Round Table meeting notes

25 Sep

DPAC Round Table Meeting – Sept. 24, 2015


We were pleased to see new faces, as well as familiar faces, around our tables – we had parents from 17 of our District schools, MRTA reps, Board Staff and Trustees.


The following is some links to information PACs may find useful, as well as a synopsis of the feedback that was shared, compiled from our table chart papers.


Chuck Griffith at Friends in Need Food Bank – to inquire further about breakfast programs or to book a tour of the facility 604 466 3663 or


From the MRTA: links to BCTF resources for PACs looking to host this type of presentation…


  1. What role do PACs have beyond fundraising?

*advocating for students

* sharing information with parents/networking

*encourage teachers to participate in meetings

*identify community/family needs

*school culture/community building/bridge gap between parents and teachers

*decide how to spend gaming funds

*get involved in school planning goals

*provide enrichment/workshops for parents and students via guest speakers

*communicate with District re school needs

*be part of the budgeting process

*identifying parents who are a source of needed skills/building relationships

*organize special events

* soften the blow of underfunding



How do we advocate for and get better informed about issues in public education?

*attend Board meetings

*school board website

*invite speakers to PAC meetings

*social media/parent portal

*talk to staff members/ invite different partner groups to partake in events to share information

*letter writing campaign

*choose 1 or 2 priorities to focus on in the year (ie class size/composition)



  1. How does your school fundraise the most successfully?

*snowballing on previous successes/one main event (carnival, casino)

*supporting each other’s events

*hot lunches, Treat days (popcorn), Booster Juice

*tag up events (Book Fair with Grandparents Days etc)

*Craft fair, trivia night, bunny bingo, Purdy’s, Book Fair, raffle off a parking spot, metal drive


Is there a place for networking between schools in the area of fundraising?

*yes, by sharing calendars and exploring possibilities of shared fundraising events

*DPAC could help with this (host convention to fundraise for ‘have not’ schools

*have a link on SD42 website with fundraising ideas

*50/50 draws at PAC meetings to help raise $ for ‘have not’ schools

*equipment sharing/exchange

*buddy up schools to improve purchasing power


Which fundraisers would your school want to try but haven’t? Why not?

*idea of parent paying lump sum per student then not doing any fundraisers, or having them perform volunteer hours

*Bingo nights – could kids attend?

*family dance

*swap meets

*50/50 – need a license


  1. Volunteerism is a problem – how do we better involve more of our parent population?

*smaller casual/coffee meetings

*better communication (PAC page on school website), posters for visual

*forming volunteer tree/parent rep in each class

*alternate meetings from morning to evening to hit different populations

*specific options for volunteering (not as vague)

*extend to extended family members/community members

*incentives like earn school BUCKS (1 per hour of volunteering) to be used towards hot lunch etc

*colour code messages to flag which ones need response etc

*send reminders!


What communication techniques are best?

*parent portal, Facebook page, paper newsletters

*survey monkey, sign up genius

*face to face, playground chatter

*PAC brochure for dummies (intro to PAC info)

ROUND TABLE discussions – Please join us!

8 Sep


Please find the nominations package attached here…

16 Apr


Next Meeting – April 16th

16 Apr

Join us at BME 7pm

We will be discussing nominations and elections for PAC and DPAC.

NEXT MEETING – This Thursday, February 19th

15 Feb

See you at Samual Robinson Tech @ 7pm

Our guest speaker is Kathleen Hatley, an expert in sexual health.

AGM – June 5

20 May


Attention all DPAC members,


The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows DPAC is hosting our Annual General Meeting on Thursday June 5, 2014 at 7pm at Kanaka Creek Elementary, 11120 234A St, Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1C8


Come hear about our successes from 2013/2014 and plans for the 2014/2015 school year.  


Elections for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large will take place.  If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions or would like more information about DPAC, please contact us by reply email:


Looking forward to seeing you on June 5

April 2014 General Meeting

3 Apr


April 3, 2014 meeting – Glenwood Elementary – 21410 Glenwood Avenue, Maple Ridge • at 7pm. Everyone welcome, looking forward to seeing everyone there!!!!


AGENDA                                                               MARCH MINUTES


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