Vanier News – February 10, 2013

Parents, Students, and Staff,

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 year-round schooling improve student learning? YES: 56% NO: 44%
  • Should standardized tests such as the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) be used to measure student learning? YES: 50% NO: 50%
  • Does the use of technology in classrooms improve student learning? YES: 87.5% NO: 12.5%
  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 50% NO: 46% UNSURE: 4%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 57% NO: 43%
  • Does violence in video games promote violent behaviour in children? YES: 80% NO: 20%
  • Should security cameras be used at our school? YES: 83% NO: 17%

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We are in the middle of Flu and Cold season. Children are given reminders daily about reducing their likelihood of becoming ill. Among the precautions mentioned, students are reminded to…

  • Cough into their sleeve
  • Wash their hands often
  • Avoid touching their ears, nose and mouth

Parents, you can help by ensuring your child reminders home for at least 72 hours after exhibiting their last flu-like symptom, and informing our office if your child is away due to flu-like symptoms.

At the school, we monitor illness rates carefully and report illness rates of +10% (due to similar symptoms) to the District. When this occurs, extra cleaning is ordered for those classrooms affected.

Visit the Fraser Health website to learn more about influenza (flu).
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Image: A. Vendramin

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Students often have troubles on their mind they don’t feel confident sharing with others. But students at Georges Vanier are continually reminded that if they see or know of something that is wrong, it is their responsibility to help and to report their concern. Last week, the VANIER NEWS shared information about the PSST website that allows for anonymous reporting. We want to give students and parents another outlet. Visit back here often and if you see something and you want to say something, you can do it here. Always remember that there are many people at the school who care and who you can talk to in person. But, if you feel that is not an option, report here. Scroll to the comments section below. Your report will be confidential.

Your SOLE purpose here should be to help others, not to get others in trouble.

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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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It’s true – we are ALL learners, including teachers. Children and education continue to change and teachers and school need to change as well. Teachers are encouraged to continue taking coursework and learning from their peers. When teachers do this, students benefit. This year, staff at Georges Vanier have the opportunity to visit other schools and learn from others. Enjoy this entry from Mrs. Pulvers…

DSC_2683The best thing that I have done for my teaching practice over the past 18 months was to join Twitter. On Twitter, I am able to connect with so many inspirational teachers from ALL over the world. Twitter is like sitting in the staffroom and sharing the BEST ideas and meaningful conversations on a daily basis. While the district has set specific professional development days, I feel that I am learning EVERY day with my PLN (Personal Learning Network) on Twitter. We share ideas about projects, have meaningful conversations about best practice and even “vent” in private about the challenges we face in our classrooms.

I have been very fortunate to meet many of the members in my PLN in person and I jumped at the chance to spend the day in one of their classes last week. Michelle Hiebert (@MauiMickey) and I have been chatting about our classes on Twitter, over text and even in person. We have been trying to find a day where one of us is in session and the other isn’t so that we can visit…..well the stars lined up for me on Friday! Surrey had a Pro-D, but Abbotsford didn’t, so I drove the 35 minutes east on Highway 1 to spend the day at Prince Charles Elementary. Continue reading…

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Author: Jeana Lee Tahnk

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released findings from a comprehensive study on the impact social media has on kids and families. Although there are real benefits to kids using sites like Facebook, including increased communication, access to information and help in developing a sense of self, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing too. Read the rest of this article…

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This week in the Learning Commons students from Kindergarten to Grade 4/5 learned about collecting postage stamps. Check out this Slideshare to see some of their great work. A lunch time stamp club will begin on Friday 15th for interested students in grades 5, 6 and 7.

The Strong Start program has begun a new program in the Learning Commons. Pre-schoolers and their families are learning how to use the iPads. The children are exploring apps to help develop early literacy skills and fine motor skills.

What Do You Love? To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, our school community has been writing on the Learning Commons wall! Parents and school visitors are invited to share their ideas and what they love on our display. Markers available in the Learning Commons.

Click here to check out all the Learning Commons news!

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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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February 14 – PAC Popcorn Day
February 18 – Host Girls Basketball Playday – 12-4 pm
February 19 – Fine Arts Assembly – Axis Theatre Co. – 8:45 am
February 20 – Host Boys Basketball Playday – 12-4 pm
February 22 – School Science Fair
February 26 – PAC Hot Lunch
February 27 – Anti-Bully Day – Assembly at 1:30 pm
March 7 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 am
March 12 – Vanier Choir to Choral Festival – Bell Centre – 12-2 pm
March 15 – Spring Dances
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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