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Parent Advisory Council November 24, 2008 In Attendance: Carol Boulet, Randy Engel, Lori Gauthier, Ravi George, Michele Hirshfield, Kim Lange, Amanda Loews, Tracy Redman, Mel Ritchie, Denise Rocan, Pam Rudy Item Discussion Action Call to Order October Minutes Adopted 6:05 p.m. November Agenda Adopted Introductions Trustee’s Report Public Consultation meeting last week included - Budget review - Challenges, funding changes, discussions on priorities from the public (low student to teacher ratio; improved resources) Arborgate School still an issue; has more ‘portable classrooms’ than classrooms in the school proper. A new school has been requested but denied by the Provincial Government. Media coverage may result. A new school in Arborgate may also address other concerns within the Division. I.e. may eliminate lengthy bus rides for some students due to the need to commute long distances; alleviate higher enrollment numbers in other schools, etc. Higher standards appear to exist in Winnipeg as opposed to schools in rural areas. SRSD had a reputation for having high standards with regards to technology. DTS is looking into a pilot project using ‘knock off’ versions of Smart Boards – same or similar capabilities with a lower cost President’s CEC Budget meeting was very informative. Report Plans are to attend additional meetings with PAC representative where possible Treasurer’s Current bank balance - $7, 979.07; includes $6000.00 dedicated to Grounds Report Development Project. No Bills outstanding November Hot Meal Profit - $199.70 Principal’s Guest Speaker, David Bouchard, visited school to speak on Aboriginal culture and to Report promote literature. Program was for K – 8 and costs were shared with ELI. Excellent program. Eight children will be attending event at MTS Centre. Provides an opportunity for children with special needs to try a variety of sports for the Special Olympics program. Oral Reports this week. Second year of laptop initiative; DTS received $5000.00 which will be used to Principal’s purchase a flatscreed TV. TV will be connected to a computer, mounted on a wall in Report the hallway and will be used to display special projects, etc. (cont’d) S.A.G. conference on Friday TransCanada Pipeline provided $2500.00 grant for the library. Healthy Schools initiative now being implemented in all schools. Pop can no longer be sold in schools – only water and some juices can be sold. Pepsi removed one drink machine and one cooler from the school. Pam is working on the paperwork for the Teacher’s award nomination. Teacher’s Report Book Fair will run during oral reports next week. Oral reports will take different formats depending on the grade/teacher Project Mad is underway; raising funds to purchase supplies for children in Madagascar. Ruth Obirek will deliver the supplies when she is there to visit her daughter. Christmas Concert December 19/08 – Santa Goes Green Celebrated 50 day last week Lori has and will provide a list of basket assignments for the Wing Night auction Karen Hickman is co-ordinating the Christmas Basket. Old Business 1. Goals for Carry to next meeting Carry to next meeting 2008/2009 2. Grounds Pam to follow up on Grounds information Pam to provide Development update 3. Tri-School Carry to January Carry to January BBQ 4. Hot Meal Days December’s hot meal day is set for December 12 January’s hot meal day is set for January 16 5. Fund Raising Wing Night – January 30/09 DTMI charges us $8.75 for 1 pound of wings and a beverage. Suggested price for tickets ranges from $10.00 to $13.00. Motion: to charge $12.00 for Wing Night Tickets Vote taken, Motion carried Kim has purchased baskets for auction prizes Lori has list of basket assignments/themes Baskets will be wrapped on January 26th after our PAC meeting Deadline for basket donations is January 15th Letters will be sent home to parents requesting donations – next week. Michele H. has tickets ready for printing. Letter will be prepared and sent out a.s.a.p. Christmas Basket Raffle Tickets will be sold for $1.00 each or 4 for $3.00 Christmas Raffle information should be included in Concert Program. Cookbooks Original cost to us was $3.61 per book Motion: to sell remaining books for $5.00 each – vote taken; motion carried 6. CEC Meetings Next CEC meeting is on January 5th 7. Breakfast for Running well and receiving excellent community support Learning 8. PAC Pamphlet Carry to January 2009 Carry to January 2009 9. Kindergarten Carry to January 2009 Carry to Jan ‘09 Registration & Welcome Letter New Business 1. Questionnaire Carry to January 2009 Carry to Jan ‘09 for PAC recruitment 2. Website/ Website has gone live Minutes A link will be created from the DTS site. Michele H. will update regularly Open Forum/ Public Relations Carol reviewed information to be included in New PAC Newsletter Next Meeting To be determined Adjournment 7:24 p.m.
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