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.

Click here to view previous poll questions and results

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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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