Wednesday, February 15

My Tween and Me Parenting Program - hosted at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Discover the full potential of your relationship with your pre-teen (7 – 12 years).

Dates: February 16 – March 30, 2017 (8 sessions)
When: Thursdays (and one Tuesday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway, Vancouver

For more info and to register, contact Carmen at or 604-879-8208

Tuesday, February 7

Seeking a New Lead for SPRING FLING's Silent Auction

The Silent Auction at SPRING FLING generates more than 50% of the funds raised for the Dickens Main & Annex schools. 

It’s a pretty important role, and could be a great resumé booster as well as a fun opportunity to connect with other parents! Will you lead it?

This lead role could be split to share the responsibilities, and would be supported by a team of Dickens' parent/guardian volunteers.

It entails the following:

Manage Donations
  • Solicit donations based on last year's contact list
  • Collect/Catalogue/Store donations at the school
  • Wrap [some items—can be done as a wrapping party with parent volunteers]
  • Value and set minimum bids [there's a nifty spreadsheet you'll be given by last year's stellar Silent Auction Lead—it will do the calculations for you]

Manage the Event
  • Setup on the Day of the SPRING FLING
  • Bidding/Payment/Security [with support from the PAC Treasurer]

Manage the Wrap Up
  • Distribution of items to winning bidders not picked up on the event day
  • Draft and distribute Thank You letters to donors [can use last year’s letter as a template]

Average time commitment is 3 to 6 hours per week from now through to the event. It then gets very busy during the final two weeks leading up to SPRING FLING and the day of the event: Thursday, June 1, 2017

If you would like to volunteer as the Lead for Silent Auctions or need more info about this role, email OR contact Tamara Shand at

Thank you.

Winteruption Hop 'n Nosh - Family Dance & Social

Come to HOP...come to NOSH! A reminder to come dance, snack and celebrate with your kids & friends at the 4th Annual Hop 'n Nosh!

The NEW DJ this year promises to ROCK THE GYM! 

Bring a Sweet or Savoury Snack (Finger Food) to share as well as some Loonies for the TUCK SHOP - don’t miss the fun!

Understanding Anger & Aggression in Children/Youth - Presentation at South Vancouver Youth Centre by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

R.S.V.P. your attendance by email to or call 604.878.3400. For more information and topics go to

PAC Exec Meeting - Jan 2017

Jan 9 2017 Minutes:

Wednesday, February 1

An Invitation to Dickens' Families & their Neighbours

A group of Dickens Community households are applying to be a Green Bloc Neighbourhood:

If the application is accepted, we would be one of four neighbourhoods across the City of Vancouver to take part in what looks to be a fun, green program in 2017.

Green Bloc aims to connect like-minded folks who are interested in finding innovative, creative and resident-focused ways to reduce their ecological footprints.

This is your chance to take action and do something for our environment—not only in your own home, but as part of a well-supported collective.

Any homes within an 8-block radius of the Charles Dickens Elementary or Sunnyside Park, would qualify to participate in this initiative: If you are interested in joining or if you have any questions, contact Dickens parent Jessica Woolliams at

More info about Vancouver’s Green Bloc project can be seen at

Creating Healthy Eaters for Life