PAC Newsletter

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Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed their winter break and some fun in the snow last week.

Here’s what’s coming up at Ross Road and within the community in the next few weeks:

 

PAC General Meeting – February 5th

The Ross Road School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is your parent community at the school.

We invite you to join us at our PAC General Meeting on February 5th at 7pm in the school library.

All Ross Road parents are invited and encouraged to attend. It’s a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in our school and connect with our school community. Your involvement is always appreciated.

See you there!


Save the date – The Ross Road Valentine’s Family Dance is coming up on February 13th!

The Ross Road PAC is excited to announce our first Family Dance evening will be hosted for Ross Road families on Thursday February 13th from 6-8pm in the school gym.

This Valentine’s themed dance will be for the whole family and feature a DJ, photo booth, pizza dinner pre-order and a special sweet treat concession.

This is a parent supervised and participation event! Get ready to embarrass your kids as all students must attend with their parent(s)/guardian.

Visit the ‘Fundraising open tab at MunchaLunch.com for the ticket and pizza order. Tickets are $20 per family (regardless of size). There is a limited number of tickets available, so don’t delay!

Dress in red and get ready for a fun night on dance floor in support of the Ross Road PAC.

Thank you to our sponsors JORDAN HURDAL REAL ESTATE and DARWIN CONSTRUCTION.


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Bike to School Week Coordinators are still needed!

We have only one volunteer but we need more! Without forming a committee Bike to School week won’t happen at our school this year.

To all those big biking families we see at Ross Road – can you help out? Our one volunteer can’t do it alone.

This is a big community building role and Ross Road kids LOVE bike to school week, we are listed on the HUB website as one of the Top Trips.

There are a ton of resources and prizes that we won last year, this role is not a fresh start! As this will be a committee event, the work is spread out and you can make it anything you want it to be.

In the past there has been an opening morning with a group of parents who are keen to attend and set up fun stations and hand out prizes.  The other task is to sign up with HUB and organize teachers to track bike rides each day and had in the tally sheets at the end of the week. The bike rides to school are totalled and submitted to HUB.

We have all the form templates that can be reused and informational emails.

To volunteer to help make this event happen and find out more contact the PAC at rossroadpac@gmail.com


Invitations from North Vancouver District PAC:

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LGBTQ+ 101 for Parents Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale) 5th floor

RSVP HERE

In this era of internet and social media, children are not growing up in the same world that we adults did. This new access to diverse voices has increased awareness for young people, who are now exploring their identities earlier and earlier, including their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Currently, 19% of BC high school students identify as not exclusively heterosexual. This number of queer and/or questioning students may surprise older generations, but our awareness is a key aspect in creating safety.

Queer youth are at far greater risk for depression, addiction, violence and suicide. Research shows that positive and affirming home and school experiences are highly influential in youth resilience. We work to provide tools for parents to enable them to feel confident in their ability to support our kids, our kids’ friends and our friends’ kids. A diverse and inclusive environment enables all young people to thrive and experience a genuine sense of belonging.

101 Topics

• How this impacts every parent and child

• Overview of current status for youth

• LGBTQ+ language and diverse perspective

• Gender identity, orientation, pronouns

• Privilege and bias

LGBTQ+ 201 for Parents Wednesday is on April 8th, 2020


SD#44 Input Opportunities – Strategic Plan

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Thank you to all parents who joined us on November 27, 2019 for the interactive strategic planning session.

PARTICIPATE IN THE THOUGHTEXCHANGE HERE

Further information about the North Vancouver School District strategic planning process is available on the school district website HERE.

https://www.sd44.ca/Board/StrategicPlan/Pages/2021-31planning.aspx#/=

Budget Priorities

Further information can be found on the school district’s website HERE

INPUT:

  • In-person: at the Board Standing Committee Meetings on February 4 and April 7, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Ave, 5th floor).
  • Email: from February 3 to March 13, 2020 (budgetcomments@sd44.ca)
  • Online: from February 18 to March 13, 2020 through an exchange of ideas on an online platform called ThoughtExchange. More information regarding budget feedback via ThoughtExchange will be provided.
  • Traditional mail: addressed to – Secretary Treasurer, 2121 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2K6.

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