Vanier News – November 17, 2012

In this issue:

  • Remembrance Day
  • Professional Development
  • Diwali
  • Athletics
  • Student Safety
  • Movie Night
  • What’s Coming Up
  • Images around Vanier

REMEMBRANCE DAY

It’s been a busy and exciting time at our school. We ended last week with our Remembrance Day assembly at which our students respectfully acknowledged freedom and those who fought and died to protect it. Our children sang beautifully. Special thanks to Mrs. Scheller for organizing the assembly.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
November 9 was a day off for students but our staff was busy doing their own learning. Professional Development Days are not days off for teachers. Teachers are learners themselves and like all learners, they must continue to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of students, education, and the world. Some staff attended workshops at other sites, while staff who were at Georges Vanier on Friday learned about iPads, our new District communication system, surreyschools.ca, and math games.

DIWALI
This past Tuesday was DIWALI and our community celebrated. Our festive assembly was followed by a luncheon put together by you, our wonderful parents. We ate, laughed, and danced. Thank you parents for a great day!

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Diwali Assembly – November 13, 2012

ATHLETICS
Our volleyball players were busy this week as well. Both our boys and girls teams played and it is rewarding to see how their skills develop over such a short time. We know that staying active is an important part of a child’s development, but we also see our players enjoy the chance to be with friends and a part of a team. I am very proud to be coaching our girls team with student teacher, Sally Song, this year. This past week, our girls won 8 put of 10 matches. Well done. Mr. McDonald is coaching the boys team with another student teacher, Sarah Michel, and the boys continue to bond as a team and develop their skills. Final playdays for both teams take place on November 28 and 29, for the boys and girls respectively. Good luck Thunder!

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Girls volleyball team in action – November 8, 2012

STUDENT SAFETY

Finally parents, we need your help. Given that Halloween and Diwali are times when there are many fireworks around, this is always a great time to remind our community that ANY weapons (real or fake) or fireworks are not permitted at school or on the way to and from school. Fireworks are illegal and can be potentially dangerous. Unfortunately, some of our students made poor and dangerous choices and brought fireworks and lighters to school, and a firework was ignited on school grounds at lunch. This resulted in serious conversations with students and parents and several suspensions. These students need to know that we treat safety seriously. Parents, you can help by having continual conversations with your child about decision making, as well as knowing where your child is, what they are doing, and who their friends are. Together we can support our children to be the responsible citizens we know they can be.

MOVIE NIGHT
Thank you to all families who attended our movie night on November 16th. It was enjoyable to spend time together and enjoy the movie, “Brave”.

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Having a good time at Movie Night.
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Jake and Owen

WHAT’S COMING UP
November 19-Poinsettia orders come home
November 21-Spirit Day. Wear your PJs to school
November 22-Family Math Games Night from 6-7 p.m.
November 23-Intermediate Speechfest at 12:45 p.m.
November 27-last day for Poinsettia orders
November 28-Boys volleyball Playday at 12:45 p.m.
November 29-Girls volleyball Playday at 12:45 p.m.
November 30-PAC Popcorn day…Assembly at 1:45 p.m.
December 3-Dessertco order pick up at 2:30 p.m.
December 4-PAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
December 5-Poinsettia order pick up at 2:30 p.m.
December 11-Term 1 reports home
December 13-Early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for parent-teacher conferences
December 14-PAC hot lunch
December 19-Winter concerts at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
December 21-last day of school before holidays
January 7, 2013…Welcome back!

IMAGES AROUND VANIER

20121117-143520.jpgCollaborative planning online
20121117-143602.jpgView from the top of our new play structure
20121117-143613.jpgLots to do on our new play structure
20121117-143634.jpgHappy Diwali!
20121117-143653.jpgResearching in the Learning Commons
20121117-143712.jpgTiller’s Folley fine arts performance – November 7, 2012
20121117-143729.jpgPAC Executive: Christy Murtagh, Parm Uppal, Leslie Graham
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Fall Colours

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