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.
PAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ELECTION
TUESDAY, MAY 8 7:00-9:00PM
At the AGM we will be electing our 2018-2019 Cameron Parent Advisory Council executive.
Without more executive members we will not be able to continue to provide events like the Multicultural Dinner and Pancake Breakfast, or raise funds for library books, sports equipment, and technology.
There are a wide variety of positions available and no experience is necessary. Many positions can be shared by two people, and our executive works very collaboratively so there is always support available. See position descriptions below, and contact email@example.com for more information or to let us know you’d like to be involved.
The AGM will also include a presentation by SafeOnline about Parenting in a Digital Age–this will provide parents with information in connection with SafeOnline assemblies being held for intermediate students earlier in the day.
Doors will open at 6:45. Light refreshments will be served.
PAC EXECUTIVE POSITIONS FOR 2018-2019
The Chairperson presides at all meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda, and is the official spokesperson for the PAC.
The Vice-Chairperson assists the Chairperson and will assume their responsibilities in case of absence, presides over the Annual General Meeting, and accepts other duties as required.
The Secretary records minutes of all meetings, handles correspondence, and keeps all PAC records.
The Treasurer ensures PAC funds are properly accounted for, maintains financial records and books of account, reports on funds received and spent at each meeting, and drafts the annual budget.
The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Representative attends all Burnaby DPAC meetings to represent and vote on behalf of the PAC, reports to the executive and membership about DPAC matters, and liaises with other parents and DPAC representatives.
The Fundraising Coordinator develops a fundraising plan for the year, organizes fundraising events and campaigns, works with the treasurer to ensure incoming funds are handled appropriately, and reports on fundraising plans and amounts raised at each meeting.
The Social Coordinator organizes social (non-fundraising) events for the school community, reports on event planning at each meeting, and recruits and communicates with parent volunteers.
Members-at-Large serve in a capacity determined by the PAC as needed. We are hoping to have three Member-at-Large positions:
The Special Projects Coordinator develops and coordinates projects like the recent Greening Project and applies for funding grants as needed.
The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator ensures that emergency supplies are stocked and communicates with school staff about these resources.
The Communications Coordinator manages the website www.cameronpac.ca and creates monthly newsletters for parents.
Many of these positions can be shared by two people. All parents/guardians of Cameron students are members of the Parent Advisory Council, and are eligible to serve on the executive, except employees or elected officials of School District 41 or the BC Ministry of Education. Executives are expected to attend our monthly meetings.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us!
The Burnaby School District has put out a call of interest to parents of Indigenous students for the District’s Aboriginal Enhancement Working Group. The group provides input and feedback on district programming targeted for Aboriginal learners that integrate academics and Aboriginal culture and/or language.
Ideally, the School District is hoping for one parent representative from each of the four school district zones.
Attached to this post, please find:
- Parent Expression of Interest form
- Aboriginal Enhancement Working Group Norms, which were co-constructed by group members over the course of this year.
Please note – This group is open to parents of Aboriginal students in Burnaby.
If you have any questions, please contact the School District’s Aboriginal Education Department directly.
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 email@example.com for more information, or come to our next meeting!
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!
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!
We had a great time at the Pancake Breakfast on December 7! Burnaby firefighters cooked pancakes for our students and staff, and the Parent Advisory Council supplied syrup and drinks. Over 30 parent “elves” set the tables for 400, served pancakes and drinks, and cleaned up afterward. And a special visitor from the North Pole brought treats for the students!
- To the Burnaby Fire Department for being the most efficient pancake flippers we’ve ever seen,
- To Save On Foods for supporting the Cameron PAC for this event and many others,
- To Santa for graciously letting kids pull his beard to test it,
- To our parent volunteers for all the work to put on this event,
- To the teachers and staff for getting in the spirit in their pajamas, and
- To Ms. Venos’ and Ms. Southern’s classes for the amazing festive decorations in the gym!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our volunteer email list.
The agenda for our last meeting of the year, on Tuesday, June 13 (7:00-9:00pm), is now available on the Minutes & Agendas page. Minutes from the May 11 AGM are also available.
All parents are members of the PAC and are welcome to join us on June 13 to find out what your Parent Advisory Council accomplished this year, and what we have planned for next year – and to bring us your ideas!