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
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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.

Read the rest of this article.

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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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