General Wolfe PAC Survey

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Hello Parents/Caregivers.

We are hoping to receive your very valuable feedback regarding a few specific initiatives here at General Wolfe.  In addition to understanding some basic thoughts about the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and meeting attendance, we are specifically interested in:

(1) Knowing where you may be able and willing to contributing to the Wolfe PAC and General Wolfe School.  General Wolfe has a long tradition of great parent/caregiver involvement and volunteering.  We would like to make sure this tradition continues!

(2) Helping shape the way in which PAC funding is allocated across the school.  In the past, General Wolfe has been a very music-focused school and the PAC has invested heavily in instruments.  At this point, most of our investment is complete and we are able to look towards identifying other areas of possible funding.  We would like to get your input on this!

(3) As you all know, General Wolfe will be moving the South Hill swing site in September 2019 as the Seismic mitigation project takes place at the school.  We have some questions that will help the school plan for the 18-24 months that we will be located at the swing site.

(4) We are also interested in getting some feedback on investment ideas for when we return to the 'seismically mitigated' General Wolfe.

The results of these surveys will be used for the next 1-2 years (and likely beyond) to shape the direction of the school.  We would like to thank you, in advance, for your time and energy answering our survey.

Note: enter to win a $50 gift card to Rocky Mountain Flatbread by completing this survey.  One lucky winner will be drawn at the close of the survey period.  To enter, please be sure to enter your name and contact info in the space provided.

The first part of this survey is understanding where you may be willing to use your expertise, enthusiasm and/or generosity to add value to General Wolfe!

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1. There are many ways in which you can help General Wolfe and the Wolfe PAC.  Many require very little time commitment, but offer great rewards in knowing that you truly have made a difference in the lives of the students and the teachers at General Wolfe. 

For each of these committees/events, we need a LEADER/CO-LEADERS, COMMITTEE members (it is never just one person organizing an entire event),and HELPERS (for example, ticket takers at the Halloween Dance).

Below, you will find a list of some of the events/activities that the Wolfe PAC supports in some way.  Understanding that everyone is not able to help in every capacity for every event/committee, please indicate your level of interest in being a part of these options (you may check multiple options).

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Silent Auction
Walk-a-thon
Halloween Dance
Seismic Ugrade
Nesters Liason (Nesters donates a lot to Wolfe, usually in food for events)
Gardens/Raised Beds  (e.g., Planting, pruning, watering, etc.)
Recycling
Sports Day
STEM activities
Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)
Grant Applications
Fruit and Vegetable Program
Sports Coaching (Girls & Boys Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Chess etc.)
Charitable Causes
Grade 6/7 camp
QSP Magazine fundraiser
Frozen Foods (just before winter holidays)
Purdy's Chocolates (also just before winter holidays)
Baking
Hot Lunch
Casino Night
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Pizza Night
Welcome back event (start of school party)
Direct Drive campaign (asking for cash donations directly)
Other fundraising ideas
District PAC (representing our school interests at the district level)

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2. Some teachers at the school may find parent help useful in packing and clearing their current classrooms ahead of the move to the South Hill Swing site.  Are you interested in volunteering to help with this?

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3. If you are willing to help and to share your contact deails with the Wolfe PAC (for purposes of only being contacted for your interests noted above), please feel free to share your information. 

We will now move on to understanding your level of involvement with the General Wolfe PAC, as well as your opinions about the various ways in which the PAC can support the school.

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4. Do you go to the monthly Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings held in the school library?

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5. What are the reasons you go (or would consider going) to PAC meetings?  Choose all that apply.

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6. If we had some informative/educational presentations at our PAC meetings, would you be more likely to participate?

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7. PAC values parental involvement and voice.  If you have attended 2 or less PAC meetings this academic year, please let us know your reasons by checking all that apply.

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8. Historically, the Wolfe PAC has supported a variety of fundraising efforts.  The following is a list of examples of curernt and former fundraising efforts, events, or programs.  Please check those examples that you think the school and PAC should continue to support.

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9. The Vancouver School Board (VSB) receives funding from the Ministry of Education that covers salaries, basic supplies for students and building operations and maintenance.  Fundraising efforts by the Wolfe PAC has enabled our children to participate in additional enriched opportunities such as dance, skating, performances (within and outside of Wolfe) and gymnastics, as well as purchasing items such as Smartboards, sensory tools, sports equipment, musical instruments, etc. How satisfied are you with this current structure?

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10. There are different kinds of enriched programming that our PAC can support through our fundraising efforts.  Which do you prefer?

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11. If you expressed a preference for the first two options in Question 7 above, how would you like to finance these efforts (this does not apply to individual grade fundraising such as for grade 6/7 camp).

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12. If fundraising is agreed by the majority of parents and families, how would you like to see these monies utilized?  Please check your top 3 choices to receive monies.

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13. One aspect of the Wolfe curriculum involves teaching students to be socially responsible and to demonstrate acts of empathy, kindness, tolerance and other related values.  In order to "practice what we preach," would you be interested in supporting any of the following ideas? Please check up to 2 options you would support.

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14. Please prioritize which area of skills would benefit your child (and their peers) for a healthy, safe and encouraging school learning environment.

  Lowest Priority Somewhat low priority Moderate priority Somewhat high priority Highest Priority
Anger management and regulation of emotion (e.g., tolerating frustration, accepting help when under duress, etc.)
Character building (traits such as courage, initiative, respect, honesty, fairness, optimism)
Decision making skills
Friendship skills (e.g., building healthy relationships, dealing with conflicts, etc.)
Leadership skills
Stress/anxiety management (e.g., how to work under pressure and reduce unwanted anxiety)
Team skills (applied towards playing games, doing projects, etc.)

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15. Please prioritize what kind of parent-led programs you think are most effective in meeting these goals.

  Lowest priority Somewhat low priority Moderate priority Somewhat high priority Highest priority
Children performing plays that teach the entire school concepts (with adult led content/direction)
Experts or professionals presenting/performing plays that teach the entire school
Extra classroom sessions teaching these skills (by either a trained volunteer or through a paid program)
Lunchtime programs children can attend to learn these skills through drama/art/games (volunteer)
No extra programs are needed in this area (outside the regular classroom)
Peer leadership programs (trained older children supporting younger children on the playground)

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16. How important do you believe providing these kinds of additional programs in social and emotional skills are for the well-being of the students and the school?

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17. The key issue(s) I see amongst the children (and any ideas I have to make this better) are...

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18. What is an example of one of the fantastic things you've seen in the Wolfe social environment?

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19. What is an example of one of the things that you think need to be improved in the Wolfe social environment?

In the next section, we will be asking about the new move to the South Hill swing site.  

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20. Durng the Seismic Mitigation process, VSB will be providing bus service to/from General Wolfe to South Hill swing site.  Busses will leave Wolfe between 8:20 - 8:30 in the morning, arriving at South Hill around 8:40am.  In the afternoon, busses will leave South Hill just after 3:00pm and return to Wolfe by about 3:15pm. 

As of now, VSB requires that you MUST opt-in to the bus service in both directions, Monday-Friday.  How likely are you to utilize the bus service to/from South Hill swing site with this requirement.

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21. At General Wolfe, we also have a great tradition of participation in sports teams  (e.g., Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, etc.)  Because of the required commitment to bussing to/from the South Hill, we have to determine whether Wolfe should participate in these activities during our time at South Hill.  

Rather than having practices before/after school, Wolfe would have to hold practices at lunch time, and also commit to playing all games as 'away' games (some non-bus riding kids would leave directly from South Hill, but some others would have to take the bus back to Wolfe and parent drivers would take them to games from there).

An alternate idea would be to not participate in sports teams during the time at South Hill, and instead offer intramural, school-based sports activities during lunch.

We are interested in knowing your preferance about this topic.  Please note: participation in these activities are dependent on the availability of teacher sponsors and volunteer coaches (teacher and/or parents).

Please select the statement that best describes your feelings about sports participation at the South Hill swing site:

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22. We will now move on to the topic of HOT LUNCH. We would like to see if this is a program that should move with General Wolfe to the South Hill swing site.

Do your children currently receive meals through the new hot lunch program?

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23. Would you like to see the Hot Lunch Program continue at the South Hill swing site?

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24. If your child(ren) are participating, please indicate how satisfied you are with the current program.

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25. If your child(ren) are not participating in the current hot lunch program, please indicate why no (please check all that appy)

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26. Do you prefer to have a 5 days/week hot lunch option?

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27. If we had to reduce our hot lunch to 3 days/week, which days would you prefer?

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28. Please share any other suggestions/comments about the hot lunch program.

Our final question is about where you would like to see investments made at General Wolfe once the Seismic Mitigation Project is complete.

As we have learned, this is not a renovation or an upgrade project.  And, while some things will be updated and replaced as part of the seismic mitigation, most of the school will remain as it is.  The project office has identifed that most of the plumbing and electrical will be updated (including the heating system), as these services are mostly run on the exterior walls.  We will also hopefully be getting new bathrooms in the basement.  However, at this point items such as flooring, drapes and windows are not part of the update.

Therefore, the PAC is identifying areas where we might be able to invest in the school when it re-opens.

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29. Though we have limited input for this process, we can potentially invest PAC money into a few interior upgrades, as well as external upgrades.  Please indicate which of these you would support by ranking them in order of importance (1= most important)

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30. Please share with us the current grade(s) your child(ren) are in here at General Wolfe.  Please check all grades that apply

  Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7
Grade

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31. Please enter your name and contact details here to enter to win the draw for the $50 gift card to Rocky Mountain Flatbread!

Thank you for your participation!  We appreciate the time you took to provide us with your input!  Feel free to add any additional comments about issues not addressed in the survey below:

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32. Please share any other comments you have below:

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