Vanier News – April 27, 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,

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
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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  • 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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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.
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.
Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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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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  • 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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