Vanier News – September 22, 2013



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 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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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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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

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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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. 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.
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

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Anna Crosland M.Ed.
Teacher Librarian

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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
  • 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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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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  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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