VanierNews May 5 – 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • PRINCIPAL / VP MESSAGE 
    • NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY THIS FRIDAY 
    • EARLY DISMISSAL  
    • PAC MEETING  
    • VANIER VARIETY SHOW
    • LOST & FOUND
  • LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
  • ADOPT A STREET 
  • BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK
  • PICS FROM THE WEEK 
  • UPCOMING DATES

Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

This Friday, May 6th is a Non-Instructional Day.  Classes are not in session and staff will be engaged in professional learning.

Wednesday, May 11 is an early dismissal day @ 1:30 p.m. for interim reporting.  Please see a Planner note or sticker describing the teacher’s plans for afternoon.

We encourage parents to come out to our next PAC meeting on Friday, May 13th at 8:45 a.m.  We want to talk more about parent involvement and volunteerism at our school.  We hope to see you there!

Students are beginning to prepare for our upcoming GV Variety Show.  We are looking for a wonderful variety of well prepared one minute presentations.  Listen for upcoming announcements and an important note about criteria and audition schedules.

Our Ultimate Frisbee season is coming to an end.  Thanks to our student athletes and dedicated coaches!

The Lost & Found bins are empty and all items are on display in the main hallway.  Please come by and check out the array of clothing and articles.  All items will be donated to local charity at the end of the week.

Learning Commons News

STORIES TO HELP CHILDREN UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF WAR AND THE POWER OF YOUTH

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10 MIGHTY BOOKS

The Georges Vanier Learning Commons has a great collection of Mighty Girl books: stories that depict smart, confident and courageous girls. To be sure, our books with male protagonists are equally as varied and powerful. Here’s a selection of titles that may help encourage youth to find their potential and harness some of their own indomitable spirit.

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  1. Four Feet, Two Sandals  When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. Ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly, until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that it is better to share the sandals than for each to wear only one. As the girls go about their routines washing clothes in the river, waiting in long lines for water, and watching for their names to appear on the list to go to America the sandals remind them that friendship is what is most important.

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  1. Sadako’s Cranes  Based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, Sadako’s Cranes tells the story of her battle with leukemia. When Sadako hears of a Japanese legend which says that a person who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted a wish, she begins folding cranes. Her wish was simply to live.

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  1. Brave GirlThis picture-book biography of Clara Lemlich, a spitfire who fought hard for better working conditions, is an engaging, informative introduction to her activism as well as to the deplorable state of the garment industry in the early 1900s. She began on a small scale to encourage her coworkers to strike, but at a union meeting, when even men wouldn’t call for a walkout, she rose and shouted to the large gathering that the time for a strike was now, inspiring tens of thousands of women to leave their stations in the factories.

Read about more about these and other great titles at the Georges Vanier Learning Commons Top 10 Mighty Girls Books

Adopt a Street

Students in Division 1 regularly help to keep our school street clean. On Earth Day they entered a draw through “Operation Clean Sweep” and won City of Surrey recreation passes.

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Bike To School – May 30 – June 3

Students are invited to bike to school each day during this week.

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Pics From The Week

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Lost & Found

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Track & Field Stations – We need parent volunteers for the June 7th District Meet

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House Team Points

Upcoming Dates

May 6 - Non-Instructional Day - Classes not in session
May 9 - LifeCycle Bike Safety for grade 4,5 students
May 9 - 20 - Dance in School Program
May 11 - Early Dismissal Day, 1:30 p.m.
May 20 - PAC movie night?
May 23 - Victoria Day holiday
May 26 - Parent Appreciation Tea, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
May 26 - GV Variety Show, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
May 30 - June 3 Bike to School Week
May 30 - NI Day - no schools for students
May 31 - May Monthly Assembly, 10:40 a.m.
May 31 - School Spirit Day - Jersey Day
June 1 - group, team and panorama photo day
June 3 - Sports Day
June 10 - TEDx Talk Assembly, 9:00 a.m. 
June 15 - Year End Celebration Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
June 21 - Grade 7 / Farewell Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
June 23 - Term 3 CSL letter sent home
June 23 - Final Day for students, Early Dismissal 1:30

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