WELCOME to the Confederation Park Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
The PAC exists to enhance the Confederation Park community through parental involvement, with a large focus on fundraising to help pay for valuable school programming (committing $42,000 to the 2019/20 school year), in providing things like field trips, classroom material, art programs, clubs and activities, special events, sport programs and enhanced technology. The PAC works closely with the school leadership, including Principal, Helena Readman, and Head Teacher, Bonnie Ishii to ensure we are working towards the same collective goals.
Getting involved is always rewarding. Every bit, no matter how much, helps support our kids and their educational experience.
What does the PAC do and who is on the PAC?
The PACs main functions are to come together to help parents get more involved in the school community and to help raise critical funds for school activities.
If you are wondering why the PAC has to raise funds for the school when they are provided provincial budgets, you are not alone. Each school is provided an annual budget, and our school leadership is diligent in stretching each dollar as far as they can, but unfortunately those funds only go so far each year. That’s where the PAC comes in with their fundraising activities. They work together with the school leadership to figure out where funds are needed and how to raise money to pay for them. Here are just a few examples of where the PAC fundraising dollars go:
- Bus transportation for field trips
- Extra funds for classroom supplies for each teacher
- School programs that enhance the curriculum, like the artists in residence or training for specific sports, like tennis, golf or ultimate frisbee
- Water fountain for the school
So when you see promotional materials for any fundraising activities, know that your support is helping to further your child’s education and experience.
The PAC is led by an Executive Team of parents who are voted in at the Annual General Meeting at the end of each school year. Click here to learn more about the 2020/2021 Executive. Feel free to say hi to them if you see them at drop off or pickup, as they are a friendly bunch and are always open to answering any questions you may have.
Interested in Getting Involved?
You don’t need to be on the PAC Executive to get involved with PAC activities in the school. Here is how you can get involved:
Attend one of the regularly scheduled PAC meetings:
The AGM in the third term of the school calendar year:
The purpose of the AGM is to elect the PAC Executive and vote on the proposed budget for the upcoming school year – this is the meeting where you can find out what fundraising will be happening and how the annual budget will be directed to school programs.
The school Principal also provides a valuable update on what’s happening at the school.
Conducted on Zoom during Covid, which allows for easier attendance
The purpose of these regular PAC meetings is to provide updates on the programs and budgets agreed upon at the AGM.
The school principal also provides regular updates.
Also conducted on Zoom during Covid.
Worried about attending either of these meetings but are hesitant as you are concerned you will be given work or have to speak/participate? Worry no more – we’ve got you covered. There is no expectation to participate at the meeting. While we love to hear from all parents, if you want to attend and just listen in, that is great.
Volunteering – you don’t have to be on the PAC to volunteer at the school or its events. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, contact any member of the Executive – all PAC’s success depends on the Confed community’s participation.