Vanier News – November 23, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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NEW FEATURE: Interesting People at Georges Vanier

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PRINCIPAL’S THOUGHTS: Math is COOL
We’ve been talking a lot about math this past week! There are changes to the math curriculum, we will be sharing your child’s learning in math in ways other than test and quiz results, and we have a SUPER turnout for our math night this past Thursday evening. Thank you to the many students and family members who attended.

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We know that every student is unique and thinking in a different way. That’s why it’s important to teacher many strategies so that students have different tools to solve problems. One of the best parts of the work I do is being able to visit many classrooms and take part in the learning taking place. On Friday, I saw many math strategies being learned in Mrs. Silversides’ and Mrs. Copeland’s classrooms. Check it out!

Emma turns 9+4 into 10+3.

Emma turns 9+4 into 10+3.

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Hillary subracts by adding

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

Thank you to the many parents, teachers, and students who participated in community forum on Tuesday, November 19th. It was an evening to discuss changes to the B.C. curriculum as well as changes to how we communicate student learning to parents. In case you were unable to attend, here is the presentation we shared that evening:

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PARENTING CORNER: Why report cards get an F
Author: Denise Balkissoon
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Nine-year-old James Carr’s grades are neither terrible, nor amazing. Students at his Whitby, Ont., school are marked on a scale from A-plus to D-minus, and his report card is usually peppered with Bs and Cs. They’re decent marks, and his mom, Kathleen Crilly, would like to be happy with them. But she doesn’t quite understand what they’re for.

“I don’t know if he tried hard and still didn’t do well, or didn’t try at all,” she says. She describes his quarterly report cards as a list of marks and vague comments. Crilly calls James a “frustrating kid” — he usually aces tests, but he never does homework and rarely pays attention in class. His teachers have shared varying opinions of him: Some think he’s a genius, while others have implied he might have autism. Marks don’t give any insight into James’ learning process, says Crilly. “The report cards didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know.”

Report cards are supposed to be a method for teachers to communicate with parents about how their child is performing. But in recent years, parents have complained that the multi-page documents sent home with their children are confusing and unhelpful. Things have gotten so bad that some parents and educators think elementary-school students shouldn’t get report cards at all.
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
Students in the Learning Commons have been learning how to use Keynote App to share their learning about The Body and Extreme Weather. Division 7 and 8 have been blogging their presentations at http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org
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Some classes have been learning about postage stamps. We are learning how to identify country of origin and explore ways to categorize and organize our collections. Some classes have been given mini albums and starter sets of stamps. Sets will also be available for students who choose to attend a lunch time club. Meeting dates yet to be decided.

We are lucky to have so many students from around the world at Georges Vanier. We decided to celebrate that with a video based on the book “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox. Many thanks to all of the students who participated.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

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What is Innovation Week?
During the week of December 9-13, students from Grade 4-7, plus any primary students referred by their classroom teacher, will be given the time, space, and support to work on a project of their choice. Our hope is to provide independent and motivated students with a meaningful experience that will help them develop a passion for learning by giving them the chance to pursue individual learning interests.

Students will not attend their classes during this week. Instead, they will work in the Innovation Week area (gym and multipurpose room) for the entirety of their school day. Staff members will be supervising and supporting students during this time.

On the morning of Friday, December 13th, Innovators (as individuals, pairs, or groups of 3) will share their learning during an open house open to the whole community.

Here are some ideas from other schools:

  • Write and perform your own piece of music.
  • Create a how-to tutorial/video on how to do something you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Paint a still life on canvas of a nature scene.
  • Write and perform a one-person comedy act.
  • Research and present on the concentration camps of the Holocaust.
  • Choreograph and perform a dance.
  • Create a video highlight reel of basketball moves and plays.
  • Create a video documentary.

Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • How?  Applications will be given out during an information meeting. Listen for details.
  • BE CREATIVE!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin by November 29th.

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK:
Watch in awe as this mom and baby overcome challenges, persevere, and show the incredible love that exists between parent and child.


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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

  • 25 – Monthly Math Challenge DUE – Box at Office
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons
  • 26 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 29 – Innovation Week Applications DUE – Office
  • 29 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December

  • 3 – PAC Meeting- 9:00 a.m. – Staffroom
  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6 – Poinsettia Orders Due
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 16 – Poinsettia Pick Up – PM – Time TBD
  • 17 – PAC Hot Lunch – Pizza
  • 18 – Winter Concerts – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays
  • 20 – Christmas Dances

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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Vanier News – November 17, 2013

STUDENT PLANNER ALERT
Parents we need your help! We are still $1500 short on student planner payments.

If you have yet to do so, please forward payment this week if you can. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

MOVIE NIGHT
Well…there were a few technical issues on Friday night, but we appreciate your patience, support, and good nature. Together we were able to raise close to $1000 for your school. Well done. A very special thank you to our parent group who worked very hard to plan this event. We promise to have all technical issues eliminated next time 🙂

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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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PARENTING CORNER: Changes in how we Communicate Student Learning
Thank you to the small group of parents who assembled last week to discuss upcoming changes in the B.C. Curriculum as well as changes to how we communicate student learning to parents.

We are also looking at how we can better communicate your child’s learning to you. We know that there is a substantial amount of research indicating that external rewards and letter grades are detrimental to student learning. As well, letter grades can often be subjective, while not truly communicating progress your child has made in relation to learning objectives.

The communication you receive at the end of Term 1 will look different than what you have become used to. Primary students have not received letter grades in the past and this will continue to be the case. Intermediate teachers will be gradually moving over to a portfolio-based mode of sharing information about student learning. This will mean that intermediate students and their parents will receive detailed and ongoing information regarding their progress in relation to grade-level expectations in each curriculum area. Students and parents will also receive timely and descriptive feedback while learning is occuring so that they have the information they need to make adjustments to their learning.

Letter grades for intermediate students has always been a divisive issue. The teachers at Georges Vanier are aware of a significant body of research that indicates that:

  • Grades tend to reduce students’ interest in learning itself.
  • Grades tend to reduce students’ preference for challenging tasks.
  • Grades tend to reduce the quality of students’ thinking.

Read more about letter grades:

From Grading to De-Grading
Do Grades Do Any Good?
Can We Get Beyond Letter Grades?

We would like to CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION with you on Tuesday evening, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in our gym. Parents and students are welcome to attend. We will also have a District Settlement Worker present to provide Punjabi translation. We hope to see you there!

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS: Getting a Strong Start in the Learning Commons.

Pre-schoolers and their families are able to visit the Learning Commons for early literacy activities. We share ideas for encouraging children to develop an interest in books and explore apps that promote skill development on the iPads. This week, for example, we read ‘The Wheels on The Bus’ and made all the sounds for ‘And the Train Goes…’. We watched a video and sang along with ‘Five Little Monkeys’ and used an alphabet app to practise letters. It is a great opportunity for children and their caregivers to celebrate learning together.
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It’s a Multi-Step Process…

Several classes have been demonstrating their learning about pirates using the Pic Collage App. This is a multi step app that gives students another way of sharing what they have been exploring in the Learning Commons. In creating an image, students first locate pictures from one of our pirate books that they feel reflects their ideas. To use the app, students must be able to locate the app icon, select the camera, frame the photo and take the picture, decide if the picture is clear or retake it, manipulate the image size and orientation, select the text option, add their words, decide on a font, size, colour and background, arrange their images and save to the photo album. It’s a lot of steps and students are proud of their accomplishments. The projects are either uploaded to the individual student’s blog or later added to a video featuring the work of multiple classes.
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To see more student creations please visit http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

gvInnovationWeekWhat is Innovation Week?
During the week of December 9-13, students from Grade 4-7, plus any primary students referred by their classroom teacher, will be given the time, space, and support to work on a project of their choice. Our hope is to provide independent and motivated students with a meaningful experience that will help them develop a passion for learning by giving them the chance to pursue individual learning interests.

Students will not attend their classes during this week. Instead, they will work in the Innovation Week area (gym and multipurpose room) for the entirety of their school day. Staff members will be supervising and supporting students during this time.

On the morning of Friday, December 13th, Innovators (as individuals, pairs, or groups of 3) will share their learning during an open house open to the whole community.

Here are some ideas from other schools:

  • Write and perform your own piece of music.
  • Create a how-to tutorial/video on how to do something you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Paint a still life on canvas of a nature scene.
  • Write and perform a one-person comedy act.
  • Research and present on the concentration camps of the Holocaust.
  • Choreograph and perform a dance.
  • Create a video highlight reel of basketball moves and plays.
  • Create a video documentary.

Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • How?  Applications will be given out during an information meeting. Listen for details.
  • BE CREATIVE!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin by November 25th.

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Do Schools Kill Creativity? You decide. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

  • 18 – Motivational Magic with Steve Harmer – 1:00 p.m.
  • 19 – Community Forum – Curriculum and Communicating Student Learning 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • 25 – Monthly Math Challenge DUE – Box at Office
  • 25 – Innovation Week Applications DUE – Office
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons
  • 26 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 29 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December

  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 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

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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Vanier News – November 8, 2013

This Week at Georges Vanier…

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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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PAC MOVIE NIGHT
See you this coming Friday at our first Movie Night of the year, featuring MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. Tickets are by $2.00 donation each. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Our concession will include pizza, samosas, drinks, and candy.

Order forms go home with students this coming Tuesday, November 12 and are due back by Friday morning, November 15. Download the Movie Night Ticket Order Form.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY
We had a beautiful Remembrance Day Assembly on Thursday, November 7th. It was wonderful to have so many family members present and to hear the voices of our students. Each year we take the opportunity to reflect and gives thanks for our freedom, and to remember those who fought for that freedom.

A very special thank you to Mrs. Scheller who does a skillful job of planning this solemn event and preparing our students.

Here is one of the videos we shared at the assembly:

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STUDENT PLANNERS
Parents we need your help! We are still $1500 short on student planner payments.

If you have yet to do so, please forward payment this week if you can. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

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PARENTING CORNER: Changes in how we Communicate Student Learning
Last week in the Vanier News, you read about how our curriculum in BC Schools is changing, with more emphasis on crucial skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and personal and social awareness. Read more about these changes…

We are also looking at how we can better communicate your child’s learning to you. We know that there is a substantial amount of research indicating that external rewards and letter grades are detrimental to student learning. As well, letter grades can often be subjective, while not truly communicating progress your child has made in relation to learning objectives.

The communication you receive at the end of Term 1 will look different than what you have become used to. Primary students have not received letter grades in the past and this will continue to be the case. Intermediate teachers will be gradually moving over to a portfolio-based mode of sharing information about student learning. This will mean that intermediate students and their parents will receive detailed and ongoing information regarding their progress in relation to grade-level expectations in each curriculum area. Students and parents will also receive timely and descriptive feedback while learning is occuring so that they have the information they need to make adjustments to their learning.

Letter grades for intermediate students has always been a divisive issue. The teachers at Georges Vanier are aware of a significant body of research that indicates that:

  • Grades tend to reduce students’ interest in learning itself.
  • Grades tend to reduce students’ preference for challenging tasks.
  • Grades tend to reduce the quality of students’ thinking.

Read more about letter grades:

From Grading to De-Grading
Do Grades Do Any Good?
Can We Get Beyond Letter Grades?

YOU ARE INVITED to an informal parent forum on Tuesday, November 12 at 8:45 a.m. to further discuss this shift in communicating student learning. We appreciate your feedback!

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

Books for Pre-Schoolers.

Families in the Georges Vanier community are now able to access new books for Pre-Schoolers! We have a new library of excellent books for sharing with the little ones in your family. The children do not have to be enrolled in Strong Start or the Day Care to use this library. This is a free program. Student leaders or Ms. Crosland will be available at lunch time to assist families with borrowing books. We hope that soon, families will sign out the books independently. Just put your name on a card, take out the picture card from the back of the book and put both cards in the sleeve on the wall. Easy. Take as many as four at a time, bring them back, and get four more. Books are a perfect excuse to cuddle your little ones and share a story. If you enjoy the little library, please tell your neighbours in our community and let’s get the pre-schoolers enjoying books at home.

In the Learning Commons: Visualizing Pirates and sharing our learning about Extreme Weather and Text Features.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

gvInnovationWeekWhat is Innovation Week?
During the week of December 9-13, students from Grade 4-7, plus any primary students referred by their classroom teacher, will be given the time, space, and support to work on a project of their choice. Our hope is to provide independent and motivated students with a meaningful experience that will help them develop a passion for learning by giving them the chance to pursue individual learning interests.

Students will not attend their classes during this week. Instead, they will work in the Innovation Week area (gym and multipurpose room) for the entirety of their school day. Staff members will be supervising and supporting students during this time.

On the morning of Friday, December 13th, Innovators (as individuals, pairs, or groups of 3) will share their learning during an open house open to the whole community.

Here are some ideas from other schools:

  • Write and perform your own piece of music.
  • Create a how-to tutorial/video on how to do something you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Paint a still life on canvas of a nature scene.
  • Write and perform a one-person comedy act.
  • Research and present on the concentration camps of the Holocaust.
  • Choreograph and perform a dance.
  • Create a video highlight reel of basketball moves and plays.
  • Create a video documentary.

Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • How?  Applications will be given out during an information meeting. Listen for details.
  • BE CREATIVE!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin by November 25th.

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK:
What happens when we use rewards to motivate students? The video might be from a few years back, the message is still current. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
  • 12 – Parent Forum – Communicating Student Learning – Multipurpose Room @ 8:45 a.m.
  • 15 – Movie Night -Monsters University- 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 – Monthly Math Challenge DUE – Box at Office
  • 25 – Innovation Week Applications DUE – Office
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons
  • 26 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 29 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December

  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 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

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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Vanier News – November 3, 2013

This Week at Georges Vanier…

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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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MONTHLY MATH CHALLENGE

Here is the Monthly Math Challenge for November.
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Information can be found on the bulletin board just outside the Multipurpose room in the main hallway. Solutions should be creative and can be submitted in the appropriate box at the office. Have fun!
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HAPPY DIWALI!

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING – Mystery NUMBER Skype
You’ve been hearing about the many ways Georges Vanier students have been participating in authentic and fun learning by connecting with learners in other parts of the world. This past week, Grade 1 students in Mrs. Bolton’s class participated in a Mystery NUMBER Skype with students from a class in Alabama, United States. The goal of this activity was to guess the mystery number of the other class, while the other class did the same. Students learned about number sense and how to ask good questions.

We heard questions such as:

  • Is the number greater than or less than ___?
  • Is the number bigger or smaller than ___?
  • Is the number single digit or double digit?
  • Is the number between ___ and ___?
  • Is the number odd? Even?

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STUDENT PLANNERS
Last week, a short notice was sent home with students regarding planners. Thank you to those parents who have forwarded a payment of $5.00 per planner.

If you have yet to do so, please forward payment this week if you can. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

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PARENTING CORNER: The Changing Face of Education
Everything around us continues to change, including learners in schools. Therefore, our education system needs to evolve in order to reflect these changes. Our curriculum is currently undergoing significant change, with more focus being place on COMPETENCIES and less focus on CONTENT.

Parents, if you think back to all the facts and content you were taught in school, it is incredible to see how much of that information has changed or is no longer accurate. More and more, we are realizing that students need to focus on the development of crucial skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and personal and social awareness.

You will be hearing more and more about these changes and how these changes will be reflected in how school’s communicate student learning to you at home. Read more about these changes…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

A huge thank you to all the families who came by the Learning Commons to support the Book Fair. It was a busy week with lots of special events, prizes, stories and fun. Georges Vanier students and staff also joined other schools in B.C. and across Canada to Drop Everything and Read – D.E.A.R. Students from all over the province were reading at the same time.

A new little library that lends books to families with preschoolers will be starting shortly at Vanier. More information to follow soon.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

What is Innovation Week?
During the week of December 9-13, students from Grade 4-7, plus any primary students referred by their classroom teacher, will be given the time, space, and support to work on a project of their choice. Our hope is to provide independent and motivated students with a meaningful experience that will help them develop a passion for learning by giving them the chance to pursue individual learning interests.

Students will not attend their classes during this week. Instead, they will work in the Innovation Week area (gym and multipurpose room) for the entirety of their school day. Staff members will be supervising and supporting students during this time.

On the morning of Friday, December 13th, Innovators (as individuals, pairs, or groups of 3) will share their learning during an open house open to the whole community.

Here are some ideas from other schools:

  • Write and perform your own piece of music.
  • Create a how-to tutorial/video on how to do something you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Paint a still life on canvas of a nature scene.
  • Write and perform a one-person comedy act.
  • Research and present on the concentration camps of the Holocaust.
  • Choreograph and perform a dance.
  • Create a video highlight reel of basketball moves and plays.
  • Create a video documentary.

Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • How?  Applications will be given out during an information meeting. Listen for details.
  • BE CREATIVE!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible.
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin by November 25th.

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Using your WITS.
Teachers had a little fun during a recent assembly, modelling the use of WITS problem solving strategies.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

  • 4 – SaveAround Coupon Book Fundraiser begins
  • 4 – Monthly Math Challenge OUT (see above)
  • 5 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 6 – Education Assistants and students to Orange Games – all day
  • 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 – Monthly Math Challenge DUE
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons
  • 26 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 29 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December

  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 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

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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