Vanier News – January 11, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:

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INTERESTING PEOPLE AT GEORGES VANIER
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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
There has been much discussion of report cards and letter grades of late on television, radio, and newspaper, and we at Georges Vanier have been highlighted in several stories:

We appreciate your support and your open-mindedness to this important process. It’s important to note that these changes are not being made for the sake of change. We really want to know from you, our parents, if we can provide BETTER information regarding your child’s learning. That’s why your patience and your feedback is important.

Very shortly, you will begin receiving information regarding how we plan to share more, and more descriptive feedback, regarding your child’s learning. You will be asked to share your email address. Through email, you will receive periodic updates throughout the term. You will hear about:

  • Your child’s accomplishments,
  • Areas of learning your child needs to focus more on,
  • Ways you can support your child’s learning.

Here is what some of that feedback may look like:

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Most important is that you, as parents, receive information in a timely manner so you can provide support and communicate with your child’s teacher when it is most needed. We hope that by the time Term 2 comes to a close (in mid-March) you will have a clear understanding of your child’s progress.

We look forward to working and learning together with you during this process!

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
We are off to a Strong Start in the Learning Commons with pre-schoolers and their care-givers sharing stories, videos and using the iPads to learn about sea life with the ABC Aquarium App. Division 5 showed their learning about the novel ‘The Breadwinner’ using Doodle Buddy, Pic Collage and KidBlog Apps. We also started the Natural Disasters Club. Students began to learn about Japanese culture by trying out some delicious Pocky biscuits and blogging their ideas.


The Stamp Club for Divisions 10, 11, and 12 also meet this past week. Next week Divisions 7, 8 and 9 will meet at lunch on Tuesday and Divisions 1 – 6 on Wednesday. Bring your stamp albums, especially if you were in the Natural Disasters club last year. New members are welcome and free stamp albums will be provided.

Georges Vanier students used the Autorap App to share their research about pirates and Funny Face Maker App to put themselves in the face of pirate pictures. Check out the video:

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Looking back at Innovation Week
Innovation Week at Georges Vanier took place December 9-13, 2013 and offered our students a chance to spend a week learning about something they were passionate about. Read the blog written about this event and enjoy the video below where students share their thoughts of the experience.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January

  • 15 – Boys Basketball – AT Chimney Hill – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 16 – Girls Basketball – AT Chimney Hill – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 20 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
  • 21 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 22 – Boys Basketball – HOME vs Green Timbers – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 23 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m. (this is a NEW date for this event)
  • 23 – Girls Basketball – HOME vs Green Timbers – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 24 – Division 7 to Surrey Arts Centre
  • 28 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 29 – Boys Basketball – HOME vs Coyote Creek – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 30 – Division 7 to Surrey Arts Centre
  • 30 – Girls Basketball – HOME vs Coyote Creek – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

February

  • 4 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 5 – Boys Basketball – AT Green Timbers – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 6 – Girls Basketball – AT Green Timbers – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 11-14 – Foundations Skills Assessment – Grade 4 and 7 students – Week 1. Read more about this in English and Punjabi.
  • 11 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 12 – Boys Basketball – HOME vs Janice Churchill – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 12 – Grade 7 Parent Night at Frank Hurt – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 13 – Girls Basketball – HOME vs Janice Churchill – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 17-21 – Foundations Skills Assessment – Grade 4 and 7 students – Week 1
  • 18 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 19 – Boys Basketball Playday – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Location TBD
  • 20 – Science Fair
  • 20 – Girls Basketball Playday -12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Location TBD
  • 21 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Fine Arts Performance – Teddy Anderson, Hoop Dancer – 1:00 p.m.
  • 25 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 27 – Frank Hurt OPEN HOUSE – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

March

  • 4 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 11 – Term 2 Student Learning Communication Home
  • 11 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 13 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 14 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
  • 24-28 – DREAM CAMP at Vanier. Details to follow
  • 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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