Vanier News – February 22, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:


IN THIS ISSUE:

SCIENCE FAIR
Our annual Science Fair was held on Thursday, February 20th and was a great success. Student scientists were able to discuss their experiments and learning with other students and our guest judges. Congratulations to all participants!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING: Continuing The Conversation
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 suggestions 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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PARENTING CORNER: 10 Keys To Healthy Partnership Conflict Resolution When you Live With Kids
Author: Dr. Laura Markhan
Source
“Dr. Laura….In your last post, you warned parents against fighting in front of our kids. But as you always say, we’re not perfect, we’re human! What are we supposed to do when we disagree? And isn’t it good for kids to see parents work out disagreements, and make up? And isn’t okay if spouses don’t always agree — we can still love each other.” Continue Reading…

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STUDENT SAFETY: IMPORTANT UPDATES

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.
  • WATCH FOR CHILDREN!
  • 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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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • March 4 PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • March 7 Popcorn Day
  • April 1 PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 8 Popcorn Day
  • April 17 Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • May 9 Popcorn Day

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS


Watch these kindergarten students morph into the avatars they created using I Made Face and FaceFilm Apps.

Students used this great geometric design app to create art. They exported their work into photos and then uploaded to Dropbox. Great job!

Mrs. Rempel’s class used Pic Collage and ProCreate App to present their poetry. Students in Division 5 used DoodleBuddy and Comic Book App to create anti-bullying posters. Grade 2 and 3 used PicCollage to show their learning about QR codes. They posted their work to their student blogs. Links to student blogs are hosted on the Learning Commons webpage at 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: Raising a Child of Possibility
Parents, enjoy this great video and learn how to promote wonder and awe in your child:

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
February

March

  • 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

April

  • 3 – Grade 7 – 30-Hour Famine begins – 8:00 a.m.
  • 4 – 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

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

June

  • 3 – 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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