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 email@example.com
From the MRTA: links to BCTF resources for PACs looking to host this type of presentation… http://bctf.ca/parents.aspx http://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/Parents/HomeAndSchoolComm/PresentationsForParents.pdf
- 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)
- 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
*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?
*50/50 – need a license
- 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
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)