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Parent Advisory Council

General Wolfe PAC Executive


Chairperson:    Michael Nedelec       michaelnedelec@shaw.ca
Vice Chair:      Jaimini Thakore        jathakore@gmail.com
Treasurer:       Harold Schellekens   harold.p.schellekens@gmail.com

Secretary:       Monica Luu              mongunz@gmail.com
Past Chair:      Kate Martinez          hadleymartinez@gmail.com

What is the Parent Advisory Council (PAC)?  The PAC’s key role is to “advise the Board, Principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school”.  The PAC consists of all parents and guardians, who wish to attend monthly meetings and provide assistance in collaborative planning and the co-ordination of various school events and activities. 

When and where are meetings held?  Meetings are held monthly and the dates are announced in the school Newsletter.  Free child minding is provided for the duration of the meeting.  Minutes of the meeting are posted on the PAC bulletin board in the main hall next to the office and in the Library.
 
Can anyone attend the meetings?  Meetings are open to all General Wolfe parents, guardians, staff and guest speakers.
 
What happens at PAC meetings?  Meetings are held to discuss school issues, provide advice on policy and procedures, support school programs, and plan special events for students and families.  Each meeting includes reports from the Chairperson, Treasurer, Committees, teachers and principal.   In addition guest speakers may present information on a variety of topics.
 
What elected positions are there on Council?  Elected positions include Chair, Vice Chair(s), Secretary(s), Treasurer, DPAC Representative and School Planning Council.  Elections for positions are held in September and any parent or guardian may run for a position or cast a vote.
 
What does fundraising involve and why is it needed?  Many fundraising events are supported through the volunteer efforts of the PAC.  Profits from these events are all used to fund items not covered by government funding sources.  The items typically include technology equipment software, library books, gym equipment, audio visual supplies, field trips, and additional “special event” supplies.
 
What is the School Planning Council?  Three parents, at least one of whom is a member of the PAC Executive, work with the school administration and staff to develop the School Plan and to provide input and advice regarding some school procedures. 
 
GARDENING COMMITTEE NEWS:
General Wolfe Elementary School has a 'Wolfe PAC' with a Garden Committee. We oversee 10 of the City of Vancouver Green Streets boulevard and traffic calming gardens that beautify our community along a bike route. We also have food gardens, composters and indigenous species naturalized playspaces and outdoor landscaped classrooms. We are working on a strategic plan to improve the play areas and layout of the school grounds. Stay up to date with gardening plans and projects and find out how you can volunteer by visiting our blog:  http://generalwolfegardens.blogspot.ca
  
"Healthy Lunch Options".  From Kindergarten to Grade 12, your child may eat more than 2000 lunches at school!  Help your kids stay focussed by fuelling up on healthy choices at lunch time.