Grades 5 to 7 can now take a Band elective program

The school will be offering a Band Program Fine Arts Elective this year to students in grade 5-7, to be scheduled twice a week with a full year commitment.

For more information and registration form, please visit:
http://www.hpar.sd57.bc.ca/index.php?id=band0

Happy World Teacher Day!

A big thank you to the wonderful teachers of École Heather Park Elementary School!

Proposed "starter" Constitution and Bylaws

École Heather Park Elementary School Parent Advisory Council
Constitution and Bylaws

The name of this Council is École Heather Park Elementary School Parent Advisory Council.

The Council will operate as a non-profit organization with no personal financial benefit accruing to members.

The business of the Council will be unbiased in respect of race, religion, gender, politics, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.

Membership
1. All parents and guardians of students registered in École Heather Park Elementary are voting members of the Council.

2. Administrators and staff (teaching and non-teaching) of École Heather Park Elementary may be invited to become non-voting members of the Council.

3. Every member will uphold the constitution and comply with these bylaws.

4. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Council in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Council may adopt.

Voting
1. Except as provided elsewhere in these bylaws, all matters requiring a vote will be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast.

2. In the case of a tie vote, the chair does not have a second or casting vote and the motion is defeated.

3. Members must vote in person on all matters. Voting by proxy will not be permitted.

4. Voting is by a show of hands or, where requested by two voting members present or for elections, by secret ballot.

5. A vote will be taken to destroy the ballots after ballots are used.

Executive Board
1. The executive board will manage the Council’s affairs between general meetings.

2. The executive board will include the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and such other members of the Council as the membership decides. Officer positions can be shared.

3. Any voting member of the Council is eligible to serve on the executive board.

4. The executive board may meet by teleconference if necessary.

Constitution and Bylaw Amendments
Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws of the École Heather Park Elementary School Parent Advisory Council may be made at any general meeting at which business is conducted, providing:

1. Written notice of the meeting has been given to all members (14 days minimum). Notice posted on the PAC website 14 days in advance is considered to be sufficient notice.

2. The notice of the meeting shall include the amendments proposed.

3. A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote by voting members present will be required to amend the Constitution and By-laws.

Results from Post-it Note Poll

At the Parent Meet and Greet on September 14th, large sheets of paper were put up around the room, and parents were asked to post their comments on various topics.

These are the preliminary results:
 

What would an excellent Parent Advisory Council (PAC) look like?

  • must be open to new ideas
  • must be open and excited about pac
  • needs to be new blood
  • welcoming
  • friendly and approachable

  • must consider the budget
  • would like to have “fun factor”
  • effective fundraising ideas needed
  • must have many committees
  • must be committed executives
  • must want to be actively involved
  • must be positive
  • must be open to input
  • must be visible to parents/students
  • open to volunteers whether they want to donate 5 minutes or five days
  • must be able to get student involvement
  • an open mind to have both French and English reps
  • would be receptive to have both intermediate and primary reps
  • a group that is supportive of one another
  • a group that is well represented

What are you most impressed with?

  • “teachers positive energy.”
  • “readiness for September considering circumstances.”
  • “teachers ability to keep kids organized.”
  • “teachers positiveness.”
  • “great French immersion teachers.”
  • “English kindergarten teachers are great.”
  • “programs available to my son like art and drama.”
  • “communications ie: website, newsletters.”
  • “inviting classrooms.”
  • “friendly supervisors.”
  • “teachers ability to adapt.”

What I’m most worried about at Heather Park?

  • “bus lane cutting off kids from playground to the school.”
  • “placement of buslane.”
  • “zero playground for older kids.”
  • “basketball courts not fenced along roadway.”
  • “bus loop.”
  • “opening in chain link fence at the back of school.”
  • “size of playground vs number of kids.”
  • “staggered entrance in the morning would be much better.”
  • “not enough eyes on supervision.”
  • “number of students.”
  • “school wide sickness.”
  • “parking and pickup in winter.”
  • “class size.”
  • “lack of individual attention, and getting lost.”
  • “overcrowded in am.”
  • “consistency with teachers meeting children at doors.”
  • “not enough playground.”
  • “crosswalk!”
  • “outside time lunch and recess especially with little ones.”
  • “not enough drop off zones.”
  • “crosswalk at the bus loop.”
  • “loss of community feeling.”
  • drop off by bus and vehicle is not safe.”
  • “ playground supervision.”
  • “bus route.”
  • “children safety entering school.”
  • “lack of outside supervision.”
  • “playground placement and bus lane.”

Everything Else:

  • “I’d like to see all primary teachers meet their students outside every morning.”
  • “family dance.”
  • “agenda between teachers and parents to recognize student behavior and participation in class.”
  • “lunch for little kids and older kids at different times.”
  • “more order when children enter in the morning.”
  • “can mme white’s class have an extra place for the jackets it’s very congested with the split class.”
 Have any comments or suggestions? Please comment on this post!

September 30 meeting – 7pm – Traffic Safety Meeting at the School

Parents interested in learning more about safety plans are invited to attend an open meeting to discuss traffic and safety at 7 PM this Thursday, Sept 30 at the school.

PAC meeting – October 6, 2010, at 7pm

You are invited to come to the very first PAC meeting on October 6, at 7pm at École Heather Park Elementary. Please watch your child’s backpack and this website for the meeting agenda. There were recommendations at the close of executive elections to expand the executive to include a safety officer, fundraising coordinator and members-at-large. Motions will be taken from the floor to establish new positions.

First PAC meeting and election results

On Wednesday, September 22nd, the École Heather Park Elementary Parent Advisory Council held its first meeting, attended by about 60 people. At this meeting, the first executive members were elected, as follows:

Chair                                      
Sally Connon

Vice Chair                            
Kelly Thirkettle

Treasurer  
Leeann Poppleton

Secretary
Lesley Lindsay

Volunteer Co-ordinator
Yvonne Parkinson

Communications  Co-ordinators       
Sarah Holland
Tracy Christensen

The executive will meet in the coming week to start planning the next general meeting, at which point more volunteer and executive positions will be created. The next general meeting will be Wednesday, October 6, at 7pm.

The executive has asked me to post that we are so pleased by the number of people both attending the meeting and who stood for election. The meeting format didn’t allow for everyone to be put in a position, but we’re a big school – we both need and value all the great people who ran, and all of our parents. Together, we are strong.