Vanier News – December 14, 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 THIS WEEK
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Click here to download your Christmas Concert Ticket order form:  Christmas Concert Tickets – 2013

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 AUTHENTIC LEARNING: INNOVATION WEEK
This week, over 75 students from Grades 3-7 participated in the first ever INNOVATION WEEK. Students could do any kind of work they wanted, as long as they were focused on their work and prepared to share their learning at the end of the week.

While initially it was challenging for students to realize the level of independence required, they quickly adapted. We started each morning as a group, discussing the shape of the day and watching videos to inspire creative thinking. Here are a couple of videos students enjoyed most:




Projects included: remote control cars, storage containers, decorations, edible creations, and app and website development. At the end of the week, we knew INNOVATION WEEK was successful because of the levels of engagement witnessed:

  • Almost every student said they would participate again.
  • Almost every day, students lost track of time and continued to work through recess and lunch.
  • Students completed work on their own time to meet the Friday deadline.
  • Conversation moved away from talk of final product and more towards process, learning, and demonstrating competencies such as creative and critical thinking, communication, and self-awareness.

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Even more impressive what that pockets of personalized learning and innovation were popping up in other places in the school.

Students in Mrs. Rempel and Mr. McDonald’s classes spent time everyday creating their very own Rube-Goldberg machines, while students in Mrs. Henderson and Mr. White’s classes participated in Learn a New Skill week.

We were so happy to provide students with opportunities to not only learn, but have fun doing it. We are thrilled to see our students so engaged in their work.

Only good things can come from this! Thank you parents for your support.

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PARENTING CORNER: Parenting Styles – What they are and why they matter.
Author: Kendra Cherry
Source
Developmental psychologists have long been interested in how parents impact child development. However, finding actual cause-and-effect links between specific actions of parents and later behavior of children is very difficult. Some children raised in dramatically different environments can later grow up to have remarkably similar personalities. Conversely, children who share a home and are raised in the same environment can grow up to have astonishingly different personalities than one another.

Despite these challenges, researchers have uncovered convincing links between parenting styles and the effects these styles have on children. During the early 1960s, psychologist Diana Baumrind conducted a study on more than 100 preschool-age children (Baumrind, 1967). Using naturalistic observation, parental interviews and other research methods, she identified four important dimensions of parenting:

  • Disciplinary strategies
  • Warmth and nurturance
  • Communication styles
  • Expectations of maturity and control

Based on these dimensions, Baumrind suggested that the majority of parents display one of three different parenting styles. Further research by also suggested the addition of a fourth parenting style (Maccoby & Martin, 1983). Continue reading this article…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

The fire has been keeping us nice and toasty in the Learning Commons this week. Strong Start preschool has been enjoying Christmas stories, a Santa craft and exploring skill developing apps on the iPads. Some kindergarten students have used the Balloon Stickie app to create images to show that pirates say “Rrrrr”. Some grade 2 students used Pic Jointer to demonstrate their ideas about categorization with pirate themes and many classes continue to explore new countries through postage stamps.

We are also using a new twitter account in the Learning Commons @VanierLC. Students can use this account to share mini book reviews and recommendations and to tell about their learning. Students only have access during library classes, all tweets are moderated by the Teacher Librarian and we only follow other classes, schools or those we can learn from. Follow us @VanierLC to stay connected.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS TO MAKE PEOPLE SMILE
Students watched this great video during INNOVATION WEEK. It demonstrates great creativity, but also shows us that it makes us feel really good when we make others happy. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 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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