Vanier News – March 17, 2014

This week at Georges Vanier:

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Our Grade 7 30-Hour Famine is quickly approaching on April 3 and 4. 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.

This year, students have chosen the following charities to support:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – 40%
B.C. Children’s Hospital – 40%
KIVA – 20%

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

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: High Tech – High Touch

On Tuesday March 4th 2014, grade 1 and 2 students hosted a scientist from High Tech High Touch. We were busy exploring bugs and the Earth. The grade 2s got to make clouds, mudslides, and handle real earthworms. The grade 1s saw a tarantula skin, cockroach, crickets, and made spiderwebs. It was a hands on learning opportunity for all those that were able to attend.

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PARENTING CORNER: 5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think
Author: Jessica Lahey

This week, I’m turning the tables and giving some space to the “teacher” half of the “Parent-Teacher Conference.” When I ask teachers, “What one thing would you want your students’ parents to know?” the same five points come up over and over again.

1. Your kids can do much more than you think they can do. Despite all evidence to the contrary, your children do not need your help tying shoes, zipping jackets, sharpening pencils, packing their backpacks and lunch, or any of the million other tasks they expect you to do for them every day.

Take some direction from kindergarten teachers. If you think it takes an eternity to get your children out the door, imagine getting 20 children out the door, six times a day. Elementary school teachers are masters of delegation, so the child proficient at shoelaces becomes their “tying expert,” and the boy with a skill for zippers becomes the designated “zipper helper,” and before you can say “self-sufficient,” every child in the class has learned to tie and zip and mitten themselves. The next time your child tells you they can’t do something, step back and wait. Continue Reading…

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  • April 1 PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 8 Popcorn Day
  • April 14 Hanging Basket/Plant order forms sent home
  • April 17 Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • April 28 Hanging Basket/Plant orders DUE
  • May 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • May 9 Popcorn Day
  • May 20 Hot Lunch Day

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In the Vanier Learning Commons we read ‘Happy’ by Mies van Hout. We talked about emotions and what those feelings can look like in our facial expressions. Students used Doodle Buddy App to create art in the style of Mies Van Hout. Check out these great pirates…

Students have been tweeting about their learning from @VanierLC. Follow us to see some of the great activities in the Learning Commons.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: A Look Back at 2014 So Far…

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  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
  • 24-28 – DREAM CAMP at Vanier.
  • 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.
  • 7-11 – Vanier Spiritwear (shirts, hoodies) samples on site
  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 11 – Rick Hansen Ambassador Presentation: Primary 12:45 p.m./Intermediate 1:45 p.m.
  • 15 – Ready, Set, Learn Event: StrongStart – 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
  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.


  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 9 – Group and Team Photo day
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 21-23 – Divisions 1-4 – 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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