Vanier News – June 1, 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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Parents, your presence at school and participation in events is greatly appreciated and encouraged. However, student safety in our top priority. This means that we need to ensure that we know about every adult in the building. That’s why we ask that if you are dropping off lunch for your child, you do so at the front entrance. If you would like to personally drop off lunch, please arrange for your child to meet you at the front entrance. If you are visiting a classroom, it is important that you check in at the office and use a visitor’s badge.

Thank you for helping our children feel safe!

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STAFFING NEWS – Introducing Our Incoming Vice-Principal

Dear George Vanier Students, Parents and Staff,

Screen shot 2013-06-01 at 11.28.14 AMI am very excited to join your school community.  My husband and I both live and teach in Surrey, along with our 13 and 14 year-old children. At school, my favourite things are mentoring student leadership and helping with personal projects like science fair experiments. In my spare time, I am cheerleader and chauffeur for my kids as we head off to sports and dance classes and games every day of the week. My favourite place to be is at Crescent Beach at the sunset.

I am coming to you from Semiahmoo Secondary School where I have been Acting Vice-Principal since November.  Prior to this role, I led a team of twenty teachers and 250 students as District Coordinator in Surrey Schools’ International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.  IB is like a mini-school for Grade 11 & 12 kids who want a more academically challenging program to get ready for university. Before this position, I was Science Department Head and teacher in a K- 12 school and taught from Grade 1 Physical Education to Biology 12.  I have taught and coached kids of all ages in volleyball, rowing, soccer, basketball, skating, debating, science fair teams, and community service projects.

Leading in Elementary School is my number one choice and something I have wanted to do for a long time.  I look forward to meeting all of you and plan to visit soon.

Mrs. Lynne Porpaczy

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2013/14 CALENDAR

Important dates to note for the UPCOMING 2013/14 school year:


  • 3 – School Opens
  • 23 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 p.m.


  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session


  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 20 – Las day of classes before holidays


  • 6 – School re-opens


  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 21 –  Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 11 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 13 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 14 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session


  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session


  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Our Parent Tea this past week was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you know that your support of the school is greatly appreciated.

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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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If you’ve been following the Vanier News or following the Principal’s Blog, you’ve been hearing about the WikiSeat project Divisions 1-5 have been participating in. Several months ago, students were given a metal “catalyst” and asked to design and build something using the catalyst. On May 30, we held our first ever WikiSeat Showcase where students were given the opportunity to share their designs and celebrate their creativity. We are extremely proud of the work completed and the skills developed. A story of the event can be found on the Surrey Schools website and we look forward to reading a review in an upcoming edition of the Surrey Leader.

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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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“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.”
-Bobby Knight

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PARENTING CORNER: Connecting is the Key to Educating
Author: Rick Ackerly, Ed.M.

There is not much disagreement that reading to your children for at least 20 minutes a day is a very good thing–and that’s good. A quick scan of a Google search for “read to your children” will give you a pretty good outline of many of those reasons. However, the most important one is underrepresented: reading to your child provides connection—a critical foundation for a loving, learning climate. As Edward Hallowell says in his book Connect(Knopf Doubleday 1999), the most important factor in learning as well as all mental health is to connect. Great teachers bring their students together and read to them at least once a day–not while they are sitting at their desks, but packed together on the floor as close to one another as they can get. Continue reading…

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VIDEO of the WEEK: You don’t have to find out you’re DYING to start LIVING

Watch and discuss this video with your child!

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June 3 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
June 3 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
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 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 4 – District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park

June 5 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 5 – Divisions 10, 11, 12 to Burnaby Village Museum

June 6 – Grade 7 Band Final Performance – 10:45 a.m.
June 6 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

June 7 – Grade 6 students to Skills Canada Competition – BC Place

June 8 – Vanier Carnival – 2-6 pm

June 10 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 10 – Grade 7 students to Cultus Lake Waterslides

June 11 – Welcome to Kindergarten – 9:00 a.m.
June 11 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

June 12 – Divisions 6-9 to Unwin Park
June 12 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

June 13 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

June 14 – Sports Day – PAC Pizza Day

June 17 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

June 18 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 18 – Division 22 to Cartwheels Gymnastics

June 19 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 19 – Divisions 10/11 to Newton Library – 1-2:00 p.m.

June 20 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

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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