Vanier News – April 12, 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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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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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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  • 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 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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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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