Vanier News – December 1, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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NEW FEATURE: Interesting People at Georges Vanier

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Students have been creating and marketing their own products. Now it’s time to sell. The PowerPlay show is taking place THIS Friday, December 6, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Come visit us in the gym and get started on your Christmas shopping. Part proceeds of this event go to selected charities.

Here’s what our young entrepreneurs from last year had to say:

  • “I like power play because we are donating to charity and I love helping.” Simran K.
  • “I like power play because I get to draw.” Justin S.
  • “I like power play because it is fun and I get to learn how to make my own business and I get the money that I make.” Kye H.
  • “It makes me want to make a job.” Sahil M.
  • “I like it because it inspires me to start a business and to get well with money.” Hayley M.
  • “I like power play because you make stuff and sell it and make your own money. That’s why I like it.” Abdullah S.
  • “I like power play because it’s for a good cause.” Rohin C.
  • “Why I like it (power play) is because it’s pretty cool starting a first business.” Pritpal S.
  • “I like power play because it’s fun making products.” Puneet S.
  • “I like power play because I get to make and sell my own product.” Armina B.
  • “I like power play because it’s teaching us how to start a business and we are earning money.” Hayal M.
  • “I like it (power play) because you can have fun and do crafts.” Maegan H.
  • “It is fun!” Braxton B.
  • “I love power play because it helps me earn and be more responsible with money.” Aden B.
  • “I love power play because we get to make stuff and we donate money to charity.” Risham M.

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Student Learning Communications will be be coming home with students on Tuesday, December 10th. There will be an early dismissal on Thursday, December 12th at 1:27 p.m. Please phone the office at 604-596-1030 to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their progress.

To prepare for effective parent-teacher conferences, please review the following documents in ENGLISH and PUNJABI.

Parent Teacher Conferences – English
Parent Teacher Conferences – Punjabi

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PARENTING CORNER: Positive Dad Parenting In The Early Years
Author: Dr. Claire Elizabeth Cameron
Most of the research on parenting has focused on moms. But a recent review of the literature – specifically a meta-analysis of almost two dozen studies of father involvement during early childhood – illustrates the specific parenting features by which dads have a positive influence on their kid’s development in the early years.
During the years from 3 to 8, how much time dads spent with their kids, as well as how positively (or negatively) they interacted with them, related to how children performed on cognitive, social, and behavioral assessments. In fact, fathers made the greatest relative contribution to their children’s social and self-control skills, compared to cognitive skills.Continue reading…
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It has been another busy week in the Learning Commons. Students and their buddies had lots of fun reading ebooks and storybooks with flashlights in the Pirate’s Den Library. Don’t forget, the digital books are available to all students and their families and can be accessed at home from the school library catalogue via See Ms Crosland if you have any questions about accessing the site.

Students in Grades 1 and 2 are Stamp Detectives. They have been learning how to use the clues on postage stamps to tell which country a stamp is from. They have been using the iPad cameras to document their learning and to figure out how to best take a photograph that frames their work.

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Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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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
  • Where?  Gym and Multipurpose Room
  • What? An attempt to encourage creativity!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin at the office by December 2nd

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Teachers Model How to use WITS
Watch this video of an event that actually took place at our school. With parents as partners, we need to continually reinforce the important of good decision-making, self-control, and using our WITS. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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  • 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


  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 23 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m. (this is a new date for this event)


  • 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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