Wednesday, December 16

Holiday Sing-A-Long at Dickens Main

On Friday, December 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm in our School Gym, the whole school will be participating in a Holiday Sing-A-Long together.

There will be musical accompaniment by talented parent musicians in our community. 

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Feature Article & Video at Dickens




Growing Chefs! was one of many successful PAC-funded Classroom Activities hosted at the Dickens main school this year, and was featured on the Vancouver Sun's Blog:

See Photos and Read about the Activities at:
http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2015/12/01/kids-show-off-their-cooking-chops-in-stir-fry-competition/

Watch the Video Clip at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysaY0IQLqvg

Saturday, December 12

Holiday Hampers - Volunteers Needed

Thank you for your generous donations towards the Holiday Hampers! We now need as many hands as possible to help us with sorting and wrapping... 

A Wrap Party will be held this Tuesday, December 15
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: 1950 East 34th Avenue, Vancouver 

Please bring as many scissors and pens as possible with you. Tea will be served but feel free to bring any other beverage for sharing. Thanks very much!



Thursday, December 10

Parent Advocacy Network launches a postcard campaign

Join our Postcard Campaign for BC Education Funding! 


PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY YOUR PAC

The Select Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services found that K-12 Education Funding remains a top priority for British Columbians. 

The Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) in conjunction with Families Against Cuts to Education (FACE), has therefore started a postcard campaign targeting the BC Government. 

Parents on your Charles Dickens PAC are both founding and active members of PAN.

The goal of the campaign is to deliver thousands of postcards declaring “I stand with the Standing Committee” to the Minister of Education, Mike Bernier, in time for him to make his New Year's Resolutions. The postcard includes the Committee’s list of recommendations for K-12 funding as well as a space to offer up your own comments.  


In addition to passionate discussion on social media and support from many schools in Vancouver, PAN has already received numerous requests for postcards from around the province. 

We hope that you will join us in sharing postcards with fellow parents/guardians, family and friends to collect as many postcards as possible: In early January, we will make a bulk delivery and a big statement to the Minister of Education demonstrating that parents will be holding his government accountable to adequately fund public education.  

Here’s how you can participate and help make a change!

GET YOUR POSTCARDS

DELIVER YOUR POSTCARDS

  • If you are within the Dickens community, please drop off bundles of completed postcards to the personal residence at 744 East 14th Avenue. 
  • Alternatively, if you live in Vancouver, you can bring completed postcards in person to our January PAN meeting at the Tipper Restaurant (backroom) on January 4, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Thank you for participating in our Postcard Campaign 
Together we can make a difference! 

Front and back of two postcard samples:

Summary of Public Education Panel Discussion

On November 25, the Charles Dickens PAC hosted a Panel Discussion on Public Education featuring guest speakers from PENS (Public Education Network Society), a long time public education advocacy group that created a "Charter for Public Education".   

Mike Zlotnik spoke on the democratic vision of public education in Canada after the second world war that promoted equal opportunity for all citizens, and the erosion of that vision in recent years.  

Marilynne Waithman talked about the commodification of education and the consequent breakdown of neighbourhood school communities.  

John Malcolmson illustrated and gave clarity around the ‘numbers’ for public education in BC since 2002. 

This was followed by a lively interactive discussion by parents.  

If you missed the event, you can view their presentations at these links:

Mike: https://goo.gl/FwwkJ1 

John: https://goo.gl/yGcTOR

Marilynne: https://goo.gl/pmhXmX
   

You can also access a copy of the Charter for Public Education at: 
http://publiced.ca/index.php?page=english

PENS will be giving a second Panel Discussion on the west side of Vancouver in early February  the location and date will be announced in the near future.

Technology Fundraiser News

Charles Dickens Technology Campaign 
News Update 

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support!

Together we've raised an impressive $14,400
including funds donated by PAC, 
money given to our GoFundMe page 
and contributions made by our generous Dickens families, 
friends and communities.

We are so close to reaching our target of $15,000 
which will be matched by our big-hearted donor "Jackie" 
to reach our ultimate goal of $30,000!* 

To raise the final $600
we will be hosting a Burger & Beer Night 
early in the New Year
— stay tuned for more info!


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.

PAC Exec Meeting - Oct 2015

Oct, 13 2015 Minutes: https://goo.gl/0pexoF

Friday, December 4

Reminder: 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.


*Current sales tips for socks:

*Midland Liquidators, on Kingsway, have men's wool socks 
at 50% off. 

*Mark's, at Kingsgate Mall, also has a winter sock sale, 
ranging from 20% or more off.

Save the Date!


Holiday Hampers Reminder - Gifts are due by next Friday, Dec 11

Fill in the Tax Receipt Form received, for any Cash or Cheque donations of $50 or more. 
Write cheques to: Charles Dickens PAC — Thank you.