fundscrip – $173 raised – order online up to $500 maximum value, with a max of 4 physical gift cards in 1 envelope (mail safety reasons). To pay add Fundscrip as bill payment. Instructions are on both JO website and Fundscrip website. It takes about 1.5 weeks for ordered gift cards to arrive in the mail.

https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/VD2ZJ6 . Funds raised go to PAC for distribution (Mini also using Fundscrip). See PAC website for details: http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac/fundscrip/

  1. Filipino Multicultural Liaison: (Joy Jose)

Joy is at JO on Tuesdays and Thursdays (she is the liaison for 53 schools). Joy would like JO PAC to reach out to Filipino parents; she mentioned that personal invitation is important to them.

  1. The Quest Course: (Rebecca Janke)

Rebecca is a parent consultant and registered social worker, who is a facilitator for the Neufeld Institute. The Quest Course is for teenagers about their journey through adolescence. There are 6 rites of passage, which the course covers. There are 2 options for the course, with a 2.5 hr parent workshop preceding the students workshop. Talked about keeping groups of 5-12 teenagers within one grade. Open to both high school and university students. For more information please see Rebecca’s website http://www.rebeccajanke.ca

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Library.

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

ALL the Fundraisers

We’re on a roll, people! This is a summary of all the ways you can SHARE and HELP John Oliver Programs (fundraisers)! Share this page on your FB or copy and paste in email. Pick the fundraiser that resonates best for your and your family.

Purdy’s Chocolates – 20% to JO – Order Online NOW. Share! Order by Nov 20 for delivery Dec 13. See post for more on this if you’re confused >>

Grouse Mountain Early Season Ski Pass fundraiser ($1000 to JO if we sell $7000 via our special code by Nov 30; if not sell enough, no cash)

Poinsettias and Wreaths – Girls Basketball (order by Nov 20, 2017 and you must get $ or cheque to Mr. Lee or a Girls Basketball person before the deadline). Money raised for Girls Basketball. Pick up Nov 30 at school.

Gift Cards – 2-6% Funds to JO – Anytime all year (and/or especially before Xmas) – Gift Cards (great for holiday gifts, you can even encourage grandparents/uncles/aunts in other cities to buy gift cards for your family and have them sent straight to you, from them!) – we encourage all parents to participate. If you/your family wanting to raise funds for mini, then put your LastName as ‘LastName-forMini’ or we won’t know. Buy gift cards online, use for personal groceries, gas all year. Could make $8000 if we all get on board! See our post for more on this (yes you should read this) >>

Magazines – must use Online ID 3701935 – 35% of funds go to JO Mini (this goes on all year; order anytime as gifts or for your office or home!

Photo Cards + Photo Calendars – 25% Funds go to JO Mini – must use Online ID 3701935 – fun! Wrapping Paper  (see Dream Big) + Holiday Calendars (See Journals + More)  + Photo Cards + other items!

Yes, this may all seem like a lot but the new parents on the PAC and in Mini at JO are keen to get some funds going and wanted to give you all a few options.

Want to just give money? Go for it >> Direct donations to PAC by credit card! Specify in interface if you want funds to go to Music Dept, Mini or general PAC fundraising account. Tax receipt over $25 if you specify mailing address. THANKS!  Please SHARE!!!!

Purdy’s Chocolates – Order Before Nov 30 – 25% to JO!

A sweet parent volunteer is organizing a (yum!) Purdy’s Chocolate fundraiser!

25% of sales goes to John Oliver PAC and will help fund various programs at the school, such as a special art program with LifeSkills+Take a Hike, Literary Club, Photography Club, scholarships, music/field trips, new athletics uniforms, and more!

Purdy’s Chocolates are made fresh in Vancouver from only 100% sustainable cocoa. They have a great selection of chocolate gifts so you can help out JO future programs while also getting your holiday shopping and host/hostess gift prep done!

Order online:

  1. Login or create a new account at www.purdysgpp.com or https://www.purdysgpp.com/658039
    Enter Customer number 658039 and join the John Oliver Secondary School campaign. The second link above should take you directly to the group once you have created an account.
  2. Use the “Shop online” tab to fill out your order. Think: stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, colleague gift exchange, holiday party treats, and more! Then “Pay for Orders.”
  3. Under “invite Members”, send emails to friends, family and colleagues to join the group. If they sign up under you, this will make you a Sub-Coordinator which means you will be responsible for collecting and delivering their orders to them. (Thank you! This works for those who don’t live in this part of town.)
  4. Last date for online ordering is Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  5. Orders need to be picked up on Wednesday, December 13 to Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at John Oliver Secondary School. Time will be announced!

Any questions/concerns, please contact fantastic parent (and PAC fundraising committee member) Sheri W. at sheriw@telus.net.

Other Ways to (Financially) Help John Oliver this Month + All Year:

We also are doing a Grouse Mountain Early Season Ski Pass fundraiser ($1000 to JO if we sell $7000 via our special code)

JO Girls Basketball team is selling Poinsettias and Wreaths (order by Nov 20, 2017 and you must get $ or cheque to Mr. Lee or a Girls Basketball person before the deadline).

Gift Cards – 2-6% Funds to JO – Anytime all year (and/or especially before Xmas) and also Gift Cards (great for holiday gifts, you can even encourage grandparents/uncles/aunts in other cities to buy gift cards for your family and have them sent straight to you, from them!) – we encourage all parents to participate. Buy gift cards online, use for personal groceries, gas all year. Could make $8000 if we all get on board!

Magazines – must use Online ID 3701935 – 35% of funds go to JO Mini  (this goes on all year; order anytime as gifts or for your office or home! Supports JO Mini

Photo Cards + Photo Calendars – 25% Funds go to JO Mini – must use Online ID 3701935 – fun! Wrapping Paper  (see Dream Big) + Holiday Calendars (See Journals + More)  + Photo Cards + other items (supports JO Mini)

Yes, this may all seem like a lot but the new parents on the PAC and in Mini at JO are keen to get some funds going and wanted to give you all a few options.

Want to just give straight up? Go for it >> Direct donations to PAC by credit card! Specify in interface if you want funds to go to Music Dept, Mini or general PAC fundraising account. THANKS!  Please SHARE!!!!

JO Parents Meeting Nov 22 2017 – with speaker Rebecca Janke parent consultant

In addition to the regular business of our John Oliver PAC meeting (hear from Mr. Pedro da Silva, Principal, on school happenings, get update on athletics, the programs we funded in October, music, and (sorry) maybe some fundraising), we have a special guest speaker from the neighbourhood! The meeting is 7-8:10pm in the Learning Commons at John Oliver Secondary.

Rebecca Janke, RSW MSW, is a parent consultant and registered social worker who is a certified Neufeld Consultant. She specializes in promoting positive attachment within the parent-child relationship.

At 7:40pm, Rebecca will introduce herself and provide an outline of the six rites of passage essential to equip youth for adulthood. Her presentation will be based on her recent work with The Quest Course — a fun-filled course designed for teens as they move toward taking their first steps on their own, especially within this pressure-filled era we live in.  The course is based on Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s work (www.neufeldinstitute.com) and a developmental approach to adolescence.  What are the adventures awaiting our youth?  What are the pitfalls that can slow them down?  How can they become equipped to boldly step out on their own amazing journey with the skills and character to forge their own path?  The Quest Course seeks to provide youth with a road map of the six rites of passage  essential to equip our youth for adulthood.  www.rebeccajanke.ca

We hope some parents may stay at the end of the meeting and we can speak more with Rebecca and network!

 

JO PAC Meeting Minutes – Oct. 18, 2017

Present:  Sheril Gelmon, Sukhminder Guru, Ramandeep Kaurminhas – Co-Chairs, Tracey Santos – Treasurer, Lara Spence – Communications/Social Media, Suzanne Smythe –DPAC Rep., Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary, Sheri Wiwchar – Co-Fundraising Coordinator, Pedro da Silva – Principal, James Francom, Eddie Cruz, Sharween Siddeeq, 25 parents and 6 students presenting, Student Council Co-President

The meeting began at 7:00 pm with parents introducing themselves and sharing what grade(s) their child(ren) are in. Approval of minutes from Sept. 20 meeting by Lara Spence and seconded by Kanwal & Marjinder Deol.

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

Creative Writing (James Francom – sponsor teacher) – asking for $250 and agreed to give $250
– writing mentor from UBC (Mika) comes to JO Tues. after school for 10 week session
– goal is to get published in a literary book
– about 20 members in Club so far
– received $250 from PAC in Spring – would like an additional $150 to total $400 for mentor – would like $100 for printing of stories in different forms from the book
– Photography Club (meets Fri. lunch) – is looking to do Portraits of New York style for JO – wants to collaborate with writers from Creative Writing Club

Jr. Life Skills Program – The Art of Belonging (Eddie Cruz – sponsor teacher, Roz MacLean – teacher) – asking for $920 and agreed to give $920 with provision that if given a grant from Opus to give money back to PAC
– ongoing art workshops for Lifeskills students and non-disabled peers from Take a Hike Program
– Roz MacLean will be the visiting artist for 7 sessions (once/twice weekly) – with an art show in March 2018
– have received $2,150 from ArtStarts and require $920 for supplies – leftover supplies remain at the school
– have applied to Opus Art Supplies for a donation – will know in about 6 weeks time

Hallway Health Project (Catherine McCambridge) – sponsor teacher) – asking for $300. Mr. da Silva will ask Catherine to see about community service funds. To be re-visited next meeting.
– tables are set up in the hallways during lunch time once or twice/month
– follow themes promoted by Health Canada – Sleep Hygiene, HPV Prevention, Smoking, etc.
– would like to buy prizes and food to entice students to drop by the tables and gather information

Grad Committee (Sharween Siddeeq – sponsor teacher) – asking for $4,500 and agreed to give $1,500 for Grad Breakfast and $3,000 for Dry Grad
– Grad Breakfast $1,500 (VSB Catering) Nov. 23 – wear PJ’s, eat breakfast, open Gr. 8 letters written to self
– Dry Grad $3,000 (Mystery Bus tour, assembly, dinner, casino games in gym) – May 25, 2018 – Dry Grad will end up costing around $10,000
– fundraising for other money – already raised $2,000 in the summer, as well as $2,400 VSB grant
– does not include Prom (which is cost about $26,000) and Grad ceremony
– Grad Committee also raised money for Grad Committee Awards and to give back
– Grad BBQ – donations came from students soliciting from businesses

Student Council (Jacqui Symons – sponsor teacher) – asking for nothing at this time as received money from VSB
– puts on events to build school spirit (Dances, Canned Food Drive, Santa Pictures, etc.)
– Student Council provides leadership and support to other clubs

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

Athletics Program (Pat Lee – sponsor teacher) – asking for $7,000. More information is needed from Mr. Lee and so this will be looked at again next meeting.
– $2,000 for annual BCSS school fees; $3,000 for uniforms; $2,000 for balls
– Jokers Corner and tournaments and Poinsettas raise money for Athletics – $50 is fee for students to take as many sports as they like

  1. Treasurer’s report: (Tracey Santos)

We have received Gaming money of $25,000 for this year. Out of that $5,000 will be carried forward to next year, $2,500 for June 2018 scholarships, and the remainder given to Clubs and Groups in need.

Legacy Account (from 100 year anniversary) has about $15,000, which is being saved for when the new school is built. A scholarship comes out of the account.

  1. Principal’s Report: (Pedro da Silva)
  • Oct. 19 – Interim reports being sent home (work habits and comments)
  • Oct. 26 – School Dance at 7 pm
  • Nov. 9 – Remembrance Day assembly – open to parents
  • Nov. 23 – 1st Term Report cards
  • Nov. 30 – parent/teacher night
  • Received VBS Student Learning Grant of $34,000 (one time given) – teachers meeting to discuss how to allocate (instructional supplies, athletic supplies, band/instruments, ELL students, etc.) – must be spent by Dec. 31, 2017. Will be presented at next PAC meeting.
  • All teachers have been hired – Math one is temporary until next Spring.
  • New District school websites will be online Jan/Feb 2018 – teachers emails should be on website.
  1. Fundraising: (Lara Spence)

A couple fundraisers to watch for: If buying a Grouse ski pass, please use PAC-OLIVER promo code (late in buying process) at http://www.grousemountain.com/early-bird-pac (if we can run $7400 through promo code, we get 15% back). Gift card shopping Fundscrip https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/VD2ZJ6 . Funds raised go to PAC for distribution (Mini also using Fundscrip). See PAC website for details: http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac/fundscrip/

  1. DPAC: (Suzanne Smythe)

Suzanne agreed to be the liaison for DPAC this year. Nov. 9 there will be new Trustees meeting and she will be there on behalf of JO.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 7pm in the Library.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:
‘Like’ John Oliver on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/john.oliver.secondary/)
Twitter (@jo_school)
(if in Mini) ask to join Mini School parents FB
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/) Read the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac

Grouse Mountain Ski Pass Fundraiser

Thanks to Jennifer West, JO Parent (1/2 of the PAC Fundraising Coordinating Team), who organized this fundraiser for JO PAC. We can get up to 15% cash back on all Grouse Mountain early bird passes (anywhere, by anyone!) purchased using the code PAC-OLIVER.

That’s $60 to the PAC for each youth pass sold. Youth passes $399 on early bird sale ($675 retail).

For a family pass, buy for $1249 ($2000 retail) and JO PAC gets $187 too. That’s a lot of fundraising, people!

Think of all fun you’ll have up there! Note that there’s a modern family option too, where parent+kid get 5% off as a bundle.

Passes must be bought before November 30, 2017, and use code PAC-OLIVER. You can buy online or phone your order in or get at Guest Services. Read more in  PDF here>>

How You Can Help

  1. Share this page on your FB or Twitter *now* – mention it’s for JO PAC fundraising. We are fundraising for band, athletics, clubs, things to help the PAC that we can’t do with lottery grant money.
  2. Put up the PDF at your office! Remind everyone to buy by Nov 30, 2017. Get PDF here>>
  3. If you buy ski passes, buy one! Why not try Grouse this year? It’s going to be a great winter!! www.grousemountain.com/early-bird-pac

Questions? Email Jennifer West

Why Ski Passes are Cool

Offering access to unlimited skiing, riding, snowshoeing, skating, events and more, an Early Bird Pass for Grouse Mountain is the North Shore’s best value snow pass. You’ll also receive some incredible perks including discounts on food & beverage, equipment rentals and private lessons!

Best of all you’ll be earning money for your PAC. Simply provide the unique promo code below when purchasing to earn money for your school.

  • Unlimited access to skiing/riding during the 2017/18 winter season
  • 10% off food & beverage4
  • 20% off at  Starbucks (Grouse Mountain location)
  • 20% off Private Lessons
  • 1 snowshoe rental, 1 skate rental, 1  ski/snowboard rental
  • 20% off equipment rentals
  • 20% off regular price retail purchases
  • Mountain Interchange Program
  • 20% off registration for the Snowshoe Grind  Mountain Run.

 

Fundscrip Gift Card Fundraiser – Your Monthly Groceries Can Make JO $10K

Do you buy $50 in groceries at Superstore, Safeway, No Frills each week?  Do you buy $120 in gas at Esso, Petro Canada, or Shell each month?

If “yes”, then you *personally* can help make $125 or more for John Oliver PAC or Mini this year!  And, if you ever buy gifts or things at Amazon.ca, Chapters, American Eagle, Banana Republic (20+ other retailers), you can help make even more $!

Three Mini and PAC parents have organized a Fundscrip gift card fundraiser, which has potential to make $10,000 by end of the year. Prince of Wales does this; they make $16,000 a year. We realized it’s such a fun and easy way to make $ that we would extend it to the whole school.

There are other fundraising efforts in the works too. More on those soon!

How to Help:

  1. Once a month, put in an online order for $320-400 in gift cards (Note: 4 cards or $500 maximum per envelope – you can order several times if you want lots of smaller cards for stocking stuffers, etc.!) at https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/VD2ZJ6  How did we get that monthly amount suggestion? We estimate that using gift cards for a typical family’s groceries+gas is about $320+ a month. Think ahead for gift and holiday buying (eg. if child/nieces/nephews/spouse wants items from Sports Check, American Eagle) – buy gift cards from Fundscrip will make JO even more $!

    When Ordering:

      • gift-card-fundraiser-how-toYou can have funds benefit whole school (via PAC) or to the JO Mini Trip-Cost-Reduction fund. If you want to support Mini, you *need to* register as YourFirstName YourLastName-forMini so we know the funds are for Mini. The parents running this thought this was the best way to benefit everyone, instead of having 2 different Fundscrip accounts.
      • When buying, ignore the message banner for Electronic Funds Transfer (and ignore that message for paper order forms).
    Two step process: after your order from funscrip website, you must make a bill payment to Fundcrip quoting the account # that's shown in the email you receive, for the amount you bought!
    Two step process: After your order from funscrip website, you must make a bill payment to Fundcrip quoting the account # that’s shown in the email you receive, for the amount you bought!
    • Do NOT pay for gift cards with your credit card (that decimates our profit). Instead, use the payment method of Online Bill Payment. *Trust us, even though it is a 2-step process, it’s easy!* (call Lara at 604 828 4249 if you’re stuck!)

This fundraiser is very convenient because gift cards are *mailed to your house*. No paper forms collected and tallied, no cheques, no big pile of envelopes delivered to the school and then some parent volunteer having to find you so you get them.

  1. Encourage your sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, parents participate too! Send this page to them now. Remind them November 5, too. Gift cards (4 max per envelope, or $500 max) are mailed to their house (costs only $0.95). If they are from another province, make sure they order gift cards for their province. There’s a drop down for that. Bonus funds from beyond our parents = good!
  2. Tell your friends at work or share via Facebook. Get your JO son/daughter to help send out emails to let people know.  Tell everyone to register as “FirstName LastName-forMini” if you want these funds to support Mini.

Questions? Email Lara lara@laraspence.com (parent volunteer, Mitchell and Katie’s mom) or call 604 828 4249 (her cell).

Remember, this fundraiser has potential to make $10,000+ for JO if we make a commitment to use gift cards for day to day purchases *all year long*. Instead of credit card points, you’re helping JO. It’s worth it: the % we get from gift cards is MORE THAN than your credit card points are worth. And, by getting the word beyond JO parents, the program benefits further.

PAC Meeting to Allocate Gaming Grant Wednesday Oct 18 2017

A very important Parents (PAC) meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7pm in the Learning Commons. Meeting may go a bit long. (Read why below!)

Students and program leaders (Music, Athletics, others) will be presenting their requests for some PAC Funds made possible by the generous grant provided to many schools (who apply) from the BC Lottery Corporation. It’s about $20,000 ($20 per student). We will plan to allocate 3/4 of it, but will save some for spring needs that may emerge. We can’t give money to things like textbooks or more staff; it’s for things like clubs, team uniforms, instruments, subsidizing field trips, extra activities.

All JO Parents are members of the PAC and are welcome to vote if present!)

If you would like to learn more about clubs and programs and athletic teams at JO — and/or have a say in how this money will be allocated — this it the meeting to come to, as all ‘requesters’ will present.

Refreshments will be served.