JO PAC Meeting – Feb. 21, 2018 – Minutes

Present:    Sheril Gelmon, Ramandeep Kaurminhas – Co-Chairs, Lara Spence – Communications/Social Media, Jo-Ann Gordon, Wendy Sinclair – Co-Secretaries, Tracey Santos – Treasurer, Lindsay Reynolds – Vice-Principal, Eric Tsang (JO Music director), Jeff Spence (teacher), Nancy Paleiko (JO Staff-PAC liaison and teacher), Tanya Findlater (Little Mountain Neighbourhood House) and Marty Dolan (retired VSB teacher), and 9 parents.

The meeting began at 7:00 pm with Sheril reading out the agenda. Approval of minutes from January 17, 2018 meeting by Tracey Santos and seconded by Wendy Sinclair. Sukhminder Guru has stepped down from being Co-Chair.

  1. 2018 Mid-Main MultiFest May 25: (Tanya Findlater and Marty Dolan)

Youth-led multi-fest of emerging artists (music, art, dance, edibles) held at a venue in East Van; open to Tupper and JO students and other youth in Vancouver. There are four Youth Councils who have been given roles. Parents and teachers are needed to help coordinate and coach the youth in all areas (committees, finances, event planning, performers). Grants can be applied for by the youth, as well as by the City of Vancouver for a Community Service Event. Tanya and Marty to send a list of what help is needed. MultiFest will take place on Friday, May 25th from 3-7 pm. You can email Marty at

  1. Music at JO: (Eric Tsang)

Music courses (within the school day timetable) offered at JO include Band (Beginner to Senior), Guitar, Drumline and Junior and Senior Choirs. Everyone is welcome to take a music course, even with no experience. Auditions are held for the new R&B Band, 24 Carrots.

Mr. Tsang covered 20 reasons how music benefits students:

  • develops language and reasoning
  • mastery of memorization
  • improves their work
  • increased eye-hand coordination
  • sense of achievement
  • stay engaged in school
  • success in society
  • emotional development
  • learn pattern recognition
  • better academic scores
  • fine tuned auditory skills
  • builds imagination and intellectual curiosity
  • music can be relaxing
  • learning an instrument teaches discipline
  • prepares for creative economy
  • develops creative thinking
  • develops spatial intelligence
  • learn teamwork
  • responsible risk-taking
  • builds self-confidence
  1. Principal’s report: (Lindsay Reynolds VP for Pedro da Silva)
  • mid-year Experience Week happened at the end of January; theme was COURAGE; well received by all grades. Other schools are asking about how JO organized the week as it is unique within the district?
  • Film Fest – March 14th – Reel Canada comes to school to show independent films. Students see one film in the morning and another in the afternoon.
  • Two JO students attended the “Conversations with Michelle Obama“.
  • Life Skills paintings on “Art of Belonging” (a program funded partially by ArtStarts and JO PAC) were on display in the library.
  • March 8th – report cards go home.
  1. Auditorium: (Jeff Spence)

The lighting and technical aspects of the auditorium (lights, microphones, cables, etc.) mostly date back to 1960. There are many limitations in using the space – teachers do not have access to changing light bulbs; spotlight is too loud (fan noise); squeaky seats; bad acoustics.

Jeff will have an outside consultant come and give an idea on how to change the sound and lighting. Thinking towards portable lighting, with remote control and cyc at the back of the stage (backdrop to shine lights or images onto), as well as sound baffles, and upgrading speakers.

To kick off the upgrades, one of the lighting companies donated $500. Wondering if some of the JO PAC Legacy Fund can be used as it is money to go towards a new auditorium in a new John Oliver School? Perhaps a request can be put in to the VSB Budget for next year, to fund some of the upgrades (deadline is March/April) as money from rental of the auditorium goes to VSB? Anne Montgomery (Past PAC Chair) and Suzanne Smythe (DPAC Rep) to be contacted about this.

  1. Family Bingo Night – Thurs. March 1st: (Lara Spence, Sheril Gelmon)

All families are invited to this JO fundraiser and fun family Bingo Night Thurs. March 1st from 7-8:45 pm. If able to help with set up, please come to the Cafeteria at 6:35 pm. Donations of food (dessert, drinks, snacks) and prizes are welcome. Clean-up help needed at 8:45 pm. $10 for 2 cards, snacks and beverages. Email with questions or to volunteer.

  1. Treasurer’s report: (Tracey Santos)

After giving $7,000 to Athletics, there is about $4,000 remaining in the Gaming Account.

Tracey moved to support John Silver’s request for $300 for 3 microwaves for the cafeteria. This would allow students to heat up their lunches. Motion was passed.

  1. Fundraising: (Sheri Wiwchar, Lara Spence)

Purdy’s Chocolates – Tracey has still not received the $250 Purdy’s cheque from Christmas fundraising. Sheri is following up on it.

  1. JO Staff/PAC liaison: (Nancy Paleiko)

Budget of VSB – put in requests for next year as the deadline is March/April. Parents are encouraged to go to board meetings.

BCTF wishlist = Priorities for Public Education

  1. Teens Quest Course: (Sheril Gelmon)

Lara to send an email to JO counsellors and teachers to pass on information about this short course for teenagers. It is based on Gordon Neufeld’s work and is being offered by Rebecca Janke.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Library.

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JO PAC Meeting – Jan. 17, 2018

Attendance: Sheril Gelmon, Ramandeep Kaurminhas – Co-Chairs, Lara Spence – Communications/ Social Media, Darnelle Moore (as Secretary), Sheri Wiwchar, Jennifer West – Co-Fundraising Coordinators, Suzanne Smythe – DPAC Liaison, Pedro da Silva – Principal, Nancy Paleiko (JO Staff PAC Liaison), and 13 parents.

Meeting Called to Order at 7:00 pm. Approval of minutes from November 22, 2017 meeting by Lara and seconded by Sheril. Passed.

1. STEM = Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

  • Jeff Spence explained STEM program as it exists at JO
  • Only 2 programs like it in VSB High Schools (other at Templeton)
  • Primarily for Gr 9, 10 students (one class will exist for gr 11/12 combined). 24 spots for each grade (24 total in the combined STEM 11/12) allowed in “shop” class due to safety concerns.
  • Students apply for program during Experience Week – there is a Student Open House during Experience Week (early Feb) where prospective students can find out more about the program and teachers can see if the students would be a good fit.
  • Program is geared towards students who learn best through hands on experience. Different than learning in typical classroom with textbooks, etc.
  • In Grade 9/10, it is a “Full” Day 1 program, meaning they do STEM all day (half with Mr. Spence, half with Mr. Silver) and then on Day 2, take English, PE, Language, Socials.
  • Academic credit granted for typical classes – eg. students will get a mark for Math 9, Science 9, Engineering 9, Metalwork 9, or similar. Same for Grade 10. Grade 11/12 also get BC Curriculum course credits on report card/school record (eg. Math 11, whatever shop 11 is most appropriate, Physics 11) so there is no disadvantage in taking STEM for those applying to post secondary.
  • STEM is a special opportunity, well suited to JO as not many schools have the shop resources.
  • It is separate from Digital Immersion Mini; one cannot take STEM and Mini. It may be possible to take some grade 11/12 courses in the STEM format if a Mini student has room in schedule.
  • Contact Jeff Spence with questions.

2. Pedro da Silva (Principal’s Report)

JO received a VSB learning grant for $34,000

  • Allocated as follows (approx.)

$9,000         Music & Drama
$2,510         Special Needs programs
$5,900         Science programs
$1,900         Home Economics
$15,000       Mobile Laptop cart (30 laptops accessible to all students through teacher sign up

New Curriculum Idea on Implementation

  • To encourage students to take more classes and get excited about their area of study (as it applies to career), JO staff are proposing a “Certificate Program” to inspire and direct students to take as wide a variety of courses as possible to keep options open for future and learn new things.
  • For example certificate would include core academic subjects for graduation, plus 4 subjects geared towards student-specific interest, plus 1 subject from a selection of courses to balance the education.

Upcoming Dates

  • Elementary visits (JO students out to feeder schools) Jan 15th – Jan 26th
  • Pro D Jan 29th
  • Mid Year Experience Week for all students Jan 30th – Feb 2nd
  • School Dance Feb 8th
  • Grade 7 visit to JO Feb 15th
  • Pro D Feb 19th
  1. Request for Funds from Athletics

Pat Lee (Director of Athletics)

  • Requested $7,000 from the BC Lotteries funds
  • Money will go towards uniforms, new equipment, BC School Athletics funds
  • Athletics involves approximately 30% of the school population (athletes, managers, coaches, photographers)
  • Athletics is not just about the sports itself, also about leadership, and experiences
  • Other sources of money to Athletics program come from individual team fundraising (poinsettias, Jokers Classic (basketball tournament), student athlete fees of $50/yr for as many sports as like
  • Trying to keep cost low for individual students so as many as possible can participate
  • JO has lots of volunteer coaches to help keep quality programs running
  1. Nancy Paleiko (JO Staff/PAC Liaison) Giving teacher perspective on District happenings
  • New teacher Suzanne Hoffman
  • Talked about issues of lack of teachers available to fill vacant rolls in BC.
  1. Suzanne Smythe (DPAC Liaison)
  • Tech committee being formed to address wireless access in all the schools, redesign of network needed
  • How will tech integration at schools look in the future? Looks like gearing towards BYOD (bring your own device). Equity issues/concerns are raised with this model.
  • Seismic Upgrading – Official DPAC position is SPEED is of the utmost importance, followed by FUNCTION and then FORM. Questions about usability arising from this position.
  • Special Needs Services consultations going on now. Moberly/Van Tech Jan 25th, email if attending.
  • DPAC discussed drug Issues in schools. Should all schools have Naloxone Kits and Training available? Bring questions and concerns to Suzanne Smythe so she can bring them forth to DPAC.
  1. Other PAC Reports

Tracey Santos (PAC Treasurer)

  • There is money to spend! $11K in the Gaming account after we pay for scholarships ($2,500) and Dry Grad ($3,000). The Gaming account can only be spent on certain things.
  • There is $6,605 in the JO PAC Consultative Committee account. We will need some of that for annual Staff Appreciation lunch.
  • Tracey moved to support Athletics the full $7,000 request. Motion passed.
  • The JO PAC Legacy fund (for a project TBD in years coming) has balance of $15,942.14

Sheri Wiwchar (PAC Fundraising co-Chair)

  • Our 1st Purdy’s chocolate fundraiser (Nov 2017) was successful, raising $250.
  • Keep buying gift cards through the PAC / Mini Fundscrip gift card program, use the bank “online bill payment” rather than your cc to maximize the kick back to our PAC. Ask Lara for help if you need or 604-828-4249.

Lara Spence (PAC Communications)

  • Family Bingo night – community event for all Thursday, March 1st stay tuned for more info. Tracey Santos to apply for the Gaming permit for the night.
  • Screenagers – excellent documentary, worth watching with your teen/tween – homework success tips, ‘good family habits’ especially if you’re struggling with how/when screens are used (and max time) in your home, read: Thank you to Tupper PAC for bringing in this movie (it wasn’t free to show).

Sheril Gelmon (PAC Co-Chair)

  • Contact Sheril if interested in having your teen attend The Quest Course for Teens as presented at the last PAC meeting

Meeting Adjourned. Next PAC meeting Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Library.




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. . Funds raised go to PAC for distribution (Mini also using Fundscrip). See PAC website for details:

  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

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.

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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 (if we can run $7400 through promo code, we get 15% back). Gift card shopping Fundscrip . Funds raised go to PAC for distribution (Mini also using Fundscrip). See PAC website for details:

  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.

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JO PAC Meeting Minutes – Sept. 20, 2017

Present:  Anne Montgomery – Past PAC Chair, Tracey Santos – Treasurer, Ramandeep Kaurminhas Co-DPAC Rep., Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary, Pedro da Silva – Principal, Mr. Francom and 55 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 pm with parents introducing themselves and sharing what grade(s) their child(ren) are in.

  1. Principal’s Report:

Pedro da Silva, Principal – Gr. 8
Lindsay Reynolds, Vice-Principal – Gr. 9 and Gr. 10
Damien Wilmann, Vice-Principal – Gr. 11 and Gr. 12
Teresa Minato – Office Manager
Sengpat – Receptionist

Counsellors – all have one Grade and they share the Gr. 8’s
Mr. R. Edge – Gr. 9 and Gr. 8 (A-C)
Ms. A. Alvares – Gr. 10 and Gr. 8 (D-J)
Ms. S. Birkenhead – Gr. 11 and Gr. 8 (K-P)
Mr. A. Steinruck – Gr. 12 and Gr. 8 (Q-Z)

School Update –

– 1112 enrollment (up about 40 students from last year) – includes 231 Grade 8’s
September 21 – 6:00 pm – Gr. 8 Info Night
September 28 – Terry Fox Run
September 29 – Orange Shirt Day (Aboriginal)
October 4 – Grad BBQ
October 13 – Photo Re-take Day
October 19 – Interim Reports (sent home before first report card)

Fall Sports – season is beginning for Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball and Cross Country

Communication –

– download “JO Agenda” from App Store or Google Play onto iphone (about 500 students on it so far; would like all 1100 students on it)

– WAAG (week-at-a-glance) – parents weekly agenda – only sent to Primary email for family – if you haven’t received this then contact the office – it means either your email is missing or the Primary email needs to be changed

BC’s New Curriculum – new Gr. 10-12 curriculum will be starting next September 2018 –

School Plan – need to create a new 3 year school plan
Course Selection –
revisit the course selection process – more guidance will be given to students next year
District –
revamping school websites (much needed)
Report Cards –
how we report grades to school is changing
Long Term Facilities Plan –
JO need to be seismically upgraded or brand new school
Teacher shortage –
JO still needs to hire 3 teaching positions (District has hired over 400 additional teachers this year)

Check out more information on website –

  1. PAC Meetings: (Jo-Ann Gordon)

Dates for the 7 PAC meetings are –
Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 22, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Apr. 18, May 23 (last meeting)

No meetings in December 2017, March 2018, or June 2018

Lara is arranging for guest speakers for each meeting, on relevant topics to build our knowledge of John Oliver clubs, departments (music, athletics, etc.) and parenting issues/concerns/skills.

  1. Treasurer’s report: (Tracey Santos)

There is about $4,000 carried forward in the Gaming Account from last year. Every April apply for grant, which is received in October the same year. It will be approximately $22,000 this year. Gaming Account covers 1/3 of the money needed to run clubs, sports and music in the school. Fundraising by the PAC is needed for the shortfall.

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.

Consultative Committee Account (from fundraising, group donations) has about $6,600 – money for Teachers’ lunch, and other requests if we run out of Gaming Account funds.

  1. Voting for PAC positions:

PAC Co-Chairs – Ramandeep Kaurminhas, Sheril Gelmon and Sukhminder Guru
Co-Secretaries – Jo-Ann Gordon and Wendy Sinclair
Treasurer – Tracey Santos
Co-Fundraising Coordinators – Jennifer West and Sheri Wiwchar
Communications/Social Media – Lara Spence
DPAC Rep/Advocacy – volunteer(s) needed – District PAC Representative to attend meetings (up to 2/month) – at the VSB Broadway & Fir building (7pm)
DPAC Liaison – Anne Montgomery

  1. DPAC: (Anne Montgomery)

DPAC is hosting a forum for Trustee candidates on Tuesday Oct. 3 at 6:00 pm at John Oliver Sec. school (volunteers needed to help). If interested contact Thursday Oct. 14 new Trustees are voted in. Here is a link for more information –

  1. Maker Mobile:

Farrell Segall’s Maker Mobile was vandalised this summer. Donations are needed to re-build it.

Click here to support Repair and Restore MakerMobile organized by Farrell Segall

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 7pm in the Library. Clubs and Teachers will present requests for funds from the Gaming Grant. Parents will vote afterwards. Depending on the number of presentations, this meeting may go until 9pm.

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John Oliver PAC Meeting Minutes – 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 (
  • 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.

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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 and for information/submit entries:

  1. Chair’s Report (Anne)

SACY – support for parents. Will be holding May and June workshops. Check website 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

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 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 or Tracey 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.

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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 or Tracey

  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 for more information.

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

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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 and (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

  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.

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