BMSS GENERAL PAC MEETING MINUTES May 5, 2014
1. Welcome & Correspondence
a. Alana opened the meeting at 7:20pm and welcomed everyone.
b. Attendees introduced themselves.
2. Minutes of June 2013 PAC Meeting
a. Motion to accept April 2014 minutes made by Ann Millard. Seconded by Carol Ohno. All in favour. Motion passed.
3. Treasurers report
a. Main account; $6,980
ι. On budget or better
b. Gaming Account: $23,040
ι. Grant for $26,000 was received and used for the school wish list and club donation requests. Eg: $2,500 to Dry Grad, $1,000 to subsidize food for students who may be hungry.
ιι. On budget or better
c. Motion to accept budget made by Carol Ohno, seconded by Chris Hill. All in favour. Motion carried.
4. Old-New Business
a. Guest Speaker Alisa Farina, Youth Engagement Support Worker (YES)
ι. Splits her time between co-op (alternate) and mainstream at BMSS
ιι. Supports 25 students
ιιι. Students and are identified by the district and teachers.
ιϖ. Students considered higher risk. Eg: mental health, family/social problems. The role is to help get these students back in the class and to bring them from the at risk level down to the middle level.
ϖ. Outreach is provided in and out of the school.
ϖι. Alisa creates and implements programs, eg: Tattoo which helps students connect in a positive way with police. She intervenes in crisis situations, plans field trips and guest speakers.
ϖιι. Alisa reports to the district three times a year.
b. Guest Speaker Wendel Williams, Youth Services Worker, BMSS
ι. Gets to know students & creates a positive relationship with them
ιι. He is an advocate for them and provides support.
ιιι. His mandate is safety. He is a strong presence in the school.
ιϖ. Works with students, parents, custodians, principal, and community businesses.
ϖ. He assists or directs students with mental health issues, social issues, family support
ϖι. He is outside of the education system in that there is no risk for the students to come and talk to him. Their grades are affected, etc.
c. Student council update – Kieren
ι. President elected for 2014/2015 school year is Jared Chiu.
ιι. Burnaby’s Got Talent raised $3,600 for the Burnaby Children’s Fund
ιιι. Dance Showcase was successful
ιϖ. Cancer All Nighter raised over $4000 which was donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Sixty two students participated and each had to raise a minimum of $75
ϖ. AP exams were on May 5th
ϖι. End of Year Celebration occurring on June 6th.
ϖιι. Student council budget ok
d. School Sponsor Club Requests
ι. Deanna Gestrin (teacher) and Jared Chiu requesting a donation of approximately $4,000.
1. Music Festival is normally held in Toronto but this year it’s in Richmond. It may be some time before it comes back to Richmond.
2. They would like to send 56 students. It’s $75 per student plus $15 for transportation. Students will be paying $30 per student which amounts to $1680. $5040 – $1680 = $3360.
e. Dry Grad
ι. Grade 10 and 11 parent volunteers required
ιι. Final volunteer meeting on May 12 at 7pm
ιιι. Kayla Park and Jacklyn Ohno arranged a bottle drive with other students and made $829.00. Students that participated are not your typical students that would usually help.
ιϖ. Cruise will cap fees for Casino at $1000 regardless of number of students who attend. They are also capping Damage deposit at $800.00.
ϖ. 192 grads have paid up
ϖι. Photo booth will be available with a cap of $800
ϖιι. Hollywood theme
ϖιιι. Hoping to purchases cups and pens for the grads
5. Committee Reports
a. DPAC (Jo)
ι. Three positions of non enrolling teachers will be cut
ιι. Details of the budget cuts can be found on the school district website.
ιιι. Increase secondary school student class size
ιϖ. Daytime custodians will be shared between large & small schools.
1. More cleaning will be done at night.
ϖ. Music programs in the elementary school may have the times changed to try and keep them going.
ϖι. Job action currently in phase one meaning no correspondence or email between teachers and administration.
ϖιι. Special ed transition will occur in the elementary schools targeting grade 5/6 students to help transition them to high school.
ϖιιι. Tech upgrades occurring. Elementary schools are done. High schools will be done in the summary.
ιξ. Digital literacy program starting for grade 9s.
ξ. Family Fun Night at Buckingham on May 30
ξι. Mental Wellness at Byrne May 8.
ι. Last meeting of 2014 school year will be held in June.
c. Parent Education (Vicki)
ι. Suggestion to invite Grade 7 parents to an info session at the June PAC meeting.
ιι. Vicki will make arrangements for the “Unlock Your Future” scholarship session for parents on Oct 9th.
d. Fundraising (Ann)
ι. $122 profit was raised from the sale of Purdy’s Chocolates at Easter.
6. Principal’s Report
a. Teacher’s strike in phase 1. They are not supposed to email or write with administration. No impact at BMSS. Communication is still ongoing between administration and the teachers. Teachers have been advised they need to settle by June 30th or they will be charged for their benefits, plus they will not be paid for the last day of school. Phase 2 would involve a rotating strike. Phase 3 would be a full blown walk out.
b. 10 layoffs occurring at BMSS. District process. Not enough full time jobs. BMSS will look at ways of trying to have them brought back.
c. Enrolment expected to increase to 1226 students plus 150 international students next year. This will create 50 extra blocks which is almost equal to 7 full time jobs.
d. Next years calendar will be coming out soon.
e. A high number of students receiving Honour roll for work ethic certificates especially honour roll with distinction
f. Learning Improvement for vulnerable students will receive extra support as part of Ms O’Reilly’s literacy goal.
g. Sports teams are going strong.
h. Cancer All Nighter raised $5255 for the cancer society.
i. AP exams occurring this week.
j. May 22 is the school leaving ceremony
k. May 23 is dry grad
l. June 10 is the year end celebration
m. Check the calendar for provincial exams
Meeting adjourned: 8:55pm