Vanier News – January 20, 2013

Parents.

Enjoy this week’s edition of the VANIER NEWS. This publication is meant to offer the opportunity for TWO-WAY communication. You will see at the bottom of each edition a COMMENTS section. Please share your ideas and thoughts.

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK


Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 65% NO: 29% UNSURE: 6%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 68% NO: 32%
  • Does violence in video games promote violent behaviour in children? YES: 86% NO: 14%
  • Should security cameras be used at our school? YES: 89% NO: 11%

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DRIVING AND PARKING UPDATE
Speeding and Parking enforcement have been stepped by the City of Surrey recently. The ultimate goal of this enforcement is student safety. Parents, please obey speed limits and parking regulations, and ensure that your precious cargo – your children – are secure in the back of your vehicle with their seatbelts on.

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BASKETBALL in FULL SWING
2013 sees the start of a new basketball season and many student athletes interesting in participating and being active. Both our boys and girls teams are off to a strong start, earning victories in their first week of play. Each year, we marvel at the learning that takes place and how much progress is made in such a short time. Thank you to coaches Mr. McDonald and Mr. Vendramin for your dedication of time.

Boys Roster: Ethen B., Carlo, Hunter, Damon, Akash A., Akash U., Danny, Ali, Skylar, Jaskaran, Jeevan, Harman, Jasprit, Sky, Savraj, Cooper, and Harry.

Girls Roster: Rhea, Nyatoang, Jyoti, Trisha, Roshni, Dijana, Harjit, Gurneet, Ciara, Brianna, Simran, Simrat, Desiree, Amanpreet, Sahar, and Akilea.

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HOW CAN I REALLY KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
Students hear announcements every day at school. The purpose of these announcements is to share information regarding what’s happening that day as well as upcoming events. Morning announcements are also used to discuss important issues. So how can you “listen in”?

  • Sign up for a Twitter account and follow @georgesvanier36
  • Check this blog everyday and read the Twitter stream on the left
  • Text “follow @georgesvanier36” to 21212
  • Google #gvnews

Here is what you will hear: (audio feature may not operate on mobile devices)

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UZUME TAIKO DRUMMING
We were fortunate to have the Uzume Taiko Drumming group visit our school. Fine Arts performances take place throughout the year and provide students the opportunity to learn about culture, the world, and different artistic forms. Our students LOVED the drumming performance. Have a look and listen… (audio feature may not operate on mobile devices)
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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Children who turn 5 before January 1, 2014 are eligible to begin school in September, 2013. Registration begins at all Elementary schools in Surrey on Monday, January 21, 2013. Please click here to read more…
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PARENTING CORNER:PLEASE DON’T HELP MY KIDS
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Author: Kate Bassford Baker

Dear Other Parents At The Park:

Please do not lift my daughters to the top of the ladder, especially after you’ve just heard me tell them I wasn’t going to do it for them and encourage them to try it themselves.

I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up. I am sitting here because I didn’t bring them to the park so they could learn how to manipulate others into doing the hard work for them. I brought them here so they could learn to do it themselves.

They’re not here to be at the top of the ladder; they are here to learn to climb. If they can’t do it on their own, they will survive the disappointment. What’s more, they will have a goal and the incentive to work to achieve it.

In the meantime, they can use the stairs. I want them to tire of their own limitations and decide to push past them and put in the effort to make that happen without any help from me.

It is not my job — and it is certainly not yours — to prevent my children from feeling frustration, fear, or discomfort. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that those things are not the end of the world, and can be overcome or used to their advantage.

If they get stuck, it is not my job to save them immediately. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn to calm themselves, assess their situation, and try to problem solve their own way out of it.

It is not my job to keep them from falling. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that falling is possible but worth the risk, and that they can, in fact, get up again.

I don’t want my daughters to learn that they can’t overcome obstacles without help. I don’t want them to learn that they can reach great heights without effort. I don’t want them to learn that they are entitled to the reward without having to push through whatever it is that’s holding them back and *earn* it.

Because — and this might come as a surprise to you — none of those things are true. And if I let them think for one moment that they are, I have failed them as a mother.

I want my girls to know the exhilaration of overcoming fear and doubt and achieving a hard-won success.

I want them to believe in their own abilities and be confident and determined in their actions.

I want them to accept their limitations until they can figure out a way past them on their own significant power.

I want them to feel capable of making their own decisions, developing their own skills, taking their own risks, and coping with their own feelings.

I want them to climb that ladder without any help, however well-intentioned, from you.

Because they can. I know it. And if I give them a little space, they will soon know it, too.

So I’ll thank you to stand back and let me do my job, here, which consists mostly of resisting the very same impulses you are indulging, and biting my tongue when I want to yell, “BE CAREFUL,” and choosing, deliberately, painfully, repeatedly, to stand back instead of rush forward.

Because, as they grow up, the ladders will only get taller, and scarier, and much more difficult to climb. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather help them learn the skills they’ll need to navigate them now, while a misstep means a bumped head or scraped knee that can be healed with a kiss, while the most difficult of hills can be conquered by chanting, “I think I can, I think I can”, and while those 15 whole feet between us still feels, to them, like I’m much too far away.
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

It’s a Rainforest in the Learning Commons.

In the library, students are learning about life in a tropical rainforest. This week many classes learned about chameleons. Check out the chameleon plates in the hallways.

Division 7 has been learning about exploration in Canada and the development of the railways. They used the Grafio App to create Tall Ships and Steam Trains. Check out their Slide Share at http://www.slideshare.net/crosland_a/trains-and-ships

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Click here to see what’s happening in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons…

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FREE FAMILY COUNSELLING

In addition to services provided at Georges Vanier by counsellor Lisa Jouzy, students in Surrey School District and their parents or guardians have access to a range of free family counselling services through a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education.

SFU provides counsellors for the centre — qualified staff and graduate students conducting practicums — while the school district contributes the clinic facilities.
Counselling promotes the mental health of individuals and families and this often also addresses barriers to student learning.

Counselling services are available for a range of personal issues, including parenting, bereavement, depression, anxiety, bullying and sexual orientation.

The SFU Surrey Counselling Centre, which opened in 2009, is located at L.A. Matheson Secondary, 9484 122nd St. Call 604-587-7320 to make an appointment.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January 21 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
January 22 – Community Schools Partnership On-Site Registration – 2:30 p.m.
January 25 – JumpStart Academy – after school field trip to Newton Wave Pool
January 28 – Clothes on Wheels at Vanier – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
January 29 – PAC Hot Lunch
January 31 – Assembly – 1:30 p.m. – Come join us Parents!
February 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
February 11 – Family Day Holiday – Classes not in session
March 18-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
March 29 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
April 1 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
April 2 – Term 2 Reports Home
April 4 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
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