Vanier News – October 14, 2014



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YOU ARE INVITED to attend “Student-Led Conferences” at Georges Vanier Elementary on Thursday, October 24th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

What are “Student-Led Conferences?” Student-Led Conferences are an opportunity for your child to personally share information about their learning. Your child will take the lead during the conferences, share samples of their work, demonstrate skills, discuss goals, and answer any questions you might have.

Why “Student-Led Conferences?” Student-Led Conferences:

  • Encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance
  • Help students recognize and take ownership for the things that interfered with their learning success
  • Teach students the process of self-evaluation
  • Develop students’ oral communication skills and organizational skills
  • Increase students’ self-confidence
  • Enhance communication between student and parents.

We hope you are able to attend this special event. Students will be working hard to gather work samples and reflect on their progress so far this term. Please indicate below if you are able to attend your child’s Student-Led conference. If you are not able to, your child will conduct the Conference at home. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Gardening is a great way for children to learn new skills and have fun. From tending their own plants, they can learn about the science of plants, animals, weather and the environment.

Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending and growing plants. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow.

This past week, grade 3 students from Mrs. Wiebe and Mrs. Hopkins class planted daffodil bulbs around the school. We will all anxiously await for the plants to make their appearance early next year!

Children learn from growing things. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the growth of plants
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
  • Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
  • Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
  • Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork

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We are happy to announce that Chelsea Bryant has been hired as a teacher for one of our Kindergarten classes. Ms. Bryant is a regular Teacher-on-Call and should be a familiar face to many students, staff, and parents. Ms. Bryant is filling in for Mrs. Pulvers who is off on maternity leave, and who we are happy to share, welcomed a 5 lbs. 10 oz. baby girl named Ayla to the world on October 6th.

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PARENTING CORNER: Positive Reinforcement: 9 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Child
Author: Paula Spencer

I was trying to do two things at once — cook (in the kitchen) while deciphering some paperwork (in the next room). I’d been interrupted a thousand times with requests for snacks, shrieks over spilled paint water, questions about what squirrels like to eat, and arguments over whether clouds could be blue and flowers could be green. And did I mention that a ruptured disk in my back was throbbing even worse than my head?

Still, nothing can excuse my behavior that afternoon.

I erupted like Mount Momsuvius: “Enough! Get out! Stop bothering me!” The look on my daughters’ faces said it all. The 2-year-old’s eyes widened. The 4-year-old furrowed her brow and jabbed her thumb between her lips. Immediately I wished I could stuff the hot-lava words back into my mouth. They certainly hadn’t come from my heart, or my brain.

We all say the wrong thing sometimes, leaving our kids feeling hurt, angry, or confused. Read on for some of the most common verbal missteps moms and dads make, and kinder, gentler alternatives.

Next: Why you shouldn’t say, “Leave me alone!” Continue Reading –>

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image-8This week in the Learning Commons students celebrated some of our great books. We used Pic Collage App to create posters and then blogged our favourite book covers. We are thankful for the wide variety of materials we have available to us and are proud of the quality of our resources.
Unfortunately, every year, we loose a significant number of books due to damage and loss. The biggest problem is leaking water bottles and sticky lunches. Wet pages turn mouldy and the books cannot be salvaged. Please make sure lids are on tight. Vanier students know not to draw in books but younger siblings or cousins should be supervised. 
Families may be asked for full or partial replacement costs of damaged books. Accidents happen, and if you are unable to contribute towards a book’s replacement please let Ms. Crosland know.

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

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: What’s Important in Life – BEING THANKFUL
Sometimes it takes something serious to happen in our lives before we truly realize what is important and what we are thankful for. Take a few minutes to watch and discuss this video with your child.

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  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 18 – Leadership Students to WE DAY at Rogers Arena – ALL DAY
  • 18 – Divisions 20-23 to Aldor Acres
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 23 – Division 10 – Clay Workshop – Surrey Arts Centre – 9:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)
  • 29 – PAC Executive Meeting – 9:00 a.m.


  • 5 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 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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