Vanier News – September 14, 2012



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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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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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
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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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

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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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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“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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  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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 – Last 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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