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Who and What Is the PAC (Parent Advisory Committee)?
All parents (and guardians) with children at Henry Anderson Elementary School are members of Anderson’s PAC. The PAC’s primary goal is to promote effective communication between the home and the school.
Once a month, the PAC Executives, PAC Members, and the School Administration, usually the Principal and Vice Principal, meet on Zoom for about an hour. At these meetings the School Administration informs parents of what is happening at the school—past events as well as upcoming events. Other topics of discussion may include new fundraising initiatives, how to spend PAC monies, and any other concerns that have been raised by parents.
Our PAC meetings for the 2021-2022 year will be every 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6:45pm, Zoom!
ALL parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Executives for School Year 2021 – 2022
Chair – Marine Walic
Vice Chair – Mary Hsi
Treasurer – Crista Burke
Co-Treasurer - Veronica Vertti
Secretary – Yusra Qadir
Co-Secretary - Qinny Qin
So what’s the difference between a PAC Member and a PAC Executive?
PAC Executives are those parents who have chosen to hold an official position within the PAC. These are volunteer positions with no compensation provided by the school. Please see below for a short description of each position.
PAC Members can help the PAC throughout the year in fundraising or other initiatives as requested by the PAC Executives, or simply just attend the PAC meetings to find out what’s happening at the school.
PAC Executive Positions
Chair – The leader of the PAC who runs the meetings, checks the email account, and ensures that each PAC Executive is doing their job.
Vice Chair – Secondary leader who steps in when the Chairperson is absent.
Secretary/Co Secretary – Records the minutes at each PAC meeting and makes them available to PAC Members.
Treasurer/Co Treasurer – Keeps track of PAC accounts and submits the BC Gaming Fund Application*.
* Each year the provincial government provides the PAC with money (currently $20/student) to spend on extracurricular activities for students, like field trips, gym equipment, and computers. This money is usually referred to as the “gaming grant” and is administered through a separate account. However, there are some statutory limitations on the use of the gaming grant. The PAC also fundraises, primarily through Pizza Days, to raise additional money that can be used for curricular (i.e., in class) activities. This may not be the case next year as the Casinos are not open due to Covid.
PAC Volunteer Opportunities
The following is a list of some of the parent volunteer opportunities (once things are back to normal):
Hot Lunch Program - Help plan / organize and hand out lunches to students.
Crossing Guards - Help students cross safely to school on Alberta Rd.
Library - Help shelve and repair books.
Book Fairs – Help sell Scholastic books to students in the school foyer to raise money for the library.
Yearbook – Help create the yearbook, primarily involves taking photos and light proofreading.
Purdy's Chocolates - Help sell and hand out chocolates.