AGM agenda now available

Please join us on Tuesday, May 8 for our Annual General Meeting. There will be a presentation on kids and online safety by SafeOnline, followed by a review of the events, purchases, and projects the Parent Advisory Council undertook this year, as well as election of our executive for 2018-19. The agenda is now available on the Minutes & Agendas page. See below for further details, and register here.

New accessible saucer swing coming to Cameron’s playground!

The Cameron Parent Advisory Council has raised over $8000 to fund the purchase of an Oodle Swing for our playground. The Oodle Swing is a saucer swing similar to the one at Cameron Park, and it provides a larger seat and more stability for kids who might have trouble with regular swings. It can also fit 4-6 kids at once, promoting inclusive and group play. More information about the swing is available here.

We received a City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission grant of $4000 as well as a Canada Post Community Foundation grant of $2500 towards this purchase. The remaining funds were raised by the PAC through fundraisers like the chocolate sale.

If you are interested in getting involved in planning purchases like this for the school, or in seeking and applying for funding opportunities like these grants, please consider joining the PAC executive! Contact chair@cameronpac.ca for more information, or come to our next meeting!

Help us plan spring events!

The agenda for the Tuesday, March 13 Parent Advisory Council meeting is now available on the Minutes & Agendas page. We’ll be planning spring events including the Staff Appreciation luncheon, a movie night, and PAC’s involvement in year-end events in June. Please bring your creative ideas, your willingness to lend a hand, or just your interest in being involved in your child’s school and join us March 13 at 7:00pm in the school staff room!

January PAC meeting minutes now available

Minutes from the January 9 Cameron Parent Advisory Council meting are now posted on the Minutes & Agendas page. Review them to see what the PAC has planned for the spring!

All parents are members of the PAC, and are welcome at the monthly meetings. Join us on Tuesday, February 13 (7:00pm in the school staff room) for our next meeting. Come find out how you can help with upcoming fundraisers, events, and decision-making to benefit Cameron students!

Parent volunteers desperately needed

Dear parents,
The Cameron Parent Advisory Council (PAC) represents all parents and guardians of Cameron students. This year we are struggling to find enough parent volunteers to run our events.
 
We need you to get involved, or we may not be able to offer events like the Welcome Back BBQ and Multicultural Dinner next year, or make purchases for the school like iPads and projectors, science kits, library books, and buses for field trips. Come to the next PAC meeting to find out about all the ways the PAC contributes to the school, and how you can help.
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to get involved, please contact us here or email the Chair, Jen Zerkee at chair@cameronpac.ca.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 year at Cameron!

The Cameron Parent Advisory Council (PAC) welcomes all new and returning students, families, teachers, and staff to the new school year at Cameron.

The PAC represents parents and guardians and provides input to the school and the district about any aspect of education. The PAC encourages parent involvement in the school and provides a forum for discussion of issues related to education. See About the PAC for more info.

什么是PAC? | 什麽是PAC? |  학부모 자문위원회란? (Translated info here.)

What does the PAC do?

Last year, we raised funds and contributed at least $9000 to the school by purchasing classroom resources, science kits, Cameron Cubs jerseys, portable projectors, library book, and music equipment, as well as transportation and snacks for school field trips and events. We also host a number of school community events during the year, such as the Welcome Back coffees and BBQ, Multicultural Dinner, Pancake Breakfast, and Staff Appreciation.

We need parent support to continue doing these things!

Without your help, we won’t be able to continue to contribute these things to the school community. The PAC welcomes all volunteers–we have one-time and ongoing opportunities, and roles that can accommodate any schedule. Visit the Get Involved page and watch for notices for current opportunities, and email cameronvolunteers@hotmail.com to be added to our volunteer email list.

Books to honour leaving teachers and staff

Every year, the PAC honours departing longer-term teachers and staff with a book dedication. In collaboration with Ms. Kirzner, a book is purchased that reflects and highlights each individual and their contribution to the Cameron community. A label is put in the book with their name and the date, and the book then becomes part of the school library’s collection. In September your kids will be able to borrow these books from the library!

This morning, the following books were presented to leaving staff at the assembly:

“From the jungle to the mountains or your own backyard, all you need to do is listen. You might hear the animals all around.” Listen to Our World, by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, was presented to Mr. Ma.

“In a child’s life, nothing takes the place of splashing in a puddle or jumping in autumn leaves.” Bringing the Outside In, by Mary Mckenna Siddals and Patrice Barton, was presented to Ms. Gibson.

“Turn the page to see how plants are designed to lure their pollinators right in your own back yard.” Flowers are Calling, by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak, was presented to Ms. Zilcosky.

“What will your beautiful hands do today? Will they plant… ideas? Or touch… hearts? Will they lift… spirits? Or stretch… imaginations?” Beautiful Hands, by Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten, was presented to Ms. Fallis.

“Are we there yet? Oh, for goodness sake, just buckle up and enjoy the ride!” Are We There Yet?, by Nina Laden and Adam McCauley, was presented to Ms. Gee.

“Andrew is one busy chickadee. But will Andrew’s busy schedule leave any time for fun?” Over-Scheduled Andrew, by Ashley Spires, was presented to Ms. Green.

“A boy, a colony of penguins, a smack of jellyfish, a crash of rhinos, a trail of shells, a tribe of kids. A journey home.” There is a Tribe of Kids, by Lane Smith, was presented to Ms. Pastora-Gomez.

“A book with no pictures? What good is a book with no pictures?” This is Not a Picture Book!, by Sergio Ruzzier, was presented to Ms. Roffel.

“In the middle of a little forest, there lives a little tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of the summer days.” Little Tree, by Loren Long, was presented to Ms. Jacome.

“I have to write a story today… But today I don’t have any ideas. This is my dog Wednesday. She doesn’t like me to write stories. It’s sunny out and Wednesday wants to go for a walk.” Ideas are All Around, by Philip C. Stead, was presented to Ms. Perez.

“Meet Little Panda. He’s awake and ready for adventure. But where do his feet go?” Where My Feet Go, by Birgitta Sif, was presented to Ms. Verlaan.

“Woof! I’m a service dog. Dogs like me help people with disabilities or illnesses.” We were also happy to present Service Dogs, by Jessica Rudolph, to our outgoing PAC Chair Jane Ann Mintenko.

Cameron PAC 2015-16 fundraising and spending summary

Each year the Cameron Parent Advisory Council raises funds through a variety of events and initiatives (in addition to receiving grant funds from a variety of sources). The money raised is used to provide equipment, events, and materials to the school community.

This year our major fundraising activities included:

  • Chocolate sales: $2972.50 raised
  • Photo nights: $670.50 raised
  • Magic show: $414.40 raised

Major purchases the PAC made for the school included:

  • Projectors for intermediate classrooms: approx. $2300.00
  • Teacher resources: $1850.00
  • Class set of drums: $1147.73
  • Library books: $958.73

The PAC Executive is always interested in our members’ (i.e. all parents!) input. All parents are welcome to attend monthly PAC meetings, or to contact any executive member with any concerns or questions. Please consider getting involved in September so that you can help us plan PAC spending priorities. Watch this site for fall meeting dates.

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