October 2020 meeting minutes

Burnaby Mountain Secondary School

Parent Advisory Council Meeting – Zoom

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Attendance:

Dave Dye LeeAnne Kristmanson Angel Chen Annette Yang Brenda Lohrenz Dawn Murphy Dream Franca Spartano Heidi  Kari Kristin Schnider Lisa Ingrid Anand Janet Jen Jenica Pong Josie JungHee Seo  Mahnaz Golshan Maribeth Yap May Mayumi Natalija Kozlova Saba Sateri Sean McCarron Siva Ramesh Susan Young  
  1. Welcome – call to order 7:07pm
  • Minutes of February and May 2020 Council Meeting – motioned, seconded, approved
  • Student Council Update – from Jenica Pong
  • online club participation via Teams; no fundraising in school by clubs (online fundraising encouraged); virtual community fun events (such as Halloween event); list of clubs will be up in 2 weeks (reviewing club proposals currently) via virtual clubs day on Instagram/Facebook is @bmsscouncil; grad committee chairs:
  • Clare Vu1346830@edu.burnabyschools.ca
  • Renna Rumbaua2201350@edu.burnabyschools.ca
  • Sam Senay614337@edu.burnabyschools.ca
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • reported on June 2020 Year End Report as of August 2020; voted and passed
    • majority of PAC funds are from the gaming grant and expenditures are for school, sports, clubs, events, grad, etc.; due to lack of use last year there are some funds leftover
    • 2020/2021 budget deferred to November 2020 PAC meeting
    •  seeking treasurer for next year (someone to shadow Franca this year)
  • Executive Elections exec@mountainpac.ca
    • Self-nominations made by Zoom chat; passed as follows
      • Dave Dye – Chair
      • Dawn Murphy – Vice Chair
      • Annette Yang – Secretary
      • Franca Spartano – Treasurer
      • Ingrid Anand – Member at Large (Parent Ed)
      • Siva Ramesh – Member at Large
      • Maribeth Yap – Member at Large (Parent Ed)
      • Dave Dye – DPAC Representative
      • Kristin Schnider – DPAC Representative
  • Committee Reports
    • DPAC – Oct 19th is first general meeting; report back in Nov meeting
    • Parent Ed – Sep 17 for scholarships with 120+ parents participating; will have one more event this year for parent education (date/subject pending
  • School start up and current situation
    • Safe School Specialist, Sean McCarron – youth worker for BMSS; someone kids can approach for help/mediation/etc. sean.mccarron@burnabyschools.ca cell 604-760-3902
    • Start of school – adapting to designated entrances, drop-offs, teacher breaks coordination working well, encouraging kids to eat lunches in their Period 1 classrooms, going smoothly
    • Grade 8 visitations by Principal and Vice Principals – done over last few weeks
    • COVID rules – need to remind kids to keep masks on, social distance, less physical contact as kids are tending to be more relaxed about rules
    • Cohorts – each quarter, students are in cohorts of 60 students; grade 8 and 9 are in groups of 60 for both periods; grade 10-12 are cohort as period 1 and period 2; each quarter has new/different cohorts
    • Fall/Winter weather – no plans for staggered lunch, need to find more space in common areas and classrooms when weather turns; encouraging G12 to leave school in the afternoons to make more space in the commons
    • Afternoon Schedule – in person classes on MR or TF afternoons with no classes on Wednesdays; some classes are small and are in person MTRF
  • Principal’s Report & Questions by LeeAnne Krismanson

Enrolment down – this year 1350 decreases due to international.  Approx. 70 choosing outside school options.

New teachers this Fall:   

  • Ms. Nieumann:  Spanish 
  • Mr. Liau:  Japanese 
  • Ms. Dunne:  Social Studies Department Head 
  • Ms. Cooke:  Business Ed/Math 
  • Ms. Arron:  Counselling 
  • Ms. Adrangi:  Math 
  • Ms. Patel:  Art 
  • Mr. Richards:  English/ELL (for Ms Fernandes mat leave) 

Orange Shirt day – lots of student participation and activities in classrooms with support from our Indigenous team leaders Jackie Norman, Lindsay Mindlin and Mr. Jack’s leadership class. 

Numeracy/Literacy Assessments:  Schedule will be coming soon.  November (2-6) sittings will cover the grade 11 who haven’t written.  Grade 10’s will write in January 25-29.   

DASH BC award: “Burnaby Mountain staff, students, and partners collaborated over the last school year with a particular focus on mental health and have now been recognized by a provincial organization. They are among just 11 schools in BC to be certified as a Healthy School Community by DASH (Dedicated Action for School Health), which celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community.” 

Fall Sports starting this week or next:  Volleyball (grade 8/9 in cohorts)  X-Country (timed runs completed on different days vs Burnaby schools) 

PEAK program:  before and after school homework support in room 206 Monday – Thursday.   

Cafeteria now open for limited service. The cafeteria is only open at 9:45-10:30am.  Then open for lunch 11:25-12:15.   

Coming up:  

  • Tomorrow is photo retakes 
  • Terry Fox run is Thursday and Friday morning.  Donations collected in period one classes 
  • Grade 8 event/retreat 
  • Midterm marks posted – Oct 16 
  • October 23 Pro-D day no classes 
  • Remembrance day virtual assemblies on November 10 
  • Grad photo bookings Jan 4 – 16 in mobile unit at BMSS
  • Grad – hotels are accepting/deposit

Where to get info:  Daily bulletin is on our website with lots of great info such as volunteer opportunities.  Instagram @burnabymountain and twitter @bbymountainsec (no longer using BMSS app – only doing Teams)

  • Adjournment at 7:52pm

Next Council Meeting: Monday, November 2, 2020 at 7pm

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