Our PAC needs you!

After serving 2-3 years plus, most of the current Executive officers will be stepping down at the upcoming AGM in October owing to various personal reasons (life changes, no longer having children enrolled at our school, health challenges).

We are in need of new parents to take on these roles so that we may continue to have a functioning PAC.

One of the main functions of the PAC is to oversee and distribute the BC Community Gaming Grant funds which we apply for each year, and to ensure that these monies are distributed as equitably as possible throughout all the various Navigate/NIDES programs province-wide.
Some of the many projects and initiatives we’ve supported are: 
-scholarships for graduating students
-Jeff Stewart Memorial medals and scholarship
-community events such as the Corn Roast and year-end picnic
-student & parent workshop series (language arts, nutrition, and math) via Zoom
-VEX Robotics and the new Junior Robotics Club
-Destination Imagination teams
-field trips
-community garden
-playground equipment 
-school retreats

In order for us to continue being eligible to apply for the BC Community Gaming Grant, we must have a functioning PAC Executive consisting of the following: 
-up to 4 members-at-large

The current Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and at least 2 members-at-large will be retiring.  We are in great need for people to fill these positions.  Without the absolute minimum of Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary, the PAC will cease to function.

These past 3 years, it has been wonderful to have growing representation from different locations and programs.   We sincerely hope that more parents across the province will become involved in the PAC.  I, personally, have really enjoyed my tenure as Chair, and in particular enjoyed learning about the wider Navigate-NIDES community through the monthly reports from our administrators and school Trustee.  Serving on PAC is a wonderful way to be more actively involved in your children’s education and our school community.  

At present, the Treasurer would need to be someone local to Courtenay-Comox, and most likely the Secretary to be as well.  Chair, vice-Chair, and member-at-large positions may be served from anywhere in BC.  

Serving on PAC has been a hugely rewarding experience for me.  If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions and/or are wiling to stand for nomination, please email me at navigatepac@gmail.com or Private Message me through our PAC FaceBook page.

I look forward to speaking with you! 

Anna King
PAC Chair

Mental Health Workshop for Elementary Students and Parents

Supporting Mental Health with Leanne Webster Brenner

Monday, April 27, 2:00-3:00 pm

Leanne will be presenting a workshop on anxiety & stress for students and parents. Parents and children have very different experiences and understanding of anxiety. Leanne will be covering both perspectives and speaking to children and adults during this talk.

Leanne will shift back and forth between parents and students, giving parents a little background info first before jumping into the ‘Brain Science for Kids’ lesson which leads us right into anxiety.

Find the recording of the presentation here.

Find a copy of the slideshow Leanne used in her presentation here.

Nutrition Workshop for Elementary Students and Parents

Holistic Nutrition for Kids with Shannon Simpson (Mindful Meals)

Tuesday, May 5, 10:00-10:45 am

This fun holistic nutrition class will introduce kids to mindful eating, the importance of eating a rainbow of colors and how whole food can feed our brains and help us learn.  We will not focus on what is “good” or “bad” but instead what are the foods that make our bodies and brains grow big and strong and the “sometimes foods.”  Children will also learn to make a delicious shake.

You can see a recording of the presentation here: https://youtu.be/4gg2g6oFSkU

English Language Arts resources and tips

Our thanks to Melissa Mullis, Intermediate Teacher (Compass, Nanaimo), and Nicole Hamilton, Curriculum and Resource Fund Support Teacher (Tsolum), for the informative session for elementary students and parents on Supporting Language Arts Learning at Home. For those unable to participate on April 20th, Nicole and Melissa have very generously made available their talk for you to access online.

A recording of the Zoom session may be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EjaNytz5–R66wl8B3pSWbQbz4joc5le/view

PowerPoint Version (downloadable) Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZquZK0G8dtSslMAzYEv8721rL8tJfzR2/view?usp=sharing
PDF Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P5QMFncRaqyjmhXDPOqlTnISI88DF8lo/view?usp=sharing
Google Slides Version Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1z4uMUCo76desHrcHz7C1GEzgegK7ur2RPaNz-4Xt6VY/edit?usp=sharing

The Google Slides and PowerPoint version can be opened and viewed with the Presenter Notes available which have some extra details about each of the resources, plus a few more links to check out. 

New Executive Officers

For 2019-2020:

Anna King – Chair (Rossland)
Janet Smitheringale – Treasurer (Tsolum)
Lyn Crampton – Secretary (Tsolum)
Julian Rendell – member-at-large (Tsolum)
Jennifer Mollins – member-at-large (Nanaimo)
Cora Ware – member-at-large (Tsolum)
Sarah Wright – member-at-large (Bulkley Valley)

The Vice-Chair and DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council Representative) positions remain unfilled. While the Vice-Chair can reside anywhere, the DPAC rep would be attending meetings in SD 71.

Please contact Anna King, PAC Chair, if you are interested in either of these positions or would like more information. Thank-you. navigatepac@gmail.com