Vanier News – June 9, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK

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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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

Yahoo! Free Books!
Next week in the Learning Commons all students will have the opportunity to choose several books to take home for summer reading. These gently used books have been donated by Discover Books and are greatly appreciated. Do not return these books to the Learning Commons. They are yours to keep.

*All library books are now due. Please contact Ms. Crosland if your child is unable to locate a book. Any small donation to help with replacement costs can be helpful. If this is not possible, a little note from home is appreciated.

All the World Loves a Clown…
…especially at Georges Vanier on Clown Day. Students enjoyed dressing up in their fancy bowties and reading with their buddies in the gym. We showcased some digital clown art which may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/67477437 , watched a funny video clip and sang a very silly song.

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STUDENT SAFETY
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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2013/14 CALENDAR

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

September

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

October

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

November

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

December

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

January

  • 6 – School re-opens

February

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

March

  • 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

April

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

May

  • 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

June

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

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SCHOOL FEES

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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VANIER CARNIVAL
Our Carnival yesterday was a GREAT SUCCESS. The weather cooperated and the turnout was overwhelming. Thank you to the many parents and student volunteers who contributed to make this event successful. Thank you also to everyone who attended!

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QUOTE of the WEEK

“Simply existing is a miracle yet people trudge through life like it’s going to go on forever.”
-Sir Ken Robinson

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PARENTING CORNER: Stop Summer Learning Loss
Author: Barbara Rowley
Source

Like many moms, I can’t help thinking of summer in terms of fun with my family. I dream all winter about lazy days in the backyard and nights free of homework and projects. I want to see my girls blow bubbles and draw with chalk on the sidewalk. Which is why all the anecdotal and statistical information on what happens to kids academically over the break can seem so depressing. Virtually all kids will lose some hard-won math knowledge, and many will experience setbacks in reading. As a result, teachers will start the next school year reteaching the same material in the fall for a month or more. So how can summer-loving families reconcile these two seemingly separate camps—summer as fun and summer as academics? Here’s how to get started. Continue Reading…

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Tell The People You Love…How you feel!

Watch and discuss this video with your child!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
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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