Newsbytes – April 20, 2012April 20, 2012
Volume 12, Issue 5
Save the Date: Thursday, May 2012
BCCPAC Past, Present & Future – Celebrating 90 years
The provincial parent organization celebrates 90 years. On April 22, 1922 the first meeting of the BC Parent Teacher Federation was held in Vancouver, BC with over 283 delegates attending, representing 60 associations, to create a plan for a provincial organization which would promote the goals and objectives of the organization to all schools in the province………. and the rest is history.
In celebration, BCCPAC will be hosting an event on Thursday May 24th to kick off our 2012 Spring Conference.
BCCPAC 2012 Spring Conference & AGM
The Parent Voice: Creating Connections to Support Student Success – May 25 – 27, 2012 at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Coquitlam.
All parents from around the province are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in all or part of the weekend. Information about registration, speakers, travel subsidy, hotel, resolutions, voting, etc is available on our website
BC Gaming Grants
PAC & DPAC application deadline June 30 is fast approaching. Every PAC and DPAC is eligible to apply for a gaming grant. Forms are available on the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General website. For further details click here.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
To celebrate autism awareness month, autism spectrum disorders are bringing together family, expert and community speakers to discuss autism spectrum disorders.
The panel will share personal stories, information on early diagnosis, and how to access education and community support. Please join them for this special presentation on April 26 – 12-1pm (PST). This is free event and is open to everyone.
Youth Week – May 1-7
Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun, interaction, and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province. For full details click here
Walk so kids can talk – May 6 2012 – Kids Help Phone
Every day, the Kids Help Phone professional counselors receive calls from kids who are experiencing the cruelty of bullying, the loneliness of depression, the paralyzing fear of anxiety, or are feeling the pressures to succeed, compete, or conform.
This year’s walk will take place in more than 40 communities across Canada. It’s a fun, non-competitive 5 km route that draws thousands of participants who are stepping forward as one community for one cause: kids. Join Canada’s largest walk to support child and youth mental health and well-being. It’s free to register, and we welcome people from all ages – even pets – to take part. Click the link: http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/en
Music Monday– May 7
Registration Now open! Click Here
Join over 600,000 voices across Canada to sing for Music Education on Music Monday, May 7 2012.
Register NOW to put your school on an interactive map and see who else is performing in your community.The Music Monday site has free arrangementsof Luke Doucet's Music Monday song, Tomorrow is Coming, suitable for every music group. Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year, focussed at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
Healthy Schools March Newsletter
DASH BC is pleased to provide you with their April 2012 Healthy Schools Newsletter. The Healthy Schools Newsletter keeps readers apprised of developments in school health, shares resources like articles, books and research findings, and showcases activities and learning from Healthy Schools across BC. Click herefor the March Newsletter.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection
is a national non-profit organization working to improve the education and well-being of children and dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians through their numerous programs including:
Kids in the Know, (www.kidsintheknow.ca)
Commit To Kids,(www.commit2kids.ca)
Visit their website for further details: www.protectchildren.ca
Free Presentations for Parents on Gambling and Kids
Gambling is available now more than ever before. Many kids play on online video games on websites that now accept bets of up to $1000.00 per match.
Many kids don’t know the legal age for gambling in this province… and parents need the tools to talk to their kids about the risks involved in gambling. Click here for further information for fun and interactive presentations for parents.
Young, fresh and fun, Youthink is a monthly magazine written by teens for teens. This unique peer-to-peer approach provides a chance for students from different schools and backgrounds across Western Canada to connect through a free high-school magazine. For full details click here
Sogo Active is a program created for one reason: to help youth challenge themselves and their friends to get moving. Sogo active will give you ideas for Challenges to get active on your own time. They'll help hook you up with events and activities you can do with your friends and even help you create your own Challenges. Anyone can do it and there's an activity for everyone. There's no excuse, really. So lace up. So have fun. So go sign up now