Vanier News – October 6, 2013



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We know that when student work on authentic learning tasks, they see purpose in what they are doing and are motivated to do their very best. At Vanier, we continually try provide these opportunities and our students are responding. Mrs. Tracey’s class recently had the opportunity to participate in an activity called Mystery Skype. Students from different places in the world video-conference and take turns asking questions of each other, guessing where the other class is from. Students had a great time talking with students from Quakerville, Pennsylvania. We look forward to connecting with more students from around the world.


An important PAC Meeting will take this coming Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m. Important matters are discussed at every meeting, but this week, parents will be nominated and elected to executive positions. These positions include: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

We greatly appreciate executive members who have served in the past and welcome all parents to participate in PAC meetings and events if possible.

Please see below for upcoming PAC events. See you on the 8th!
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Our cross country meet this past Tuesday was cancelled due to heavy rain, but our boys and girls soccer team managed to squeeze in 2 games each. Both teams are improving with every game and will continue with matches this coming week. We hope that the weather cooperates and we are able to attend our final 2 cross country meets on October 8 and 15 at Bear Creek Park.

Special thanks to teacher sponsors who dedicate their free time to students so athletics can take place. We are thankful for the contributions from Ms. Henderson, Mrs. Porpaczy, Mrs. Willis, Mr. White, Mrs. Silversides, Mr. McDonald, and Mr. Vendramin.

We also can’t forget you – our supportive parents – for driving student athletes to games!
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PARENTING CORNER: Does Popularity Really Matter?
Author: Barbara Rowley

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My daughter Katie was only a second-grader when she used a phrase I didn’t think I’d hear for years. “I’m not popular,” she announced matter-of-factly at dinner one night. “Me and Izzy think Zoe is the most popular girl in our class.”

Instantly, I found myself defensive on her behalf, eager for my daughter to be every bit as popular as Zoe. “But you have lots of friends!” She looked back at me, seeming a bit confused. “I know,” she said. “But Zoe is popular.”

I had missed the point. At 8, Katie understood the difference between friendships and the high social status that is popularity, a distinction that kids sense—and can begin to play to—as early as preschool. “Even very young kids know who has the social power in the classroom,” says Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa, “and by fifth or sixth grade, popularity can become nearly all-consuming.”

Well-meaning parents (like me) encourage their kids to pursue popularity—as if it were synonymous with success. It’s not. What makes kids outcasts in school—usually an unwillingness to conform—often translates into success as an adult. Many companies—including Yahoo!—prioritize hiring quirky individuals who shun conventional thinking. When you grow up, you see that the most popular kids aren’t necessarily the ones who come out on top, but you don’t understand that when you’re 11. Social science researchers are emphatic that it doesn’t guarantee adoration, either. “Being popular is not necessarily about being well-liked,” says journalist Alexandra Robbins, who studied school society for her book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. “It’s more about clawing your way to the top of the social hierarchy and then working your tail off to stay there.”

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photo-181Georges Vanier students are reading eBooks. Our school is helping the District to pilot a new electronic book program. Students are able to browse picture books, novels and non-fiction materials. Items may also be ‘checked out’ for home reading with a student username and password. The collection is growing but already has lots of new titles and some old favourites.

Also, mark your calendars: Fall Book Fair Oct 28th to Nov 1st. Yahoo!

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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Our yearly Emergency Dismissal Practice took place Friday, October 4th. While nothing is perfect, feedback from both parents and staff indicate the event was a great success.  We commenced the event with a fire drill, accounted for every child, moved down to the grass field, then began to dismiss students to their parents.

Thank you parents for your support and patience, and thank you staff for your leadership and teamwork. We hope we will never need to dismiss students after an emergency such as an earthquake or fire, but it is comforting to know that if it were necessary, we have a plan in place!

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Random Acts of Kindness.

The world is changing rapidly. We have the challenge of preparing our children for a future that does not yet exist. Learners now need to be creative, culturally aware, problem solvers, innovators, effective communicators, collaborative, curious, responsible, productive, accountable, and leaders. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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  • 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
  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)


  • 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.
  • 18 – Winter Concerts (times to be announced)
  • 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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