Thursday, January 26

BC Public Education: Keeping the covenant with future generations?

A week ahead of BC Family Day, join the Public Education Network Society (PENS) for an open dialogue among professionals, parents, and concerned citizens on the purposes of public education, the strengths and weaknesses of the status quo, historical precedents for renewing education, and what committed individuals can do now.

Dickens Parent, Maggie Milne Martens will be representing the Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) as a panelist. More details on the panel can be seen at at this link.

Time:
Monday - February 6, 2017 from 7:00-8:30pm

Venue:
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre 
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings StreetVancouverBC



Co-presented by:
SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Public Education Network Society

Save the Date for "Creating Healthy Eaters for Life"

Amanda Cook is our Guest Speaker this coming February - Click/enlarge the poster for more info!



Tuesday, January 17

Attention Grade 7 Parents & Guardians!

High School Applications and Deadlines for 2017-18.

Below are some key details Parents/Guardians should be aware of as it’s important to avoid any surprises after the deadlines pass — we hope this helps!


PINK Registration Form for Charles Tupper Secondary School
During the week of January 9, Dickens students who reside within the Dickens/Tupper catchment area were given a PINK Tupper Registration Form. All Gr7 students who reside in the Tupper/Dickens catchment MUST fill in this form and return it by January 31 to Dickens Vice Principal, David Murphy.

While you may elect to attend a District Alternative program (Mini School), you must still submit this Tupper Registration Form (which is your application to your catchment high school) to ensure you have a spot should you wish to use it. There will be no guarantees for entrance to Tupper without this registration form!

Registration forms for High Schools (other than Tupper)
If you reside outside the Dickens/Tupper catchment, you must submit a registration form for your catchment area high school. Information on catchment registration can be found at https://www.vsb.bc.ca/catchment-registration
Spaces are not saved for kids in-catchment. You need to secure a spot by registering and then decline it later, if you elect to do so.

Cross Boundary Registration
Note that if you apply to a high school outside of your high school catchment area (excluding Mini School programs) then you are considered "cross boundary" for those schools. As such, you must apply with a Cross-boundary Application.

See http://www.vsb.bc.ca/cross-boundary  Cross-boundary applications are due this February. Your registration will be considered in accordance with enrollments and available spaces at these schools.

Registration for District Alternative / Mini School Programs
This process has been underway since September 2016 and many Parents/Guardians have already submitted applications for their child(ren) to attend these Mini Schools. The deadlines and application forms are unique to each program. 

Note though that an application submitted to a Mini School is only for that program, and is not the same as your application to your catchment area high school.

It’s therefore key that you also submit an application for the high school in your catchment area! Should your child not be accepted into a Mini School program, he/she would need that registration to secure a spot at your catchment high school.

Thursday, January 12

Guest Speaker this January: Amy Stanley


Save the Date for "Winteruption Hop 'n Nosh"

We're hosting our 4th Annual Family Dance and Social — 
come dance, snack and celebrate with your kids and friends!

Thursday, March 2 | 6:30 to 9pm (DJ starts at 7pm)
Charles Dickens Main School Gym

New this Year! Candy & glow sticks will be on sale (bring some loonies)

😄More info to follow. Handouts will be sent home with song requests closer to the time.😄


Tuesday, January 10

Save the Date for our January Guest Speaker!

We have a Guest Speaker for our PAC General Meeting on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm in the Main School Library - childcare will be provided.

"Empowering Parents: Taking a Coach Approach to Challenging Parenting Situations"  

Dickens parent, Amy Stanley, is a Certified Executive Coach assisting leaders to develop the human side of their roles and to become inspirational leaders in the workplace. Her private practice, however, also includes clients whom she purely coaches on "Parenting". 

More info to follow soon.

PAC Exec Meetings: Sep - Dec 2016

Dec 6, 2016 Minutes: https://goo.gl/izFaVO

Nov 7, 2016 Minutes: https://goo.gl/iZpJ2X

Oct 11, 2016 Minutes: https://goo.gl/7g4Qd2

Sep 12, 2016 Minutes: https://goo.gl/Wz9YTh