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.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) presentation for parents

Parents are invited to a SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) presentation by Sarah Larsen, District SOGI Support Teacher (and Cameron classroom teacher) on Wednesday, May 17, hosted by the Stoney Creek Parent Advisory Council. Sarah will discuss the federal, provincial, and district context and support for SOGI education and explain SOGI-related terminology. She will bring handouts and share resources, and there will also be time for 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).

Anxiety in Kids presentation for parents and PAC AGM *NOTE NEW DATE

We are excited to bring Liliana Cortes, Registered Clinical Counsellor, to speak to parents about anxiety in children at our AGM on Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm! (Please note this date has changed from Tuesday, May 9, due to the B.C. provincial election taking place on that day.)

Anxiety is a leading mental health issue among Canadian children, and it can be difficult for parents to find information and help. Please join us as Liliana discusses what anxiety is, how to recognize it, and how it can affect your child’s life and your family life. She will also explain what you can do to support your child, and how to determine if you need help.

Liliana’s presentation will take place from 7:00 to 8:00pm, and will be followed by our PAC Annual General Meeting. You’ll find out about the events, fundraising, and purchases for the school your PAC representatives have achieved this year, and our plans for next year. We will also hold our annual election for PAC executive positions, so if you’re interested in getting involved, this is a fantastic way to find out about the opportunities!

The event is FREE but you must register hereWe are able to provide childcare during this event if needed. If you need childcare, you must email chair@cameronpac.ca by Friday, May 5 stating the number of children you need care for and their ages.

April 11 PAC meeting agenda now available

The agenda for the April 11 PAC meeting is now available on the Minutes & Agendas page. All Cameron parents/guardians are members of the PAC and are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings, which are held from 7:00-9:00pm in the school staff room.

We’ll be planning the staff appreciation event, our PAC Annual General Meeting in May (which will feature a guest speaker), fundraisers, and possible additions to the playground.

Parents! Do you have comments on the District Budget?

On April 3, Burnaby DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council) reps will discuss the District Budget, bringing forward concerns and comments from parents at each school. If you have comments you’d like us to contribute, please email them to chair@cameronpac.ca or use the webform on the Contact Us page.

From Burnaby DPAC:

In 2016, Burnaby PACs identified three areas of concern hat were significantly impacted by these budgetary cuts [of nearly $10 million over the last 6 years]. Those areas were: (1) cuts to custodial services, (2) cuts to learning support services for students with special needs designations as well as those students who require some additional support but do not have designations, and (3) reduced counselling services for students.

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