Friday, November 27

* It's time for Holiday Hampers again! *

The following hand-out and a small envelope was sent home with all students this past Wednesday, November 25.  Tax Receipt Forms were attached for Cash or Cheque donations of $50 or more. {Write cheques to: Charles Dickens PAC— Thank you. 


Thursday, November 26

Sock Drive @ Dickens

The SOCK DRIVE led by Student Council 

is now on at the Main School


You can keep the homeless warm and cozy this winter! 


Please help by donating clean, warm wool socks 
[Men’s Sizes only] 


Place them in the drop-off box in the main lobby
by Friday, December 11 — Thank you!

For more info, contact teacher Peggy 
or chat with members of Student Council.

Monday, November 23

Reminder for this Wednesday!

Are you concerned about the future of Public Education in BC, and would you like to know how you can advocate for a better future?

Join us for a Panel Discussion with the Public Education Network Society (PENS) on November, 25. 

Parents/guardians from other schools are also welcome to attend this event. See poster for more details:



Tuesday, November 17

Parent Advocacy Network Presentation

Parent Advocacy Network Presentation to Vancouver School Board (VSB), re: Ernst & Young (EY) Report.​


On November 10, 2015 the VSB held a special public input meeting for feedback on the proposed response to the June 8, 2015 EY recommendations. These recommendations included the closure of 19 East Vancouver schools to meet a district capacity target of 95%. 

The Parent Advocacy Network for Public Education presented alongside other stakeholders such as DPAC, VESTA, VSTA and CUPE. There were common themes that emerged including the concern over selling school land, the privileging of corporate efficiency  over educational wisdom, and the need for the board to remain transparent to stakeholders in its decision making processes. The Parent Advocacy Network ​highlighted the negative impact on students, learning environments and the arts should a 95% capacity target be agreed upon.
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A highlight of the evening was a presentation by Andy Yan, a city planner who stunned everyone by citing BC statistics student population predictions for Vancouver, which anticipate an increase of 25,000 school age students by 2041. If this is the case, then the elimination of 7,000 ‘empty seats’ through school closures seem shortsighted indeed!  
​​Read the report here: https://goo.gl/imD28x

The Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) is a grassroots group of parents representing schools across Vancouver who share a deep commitment to public education and are extremely concerned for its future. Its founding members include parents from Dickens Main and Annex. We see an urgent need for schools to connect with one another through advocacy groups to share information and support one another. 

Together we can share research and information about public education and current policies that impact Vancouver schools as well as upcoming advocacy initiatives happening in Vancouver. In this way we see ourselves as supporting and complementing existing groups such as FACE, PENS, DPAC, and BCCPAC in the work they are doing.

If you are interested in learning more about PAN, email us at:
parentadvocacynetwork@gmail.com

Attend the Panel Discussion regarding the Future of Education in BC - Wednesday, November 25 at the Dickens Main School Library:

Are you concerned about the future of Public Education in BC, and would you like to know how you can advocate for a better future? 

Join us for a Panel Discussion with the Public Education Network Society (PENS). Parents/guardians from other schools are also welcome to attend this event. 

See poster for more details: 
http://dickenspac.blogspot.ca/2015/11/whats-happening-to-public-education.html

Another Update on Charles Dickens Technology Fundraiser @ Main


Charles Dickens Technology Campaign 
November Update 

Together we’ve raised $5,400 to date 
Thank You for your generous support!

We still need your support to raise the final $2,600 
to be matched by our generous donor 
to reach our goal of $30,000!*

Please help us by reaching out to your Family & Friends using our GoFundMe page for easy, instant, online donations. Thank You! 

All donations will be matched by our big-hearted donor!
“Jackie” grew up in Cedar Cottage and went to Charles Dickens Elementary — now he’s an entrepreneur who wants to give back to Dickens!

 [photo: Jackie at 9 years old]

Tax Receipts 
Donations of $25 or more given to Viv at the Main School Office 
will be eligible for a tax receipt with a tax form. Write cheques to: Vancouver School Board.

*All donations and matching funds will be used for much needed computers and technology-based learning tools at Dickens main school. e.g. laptops, tablets etc.

Friday, November 6

What's happening to Public Education?

Are you concerned about the future of Public Education in BC, and would you like to know how you can advocate for a better future?

Join us for a Panel Discussion with the Public Education Network Society (PENS) on November, 25. 

Parents/guardians from other schools are also welcome to attend this event. See poster for more details:


Thursday, November 5

Charles Dickens Book Fair – Volunteers Needed!

More volunteers are needed for our bi-annual school Book Fair to work 1-hour shifts from December 2 – 3. The Fair takes place during the week of the parent-teacher conferences at the main school.



1-Hour shifts that still require volunteers: 


December 2
  • 4-5 pm (2 volunteers)
  • 5-6 pm (1 volunteer)
  • 6-7 pm (2 volunteers)
December 3
  • 3-4pm (1 volunteer)

You are welcome to bring your kids if you'd like to do so. Please email dickens.pac@gmail.com if you're able to volunteer for any of these shifts.

What you will do 
Process payments for books as kids/parents come to the counter to purchase; this involves taking cash, cheques or setting up payment through visa machine. 

The school librarian, Cheriee, or parent working the shift prior to you will show you what to do, including how to work the visa machine. And you have to be able to do simple math too of course! 

Shift parents will also write 1 to 2 slips for books that have run out, but can still be purchased if prepaid. Cheriee then orders the books and they'll arrive before the Fair ends.