Vanier News – June 23, 2013


Thank you for keeping in touch by reading the Vanier News every week. I hope that you are able to come to the Year-End Assembly on Thursday, June 27th at 8:45 am.

Included in this edition of the Vanier News is important information about the Passport to Learning program.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Mr. Antonio Vendramin


POLL QUESTION of the WEEK: Do you believe learning loss takes place for students over the summer?

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 92% NO: 8%
  • 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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As is the case most years, June is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best!

Sundeep Chohan – Vice Principal
Linda Giesbrecht – Head Clerk
Liane Jagger – Teacher
Gallit Zvi – Teacher
Monika Taylor – Teacher
Jennifer Paszkat – Teacher
Andrea Cramer – Teacher
Lace Kotalwi – Teacher
Amanda Prade – Teacher
Nicole Williscroft – Teacher
Holly Dickinson – Teacher
Sky Chang – Teacher
Jon Singh – Teacher
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher
Julia Boyd -Teacher
Cathy Daniel – Teacher
Wanda Walker – CCW
Klarissa Anapi – Education Assistant
Laurie Wilson – Education Assistant
Michelle Packer – Education Assistant
Pamela Soriano – Education Assistant
Sandy Wood – Education Assistant
Valerie Black – Education Assistant
Rebecca Capling – Lunch Program/Breakfast Club Coordinator

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PARENTING CORNER: How will you keep your children “SHARP” this summer?

Learning doesn’t stop just because summer is here. Yes, it’s a time to relax, have fun, and spend time from family, but it’s also a time to keep our minds sharp and ready for September.  There are learning opportunities in everywhere we go and in everything we do. The important thing is to take some time to reflect on our experiences. Provide as many opportunities this summer for your children to visit new places and try new things, and commit time for your children to document what they learned.

Click on the Learning Passport link on the school website for all the information you need to get started!

Click on the Learning Passport link on the school website for all the information you need to get started!

Again this year, we will be running the Passport to Learning program. You can find details on the school website. Your child will not only be more ready for formal learning in September, but they have an opportunity to win cool prizes like an iPad, iPod Touch, or Chapter’s Gift Card.

Have a look at Mr. Vendramin’s Passport to Learning Blog from last summer and get inspired.

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We offer congratulations to our Grade 7 students, who were acknowledged and celebrated at a special assembly this past Friday. Thanks you students for your many contributions to Georges Vanier Elementary over the years, and best wishes in high school and beyond!

Special thanks to our Grade 7 teachers for organizing this special event and to our parents who attended the event, planned the reception in the Multipurpose Room, and supplied food for the potluck.

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You may have noticed plants growing in five large tubs near the undercover area. Mrs. Wiebe and Mrs. Hopkins have been working with their students growing potatoes. In doing so, student have been developing real-world skills such as observing, predicting, estimating, and gardening. This past week, students had a great time harvesting the 200+ potatoes. They even got to prepare and eat some of their crop.

Thank you Mrs. Wiebe and Mrs. Hopkins for providing such a rich learning opportunity for our students!

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Parents, please ensure that all books from the Georges Vanier Learning Commons are returned this week. Thank you for your support!

Do you have any of these missing books???

Do you have any of these missing books???

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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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SCHOOL FEES – 2013-14

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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“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”
-Hugh Downs

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Talk about SIZE

Watch and discuss this video with your child! The summer is a great time of year to go somewhere dark and gaze at the night sky. There is so much to see and talk about it.

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June 24 – Tentative date for Sports Day Afternoon – 12:45 p.m. (Alternate Date: June 27 at 10:45 a.m.
Stay Tuned!)

June 25 – Grade 7 Daycamp – Cultus Lake Group Campsite

June 26 – Division 8 and 9 to White Rock Beach

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

September 3 – First day of school – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

September 4 – First FULL day of classes – 8:35 a.m. – 2:27 p.m.
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