March 2017 PAC Meeting Minutes

Burnaby Mountain PAC meeting minutes March 5, 2017-03-06

Called to order 7:20 p.m.


Minutes – January’s meeting minutes reviewed and adopted. (Patty Andersen motioned; Dave Dye seconded)

Student Council Update – none at this time

Treasurer’s Report – we are on budget. Report reviewed and adopted. (Giovanna Irving motioned; Dave Dye seconded)

Old/New Business

School Sponsor club requests – Jyoti Panesar representing GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) and Fem Club (female empowerment) requests as teacher sponsor. GSA seeking $500.00 for initiatives e.g. speakers representative of themselves, promoting LGBTQ visibility at Mountain, etc. Fem Club seeking $200 for fundraising initiatives.

  • PAC executive approves $250.00 for GSA (with room for additional funding possible) and $200.00 for Fem Club (motion by Patty Andersen; seconded by Dave Dye)


Dry Grad Committee – Giovanna Irving

  • Tickets will be available beginning March 8th for raffle items amounting to $3,000 in prizes. Sales will run March and April
  • Look forward to more fundraisers in the coming weeks including flower and chocolate sales. Watch for emails with further details.

 Committee Reports –

DPAC – Dave Dye – topics dealt with at district meeting:

  • We now have a part-time high school and elementary resource teacher to assist teachers with resources on the subject of SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity). FYI we have a gender neutral washroom on each floor at Mountain.
  • Timelines were discussed for replacing SPC (School Planning Committees)
  • A motion was made to approve DPAC letter writing to increase funding to public education and requesting more consistent funding models.
  • April 3rd – DPAC meeting for 2017-18 budget taking place
  • April 4th – Public education forum being held at Shadbolt Centre – details to be distributed by PAC president shortly if you are interested

Parent Education – April 25 Dr. Vo presentation at Mountain on topic of Mindfulness in Teens

  • Scholarship information presentation by Brittany Palmer of Unlock Your Future TBA October, 2017

Principal’s Report – Highlights

  • YELL program visited in January – very successful
  • Sing Thing – our choir liaised with elementary students
  • Reach Out Psychosis
  • Great Canadian Geography Challenge
  • Open House at Mountain with Wizard of Oz preview
  • Dallas Yellowfly presentation
  • Dragon’s Den BMSS
  • Stoney Creek/Lyndhurst Bird Houses


  • Basketball, gr. 9 girls win banner
  • Grad Pancake Breakfast
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Math challenges – 2nd place finishes
  • Dancing with the Teachers
  • Talent Show
  • Health & Fitness week this week


  • Shutter & blind project for the building to be completed spring break
  • Enrollment for next year very similar
  • An app being added “Mountain Connect”
  • Parent connect on MyEd opening soon (term 3 goal for paperless report cards)
  • Report card distribution March 8th; course selection changes must be done with counsellor; verifications coming home with reports
  • Grade 12 exit interviews March 7 (and May 4th)
  • Locker clean up Friday
  • Wifi project ongoing – encourage your child to try it out
  • April 24th Pro-D Day
  • May 9th Festival of Learning at SFU
  • More emergency drills were required this year
  • Feedback needed on District Calendar for next 3 years – closing soon if interested

Spring Sports – ball hockey, track & field, girls’ soccer, grade 8/9 boys volleyball, golf, netball, tennis, badminton, ultimate

Next PAC meeting: Monday, April 10, 2017 7:15 p.m.

Meeting adjourned: 8:05 p.m.




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