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 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.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:


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.


  • 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!
  • 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 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.




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.


  • 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!


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.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:

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 ( 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.

We hope some parents may stay at the end of the meeting and we can speak more with Rebecca and network!


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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PAC Meeting to Allocate Gaming Grant Wednesday Oct 18 2017

A very important Parents (PAC) meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7pm in the Learning Commons. Meeting may go a bit long. (Read why below!)

Students and program leaders (Music, Athletics, others) will be presenting their requests for some PAC Funds made possible by the generous grant provided to many schools (who apply) from the BC Lottery Corporation. It’s about $20,000 ($20 per student). We will plan to allocate 3/4 of it, but will save some for spring needs that may emerge. We can’t give money to things like textbooks or more staff; it’s for things like clubs, team uniforms, instruments, subsidizing field trips, extra activities.

All JO Parents are members of the PAC and are welcome to vote if present!)

If you would like to learn more about clubs and programs and athletic teams at JO — and/or have a say in how this money will be allocated — this it the meeting to come to, as all ‘requesters’ will present.

Refreshments will be served.

JO PAC Meetings – Oct 18, Nov 22, Jan 17, Feb 21, April 18, May 23

JO PAC meetings are usually held the 3rd Wednesday of the month (no meetings December, March, June, July or August). We will put agendas and minutes up on this site. Comment with your questions! (Yes we know some of these dates are not the 3rd Wednesday).