VanierNews Dec. 7 – 2014




Learning Commons News Tree So much fun in the Learning Commons this week! We built a text book Christmas tree and Strong Start visited and created snowmen. We shared lots of great books including ‘Super Red Riding Hood’ by Claudia Davila, where Red learns about the superhero power of sharing, being brave and girl power. Check out the book trailer here: .

Our favourite book this week was ‘The Book with no Pictures’ by B.J.Novak. Students thought this one was hilarious. Here’s the author reading part of the book:

Division 5 with Ms. Dhaliwal have been working on adjectives to describe The Grinch. In the LC we used several apps to show learning. Students retrieved an image from the library website, imported it into Doodle Buddy, drew over the image, changed the background and exported their art, imported it into PicCollage, added text, exported their creations and uploaded to their blogs. Many steps – great work. Check out their blogs at


We also explored sharing our thinking about fairy tales. Students in Grade 2 and some Grade 1s used the Draw and Show App. Check out their great creations.

Showing Fairy Tale Learning from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Digital Citizenship

At Georges Vanier, we are talking more about raising responsible digital citizens and about how our students make use of personal devices at school.   Staff are meeting and talking about these issues and our Parent Advisory Council group is also joining in the discussion.  Some new technology use guidelines and parameters will be rolling out in the New Year.

Term 1 Report Cards

Children will bring RCs home this week on Tuesday.  Please spend time reviewing the report with your child, celebrate successes and together set one or two goals for the coming term.  You may want to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss the report further.   Please call the school office for an appointment during our Early Dismissal day on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 1:27 onward.  Please let us know if you require a Multicultural Worker to assist with language translation.

Aboriginal News

Please view the following links for information from the Fraser Regional Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association – events, early childhood programs, community development, youth programs and more! FRAFC December Calendar

Important Dates

Dec. 8  - are you at 50 nights of Home Reading?
Dec. 9  - Term 1 Report Cards sent home
Dec. 11 - Early Dismissal, 1:27 - RC conferences
Dec. 15 - December Assembly & Grade 7 Band Concert
Dec. 18 - Christmas Sing-a-Long, 10:40 a.m.
Dec. 19 - Last day before the Winter Break
Dec. 20 - Jan. 2 - Winter Break
Jan. 5  - School re-opens after the break
Jan. 7  - PAC meeting, 8:45 a.m. - all welcome!

Pictures From the Week… image FIVE STAR COOKIES See our calm picture of students reading stories in Ms. Fei’s amazing Five Star Friday Group as they patiently waited for their wonderful cookies to bake.  Having been provided a sample from her earlier group, I know they were well worth the wait!  Great work team and thank you Ms. Fei for spreading our halls with the delicious aroma.  ~ Ms. Porpaczy IMG_2468

 Ms. Sandher’s class building structures.


 Show and Tell in Ms. Postnikoff’s class

IMG_2493Penguin art in our grade 2 classes



Students donated their time to create a window winter wonderland for Ms. Copeland’s class.  Frosty is poking up his head with a friendly smile to spread holiday cheer.  I believe there is more magic to come so watch out for our kind artist around the school spreading holiday cheer with their talent.

 Thank you so much for your awesome artistry — Amy P., Braxton B. and Mohammed. K!  ~Ms. Porpaczy


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