PAC Meeting – September 14

Our first PAC meeting of this school year is September 14 at 6:30 pm in the school library.

We will be voting on the budget for the 2017/2018 school year at the meeting on Thursday September 14, 2017. We invite all parents and guardians to attend. To access the budget click Macaulay PAC Budget 2017_2018. The plan this year is not to go through the budget line by line as we have in the past but rather invite questions based on reviewing the budget in advance. Should you have any questions about the budget please email macaulaypac@gmail.com.

Free child-minding is available. We will be providing budget and committee updates, and discussing upcoming events. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We are also looking for volunteers/nominees for two PAC positions. If you are interested in the Secretary or Arts &Culture committee lead positions, or are interested in getting involved with the PAC in any way we invite you to attend the Sept 14th meeting, or email macaulaypac@gmail.com for more information.

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Welcome Back PAC Update

Hello Macaulay community;

Welcome back to another exciting year at Macaulay. We hope that you all had a fun summer and return well rested for another school year. The Macaulay PAC Executive has met a few times over the summer to discuss events for the coming school year.

We have also discussed the budget for the 2017/2018 school year which we will vote to approve/change at the next PAC meeting on Thursday September 14, 2017. We invite all parents and guardians to attend. The budget will be sent out in advance of the meeting for review. The plan this year is not to go through the budget line by line as we have in the past but rather invite questions based on reviewing the budget in advance.

We are also looking for volunteers/nominees for two PAC positions. If you are interested in either position, or are interested in getting involved with the PAC in any way we invite you to attend the Sept 14th meeting, or email macaulaypac@gmail.com for more information.

Secretary – Executive position

  • notify member of meetings
  • record and file meeting minutes – Google Docs
  • keep an accurate copy of the constitution and bylaws
  • prepare and maintain other documentation as requested
  • issue and or receive correspondence on behalf of the PAC
  • ensure safekeeping of all records of the council
  • attend PAC meetings (2nd Thursday of the Month) and attend PAC Executive meetings (1 per month)

 

Arts & Culture Committee Lead

 

We look forward to seeing everyone during the first week of school. Welcome back!

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? 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.

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  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 2017-2018 school year are available here.

 

 

Follow-up: Concerns Regarding School Space & Class Composition 2017-2018

Thank you to the 30 plus parents/guardians that wrote letters to the school district and or Jordan Watters (Our school trustee). If you would like to know more about how the changes to the legislation dictating class size will impact your child and the education of children at Macaulay for the 2017-2018 school year please attend the meeting on Monday June 19th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the school gym.

Karen MacEwan (Principal) and Tim McCreesh (Vice-Principal) are holding an information evening to discuss how the restored teachers contract language will impact class sizes and class composition  for the upcoming school year. As well as the impact of the addition of three new English divisions (classrooms) and the lack of class room space to accommodate the new divisions.

computer cartAs you may already know Macaulay is scheduled to close the computer lab classroom at the end of this month in favour of a mobile lab, consisting of laptops/Ipads. In addition the two existing portables will be fully utilized all day with shared programs in both spaces.

While the average class size is going down some classes will need to be split into two grades with as few as 4 children from one grade, with the balance of another grade forming a full classroom. The addition of three additional classes also places a demand on library, gym, music, and computer time. If any of these issues are a concern then please join us for the meeting on Monday June 19th from 6:30-7:30 at Macaulay.

For more information about what the issues are please read through the letters that were sent on behalf of the teachers and the PAC to the school district. In addition here is the first post on the subject.

Meet the PAC 2017-2018

Please join us in welcoming a number of new people to the PAC for the 2017/2018 school year. We are excited to have all of the executive positions filled for the coming year, and all but one committee lead role filled. If you are interested in heading the Arts & Culture Committee please email macaulaypac@gmail.com.

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Wondering what a PAC is? Here is a little more information.

New PAC for 2017-2018

VCPAC Award and the award goes to….

Months ago the Macaulay PAC asked for nominations for various awards presented at the May VCPAC Awards ceremony.

There were two winners from the Macaulay community, please join us in congratulating;

Norm Tandberg (our esteemed crossing guard) was honored for his years of service within the Esquimalt family of schools, as well as his efforts in setting up breakfast programs in schools and his involvement with the VCPAC.

Lisa Hoskins was presented with a certificate of merit for her work on bringing the arts to Macaulay. Lisa heads the Arts and Culture committee for the PAC and was responsible for the coordination of the tile project last school year as well as the organization of the various artist workshops and presentations.

Congratulations to Norm and Lisa and thank you for your dedication to Macaulay.

 

Thank you!!

Last Friday evening there was a small fire at Macaulay Elementary. The fire started after school hours in a self-contained heating unit. Thankfully no children were at the school, and no one was harmed. The fire was contained to one classroom and the adjoining hallway. A big thank you to the Esquimalt Fire Department for quickly extinguishing the fire and to the janitorial staff who smelled the smoke and acted quickly.

Unfortunately, Mme.Lundgren lost all of her teaching supplies. The teachers at Macaulay have pooled resources to help the grade 1 class and Monk Office also stepped up to offer a generous gift card to Mme.Lundgren to help restock her classroom.

When the gift card was presented to Madame this morning she already had some items in mind, and mentioned buying paint and art supplies. The PAC would like to thank Monk for their generous donation, and community participation. It is comforting to know that when the unexpected happens the community responds in positive ways.

Toy Drive Update

Months ago the PAC asked for toy donations from the Macaulay community. We got an overwhelming amount of donations. Eight tables full of puzzles, blocks, cars, duplo, costumes, puppets and various other excellent learning toys.

Yesterday, the teachers got a chance to “shop” for new toys. I can’t tell you how many times the teachers said “thank you” and I would like to extend the THANK YOU on to the Macaulay community.

Not only were the teachers happy about the new toys, here are some pictures of the kids hard at play this morning.

PAC Meeting June 8th

Our last PAC meeting of this school year is June 8 at 6:30 pm in the school library.

Free child-minding is available. We will be providing budget and committee updates, and discussing upcoming events. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please direct any questions to macaulaypac@gmail.com.

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