Here is a link to the available PAC positions.
There are going to be three new committee roles next year - a kindergarten, a primary classes and an intermediate classes representative to communicate directly with PAC exec, class reps and PAC general as well.
Certain PAC exec roles, like the Chair and Treasurer roles, have fixed terms - three years for Treasurer but only two for Chair. At the start of next year, we will need a new Chair. Ideally, for both the Treasurer and Secretary roles, we have two people to split the work. Our two current treasurers are also finishing their terms at the end of this year.
The committee roles do not have term limits.
Top three reasons to join the PAC Executive (post from last year)
May PAC meeting
We will be holding a virtual May PAC Meeting.
When: Monday May 25th, 7:05pm (to give time for the appreciation salute to Essential Services workers)
Where: Your sitting room
(The meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Please click on the link that will be emailed out on Monday and join through your child's account.)
Dear Tennyson Families,
Here are a few updates regarding this week and some of the planning underway for the weeks to come. We hope you are all well, and that you have a fantastic weekend!
Doug & Kateryna
Tennyson Admin Team
New Building Anticipated Move Update
We want to let all families know that we have a confirmed update regarding the seismic completion and move. Please see this letter linked to our website which explains the change in anticipated timeframe (you may need to copy and paste):
Update from Vancouver Coastal Health
VCH has addressed a letter to all school staff, parents/guardians, and students regarding safety in the school environment during optional in-class instruction. Here is the link (you may need to copy and paste):
Continuity of Learning Update
A big thank you to our families for completing the Return to In-Class Instruction Surveys. Schools are in the process of analyzing the results of these surveys, and the results will help us to determine what days students will be receiving in-class instruction. We are also working hard to ensure that Health and Safety of staff and students is the priority, by looking at aspects of our building such as flow of people (and where), what spaces can and cannot be used, physical distancing in common spaces, classrooms, and outside etc. With a number of students returning to in-class instruction, teachers will need a bit of time to prepare for this, both in terms of the physical classroom layout, and in transitioning of materials and lesson formats. So, please know that the online classroom environment may look different in the latter portion of the week. As always we appreciate your support and patience as we continue to work with district staff on these various things. We will provide further updates to families next week.
In case you did not have a chance to look, the VSB FAQ regarding optional return to in-class instruction has a lot of helpful information. Here is the link to the document (you may need to copy and paste):
Essential Services Workers and Daycare:
The School District has posted this information for parents of ESWs who are/were accessing childcare up to June 1st:
FAQ and information posted to VSB Website: In-Class Instruction - Email update from May 20
Dear Tennyson Families,
Thank you in advance for completing the district gradual return to in-class instruction survey, which helps schools/our district to guide planning. We wanted to let you know of some information that is now posted to the VSB Website that you might find helpful and informative. The FAQ may answer some questions that you might have.
FAQ for Families: In-Class Instruction:
Superintendent’s Video – Preparing for the voluntary, part-time return to in-class instruction:
Superintendent’s Letter to parents (emailed directly from District Communications already):
Have a great day, and as always, we continue to provide you with regular Continuity of Learning updates.
The Vancouver International Children's Festival is thrilled to announce their first ever online Kids Fest Pop Up! From Tuesday, May 26 to Sunday, May 31, parents, children and teachers will be able to take part in daily online events that will delight, engage, and entertain. And it’s all free!
You can find more information here and all the showtimes and details on our schedule page.
Tennyson donates fruit and veg
For the past few years, the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program has brought a variety of fruits and vegetables into schools to distribute to students. You may have noticed the "big day" each month noted on the school calendar, or recalled the consent form you signed all the way back in September. Or maybe you didn't clock it at all. Either way, it's a great program designed to put a little extra nutrition into out kiddos and is run by a few terrific parents. Due to the current health emergency, the produce had no where to go. BUT, Shana, mother of 2 Tenny Tigers, was able to facilitate a donation this week of Tennyson mini cukes to Outreach Care Society, and we just wanted to shout about it!! Thank you Shana!
Shana, with the generosity of her bootcamp participants - including many Tennyson families, has also helped raised over $7,000 for Backpack Buddies. Bootcamps by donation run Wednesday and Sunday mornings.
Tennyson Admin Up-Date May 15th
Dear Tennyson Families,
I hope this update message finds you well, ahead of a long weekend. I also hope that you all have a chance to relax a bit and have fun together over the next three days. Here are a few updates:
Continuity of Learning Update
It was a busy week with teachers and support staff connecting and working with students in a variety of ways. I enjoyed being in a number of the classes and see the learning happening. As always, a big thank you to both our parents/guardians and our staff for working through the “learning-at-home” context.
You likely know that there was a provincial press conference today regarding planning for in-school learning on a part-time basis. I know that this may bring up a number of questions from our families. Our district staff team is working, alongside our stakeholder partners, on the local VSB plans for schools. As always, I will communicate updates to families as plans develop. You may wish to follow VSB twitter @VSB39 for district updates and new on a variety of things. We continue to work with our four guiding principles being the focus during this time:
Indigenous Education Focus Pro-D
Today’s Provincial Indigenous Education Focus Professional Development day was an excellent learning opportunity for our staff! Teachers and support staff engaged (virtually) in collabroative learning from Indigenous Educators, elders, and storytellers. We had the opportunity to explore many things, including:
I wanted to again provide the login and password for for the Tennyson/VSB e-library. Here it is:
Weblink (copy and paste as needed): https://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools/lord-tennyson/Teaching-and-Learning/Learning-Commons-or-Library/Pages/default.aspx
See the May 15th email from the Tennyson Administration for the login details.
Have a great weekend!
As May starts, I want to recognize that the physical distancing of recent weeks has been hard on families with school-aged children. Our worlds have contracted and our immediate families and neighbours now play an increasingly prominent roles in our lives. The many casual interactions that nourish our school communities must now be deliberate and planned.
Given the need for planning and organization, the leadership role of the PAC is now more important than ever.
Although the time spent by parents and children on the playground and other activities cannot easily be replaced, PACs have always had a role in building connections. For example, many schools have engaged their parents in online PAC meetings very successfully using software like Zoom Meeting. Other PACs are using online tools to determine what supports they might be able to provide vulnerable members of their school community. Whether you create virtual events or simply open up lines of communication for families to connect to one another, we encourage you to find ways to continue to support your school and your families.
Similarly, DPAC will continue our work to support and bring school communities together. Our April online townhall meeting (link to Q&A) was well attended. We are now taking questions for our next townhall, tentatively scheduled for May 21st – submit questions here.
As part of ensuring continuity of service to PACs, we are looking for interested parents to join the DPAC executive for the coming school year. Our executive members participate on VSB committees and organize informational events such as our townhalls. Our nomination form is here. If you have questions about DPAC, please feel free to contact us.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind.
Shaun Kalley, 2019-2020 chair Upcoming DPAC Events
Unprecedented obligations are being placed on us as parents of school aged children in a time of physical distancing. Let’s have real conversations with our friends and neighbours about how we’re all really doing. Genuine, heartfelt dialog can bring us together, even when we must be apart. Visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca for information and tools about CMHA Mental Health Week.
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