Vanier News – March 2, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:


IN THIS ISSUE:

ABORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE
Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA) offers specialized programs for Aboriginal people in Surrey and its surrounding areas. FRAFCA provides daily groups to support children, youth, adults and elders. FRAFCA services include family drop in, outreach, pre-natal classes, parenting classes and youth night. There is also an employment program called Aboriginal BEST (Business Entrepreneurship Skills Training). The program teaches valuable business skills and an opportunity to meet other aspiring workers.

Download the March Flyer here: FRAFCA MARCH Flyer

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HOOP DANCER – Fine Arts Presentation
We were fortunate to enjoy an excellent fine arts performance this past Tuesday. Teddy Anderson, a Hoop Dancer, impressed us all with not only his physical skills, but his message. To quote Teddy:

“…I am small and weak. One of your many children am I. Make me walk…and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunrise. Make my hands respect the many things you have made, and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise that I may know the many things you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy – myself! Make me always ready to come before you, with clean hands, and straight eyes. So when life fades like the fading sunset, my spirit may come before you without shame.”

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING: Continuing The Conversation
Parents, have you been receiving electronic updates via email regarding your child’s learning? If so, we’d like to hear from you!

Your feedback and the feedback of our learners is VERY important. 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: Parent Involvement Makes the Difference
Student Learning Communications will be coming home with students on Tuesday, March 11. An early dismissal for Parent-Teacher conferences is scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at 1:27 p.m.

Please phone the office at 604-596-1030 to arrange a time to meet with your child’s teacher.

Of course, ongoing parent involvement makes a difference in a child’s learning.

Read more in English…
Read more in Punjabi…
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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


In the Learning Commons, some classes are beginning to share the nominations for the Surrey School’s Picture Book of the Year. We have ten books to choose from. Students are judging the books on how engaging they find the story and the style of the illustrations. Watch this space to find out which book we finally select at Vanier.

Students in the Natural Disasters Club have been giving a lot of thought to their feelings about the devastation caused by Tsunamis. We used an online tool called TodaysMeet.com for students to list some words or phrases to express their feelings about the natural disaster. We organized our thoughts using the Keynote App and shared our learning on the student blogs.

Some Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing with our ‘Love your Learning’ theme and used the iPad camera, PicCollage, Balloon Stickie App and Dropbox to create mini posters that feature a book that they love to read. The best part is…this is independent work! From camera to importing to creating to exporting to uploading. Yahoo! The images were complied in iMovie and are posted on our Vanier on Video Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/annacrosland/videos

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Head Lice to Dead Lice
Unfortunately, LICE is nothing new to our school, or any school for that matter. Parents and the school need to work together when cases of head lice are identified and schools are to follow District Policy. This includes informing the parents of the identified student(s), as well as the parents of all students in the class that a case of head lice has been identified. In all instances, student privacy is maintained. You can find treatment options HERE: Head Lice Treatment. Most importantly, as this video shares, it’s not the end of the world if your child has lice and our school is here to help!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
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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