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Safety Tips To Keep Kids From A Fright On Halloween


Above is Abbotsford’s Punjabi Patrika Newspaper with some great tips from British Columbia’s Ambulance Service and the specialists at BC’s Children’s Hospital. Our kids always loved Halloween, and had so much fun! Pirate patches and other eye masks were great for a photo but not for walking around the dark streets. Big furry costumes were warmer than the thin, little green ones for fairies. Maybe fairies in frosty Canada wear cloaks? We met the whole neighbourhood out in the street. Adults clinging to hot coffee or even umbrellas some years.

Enjoy the treats but always check them first. Wash and cut any fruit before eating. Choking occurs most frequently among children under 2 years of age but choking can happen at any age. Do not give children under 5 years of age popcorn, hard candy, or nuts. Choking information is available through HealthLink BC. A final tip from BC’s Children’s Hospital, not in their media release, but on their other websites: there’s lots of dumb stuff on the Internet, so web safety is extra important around Halloween, with fireworks sales, or other risky or perhaps illegal endeavours. Have fun and take lots of pictures.

International Men’s Day

Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life

Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them. The November IMD is a significant date as it interfaces the popular ‘Movember’ charity event and also with Universal Children’s Day on Nov 20 with which IMD forms a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively, and of the special relationships they share.


The 6 Pillars of International Men’s Day

1. To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.

3. To focus on men’s health and well being; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

4. To highlight discriminati against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law

5. To improve gender relations and promote gender equality

6. To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

“International Men’s Day has the potential to become the global medium to heal our world. The concept and themes of IMD are designed to give hope to the depressed, faith to the lonely, comfort to the broken-hearted, transcend barriers, eliminate stereotypes and create a more caring humanity. Since its inception, IMD has blossomed into a movement which promotes goodwill and positively transformed the lives of many persons. Every year I am overjoyed to witness and read testimonies of persons who genuinely believe that the observance of IMD has resulted in greater stability in their lives and guided them from darkness into light.”
– Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh

For further information about observations in individual countries see the International menu.

Get Involved!

Become a country / regional coordinator:

If your country (or region, e.g. Canadian Province or Territory) does not already have a regional coordinator it’s easy to register and get working with IMD. Complete a simple registration process by clicking here and we’ll set you up with your own micro-site on this website to populate with your local projects. Once set up, you’ll act as the single point of contact for all activities relating to IMD in your region.

French President Proposes Banning Homework

Should Canada Do The Same?

Why would an entire country, like France, ban homework? This was a parent’s question at Abbotsford’s District Parent Advisory Council meeting October 25, 2012. Why would an entire country have no school every Wednesday? This is one of the interesting ideas I had forgotten about French culture. They take every Wednesday off from school. Let me say it another way: they only go to school four days a week, but they are long days, the same hours as grown ups from 8 – 4 p.m. Now that’s exactly what I did, using Abbotsford’s Hand in Hand Daycare. I left our children at school till I got home from work. It’s also the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that Abbotsford parents are going to be asked to do more of, when the school calendar question next rears it’s head.

As we can see from the flipped classroom proposals, where you do your homework in class and you do your learning at home, homework can be very important. It can be the primary lesson itself. But if parents are unemployed or otherwise struggling, or do not have access to a computer or even to food, they will be less able to help their children with this important homework. So to educate every citizen equally, President Holland wants to do this important learning, or homework, in class with the rest of the learning – or to ban homework.

Parent – Teacher News

Parents question school calendar and parent advocates

parents had some other good questions. First they wanted to understand the purpose of the British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), which is an umbrella parent group which claims to have at least some parent members in every school district in our province. I like the BCCPAC because they talk about parent advocacy which no one else talks about. Abbotsford teachers use BCCPAC when they need an agent to support parents. It doesn’t make any sense to cut all ties to this parent support group. Abbotsford needs the BCCPAC.

Then parents wanted to know if they should pay the $75 annual registration fee to join BCCPAC? They were told we were in lean times and should save the money. BCCPAC`s leadership training and parent advocacy help both Abbotsford parents and teachers. Abbotsford needs the BCCPAC.

Another item that came up at the Abbotsford DPAC meeting was the school calendar. First, the DPAC meetings have been cancelled in March and June, on the argument that March is Spring Break and so parents would be busy and no one comes to meetings in June. September is back-to-school month – the busiest of all – but no one suggested cancelling that month. Maybe we shouldn’t give out ideas. After all, we have already lost this September.

It wasn’t a straight forward discussion and vote either. A draft Constitution was put forward by a guest, calling for reduced public meetings, without anyone seeing the true Constitution and then a vote was held to ratify the draft Constitution. Abbotsford Spring Break has been unchanged for 9 years, so I’m wondering if we can say we have breached our own Constitution for a decade. If we breached, we did so knowingly, because our past president always said we have no meetings in December, March, or June. I guess I should have asked to see our Constitution or reminded our “guest” that only members can make motions and vote. Maybe these are public documents that should be posted on the web, just like any other government statute or set of rules. Is there any reason to keep them locked away from the parents who supposedly created them? Do any other BC school parent-teacher groups post their Constitutions on the Internet? A Constitution should not be used like a club to beat on students and their families.

Fraser-Cascade School District #78 District Parent Advisory Council Constitution

Prince Rupert SD No. 52 District Parent Advisory Council Constitution

Langley SD No. 35 District Parent Advisory Council Constitution

Southeast KootenayD No. 5 District Parent Advisory Council Purpose, Aims, and Objectives


New Westminster School District #40 District Parent Advisory Council Constitution

Surrey SD #36 District Parent Advisory Council Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution of the North Vancouver SD No. 44 Parent Advisory Council

Apprendre au 21e Siecle / 21st Century Learning

Awesome “Must Watch” New Brunswick Education Video!

Technology: Total Cost of Ownership

Here is the Universal Resource Locator (URL) for the above awesome New Brunswick education video you can find on the West Vancouver District PAC website. A URL is a specially-formatted string of text used by Web browsers and other network software to define a location on the world wide web. While we are talking about computers, I should mention that at our October 25 DPAC meeting, Secretary-Treasurer of Abbotsford school district, Ray Velestuk, gave parents an amazing update from our technology committee. Abbotsford had been planning to switch from all Apple to all IBM computers. I was surprised to hear that this became a strong controversy and some teachers felt a loyalty or connection to a particular brand of computer. Two factors have dissolved this controversy. First, as we move to a Web-based world, we spend more time in our browsers than in our operating systems, making a particular brand of computer less important. A browser looks and acts the same way on any computer. Second, as we move toward a policy of bring your own device (BYOD) to school, we may see some new problems. For example, students may need to sign a contract to only connect to the internet through the school portal. Then there’s the equity problem, which President Holland of France is talking about in his homework discussion, for those who do not have access to any device.

As Abbotsford School district phases in it’s new computers, we have started to look at the “TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP” involved in different technologies. Eighty-five per cent of our $53 Million budget goes to wages – paying people for their time. If technology fails and teachers spend hours learning to operate or troubleshooting devices, this is, and probably will continue to be, a hidden cost to our schools.

I Don’t Want To Choose

How Middle School Kids Can Avoid Choosing One Parent Over The Other

In Abbotsford, Middle School means Grades 6, 7, and 8. But around the world Middle School can mean any configuration of Grades five to ten. Under our old ways of thinking, Middle School-aged children could be asked which parent they liked better in a divorce. It sounds dumb now, but then Shakespeare thought the earth was flat. If you and your family were abused by this world-wide system of divorce, I hope you can find some relief and peace.

Dr. Baker, along with Dr. Andre and Kindred Spirits, is pleased to offer three new resources to help children and families cope with loyalty conflicts:

*A hard bound children’s book (click for more information and to purchase) which can be read by children alone or with a parent or other caring adult.

*An e-workbook (click for more information and to purchase) filled with exercises and activities to help kids apply the lessons in I Don’t Want to Choose to their own lives. (click here for more information and to purchase)

*An e-manual (click for more information) for facilitators working in the school system to use with small groups of middle school kids.

La fête des bulles d’amour – 25 avril, 2013
Ensemble, nous sommes capables de beaucoup.
Il n’y a que 179 jours avant la journée de sensibilisation!

Bubbles Of Love Day – April 25, 2013
Together We Can Make A Difference
Only 179 days till Awareness Day!

Favourite Links

Dr. Richard Gardner.com via Dr. Richard A. Warshak.com

COCHEM, GERMANY: The Cochem shared parenting model

L’Action des Nouvelles Conjointes eNouveaux Conjoints du Québec



Canadian Children’s Rights Council – Conseil Canadien des droits des enfants

Canadian Equal Parenting Council – Conseil de L’Égalité Parentale du Canada





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