Vanier News – May 13, 2013

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Previous poll questions and results:

  • Students: Do you feel safe at school? Parents: Do you feel your children are safe at school? Staff: Do you feel students are safe at school? YES: 88% NO: 12%
  • 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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This coming Wednesday, May 15th is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 1:27 pm and parents, you are invited to participate in Student-Led Conferences. This is a great opportunity to have your children share what they are learning and reflect on their progress. We hope you can all make it this Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm!

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We welcome two new staff members to the Vanier Family. Chelsea Bryant and Julia Boyd will be working in many classrooms for the remainder of the school year providing students extra support in the areas of reading, writing, and numeracy. Ms. Bryant and Ms. Boyd have been wonderful additions to our staff. We thank the Surrey School District for the additional support!
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In the Learning Commons, students in the Grade 5/6/7 class used the app Tellagami to show their learning. Students chose a page from a library book and used the app to create an avatar, upload an image and describe the text features found on that page. Other Tellagami videos my be found on many of the student’s blogs at

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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 return the NOTICE that was sent home with your child.

Your support of the VANIER CARNIVAL will help enhance the learning environment for your child!
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“Some say we can’t afford to personalize education to every student. The fact is we can’t afford not to.”

-Sir Ken Robinson

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PARENTING CORNER: The Importance of Naps
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD

Nap. It’s a small word, but for most parents a hugely important one. Why? Sleep is a major requirement for good health, and for young kids to get enough of it, some daytime sleep is usually needed. Crucial physical and mental development occurs in early childhood, and naps provide much-needed downtime for growth and rejuvenation.

Naps also help keep kids from becoming overtired, which not only takes a toll on their moods but may also make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. And naptime gives parents a brief oasis during the day and time to tackle household chores or just unwind.

Sleep Needs by Age
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer regarding how much daytime sleep kids need. It all depends on the age, the child, and the sleep total during a 24-hour period. For example, one toddler may sleep 13 hours at night with only some daytime catnapping, while another gets 9 hours at night but takes a solid 2-hour nap each afternoon.

Though sleep needs are highly individual, these age-by-age guidelines give an idea of average daily sleep requirements… Continue Reading.

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Life in Space is Incredible!

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May 14 – Provincial Election – Georges Vanier IS a Polling Station
May 15 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 pm for STUDENT-LED Conferences
May 17 – Divisions 13-15 to Vancouver Aquarium
May 17 – Divisions 1-5 to Centennial Beach
May 20 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
May 22 – Divisions 1/2/8/9 to Hollywood Theatres to view “The Hobbit”
May 27 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
May 28 – Parent Tea at 9:00 a.m. ALL PARENTS WELCOME
June 3 – Divisions 1-3 to the Vancouver Art Gallery
June 4 – Divisions 3-5 to the Vancouver Art Gallery
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 6 – Grade 7 Band Final Performance – 10:45 a.m.
June 8 – Vanier Carnival – 2-6 pm
June 10 – Grade 7 students to Cultus Lake Waterslides
June 14 – Sports Day – PAC Pizza Day
June 18 – Division 22 to Cartwheels Gymnastics
June 21 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
June 25 – Grade 7 Daycamp – Cultus Lake Group Campsite
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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