• General

    KEATING PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

    (aka Keating Home and School Association)


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    https://www.facebook.com/KeatingPAC/


    ** contact us any time at khasa63@gmail.com **


    Please find a copy of our constitution here:

    KHASA Preamble, Constitution and Bylaws

  • About The Keating PAC

    On behalf of the Keating Parent Advisory Council (K-PAC), formally known as Keating Home and School Association (KHASA), we would like to welcome all 2019-2020 students and their families.

    Officially the purpose of the Association is:

    • To promote cooperation between parents and the school in providing for the education of our children
    • To promote the free exchange of ideas among parents, school administrators, staff, students and the School Board with respect to school programs and policies, and evaluation of their effectiveness
    • To provide the Principal and staff with the opportunity to consult those affected by their decisions
    • To enable parents to examine educational and school philosophy and policy, and to suggest alternatives
    • To organize and coordinate issues of interest and social functions including fundraising

    All of this is done through a variety of means including monthly membership meetings, education seminars for parents, social events and fundraising activities. The Keating PAC is also the organization behind important Working Committees that provide our children with everything from crossing guards to the Hot Lunch Program.

    As a parent of a child in attendance at Keating, you are automatically a member of the Keating PAC. You can play an important role in your child’s education and school by participating with our PAC. You can help in many ways. Some parents like to be “on call” with things such as last-minute volunteering for special events or baking; others prefer a particular responsibility or have a skill or expertise they know can support a specific committee. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in some manner throughout the school year. Please see the attached volunteer descriptions and/or go to Sign Up Genius to find a spot that suits you:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044fa4ae23a1ff2-201820191

    Your participation and support will help our school and the community, and enrich your life and that of your child. Being active in your school pays back in so many ways! 

    Some of our goals for this year include:

    • Open House/Meet the Teacher Night – September 19, 2019 (5pm - 7pm)
    • Encourage more parent involvement in the Keating PAC through engagement and exciting initiatives
    • Facilitate and promote parent education nights
    • Identify meaningful projects for PAC spending


    We invite you to contact us anytime at khasa63@gmail.com if you have questions, feedback or would like information.

    • Executive & Committees

      ** contact us any time at khasa63@gmail.com **

      2019/2020 Executive and Committee Members

       

      EXECUTIVE

      CO-PRESIDENTS

      Farrah Simpson / Anthea Helmsing

      khasa63@gmail.com

      VICE PRESIDENT

      Paula White

       

      SECRETARY

      Phil Molloy

       

      TREASURER

      Kate Guthrie

       

       

      COMMITTEES

      CLASS REP LEAD

      VACANT

       

      COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

      Ashley Coull

       

      COPACS

      Jenn Vossen/Phil Molloy

       

      CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH

      VACANT

       

      FRUIT & VEG COORDINATOR

      Jennifer Heard

       

      HOT LUNCH

      Michelle Philpott / Jane Bassett

      khasa63hl@gmail.com

      KEATING CALL BACK COORDINATOR

      Julie DeMaere

       

      EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

      Farrah Simpson

       

      FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

      Phil Molloy / Nora Dun

       

      GRADE 5 FAREWELL

      Melissa Braun

       

      GREENING COMMITTEE

      Marianne Fish

       

      HEALTHY SCHOOLS

      Megan Misovic /

      Brianna Hrasky / Tanya Wrafter

       

      KEATING CLOTHING

      Meghan Goodyear

       

      STAFF YEAR-END APPRECIATION

      VACANT

       

      EVENT COORDINATOR

      Hilary Fairbank

       

      STUDENT VOLUNTEER YEAR-END APPRECIATION

      VACANT

       



      • PAC Meeting Info

        2019-2020 Meeting Dates:

        • Monday, September 16
        • Tuesday, October 15
        • Wednesday, November 13 Due to the ongoing labour dispute and strike, the November PAC Meting has been cancelled. We will endeavour to have a meeting in December instead. Please stay tuned for a meeting date for December
        • Dec - TBA
        • Thursday, January 16
        • Monday, Feb 10
        • Tuesday, March 17 (May be cancelled depending on spring break dates)
        • Wednesday, April 15
        • Thursday, May 14
        • Monday, June 15

        Note:  All meetings are 6:30pm-8:30pm in the School Library

        The following provides information on how to join the Keating PAC Meetings via Amazon Chime.
        Briefly, the ways to join are:
        - on your computer, using the desktop app (free; the best option)
        - online through the web app (similar to the desktop app but saves you installing anything)
        - through a phone app (free; it's decent but not as good as the desktop app)
        - call-in only using the dial-in number +1 437-371-2569 (but you won’t be able to see or send group-chat messages).

        Mobile and desktop apps can be downloaded from: https://aws.amazon.com/chime/download/ If you don't have one already, you'll need an Amazon account. Don't worry - it's free and doesn’t request any credit card info.

        The key information you'll need to join the meeting is this: Meeting ID: 1301 18 0073

        The meetings arevscheduled to start at 6:30 pm; however, we usually need a few minutes to get in and set up, so please bear with us if we join the Amazon Chime meeting a few minutes late.

        Some considerations:
        - Draft minutes from the last meeting are available here: https://keating.sd63.bc.ca/mod/folder/view.php?id=4813
        - And in case you don't have it, the online home for all-things KHASA is: https://keating.sd63.bc.ca/course/view.php?id=69
        - We’re new to Amazon Chime, so please bear with us as we learn how to best use this tool. If you think of any additional tips that would be worth us including in the future, send them to us (khasa63@gmail.com)
        - Keep an eye on the chat room to see and send messages without having to do them vocally. We sometimes post information in this chat, e.g. websites or names of groups we’re discussing. We also check-in with Chime attendees for questions through the chat. If you join through the desktop app, the chat window is bottom right; the window may be collapsed, in which case you’ll need to click on the right-hand margin to make it visible.
        - If we don’t hear you when you speak through Chime, please post a comment in the chat room and we’ll follow up ASAP
        - If you can’t hear us or some folks in the room well enough, let us know and we’ll shift microphones around

        More fulsome (read: nerdy) information below...
         _______________________________
        You have been invited to an online meeting, powered by Amazon Chime.
        1. Click to join the meeting:
        Meeting ID: 1301 18 0073
        2. You can use your computer’s microphone and speakers; however, a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your phone:
        Canada: +1 437-371-2569
        Meeting PIN: 1301 18 0073
        One-click Mobile Dial-in (Canada): +1 437-371-2569, 1301180073#
        3. To connect from an in-room video system, use one of the following Amazon Chime bridges:
        SIP video system: 1301180073@meet.chime.in or meet.chime.in
        or
        H.323 system: 52.23.133.56
        If prompted enter the Meeting PIN: 1301180073#


        Minutes from previous meetings are available in the Meeting Minutes section


        • Useful Information for Parents

          Please find our Welcome Package attached (below)

          Parent Involvement (Policy 1100) 

          COPACS - Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils Saanich

          BCCPAC - BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

          CPF - Canadian Parents for French

          Head lice:  http://www.headlice.org

          26 Weeks to Family Emergency Preparedness

          Common Sense Media - A good resource for parents and teachers to rate movies, books, games etc for age specific suitability. 

          At Home Alone - Keeping your children safe


        • Upcoming Events

          • Safe Arrival

            Please email keating_attendance@saanichschools.ca before 8:40 a.m if your child is going to be absent.


            The Safe Arrival Program needs your help! To volunteer (as little as one hour per month!) please email khasa63@gmail.com

            • Hot Lunch Schedule & Ordering

              Keating Hot Lunch Parent Info 2019/20

              The hot lunch dates for this school term are (all dates fall on a Friday):

              • October 18, 2019
              • November 15, 2019
              • December 13, 2019
              • January 31, 2020
              • February 21, 2020
              • March 6, 2020
              • April 24, 2020
              • May 29, 2020


              The Hot lunch program is an online program and all ordering can be done through

              keating.hotlunches.net


              Please see the attachment for all other hot lunch details 


            • Fundraising

              Why do we fundraise?

              All of the KHASA fundraising efforts go toward enriching the experience of Keating kids.

              Each year KHASA financially supports field trips, library materials, artist-in-residence, emergency preparedness, classroom supplies, playground equipment and repairs, and much more.

              Request for Contribution:

              KHASA has considered many options, but in the end, feels that the parents at Keating are asked to give so much for their time already, and believes the easiest and most convenient way to raise the needed money is to lay it at the parents feet and ask. KHASA is asking if each family could contribute $20 per child over the course of the next month via keating.hotlunches.net or by dropping off a cheque to the school office payable to KHASA. If each family can contribute $20 per child, KHASA will be able to focus on a few, value added and fun fundraisers this year and lessen the burden on all of us. Thank you for your consideration and contributions!  

              Upcoming Fundraising Events: $2 Popcorn Day, October 4th

              Upcoming Fundraising Events: Popcorn Day, October 4th



              • Keating PAC Constitution

              • Spring Fair

                Thank you to all the 2019 Spring Fair Donors! 


                Miss Bliss Boutique

                Muffet & Louisa

                Pacific Coast Metalcraft

                Pacifica Paddle Sports

                CRD-Panorama Recreation Centre

                Patio Gardens

                Peninsula Co-op

                Pharmasave - Brentwood

                Pharmasave - Sidney

                The Sidney Pier Bistro

                Provenance Fine Things

                RNR Diner

                Rascals Pet Market

                Sassy's Family Restaurant

                Seahorses Café

                Serious Coffee - Sidney

                Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

                Sidney Pet Centre

                Skyview Industries Ltd.

                Spelt’s Shell & Coffee Shop

                Subway –Keating

                Sweet Dreams Boutique

                Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre

                Tanners Books Sidney

                Roost Vineyard Bistro & Farm Bakery

                The Surly Mermaid

                Thrifty Foods

                Thirty-One Gifts

                Tiny Garden Gifts

                Tonollis Deli

                West Coast Bugs

                Windsor Plywood - Keating

                Young & Barrel Designs

                Peninsula Pizza

                Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites

                Urban Honey Bee Farm

                Beyond the City Tours

                BJ's Bakery and Wraps

                Bleue Coyote Bar & Grill

                Brentwood Barber Shop

                Brentwood Bay Village Empourium

                Brentwood Cycle

                Buddies Natural Pet Food Ltd

                 Victoria Butterfly Gardens

                Cameron Rose

                Church & State Winery

                City Scribe

                Colleen's Cleaning Services

                Colosso Pizza & Grill

                Cottons & Blues

                Current Straw

                De Vine Wines & Spirits

                Epicure

                Evolutions Massage Therapy

                Fairway Market

                Fickle Fig

                Flying Fish Winery

                Four Paws Pet Grocery & Boutique

                Fraser Orr's Butcher & Deli

                Glo Hair & Body Inc

                Home Hardware - Sidney

                IceKap

                Inflame Heating

                IMAX

                IDA Cridge Family Pharmacy

                Island Blue Art Store

                Janet's Special Teas

                Buddies Toys

                Keating Pizza

                Category 12 Brewing

                Chantelle Yeo Acupuncturist

                Eastgate Dressage

                Kal Tire

                Wild Roots Dance Yoga

                3rd Street Café

                Allegro Performing Arts Centre

                Back in Touch Massage Therapy & Wellness Centre

                BC Ferries

                Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop

                Lordco Auto Parts

                Mark's - Sidney

                Michell Excavating Ltd



                • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

                  All volunteers are greatly appreciated. An hour here or there will help to spread the work. Whether it’s phoning, driving for field trips, or helping to photocopy, your participation is a huge asset to our school. Please remember that all parents/guardians are also welcome and encouraged to attend all Keating PAC meetings. Your involvement will benefit your child, keep you informed, give you a voice, and build a strong school community.

                  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact the Keating PAC Executive at khasa63@gmail.com.


                  BC Fruit and Vegetable Program: Coordinator, VACANT

                  The BC Fruit and Vegetable Program requires a coordinator with FOODSAFE Level 1 to receive local farm produce. Additional volunteers are needed to prepare and distribute the food to the classrooms. Usually occurs monthly. The Keating PAC will reimburse the coordinator for the small fee for the course certification.

                   

                  Call Back / Safe Arrival: Coordinator, Julie DeMaere      

                  Volunteers are asked to be present at the school for up to 1 hour to telephone homes of students who have not arrived and have not contacted Safe Arrival (250.652.9261 or keating_attendance@saanichschools.ca). You may sign up for once a month or once a week or anything in between. Preschool siblings are welcome to join you during your shift. The success of this program depends on the help of many parents.


                  Canadian Parents for French: Representative, VACANT               

                  The Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Representative position on the Keating PAC is coordinated through CPF-Saanich. Volunteers may be needed throughout the school year for various activities, such as the annual magazine drive, special events, etc.. Note: a membership fee is required to be a CPF volunteer.

                   

                  Emergency Preparedness: Coordinator, Farrah Simpson             

                  Volunteers assist the coordinator to ensure that supplies in the school’s earthquake kit are complete, up-to-date and in good working order. Additional programs may include family emergency education or activities around Emergency Preparedness Week in May.

                   

                  Fundraising: Coordinator, VACANT

                  Support fundraising through coordinating volunteers and tracking events. The role of the coordinator is to: coordinate events with the school; send out timely communication; support grant submissions, develop ideas for efficient fundraising; coordinate volunteers to help assist with each fundraiser. This position does not mean you have to run each fundraiser yourself.

                   

                  Grade 5 Farewell: Coordinator, VACANT

                  Work with Grade 5 teachers and administration to create a memorable farewell activity for Grade 5 students and to assist in the program for the Grade 5 school-wide recognition.

                   

                  Greening Committee: Coordinator, VACANT      

                  Assist with special gardening, tree planting, and other environmental initiatives.


                  Healthy Schools: Coordinator, Melissa Braun, Megan Misovic, Brianna Hrasky

                  Support student health at school. Initiatives include developing options for offering cooking classes, connecting with Stelly’s Climbing Academy, and collaborating with the Greening Committee.


                  Hot Lunch Program: Coordinators Michelle Philpot & Jane Bassett

                  Many volunteers are required to assist the coordinators on the designated Hot Lunch payment/order form counting days and on each Hot Lunch Day to prepare and deliver the orders to the classrooms.


                  Events: Coordinator– Hilary Fairbank    

                  The Spring Fair, which runs on alternate years (next one will be Spring 2021) is the biggest fundraising event put on by the Keating PAC. Other family events include the Family Dance, Bingo Nights and Movie Nights.

                   

                  Seasonal Fun Projects: Coordinator – VACANT

                  These fun seasonal projects add a festive component to the school and foster a sense of pride. This is a short-term commitment over the course of 3-4 weeks.


                  Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Coordinator - VACANT     

                  The Coordinator determines the date of the Staff Appreciation Luncheon (usually spring), and is responsible for decorating the Multi-Purpose Room and organizing the lunch. Parents are invited to sign up (usually online) for bringing a potluck item and to setup, serve, and clean-up following the event.

                   

                  Keating Clothing: Coordinator – VACANT

                  Ordering and tracking Keating clothing sales. Keating Clothing has been around for a while. The Coordinator may explore new designs/colours, ideas etc. in consultation with School Administration and Keating PAC Executive.

                   

                  Miscellaneous  

                  Many events throughout the school year will require volunteer support from setting up the school open house to helping with a school-wide art project. These opportunities are usually very short term, often one shift and usually great fun! If you are not sure how to help, consider signing up at the link below under Misc. Volunteers. From there you can select which opportunities you are interested in as they come up. Examples of miscellaneous activities include:

                   

                  ·       Photo Days

                  ·       Cross Country

                  ·       Library Volunteer

                  ·       Baking

                   

                  Please take the time to visit our sign-up page and volunteer for one (or more) of the positions that best suits your interests, skills & abilities:


                  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044fa4ae23a1ff2-201820191

                   

                   

                  ~ Thank You ~