Vanier News – February 8, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:

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In recent weeks, 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.

Our staff members are all at different stages in terms of this roll-out of student learning information. Some may be sharing already, others may soon begin, while yet others may still be at the collection phase. We appreciate your patience as our staff continues to learn and grow along side your children!

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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Intermediate students are currently learning all about the scientific method in class by conducting experiments. Many students will move on to present their projects at our school science fair on February 20th. Watch this intriguing video on magnets with your child:

You can also access all the information you need regarding the Science Fair here: 2014 Science Fair booklet
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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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  • February 20 Hot Lunch
  • March 4 PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • March 7 Popcorn Day
  • April 1 PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 8 Popcorn Day
  • May 9 Popcorn Day

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What Do You Love? Come on by the Learning Commons and add to our banner. So far we love the beach, basketball, reading, our families, BFFs and much more. See Ms. Crosland for a marker and help us to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Division 5 learned about the art of Ted Harrison and used the Pro-Create App to make their own digital creations in the style of the famous Canadian artist. Check out their work on the student blogs on the link found at:

Strong Start Pre-school celebrated Chinese New Year in the Learning Commons with a 3D horse colouring activity, horse pictures and videos. Also, the Stamp Club will meet again at lunch on Wednesday for Divisions 1 – 12. Bring your albums.

Grade One and Two students are learning how to use screenshots, photo editing, the camera and dropbox to save and share their work. Check out their 45 second video.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Family is Forever
Being a family doesn’t always mean that everything is perfect. In fact, sometimes it’s hard work. But as this video communicates, Family is Forever. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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  • 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. – AT HOME
  • 20 – Science Fair
  • 20 – Girls Basketball Playday -12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – AT HOME
  • 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.
  • 6 – Grade 6 Students to Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 9 a.m. – noon
  • 7 – Free The Children Assembly for Intermediate Students – 1:45 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.
  • 15 – Ready, Set, Learn Event – 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • 16 – Spring Portraits
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary


  • 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
  • 21-23 – Divisions 1 and 4 – Camping at Camp Elphinstone
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 2 – District Track Meet – Bear Creek Park
  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 a.m.
  • 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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