Vanier News – September 7, 2013


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.

Mr. Antonio Vendramin



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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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
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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2013/14 CALENDAR

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


  • 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.


  • 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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“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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