VanierNews Oct. 15 – 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
    • HAPPY DIWALI
    • SAFE AND ACTIVE SCHOOLS SURVEY
    • OCT. 20 – NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY  – no school for students 
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK
  • LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
  • UPCOMING DATES
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

We look forward to celebrating Diwali this week at GV!  Parent volunteers are providing all students with a pizza lunch on Wednesday, and Thursday is our Diwali assembly and staff luncheon.  Staff, students and families are welcome to dress up for this special occasion.

We encourage all of our families to complete the survey below and let us know what you think about traveling to Georges Vanier Elementary.   Click here.

October 20 – Non-instructional Day – no school for students

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VanierNews Oct. 8 – 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
  • SLEEP AND SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN 
  • CLASS PHOTOS 
  • WELCOME SFU STUDENT TEACHERS 
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK
  • LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
  • UPCOMING DATES
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

Thanks to the many students and families who were able to come out to Meet The Teacher last Thursday evening.  We also greatly appreciate our PAC members who connected with families, offered chai tea and sold wonderful treats!  All parents / guardians are very welcome to contribute to PAC and become involved in small and more significant ways.  Your participation, suggestions and new ideas are always welcome!

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VanierNews Oct. 1 – 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
    • Meet The Teacher 
    • Extended Vacations
    • PAC MEETING
  • ORANGE SHIRT DAY
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK
  • LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
  • UPCOMING DATES
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at GV to “meet the teacher“.  This will be an informal opportunity to tour your child’s classroom, meet the teacher and way hello to other GV staff.  If you have specific questions about your child’s progress, please make plans to talk further in a private meeting with the teacher.

Please be sure to advise the School Office if your child will be absent due to vacation.  Note that if your child will be absent for more than 10 school days, a form must be filled out at the office.  The school can not guarantee a placement for your child upon returning, if they are absent for more than 25 consecutive school days.​

This year, our school is near capacity and we have many classes and grade levels which are full.  Families should check with Mr. Dekerf prior to booking extended vacations which are more that 25 days.

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 3 @ 8:45 a.m. for our PAC Meeting.  The meeting will include a special presentation from our new Safe and Active Schools Program

School Travel Planning

Beaver Creek Elementary - Bike to School Week

A big part of the Safe and Active Schools Program is School Travel Planning (STP).

In STP, we work directly with specific schools to increase the number of students walking and cycling to school. Together, we run educational campaigns and contests to promote active travel. Our School Travel Planning Handbook and Resource Guide outlines the STP process and timeline. It’s a great resource for STP schools or those interested in the program

Each year, we work with several schools. We have worked with 23 schools so far. In the 2015/2016 school year we’re partnering with three schools in South Surrey.

The project will expand to more schools in Surrey over the coming years. So far, we’ve increased the number of children walking to an individual school by up to 27%.

Surrey parents reflect on School Travel Planning:

  • “My children enjoy walking to school; even in the rain they put their rain boots on and take an umbrella.”
  • “It’s better to walk than drive because there are not enough places to park the cars near the school.”
  • “Thank you for everything. There have been great changes to our school to increase student safety and community.”

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VanierNews Sept. 24 – 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
    • PAC Executive 2017 – 2018
    • Terry Fox Volunteers – Thank You!
    • ProD – No School For Students on Monday
    • Student Information and Permission Forms
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK
  • LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
  • UPCOMING DATES
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

Thanks to the many parents / guardians who came out to our PAC election meeting on Tuesday and who supported our Terry Fox Run on Friday afternoon!  We really appreciate our committed and positive GV community.

Our 2017-2018 PAC Executive

  • President: Mani Sidhu
  • Co-Vice Presidents: Krista Wolfram & Parm Uppal
  • Treasurer: Sanita Bath
  • Secretary: Christine Miller

Thank You Terry Fox Volunteers

Congratulations to our Real Canadian Superstore gift cards winners:  Mandeep Sidhu & Sarvjeet Kaur

Monday, Sept. 25 Professional Day – no school for students 

Toonies Please!

Please continue to bring Toonies For Terry and a Toonie to help pay for the Student Planner.

Student Information And Permission Forms

Forms were sent home to all families requesting updated student contact information and a variety of school permissions. Please updated, sign and returns forms to school as soon as possible.

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VanierNews Sept. 18 – 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
    • STUDENTS IN CLASSES
  • PLANNER FEES
  • TOONIES FOR TERRY
  • PARENT ADVISORY COUNSIL – PAC MEETING
  • REDUCING GARBAGE AND WASTE
  • DISTRICT PARENT INFO 
  • FOUNDATION SKILLS ASSESSMENT – GRADE 4 & 7
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK
  • STRONG START NEWS
  • LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
  • UPCOMING DATES
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

We’re pleased to let you know that students were assigned to classes at the end of last week.  Your child should now know their teacher’s name and division number.   With more than 50 new students and the addition of 2 more divisions, we had lots of new planning and preparation!  Thanks for your patience, understanding and support during this very complex and important class organization work.

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VanierNews Sept. 10 – 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • PRINCIPAL / VICE PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
  • PARENT ADVISORY COUNSIL – PAC MEETING
  • PLANNER FEES
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK
  • UPCOMING DATES
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

Welcome to a new school year at GV!  It has been wonderful to reconnect with familiar families and begin to welcome our many new GV community members.

As our student numbers became more clear last week, we have learned that enrolment is much higher than projected and therefore we’ll be adding two new divisions to our school.  We are hoping to complete class organization work, staff hiring, and new classroom set-up soon, so that students can hopefully be settled in classes by the end of the coming week.  We greatly appreciate your support and understanding during this important process.

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VanierNews – Parent Start Up Letter (from Superintendent of Surrey Schools)

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September 2017

Dear Elementary Parent / Guardian,

As you likely know, school districts in B.C. are beginning this school year under new rules regarding class
size and composition. We have been working diligently since the spring on how to have our schools in
Surrey open in the most seamless way possible. We know parents are eager to have their children
return to school, and we are eager to receive them. We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the
impact of the changes and what it means to parents.

Part of our work through the spring and summer included adding dozens of portable classrooms to
accommodate the new requirements, doing several renovations to schools to prepare space and hiring
more than 300 teachers to ensure the new rules were implemented in time for the start of the school
year.

Every day in the first week of school we count students, prepare for class organizations based on
enrolment changes that have emerged since June, and we work collaboratively with teachers to build
classes for the coming year. This process of having activities during the day, then counting in the
afternoon and reconsider class organizations with our teachers takes time and we work as quickly as we
can. All of us, including those of us with children in our schools, want to know which teachers will teach
which classes as soon as possible. I can assure you that teachers as well want to know exactly who they
will be teaching.

With the significant changes for this year, we will be following our same routines and will work as
quickly as possible to get your child settled. The purpose of this letter is to highlight the changes for
September and to let you know that we will be working as quickly as possible to get schools settled.
As always, if you need specific details about your school, your principal is the best contact as they have
the most recent information.

We look forward to a great year. More teachers brings more individual help and we look forward to
supporting your child’s learning this coming year.

Sincerely,

Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools/CEO