Vanier News – June 23, 2014


VIDEO: A look back at Term 3

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VIDEO: Talent Show 2014

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Hello Parents.

First, I want to thank you SO much for the many kind words, well wishes, and kind gifts. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Georges Vanier and consider us a family!

I will greatly miss you all, but know that you will extend the same warmth and generosity to our new principal, David Dekerf, who I know will do an excellent job.

Unfortunately, I am unable to share positive news regarding teacher job action. Teachers have been on a FULL STRIKE since June 17 and there does not seem to be an end in sight. Please listen to CKNW (AM-980) everyday for updates. I will also update the school website, VanierNews, and our Twitter account as information becomes available.

With summer upon us, it’s important to think about how to keep our minds “sharp” over the summer. Here are some suggestions:

  • Participate in the SUMMER LEARNING PASSPORT program. Not only will you return in September better prepared, you can also win a prize such as an iPad, iPod touch, or a Chapters gift card. Download HERE: Learning Passport 2014
  • Visit the Wonderopolis website daily and explore the Wonder of the Day!
  • Do as many “Ways to Support” activities as you can over the summer: Ways To Support Learning

Also, as promised, we are prepared to share links of year-end and Grade 7 photos and videos. A very special THANK YOU to the following for creating this special content:

  • Anna Crosland – Teacher Librarian
  • Hugh McDonald – Grade 6/7 Teacher
  • Johanna Hemenway – Vanier Parent

As you can appreciate, our goal is to share, but to also protect student privacy. If you are interested in receiving links to this media, please visit the school website, scroll to the newsletter section, enter you email, then respond to the email you receive. You will then receive links to newsletters and other related school information. YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME. Thank you!

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Have a wonderful summer and best wishes in 2014/15!

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Will your child be starting the new school year in Kindergarten? We look forward to you and your child joining the Vanier family. Our hope is that job action will be a thing of the past and that the students will be in session come September. If this is the case, the first day of school is September 2 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. For kindergarten students, this is a time for you to visit and quickly confirm your registration and pay for supplies. Your child does not need to come with you on September 2. In late August, you will receive information regarding your child’s schedule for the first two weeks. All kindergarten students will begin full-time attendance on Wednesday, September 10. We look forward to seeing you!

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As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best!
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – Appointed Principal of Cambridge Elementary
Hugh McDonald – Teacher – Accepted a position at Fraserwood Elementary
Francoise Rempel – Teacher – Accepted a position at Creekside Elementary
Ashley Henderson – Teacher – Term Position
Laura Warkentin – Teacher – Term Position
Lilliana Bolton – Teacher – Accepted a position at Adams Road Elementary
Nicole Postnikoff – Teacher – Term Position
Sandip Pandher – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Debra Peterson – Teacher – Accepted a position at Holly Elementary
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher – Term Position
Dina Willis -Teacher – Retirement
Sonia Dhaliwal – Teacher – End of job share with Dina Willis
Shahzia Rashid – Teacher – Term Position
Lesley Fornelli – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Margaret Scheller – Music Teacher – Retirement
Michelle Bujan – Teacher – Leave from position
Laura Hunter – Teacher – Term Position
Olga McKenzie – Teacher – Term Position
Danielle Strohan – Teacher – Term Position
Joanna Shnaid – Integration Support Teacher – Term Position
Randy Schooley – Education Assistant – Term Position
Nick Smidstra – Education Assistant – Term Position
Sandi Banipal – Education Assistant – Term Position
Susan Mathew – Education Assistant – Term Position
Danielle Finkbeiner – Childcare Worker – Term Position

We are happy to welcome new and returning members to the Vanier community who will continue the excellent work currently taking place:
David Dekerf – Principal
Jen McLeod – Job share with Becky Copeland
Meghan Tracey – Teacher
Erika Gray – Teacher
Janine Horton – Job share with Erika Gray
Laura Lattey – Teacher
June Peaker – Teacher
Jodi Pulvers – Teacher
Kirandeep Sandhu – LST Teacher
Karen Harris – Music Teacher
Amardeep Dhaliwal – Teacher
Janet Cloutier and Pam Dhaliwal  – Teachers and job share partners

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2014-15 Calendar Dates
Important dates to note for the UPCOMING 2014/15 school year:


  • 2 – School Opens – Students in attendance from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 3 – First FULL day of classes – Students in attendance from 8:30 a.m. – 2:27 p.m.
  • 22 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 p.m.


  • 13 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 23 – Diwali Lunch – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 24 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 10 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session


  • 9 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 11 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 19 – Last day of classes before holidays


  • 5 – School re-opens


  • 9 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20 –  Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 3 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 5 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 6 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 9-20 – Spring Break – Classes not in session


  • 4 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 6 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session


  • 1 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 13 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 18 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session


  • 23 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 25 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We so appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events.  No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in any school activity due to the inability to pay.  Please contact the Principal should you require any financial assistance.

As we plan for the 2014/15 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner:  We encourage all students in Grades 1-7 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00.  Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills.  However, using our school planner is optional as a parent may purchase their own version.

Field Studies and Field Trips:  Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum.  While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip.  If you choose to have your child not participate in a field study, a suitable program will be provided at the school.

Musical Instruments:  Grade 4 students learn to play the recorder.  Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school.   Also, our Grade 7 students who opt for band either purchase or rent an instrument.  Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies:  Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through Edu-Pac.  Payment is made directly to Edu-Pac. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. The deadline to order supplies through Edu-Pac was May 28, 2014. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $25.00. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Please see the office for a supply list or CLICK the following link to download: Grade 1-7 Supply Lists 2014-15.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions:  604-596-1030.

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Wonderopolis
Wonderopolis is an excellent resource that allows children and adults explore curious things around us…together. This is a great way to learn together over the summer!

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