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!


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 http://www.grousemountain.com/early-bird-pac (if we can run $7400 through promo code, we get 15% back). Gift card shopping Fundscrip https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/VD2ZJ6 . Funds raised go to PAC for distribution (Mini also using Fundscrip). See PAC website for details: http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac/fundscrip/

  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.

To stay in touch and help learn about/share the happenings at John Oliver, please:
‘Like’ John Oliver on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/john.oliver.secondary/)
Twitter (@jo_school)
(if in Mini) ask to join Mini School parents FB
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/620874101402791/) Read the John Oliver PAC blog (http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/pac

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.

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).

DPAC (District PAC) Meeting Schedule Fall 2017-end June 2018

As you know, John Oliver parents/guardians are member of the JO PAC.

There is also a “District PAC” – shortened to DPAC.

Here are the DPAC meetings for Fall 2017 – end of June 2018, if you are interested:


DPAC Calendar
14-Sep 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
28-Sep 7pm DPAC General Meeting PAC 101
3-Oct TBA DPAC Trustee Candidate Forum
12-Oct 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
26-Oct 7pm DPAC General Meeting Aboriginal Workshop by Jolene
9-Nov 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
23-Nov 7pm DPAC General Meeting Choice Program/Catchment Boundaries/LRFP update
14-Dec 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
11-Jan-18 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
25-Jan-18 7pm DPAC General Meeting TBA
8-Feb-18 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
22-Feb-18 7pm DPAC General Meeting TBA
8-Mar-18 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
12-Apr-18 7pm DPAC General Meeting VSB Budget *Note First meeting of month to accommodate VSB schedule
26-Apr-18 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
10-May-18 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting
24-May-18 7pm DPAC General Meeting TBA
7-Jun-18 7pm DPAC Executive Meeting *Note Date Change for EID
21-Jun-18 7pm DPAC General Meeting AGM *Note Date Change

One person from the JO PAC group tries to go to DPAC meetings. S/he will report back!

Email pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca if you have questions!


Meet the John Oliver PAC Executive 2017/2018

We’re pleased to announce the PAC Executive and core team for 2017/2018: (maybe we’ll get organized and do photos as well!)

Co-Chairs – Ramandeep Kaurminhas, Sheril Gelmon and Sukhminder Guru (pac_jo@vsb.bc.ca)

Co-Secretaries – Jo-Ann Gordon and Wendy Sinclair

Treasurer – Tracey Santos

Co-Fundraising Coordinators – Jennifer West and Sheri Wiwchar

Communications/Social Media – Lara Spence

DPAC Rep/Advocacy – volunteer(s) needed – District PAC Representative to attend meetings (up to 2/month) – at the VSB Broadway & Fir building (7pm)

Past Chair + DPAC Liaison – Anne Montgomery

Please contact us with questions, concerns, or ideas!

All parents of John Oliver students are members of PAC! We thank the many of you who come to our meetings, volunteer (contact us if you want to help with fundraising, events, etc.!), and act as ambassadors/cheerleaders for John Oliver kids, the school, and our community.