PAC - Vancouver Talmud Torah

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DISCOVER PAC

Mission Statement:

“The PAC is a body that acts on behalf of the parents and school to enhance the overall VTT community.  We do this by helping with volunteerism, ru’ach, fundraising and further connecting the different parts of the VTT community to one another.”

Goals and Objectives:

  • To act both as ambassadors to the school and representatives for the parent body;
  • To support each of the teams (listed in the box below) in implementing various activities with the goal of increasing ru’ach and inclusion and positivity amongst the school community;
  • To pursue fundraising efforts to support PAC activities as well as special programs at the school;
  • To personalize, enhance and support the holiday activities in the school by working closely with the school’s Judaics leadership;
  • To coordinate parent volunteers in the school and encourage family involvement;
  • To encourage the administration’s “open door policy” when approached with various issues and suggestions from parents;
  • To represent and help parents (especially new parents) navigate the school and understand where to find information and who to approach with questions. To bring forward concerns or suggestions from the parents to the administration through the PAC co-Chairs when necessary and appropriate.

Interested in getting involved with the PAC? Please send an email to: vttpac@gmail.com and tell us your availability and interests. We look forward to hearing from you!

OUR TEAMS

The goal of the PAC Participation Program is to invite and encourage all families to take a role in ensuring our schools success. We are blessed with a parent body that is passionate about Jewish Day School and believe parental involvement both compliments and enriches the exceptional education Talmud Torah provides.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to feel a part of the VTT family and we value the involvement and support of all of our parents. To follow are some examples of where your volunteer support is needed:

Fundraising Team

The Fundraising Team works to brainstorm, research and implement fundraising projects and will then support the coordinator of each program.  They work with the Volunteer Team to secure event coordinators and volunteers and they report to the PAC co-Chairs and Budget Coordinator with monthly updates (via email). Projects will often coincide with holiday events, but may also include ongoing initiatives like upscale dinners, health and beauty services, and daily items/services that help the busy parent.

Holiday Team

The Holiday Team works with VTT’s Judaic leadership team and supports the parent coordinators that are generally in place from previous years to ensure the successful implementation of meaningful holiday projects. Holidays include Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simhat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Pesach, Lag Ba’Omer, and Shavout. There are no sales initiatives associated with the Holiday Team.

Ruach Class Reps Team

The Ruach Class Reps Team implements programs to increase the spirit across the grades and welcome new parents to our school family. They are responsible for hosting two pre-planned initiatives (a fun Ice Breaker Parent Meet-and-Greet at the start of the year and a Shabbat Family Picnic at the end of the year) as well as creating their own choice of event mid-year. The ideal Ruach Class Reps are outgoing and fun-loving. 

Social Gathering Team

The Social Gathering Team provides opportunities and space for the parents to gather, connect, and socialize with each other within the school community. They organize a First Day of School Playground Event, a Welcome New Parents Tea, and an end-of-year Thank You Event. They also organize monthly talent shows or instructional demonstrations at VTT’s new Gathering Place (temporary spots TBA whilst construction is ongoing).

Grad/Strathcona Team

The grade 6 and grade 7 parents work together on this team allowing for a smooth transition from one year to the next. This team works with the teacher organizers for Strathcona, brainstorms ways to fundraise and helps make this memorable outdoor education experience a success. The team also supports the school with Grad and grade 6/7 B’nei Mitzvah events and projects.

Additional Coordinator:

Budget/Finance Coordinator

Keeps the PAC budget organized and accounted for. Communicates receipt process to each chair for expenses submission. Reports budget status to PAC chairs at monthly Co-Chair meetings (via email).

 

OUR MEETINGS

OUR MEETINGS

VTT’s PAC is comprised of two or three co-Chairs, five teams and two coordinators. The PAC is represented on the VTT Board of Directors.

The Role of the PAC Chair(s) is to:

  • Meet monthly with the leadership team to provide an update on upcoming events.
  • Coordinate the teams and act as liaisons between those teams and the school leadership team.
  • Act as liaisons with the VTT board member responsible for the PAC Portfolio.
  • Attend and chair all PAC meetings.
  • Prepare the agenda and review the minutes for all PAC meetings
  • Review all correspondence that is being sent from the PAC to the parent community.

The PAC coordinators and the PAC teams will have several meetings throughout the year to discuss upcoming projects, events, or issues.

The PAC will also host a minimum of two open PAC Meetings each year which will be open to all parents in the school. The goal of these meetings is to bring the entire community together for social, educational, and/or community service that helps to improve and support the overall VTT community.

At our general meetings, minutes from the previous meeting will first be approval.  Each of the executive members will report on their respective portfolios.  Discussions, suggestions and feedback are encouraged throughout the meeting.

A PAC meeting is NOT a forum for the discussion of school personnel, students, parents, or other individual members of the school community.

PAC meetings will be held in the learning commons.

OUR MINUTES

Please check back for the latest PAC meeting minutes.

VOLUNTEERING

The goal of the PAC Participation Program is to invite and encourage all families to take a role in ensuring our schools success. We are blessed with a parent body that is passionate about Jewish day school and believe parental involvement both complements and enriches the exceptional education that Talmud Torah provides. Volunteering is a wonderful way to feel a part of the VTT family and we value the involvement and support of all of our parents.

Volunteer Hours
Each family must complete a minimum of 12 volunteer hours. The hours can be completed by parents, grandparents, nannies, etc. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Preparing for Jewish holidays, going on class trips, baking and fundraising are just a few examples of how families volunteer at VTT. Feel free to do more than the minimum 10 hours.

There are many ways to contribute to school life. Just as they say that “It takes a village to raise a child,” we believe that building a successful school should be a community effort. As such, each family at VTT is expected to volunteer in our school.

Most volunteer positions will be announced in the weekly e-newsletter, Hadashot.

Each family is expected to complete at least 12 volunteer hours each school year. We hope that you will see this commitment not as a burden but as an opportunity. We believe each parent in our school offers unique skills, talents and ideas and we hope that you able to find a volunteer position that suits and interests you.

To record your volunteer hours, simply click the “Record PAC Hours” link. Upon entering your hours, you will automatically see how many hours you have completed to date.

VTT is your school and we want you to feel engaged in it. We believe that our parent body wants, and should have, a stake in creating our greater school community and that your support, talent and enthusiasm will only further enhance the VTT experience for both your children and you.

We look forward to working with all of you in the 2016-17 school to–together–help make this school the best that it can be.

PAC Coordinators,

Jordana Dodek, Gretchen DuMoulin & Nicolle Wade
vttpac@gmail.com