School District 62 (Sooke)

3067 Jacklin Road  Victoria, British Columbia Canada V9B 3Y7
Phone: (250) 478-5501  Fax: (250) 478-2879  Attendance: (250) 391-4717  email: belmont@sd62.bc.ca 

Belmont PAC

WELCOME TO THE BELMONT
PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL WEBSITE
Last updated May 16, 2011

 

Due to the Public Forum on School Growth at 7:00 Tuesday May 17th at Belmont, the PAC meeting time has been changed to 6:00-7:00PM in Room 129.

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PAC INFO

The Belmont PAC executive welcomes all new students and parents to the school, as well as new staff and administration, and extends a big ‘glad to see you back’ for those returning to the school this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. There are several ways a parent can be involved at the high school level. If you are available to help out for the occasional school activity please contact one of the executive members.
 

Please keep your school calendar handy as band concerts and other school events are shown, and it is great to have parents out.  PAC meetings are also listed on the calendar, please attend even one, if you are able.  It is a good chance to connect with other families attending the same school; also we always have an administrator attend who informs of us some of the day to day activities or daytime events.  It is important for parents to have direct contact with the school.
 

The mission of the Belmont Secondary School Parent Advisory Council is to advocate for excellence in education, the safety and well being of our students and the effective and meaningful involvement of parents as partners. All Belmont parents are members of the PAC and are encouraged to attend meetings. 

Meetings run from 7:00 to 8:30/9:00 and are held in room 130. The doors at the back of the school near the office are unlocked for us, please come in through those doors. 

PAC meetings will usually be on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month. Please confirm dates with school office, or check this site for updates. 



PAC EXECUTIVE
(2010-2011)

President:

  Cathy Johnston

Vice-President:

  Stephanie Longstaff

Secretary:

  Gerda Etherington

Treasurer:

  Diane Seeley

SPEAC Rep:

  Anne Harrhy

Communications:

  volunteer required 

BAECS Liason:

  Tina Andrews

SPC Rep:

  Melanie Burneau



CONTACTING PAC EXECUTIVE:  
Please forward all questions or information for the PAC by emailing belmont@sd62.bc.ca. Please include "PAC" in the subject line or we won't receive your email. If you do not have email access you can leave us a note in the PAC drawer at the school or contact the school and they will direct the message to us. Thanks.
 



PAC MEETINGS 2010-2011
  (
7pm in Room 129)

meeting dates – 3rd Tuesday of the month. There will not be a meeting in December or March. The dates of our meetings for the new year will be: Jan 18, Feb 15, April 19, May 17, June 14.
Update: NEW meeting scheduled for March 29th - Teen Driving Workshop



MINUTES: PAC Meetings 2010-2011
 

September 

February 

October 

March 

November 

April 

December 

May 

January 

June (posted in Sept.)


MINUTES: PAC Meetings 2009-2010
 

September 

February 

October 

March - Workshop

November 

April 

December 

May 

January 

June (posted in Sept.)


MINUTES: PAC Meetings 2008-2009

September 

February 

October 

March  - Workshop

November 

April 

December 

May 

January 

June 


MINUTES: PAC Meetings 2007-2008

September 

February

October 

March - Workshop

November 

April

December 

May

January 

June


MINUTES: PAC Meetings 2006-2007

September 

February 

October 

March - NO MTG

November 

April 

December - NO MTG

May 

January 

June 



PAC NOTICES


STUDENT ABSENCES
Reminder to parents to call the Attendance Line at 391-4717 to report absences. Please follow up this call with a note to confirm the absence.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
The Career Development Committee consists of Belmont’s two work experience coordinators, the Career Education teacher, our district’s Career Advisor, and parents. Students and parents at Belmont are fortunate to have a Career Services Centre with a supportive staff available to arrange job shadowing, go over work experience opportunities, assist with scholarship applications, and much more. Please visit Belmont’s Career Centre, next to the counseling suite, if you have any questions or concerns about ‘What Happens After High School?’

IMPORTANT DATES:  
Please see the Counselling Department's website for further information.

We can always use parent help at school functions, if you are available during the day and willing to help please contact the PAC president. Contact a member of the PAC executive if you would like to be a part of the Career Development Committee. We meet three or four times in the school year. Look for the Career Development newsletter with your students’ report cards.

PASSIVE FUNDRAISERS
Although the Belmont PAC does not actively fundraise, there are opportunities for raising funds which require very little effort on behalf of parents - merely mentioning that you are a Belmont 'parent' when shopping at certain locations. The school gaming funds are administered by a separate organization, the Belmont Athletics and Extra- curricular Society, but any additional funds raised by the PAC are distributed by the PAC executive. Last year the PAC purchased 4 benches for installation around the school, providing more locations for students to sit and eat their lunches.

There are currently 3 'passive' fundraising opportunities for the Belmont PAC:

  1. Drivewise - if you are registering your child for driving lessons with Drivewise mention that your child is a student at Belmont and Drivewise will donate $25 to Belmont PAC.
    Free Learnersprep Class is from 1pm-3pm at our Peatt Road Office Saturday March 12th.

    Check out the Drivewise March Special!

     

  2. Forbes Pharmacy - if you are shopping at either of the two Forbes Pharmacy locations in the Westshore (near the Goudy Library or on Millstream Road, near the Loghouse Pub), mention that you are a Belmont 'parent' and the money earned through the pharmacy's 'REWARDS PROGRAM' will be donated to the Belmont PAC. The PAC or school will be able to redeem the reward points for merchandise in the stores.
     

  3. Costco - if you, or a friend, are thinking of becoming a Costco member, join on the weekend of November 20 & 21 and mention that you are a Belmont 'parent' and Costco will donate a $10 cash card to Belmont school.

Thank you for your support of Belmont school.

This site will be updated as new opportunities are identified.



COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS BETWEEN PARENT, TEACHER AND STUDENT

  • Belmont's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets monthly on the third Tuesday. All Belmont parents are automatically members and are encouraged to attend. The function of the PAC is to advise and help Belmont in a variety of ways and to inform and support parents.

     

  • The Sooke Parents Education Advisory Council (S.P.E.A.C.) has produced a pamphlet - Parent Appeal Process Guide - to help promote parent, teacher and student communications. This guide for parents outlines steps to follow when parents have a concern. The guide suggests the following:

  1. Always start with the teacher.

  2. Next, the principal or a vice-principal will endeavor to address the concern at the school level.

  3. A director of instruction or superintendent can be called if the concern is not resolved at the school.

  4. Next, parents have the option of writing a letter to the school board are requesting to make a formal presentation.

  5. If the above appeal process has been followed, but the concern remains unresolved, the ombudsman can be contacted.

Copies of the S.P.E.A.C. Parent Appeal Process Guide can also be obtained at the main office in Belmont or the reception desk at the School District Office.