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!!!!

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.

What Type of Help Do We Need?

At a mini-pre-PAC meeting Sept 13, 2017, some parents were wondering about roles to be covered, so they could visualize themselves as part of the team! Note – this year there will be 7 meetings only – plus one fun contributor party in June!

Here is our role breakdown:  *in process* *please ask questions!*

PAC Chair/Co-Chair – ** seeking volunteers!

  • attend PAC meetings
  • time keep at PAC meetings so no one speaker goes over/occupies too much of the 70 minute meeting
  • speaks 2x a month (or less if less needed!) with the principal and head administrator of JO to ensure flow of communications
  • reply in a timely manner to all PAC Exec member emails (within 2 days if possible) so committee work can flow

Secretary – incumbent: Jo-Ann Gordon

  • attend each meeting, taking notes / Exec attendance, providing written summary and post to JO PAC website
  • if edits needed, making edits to minutes on JO PAC website
  • reply in a timely manner to all PAC Exec member emails (within 2 days if possible) so committee work can flow

Treasurer – incumbent: Tracey Santos

  • apply for BC Lotteries grant each June
  • prepare documentation/bookkeeping reports for proper standing in BC Associations + DPAC
  • write cheques for DPAC to maintain our standing
  • monitor PAC bank account
  • provide leadership in distribution of funds raised to clubs, departments asking for $ from PAC
  • provide short update at each meeting (can email or text report in!) – eg., available un-allocated funds, funds raised.
  • reply in a timely manner to all PAC Exec member emails (within 2 days if possible) so committee work can flow

DPAC Rep/Advocacy – incumbent: Anne Montgomery

  • provide report each meeting (can be emailed in) on advocacy areas
  • as requested by DPAC, solicit JO PAC opinions
  • share information to parents on where to find out more about how governments fund public education
  • attend DPAC events

Fundraising Coordinator – ** seeking volunteers!

  • evaluate (keep/toss/file) fundraising ideas in keeping with our brand, school goals/vibe
  • administer programs and get proper info to communications during fundraising efforts/campaigns
  • provide short update at each meeting (can email or text report in!)

Communications/Social Media – incumbent: Lara Spence

  • send reminders about PAC meetings to MailChimp list, and (week before) to Teresa M (head JO secretary) so info can go out on Synervoice (give on the Thursday before; Synervoice email goes Fri; Synervoice voicemail goes Sunday
  • update JO PAC website (WordPress)
  • update JO PAC Facebook and Twitter as appropriate, to build community, further growing amazing reputation of JO as arts, academic, athletic, diversity, community and spirit “go to school” in Vancouver
  • reply to people if they send notes in via FB/Tw
  • maintain MailChimp list (try to grow it)
  • provide thoughtful input to all committees asking for help, and provide timely replies (within 2 days) to PAC Exec emails so committee work can flow.

School Clubs Liaison

School Music Liaison

 

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!

 

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!

Open a Student Account with $100, Get $50 and JO PAC gets $50 (before end of March 2016)

Deposit $100, get FREE $50

Hi all – want to help John Oliver make $15,000 this year for student programs/band/arts/sports *and* get $50 in matched savings for your child? BMO on Fraser has made an offer to the John Oliver PAC and we need action by end of March!

The Bank of Montreal at Fraser and 48th has given the JO PAC a generous offer – if 300 JO students open accounts at that branch in the next month or so, the bank will give the PAC $15,000! That money would go a long way towards funding some of the requests we receive each year from teachers and students. There are information packages at the office if you would like to know more about this special offer. Basically, the JO student (can also include siblings, faculty and faculty children) opens up an account at BMO Fraser/48th by depositing at least $25, and then depositing another $25 for at least 3 months (this means you put in another $75). At the end of 3 months, BMO will put another $50 into that account and give the PAC $50! There are no fees with the student account. You will need student ID or a BMO form to prove your connection to JO, and you should have a SIN number and 2 other pieces of ID with you (the student) when you sign up. Parents should come with the student and also provide ID. Saturday March 12, 2016, has been set aside for John Oliver families to open accounts. Please call Charlene Chen at the bank 604-668-1313 for more information, or email the PAC at pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca. This is an amazing opportunity for us so please open an account! The JO PAC thanks you! SHARE with JO Parents!