George Elliot Parent Advisory Council
Draft Minutes of General Meeting
September 15th, 2008
Dev Fraser, Vicki Bacon, Ramona Swift, Kristin Wride, Brenda
Pederson, Miriam Landry, Deb Melnychuk, Jean Sykes, Jeannette Van
Riet, Sheila Thornton, Peter Maryschuk, June Brown, Jacqui Sproule,
Tammy Yax, Chad Wardman (Teacher), Vianne Kintzinger, Crystal
Kneller, Grant Lawrence, Julie Elliot, Anna Hunt-Binkley, Brenda
Schmidt, Ellen Joubert, Wendy Fraser, Marita Zirnitis, Charlene
Wowchuk, Edith Muri, Julia Ambrozy, May-Bo McAllister, Deb Butler,
Nancy Ashley, Stacy Fortin, Mona McKay, Sherry DiPasquale
Call to Order @ 8:05pm
1. Adoption of Agenda: 1st: Deb Butler 2nd: Julia Ambrozy
2. Adoption of the Minutes of May 26th, 2008: 1st: Marita Zirnitis
2nd: Brenda Schmidt CARRIED
3. Principal's Report – see attached; Vianne Kintzinger noted that the
student population was above the expected 722 and is close to 750!
This has meant adding one position which she has been able to fill
Grade 8 145
Grade 9 153
Grade 10 155
Grade 11 157
Grade 12 136
Question : what was the cost of the Hockey Program- Vianne
responded that they are close to finalizing this.
Question : as to the length and participation of the Terry Fox
Run- Chad Wardman responded that it was near 3K and most
4. Guest Speaker – Trustee Anna Hunt Binkley
Anna noted that with the great participation and volunteering
that GES PAC was going to thrive. She went on to note that all
schools were up in population in the district but that the
Demographers note that there are more students leaving school
than entering, so will turn the other way. Transportation has been
an issue, but so far quiet in Lake Country, courtesy riders may not
be able to ride in some areas. She noted that the education act was
changed some years ago that school districts are not required to
provide bussing so it is always a difficult economic choice for the
board. The board asked for expert help with the water supply issue
at each school. As there are so many water sources they have
suggested a water system in the district or possibly at each school.
There are lots of issues with this and it is not finalized yet. Trustee
Electoral Boundaries- she noted that the whole district is under
review with many favoring all elected at large. She noted that we
were strongly in favour of local representation last year and she
encouraged all to respond with your comments ASAP to Mr. Graf
out of the main office at 860-8888. Question; will she consider
running again. Anna responded that she has declared her wish to
resign. She hopes for someone with youth in the system will run
however she is concerned about the momentum she feels a part of.
There were several heartfelt thank you’s to Anna for her great
service to the education in Lake Country
5. Reports from Officers:
5.1. President's Report – see attached; in addition she noted that
there are many Volunteer positions for all interests and time
commitments. She reviewed them briefly and encouraged
parents to go over the lists and sign up where they could.
5.2. Treasurer's Report – Brenda gave the following balances as of
Aug 31st, 2008: Gaming Account=$20,020.79 General
Account=$6,238.28; Audit – Brenda would like to have the
books audited by a professional. Any suggestions please
forward to Brenda. Anna Hunt-Binkley suggested contacting
Larry Paul from the board office to see if they provide
5.3. COPAC Report – Marita noted that she attended the COPAC
meeting and there were not enough members present for a
Quorum, only 14 of 41 schools were represented. Mike Roberts
spoke on the grade configuration survey.
6. Reports from Committees- Wendy gave an explanation of each
committee and that their purpose is to not take up the general
meeting time with deliberations. It is their job to take specific topics
when asked, review them and bring summarized recommendation
back to PAC for approval.
6.1. Finance Committee – This committee is chaired by the
Treasurer and generally meets once per year to consider
Teacher and PAC requests for funding. They draw up a
proposed budget to present to PAC for approval. This
committee has about a 3 hours time commitment.
6.2. Health Committee- Mona McKay, Health Promotion
Coordinator has agreed to continue but is looking for help. The
main purpose of this committee is coordinating the Grade 8 & 9
Health Retreat. This is a big event for our students and there
are numerous volunteer jobs for all levels of time commitment.
6.3. Policy Committee- This Committee is chaired by the
President or Vice-President. The Policy Committee Meets once
per year to vote on the British Columbia Confederation of
Parent Advisory Council’s Resolutions. The Committee will also
meet if PAC requires a response to contentious issues
(2006/2007 required 2 Meetings). This committee has an
approximate 6 hour time commitment.
6.4. Social Committee- Charlene Wowchuk volunteered to be
Social Coordinator. This committee helps with the Grade 8
Welcome Dinner, prepares the teacher/staff appreciation
luncheon in June, snacks for: teacher/staff appreciation week,
Christmas and PAC Meetings, as well as meals or support for
families suffering from a tragedy. This committee has
volunteer jobs for all levels of time commitment. First action
the Grade 8 Dinner.
6.5. Fundraising Committee – Jeannette Van Riet: This
committee has volunteer jobs for all levels of time commitment.
7. School Planning Council (SPC) - No report, first meeting on Bill 33
tomorrow at 2:00 in Vianne’s office
8. Unfinished Business:
8.1. Survey – Wendy noted that the Policy Committee did respond
as directed by PAC and the letter is at the back as well as Mike
Robert’s response letter.
8.2. Provincial Survey All Day Kindergarten, all day school for 3
and 4 year olds – PAC did complete the online survey – copy
8.3. Proposed Prison Site – letters sent to MLA and Solicitor
General. Solicitor General response letter available – GES PAC
will be included in partner groups consulted with updates
9. New Business:
9.1. Grade 8 Welcome Dinner – Wendy reported that unless there
were at least 5 volunteers this event could no longer be
supported by PAC and would change to an ice cream social.
Charlene Wowchuk volunteered to run this event and volunteer
names were gathered.
9.2. Apple Project- Charlene Wowchuk agreed to head up the
project and reported some good news. She and Dev met with
the packing house in August and explained that we really
wanted to continue the project of giving 60 lbs of free apples to
the students every morning all fall. The packing house has
always graciously helped with the storage and retrieval every
day of the apples. The packing house was asked to see what
they would contribute to the program and they have amazingly
agreed to supply 1 bin of apples ( 800 lbs) for free each month.
This will almost meet our needs. Special thanks to Charlene for
arranging this . Post meeting note: We were remiss at the
meeting; special thanks as well to Jacqui Sproule for her
leadership in creating this project and making this project so
successful in the past years.
9.3. Wendy again thanked all the parents and teachers for coming
to the meeting and looks forward to a great year.
10. Adjournment @ 9:00 PM
Next Meeting October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library
Principal’s Report for September PAC Meeting
What has happened at George Elliot….
•August 28th–Link Day for Grade 8’s
•September 2 –First Day of School
•September 2 –Grad Breakfast
•September 3 –Grade Assemblies
•September 12 –Last Day for Course Changes
All of September-Exciting Events from our Career Prep Centre
•September 15-24 Family Life Gr. 8-10
•September 16 –School Photo Day
•September 18 –Link Crew Lunch for new students Gr. 9-12
•September 24-27 –Heavy Metal Rocks
•September 24 –Grade 8 Skill Challenge Day
•September 25 –Grade 12 MAP Meeting
•September 25 –Grade 8 Parent Open House and Dinner??
•September 25 –Grad Parent Meeting 7 pm
•September 26 Terry Fox Run
•October 3 –End of Term 1
•October 3 –Grade 9 Immunizations
•October 7 & 8 –Interim Reports Out
•October 15 –Parent Ambassadors Meeting # 1
School Goals for the 2008/09
To improve the literacy skills of all students
To improve the numeracy skills of all students
To focus on promoting healthy lifestyles for all students
Thank you to Charlene Wowchuk and Dev Fraser
for contacting the Okanagan Tree Fruit
Cooperative to enable us to once again serve fruit
to all of our students.
PAC General Meeting – September 15, 2008
Thanks to each of you for showing your commitment to
your children by being here and participating in PAC.
Communication is key to success and you will find what
you need to know by attending our PAC meetings. It will
be the best 2 hour investment of time you make per
Special Thanks to Laura Geen and the volunteers who put
on a fabulous Staff Appreciation Luncheon on June 19th
PAC one time events sign up in package – return to PAC or
Staff Directory in package
Thanks to Vianne for getting the bike racks moved to a
more secure location
Volunteers for School Store: Linda Meraw - 3 hrs in the
a.m. or p.m. to do prep work and clean up.
Mr. Gary Graf has been appointed by the Ministry of
Education to seek input into Trustee Electoral Boundaries
for our District. GES PAC provided COPAC with letters
written last year to the Board and Minister of Education
re our position of continuing to have our Trustee Election
elected by Representation and not as a Member at Large.
Request PAC approval to write directly to Mr. Graf to
reiterate our postion.
Our school was nominated by the Fraser Institute for the
Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Education in the
category of Determination in Academic Achievement –
BCCPAC Fall Conference October 23 – 26, Burnaby. PAC
funding available for parents wishing to attend
Healthy Food Fair, Tuesday September 16 1:30 – 4:30 ,
HRES Room 1, hosted by S.D. 23 and City of Kelowna:
learn, sample healthy food choices from local businesses
DASH BC Healthy Schools: “Improving Learning, Health
and Literacy Conference” Nov 6, Vancouver; Information
received on nutrition grants and funding information for
Breakfast/Snack programs available to start and sustain
breakfast and snack programs.
Bus Route Information – school board’s website and click
on “Bus Routes” on the bottom left of the Transportation
You can donate your bottles at the “Return It Bottle
Depot” to the GES PAC account. This money is used to
replenish our General Account which we use to purchase
items that are not allowed under Gaming Regulations (for
example food and non-extra curricular items).
Invitation from Trustee Anna Hunt-Binkley to attend our
PAC Meetings including upcoming Board issues
Thank you card from Cassy Desjardins for her $1000
BCCPAC: By Election Nominees, “Our Voice” Sept 2008,
“Speaking Up!” a parent guide to advocating for students
in Public schools; Rental Assistance Program ($35,000 or
Shirley Bond, Minister of Education response letter to PAC
re: Education Funding, August 19
John van Dongen, Solicitor General response letter to PAC
re: Proposed Prison Site, July 31
Mike Roberts, District Superintendent, response letter to
PAC re: Grade Configuration Survey, July 17,
PAC’s Response to the B.C. Early Childhood Learning
Letters sent to Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative
requesting donations of apples for GES students, August
ACT Now B.C. Walk to Breakfast Wednesday October 8th
in conjunction with Walk To School Week
Legion National Remembrance Poster, Essay & Literary
Contests deadline November 15