Individual Education Plans: A Guide For Parents

The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has published a guide for parents on Individual Education Plans for students with special needs:

“Many parents are not sure what to expect at an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. When they meet school staff on behalf of their child, they may feel vulnerable or even frightened. Often, they don’t know what to do and are not clear about their role in the process. In this guide, our focus is to help you understand how an IEP meeting works and how you and your child, working together with the school, can get the most out of this process for the benefit of your child.” – BCCPAC

This useful resource is available in multiple languages, and can be accessed below: bccpac-logo

Magic Show Fundraiser – Camilo the Magician

Cameron PAC Presents Camilo the Magician!

Limited tickets still available!

The Cameron PAC is VERY excited to host a magic show by Camilo the Magician on Friday, October 30th! We hope you can join us for this event, all funds raised will go directly to the school. You can learn more about Camilo and his unique style of magic here and here.

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Tickets will be on sale at the school office daily from 2:50pm – 3:05pm starting Tuesday, October 13th. Students will also be receiving a form home to return to purchase tickets. Ticket prices are:

Family ticket: $25 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
Adult ticket: $10
Child ticket: $5

Everyone is welcome to come, but we would like parents to be aware that the show is geared towards kids age 7+. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult 19+. As this is a fundraiser, please note that tickets are non-refundable.

Fun Fact

Did you know Camilo has a song named after him? Vancouver’s Said The Whale‘s Camilo (The Magician). You can watch it here – warning the video is adorable and the song is very catchy!

Questions?

If you have any questions about tickets, please email magic@cameronpac.ca.

DPAC – Free Parent Information Evenings

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 9.15.41 PMThe Burnaby District Parent Advisory Council hosts free Parent Information Evenings (PIEs) throughout the school year where expert speakers present on topics related to education, parenting, and child development.

The following PIEs have been announced for 2015-2016 at Burnaby Central Secondary School from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. For further information and to register, please follow the links to the DPAC site below.

Oct. 28, 2015 What is Social Emotional Learning and what does it look like in SD41?
Feb. 24, 2015 Taking Social and Emotional Learning Home
Apr. 27, 2016 Self Regulation in the Early Years: Home to School

Welcome Back BBQ

Please note: the BBQ will take place rain or shine!

Welcome to a new year at Cameron! The PAC would like to invite all students and their families, as well as teachers and staff, to the Welcome Back BBQ on Thursday, September 24 from 4:00 – 6:00pm. The BBQ will be held behind the school, near the music portable. We will have burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs (100% beef), plus all the fixings, at a reasonable price (burgers $2.00, hot dogs $1.00), as well as drinks, cookies, and chips.

Come spend some time with other Cameron families, and let us cook for you!

We would like to thank Save On Foods for helping us with supplies and Vancity for overseeing our cash table. We would also like to thank the numerous student and parent volunteers who will help make this event happen – it takes many hands! If you would like to volunteer, please see the Get Involved page for details.

Family Photo Night at Cameron

Please join us for our annual Family Photo Night at Cameron Elementary on Thursday, October 1, 2015 &  Monday, October 5, 2015! family-portraits

What is Family Photo Night?

Family Photo Night is a popular PAC fundraiser that gives families an opportunity to have professional portraits taken at the school. This is a great way to support the school, as all sitting fees are given back to Cameron. Last year, we raised $600 for our students!

What do I get?

For just $20 your family will receive one sitting and a free 8”x10” portrait of your choice. Your family will have the opportunity to have a minimum of eight different poses taken. The photographers will use both traditional and contemporary backgrounds and props. On the Monday sitting, you are welcome to bring your family pet! After the session, Lifetouch Studios will mail proofs to your home and you will have the option to order additional prints and other products (e.g., frames and Christmas cards).

How do I sign up?

Please complete the Family Photo Night 2015 Form (a copy has been sent home to all students), attach payment, and return it to the school before September 28, 2015. This is a popular event and sittings are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! A coupon confirming your appointment will be sent home prior to the scheduled photo date.

Please note: As this is a school fundraiser, there will NO REFUNDS for last-minute cancellations. All sittings must be booked in advance and paid in full prior to the day of the photo session. No drop-in sittings will be available.

We hope you can join us!

Welcome Back Coffee Mornings

I popped up to the school today to put up some posters, and the teachers are working hard getting the classrooms ready for the new year. Where did the summer go?

On the first day (Tuesday), the PAC will be hosting a welcome back coffee for parents from 9:00am – 10:00am. Please join us in Room 7 to reconnect and enjoy some coffee provided by Waves.

For parents of Kindergarten students, we will also we hosting coffee/chat on the first day of Kindergarten (Wednesday). This is a great way to meet other parents, whether you are new to the Cameron community or an old-hand! The PAC will be there to answer any questions you have about the school.

We hope to see you there!

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Staff Appreciation Event

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A big thank you to all our helpers and to all that brought food in for the staff lunch!

The staff were very appreciative, and the food was delicious. Instead of separate gifts for staff members this year, the PAC voted to provide a nice relaxing palace – in the staff room! Thanks to Shalin Roggeveen for your hard work setting this up!

 

 

Staff Appreciation Event – Volunteers Needed

Cameron PAC will be honouring the hard work and dedication our teachers and staff show every day at Cameron Elementary with a luncheon prepared by parents on Wednesday, May 20. We are looking for support from parents in the form of:

  • preparing a food dish for the staff to enjoy for lunch
  • donations of money to buy additional supplies for the lunch
  • volunteers to help out on May 20 with receiving food dishes (9:00-9:30am) set up (11:00-11:40am), hosting (11:40am-1:20pm), and clean up (1:20-2:00pm)

A notice will go home this week with additional information. If you are interested in preparing food or donating money, please fill out and return the notice. If you are able to volunteer on May 20, please either return the notice or email volunteer@cameronpac.ca to let us know. Thank you!

Results – Parent Input on 2015 Budget

The Cameron PAC would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the recent survey on the 2015 School District Budget. Overall, it is clear that Cameron parents are very concerned about the current level of funding for public education.

A summary of Cameron parents’ responses can be found here: Cameron Elementary PAC – 2015 Budget Input.

The report was provided to the School Board for discussion at their April, 14, 2015 meeting and the Burnaby DPAC, who will present feedback from parents across Burnaby at the District’s Partner Group Meeting on April 21, 2015.

Further information on the preliminary District budget, which will be finalized and submitted to the Ministry of Education on April 30, can be found here.

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