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

VanierNews – School Routines and Student Insurance

Getting back into school routines

As summer comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about getting the family back into a school routine.More flexible summer schedules often include staying up late, sleeping in and eating at various times, which can make the back-to-class transition challenging.

For tips on ensuring the return to school is smoother for students and parents, check HERE. (Punjabi version).

 

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Optional Student Accident Insurance

Did you know that the Surrey School District does not insure expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities?  You are responsible for these expenses as a parent or guardian.

Your DPAC and the School District provides the opportunity to voluntarily purchase private accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Ltd.

Plan features:

  • Provides coverage 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in or out of school.
  • Covers expenses that are limited or not insured under MSP, private or group insurance plans; for example, private tutors, lump sum payment for fractures and dislocations, counselling and much more.
  • Covers injury related Dental (including future expenses).
  • Covers injury related Eyeglasses (repair or replace).
  • Low annual premiums from $14.50 per student for the Basic Plan

(discounts available for families with 3 or more children). For more information, or to apply on-line, visit:  www.kidsplus.ca

VanierNews – Back to school Sept. 5!

  • Back to school Sept. 5!

    Back to school 2017 Surrey.jpgStudents in the Surrey School District head back to class Tuesday, Sept. 5 after a two-month summer break.

    All elementary classes (Grades 1-7) begin at 10 a.m., (and at GV we will end at 11:00 a.m.  Parents are welcome to attend a school orientation session in the gym.)

    Kindergarten students are on a gradual entry schedule for the first week, so start dates and times should be verified at each school. All kindergarten children will be in regular, full-day attendance by Sept. 13.

    Secondary schools have a shortened opening day, but start and end times differ from school to school. Opening times and dates also vary at the district’s learning centres.

    For detailed information about opening day for the 2017-18 school year, as well as information about registration for students who are new to the school district, check HERE.

VanierNews – New to Surrey Schools?

  • New to Surrey Schools and need registration information?

    The Surrey School District continues to grow, with an estimated 800-1,000 new students expected to enter Surrey and White Rock schools in the 2017-18 school year.

    Elementary school registration begins Aug. 28 and continues until Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Check here for a list of all schools, or use School Locator to determine which school your child should attend.

    StudentRegistrationSurrey.pngMore information on registration and what documents are required can be found here, or see our parent brochure, available in Englishand Punjabi.

    The Welcome Centre (604-543-3060) can provide assistance, translation services and information for English language learners and their families.

    Students may register any time for blended and online learning options by checking sailacademy.ca.