PAC Meeting Minutes – Oct. 19/16

Present:      Anne Montgomery – PAC Chair, Tracey Santos – Treasurer, Ramandeep Kaurminhas Co-DPAC Rep., Jo-Ann Gordon – Secretary, Pedro de Silva – Principal, and 10 parents

The meeting began at 7:00 p.m.
Approval of minutes from Sept. 21 meeting Sheril Gelmon, seconded by Jo-Ann Gordon.

  1. Presentations by Clubs and Groups for Gaming Grant money:

Photography Club (Michelle Nelson – sponsor teacher) – asking for $1,240
– seed money to make pinhole cameras, graphic design, revenue generating club (50% student/50% club)
– at the end of the school year put on a gallery show

Lunch Time Drop-in (Catherine -sponsor) – asking for $300
– Gr. 8 casual drop-in on Mondays to get to know one another

Music Exchange – (Eric Tsang – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,000
– Nov. 18-24 23 JO students with 25 Manitoba students
– government pays for airfare and transportation to and from airport
– fundraising for 48 students and 6 chaperones seeing culture of Vancouver, buses and meals
– could put on a concert to raise money

Grad Committee (Sangeeta Kaulder, Richard Edge – sponsors) – asking for $4,500
– Grad Breakfast $1,500 (VSB Catering) Nov. 22/16 – wear PJ’s, eat breakfast, open Gr. 8 letters, etc.
– Dry Grad $3,000 (Mystery Bus tour, assembly, dinner, casino games in gym) – end of June
– fundraising for other money, as well as $2,400 VSB grant
– does not include Prom and Grad ceremony
– suggested that Gr. 11 parents help for Gr. 12’s each year (8 hr. day so shifts would be needed)
– PAC has supported this since 2009

JO Wrestling Team (John Silver – sponsor teacher) – asking for $3,000
– 2 yrs ago top Canadian Champion was at JO
– last year both Gold and Silver winners and top 3 finishers
– goal this year is to send 5 wrestlers to Canada Games to compete
– no coach at JO (Chris Fuoco used to coach and he is now in Delta)
– Chris did all the grant and bursary application writing – need parent or teacher to help with this
– wrestlers train at Tupper and Surrey in the summer – mats are expensive so are shared or borrowed
– limits of the VSB Gaming Grant and so can only fund secondary school championship

Student Council (J. Simmons – sponsor teacher) – asking for $1,000
– put on events to build school spirit (Halloween Dance, Canned Food Drive, Santa Pictures, Spring Fling Dance, etc.)

Safe Teen – (Don – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,400
– anti-violence program for Gr. 10’s ($325/class for 2 sessions each)

Robotics Competition – (A. Wong – sponsor teacher) – asking for $2,000
– money for 4 starter kits – robots don’t change from year to year, but playing field does
– develop Gr. 8 and 9’s to compete against themselves
– engineering driven and programming
– VEX IQ – age 16 competition cut-off

Aboriginal Club – (D. Wilmann – sponsor teacher) – asking $700
– 41 Aboriginal students at JO
– bridging with an artist – wants to develop the boards in the hallway over the year
– run meetings and share culture – for non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal students

Boys Club – (D. Wilmann – sponsor teacher) – asking $1,000
– result of recognized need of Filipinos coming to school needing a space to find positive experiences and create social/emotional connections
– Constable Freeman comes every Wed.

  1. School Board/Provincial Government update: (Richard Edge co-PAC liaison w/Sangeeta Kauldher)
    – VSTA – Van. Secondary Teacher’s Association
    – VSB fired 9 elected School Trustees; Min. of Education staff member is in the role probably for next 2 yrs.
    – teachers cannot attend Council meetings so must go to committee meetings
    – A meeting was held at the VSB on October 20 to show support for the fired Trustees
    – DPAC will hold a meeting at the VSB on October 27 at 7 pm – public is welcome to attend
    – the first official Trustee meeting will be held on November 7
    – Principal Pedro de Silva assured parents that teachers at JO are creating a good environment for students.

– Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) – To learn more about what is happening with the school board, please check PAN’s website is
– Any voicemail phone calls to Minister Mike Bernier’s office in the evening will be documented and shared the next day. Please phone (250) 387-1977 with your positive message for a new school to be re-built.

  1. Voting on Funds:
    – Tracey (Treasurer) talked about the Gaming Grant of $20,000 should be used to benefit all JO students.
    – Parents and Executive stayed to vote on distribution of the Gaming Grant.
  1. Mini Bingo Night:
    – Postponed until January, 2017.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm. with the next PAC meeting to be held Wednesday November 16, 2016.

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