Category Archives: PAC Business

Tues Nov 21st: PAC Meeting + Jesse Miller event

 

Our next PAC Meeting will be held this Tuesday Nov 21st starting at 6:15 in the Library.

Join Principal Tracey Todd, Vice Principal Megan Wheatley and fellow PAC Members to review this month’s Agenda. Highlights include:

  • DL Ski Club
  • Principal + Vice Principal’s Report
  • PAC Finances: Summary to Nov 2017
  • Click Campaign Summary
  • Seycove Auction Co-Chairs, Tree + Kim will announce dates + details
  • Canadian Parents for French (CPF) needs a new Rep

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Only 20 seats remaining!   

Jesse Miller returns to DL to educate us on Social Media & Digital Citizenship.

This is a free seminar open to all DL Parents + Guardians and will be held in the MPR from 7:00 – 8:30 pm following the PAC Meeting.

Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality introduces an exciting and educationally sound social media conversation that promotes an active and relevant dialogue with students, parents and educators. His presentations are designed to introduce current social media content to audiences, incorporate community concerns, and to provide information that opens conversation and prompts continued solutions to assist parents, educators, and youth to engage in social media.

To reserve seats please contact eventsdlpac@gmail.com. For childcare (we require 48 hrs notice) please contact emaildlpac@gmail.com.  Light refreshments will be served. See you there!

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Take Note of these Dates!

  • Additional Spiritwear try-on sessions will take place  Wed Nov 22 and Tues Nov 28 from 2:30-3:30 in the DL front foyer. We need some Volunteer assistance, please see postings on Volunteer Spot
  • Art Cards final orders due Sunday Nov 26th, login to www.thecardproject.ca

Required: Skills & Talent + New PAC Events Calendar + New PAC Exec

We are thrilled to announce we’ve doubled in size! Thank you to all those who attended our first PAC Meeting and PAC AGM – we welcomed many returning parents and hosted some new families too. A productive & positive discussion lead to some great new ideas for the coming year and AGM elections saw us double the size of our PAC Executive!

Your new PAC Executive Members are:

  • Chairperson – Rahim Rajan
  • Co-Vice Chairpersons – Jason Brunelle + Suzanne Siemens
  • Treasurer – Wayne Audette
  • Secretary – Shaireen Sayani
  • Members At Large – Sophie Hsia, Kerry Smith, Giulia Desrochers, Shari Virjee Tanada, Kim Grimwood

Welcome to our new members and we look forward to another productive year ahead.

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REQUIRED ASAP!  Skills + Talent

Parents, grandparents + caregivers we are looking to fill the following roles on the PAC. The work can be done from the comfort of your own workspace and we guarantee you won’t spend more than 5 hours per month on any of these roles:

  1. Volunteer Coordinator – This year, we will be linking Volunteer Spot to our DL PAC Website. It is a handy tool where we have already uploaded our DL Volunteer Board. With so many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year all we ask is that you administer the site a few times per month to ensure we have enough parents/students signed up to run their upcoming event. Contact Shaireen Sayani, PAC Secretary & Communications for more details.
  2. Design – While we find this blog post and our DL PAC website handy ways to keep parents informed, not all families (nor are any students) signed up to receive our PAC communications digitally. Occasionally we send out flyers via student Agendas to guarantee that all parents have been included in our PAC communications. We need the talent of a Design Coordinator to create these flyers along with posters that can be hung around the school and/or within the community. Sharing is caring and keeps our DL Community well informed. For more details contact Suzanne Siemens, PAC Co-Vice Chairperson (Update: someone has now volunteered)
  3. Marketing – We would like to have a Marketing Coordinator who could provide the necessary expertise and experience to ensure we are utilizing the most effective ways to create an awareness of and promote the various events, programs and opportunities that exist at DL. The Marketing Coordinator will work closely with both our PAC Communications Coordinator & Design Coordinator to ensure we are optimizing our efforts.
  4. SpiritWear Coordinator – Twice a year (Nov + Feb) we will be selling our fantastic DL logo hoodies, athletic gear + water bottles. We have all the items stored at the school, we just need a Coordinator to organizer on-site viewings for sizing, launch the ready-to-go online order system, and confirm the final numbers with our supplier. The system set up and flow is already done for you – we just need your supervision and organization! (Update: someone has now volunteered to lead this but others are always welcome to help.)

Please contact our PAC Chair, Rahim Rajan at dlpacchair@gmail.com if you are interested in any of the roles and/or if you would like to learn more about any of the roles. We thank you for your consideration!


A huge THANK YOU goes out to the following parents who have taken on these PAC Roles:

  • Grace Nacorda – PAC Bookkeeper
  • Ursula Steidl – Coordinator, Annual Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • Katie Gaydon – Coordinator, Art Cards & SpiritWear
  • Kim Grimwood – DL Chairperson, Seycove Auction
  • Heather Dempsey – DL Traffic Liaison
  • Giulia Desrochers – Head Class Rep
  • Jane Tom – Family of Schools Rep
  • Norisa Anderson – Design
  • Natalya Crump – Website

We simply could not do what we do without the contributions and collective effort of our volunteer community at DL!

 

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Calendar of Events for 2017/18

A great and insightful discussion at the PAC Meeting involved parents seeking clarity on which DL events/programs are considered Spirit Events and which events are considered Fundraisers.

Fundraising Activities and Events are designed to raise funds for the PAC to be disbursed to support programs like the Transportation Fund, technology, programs that enrich a students experience and scholarships as well as in classroom (including the library) material support. A volunteer team leads these fundraising programs (and the PAC is always looking for someone to lead this each year). Fundraising activities for 2017/18 include: Fun Foods (year round), the Click Campaign (Oct 2017 – details to follow soon), Art Cards (Nov 2017), Grade 7 Movie Night (Jan 2018) and the Seycove Auction (Spring 2018).

Spirit Events are hosted by the PAC with the goal to build school and community spirit; these events are not fundraisers but rather designed to simply be self-funding. Spirit Events for 2017/18 include: the Welcome Back Social (Oct 2017), Bingo Night (Feb 2018- new this year!) and the Spring Carnival (May 2018). NOTE: SpiritWear is now considered a Spirit Initiative – we feel it is important for all families to be able to participate in wearing the school logo with pride if they choose to and accordingly pricing for all SpiritWear products will be set on a cost recovery basis only.

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HELP! We have only 5 Class Reps out of 24 Classes! Please approach your homeroom Teacher and sign up to help.

Save the Date: Fri Oct 27th is our first Spirit Event of the year – Gr 2 + 3 families are planning a fun night for all – details to follow soon!

Draft PAC Budget for 2017.18

Hello Members of the PAC!

Our Treasurer, Wayne Audette, has attached here a Draft PAC Budget for 2017.18

This budget will be reviewed at tonight’s PAC meeting. Please review and if you have any questions, concerns of comments either join us at the meeting from 7-8 pm this evening in the MPR or else email us at emaildlpac@gmail.com.

Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. It will help us to firm up the details in time for a final version for approval at the June PAC AGM.

Thanks Wayne for your ongoing commitment to the PAC Finances and to the DL Community!

Note Card Project + KM Club starts Monday May 1

Note Card Project..(Kathleen Patterson if you subscribe to the DL PAC blog then please stop reading right now!)

Mme. Patterson is retiring this year and we are really going to miss her! We wanted to give everyone a chance to say good-bye. We are putting together a gift to present to her towards the end of the year…..an album featuring personalized note cards from students (past and present), teachers, staff and parents….anything you would like to write to her as a keepsake of her teaching career.

The cards are going into a pocket style photo album. The notes must be 4×6 size or smaller to fit. We have provided cards to all staff, students and there are extras for parents/grandparents at the front office for all to write on and decorate as you wish or please feel free to submit your own creation or photograph. You can submit as many notes as you like. Please mark them with your name, (grade and age optional). Deadline for these cards is Monday June 5th.

Think you want to send a card but don’t know what to say?
Here are a few ideas:
*memory of her
*something she taught you
*something silly she said
*best French song you sang in class
*draw a picture of her
*favourite thing about her
*what you think she’ll do when she retires
*when and where you want to meet for coffee so you can stay in touch

When you have finished your note, please bring it back to the office and drop it into the Blue Box. Remember, the deadline is Monday June 5th.

Thanks for your participation!
Any questions? Please contact princessholly_7@hotmail.com

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Mark your Calendars!

  • KM Club for Gr K-3 starts Monday, May 1st
  • Wednesday, Apr 26 is Early Dismissal @ 2:00 pm
  • If you know of someone you would like to nominate for our monthly Volunteer Spotlight, please reach out to us at emaildlpac@gmail.com.
  • DL Spring Carnival is Saturday, June 3rd from 12-3…stay tuned for more details soon!

PAC Open Forum + Summer French Camps + KM Club Details Gr.K-3


Please join us for an Open Forum at the next PAC Meeting, Tuesday April 18th.

We have had an overwhelming response to the PAC Chair’s Ask Letter and so we invite parents and grandparents to come give their feedback and share their views on how to increase voluntary participation from DL families.

The bigger picture for DL involves continued volunteer support of Spirit Events and Fundraisers in order to maintain our strong community, to be able to invest in the creative arts, physical fitness, social sciences and technology that will benefit all our children and to build a strong foundation for future generations. We welcome open conversation and look forward to constructive dialogue.

Our usual format PAC Mtg will be held from 7:00-7:45 pm (Committee Reports, Principal’s Report, Teacher’s Report) and the Open Forum will run from 7:45 pm- 8:30 pm. If necessary we are available to run the Open Forum until 9 pm. Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you next Tuesday April 18th.

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KM Club begins May 1st!

This year the DL Kilometre Club will be officially “off and running” on Monday, May 1st. The children will be supervised by parent volunteers while running around the perimeter of our path in the District park located west of our school from 8:10 to 8:40 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This year’s season will end on Wednesday, June 7th. 

It’s great to see the enthusiasm of the students participating in the Kilometre Club. In the spirit of encouraging the students to incorporate exercise into their day, both at home and at school, we would like to include walking to and from school in the calculating of kms. This seems only fair since some students walk long distances rather than get a ride. Rollerblading and cycling will however not be considered as completing kilometers. We would appreciate a note signed by a parent indicating the number of kms walked/run outside of school.

Don’t forget to have your child bring a water bottle since students have to wait until the bell rings before going into the Annex or the Main School.

For those of you who are “new” to our “club” this year, here’s how it works: All Primary students are invited to run laps around our “park loop” by the playground. We measured that one kilometre equals 4 laps around the loop. As the students complete one lap they receive a “specially marked” popsicle stick. When they have completed 4 laps they may trade in their popsicle sticks for a km paper. It is the student’s responsibility to hold onto their sticks until they complete that kilometre, and to hold onto any km papers until they have been recorded onto a classroom chart. Students will be rewarded with a special ribbon for every 25 kms they complete. Please remember, the km club does not operate in rainy weather.

At this time we are asking any interested parents to come forward and become involved in our Kilometre Club. We would need you to assist with supervision during morning running sessions by handing out popsicle sticks and km papers, and cheering them on!  If you are available please email us at emaildlpac@gmail.com or contact your Class Rep.

The Primary Team

PS: You can visit www.mapmyrun.com (after registering for free) you can easily plan/map walks with your child and the site will auto calculate the distance travelled.  The map tool even calculates distances on many of the North Shore trails.

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A message from BC Family French Camps

At BC Family French Camp, children from French Immersion and other French-speaking children bring their families along to camp! Families camp in their own tents or trailers. Together, we form a friendly neighbourhood, surrounded by the sounds of children playing and singing in French.

Parents enjoy a rewarding blend of lounging time and sharing in a variety of small volunteer duties while their children use their French in a wonderful outdoor setting with their energetic and funny French-speaking moniteurs.

Evening activities for the whole family include night games, volleyball or kickball, communal dessert, communal dinner and sing-along campfires.

And parents don’t have to be able to speak French!

For more information about dates, locations and the application process please click here

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter long weekend with your family and friends!

 

Countdown to Seycove Auction: What to bid on at this year’s event!

The countdown in on! Seycove Auction is Satuday March 4th: Doors open 6pm, please bring cash for drinks.

What to bid on? Here are just a few of the many great items up for bid:

 

Vancouver Hotel Package

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Seahawks package with hotel and tickets to a game of your choice

 

 

 

Canucks tickets!


Rocky Mountain Edge 24″ Bike

 

Whistler Getaway

 

 

San Diego Vacation Home

Plus wine baskets, sportswear, art, clothing, beer baskets, vacations and so much more!

If you’d like to volunteer please contact Heather Daoust or any of the Auction Crew at volunteering@seycoveauction.org

 

Seycove Auction volunteer request + Feb 21 PAC meeting cancelled

Hello DL families,

Our dedicated team of Seycove auction volunteers need your help! They are short a number of volunteers for a few brief shifts on Friday March 3rd, Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 4th. Please see the attached flyer for details to lend your support to an important fundraiser supporting the Seycove family of schools. You do not need to purchase a ticket to attend and help.

Also, this is to confirm that our monthly PAC meeting, scheduled for February 21st, has been cancelled. The next meeting is in April.

Best,

Dorothy Lynas PAC Executive

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Friday March 3

Bar Setup 11:00-1:00pm

(2 people)

Silent Auction setup (Friday) 4:00-6:00pm

(4 people)

Saturday March 4

Food Prep (3/4 people) 3.00 – 5.30pm

Food runners/clean up (4 people)

5.00-7.30pm

50/50 table ticket sales 7:30-9:30pm

(2 people)

Silent Auction Handout Table 10pm- midnight (2

people)

Bar ticket sales, 8:30-10:00pm (2 people)

Bar ticket sales, 10-midnight (2 people)

Cleanup, midnight – 2 am (6 people)

Table Clean up – 8:00-9:00 (2 people)

Table Clean up – 9:00-10:00 (2 people)

Table Clean up – 10:00-11:00 (2 people)

Table Clean up – 11:00-12:00 (2 people)

Bartenders 6-7:30pm (2 people)

Bartenders 8:30-10:00pm (2 people)

Bartenders 10-1:00am (2 people)

Sunday March 5

Bar, etc. Storage at high school 12:00-3:00pm

(2 people – heavy bar)

E-mail Sarah at:

volunteering@seycoveauction.org

Anti-Bullying Day is Wednesday February 22nd – let’s Make Nice!

Kindness is universal – a trait we encourage everyone to openly express every day. The phrase “Make Nice” acts as a friendly reminder that no matter what our differences, kindness is always a choice worth making. Being kind and “making nice” is the underlying philosophy behind the anti-bullying movement that we hope will live on beyond Pink Shirt Day.

On Wednesday February 22nd the staff and students at DL will be engaging in a variety of Anti-Bullying exercises and discussions through a Pink Shirt Day “Make Nice” kit that has been assembled by the PAC. We have worked hard with the DL Administration to make this happen in hope that students and staff will engage in meaningful conversations that will inspire our children to exhibit anti-bullying behaviour.

Parents please join us in discussing this important message with your children over the weekend. The importance of treating fellow classmates and staff with respect and appreciation while engaging in inclusive behaviour is the true nature of the Dorothy Lynas spirit.

Next Wednesday February 22nd please show your support by wearing anything pink – a t-shirt, wristband, headband, pair of socks or shoes to show everyone you believe in this message. Make the pledge ith your children this weekend!

The PAC sends out a huge Thank You to Nazira Rajan for her dedication to this cause, for her effort in assembling the Make Nice Kits for the entire school that will be distributed to staff and students this afternoon and for bringing this to the PAC’s attention so that we can work together with the DL Staff and Admin to make Dorothy Lynas a champion for this important cause.

 

Kindness is universal – a trait we encourage everyone to openly express every day. The phrase “Make Nice” acts as a friendly reminder that no matter what our differences, kindness is always a choice worth making. Being kind and “making nice” is the underlying philosophy behind the anti-bullying movement that we hope will live on beyond Pink Shirt Day.

On Wednesday February 22nd the staff and students at DL will be engaging in a variety of Anti-Bullying exercises and discussions through a Pink Shirt Day “Make Nice” kit that has been assembled by the PAC. We have worked hard with the DL Administration to make this happen in hope that students and staff will engage in meaningful conversations that will inspire our children to exhibit anti-bullying behaviour.

Parents please join us in discussing this important message with your children over the weekend. The importance of treating fellow classmates and staff with respect and appreciation while engaging in inclusive behaviour is the true nature of the Dorothy Lynas spirit.

Next Wednesday February 22nd please show your support by wearing anything pink – a t-shirt, wristband, headband, pair of socks or shoes to show everyone you believe in this message. Make the pledge with your children this weekend!

The PAC sends out a huge Thank You to Nazira Rajan for her dedication to this cause, for her effort in  assembling the Make Nice Kits for the entire school that will be distributed to staff and students this afternoon and for bringing this to the PAC’s attention so that we can work together with the DL Staff and Admin to make Dorothy Lynas a champion for this important cause.

Seycove Gala tickets & details and Parents with Fun Foods order delays

 Its the 35th Anniversary of the Seycove Auction! How Can You Help? Join Us! March 4th in the Seycove Gym. Tickets are on sale Feb 1st – $50 Dinner, Dance, Live and Silent Auction, e-mail: tickets@seycoveauction.org

ALSO…Do you have some special skill you can offer as an auction item? Something you can make? Hockey tickets you can’t use? Something from your work to donate? E-mail Heather Daoust at dorothylynas@seycoveauction.org or… download our donation brochure on www.seycoveauction.org and leave your donation with your school front desk. Thank you in advance!

Have you thought about helping the committee for the auction? We can use some help with jobs the night of the Event, e.g. bartending and selling tickets. We are also looking for a Treasurer, Setup help on March 3rd and Cleanup help on March 5th.

We’ll be happy to e-mail you the list of jobs we need to fill, e-mail volunteering@seycoveauction.org

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Fun Foods Lunch Program: It has come to our attention that there are concerns regarding disruption of service for some families in the Fun Foods lunch program. Upon review of the situation we have discovered there are accounts which have not received final payment on their orders, thus service is suspended until the accounts are paid in full. We kindly ask DL families who are experiencing this delay to review your Munch-a-Lunch account to confirm your payments have been made.  Parents if your child does not receive a lunch and you have paid for it, please ask your child to communicate this to the Gr 7 delivery volunteer who will direct them to the kitchen where we always have extra items they can take with them. Any parents experiencing issues which are not payment related we ask that you please contact us directly at emaildlpac@gmail.com so that we can address each of your concerns individually.

The PAC Executive extends their gratitude to the Fun Foods Teams past and present for their continued service over the years. Many new families may not realize that we have gone from a manual paper/pen ordering system to an online order & payment system in a matter of a few short years all due to the efforts and commitment from 4-5 Leaders plus a small handful of Volunteers each year who service over 250 students weekly.

Between meeting the vendors, creating menus that meet various dietary needs, ordering the food, shopping for snacks and beverages, prepping bins, organizing parent and Gr 7 volunteers to sort and deliver each bin weekly (with the correct food, beverages, condiments and utensils!), printing reports/labels for food items and paying the vendors on time it is astounding what 4-5 Team Leaders can accomplish.  Together this team brings in $20,000 in funds that are critical to our annual fundraising efforts. 100% of these funds come back to our students and school in the form of new technology, creative arts performances, speakers at assemblies & sporting and DPA equipment, to name just a few items.

We continue to encourage all DL parents and grandparents to donate their time and energy to this much needed Volunteer led program – we welcome your contribution. Without you we cannot sustain this program!

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Movie Night is only one sleep away! Thank you DL Parents for pre-ordering your food, treats and beverages – you have made it that much easier for the Gr 7 Parents and Students to organize the event. See you Friday!