Vanier News – April 6, 2014



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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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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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
Parenting is by far the toughest job! Enjoy reading this tweets from Moms and Dads…
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  • 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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Students in the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ began to use the fabric paint to create their T Shirts. They have been tweeting their progress on 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

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:

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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  • 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.


  • 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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