About The Keating PAC
On behalf of the Keating Parents’ Advisory Council (K-PAC), we would like to welcome all 2020-21 students and their families to what is likely to be a unique school year. As a parent/guardian of a child at École Keating School, you are automatically a Member of our PAC.
What is the Keating Parents’ Advisory Council?
In short, K-PAC is here to make the students' school experience better - more enriching, more fun, more exciting and more educational. Parent volunteers work tirelessly to:
○ Promote cooperation between parents and the school in providing for the education of our children
○ 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
○ Provide the Principal and staff with the opportunity to consult those affected by their decisions
○ Enable parents to examine educational and school philosophy and policy, and to suggest alternatives
○ Organize and coordinate programs of interest and social functions including fundraising.
It’s also a great way to meet new people and socialize with other parents!
We hope you will join us at our first meeting on September 22, 2020. Get regular updates and stay connected with the happenings at Keating by pressing “like” on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/KeatingPAC) or follow us on Instagram (www.instagram.com/keating_parent_advisory)
How can you participate or contribute?
Your participation and support of PAC 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! You can help a lot or a little or whenever you have time. You can help in many ways:
● Attend monthly meetings (see https://keating.sd63.bc.ca/course/view.php?id=69#section-3
for meeting info)
● Become an executive on the K-PAC or coordinate a committee, attend meetings and volunteer regularly
● Help with distributing hot lunches, organize / help out with a fundraiser, help with a book fair, decorate the school, etc. Please see the attached volunteer descriptions or go to Sign Up Genius to find a spot that suits you:
We invite you to contact us anytime at email@example.com if you have questions, feedback or would like information.
Executive & Committees
** contact us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org **
2020/2021 Executive and Committee Members
Anthea Helmsing / Nora Dun
INTERIM CO-VICE PRESIDENTS
Paula White / Ashley Coull
CLASS REP LEAD
CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH
FRUIT & VEG COORDINATOR
Michelle Philpott / Jane Bassett
KEATING CALL BACK COORDINATOR
GRADE 5 FAREWELL
Marianne Fish / Megan Misovic
STAFF YEAR-END APPRECIATION
STUDENT VOLUNTEER YEAR-END APPRECIATION
PAC Meeting Info
- September: Tuesday 22nd
- October: Wednesday 21st
- November: Thursday 19th
- December: Tuesday 15thCancelled
- January: Wednesday 20th
- February: Thursday 18th
- March: No meeting
- April: Tuesday 20th (inc. Budget presentation)
- May: Wednesday 19th (inc. AGM)
- June: Thursday 17th
Note: All meetings are 6:30pm-8:30pm on Z00M.
Join us on Z00M
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcIdpx2SXp
PAC Meeting Minutes
Useful Information for Parents
Please find our Welcome Package attached (below)
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
Hot Lunch Schedule & Ordering
Keating Hot Lunch Parent Info 2020-2021
The hot lunch dates for this school year are planned for:October 16 (tentative)November 13December 11January 22February 19March 5April 16May 14June 11Please check email correspondence from the school and our Facebook page for the latest updates to these dates.
The Hot lunch program is an online program and all ordering can be done through
Please see the attachment for all other hot lunch details
Why do we fundraise?
All of the Keating PAC fundraising efforts go toward enriching the experience of Keating kids. Currently our fundraising priority is for a new play space for the students.
Each year Keating PAC financially supports field trips, library materials, artist-in-residence, emergency preparedness, classroom supplies, playground equipment and repairs, and much more.
Request for Contribution:
The Keating PAC 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. The Keating PAC 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 Keating PAC. If each family can contribute $20 per child, Keating PAC 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
- Mabel’s Labels make durable labels for families. Their line of 100%-guaranteed laundry-, dishwasher- and microwave-safe products features baby-bottle labels, allergy and medical alert products, sports and household labels, and seasonal items. You can order year-round; they make great gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Tell your friends and family! Visit mabelslabels.ca/fundraising/support/ and search for: Keating PAC
makes reusable snack bags, straws, washcloths and totes in fun patterns. Perfect for food, stationary or make up. And they make great gifts! Purchase items between September 15th to 28th and a portion of the purchase price of each item will go
to our PAC. Instructions on how to order will be sent out on Sept. 15th.
- The people at Mom’s
Pantry are fundraising angels! They use everyday high-quality baking and
food products to help folks like us raise money… and drool! With tasty treats
including croissants, pie and tart shells, soups, spreads, snack bars, and many
more, we can’t wait to launch a fundraiser with them in October. Check out
their products at momspantry.ca
and stay tuned for more details.
- Last-minute meal solutions are the best. Especially
when they’re delicious and healthy. Epicure offers exquisite meal solutions
that use real, whole ingredients that are simply delectable. Check them out at epicure.com.
We’ll be fundraising with Epicure during the first 3 weeks of November (think
seasonal gifts!) More details to follow.
Minutes from various sub committees
Year End Reports
Keating PAC Constitution
Thank you to all the 2019 Spring Fair Donors!
Miss Bliss Boutique
Muffet & Louisa
Pacific Coast Metalcraft
Pacifica Paddle Sports
CRD-Panorama Recreation Centre
Pharmasave - Brentwood
Pharmasave - Sidney
The Sidney Pier Bistro
Provenance Fine Things
Rascals Pet Market
Sassy's Family Restaurant
Serious Coffee - Sidney
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Sidney Pet Centre
Skyview Industries Ltd.
Spelt’s Shell & Coffee Shop
Sweet Dreams Boutique
Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre
Tanners Books Sidney
Roost Vineyard Bistro & Farm Bakery
The Surly Mermaid
Tiny Garden Gifts
West Coast Bugs
Windsor Plywood - Keating
Young & Barrel Designs
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
Buddies Natural Pet Food Ltd
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Church & State Winery
Colleen's Cleaning Services
Colosso Pizza & Grill
Cottons & Blues
De Vine Wines & Spirits
Evolutions Massage Therapy
Flying Fish Winery
Four Paws Pet Grocery & Boutique
Fraser Orr's Butcher & Deli
Glo Hair & Body Inc
Home Hardware - Sidney
IDA Cridge Family Pharmacy
Island Blue Art Store
Janet's Special Teas
Category 12 Brewing
Chantelle Yeo Acupuncturist
Wild Roots Dance Yoga
3rd Street Café
Allegro Performing Arts Centre
Back in Touch Massage Therapy & Wellness Centre
Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop
Lordco Auto Parts
Mark's - Sidney
Michell Excavating Ltd
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Our PAC depends on volunteers: the more volunteers we get, the easier it is to run the PAC to support parents, students and the school community. Your participation helps to keep you informed and gives you a voice. Key volunteer opportunities are outlined below. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
BC Fruit and Vegetable Program: Coordinator, VACANT. The BC Fruit and Vegetable Program requires a coordinator with FOODSAFE Level 1 (certification fee paid by the PAC) to receive local produce. Additional volunteers prepare and distribute food to the classrooms.
Call Back / Safe Arrival: Coordinator, Julie DeMaere. Volunteers remain at the school for up to 1 hour to contact homes of students who have not arrived and not contacted Safe Arrival (250.652.9261; firstname.lastname@example.org). Preschool siblings can join you on your shift.
Canadian Parents for French: Representative, Catherine Kay. The Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Representative position on the Keating PAC is coordinated through CPF-Saanich. Additional volunteers may be needed during the school year for activities such as magazine drives and special events.
Emergency Preparedness: Coordinator, Farrah Simpson. Volunteers assist the coordinator to ensure the school’s earthquake kits are complete, up-to-date and in good order. Additional programs include family education and activities for Emergency Preparedness Week in May.
Fundraising: Coordinator, VACANT. Support fundraising by coordinating volunteers and events. This position does not mean you have to run every fundraiser yourself. The role of the coordinator includes: directing volunteers to lead and assist fundraising programs; coordinate events with the school; support grant submissions; contribute fundraising ideas.
Grade 5 Farewell: Coordinator, VACANT. Work with Grade 5 teachers and administration to create a memorable farewell activity for Grade 5 students and their school-wide recognition program.
Greening Committee: Coordinator, Marianne Fish / Megan Misovic. Assist with special gardening, tree planting, and other environmental initiatives.
Healthy Schools: Coordinator, VACANT. Support student health at school. Initiatives include: supporting cooking classes; Activities Bingo; connecting with Stelly’s Climbing Academy; and collaborating with the Greening Committee.
Hot Lunch Program: Coordinators Michelle Philpott & Jane Bassett. Many volunteers are required to assist the coordinators to manage Hot Lunch payments and orders, and to prepare and distribute meals on each Hot Lunch Day.
Events: Coordinator, VACANT. Help our coordinator to organize events. The Spring Fair, due to run this year (albeit reformatted due to COVID), is the PAC’s biggest fundraiser. Other events include the Family Dance, Bingo Nights and Movie Nights.
Keating Clothing: Coordinator, VACANT. Ordering and tracking Keating clothing sales; explore new ideas with School Administration and PAC Executive.
Please visit our sign-up page and volunteer for one (or more) of the positions that suit your interests, skills and abilities: https://tinyurl.com/y3utka9b