School District #83 Canadian Parents for French Meeting Minutes
November 2012 CPF Newsletter to French Immersion Parents
A particular welcome to the French Immersion parents and students of SAS as this is the first Newsletter of the year, hand delivered to you. Canadian Parents for French thanks those FI teachers who have come to our District this year and those who continue to give our children the benefit of a bilingual education. There are new FI teachers at all 3 schools and 2 new Principals at SAS, with Reid Findlay at the Jackson Campus and Rob MacAulay at the Sullivan Campus. A welcome to all!
SAS has graduated its’ second class of bilingual Dogwood Grade 12’s and the third group is underway. This is also the first year that Early FI students are part of the Grade 9 FI contingent at SAS, Jackson Campus.
Wendy Collins, Co-President with responsibilities for Bastion is organizing a FRENCH COFFEE HOUSE FOR MOMS AT STARBUCKS on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays at 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for moms to practice their French and celebrate their bilingualism. Participants can speak half French and half English if they choose. Once it is going Helene Girard is volunteering to help on Fridays and some Wednesdays. If you are interested, simply drop in and see us at Starbucks or contact Wendy at 250-832-8399, email at email@example.com. Wendy is away this week so contact her to see if it is a go. She will also be at November’s meeting to talk about the CPF Convention in Ottawa which she attended on our behalf.
Sign up online at www.cpf.ca with 80% of your fees coming back to the local organization. As was said to me last year, all one parent could do was join and attend one meeting a year. If everyone did that we would be such a great organization! It would also allow us to have many more activities to support your FI children. Grade 12 students wishing to apply for the CPF $500 Scholarship need to ensure their parents are members.
Parents who are interested in learning French to help their children still have the opportunity to register for the Rosetta Stone Program through the School District Outreach at South Broadview. Cost is $150.00 with more information at 250 832 0662.
Terry Smuin an active FI parent will be bringing some ideas to the meeting including: French fun bingo night, possibly next spring at Bastion Elementary. Possible helpers could be Grade 12 leadership students. We will also discuss the possibility of hosting a movie in French for the Jackson and Sullivan students.~ It would be extended to any and all students who would want to go, but no sub-titles.~ These and all activities depend on volunteers stepping forward.
Our next CPF meeting is at SAS, Jackson Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 pm in the Library.
Everyone is welcome and a particular invitation is extended to SAS parents. Our January meeting will be at SAS, Sullivan Campus. There will not be a meeting in December or March.
Our thanks go to School District Administrators and Secretaries who place CPF Newsletters and Minutes up on their School Websites for you to read.
Do use the CPF Co-op number 97179 when you purchase fuel at the local gas station.
Minutes of CPF Committee Meeting
Ecole Bastion, April 11, 2012
Present: Blaine Carson Sheri Hamilton
Wendy Collins Alan Harrison
Isabelle Gervais Terry Smuin
Kimberley Worthington Neville Hamilton
Chris Jacobs Martine Dollack
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
1. Welcome and introductions – Attendees requested to fill in your name, children’s grade level and contact information on the attendance sheet.
2. Agenda items to add: Coop Gas number 97179. Put the number on the back of your Credit Card and it is always there. This year there was a return of $372.63; or 8% on total purchases of $4657.90. If every parent only used the number once, 300 parents X $50.00 per fill up would provide a base of $15000. Spread the word and the number.
3. Minutes of Previous Meeting Summary from February are available: Errors or omissions. Secretary Sheri Hamilton;
Mar. 7, 2012, SAS, Jackson Campus Meeting was cancelled due to teacher strike.
4. Treasurer's Report: Lori Petryshen, Fiscal year, April 1 to March 31. Assets as of March 31 are $2808.47. Fiscal Year Summary from Lori below:
Profit and Loss April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012
Co-Op Rebate, gasoline purchases $172.16
Membership refund to local group. $542.00
Misc. Income Concours Grant $250.00
Theatre Group, SC Grant $439.60
Voyageur – Carnaval SC Grant $93.50
Total Income $1,497.26
AGM Convention $600.00
Grade 12 French Celebration $150.00
Maple Man Expense $100.00
Scholarship, Gr. 12 and 3 Concours $800.00
Special Events, Library, Theatre, SMS and Bastion $1,865.85
Total Expense $3,515.85
Net Ordinary Income -$2,018.59
Askews Revenue $50.00
Interest Income $0.59
Total Other Income $50.59
Net Other Income $50.59
Net Income -$1,968.00
5. Other Reports:
Membership: Membership Drive Sept. to Oct. 31. Sign up at www.cpf.ca Sam Lazar and Laura Hepburn:
Chapter Rep: Leanne Gullins: No report tonight as Leanne was absent.
Publicity: Wendy Collins: Is there a possibility of having more than 1 publicity person? Yes.
Summer Programs: Family French Camp moving to the Shuswap at Pierre’s Point. July 7-14 and 14-21. Blaine indicated that CPF has not been approached by the program organizer’s for any input on local activities. Alan indicated that a brochure had been brought to him by Christine Williams and would be sent home to parents about the FF Camp. Speaking to Christine later it sounds like it is about half full so spaces are available.
Salmon Arm Summer Circus Program organized by Martine Dollack. Proposed dates are Aug 20-24. The camp will be held at the Canoe Elks Camp. A preschool group will also be included for children who are registered in Kindergarten. Martine spoke about how juggling and balance activities were good for brain development in bilingualism.
District report: Was presented by Isabelle. See below. New this year was the excellent idea of a letter to grade 5 parents and newspaper ads to fill the spaces to get two LFI classes. It has been very successful!
Information meetings held March 5, 7:00 Sheri attended Bastion to represent CPF; and Leanne and Blaine did the same at SMS. Registration on April 4 had 27 on the EFI sibling list and 17 on the LFI sibling list. By 10:00 am there were 3 on the EFI wait list and we had 44 on the LFI list so short of the magic 48 for 2 classes. Letters are going home to Grade 5 classes and ads will be in the paper (by the School District) in hope of finding 2 more.
6. Program Reports:
Bastion EFI: Alan on class configuration for next year. Teacher assignments are fairly up in the air, with no teacher names slotted in on Alan’s grid. Alan indicated that the district is predicting about a loss of 250 in enrollment, however the “ins and outs” for Bastion are quite even.
Shuswap LFI, EFI and FI: Colleen Craig has done her usual great job of organizing Concours at SMS on Monday, April 16, during period 1 and 2. CPF will be paying the costs involved and we need to authorize the $100 scholarship for students who participate in the Provincials in Surrey. Approved.
Shane provided the following numbers for Isabelle: 6/7 EFI - 42 coming in + 33 Grade 7's, 3 classes of 25; Gr. 6 LFL - 46 students registered (need 48 for 2 classes) (since then 2 more have registered); Gr. 7 LFI —49 students 2 classes (24 and 25); Gr. 8 FI — 70 students - 3 classes (24, 25, 25)
Cultural events from Isabelle: An illustrator/author from Quebec demonstrated to the students how illustrations are started. Presented to 2,3,4,5 and will be going to Shuswap Middle School tomorrow, and then SAS on Monday. A French choreographer from Alberta will be going in May to provide “gumboot” dancing.
SAS French Immersion: Gr. 9, to 12: Reg reports, “We certainly want to thank CPF for the celebration for our Grade 12 class and are looking forward to scheduling our next group of incoming Grade 9 students.”
Core French: Grades 5 - 12, all schools enrolling those grades: no report
7. Old Business
Helene Girard, 250 253 9704, has concluded her French for Parents, but continues to be available if parents wish more. She is available for conversational French and runs her Pre-school French class as well as much tutoring. She is also offering tutoring in cursive handwriting. Call her to register. Suzie Basque, previous Moniteur, also is available for French tutoring, 250 253 2121.
Socio-Cultural Grant Applications: Leanne Gullins: no report
Effectiveness of Parent contact methods for this meeting? SMS Do Not Reply and Website, SAS Phone message and Website, Bastion Website and note home from Blaine. 4 new faces tonight!
French Radio update: nothing new to report.
French Week in February: A cake was provided to the Grade 12 FI classes at SAS thanks to Tammy Smuin. Hot chocolate was also donated by Tim Hortons, Top of the Hill, parents of last year graduates. Pictures were in both papers.
Swim and a Movie – En Francais - Saturday February 18th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM - SASCU Pool organized by Terry Smuin. Poor attendance so pre-registration may be required if we do it again. Unfortunately turnout was not as good as we would have hoped for, but this could be due to scheduling issues with other events. Terry provided information on other events he has organized as Program Director: French Bingo and French Story Time at the Okanagan Regional Library.
8. New Business: Elections for next year: Co- Presidents? Wendy Collins elected to look after Bastion; SMS will be decided at the next meeting and SAS at the following; Secretary: Sheri Hamilton; Treasurer: Neville Hamilton; Days and timing of meetings to be decided. Traditionally we have done either the second or third Wednesday, 7:00 pm, but some schools have gone to daytime meetings for PACs so that could be considered.
Neville brought up the question of what are the “top 3 goals of the organization?” Input from the group: Provide the extras that the school district can’t (e.g. social-cultural grants), be involved as an advocacy group, stimulate some activities outside of school for speaking French, keeping the program healthy, assisting with registration, publicity. Discussion around some of the data we have that supports the program is strong (low drop-out rate).
It was reported that a Facebook group has been started for this year’s Kindergarten group so that is an excellent way of maintaining communication and could be started by other grade levels. There was also some discussion of reps form PACs at CPF and vice-versa. Wendy said she goes to the Bastion PAC meetings and Blaine volunteered to attend a Bastion PAC meeting and a SMS one.
9. Thank you for coming! We value your time and ideas. Next meeting: May 9, 2012, SMS Time change to 8:00 pm due to a conflict with a SMS Grade 6 parent/student orientation meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.