Vanier News – March 30, 2013

Parents, Students, and Staff,

We hope that you have all enjoyed your Spring Break! It has been wonderful to enjoy the sunshine and time with family. Please 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.

Enjoy this Easter long weekend and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m.

Antonio Vendramin              Sundeep Chohan
Principal                                Vice-Principal



Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you think incidents of bullying have increased? YES: 53% NO: 47%
  • Do you believe student learning is negatively affected by a summer break of 2 months? YES: 52% NO: 48%
  • 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: 55% NO: 45%
  • 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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Our 30-Hour Famine took place on March 7-8 and we are very proud of the 54 students who participated.  Together, we raised an incredible $3300. Together as a group, students decided to support three charities:  KIVA, BCSPCA, and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Please click the links above to learn more about these organizations!

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Congratulations to the Georges Vanier scientists who represented themselves and their school with pride at the District Science Fair at Central City Mall in March.

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Report Cards are just around the corner, but there should be no surprises if you’ve kept in regular contact with your child’s teacher. Touching base weekly with your child’s teacher ensures that you know exactly how well you child is progressing.

Reports will come home with your child on Tuesday, April 2nd. Student are dismissed early on Thursday, April 4th (1:27 p.m.) for Parent Teacher Conferences. Here is some valuable information that will help you make the most of your meeting. Click here for this information in Punjabi.

Please call the office at 604-596-1030 to make an appointment.

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As you drive by our school, you may notice some changes in the area. The lots to the south of the school are being cleared and it is our understanding that this will be the location of a  new townhouse complex. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbours!

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Back by popular demand, we will again doing a hanging basket and plant sale. You will recall that year that the quality of the plants was very high and the sale was a great fundraiser for our PAC.  Important dates to note:

April 15 – Order forms sent home with students
April 26 – Orders Due
May 9 – Order Pick up at 2:00 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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Congratulations Mrs. Gray on the arrival of a healthy baby girl!

Welcome to Ms. Chang who will fill Mrs. Gray’s position for the remainder of the school year.

We also welcome back Mrs. Senkler who has been away on leave. She will be doing a gradual return to work, starting on Fridays. Ms. Williscroft, who has been in Mrs. Senkler’s position this year, will continue with us at Georges Vanier.

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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 without a 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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“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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PARENTING CORNER: Positive Parenting Tips for Responding to Report Cards
Author: Connie Hammer

As parents, we all want to do what we can to reduce any type of school related anxietyfor our children and minimize the possible stress it can bring into our households. As a parent coach, I have guided many parents to discover ways that will make school a positive experience for their child. …As parents, we all want to do what we can to reduce any type of school related anxiety for our children and minimize the possible stress it can bring into our households. As a parent coach, I have guided many parents to discover ways that will make school a positive experience for their child. All academic institutions utilize some type of evaluative measurement that is intended to quantify the knowledge of their students. Although grading systems may vary from school to school, most are still using report cards as a means of informing parents about their child’s academic progress. Unfortunately, this event has the potential to trigger very emotional and anxiety provoking situations in many households. If your child attends a school that issues report cards, there are ways to help alleviate the stress when report cards are distributed.  Click here to read the rest of this article.

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Play Present
A basketball video that has great application to everything we do.  Learn what it means to “play present”.

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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.
April 15 – Hanging Basket/Plant Orders Sent Home
April 15-26 – Track Attack Rotations
April 26 – Hanging Basket/Plant Orders DUE
April 30 – Grade 6 Vaccinations
May 2 – Talent Show at 1:00 p.m.
May 3 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
May 9 – Hanging Basket and Plant Pick up – 2:00 p.m.
May 14 – Provincial Election – Georges Vanier IS a Polling Station
May 27 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
June 4 – Divisions 19 and 22 to Vancouver Aquarium
June 4 – District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
June 5 – Divisions 10, 11, 12 to Burnaby Village Museum
June 14 – Sports Day – PAC Pizza Day
June 21 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
June 27 – Year-End Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
June 27 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
June 27 – Term 3 Reports Home
June 28 – Administration Day – Classes not in session
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