Vanier News – January 26, 2013


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.



Previous poll questions and results:

  • Does the use of technology in classrooms improve student learning? YES: 63% NO: 17%
  • 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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ALL ABOUT DIABETES. Contributed by students Anjpreet and Gurleen
Anjpreet and Gurleen are students who live with Diabetes. This past week, the school nurse visited their class to share important information about living with and managing Diabetes. Anjpreet and Gurleen wanted to let you know a little more about Diabetes:

1. Diabetes is very common.
2. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2
3. Older people get type 2 and kids get type 1.
4. [You] want your blood sugar to stay balanced.

Diabetes can go around in your family members. You test your blood sugar every day to know how much your sugar is. There are different kinds of diabeties like type 1 and type 2. Older people have type 2 and little kids have type 1. You put on a needle every day.

When you are a diabetic you can’t each that much junk food. You don’t want to have your diabetes high or low. If it is low you need to eat something or if it is high you need to exercise. Diabetes is really important. If you see a yellow container do not touch it because you can get sick or you [can] get poked. Diabetes can be different in people.

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P.S.S.T. Contributed by students Trisha and Akilea
On January 22, a representative from the Surrey School District informed our students about what to do when someone or you get bullied. If you see something that doesn’t look right, Report It. She also talked about what students encountered, saw, and their reactions to situations such as bullying, drugs, smoking, etc. Make a difference! If you see something, say something. Visit for more info.

Students, if you have something to report, do it here…

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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

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This wonderful organization is visiting Georges Vanier again this week on Monday, January 28. Families needing clothing, footwear, outwear, and much more are invited to join us in the Gym from noon to 4 p.m. If you pre-registered – great. If you didn’t, just pop in and we can help.

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As a staff, we are continually striving to integrate technology in meaningful ways. One way is to use iPads and a free app called SHOW ME that allows students to demonstrate their learning in an interesting way and for an authentic audience. Students Joel and Aaron in Mrs. Copeland’s grade 4 class regularly create tutorials using the SHOW ME app and then post these to the class blog. Student and parents can then view these tutorials from home. Have a look at some of Joel and Aaron’s work!

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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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“The most important thing parents can give their children is love. The second most important thing is discipline.” -T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

Many parents today could use some serious coaching on how to create healthier boundaries with their kids. Just spend some time at a park where lots of families hang out and you’ll know what I mean.

You will notice moms and dads asking kids to do something (or stop doing something) ten times with no obvious results. You will observe others screaming in frustration as the child does the opposite of what was requested. It is easy to be judgmental, but how many of us grew up in families with healthy boundaries? Where was the instruction manual that should have come with the baby blankets?

Since we know that a lack of clear boundaries often results in behavior problems, it is crucial to begin creating healthy boundaries when they are still little. Children naturally experiment and push boundaries as they test their wings, develop their own sense of self, and learn about how the world works. It’s what they are supposed to do. So don’t judge kids for pushing back or take it personally.There is really no reason to be angry at them when they do so–they are just doing what kids do.

Here’s some practical tips on setting boundaries…
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What Would You Save in a Hurricane?

Students in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 have been reading about Hurricane Katrina and discussing the devastation caused by the hurricane. Students were asked to come up with five items they would choose to rescue from their homes. We decided that all of the people and pets would be rescued so the students needed to think of five other things they valued. We discussed sentimental value vs. monetary value. Students then had to settle on saving one personal item only. They drew their item using the Doodle Buddy App and uploaded their pictures to their blogs. Check them out at:
Pocket Zoo

Students in Kindergarten have been exploring animals with the Pocket Zoo App. Students were very excited to hear the howls of the wolves, the trumpets of the elephants and the growls of the bears. The App allows students a virtual visit to a zoo where they can navigate the zoo map, watch videos and even check out the live web cams. And, we have decorated our Learning Commons with colourful snakes as part of our Rainforest theme. It’s ssssssensational.

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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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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 5 – PAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m.
February 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
February 11 – Family Day Holiday – Classes not in session
February 22 – School Science Fair
February 27 – Anti-Bully Day
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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