Vanier News – March 3, 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.


DON’T FORGET our upcoming FAMILY PHOTO DAYS coming up on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th. There are still appointments available and the sitting fee is only $10 and includes a 5″x7″ photo. All proceeds go towards student equipment and activities. Please give our office a call to register: 604-596-1030.



Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe student learning is negatively affected by a summer break of 2 months? YES: 50% NO: 50%
  • Which grade model do you feel is best for student learning? K-5–6-8–9-12: 50% K-7–8-10–11-12: 30% K-12 all at one site: 20%
  • 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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Last week, we said good-bye to Erika Gray, one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Gray is expecting her first child and will be away for the remainder of the school year. We will be thinking of her as her due date approaches. Congratulations Mrs. Gray – we will miss you!
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Traffic enforcement has been on an increase in our community as of late. This has been the result of drivers leaving their vehicles unattended in the DROP OFF zone. We recently discovered that parents parking in the angles spots off of 70 Avenue have been ticketed as well. Historically, there has been a 5 minute time limit but the restriction was rarely enforced. After some research, we discovered that the angles spots are not on City property but on District property. We have since removed the time restriction on these angles spots. Parents, you can therefore park off of 70 Avenue without being ticketed.

Another concern is of the many children we see in the front seat of vehicles or travelling with out seatbelt. Accidents can happen at ANY TIME. Please ensure your children are in the backseat of your vehicle, in a car seat if appropriate, and buckled in.

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“Learning, without any opportunities to share what we’ve learned, is a little like cooking for ourselves; we do it, but we probably won’t do it as well.”

-Mike Schmoker

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Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 12.04.41 PMParents, as you work with your child, remember that communicating one’s thinking is an important part of problem-solving. Encourage your child to explain their thinking. You might ask questions such as:

  • Can you think about a time you were in a situation like this?
  • What do you know? What don’t you know?
  • What assumptions are you making?
  • Why do you think that?

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PARENTING CORNER: 7 Survival Tips For Single Parents
Author: Evonne Lack

Raising a child is like an ocean voyage – full of raging storms, rough waves, and occasional sunny tranquility. It’s hard enough with a partner, but when you’re doing it alone, the difficulty rises to a whole new level.
Yet parents all over the world are successfully and joyfully raising children by themselves. Just because you’re steering a one-person kayak rather than a two-person canoe doesn’t mean you can’t handily navigate the tumultuous waters of parenthood. These tips can help smooth your journey.

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Whenever you child tells you that they have worked TOO hard, have them look at this video.

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March 4 – Author Nicola Campbell visits Vanier
March 7 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 am
March 7-8 – 30-Hour Famine – Grade 7 students
March 9 – 10 – Family Portraits
March 12 – Public Skating – Divisions 2, 13, and 14
March 12 – Vanier Choir to Choral Festival – Bell Centre – 12-2 pm
March 13 – Fine Arts Performance – Metaphor at 10:30 a.m.
March 15 – Spring Dances
March 15 – PAC Popcorn 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 2 – Kindergarten Dental Screening
April 4 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
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Parents, please leave a COMMENT…

2 thoughts on “Vanier News – March 3, 2013

    • Always a great idea to check with the school and classroom teacher to find out exactly what is expected. It’s true that all kids need time to play and exercise. It’s also important that they make some time to read every day, even if it’s just for a short time. They should be reading even if the classroom teacher doesn’t assign it for homework. Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

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