Vanier News – May 18, 2013



Previous poll questions and results:

  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 71% NO: 29%
  • 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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Thank you parents for the tremendous turnout we had for Student-Led Conferences on Wednesday, May 15th. Student-Led Conferences shift the responsibility for learning to students and encourage them to reflect on both their strengths as well as areas requiring further attention. The staff at Georges Vanier Elementary greatly appreciate your support and presence.

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photo-5It is with sadness that we announce that Mrs. Chohan has been transferred to Cougar Creek Elementary effective July 1, 2013 where she will serve as their new Vice-Principal. I know I speak for the students, staff, and community when I say that Mrs. Chohan will be greatly missed. She has developed many strong relationships and made invaluable contributions during her time at Georges Vanier Elementary. As is the case with Principals and Vice Principals, the District often needs to move personnel in order to both offer the opportunity for continued professional growth, as well as meet the needs of schools. We wish Mrs. Chohan great success at her new school and beyond!
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May 14th was Election Day in B.C. and at Georges Vanier as well. Not only was our school a polling station, but students had the opportunity to vote as well as part of the Student Vote program. Here is how OUR students voted:Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 6.26.27 PMWe hope that the experience allowed students to learn a little about the democratic process and that when they are old enough to officially vote, they will exercise this right.

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Have you called to let us know you are coming?

Georges Vanier Elementary PARENT TEA
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
8:45 – 10:00 am

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Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We so appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events.  No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in any school activity due to the inability to pay.  Please contact the Principal should you require any financial assistance.

As we plan for the 2013/2014 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner:  We encourage all students in Grades 1-7 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00.  Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills.  However, using our school planner is optional as a parent may purchase their own version.

Field Studies and Field Trips:  Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum.  While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip.  If you choose to have your child not participate in a field study, a suitable program will be provided at the school.

Musical Instruments:  Grade 4 students learn to play the recorder.  Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school.   Also, our Grade 7 students who opt for band either purchase or rent an instrument.  Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies:  Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through Edu-Pac.  Payment is made directly to Edu-Pac. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. Please see the office for lists and order forms. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $26.00. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Please see the office for a supply list.

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photo-107Students in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons have been learning about the circus and May 24th is ‘Clown Day’. Students and school staff are encouraged to wear colourful clothes or clown costumes to share stories and celebrate reading. We will be meeting up with our buddy classes and will fill the gym with our school clowns. A reminder that scary clown costumes and masks are for Halloween and should not be worn to school. All our clowns are fun loving and friendly.

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MARK YOUR 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 still need…

  • Donations from community members for our silent auction. Can you donate an item or service from your business?
  • Donations for the baskets that will also be offered at the silent auction.
  • Cakes for our 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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“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
-Napoleon Hill

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PARENTING CORNER: 8 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make
Author: Amanda May

You know the drill: You give your child an ultimatum — “Get dressed or we’re staying home!” — and naturally she says, “Okay, we’ll stay home!” Might as well plant a big “L” on your forehead. We all see our discipline efforts backfire on occasion (hey, you’re tired!), and of course there are those battles just not worth fighting (no kid ever flunked preschool because his teeth were furry). But you do need to prove you’re the parent at least some of the time. Learning to avoid these discipline land mines can help you hop to it.

Way to Blow It #1: Tell a Big Ole Lie

“My two-year-old daughter, Chloe, fights me about going to her babysitter’s house every Monday,” says New Jersey mom Gina Kane. One morning when Chloe refused to get out of the car, “I pointed to the house next door and told her it was a daycare center run by the caveman from the Geico commercials, which really scare her,” says Kane. “I said she had a choice: Go to the sitter’s house or to the caveman’s daycare.” Mission accomplished — Chloe dashed to the sitter’s door. Fast-forward a week: The babysitter casually asked Kane if she knew of a daycare center in the neighborhood because her daughter couldn’t stop talking about it. “I was mortified having to explain, and Chloe now thinks that all daycare centers are run by cavemen,” Kane admits. “I’m in big trouble if I ever actually have to send her to daycare.”

A Better Way: Little white lies are so tempting in a pinch. You might even get away with them sometimes. Another mom had a great run while her toddler was afraid of a local clown named Macaroni. Whenever he refused to cooperate, she’d just say, “Maybe we should get Macaroni!” and the little guy would immediately don his pj’s or gobble his carrots. But as Kane found out, scare tactics can and do come back to bite you in the butt, so it’s best to be honest, says Bonnie Maslin, author of Picking Your Battles. Kane could have said instead, “I know sometimes you don’t want to go to your babysitter. Sometimes I don’t want to go to work.” Empathizing would have made the Monday-morning transition easier. Continue reading…

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Keep looking until you find your PASSION

Made by Hand / No 5 The Bike Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

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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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One thought on “Vanier News – May 18, 2013

  1. Its my first time looking at the vanier news. I know i should do it more offten and appreciate all the work you do for us here a GV. But honestly i loved it, well the parts i understud. I liked it. It has so much stuff about our school. We really need to apprecIye what you’ve done for us and what you do. Thanks you so much. For this and so many more things you do. <33

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