What does PAC stand for? PAC stands for Parent Advisory Committee.
What is the purpose of a PAC? To advocate for excellence in education, for the safety and well-being of our students, and provide an effective and meaningful avenue for involvement of parents as partners.
What are the Objectives of the JO PAC?
JO PAC objectives are as follows:
- To positively enhance communication and connection between parents, students, community, school staff, administration
- To support, encourage and improve the quality of education and the well-being of all students at JO (this via school only matters, and also district and provincial level matters)
- To provide the school administration and staff parental views about school programs, policies and activities.
- To assist parents in accessing the system, in advocating for our students.
- To advocate on behalf of the parent body.
- To contribute to the effectiveness of JO by making use of energy of parents and other community members.
- To successfully complete the Gaming Grant application each June, thus providing $50 per student to use throughout the year on allowable activities and purchases. The PAC provides input on how these funds are shared across the student body. …. And do all these above in a non-torturous way!
[We are not here to raise money! However, we can, if there is a need to help some programs/unfunded things get funded…]
Why should I get involved with JO PAC? 1) If you are interested in better communication between you and the school, this is the place to be. 2) If you are interested in any of the above objectives, this is the place to be!
I don’t have a lot of free time. How long and how often are the meetings? The meetings 7 x a year (Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, April, May), usually on the last Wednesday night, and are set for an hour from 7-8pm. We are very much trying to keep to the one hour time frame. We had a ‘social offsite gathering” last June, and plan to have one this year, too. Look at the JO school calendar for the dates>>
What would I have to do at a meeting? You are not required to do anything. You can do as much or as little as you like at the meetings, or between meetings.
I may not be able to make all the meetings – would that be a problem? No, not at all. Not all of us can make all the meetings – things happen.