Vanier News – January 26, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:

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This past week, many parents will have received a request to have them share their email address with their child’s classroom teacher. You can view this document here: FreshGrade Invite. The purpose of this request is so teachers can begin to send you evidence of learning, feedback regarding your child’s progress as well as areas requiring further improvement, and  suggestion of how you can support your child. Receiving this information in a timely manner throughout the term is much more effective than waiting until the end of the reporting period in March.

Your feedback and the feedback of our learners is VERY important and we need to hear it. Please speak with your child’s teacher directly, or Mr. Vendramin and Mrs. Porpaczy.

Likewise, CLICK THIS LINK and feel free to contribute your voice to the conversation through Today’s Meet.

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Student Drop-off and Pick-up
We appreciate that the majority of parents follow driving and parking rules around our school. It’s the best way to ensure our children stay safe. Here are a few suggestions how you can help:

  • Model safety…use the crosswalk.
  • Park in designated areas only. Many parents are parking along 70 Avenue in areas marked as NO PARKING zones. Children are running across the street and there have been a few near misses.
  • Please do not pick up or drop off in the staff parking lot. Parking lots are not safe for students.
  • Take your time, park further away, and walk the short distance to the school.

Nut Alerts
There are significantly more students at Georges Vanier how have severe allergies to nuts and nut products. Some allergies are so severe, children can die even if exposed to the oils from a nut. We ask what you would want for your own children, a school free of anything that can harm children. We kindly ask that you refrain from sending any food to school that contains (or may contain) nuts or nut products. This includes peanut butter. Thank you!

Adults In The School
We have worked SO HARD to make our school a place where everyone feels welcome. We want that to continue, but we also recognize that student and adult safety may be compromised with so many adults in and out of the building. With our Daycare and StrongStart program, there are many adults in our school and it’s difficult for students and staff to know if every adult they see should be in the school. In recent times, several unknown adults have been in the school and have stolen items. Therefore, we would like to ask for your help:

  • Please drop off all lunches at the table near the office. We are happy to have you wait and personally hand lunch to your child. Make sure they know to come visit you at the office when they come in from playing outside.
  • Ensure all exterior doors are locked after you use them.
  • StrongStart parents are asked to enter through the exterior StrongStart door.
  • Little Harvard parents are asked to enter through the exterior doors closest to the preschool, rather than through the front doors.
  • StrongStart and Little Harvard parents will shortly be given a bright visitor badge. All parents will be expected to display this badge when entering the school.
  • Parents who are visiting for longer periods of time, please sign in at the office and use a visitors badge.

Thank you in advance for your continued support in making Georges Vanier as safe as possible!

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More and more we are asking student to be reflective in their learning and to document their reflection in a way that can be shared with others. This is challenging because our learners have traditionally not been asked to share their learning in such ways. But…with practice, students can become better at this.

Enjoy listening to three students in Mrs. Tracey’s class discuss their recent trip to the Surrey Art Gallery where they learned all about printmaking:


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This week in the Vanier Learning Commons, the Natural Disasters Club used a web-based program called Today’s Meet to demonstrate their learning about the Japanese Tsunami. It’s a great way to assess student comprehension of the novel and a fun way to share ideas. Check it out at

The stamp club also met again this week and we will get together again on Wednesday at lunch in the Learning Commons. We are using the iPads to help us figure out where the stamps are from. If you have an album from last year, please bring it. Albums supplied free for new members. Lots of great free stamps so come on by. Open to Divisions 1 – 12.

We celebrated the upcoming Chinese New Year with a new 3D image creator using the ColarMix App. The Year of the Horse was celebrated with a horse carousel which, when viewed through the app, made the student’s creations move in 3D. Kindergarten students also experimented with a Sock Puppet App to share some of our learning about Pirates. All of our videos may be viewed on the Learning Commons Vimeo channel.

Kindergarten and Grade 2/3 classes helped to create a video featuring a new book. We read and danced to ‘What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis and illustrated by Svein Nyhus. We thought the pictures of the fox were great. We also learned some facts about foxes. Check out our video.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: How To Eat A Kiwi Fruit
It means a lot to students when they are trusted! Enjoy this video (posted with parental permission) of a Kindergarten student demonstrating how to eat a Kiwi. Don’t worry…the procedure was modelled for the student beforehand and the student was fully supervised. He did a GREAT job and who knows, perhaps we have a great chef in the making!

Kiwi’s were recently delivered to our school as part of the Fruit and Vegetable program which our school is very fortunate to be part of.

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  • 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 8 to Surrey Arts Centre
  • 30 – Girls Basketball – HOME vs Coyote Creek – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 30 – Boys Basketball – AWAY vs Colebrook – 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 31 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.


  • 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.
  • 6 – Boys Basketball – HOME vs Colebrook – 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 2
  • 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.


  • 4 – COPEing with Toddler Behaviour – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 11 – Term 2 Student Learning Communication Home
  • 11 – Choir to the District Choral Festival at Bell Centre – PM
  • 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


  • 4 – Grade 7 – 30-Hour Famine begins – 8:00 a.m.
  • 5 – Grade 7 – 30-Hour Famine ends – 2:00 p.m.
  • 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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