Vanier News – March 9, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:


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Our Grade 7 30-Hour Famine is quickly approaching. This is a fun and educational experience that helps our senior students make a positive difference in the world. Our students have raised $1700, $2500, and $3900 in each of the past three years – an incredible accomplishment! Money has been donated to such organizations as Make-A-Wish, Children’s Hospital, KIVA, BCSPCA, Red Cross, and Canadian Cancer Society. This year, we hope to meet or beat our previous totals.


Sponsor a grade 7 student directly, or support the whole group by making a donation at the office. All donations of $20 or more are tax-deductible.

Enjoy this video from last year’s event and thank you in advance for your support!

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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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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 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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  • 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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Students in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons are very proud of their many accomplishments. Take a look at some of the great things students are able to do.

We also created ten second book reviews using the Pic and Vid Stitch App. This was tricky as students had to figure out how share their ideas in 10 seconds and to ‘stitch’ the picture to their first time ‘selfie’ video. Great job!

The Natural Disasters have been tweeting about their latest creations. Students are using plasticine to show their learning about tsunamis. We have been exploring the power and devastation of the tsunamis and students are designing art that reflects those emotions. Follow them on Twitter #VanierLC

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Daylight Saving Time Explained
Have you changed all the clocks in your home by advancing them forward by 1 hour? Watch and discuss this video with your child.

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  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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