Vanier News – April 7, 2013

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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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Hurray! The Book Fair is back. It’s time once again to check out some of the latest titles, enter the contests and see what’s new in the Learning Commons. The Fair will be held April 15th to 19th so mark your calendars.
The Natural Disasters Readers Club has been a great success. Our books have been sent to the printers and we are looking forward to sharing our T-Shirt designs and a video of our activities at an upcoming school assembly.
Students in Division 7 have made Anti-Smoking Commercials. Check out the great student creations using the Animator App. at

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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!

Watch this beautiful video to get excited about the upcoming Spring flowers…

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“Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
-Harvey Mackay

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PARENTING CORNER: Early number sense plays role in later math skills
Author: Lauran Neergaard – Associated Press
We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks of math – and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems to play a big role in how well they do everyday calculations later on.

The findings have specialists considering steps that parents might take to spur math abilities, just like they do to try to raise a good reader.

This isn’t only about trying to improve the nation’s math scores and attract kids to become engineers. It’s far more basic.

Consider: How rapidly can you calculate a tip? Do the fractions to double a recipe? Know how many quarters and dimes the cashier should hand back as your change? Click here to read the rest of this article.

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“What’s most important is the ABILITIES of those with disabilities.”

“Take what life give you. Adapt and overcome. Don’t let things stop you!”

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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 1 – 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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