Vanier News – April 14, 2013




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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GallitIt is with regret that we share the news that Mrs. Gallit Zvi will not be returning to Georges Vanier next year. Mrs. Zvi is off to a new adventure as a Faculty Association with Simon Fraser University, working with Student Teachers. It’s only April and not quite time for good-bye, but we wish Mrs. Zvi great success and learning in her new position. Thank you for all you have done for student, families, and colleagues at Georges Vanier!
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Natural Disasters Readers Club ’13 from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Students in Grade 4 and 4/5 classes at Georges Vanier Elementary participated in a lunchtime club. Our focus was on “I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005” by Lauren Tarshis. Approximately 75 students read the novel, both as a group and independently. We explored the nature and causes of hurricanes, the resulting devastation, global warming and recycling.

Students used apps to explore hurricanes, learned about other countries through a postage stamp club, designed and painted T Shirts and blogged their learning. Each student created a 10 page book “Because of Books…” in which they shared their favourite stories, character quotes, illustrated non-fiction facts, created avatars and encouraged their peers to read. The books were professionally printed and bound for each student to keep. In addition, a compilation hard cover volume was produced and add to the Learning Commons.

This video was shown at a school assembly where students shared their learning and showed off their T Shirts. A movie and pizza feast completed the project.
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Mark you calendars…Come join your community at the VANIER CARNIVAL on Saturday, June 8th, from 2-6 p.m. Enjoy games, food, rides, silent auction, and a cake walk. Stay tuned as planning for this event continues. We are currently looking for community members willing to donate goods and/or services for the silent auction, and of course cakes for the cake walk. If you are able to assist in any other way, please let us know at the office.
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hangingbasketsBack 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. We’ve made some CHANGES to the important dates coming up:

April 23 – Order forms sent home with students
April 30 – 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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“People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it.” -Howard W. Newton

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PARENTING CORNER: Video Games and Violence: What Every Parent Should Know

Author: Elisabeth Wilkins, Empowering Parents Editor

Do violent video games have an effect on childhood development?

Image courtesy of Keerati /

Image courtesy of Keerati /

Virginia Tech Shooter Cho Seung-Hui was said to be an avid player of Counter-Strike, a popular team-based shooting game. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were fans of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, referring to the games in the videos they left for police to find after the Columbine massacre. Are you worried that your child is logging too much screen time in front of violent video games?

Ann Giordano in Denver, Colorado, who limits her sons’ PlayStation time to 30 minutes a day, said, “I find that when my kids, (ages 10 and 8), are done playing video games they tend to be more aggressive with one another and sometimes just plain crabby. We do not allow any videos that are overtly violent, but even with the milder ones, they’re usually shooting ray guns or driving and crashing cars plus listening to very loud music. I’m not sure why, but these fast-paced videos seem to make them more prone to acting out when the action is done. They get aggressive with each other, and as a result, they usually overdo it, then get in trouble by hurting one another.” Click here to continue reading.

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Student Leadership Team

The Vanier Leadership Team recently created this moving video encouraging us to take action on the global issue of water quality and access.

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April 15-19 – Book Fair – Learning Commons
April 15-26 – Track Attack Rotations – Afternoons
April 17 – Individual Spring Portraits
April 18 – Grade 7 Extravaganza at Frank Hurt Secondary
April 23 – Hanging Basket/Plant Orders HOME
April 23 – Frank Hurt Secondary OPEN HOUSE – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
April 30 – 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 – Primary SpeechFest – 1:00 p.m.
May 9 – Hanging Basket and Plant Pick up – 2:00 p.m.
May 10 – Class and Team Photos
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 8 – Vanier Carnival – 2-6 pm
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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