Vanier News – December 8, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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GREAT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN

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TUTORING HOMEWORK ENGLISH SUPPORT
FREE for students in grades 5-9
LOCATION:  Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

IMG_3512 TEEN READ CLUB
FREE for students aged 10-18
LOCATION:  Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

COPING WITH TODDLER BEHAVIOUR
FREE for parents of children 12-36 months
LOCATION:  Georges Vanier Elementary
8 Sessions – January 14-March 14, 2014
Call 604-586-3351 to Register

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

FREE for students aged 10-18
LOCATION:  Newton Library – 13775 70 Avenue, Surrey
8 Sessions – January 18-March 8, 2014
Call 604-501-5100 or 604-591-4176 to Register
Registration Number: 4352040

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION —>English Conversation Poster Winter 2014

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT
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Click here to download your Christmas Concert Ticket order form:  Christmas Concert Tickets – 2013

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INTERESTING PEOPLE AT GEORGES VANIER

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 AUTHENTIC LEARNING: POWERPLAY STRATEGIES SHOW.
This past Friday, December 6, we held our 2nd Annual Powerplay Strategies Show which was a culmination of the Young Entrepreneurs Program students in Mrs. Rempel and Mrs. Lutz’s class were participating in. Students learned real-life skills such as financial literacy, creating a business plan, marketing, and social awareness.  10% of money raised by students goes to a charity of their choice. Well done, Vanier learners!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
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

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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: Smart TV-Watching Tips
Author: Anita Sethi, Ph.d.
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Whatever semblance of hygiene I maintained as a new mom, I owed to Teletubbies. It was a successful formula: baby in play yard, tape in VCR, mom in shower. So I was disappointed when the American Academy of Pediatrics came out against TV for kids under age 2. But many other moms don’t seem to be worried: A new study found that 40 percent of 3-month-olds watch TV, and 90 percent of kids do so by age 2. If you’re going to allow some viewing (and most of us do), here’s the smart way to do it:

Be choosy. Shows in which characters speak to your child (such as Dora the Explorer) or that have a clear, linear story line (like Clifford) are the best language builders.

  • Join in. Talking with her about what’s happening on a show will help her learn more from what she’s viewing.
  • Get creative. Make videos of your own starlet; they will enthrall her and show her that TV is not the real thing.
  • Use it in moderation. Young children learn faster from live, human interaction than from watching it on TV.
  • Turn it off when your baby stops watching it. The noise can distract her from other play efforts.
  • Avoid TV around bed- or naptime. It can disrupt your baby’s sleep.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
This week in the Learning Commons many students are enjoying adding to their stamp collections. Students are learning how to figure out where their stamps are from and are learning about countries around the world. Many thanks to Mrs. Roxburgh for helping us to add to our stamp supply.

Check out our learning: We used the Draw and Show app to help students visualize the characters in ‘The Gingerbread Pirates’ story and used the Doodlecast app to show our developing rhyming skills.

Do pop by the Learning Commons to see our decorated “Book Christmas Tree” and visit the Learning Commons website to keep up to date with all of our news. http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: MATH with a FUNNY TWIST
This video is proof that math and numbers can be fun. Watch and discuss with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room
  • 10 – Term 1 Student Learning Communications 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
  • 23 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m. (this is a NEW date for this event)

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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