Vanier News – April 21, 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended our recent MOVIE NIGHT. It was a great success. Special thanks to our PAC and our many parent helpers who made this event a reality. Your continued support makes Georges Vanier a wonderful school!



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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Many thanks to everyone who visited the Learning Commons for our Spring Book Fair. Students enjoyed looking through the books, entering contests and choosing school trinkets. All profits go into new books and supplies for the library. Congratulations to the dozens of prize winners. For news on upcoming Learning Commons events and to check out the latest student activities please visit

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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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PARENTING CORNER: Getting More Family Time
Author: Barbara Rowley

Having a baby changes your life. But first it changes your days, your hours, and your minutes. From the moment you know you’re pregnant, your new life as a timekeeper begins. You count months before delivery, then minutes between contractions, then segue almost instantly into counting the hours between feedings and naps. Soon you’ll be counting time-outs, school days, and curfews.

Before my daughter, Anna, was born two years ago, I never knew how many hours I slept and often didn’t wear a watch. Now the rhythms of our days are regulated by clocks. I have four hours of free time on the days when I have a babysitter, and two to do chores during nap time when I don’t. These days I wear a watch and look at it often. So do my friends with school-age kids, who spend their days dashing from music lesson to birthday party to playdate.

On the other hand, while we’re all watching time so closely, we feel less in control of it than we ever did. It gets lost. It slips away.

Yet just because time is elusive doesn’t mean it’s impossible to track. Developing ways to make each hour enjoyable — and getting more time for you and your family — can be easier than you think. Click here to read the rest of this article

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VIDEO of the WEEK: What is obvious to YOU, is amazing to others! 

Have confidence in yourself…have confidence in your IDEAS!

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April 15-26 – Track Attack Rotations – Afternoons
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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