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
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
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
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
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.
1. Goals for Carry to next meeting Carry to next meeting
2. Grounds Pam to follow up on Grounds information Pam to provide
3. Tri-School Carry to January Carry to January
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.
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
8. PAC Pamphlet Carry to January 2009 Carry to January
9. Kindergarten Carry to January 2009 Carry to Jan ‘09
1. Questionnaire Carry to January 2009 Carry to Jan ‘09
2. Website/ Website has gone live
Minutes A link will be created from the DTS site.
Michele H. will update regularly
Carol reviewed information to be included in New PAC Newsletter
Next Meeting To be determined
Adjournment 7:24 p.m.