Vanier News – April 27, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

TEACHER JOB ACTION
A Message from Surrey Schools Superintendent Jordan Tinney regarding Phase 1 of Teacher Job Action:

Dear Parents,

As you know, teachers are in a legal position to strike and beginning April 23rd, they will be in phase one of their job action. This first phase will see teachers reducing some activities like supervision and communications with management but these actions should not directly impact your child.

While there likely will be no direct impact on children in phase one, it is important to know that it will not be business as usual in our schools. Your most important point of contact for your school will remain your classroom teacher and principal as they will have the most current information as the strike progresses.

We appreciate your patience and we will continue to provide system-wide communications through our website, www.surreyschools.ca.

Regards,
Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools
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PARENTING CORNER:Is yelling at your kids as bad as spanking?
Author: Lisa van de Geyn
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Nicole Michaelov has a confession: like many of us, she yells at her kids. It’s not that she enjoys hollering at them, but when her sons, five-year-old Ayden and two-year-old Hunter, misbehave, her patience wears thin. Frustration takes over and next thing she knows, she’s shouting.

“I yell if I have to ask for something to be done more than four or five times, and when we’re running late and Ayden won’t get dressed. I yell at dinner when he’s being picky. I yell when Ayden disrupts Hunter’s nap,” the Toronto mom says. “I rarely shout at Hunter, but when I do, it’s because he’s pulling the cat’s tail, trying to ride our 70-pound dog, hitting his brother or climbing on something unsafe.” Ironically, Michaelov also yells at her boys when they’re—yep—yelling at each other. Sound familiar? I’ll admit it’s a common scene at my house, too.
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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • 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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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
This information retrieved from Georges Vanier’s Learning Commons Page.

Students are taking ownership of the Learning Commons by bringing in a plush toy to ‘Stuff the LC’. There are lots of warm fuzzes in here. Stuffies will be hanging about the LC for about 2 weeks. Please label with your name and division.
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Some Grade 3s used Explain Everything App to show our learning about Mo Willem’s book ‘Knuffle Bunny Free’. Here’s a sample:


Some Grade ones tried using Pic Collage App to show their beginning explorations of the parts of a plant and how to make a labelled diagram.

On Friday the Learning Commons was filled with learners! Ms. Dhaliwal’s 5/6 class used Grafio App and designed and blogged promotional posters for their Power Play projects. Meanwhile the Grade 1s used 5 different types of manipulatives to figure out which was the best for building a structure.There were pros and cons for each but the foam squares won out.
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Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: We all need a little help sometimes!
We all get lost sometimes and need a little help getting back on track. Watch and discuss this incredible video with your child!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
April

  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May

  • 1 – Talent Show – 12:45 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
  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.

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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VanierNews – April 23, 2014

A Message from Surrey Schools Superintendent Jordan Tinney regarding Phase 1 of Teacher Job Action:

Dear Parents,

As you know, teachers are in a legal position to strike and beginning April 23rd, they will be in phase one of their job action. This first phase will see teachers reducing some activities like supervision and communications with management but these actions should not directly impact your child.

While there likely will be no direct impact on children in phase one, it is important to know that it will not be business as usual in our schools. Your most important point of contact for your school will remain your classroom teacher and principal as they will have the most current information as the strike progresses.

We appreciate your patience and we will continue to provide system-wide communications through our website, www.surreyschools.ca.

Regards,
Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools

Vanier News – April 19, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

A MESSAGE FROM VANIER’S FUTURE PRINCIPAL
Mr.DekerfHello Georges Vanier community! My name is Mr. Dekerf and I very much look forward to joining your school in September. For the past 5.5 years, I have been the proud principal at neighbouring T.E. Scott Elementary. Though I will be sad to leave my current school family, I am excited about the new learning journey that lies ahead. I have always heard great things about Georges Vanier School from staff, students, parents and my friend, Mr. Vendramin. During the coming months I will take time to visit and learn more about your excellent school where together, we will continue to focus on Every child, every chance, every day!

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TEACHER JOB ACTION
As you have probably heard by now, the British Columbia Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) has issued a 72 hour strike notice. This means that B.C. teachers will begin Phase 1 of Job Action this coming Wednesday, April 23.

What does this mean to your child?
Teachers will continue to do the excellent and crucial work they have been doing all along. Teaching, learning, and assessment will continue. Teachers will continue to be available to communication student learning to parents as well as participate in extra-curricular activities if they choose.

However, teachers will not take part in any administrative tasks. This includes attending meetings called by administrators, communicating with administrators, or performing supervision duties.

I know our staff at Georges Vanier very well and trust in their abilities, judgement, and commitment to children.

We will continue to communicate updates regarding Job Action. Stay tuned!
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INTERESTING PEOPLE AT OUR SCHOOL
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FOOD SKILLS FOR FAMILIES – Register NOW!
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WE ARE CREATING AUTHORS
Students at our school don’t pretend to be authors – they ARE authors. Technology allows students to create and share real eBooks with classmates, teachers, parents, and the world. This is certainly real world learning.

Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Crosland recently collaborated to have students author their own eBooks.

CLICK HERE to read Harsimrat’s Book so far…
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PARENTING CORNER: “World’s Toughest Job” Ad Goes Viral
Author: Sarah Sager
Source
Would you apply for a job that includes requirements such as “unlimited patience,” “work mostly standing up and/or bending down” and “must be able to work 135+ hours a week” among several other criteria? Oh, and that’s forgetting the real kicker—the salary is $0. Continue Reading…

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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • 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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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS


This week in the Learning Commons the Strong Start Pre-school came for a special activity morning. We learned all about pigs and showed our learning by creating a pig on a plate and using Magic Paint App. We also were pleased to invite pre-school children and their families to Ready, Set, Learn. We sang some songs and shared some stories. Thank you to all of the families and the visiting Strong Start facilitators who attended.

Some classes used Color Effects App to show the damage caused by natural disasters. We reviewed how to attach an image to a blog post and practiced using the district eBooks. Don’t forget, you can access this collection from your home. See Ms. Crosland if you are unable to access your account or if you have misplaced your password.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Skills and Trades Fieldtrip – March 6, 2014

Enjoy this look back at our March 6th field trip to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Students learned about the world of skills and trades including plumbing, electrical, automotive, appliance servicing, and carpentry.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
April

  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
  • 24 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May

  • 1 – Talent Show – 12:45 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
  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.

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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Vanier News – April 12, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MOVIE NIGHT
Our final MOVIE NIGHT of the year is coming up on Thursday, April 17th. Ticket order forms will come home soon. The featured film will be FROZEN:

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FOOD SKILLS FOR FAMILIES – Register NOW!
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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Dear Vanier Community,
It is with very mixed emotions that I share with you that I have been appointed the new Principal of Cambridge Elementary at the conclusion of this school year. While I have always preached that “change is good”, it doesn’t mean that change is easy. In this case, change is most definitely not easy. I have grown to love our community very much! From absolutely wonderful students, to welcoming and generous parents, to hard-working and skilled staff. Together, we have built something very special here and from a distance, I look forward to continuing to hear about the great things happening at Georges Vanier Elementary.

I have felt welcomed from my very first day back in 2009. For this, I say thank you! Like our whole staff, I will continue to work hard and dedicate myself completely to this community I care so much about.

I will always cherish my time at Georges Vanier and look forward to creating more memories in our last few months together.

I am usually on the photographer’s side of the camera, but I occasionally make it into some photos. Here are some recent memories of mine captured in images:

I would also like to introduce you to Mr. David Dekerf, your new Principal as of July 1. Mr. Dekerf is currently the Principal of T.E. Scott and comes with a great deal of experience and expertise. I have known Mr. Dekerf for several years and know he will do a wonderful job as your new Principal.

He looks forward to introducing himself through the VanierNews and in person. Stay tuned!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
We are excited to announce that very soon, both students and parents will have access to FreshGrade portfolios. You will recall from earlier editions of the VanierNews, teachers have been using an online product called FreshGrade to both collect and assess learning evidence. The true power of this tool is its ability to not only collect evidence, but to share it with students and parents. Shortly, students and parents will be able to view portfolio items and comment on these items. Student learning benefits most not by evaluating with percents or grades, but rather when students receive DESCRIPTIVE FEEDBACK they can apply to their own learning. Student learning is also enhanced when students themselves are given the opportunity to assess their own learning.

We believe the the consistent use of these new FreshGrade features will improve student learning, independence, and self-awareness.

Enjoy these short videos that provide an overview of FreshGrade’s new features:

We were also thrilled to see that Mrs. Wendy Hall, a grade 2 teacher at our school and avid user of FreshGrade, was featured this week on FreshGrade’s blog. Well done, Mrs. Hall.
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Read her blog HERE.

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PARENTING CORNER: 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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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • 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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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS


In the Learning Commons this week we used the Popplet App to demonstrate our learning about the beginning, middle and end of a story. The app is a graphic organizer that allows students to show their thinking through text, drawings and imported photographs.

The “Natural Disasters” finished painting their T-shirts. Next we will be photographing our designs, gathering examples of our work from our blogs and creating iMovies.

Divisions 13 and 15 are using My Story App to show their learning about animals. We are drawing, importing images, gathering facts from books and on-line and creating audio files for each page. Students are completing their work in class and in the Learning Commons.

Some students have created Pirate Treasure. Students used Face On Coins App to design their own currency and show the Treasure in the Learning Commons. Check out their pirate grins.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK:
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VIDEO of the WEEK: What Will Be YOUR Legacy?

Legacies transcend the boundaries of time.
We create them with or without our knowledge.
Our words, our deeds, all pieced together will form the history we leave behind.
They are told, shown, held, felt—memories we absent-mindedly create for countless tomorrows.
Legacies are roads left paved for those that will follow.
They leave trails filled with reflective ideals.
They are monumental. They are minimal. But, they are never forgotten.
Children, grandchildren, neighborhoods, coworkers, friends, enemies—the lives of those around us, inherit the story we leave behind.
They make their way to everywhere—through tale or virtue.
Legacies stand tall in the face of trial…they prevail.
They’re found in risk that clings to the promise of hope.
Legacies can be found in tattered soles and wrinkles aged with wisdom.
They make their way to empty rooms and trailing heartbeats.
They find their way into the back of our minds…sit with us. Lingering, waiting to be remembered.
They nudge, some carry, others push.
Found in humbled homes, inherited mansions, and tin roofed rooms.
Legacies extend past the limited hours of your life and mine.
Where have you seen them?
Where have you taken them in?
…What will your name leave behind?
Legacies test all boundaries.
Legacies find no limits.
Legacies light the way.
Legacies lead.
The choice is yours.
What will be your legacy?

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
April

  • 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
  • 24 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May

  • 1 – Talent Show – 12:45 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
  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.

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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Vanier News – April 6, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MOVIE NIGHT
Our final MOVIE NIGHT of the year is coming up on Thursday, April 17th. Ticket order forms will come home soon. The featured film will be FROZEN:

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30-HOUR FAMINE
Our 4th Annual Grade 7 30-Hour Famine took place on April 3 and 4. The event was a fabulous success and helped our senior students make a positive difference in the world. Over the past three years, our students have raised $1700, $2500, and $3900 – an incredible accomplishment!

The pledge total stood at $3100 on Friday afternoon, but we will update the total when all money is collected.

This year, we are happy and proud to support the following organizations:
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – 40%
B.C. Children’s Hospital – 40%
KIVA – 20%

We concluded our Famine by watching and discussing several videos. The video that seemed to resonate most was that of a little girl saved by the hard work of those at B.C. Children’s Hospital:
Thank you for making our 30-Hour Famine event a great success!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
We are excited to announce that very soon, both students and parents will have access to FreshGrade portfolios. You will recall from earlier editions of the VanierNews, teachers have been using an online product called FreshGrade to both collect and assess learning evidence. The true power of this tool is its ability to not only collect evidence, but to share it with students and parents. Shortly, students and parents will be able to view portfolio items and comment on these items. Student learning benefits most not by evaluating with percents or grades, but rather when students receive DESCRIPTIVE FEEDBACK they can apply to their own learning. Student learning is also enhanced when students themselves are given the opportunity to assess their own learning.

We believe the the consistent use of these new FreshGrade features will improve student learning, independence, and self-awareness.

Enjoy these short videos that provide an overview of FreshGrade’s new features:

We were also thrilled to see that Mrs. Wendy Hall, a grade 2 teacher at our school and avid user of FreshGrade, was featured this week on FreshGrade’s blog. Well done, Mrs. Hall.
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Read her blog HERE.

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PARENTING CORNER: Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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Parenting is by far the toughest job! Enjoy reading this tweets from Moms and Dads…
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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • 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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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS


Students in the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ began to use the fabric paint to create their T Shirts. They have been tweeting their progress on https://twitter.com/VanierLC There are 75 T Shirts hanging up to dry in the Learning Commons! CLICK HERE to check out our latest STORIFY of student tweets.

Ms. Dhaliwal’s class created Earth Day messages in the style of Todd Parr. We used more than one app (PicCollage and ProCreate) to create our work. This is called App Smashing. This favourite author even ‘favourited’ our tweet when we shared our work. Yahoo! Check out the student blogs for Division 5 at http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Division 9 AppSmashed ColorEffects and PicCollage to manipulate photos of their plasticine tsunami creations. We wanted to demonstrate the power and devastation of a Tsunami. Check out their blogs: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Many students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 used chalkboards and Chalkboard App to respond to Bill Tomson’s picture book, Chalk. Students imagined what they would draw if their creations could come to life. Check out their great video:

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK:
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Happy Students at Vanier
Students in Mr. McDonald’s class produced this video to share with you…

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
April

  • 7-11 – Vanier Spiritwear (shirts, hoodies) samples on site. Order Forms at the Office.
  • 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
  • 24 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May

  • 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

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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