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A number of parents have formed committees to improve the student experience and safety at Nightingale. We currently have three committees; 

  1. Active Transportation​ works with the City of Vancouver on improving safety in the neighbourhood around our school to encourage walking and cycling to school

  2. ​​​​Seismic Upgrades​ is pursuing seismic upgrades for our school and investigating the installation of an early warning system in the meantime

  3. Before and After School Care committee is advocating and finding solutions for the ongoing shortage of childcare spaces before and after school.

More information and updates can be found below. If you have questions or would like to join a committee, please email pac_nig@vsb.bc.ca​.

Active Transportation​ 


April 27th Update: The PAC is preparing a letter for the city to address our ongoing concerns with traffic/pedestrian safety in the school neighbourhood. Please review the draft letter and provide feedback to Solomon Wong on or before May 3rd via email to solomonkswong@gmail.com

Bike and Walk to School Week will be May 28 to Jun 1 and there will be many fun activities starting on Sports Day, May 25, to encourage non-automobile methods of getting to school.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help staff a sticker board to track our school’s progress and be part of an initiative across all schools for biking, walking or rolling to school. Email solomonkswong@gmail.com​ if you can help out!

February 2018 Update: The City of Vancouver Active Transportation initiative has received great input from surveys and in-classroom data.  Our PAC is working closely to ensure parent input is present for safe commutes to school.  A list of initiatives​ for short-term and long-term fixes has been compiled for PAC comment.

Please take some time to review and provide feedback to our parent champion on this initiative (Solomon Wong) at solomonkswong@gmail.com by Fri Feb 23, 2018

Some parents have kindly volunteered to help with this PAC committee -- please also let Solomon know if you are interested to work with Principal Samiei and staff to increase our bike/walk to school activities May 28-Jun 1, 2018.  Some planning in April will be useful to make sure that we keep up the great work of diversifying our commute to school.



Update: April 27th, 2018:  Parents are encouraged to read the VSB capital plan. The committee is arranging a VSB presentation on the capital plan and earthquake preparedness measures, date tba.

The committee is proposing the following action items:
  1. We would like to arrange a VSB presentation on this capital plan and earthquake preparedness measures
  2. We feel strongly that we need to continue to press for EEWS ( trustee meetings and media)
  3. Look into getting a quote from a consultant to assess the non structural hazards in high use areas ( i.e book shelves and ceilings/lighting
  4. Request to observe the shakeout (i.e. inside the school) so we as a PAC can identify areas where we can help

Update: January 2018: The committee is focusing on the following three areas:

  1. Investigate the early warning system

  2. Advocate for early warning & seismic upgrade

  3. Mitigate any potential harm by employing solutions with a structural engineer (i.e securing potential hazardous materials in the school)​​

Vancouver DPAC/PAN’s Understanding of the VSB SEISMIC PROCESS & STATUS



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Update: April 2018: The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House has successfully launched a pilot program for a second After School Care Program focussed on grades K-1. Please complete the form below for registration/wait list.

BAC Enrollment Request Form

Update: January 2018: Would you like to know more about before and after school childcare programs currently offered? Are you in search of a solution for unmet childcare needs?

Come join us to hear from the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Before and After School Care Program and the Kivan Boys and Girls Club Program (tbc) as well as other parents to work together to find solutions. To help prepare, kindly fill out a 2 minute survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M5LS26B​​

 Monday, Oct 2, 2017  6:30 PM in the Nightingale Library.

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