Vanier News – October 26, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK: Having an authentic audience (someone other than just the classroom teacher) encourages learners to do better work.

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: Student Behaviour and WITS
The majority of our students at Georges Vanier get along peacefully with each other and have good strategies for solving problems. Unfortunately, some of our students are still developing these strategies and resort to hitting, kicking, or using inappropriate language. This sort of behaviour is unacceptable and when it occurs, we work with the child and their parents to teach better ways of dealing with conflict. In all cases, our goal is to ensure that consequences are education-based and restorative rather than punitive.

Everyday, students hear about using their WITS. WITS stands for…photo-194

Please review these expectations with your children often. Encouraging children to hit back if they are being bothered sends the message that this solves problems. In most cases, using this strategy makes the problem worse.

If your child is being bothered in any way, encourage them to use their WITS and ask them who they trust at school. Further encourage them to share what’s bothering them with this adult. Thank you for your ongoing support!
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Early in the school year, staff and students viewed a video called See Something, Say Something. The message in the video is clear: if you see someone in need, it’s your responsibility to step in and help. Here is the video they saw:

Mrs. Dhaliwal and her students were so motivated by the video, they chose to create their own version. We are very happy to share their creation with you here:

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This week, a short notice will be coming home with students regarding planners. Planners were given to all students at the beginning of the year. Planners are excellent organizational tools for students. At that time, parents were asked for a $5.00 payment. Currently, our school budget is close to $1500 short meaning that almost half of the planners given out have not yet been paid for.

If there are financial reasons leading to an inability to pay, this is understandable. In these cases, please provide full or partial payment if possible.

We know that in this case, most parents have simply forgotten to forward payment. If this is the case, please forward payment with your child once they bring the notice home from school.

In NO CASE will planners be withheld due to an inability to pay. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
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PARENTING CORNER: No Such Thing as a “Bad Apple”: Fix the Behavior, Not the Kid
Authors: Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney Studaker-Cordner

How many times has this gone through your head? Your “difficult” child—the defiant one who’s constantly acting out and upsetting everyone—has just done it again. Maybe he’s called his little sister a foul name, smashed your favorite framed family photo, or screamed in your face. In a moment of defeat, you think, “What if there’s no hope? What if he’s just a ‘bad seed’—the bad apple of the family?”

Here’s the bottom line: There should never be motivation for a sibling to copy another sibling’s bad behavior. Period.

While many parents have “gone there” at one point or another, understand that this really is a false statement, because all children are inherently born good. They come out innocent, but simply have different personalities. At times, it can appear that everything your child is doing is negative: his attitude, the way he treats you and others, and the way he handles his problems. That’s when those negative thoughts get stuck in our heads. As parents, these thoughts can get us into trouble because we can unconsciously begin to reinforce, through our own behavior, the idea that our child is a bad person. But that’s not the case. Remember, it’s not your child who “turns bad,” it’s his behavior that is inappropriate. Continue Reading…

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image-9Yahoo! The Book Fair has arrived. Come on in to the Learning Commons and take a look at some of the latest books, gifts and school supplies. We have contests and lots of prizes. Open before and after school and at lunch and recess. All classes will also have a chance to browse the fair during the week. Watch out for a special visitor at the front of the building, before and after school. Hint: He likes to eat cheese. The fair runs October 28th to November 1st.

On Monday, Georges Vanier students will join schools from all over B.C. and Canada for D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read. Students and staff will be reading or will be read to after lunch. The Learning Commons and the Book Fair will not be open from 12:30 to 12:50 in support of this school-wide event.

See you at the Fair!
Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: How did you make that?
Our grade seven students recently received their hoodies. This year, the hoodies were made by a company called Sew Kool – a company run by Education Assistant Jenny Mazur and her family. Have you ever wondered how words and images are printed onto shirts. Have a look at this:

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  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)
  • 28 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.
  • 29 – PAC Executive Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 30 – Divisions 16-18 visit Port Kells Nursery


  • 4 – SaveAround Coupon Book Fundraiser begins
  • 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.
  • 18 – Motivational Magic with Steve Harmer – 1:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons


  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 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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