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February 2020

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for 2019/2020

(5th Floor, ESC, 2121 Lonsdale)

Wednesday, February 26
Budget Priority Working Session

Wednesday, April 22
Foods that Fit

Wednesday, April 29
Aboriginal Content in the Curriculum

Wednesday, May 27 with speaker
Sharon Shelby, Registered Clinical Counsellor 

Tuesday, June 9 - NVPAC Annual General Meeting
(date changed from May 27) and
Treasurer 101 with Kristin Watson,
NVSD Director, Financial Services

NVPAC would like to create as little waste at our meetings as possible so please bring your own refillable water bottle.  A water dispenser will be available. 

Missed the presentation on January 29th on Social Emotional Learning in the District?  

More information can be found on the School District's website HERE along with the evening's presentation.

NEXT Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting
7pm at the Education Services Building (2121 Lonsdale) 5th floor
NVPAC provides parent representation on various committees, most with the School District and a few outside of that, in the community. As a volunteer rep you would be representing all parents across our school district on the committee, liaising with NVPAC to ensure input/opinion from other parents is included and information is communicated/reported out.  Contact if you are interested or have any questions.  Some committees we provide representation on:

Capital Planning
Education Week
Emergency Preparedness
Information & Communication Technology Advisory

Safe & Caring Schools
School Cleanliness
Physical Literacy
North Shore Safety 
City Youth Safe

LGBTQ+ 101 for Parents Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale) 5th floor


In this era of internet and social media, children are not growing up in the same world that we adults did. This new access to diverse voices has increased awareness for young people, who are now exploring their identities earlier and earlier, including their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Currently, 19% of BC high school students identify as not exclusively heterosexual. This number of queer and/or questioning students may surprise older generations, but our awareness is a key aspect in creating safety.

Queer youth are at far greater risk for depression, addiction, violence and suicide. Research shows that positive and affirming home and school experiences are highly influential in youth resilience. We work to provide tools for parents to enable them to feel confident in their ability to support our kids, our kids' friends and our friends' kids. A diverse and inclusive environment enables all young people to thrive and experience a genuine sense of belonging.

101 Topics

• How this impacts every parent and child

• Overview of current status for youth

• LGBTQ+ language and diverse perspective

• Gender identity, orientation, pronouns

• Privilege and bias

LGBTQ+ 201 for Parents Wednesday April 8th, 2020

Budget Priorities
Further information can be found on the school district's website HERE.
  • In-person: at the Board Standing Committee Meetings on April 7, 2020, at 7 p.m. at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Ave, 5th floor) 
  • Email: from February 3 to March 13, 2020 (
  • Online: from February 18 to March 13, 2020 through an exchange of ideas on an online platform called THOUGHTEXCHANGE (the link will be provided when it opens)
  • Traditional mail: addressed to - Secretary Treasurer, 2121 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2K6

PROPOSED 2020/21 School Calendar:

Public Comment – Jan 22nd – Feb 21st

The Board of Education invites your feedback on the PROPOSED calendar for the 2020/21 school year. Information about the development process for annual school calendars and a copy of the PROPOSED 2020/21 School Calendar can be found on our school district website HERE. Feedback can be provided through the online engagement tool Thoughtexchange, which can be accessed HERE. The opportunity to provide your comment and feedback opened on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and will end on Friday, February 21, 2020.

A summary of feedback received through the Thoughtexchange tool will be shared with the Board of Education at their Public Board Meeting scheduled for March 10, 2020. The Board will finalize and approve a 2020/21 School Calendar at the March meeting to meet the March 31st deadline for submission of the calendar to the Ministry of Education.



Parent Education Conference & Annual General Meeting
The Power of Change and Empowering Yourself - May 1-3, 2020

Our parent education conference is the largest one of its kind focused on the education and support of parents by parents. We are unique in our ability to provide parents the opportunity to hear directly from senior officials within the Ministry of Education and to provide the opportunity to give direct feedback and engage in dialogue.

Parents from across the province - from large urban centers to small remote and rural communities both on the mainland and the islands - come together to learn, share, and experience.

Full details regarding travel subsidies and accommodation rates, delegates fees and schedule is now posted on the website.

REGISTRATION for Both Conference & AGM is NOW OPEN!  Early Bird pricing deadline until April 6th!


A reminder of the presentations from our 2019 conference...have a look, we had some excellent speakers and there was much to take home and share with peers.

Proxy Voting and Proxy Speaking Forms - Deadline April 24

Every Regular Member in good standing is entitled to vote; for the 2020 AGM, a Regular Member is in good standing if membership fees were fully paid by December 31, 2019. CHECK if your school PAC is registered HERE

To vote and speak at the AGM, ALL Regular Members in good standing must complete a Proxy Vote Form and submit it to BCCPAC in exchange for a Voting Card. Members who are unable to send their own PAC or DPAC delegate to the AGM may authorize another member to cast their vote at the AGM by completing this Proxy Form.

Members who paid their membership fees after December 31, 2019 are entitled to attend and speak, but not entitled to vote, at the 2020 AGM.

All Non-Voting Regular Members who wish to speak during the AGM must designate an official delegate(s) to speak on their behalf whether they attend in person or pass their speaking right to another member. Each Non-Voting Regular Member must complete their own authorized Proxy Speaker Form with the appropriate member PAC/DPAC executive signatures.

All BCCPAC Proxy Vote and Proxy Speaking Forms must be completed and signed by two members of that member’s PAC/DPAC executive in order for an official delegate to exercise Regular Member rights. To expedite registration and operations onsite, members are encouraged to scan and email (or mail) completed Proxy forms to the office in advance of the AGM. Proxy forms received in this manner no later than April 24, 2020 at 4:00pm will be verified and registered by BCCPAC in advance of the AGM.

For those members who are unable to attend the AGM in May, we encourage you to contact a member PAC or DPAC to represent you via Proxy.  NVPAC Co-chairs, Amanda and Debra may be contacted at with any questions you may have or to assist you in this process.

Thank you for working together for the betterment of all our children's education.

NVPAC would like to acknowledge and thank the Coast Salish people whose traditional unceded territories the North Vancouver School District resides on.  We value the opportunity to learn, live and share educational experiences on the traditional unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
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