Vanier News – September 29, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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CONSENT CHECKLIST

Thank you to all the parents/guardians who have returned the Consent Checklist that was sent home with students earlier in September. This is a very important document that informs the school about what each child is/is not given permission for.
Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 3.16.17 PM One item in particular has needed some clarification. The Internet-Based Tools Access consent above contains some language that may worry some parents. In reality however, we know that many students are already using many of the tools mentioned for personal use. We feel strongly that students need guidance in using these online tools appropriately and that teachers and parents need to work together to model their use and help children navigate through challenges. If you indicated that you DO NOT wish for your child to access Internet-Based Tools, your child’s teacher may contact you and ask if you have questions. Thank you for your support!
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ATHLETICS
Staying active is important for all of us and that’s why we’ve been happy to see so many of our students join our Cross Country and Soccer teams this Fall. At our first Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park, 70 students participated. We have three more meets on October 1, 8, and 15. Our boys and girls soccer teams will begin their schedule this coming week. Good luck Vanier student-athletes!
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VANIER CARNIVAL

Thank you for making the VANIER CARNIVAL a great success. We could not have had such a wonderful event without your participation and the hard work of our dedicated PAC.

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TERRY FOX RUN

Unfortunately, heavy rain spoiled our Terry Fox Run this past Friday. However, the weather did not dampen Vanier’s generous spirit. Together, we raised $1089.00 and we anticipate more donations this coming week. We have re-scheduled our Terry Fox Run for this coming Friday, October 4th at 9:00 a.m.  If you are able to volunteer that morning, please stop by the office and let us know. As an added bonus, all parents who volunteer will eligible to win one of two, $25 Superstore Gift Cards. Students are encouraged to continue to bring donations that will be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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STAFFING NEWS

This past Friday, we said a temporary good-bye to Kindergarten teacher Jodi Pulvers who has gone on leave to start her family. We are all excited for Mrs. Pulvers and her family and we look forward to welcoming a new little friend to the Vanier family. Best wishes to you during this exciting time, Mrs. Pulvers!

Chelsea Bryant will take over from Mrs. Pulvers during the next few weeks as we hire a teacher for the remainder of the year.

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PARENTING CORNER: Teaching Your Child Charity
Author: Diane Harris
Source

All kids are born with an innate sense of charity and compassion. Sure, it’s easy to lose sight of that fact as we listen to our little ones clamor for the hottest toys, tastiest treats, and trendiest clothes. But if we look closely, the signs are everywhere. Watch your 2-year-old stop to offer a wailing baby a comforting toy. Catch your 5-year-old consoling a pal who has just been walloped by a playground bully.

“Children naturally look for ways to make a contribution and help others,” says Deborah Spaide, founder of Kids Care Clubs, a national organization based in New Canaan, CT, that provides information on community-service projects for youngsters. “But just as we give our children opportunities to use their legs when they’re learning to walk, we need to give them opportunities to exercise their charitable muscles so they become really good at giving too.”

The benefits of actively fostering children’s charitable impulses are enormous. Besides helping counter the overdeveloped “gimme” impulse, it gives kids a powerful boost in self-esteem to realize they can make a difference in someone’s life. “And as corny as it sounds,” says Patricia Schiff Estess, a New York City writer and the author of Kids, Money & Values, “when you help a child help others, you are helping to create a better world.” Here are the best ways to go about it.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS – Pirates in the Learning Commons

A big thank you to all the families who came by the Learning Commons on Thursday to see our pirate crew. Students in Division 8 did a great job populating the library with some reading buccaneers.

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Anna Crosland M.Ed.
Teacher Librarian

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – OCTOBER 4th

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal will take place on Friday, October 4th, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Why are we doing this?

We practice this procedure every year because we know that in case of a real emergency such as a fire or earthquake, it would be necessary to dismiss our students from an alternate location. The most important thing we need from parents that afternoon is calmness and patience. As you can expect, when all parents show up at once wanting to pick up their children, there is the possibility of having to wait.  I am proud to say that last year, we were able to dismiss ALL but 20 students in less than 45 minutes.

Feel free to come pick up your children AT ANY TIME between 2:00 and 2:27 p.m. on October 4th. Detailed information regarding the event will be sent home shortly with students.

Important Notes:

  • You may come get your child ANY TIME after 2:00 pm on October 4th. Please follow the direction of staff members.
  • Do not take your child until your child has been brought to you by a staff member.
  • Staff will be on hand until all students have been dismissed
  • STAY CALM and BE PATIENT
  • Leave right away when you have your child(ren).
  • Students will ONLY BE RELEASED to parents, guardians, or emergency contacts.
  • If you are unable to physically pick up your child and someone other than those listed on the contact list will be doing this, please indicated this on the form that will be coming home with your child this week (see below).
  • If your child walks home on their own, they will be permitted to do so during this emergency dismissal. Only students who have returned the form below will be permitted to walk home on their own.
  • In the case of an actual emergency, all students would need to be released to a parent, guardian, or emergency contact.

We know things will most likely not go perfectly, but it is very important for us to be prepared for an emergency. The following Emergency Dismissal Consent was sent home with students on Tuesday, September 24th. If you have any questions, please call us at the office. Thank you in advance for your patience and support!

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Random Acts of Kindness.

We can all get caught up in the negativity we hear about in the media. We also need to be reminded that there is great kindness in the world too…and that we can make this world better through the little things we do for others. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?

September

  • 30 – Grade 6 Immunizations

October

  • 1 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 3 – Photo Re-takes
  • 4 – Terry Fox Run – 9:00 a.m. Emergency Dismissal – 2:00 p.m.
  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 9 – Division 11 to Surrey Arts Centre for clay workshop – afternoon
  • 10 – Grade 7 Day camp at Golden Ears Park – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 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
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

December

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

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20  – Science Fair
  • 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
  • 31 – Classes Resume

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 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

  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – September 22, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe that learning loss takes place for students over the summer? YES: 74% NO: 26%
  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 89% NO: 11%
  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 72% NO: 28%
  • 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: 87% NO: 13%
  • 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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VANIER CARNIVAL

We hope you can make it to the VANIER CARNIVAL, this coming Thursday, September 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Last year’s event was a great success. Activities include rides, games, and yummy food such as cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, and pizza. Our MEET THE TEACHER event will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on the same evening. Sneak away from the carnival for a few minutes to say hello to your child’s teacher. Teacher’s will be giving out special tickets to each family that visits their classroom. These tickets can be entered into a draw for a $100 Superstore gift card. We hope to see you there!

Concession Prices:
Pizza – $2.00
Samosas – $1.00
Drinks – $1.00
Candy – $1.00

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TERRY FOX RUN

We will be holding our annual Terry Fox Run at Georges Vanier on the morning of Friday, September 27. We participate in this wonderful event to not only celebrate Terry Fox, a Canadian Hero, but to raise money to fund cancer research.  Students will be ready to begin their run at 9:00 a.m. and as always, we rely on our committed parents to help supervise our running route. If you are able to volunteer that morning, please stop by the office and let us know. As an added bonus, all parents who volunteer will eligible to win one of two, $25 Superstore Gift Cards. Students are also encouraged to bring donations that will be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society. Together, we continue Terry’s Marathon of Hope!

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STAFFING NEWS

We welcome several new members to the Vanier family:

Sandy Banipal – Education Assistant
Nick Smidstra  – Education Assistant
Amanjit Jammu – Teacher – Grade 2

We offer congratulations and happiness to Brenda Duncan, our head clerk, who  will be officially retiring September 30. We thank Mrs. Duncan for her kindness and hard-work, and wish her well in this next stage of life.

Congratulations to Linda Giesbrecht, who has been hired as permanent head clerk at Georges Vanier. We are so happy that Mrs. Giesbrecht will be staying on!

Finally, Kindergarten teacher Jodi Pulvers will be leaving us for a short while to start her family. We are all excited for Mrs. Pulvers and her family and we look forward to welcoming a new little friend to the Vanier family. Best wishes to you during this exciting time, Mrs. Pulvers!

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PARENTING CORNER: That Happens to Me: Compassion spreads. Compassion is contagious. 
Author: Rachel Macy Stafford
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You may recall that my younger daughter is what I like to call A Noticer. She has chosen to adopt a slower pace in which to navigate life. This allows her to keep a keen eye on her surroundings and the people around her.

She is the child who remembers where we parked the car and often leads me by the hand to the right spot. She notices friends’ new hairstyles and gorgeous sunsets before anyone else. My daughter looks for the child struggling to sharpen his pencil or the one who’s off in the corner alone. She hops right up to offer her assistance.

That’s probably what I love most about her noticing gift—she doesn’t just notice things, she notices emotion. Not too long ago I wrote these words because of her:

We are all just waiting for someone to notice—notice our pain, notice our scars, notice our fear, notice our joy, notice our triumphs, notice our courage.

And the one who notices is a rare and beautiful gift.

But recently, my child expanded on that concept of noticing, and I believe it’s making me a better human being. Although this story is quite simple in context, it has the potential to change someone’s day—maybe even life. This is our story … Click here to continue reading.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

It has been a great week in the Learning Commons. The Harry Potter fans picked up their prizes and congratulations go to Meia who won the grand prize. We celebrated past Reader’s Clubs with a Readers T-Shirt Day. Students who had participated in ‘Natural Disasters’, ‘Fantastic Foxes’ or ‘Geronimo Stilton Club’ wore their hand-painted shirts.
We began our student blogs. Student experts helped new bloggers learn to use Kidblogs. The sites are linked to the school library webpage. http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org Check out the side navigation bar to see what we are working on and how we celebrated Dot Day. Feel free to leave an encouraging comment. Comments are moderated and will display on the website after approval. See a 15 second video of our Dot Day 3D creations. https://vimeo.com/74655090
Did you know students from all over the world celebrate International Dot Day? The event is inspired by the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds which encourages students to create, explore and feel proud of their accomplishments. For more information on Dot Day visit http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

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Anna Crosland M.Ed.
Teacher Librarian

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – SEPTEMBER 27

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal will take place on Friday, September 27th, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Why are we doing this?

We practice this procedure every year because we know that in case of a real emergency such as a fire or earthquake, it would be necessary to dismiss our students from an alternate location. The most important thing we need from parents that afternoon is calmness and patience. As you can expect, when all parents show up at once wanting to pick up their children, there is the possibility of having to wait.  I am proud to say that last year, we were able to dismiss ALL but 20 students in less than 45 minutes.

Feel free to come pick up your children AT ANY TIME between 2:00 and 2:27 p.m. on September 27th. Detailed information regarding the event will be sent home shortly with students.

Important Notes:

  • You may come get your child ANY TIME after 2:00 pm on September 27th. Please follow the direction of staff members.
  • Do not take your child until your child has been brought to you by a staff member.
  • Staff will be on hand until all students have been dismissed
  • STAY CALM and BE PATIENT
  • Leave right away when you have your child(ren).
  • Students will ONLY BE RELEASED to parents, guardians, or emergency contacts.
  • If you are unable to physically pick up your child and someone other than those listed on the contact list will be doing this, please indicated this on the form that will be coming home with your child this week (see below).
  • If your child walks home on their own, they will be permitted to do so during this emergency dismissal. Only students who have returned the form below will be permitted to walk home on their own.
  • In the case of an actual emergency, all students would need to be released to a parent, guardian, or emergency contact.

We know things will most likely not go perfectly, but it is very important for us to be prepared for an emergency. The following Emergency Dismissal Consent will be sent home with students on Tuesday, September 24th. If you have any questions, please call us at the office. Thank you in advance for your patience and support!

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Obvious to you. Amazing to others.

Share your strengths and ideas with your children. Encourage them to do the same. Please watch and discuss this thought-provoking video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?

September

  • 24 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 26 – Assembly @ 1:45 p.m.
  • 26 – School Carnival (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.) & Meet the Teacher (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • 27 – Terry Fox Run – 9:00 a.m.
  • 27 – Emergency Dismissal Procedure – 2:00 p.m.

October

  • 1 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 3 – Photo Re-takes
  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 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
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

December

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

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20  – Science Fair
  • 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
  • 31 – Classes Resume

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 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

  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – September 14, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe that learning loss takes place for students over the summer? YES: 74% NO: 26%
  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 89% NO: 11%
  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 72% NO: 28%
  • 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: 87% NO: 13%
  • 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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TERRY FOX RUN

We will be holding our annual Terry Fox Run at Georges Vanier on the morning of Friday, September 27. We participate in this wonderful event to not only celebrate Terry Fox, a Canadian Hero, but to raise money to fund cancer research.  Students will be ready to begin their run at 9:00 a.m. and as always, we rely on our committed parents to help supervise our running route. If you are able to volunteer that morning, please stop by the office and let us know. As an added bonus, all parents who volunteer will eligible to win one of two, $25 Superstore Gift Cards. Students are also encouraged to bring donations that will be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society. Together, we continue Terry’s Marathon of Hope!

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PARENTAL CONSENT – IMPORTANT FORMS COMING HOME
Students will be coming home with VERY important forms on Monday. These forms deal with parental consent for many different aspects of life at school. These include:

  • Walking Field Trips
  • Media Coverage
  • Name/Photo Publication
  • Internet Access
  • Technology Tool Access
  • Fruit and Vegetable Program Participation

We want your child to be as involved as possible in school life, but there may be some instances when parents do not want their children to participate in specific events or aspects of school programs. Please read the information carefully and return the front cover page. If you have any questions about the consent forms, please do not hesitate to visit us at the office. Please click on the following link to preview these important documents before they arrive home: Consent Checklist

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PARENTING CORNER: Learned Helplessness: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?
Author: Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC
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Your teen leaves his dirty clothes all over the house. Instead of getting into another fight with him or nagging him to pick them up, you do it for him. It’s easier, right?

Your daughter with ADD is having problems completing her science project. She can’t seem to focus and complains that it’s boring and too difficult. After she goes to sleep, you finish it for her. After all, you don’t want her to fail.

We all “over–function” in our relationships at times, particularly with our kids. And we often start without even realizing it. Let’s say your toddler knows how to tie her shoes, but you tie them for her anyway, because it’s faster—and it becomes a habit. Or you run back to school when your 13–year–old son, who never remembers anything, forgets his homework again. Or your young adult daughter despairs because she was laid off from her first job and you jump in with advice and try to “fix” the situation without listening to what she has to say first. When you get stuck in a role of doing too much, you might find it hard to give up—and often, those around you might not want you to stop! Continue reading this article…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
Avast! Watch out all ye Landlubbers. There be Pirates in the Learning Commons. Check the Learnng Commons Blog for updates on our ‘Shiver me Timbers’ activities http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/

And…Our first Learning Commons Contest was a success. Intermediate students tried their hand at Harry Potter Trivia by answering multiple choice questions on the popular books. Twenty-seven students each won a Potter book and one lucky student won the random draw Grand Prize of a complete hard cover set of the novels. Winners announced on Monday. Prizes may be picked up at recess from Ms. Crosland in the Learning Commons.

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – SEPTEMBER 27

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal will take place on Friday, September 27th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. We practice this procedure every year because we know that in case of a real emergency such as a fire or earthquake, it would be necessary to dismiss our students from an alternate location. The most important thing we need from parents that afternoon is calmness and patience. As you can expect, when all parents show up at once wanting to pick up their children, there is the possibility of having to wait.  I am proud to say that last year, we were able to dismiss ALL but 20 students in less than 45 minutes.

Feel free to come pick up your children AT ANY TIME between 2:00 and 2:27 p.m. on September 27th. Detailed information regarding the event will be sent home shortly with students.

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QUOTE of the WEEK

“Tell me and I’ll forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I’ll understand.”

– Chinese Proverb


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VIDEO of the WEEK: The Power of Words

In this electronic age, it is becoming more and more important for all of us to know the power of words and how to communicate in different situations. Watch and discuss this video with your child!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?

September

  • 17 – Photo Day
  • 23 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Assembly @ 1:45 p.m.
  • 26 – School Carnival & Meet the Teacher – 4-8 p.m.
  • 27 – Terry Fox Run – 9:00 a.m.
  • 27 – Emergency Dismissal Procedure – 2:00 p.m.

October

  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 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 – Last 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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Vanier News – September 7, 2013

Parents,

It is an absolute pleasure to say WELCOME BACK to a new school year. I am personally very happy to be back and to have the honour to care for what is most precious in your lives…your children!

We have a warm, hard-working staff that I am very proud of. We have been working together to develop classes that will be the best possible learning environments for students. We take into account learning and social needs and we are making every attempt to put groups of learners together who are going to bring the best out in each other. We thank you for your patience. The District has given us the go-ahead to finalize classes and we will do this MONDAY morning. Please make a point of visiting your child’s teacher early in the school year and to maintain open lines of communication throughout the year. Remember, we are ALL part of your child’s learning team.

Please check the VANIER NEWS and school website weekly. You can even follow our school TWITTER feed and hear the same announcements your child hears everyday. If there are ways we can improve our communication, please let us know.

I know we are going to have a great year together and I look forward to working with you all again.

Regards,
Mr. Antonio Vendramin
Principal

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe that learning loss takes place for students over the summer? YES: 74% NO: 26%
  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 89% NO: 11%
  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 72% NO: 28%
  • 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: 87% NO: 13%
  • 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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STAFFING UPDATES
June was a time to say goodbye to friends, but September is our time to welcome many new (and returning) staff members to Georges Vanier Elementary. Our new friends bring new energy and new vision and we are happy to have them as part of our school community.

Lynne Porpaczy – Vice Principal
Ashley Henderson – Teacher – Grade 6/7
Sheila Dhaliwal – Teacher – Grade 5/6
Meghan Tracey
Teacher – Grade 4/5
Laura Warkentin
Teacher – Grade 3/4
Nicole Postnikoff (Williscroft)
Teacher – Grade 1/2
Monica Singh
Teacher – Grade 1
Lilliana Bolton
Teacher – Grade 1
Debra Peterson
Teacher – Kindergarten
Sharon Sidhu
Teacher – Kindergarten
Lesley Fornelli
Teacher – Learner Support
Olga McKenzie
Teacher – Learner Support
Shahzia Rashid
Teacher – Learner Support
Dorean Leader
CCW
Nicole Seath
Education Assistant
Laurie Wilson
Education Assistant
Tara Blackmore
Education Assistant
Donna Huber
Education Assistant
Randy Schooley
Education Assistant
Lynda Scott
Lunch Program/Breakfast Club Coordinator
Linda Giesbrecht
Head Clerk
Diane McGann
Vision Teacher
Suzanne Klecker
School Psychologist

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PARENTING CORNER: Summer Learning Passport

There has been a lot of talk and excitement around Summer Learning Passports and that’s great news! Summer is time to relax and recharge, but we are always learning. If children are purposeful about looking for, documenting, and reflecting on learning opportunities, the transition back to school is much more successful.

Summer Learning Passports can be handed in at the office anytime up to this coming Friday, September 13, at 3:00 p.m. We hope to handing out many prizes in recognition of the great learning that took place during holidays. Stay tuned!

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

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2013/14 CALENDAR

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

September

  • 10 – PAC Meeting – 9-10 a.m. – ALL Parents Welcome
  • 17 – Photo Day
  • 23 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Assembly @ 1:45 p.m.
  • 26 – School Carnival & Meeting the Teacher – 4-8 p.m.
  • 27 – Terry Fox Run – 9:00 a.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 – 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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QUOTE of the WEEK

“You find that you have peace of mind when you know that it was a 100% effort that you gave, win or lose.”

-Gordie Howe

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Pay it Forward

We showed this video at our first assembly of the year and talked about the many opportunities to help those around us. We also discussed how great it makes us feel when we help those around us. Watch and discuss with your child!

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