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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com).
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
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.
PAC meeting for January 2017 was moved because of Parent+Teacher Interviews on Wed Jan 18. See you in the Learning Commons on January 25, 2017!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
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/
We’re pleased to announce the PAC Executive for 2016/2017:
Anne Montgomery – Chair (email@example.com)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and ideas!
ps – seen our FB page? https://www.facebook.com/John-Oliver-Secondary-School
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? email@example.com