VSB Budget Meetings – Being Aware – Tues April 24

Thought you might want to be aware that the VSB (Vancouver School Board) budget is being worked on. Our DPAC liaison, Suzanne Smythe, JO parent, is attending the April 24 special open meeting.

Take the Survey (posted by VSB) to say what’s important to you>>

There are other meetings coming up. See PAN’s summary here>> (Parent Action Network)

We know it’s hard to take all this information in, but taking a few minutes to be aware of what’s happening is important.

Provincial Funding Changes – also in the works – more reading!

The provincial government is also doing a funding model review that everyone should be aware of. VSB, above, is at the school board level. This funding model review is something different – also worthy of your attention/reading time – but at provincial level. The outcome of the provincial funding review (happening now by an already-designated committee which looks pretty good) will affect how VSB budgets this time next year, and the actual funding / change will be felt (we hope for the better!) starting the 2019/2020 school year. The movement is away from the (put in place 2002, and everyone feels is not the best) “per student” funding model (somewhat inflexible, has a lot of auditing and paper work and student-designation-writing – yet less time for actual student resource providing!) to a “per program” model.  Parents should learn a little bit about this so we can respond appropriately when asked in less than a year if we have ideas or concerns.

PAN always has good stuff to read – on the VSB budget and the provincial changes. Scroll down on home page >> 

JO Meeting April 18 2018 Agenda

Here’s the planned agenda:

  1. Introductions – Round table – everyone says who they are and what grade their kid(s) are in.
  2. Review / approve Feb 21 meeting minutes (read before the meeting please!)
  3. New Principal & Vice Principal Introductions and Principal’s Report – Mr. Wilmann / Mr. Bailey
  4. Teacher Rep Report
  5. Mr. Chris Lee – Red Seal/Apprenticeship Programs at JO
  6. Financials update
  7. Auditorium needs/funding – review attached quote for lighting
  8. Teacher lunch planning – confirm date and needs (volunteers + notices sent out (email, social) to get dishes of food dropped off or $
  9. Fundraising (Bingo proceeds, other – gift cards – they are ongoing!)
  10. DPAC update – Suzanne Smythe – will be sending report.
  11. Other business?
  12. Next Meeting May 16 (last meeting!) – June will be a social!

JO PAC Meet Feb 21 2018

Join John Oliver parents, Principal Pedro da Silva, and John Oliver Music Director Mr. Eric Tsang on Wednesday, February, 2018 at 7pm in the John Oliver Learning Commons.

Agenda:

  • Tanya Findlater of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and Marty Dolan, retired VSB teacher – special guests – will discuss 2018 Mid-Main MultiFest May 25 will present on this student-talent festival (JO students invited as they are expanding the scope – Friday, May.25th, 3-7pm, youth-driven, youth-led activities, platform for emerging artists from local schools, & community to showcase talents)
  • Mr. Eric Tsang – guest speaker –  Music at JO, outlining choir, bands, drum line, guitar, and the new R+B horn band. Find out how your child can be involved this year and years to come.
  • Vice Principal Lindsay Reynolds – school news, athletic updates, and more.
  • Jeff Spence – request for PAC Funds
  • Lara Spence/Sheril Gelmon – Family Bingo Thursday March 1 – seeing who’s coming; who can bring dessert, snacks, drinks; who can bring/get prizes in next 8 days; who will be there on the night, which 6 kids will help set up w Lara + Sheril (6:35pm) and other 6 help clean up (hoping Ramandeep + Sheri or Jennifer can help supervise (8:45-9:10pm – let us know! lara@laraspence.com)
  • Tracey Santos (PAC treasurer) – PAC Accounts update
  • Suzanne Smythe (PAC DPAC rep) – District PAC update – seismic, gov’t budget, etc.
  • Other business? Parents welcome to ask questions!

JO Family Bingo Thurs March 1 $10

All community members, students, families, staff and alumni are invited to a fun BINGO night! Will be held in the John Oliver Secondary cafeteria. $10 gets you 2 cards, snacks and beverages! $2/card after that. All ages welcome!! We held this event last year and it was a big hit! Invite fellow students, neighbours, family!

We would love all families to come or at least buy one ticket.

Organized by JO PAC Parents + JO Mini Parents (shared proceeds)

Please pre-purchase tickets by leaving cash with Mr. Spence (STEM Shop) with your name + student’s name (indicate if Mini) + parent email on the envelope. Tickets will be held at the door for you. Or you can buy tickets at the door!

Please contact PAC parent Lara Spence (lara@laraspence.com) if you have items to donate for prizes (kids, teen, adults attending – anything fun/nice) and/or if you can bring cookies / TimBits / sharable snacks / drinks on the night.  Contact Lara if you have questions.

Businesses can donate prizes and be recognized through email, posters + social media.

Thank you!

JO PAC Executive (Sheril, Ramandeep, Sukhiminder, Tracey, Jo-Ann, Lara, Jennifer, Sheri)

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.

 

 

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!

 

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.