Organize!

So, budget cuts are coming to your school district. Our school boards have been clear: these cuts will have impacts on your child, their classmates, classroom services and programs and your local school. We get it, you are angry. You want you child to have the education they deserve — we can afford it in this rich province we live in. But if you want that to happen you will have not just be angry but act — and not alone.

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BC Budget 2015: So, whose kids go under the bus first?

As school boards make cuts to implement this budget, parents’ anger will return.

Many parents might drift through the budget announcement hearing little the high-level ‘analysis’ of a ‘balanced budget’ from the media. Day-to-day, they’re just trying to make a living and do their best for their families. Most have other more immediate concerns.

This will change. Continue reading BC Budget 2015: So, whose kids go under the bus first?

Parents, share your concerns. Share your stories.

Sharing your stories is what this is about. Tell your MLA. Tell the media. And tell each other.

1. Use the #MLAPlaydate hashtag when sharing, it’ll be easier for others to share. If you also add the MLA’s name it will help people to see the scope of playdates.

2. Tell the MLA, or their staff, your concerns and questions as a parent about schools being closed and your worries about your child receiving a quality public education. Then share them on social media.

3. Share the fun and creative activities your playdate is engaging in. Others can learn from what you are doing and have more fun because of it. Post some pictures — show us your chalk art, pirate hats, games or signs. But ask permission before posting pictures of other people’s kids — other parents might have different ideas about privacy than you do.

4. Talk to each other. Find your shared concerns.

5. Talk about what is going to happen tomorrow or next week if schools do not open. Do you want to hold another playdate or do something else? When? Will it be at the same or a different office? If you haven’t already, find a way to stay in contact and to grow your group. Pace yourselves, right now it seems unlikely this race is a sprint.

6. And have fun with your kids. They’re what your stories are about and why we’re doing this.

Organize your own MLA Playdate: Finding other parents to go.

OK you’re angry. You want something done so your kids can go back to school.

MLA Playdate seems like a good idea but there’s not one organized. And you also don’t want to be the only one who shows up for a playdate at the MLA’s office. Especially with your kids — they’d be bored senseless!

You need to find other parents first. So let’s do it. Here’s how and how we’ll help you. Continue reading Organize your own MLA Playdate: Finding other parents to go.

Playdate activities. What to bring.

You’ve spoken to the MLA, or more likely their staff, and expressed your concerns about schools being closed and about BC’s public education. Now what?

Occupying an office isn’t the challenge.
Occupying your kids is.

You’re a parent. And it’s a playdate. Bring things that will encourage the kids to interact and something for their downtime. Things that will give you time to talk to the other parents.
Continue reading Playdate activities. What to bring.