JO PAC Meeting Minutes – September 21, 2016

  1. Attendance – Principal Pedro DaSilva; Anne Montgomery, Chair; Tracey Santos, Treasurer; Ramandeep Minhas and Suzanne Smythe, DPAC Reps, and over 30 parents.
  2. Motion to accept last meeting’s minutes – Karwal and Tracey
  3. Introduction to the PAC by Anne – the main reasons the PAC operates is to support our children’s education and school experience, to fund teacher and student requests, to volunteer at school events, to fundraise as needed, and to create a community of support for families.
  4. Principal’s Talk – This is Pedro’s first year at JO; he was the Principal of the Vancouver Learning Network for a number of years. Tim McGeer, our previous Principal, was sent to University Hill.
  • The school’s goals this year are literacy and numeracy, social responsibility and Aboriginal Education.
  • Current enrolment stands at 1075 students.
  • There are a number of District programs at JO including: the Special Education classes, Take a Hike, International Student program, and the Mini Digital Immersion program.
  • A number of sports have already started: girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.
  • There are plans to get better communication via social media, the school’s website and regular emails and newsletters. There is a Google app (free from the app store) called ‘JO Agenda’ that can be used to see what is going on in the school, as well as the WAAG emails (Week At A Glance) that are supposed to be sent out to everyone. Some of us haven’t been receiving these emails; if you haven’t, please talk to Teresa Minato or one of the other office staff.
  1. Treasurer’s Talk – we don’t have exact numbers at the moment but we spent all of our gaming grant funds last term and won’t receive the new grant until October.
  • $5,000 is left in the contingency fund, including $3,000 that was generously donated by Bank of Montreal last year.
  • $30,000 to $40,000 remains in the Legacy Fund that was started by alumni at JO’s 100th anniversary celebrations. This money has been earmarked for use in saving the auditorium if the school is torn down in the future.
  • We will be holding a Direct Drive this year to raise funds; an email will be sent soon.
  1. PAC Business:
  • JO was taken off the school closure list, however, there is still an imbalance between the east side and west side of the city in terms of which schools are up for possible closure (more on the east side) and which schools are on the list for a seismic upgrade (more on the west side). Members of the PAC will be looking into what can be done to convince the VSB and Minister of Education, Mike Bernier, to give more support to east side schools.
  • There will be a VSB meeting at Tupper Secondary on Monday, September 26 at 7pm to discuss the possible school closures. The public is welcome to attend.
  • PAN (Parent Advocacy Network) is a great resource for keeping track of what is going on with our schools. Their website is www.panvancouver.ca
  • The Mini program will be holding a Bingo Night in November.
  • Our next meeting is on October 19 at 7pm. This is when student groups and teachers present their wish lists for donations and we vote on where we think funds will make the biggest impact. Please join us!

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