Minutes of the April 2019 PAC Meeting

Parent Advisory Council General Meeting

April 8, 2019 @7:15pm


Welcome and Correspondence

Dave Dye introduced special guest, Ryan Stewart – School Trustee for Burnaby Mountain

Minutes of Feb 2019 council meeting

Adopted and approved

Treasurer’s Report

Adopted and approved for Feb and March, draft budget will be shared at June meeting

Old/New Business

School Sponsor Club Request – no new request

Dry Grad – no updates to provide

Student Council

  • Event to raise funds for Cancer Foundation on April 26, 2019
  • Starting Friday Food Trucks initiative to help promote and raise school spirit
  • Upcoming Student Council Elections

Flex Time and New Careers Model – What is it?

Mr Grieve presented on Flex Time, an initiative throughout Lower Mainland High Schools and will be introduced next year to Burnaby Mountain

  • aimed to help students who need to get caught up with assignments, homework, who need extra help
  • students can choose to work in groups or work with teachers 
  • support outcomes of Gr 11/12 Career Life Connections
  • 43 min in length, likely on a wed between periods 1 and 2 (schedule to be released soon)


Vaping Presentation (Jessica Gile and Sean McCarron)

Ongoing outreach sessions with students, PE teachers

  • Vaping contents have harmful solvents, flavours consisting of chemicals, varying levels of nicotine
  • Upcoming vaping tour by Health Canada (last week of May)
  • Video and Promo Materials available to encourage discussions with teens about Vaping and how to make better decisions

*YouTube Video on Vaping, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dZS_Rniak0

*Parent Resources (attached)

Committee Reports

BCCPAC Annual Conference May 3-5, parents who wish to attend can contact Dave Dye. PAC may have funds to pay for an additional parent to attend the conference.

Upcoming Session on Scholarships, May 26, 2019 – How to Unlock your Future

Principal’s Report and Questions

  • Grad assembly coming up April 18 in the morning.  Followed by an ICBC presentation. 
  • Course selection finished.  Registering cross district and out of district this week.  Enrichment assessment for grade 7’s scheduled this week.  Finishing up articulation at elementary schools this week. 
  • Summer school registration opens on Wednesday, April 17.
  • Next year’s calendar will be shared at our June meeting.
  • BGT is April 16th at MJ Fox at 6:30 pm. 
  • Senior All Nighter is April 26th 
  • Year end dance showcase:  Monday, April 29th at MJ Fox.
  • Musical: Shrek:  May 1 – 4 and 8th – 11th
  • Final Exit interviews are May 2nd in the morning. 
  • School leaving ceremony is May 28. 
  • Spring Music concert is May 30th 
  • Spring sports in full swing: Badminton, Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, Rugby, Ultimate, Netball.
  • Sun run team defending their title this weekend with over 90 participants. 



Meeting adjourned at 8pm.  May PAC meeting is cancelled.  Next PAC will be on June 3rd.

Minutes submitted by: Maribeth Yap
Approved by: Dave Dye

September 2018 PAC Minutes

Burnaby Mountain Secondary School

 Parent Advisory Council Meeting – Library

 Monday, Sept 10, 2018

 Called to order at 7:21

June 2018 Minutes reviewed and motion to adopt was passed and seconded.

Dave Dye – Chair – Welcomed everyone and made introductions of Administration.

Student Council Update – two representatives made a gave a brief introduction, and let us know things were just starting up for the year.

Treasure’s Report – see attached report – June report was reviewed, and a motion was to adopt and was passed and seconded.

Continue reading September 2018 PAC Minutes

Minutes for the June 11 2018 PAC Meeting

Burnaby Mountain PAC meeting minutes June 11, 2018


Called to order 7:16 p.m. Welcome.


Minutes – May’s meeting minutes reviewed and adopted.


Student Council Update – none at this time


Treasurer’s Report – we are on budget. Report reviewed and adopted.


Old/New Business

No school sponsor club requests

Dry Grad takes place on Friday


Chair and Treasurer election

Dave Dye – Chair – by acclamation

Franca Spartano – Treasurer – also by acclamation

Committee Reports –

DPAC – nothing to report

Parent Education – fall & spring events will be planned for 2018-19 school year, all ideas welcomed


Principal’s Report – Highlights & Updates


  1. It’s that time of year when grad pranks may occur. Smoke bombs often set in high schools (sometimes even on the same days) stretching fire department services as they attend these calls/alarms. Talk to your kids and remind them that our vulnerable students are especially distressed by these kinds of activities and that they will be treated seriously by police as they are considered illegal mischief crimes.


  1. BMSS will be working with Stoney Creek and Cameron schools next year on a mentorship program that the school district is sponsoring. Students interested in getting some leadership/mentoring training for this program should contact Ms. Manning at BMSS.


  1. Many medals garnered from track & field provincials; ball hockey team top 10 placement; badminton also top 10 placement



Next PAC meeting: Monday, September 10, 2018 7:15 p.m. school library


Meeting adjourned: 7:31 p.m.




May 7 2018 PAC General Meeting Minutes

Burnaby Mountain PAC Meeting May 7, 2018

Called to order at 7:20

Minutes from April tabled to next month

Student Council – Ryqiel thanked PAC for the donation to the cancer all-nighter. Grade 11s and 12s were there. This year the cost per student was $80. Carnival is coming up this month. Food trucks will be Real Mac and Cheese and Mini Donut food trucks.

Treasurer’s Report – there was no activity in the main operation account. In the gaming account $550 was spent on a Connex field trip. There is a vote on the dry grad request from last month. Since there was a field trip cancellation, there was $1500 made available to assist with the dry grad request. A motion to approve the addition of the $1500 to make the total donation $4000 was seconded and approved.

School Goals

Literacy Goal -James Morton: Note taking, note making, inferencing and making connections are being taught. Students have made a start and there has been growth each year. Connections being made were mostly surface connections, but it is starting to go deeper. The literacy chair has looked at more departments than just the English department to improve the success of this goal across the curriculum. Presentations occur at staff meetings and pro d days regarding literacy in curriculum and also have indigenous leaders come and present. There are also competency chats between staff and students. In the family of schools (includes the 6 elementary schools grade 7 classes)

The school goal meetings are open to parents.

Healthy School Goal – Mr Greve – The new chair for this goal’s committee is Deanna Worobets. Understanding mental health and well-being has been this year’s focus. Students have been talking about a mental health club. Physical education and physical health in this school has a good reputation. The focus last year was a lot on LGBTQ. There were kindness, gratitude, and healthy relationship days. Compass survey for grade 8-12 students is on a variety of issues. The data will be very useful for planning healthy school curriculum for the school for the coming year. Meetings for the Healthy School Committee happen once a month at lunch and they are open to having parents at the meetings as well. Screen time for electronic devices is something that is being looked at and discussed. National recreational screen time average for high school students is 5.6 hours a day. There was also a survey about stress put out through the District Student advisory Council which students took part in. There are lots of options. There are individual teacher expectations around electronic devices in class and how they are used. Parent Ed. The talk on Anxiety in April was a success. They are open to coming back and doing seminars or talks. If you have a child/ren who you feel need counselling, they can offer services for free at the RCMP youth services.

Parent Ed – The talk on anxiety in April with the RCMP youth officer was a success. The youth office at the RCMP is willing to do some counselling for free. People can call them for more information. They are willing to look at doing more workshops next school yearand they have a list of workshops to pick through.

Principal’s Report – School protection plans have been updated by the school board. Events and insurance around sanctioned events have new guidelines for PACs to be aware of. PACs or other committees need to consult with school administration to regarding insurance. Band and choir had a hugely successful trip to whistler. The May pro-D day is having a mental health day with Dr. Bo. There are sessions for teachers on assessment as well as meditation. The calendar draft for the next school year is available at this meeting. AP exams are happening over the next two weeks. Marron Roberts Todd is the Valedictorian for the grade 12. Track meet students did very well. One broke a 48 year record. A student won bronze for a program to spot fake news. BMSS is the #1 school for schools in the sun run. Two debaters went to Nova Scotia to compete.

School play ‘The Lazy Chaperone’ is going on for 6 nights. Earthquake drill is happening on May 23. Core competencies chat is on the same day. School leaving rehearsal is May 25 and leaving ceremony is on May 28th.

Adjourned 8:10

Next meeting June 11th 2018



February 2018 PAC Minutes

Burnaby Mountain Secondary PAC Meeting February 5th, 2018

Called to order at 7:20 pm.

Minutes of December 2017 PAC Meeting were approved and adopted.

Student Council Update – recent successful events were discussed and upcoming events were promoted, including the events for grad week, which include bowling, dodge ball, and a pancake breakfast put on by the teachers for the grads before school.

Treasurer’s Report – Reports for December and January were reviewed and adopted. There was little activity for the month of January. Continue reading February 2018 PAC Minutes