Byng Elementary School

B'YNG THE BEST YOU CAN BE

PAC Committees

Children's Programs

Bingo & Karaoke

Bingo is held in the Multipurpose Room the first three Mondays of each month. Grades 1-7 are welcome to play (Kindergarten children are welcome if parent's can help). There are fun prizes for all ages! If parents have small toys or books that are in good condition or anything that could be a fun prize for the kids, please label your donation "Bingo" and put it by the PAC Box.

Karaoke is held in the Multipurpose Room the last Monday of each month. Our Byng kids have fun singing solo or with their friends as everyone cheers them on. You can participate or just enjoy the music. Parents are welcome to watch but please sign in at the office first. Drop off your song requests in the PAC Box and check the PAC board for the next Karaoke dates.

If you are available over the lunch-hour even once per month and would like to volunteer to help at Bingo or Karaoke, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Lunch-hour in the Library

Students can come to the library over the lunch-hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take part in a variety of quiet play activities including reading, games and puzzles to name a few. Volunteers are needed to help supervise in the library, if you can spare even one hour a month it is very much appreciated. If you would like more information or to volunteer, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Noon-Hour Crafts

Our talented Byng kids get to create a special craft over the lunch hour to take home. New volunteers are always welcome, crafting expertise not required! Primary Crafts is held in the Multipurpose Room from 12:25-12:55 p.m. two Wednesday's per month. Once again this year, children in Grades 4 and 5 will have the opportunity of being a Primary Crafts helper. Once scheduled, a list of crafts/dates will be posted on the calendar.

Class Parent Reps

Class Parent Representatives are liaisons with the teachers, the PAC, and other class parents. Duties include keeping parents informed about PAC news and events, and helping find parent volunteers in the classrooms when requested by teacher(s).

Communications

Communications produces the PAC newsletter, event flyers and posters as well as maintains the PAC website. Our website and newsletters are great resources for parents to find out the latest news, upcoming events, important dates to remember as well as contact information and what's happening on the various PAC committees. Newsletters are produced online and published to our website as well as distributed via email by our class reps, there will be a limited number of printed copies available by the PAC Box. If you are interested in helping produce event materials or if you have any news or information that you would like added to the website or newsletter, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Early Warning

If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please leave a message on the Safe Arrival line (604-668-6587) with your child's name, division and the reason for their absence. Remember, the school will contact you if you do not notify us of your child's absence. If you would like more information or to volunteer to be one of our early warning parents, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator helps coordinate and maintain classroom emergency kits and supplies and works with Parent Ed to host Emergency Preparedness workshops.

Food Services

Fruits & Veggies

PAC runs a free bi-weekly Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program. The BC Ministries of Health, and Agriculture jointly fund this wonderful program, it is part of a province wide initiative to encourage healthy eating as part of active living amongst children. Every second week fresh fruit and/or veggies arrive at Byng and are distributed to the classrooms by Parent Volunteers. Thanks to the BC Dairy Farmers and funding from the provincial government, our students in grades 1-5 can also enjoy milk or soy-milk, delivered in partnership with the Fruits & Veggies Program. The fruits, veggies and milk are not meant to be a substitution for any students' snacks or lunches, but as an addition to their nutrition on the day it is served. For more information or to volunteer, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Monthly Lunch Days

Students have the opportunity to order a monthly lunch using our Munch-a-Lunch online ordering system. Please remember to update your child's grade/division at the beginning of the school year. The system will guide you through the ordering process. Please note:

  • Orders must be placed 9 days prior to scheduled hot lunch days, as per vendor requirements.
  • Please do not order if your child has food allergies.
  • If your child is ill on a lunch day, you are welcome to come and pick up their lunch but food will not be kept until the following school day.
  • Consistent with previous years, once complete, orders cannot be changed and there are no refunds.

Our thanks to the Lord Byng parent community for supporting this service and to the volunteers who help to make this program a success!

Pizza Toonie Tuesdays

Every Tuesday at lunch, pizza will be sold by the slice in the classroom. Only $2 per slice.

Choose between: • Cheese • Pepperoni • Hawaiian

Send a toonie (or two) with your child on Tuesday, and get the day off from packing lunch! This popular fundraiser runs rain or shine. If there is a holiday or a Pro-D Day on the Monday, pizza is still sold the following day (Tuesday). Thank you for your continued support. If you can spare 30 minutes at noon on Tuesdays to volunteer, or to get more information on this program, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Fundraising

Why Do We Fundraise?

PAC uses money raised to support a number of initiatives at Lord Byng including (but not limited to):

  • cultural programs and presentations
  • environmental greening projects
  • increased technology and supplies in the classrooms
  • library materials, resources and development
  • subsidies for field trips and activities

Money raised through fundraising initiatives is used to directly benefit the students of Lord Byng Elementary. The fundraising team is always looking for volunteers to help out on events. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Grants Applications

The Grants committee is responsible for seeking out and applying for grants that may benefit the school by providing additional funding for school programs and initiatives such as classroom enhancements, added technology, community projects, environmental projects, arts and culture, and athletics to name a few. If you would like to assist with grants applications please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Green Team/Garden Club

Our Green Team is an environmentally aware group encouraging better practices of reducing and recycling as well as keeping our school grounds litter free. Our parent sponsor also assists with our garden program. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Parent Education

The goal of the Parent Education Committee is to assess the interests and needs of the parent body, and access the appropriate experts on those topics, as it relates to enhancing life with our children. We usually enjoy at least two presentations per school year. Our vastly talented parents have proven to be wonderfully resourceful experts in various fields, and are always welcomed to volunteer as presenters. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box. Child minding is always provided for Byng parents during Parent Ed. evenings.

RDPA Representatives

The Richmond District Parent Advisory (RDPA) Representative(s) attend monthly District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) meetings for the Richmond School District. The Representative(s) report back to the Lord Byng PAC any items of interest relating to Richmond schools, the School Board and PACs.

Social Committee

The Social Committee is responsible for organizing various events sponsored by the PAC. We plan to host more fun events for the whole family to enjoy. We hope you join us! If you have any suggestions or would like to bring your gift of creative entertaining to work on one or more of our social events, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Spirit Club

Byng's Spirit Club teaches students the importance of giving back to the community through a variety of special projects. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box.

Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator recruits and organizes volunteers to help out with various events and activities happening around the school. There is always somewhere you can help. If you would like to be notified of volunteering opportunities or if you would like to learn more about our committees, programs or events, please email us or leave a note in the PAC Box. If you are unable to volunteer your time during the day, you are always welcome to join our discussions and provide your input at our PAC meetings.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways you can participate with a number of different committees, with varying time commitments. Here are just a few areas where you could help:

  • Assist in the classrooms or become a classroom parent representative
  • Drive for field trips
  • Help with event coordination or marketing
  • Help with special events (sports day, clubs and extracurricular activities)
  • Volunteer management/coordination
  • Join or lead a PAC Committee