Introducing the 2018/2019 PAC Executive

PAC Overview 
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) are parents supporting education and community at Macaulay. All parents, caregivers and guardians are welcome to get involved!

Meetings
PAC Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the school’s library. Childminding is provided. Meetings run from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

 Mission
The PAC’s mission is to support, encourage and improve the quality of education through the provision of volunteer services, financial support and organized activities that will enhance and enrich the academic, physical, and social development of our children.

Description
The PAC envisions a school environment, based on constructive parent/teacher collaboration, that provides the highest standard of education, instills pride, values our students’ unique gifts, and recognizes their achievements. The purposes of the society are:

  • To provide a forum to advise the principal and staff on parents’ views on any matter relating to the school – programs, policies, plans, and activities.
  • To promote parent interest and involvement in school activities and student’s education.
  • To develop collaborative decision-making processes with the school’s administration and staff on matters pertaining to the PAC.
  • To build strong communication links between parents and staff.
  • To inform parents on school issues and promote ongoing parent education.
  • To represent the views of parents in an effective and positive manner.
  • To assist parents in accessing the most from the education system and provide information on processes available to parents and children.
  • On request, to assist the School Planning Council in carrying out its function in accordance with the School Act.

2018/19 Macaulay PAC Executive

  • President: Josh Hylden
  • Vice President: Yoni Bremner
  • Past President: Krista Moffett
  • Secretary: TJ Schur
  • Treasurer: Janaya Honka
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Sherri Dixon
  • VCPAC Representative: Megan Weston
  • Members at Large: Erin Kinrade, Kirsten Lee-Straub, Cynthia Barco & Andreia Rockwell
  • Arts & Culture Committee Chair: Tabitha Rutherford
  • Emergency Preparedness Lead: Kirsten Andersen
  • Greening Committee Lead: Erin Kinrade
  • Social Media Coordinator: Sarah Patterson
How to reach the PAC:

E-mail us: macaulaypac@gmail.com
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Welcome New Families & Welcome Back

Welcome New Families and Welcome Back

from the École Macaulay Elementary School Parent Advisory Council

Bienvenue aux nouvelles familles et bienvenue tout le monde

du conseil consultatif des parents de l’École Macaulay

 

Welcome Back! Ice Cream Social!

Bon retour à l’École Macaulay/Rencontre amicale avec de la crème glacée!

On September 20th there will be a Welcome Back Ice Cream Social and Open House starting at 5pm.  It is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, view the classrooms and mingle with all the Macaulay Families.   With 475 students registered for the 2018-2019 school year, this will surely be a fun event. More info to come!

 

Get involved!

Voulez-vous vous impliquer?

Our PAC meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.  Please, come on September 13th to the school library. Free childminding is available on the second floor in classroom 6.  Aside from discussing current and upcoming events, we will be voting on the 2018/2019 budget. Please, take a look at the proposed budget on the website below and bring your questions to the meeting or email macaulaypac@gmail.com.

 

Who we are!

À propos de nous!

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is made up of volunteers supporting education and community at Macaulay.  All parents, caregivers and guardians are welcome to get involved! Any amount of time that you can contribute, no matter how small, is helpful.  Whether it’s helping with event set-up, organizing or volunteering during an event, financial donations, baking, completing our Parent Survey or simply attending monthly PAC meetings – it all really helps.  PAC efforts contribute to school pride and a welcoming community for our children.

Our PAC Executive is once again larger than in previous years with 9 members going into the 2018/2019 school year.  We currently have two executive Member at Large positions open and one Arts and Culture committee lead position open.  If you are interested, we are accepting nominations and will vote for each position on September 13th. (Information about these positions is available on the website below or email macaulaypac@gmail.com with your specific questions).

Please, visit and follow the PAC website https://macaulaypac.wordpress.com/  for updates and the latest PAC information.

 

What we do!

Voici ce que nous faisons!

The PAC has an annual operating budget of $70,000, some of which is generated internally by various PAC activities throughout the year.  Through highly successful PAC fundraising, we have been able to fund many events and initiatives, including:

  • School-wide theatrical performances and individual arts & drama instruction in classes
  • Special holiday performances and guests:  Magician, Science Venture, Mimes
  • Crossing guard salaries, class field trips, classroom supplies and technology
  • $500 yearly allowance to each teacher
  • Extra financial support is open to all staff twice a year
  • Funding for Grade 3 swimming lessons
  • Funding Grade 5 First Aid course
  • Outdoor equipment for morning and lunch hour recesses, Lego for Lego Club
  • A new fountain and water bottle filling station
  • Financial support to Macaulay families in need
  • Greening and garden bed improvements
  • School Events – Family Movie Nights, Welcome Back Event, Parent Education Nights
  • School Lunches
  • Financial donations to local non-profit organizations
  • New gymnasium equipment
  • Specialized sensory items for the learning support room (ie. Cocoon swing, fidgets etc)

Other larger projects undertaken:

  • Pathway across the field, Kindergarten Playground, School-wide Ceramic Tile Project
  • Outdoor classroom and Native Plant Garden
  • Inventory and purchase of supplies for the emergency tanker

 

Cheers to another fun and exciting year ahead!

Nous avons hâte de s’amuser et d’avoir une excellente année!

Your École Macaulay PAC Executive:

Josh Hylden – President

Yoni Bremner – Vice President

Krista Moffett – Past President

Janaya Honka – Treasurer

TJ Schur – Secretary

Megan Weston – VCPAC

Sherri Dixon – Fundraising

Erin Kinrade – Member at Large and Greening Committee Lead

Kirsten Lee-Straub – Member at Large

Let’s Get “PAC” to School

It’s hard to believe that the school year isn’t over yet and already we are talking about back to school supply shopping. The PAC has partnered with Monk Office to bring the families of Macaulay an easy way to shop for school supplies while supporting a local company.

Did you know that buying school supplies online through Monk is a fundraising program? Last year our rebate cheque was $526.00! Monk provides school supplies at better than retail price and donates 10% of online sales of school supply kits back to Macaulay!

SHOP EARLY TO FUNDRAISE

To make your life easier, we have pre-built kits containing all suggested items on your child’s supply lists.  No need to stress about finding a “½ interlined ½ plain notebook” – if it’s on the list, it’s in the kit! The optional items can also be added.

ORDERING

  1. Visit monk.ca and enter your PAC Code: 2E7BFF on the SHOP page
  2. Select your child’s grade from the drop down (to see what is in the kit click the “View kits contents” button)
  3. Enter the child’s first and last name (name is required to label the kit)
  4. Add optional items, if desired to your cart
  5. During checkout, pay with Visa or MasterCard and choose free school delivery (supplies will be delivered to the student on the first day of school), free in-store pickup, or home delivery

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The deadline for ordering is July 23rd.

School supply lists for the 2018-2019 school year are available here.

Questions? Visit bts.monk.ca/FAQ or contact Caitlin McKenzie, your Education Specialist,
at 250-414-3356 or PAC@monk.ca

 

 

Annual General Meeting

Our next PAC meeting is on May 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the school library. Free child-minding is provided.

For this meeting Karen and Tim will be presenting on the topic of technology in our schools.

The May meeting is also our Annual General Meeting, which we will hold after their presentation. As part of the AGM we will be filling our Executive positions for the next school year, which are open to any Macaulay parent or guardian. Nominations are put forward at the AGM and if there is more than one person put forward for a position we will vote (by secret ballot). If you know you are interested in a position please advise via email to macaulaypac@gmail.com as this will assist us in making preparations for the AGM.

The following positions are open:
– Chair

– Vice Chair
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Fundraising Coordinator
– VCPAC Representative
– Members at Large (four positions)

For information about the duties of each position, please contact the macaulaypac@gmail.com.

Contributing to the PAC is a great way to connect with other parents and school staff, and be a part of your child’s experience at Macaulay. We encourage everyone to attend our May meeting, regardless of whether you are interested in an Executive position.

Walk-A-Thon Update 4

A huge thank you to all of the fundraisers for the Macaulay PAC annual Walk-A-Thon.

As of Monday May 7th we have raised a record breaking total of $23,433.18.

Mme Green Grade 5 class is in first place with $2,560.20.

In second place is Mr. Racansky’s Grade 4/5 class with $1,885.80 in pledges.

M Graoui’s grade 4 is rocking third place with $1,632.85 in pledges.

We have added a few more names to our top fundraisers who have all raised more than $250. Thank you to the following students for working hard to get those pledges:

  • Mya Nicholson (Mme Campbell)
  • Hendrix Singh (Ms. Graham-Pasquale)
  • Griffin Murphy (M Alain)
  • Liam Rice (Mme Green)
  • Ella Egan (Mme Green)
  • Lara Samousevitch (Mme Rempel)
  • Tijan Tunkara (Wilson)
  • Amy Fox (M Alain)
  • Mila Langejan (Ms Rocheleau)
  • Sam Weston (Mme Campbell)
  • Zoey Weston (Mme Koch)
  • Kiera (Mme Koch)
  • Annabelle (Mrs. K)
  • Angel (Mrs.Wu)
  • Casey (Mrs.Botteau)
  • Isa (Mme Green)
  • Chloe (Mme Lundgren)
  • Graham (Mr. Racansky)

Walk-A-Thon Update 3

Only three more days until the Walk-A-Thon happening on May 4th.

As of Monday evening we have received pledge sheets totaling $6,380.

Mrs. Wu’s grade 1 is rocking first place with $850 in pledges.

A close second is Mr. Racansky’s Grade 4/5 class with $825 in pledges.

Mme Green Grade 5 class is in third place with $545.

We have added a few more names to our top fundraisers who have all raised more than $250. Thank you to the following students for working hard to get those pledges:

  • Kiera (Mme Koch)
  • Annabelle (Mrs. K)
  • Angel (Mrs.Wu)
  • Casey (Mrs.Botteau)
  • Isa (Mme Green)
  • Chloe (Mme Lundgren)
  • Graham (Mr. Racansky)

Students are welcome and encouraged to turn in pledge sheets as soon as they are finished getting pledges/collecting money. We will continue to update this site as we receive more forms.

 

Walk-A-Thon Update 2

This is the last weekend before the Walk-A-Thon which is happening on May 4th.

To date we have received pledge sheets totaling $3,534.

Mr. Racansky’s Grade 4/5 class is currently in the lead with $785 in pledges.

Mme Green Grade 5 class is in second place with $545

In third place is M Graoui’s grade 4 class with $294, and in fourth place is Mme Lundgren’s class with $291

We have our first group of top fundraisers who have all raised more than $250. Thank you to the following students for working hard to get those pledges:

  • Casey (Mrs.Botteau’s)
  • Isa (Mme Green)
  • Chloe (Mme Lundgren)
  • Graham (Mr. Racansky)

Students are welcome and encouraged to turn in pledge sheets as soon as they are finished getting pledges/collecting money. We will continue to update this site as we receive more forms.

 

Walk-A-Thon Update 1

We are 1 week away from the Walk-A-Thon which is happening on May 4th.

To date we have received pledge sheets totaling $1,945.85.

Mr. Racansky’s Grade 4/5 class is currently in the lead with $735.50 in pledges.

A big high-five to the Kindergarten students in Mrs. Bottineau’s and Mme Oraas’ classes currently in second and third place respectively.

Students are welcome and encouraged to turn in pledge sheets as soon as they are finished getting pledges/collecting money. We will continue to update this site as we receive more forms.

 

Are you prepared?

Hello Macaulay Community!

Are you prepared for a disaster? Or even a first aid mishap? Ya me neither.

The PAC is making it a little easier. At the bottom of this post you will find a flyer with several first aid & disaster preparedness kits for sale. Alert First Aid, in conjunction with Ecole Macaulay Elementary PAC, is offering these kits to you at a discount. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ecole Macaulay Elementary Parent Advisory Council.

Plus you can buy these through the hotlunches website and pay by PayPal online! Or for those that love paper, print your final order form and pay by cheque or cash. Cheques must be made payable to “ Macaulay PAC.” Put your payment and order form into the PAC mailbox in the front office, in an envelope marked with your name.

So that we can get you ready for Emergency Preparedness Week all order must be placed by April 30th. Purchased kits will be available for pick up at the school during Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-11) https://www.getprepared. gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/ep-wk/index-en .aspx

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ashley Macdonald at pacpromo@alertfirstaid.com  or at (250) 595-5323 ext. 102. 

 

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