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!

 

Important Rally Oct 20 5:30pm b/c Democratic Officials Fired

The John Oliver PAC wants you to be aware of this:

Please join us this Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. for a rally at the Vancouver School Board 1580 West Broadway South Lawn. In order for us to be united and have a strong voice to say NO to constant under funding, we MUST stand together and be heard!

(*Ironically, this rally was going to be held at the John Oliver gym, and the gym had been booked, but the Vancouver School Board cancelled the rally booking on Wednesday October 19th!)

After the VSB Trustees advised the BC Education Minister of an imminent balanced budget meeting, they were fired!

The VSB Trustees were democratically voted in by the people of Vancouver. After hearing the public’s demands and outcries about potential school closures the Trustees refused to agree with the cuts and closures and were in turn fired by the Province!

– Are you tired of constant underfunding?

– Are you tired of program cuts and closures?

– Are you tired of more work being downloaded?

– Are you tired of year after year uncertainty?

We ALL need to show our support and stand up against this unbelievable move by the Provincial Government.

We are concerned for the future of our families’ livelihoods and well being!

Please attend this important rally!

JO PAC Meeting Wednesday Oct 19 7pm – discussing money allocation

Our most exciting meeting of the year is happening on Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm in the Learning Commons. Students and teachers will be presenting their requests for funding and the PAC (all JO Parents are members and can vote if present!) will start voting on where to spend the gaming grant. If you want a say in what money is spent on at JO, please attend this meeting! Refreshments will be served.

Let us know you’re coming –> https://www.facebook.com/events/1837216569848890/

 

 

JO PAC meeting September 21 2016 7pm

Welcome back! September is the time for seeing old friends and making new ones, and one of the ways that parents can get in on the action is by joining the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)!
 
Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21, in the Learning Commons (the library) at 7pm. There will be refreshments and some really cool people to meet, such as the PAC executive, some very friendly parents, our awesome new Principal, Pedro DaSilva, and quite possibly some teachers.The first meeting is the time where we get to know one another, talk about what we can expect from the upcoming year, ask and answer questions, and hear from Pedro what is happening at John Oliver this term.
 
The PAC allows parents to get involved and have a say in their children’s school experience. We share concerns, become educated, volunteer at school events, and decide how gaming grant money will be spent within the school. Everyone is welcome to join so if you want to know what’s going on at John Oliver, please come to our PAC meetings or sign up for the PAC’s emails so you can stay informed.
 
Feel free to connect with us via the JO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/john.oliver.secondary/ and/or our Event on this meeting – https://www.facebook.com/events/1229927320384889/ 

John Oliver PAC Executive 2016/2017

We’re pleased to announce the PAC Executive for 2016/2017:

Anne Montgomery – Chair (pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca)

Tracey Santos – Treasurer

Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary

Suzanne Smythe and Ramandeep Minhas – DPAC reps

Lara Spence – Social Media/Website

Please contact us with questions, concerns, or ideas!

All parents of John Oliver students are members of PAC! We thank the many of you who come to our meetings, volunteer (contact us if you want to help with fundraising, events, etc.!), and act as ambassadors/cheerleaders for John Oliver kids, the school, and our community.

JO PAC meeting Wednesday 25 May 2016 7pm Learning Commons

Regular week changed b/c of important VSB Facilities meeting (Committee II) (we are sending a delegation). May 25, 2016 is the last JO PAC meeting of the year. We’ll be hearing results of our recent BMO fundraiser, having elections for a few PAC positions so would love to see parents out!

PAC meetings help you be informed about issues around school, allow you to meet with Admin (Principal McGeer always attends) and allow you to contribute towards and connect with a great school family! Be a great role model for your children!

Email pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca with questions and ideas!

ps – seen our FB page? https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School

Letter from Anne Montgomery to VSB Trustees re: Considerations re: JO and Facilities May 9 2016

Here is the letter to the VSB and Minister of Education re: JO Opportunity re: Facilities by Anne Montgomery, John Oliver PAC Chair mentioned my Anne Montgomery at the meeting on May 9 2016 re: considerations for the Facilities team re: John Oliver and seismic upgrades. Questions? pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca

Ever wondered the purpose of PAC?

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

What is a PAC?

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

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

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

Who Can Become a Member of PAC?

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

What Governs a PAC?

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

How Does a PAC Work?

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

Whom does the PAC Advise?

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

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

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

The Purpose of a PAC can be:

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

The PAC is NOT:

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

Your Involvement

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

These issues can be brought forth by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow / Share about John Oliver:

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

https://twitter.com/JO_School

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

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

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

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

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