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.

June 13 PAC meeting agenda now available

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!

2017-2018 PAC executive election results

The Cameron Parent Advisory Council held its Annual General Meeting and elections on Thursday, May 11 – thank you to those of you who were able to attend! If you were unable to attend, minutes will be available soon on the Minutes & Agendas page.

The following positions were elected by acclamation to serve as the Cameron PAC Executive for the 2017-2018 year:
Chair: Jen Zerkee
Vice Chair: Shalin Roggeveen
Secretary: Kari Hoskin
Treasurer: Erika Castellanos
Fundraising Coordinator: Rahmeh Nubani
Special Projects Coordinator: Shatha Al Qasem
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: Maryam Mahdavian
There are positions still vacant. While we have a wonderful group of parent volunteers, without a full executive to plan and coordinate our activities we won’t be able to keep up with the events and fundraising we have done in the past. Please read the descriptions on the Get Involved page, and consider putting your name forward if one of these positions interests you.

Reminder – volunteers and contributions needed for Staff Appreciation

We are excited to be able to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them with a luncheon on Wednesday, May 17. We still need volunteers, donations, and food dishes to make this event a success. Please return the notice that came home, or contact cameronvolunteers@hotmail.com if you can help out!

The theme of the luncheon is travel, so let’s make our teachers and staff feel appreciated and relaxed!

Reminder – PAC AGM and Anxiety in Children presentation

Our PAC Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11 (7:00-9:00pm) in the school library. All parents are welcome!

The event is free, but you must register through Eventbrite.

 

PAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Presentation: Anxiety in Children by Liliana Cortes, MA, RCC – Come learn what anxiety is, how to recognize it, and how it can affect your child’s life and your family life, as well as how to support your child and how to determine if you need to seek help. Liliana will also have time to take a few questions.
  3. Break
  4. Parent Advisory Council Annual General Meeting:
    1. Introductions
    2. PAC Year in Review: We will highlight the events we hosted this year, the fundraising and other projects we took on, and the major purchases we were able to make for the school on behalf of parents.
    3. PAC Executive Election: Please consider putting your name forward at the AGM for a position on the 2017-2018 PAC executive! See below for position descriptions, and contact chair@cameronpac.ca with any questions.
  5. Questions
  6. Adjournment

 

PARENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2017-2018

Are you good with words? Numbers? People? Technology? We would love for you to bring those skills to the Parent Advisory Council! Please consider putting your name forward for election to an executive position. Not all of these positions are very time-consuming – there are a variety of levels of commitment, and many positions can be shared by 2 people.

  1. The Chairperson presides at all meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda, and is the official spokesperson for the PAC.
  2. The Vice-Chairperson is familiar with the Chairperson’s responsibilities and will assume their responsibilities in case of absence, presides over the Annual General Meeting, and accepts other duties as required.
  3. The Secretary records minutes of all meetings, handles correspondence, and keeps all PAC records.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Social Coordinator organizes social (non-fundraising) events for the school community, plans events, reports on event planning at each meeting, and recruits and communicates with parent volunteers.
  8. Members-at-Large serve in a capacity determined by the PAC. At the moment we have two member-at-large positions: Special Projects Coordinator (responsible for the recent Greening Project and grant applications for similar projects) and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (responsible for ensuring emergency supplies are stocked and communicating with staff about these resources). We would also like to add the position of Communications Coordinator (responsible for maintaining the PAC website (www.cameronpac.ca), the monthly PAC newsletter, our bulletin board in the school’s front hallway, and other promotion of PAC activities).

Staff Appreciation Day – May 17

We are pleased to be hosting a Staff Appreciation Luncheon to acknowledge our hardworking teachers and staff at Cameron, on Wednesday, May 17.

The Parent Advisory Council will be supplying coffee, tea, and punch. We are asking parents to contribute dishes for the meal, donations towards supplies, and time to help set up, host, and clean up on the 17th. A notice about the event was sent home this week – if you are able to help, please fill out the form and return it by May 3.

Contact cameronvolunteers@hotmail.com with any questions.

PAC needs you! Parent positions available for 2017-18

Are you good with words? Numbers? People? Technology? We would love for you to bring those skills to the Parent Advisory Council! Please consider putting your name forward for election to an executive position (descriptions below).

Not all of these positions are very time-consuming – there are a variety of levels of commitment, and many positions can be shared by 2 people.

The PAC represents all Cameron parents, so the more parents who get involved the better! Our election will be held at the May 11 AGM. Contact chair@cameronpac.ca with any questions.

 

DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE AND REPRESENTATIVES

  1. The Chairperson presides at all meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda, and is the official spokesperson for the PAC.
  2. The Vice-Chairperson is familiar with the Chairperson’s responsibilities and will assume their responsibilities in case of absence, presides over the Annual General Meeting, and accepts other duties as required.
  3. The Secretary records minutes of all meetings, handles correspondence, and keeps all PAC records.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Social Coordinator organizes social (non-fundraising) events for the school community, plans events, reports on event planning at each meeting, and recruits and communicates with parent volunteers.
  8. Members-at-Large serve in a capacity determined by the PAC. At the moment we have two member-at-large positions: Special Projects Coordinator (responsible for the recent Greening Project and grant applications for similar projects) and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (responsible for ensuring emergency supplies are stocked and communicating with staff about these resources). We would also like to add the position of Communications Coordinator (responsible for maintaining the PAC website (www.cameronpac.ca), the monthly PAC newsletter, our bulletin board in the school’s front hallway, and other promotion of PAC activities).

Volunteers needed for the Pancake Breakfast

pancakes-300pxKids love the Pancake Breakfast, when they get to wear their pajamas and eat pancakes with their buddies, and we love helping to put on this event. But it takes a lot of help to make this great event happen! We will need parent volunteers on Wednesday, December 7th after school to set up, and we will need a large number of volunteers on Thursday, December 8th from 8:50am to about 11:00am to serve food and drinks and to help clean up. Please note that this is an extremely busy event, and it is not recommended that you bring younger children with you on the 8th.

Volunteers will be treated to pancakes and coffee after the event.

If you are able to help, please return the notice that went home today, or email cameronvolunteers@hotmail.com by Wednesday, November 30th (in your email please indicate whether you are available on the 7th or 8th, your name and phone number, and your child’s name and teacher).

And thanks of course to the Burnaby Firefighters, who flip enough pancakes for 450 people, and Save On Foods, who help us out with supplies.

Multicultural Dinner

We are getting excited about the Cameron Multicultural Dinner on the evening of Thursday, October 20! This event brings together many families from the Cameron community for a potluck-style dinner – last year more than 300 people attended. Attendees have the opportunity to try a wide variety of dishes from the wonderfully diverse families that make up our school. Students will be creating decorations for the gym. The evening is fun and the food is always amazing. Watch for notices soon for more information, and start thinking about the dish you’d like to share with others!

This event requires many volunteers to put it together. If you can help set up, host, or clean up, please see the Get Involved page for more details and to let us know.

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