VanierNews May 22 – 2017


  • SCHOOL FEES – part 1
Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

We look forward to honouring our parent / guardian volunteers this week on Thursday morning at 8:20 a.m. in the Learning Commons.  Please join us for chai tea, Starbucks coffee, treats and more!   We greatly appreciate the many ways in which caregivers support our school and student learning.  A extra special thanks to our PAC executive who have dedicated their time to make a number of great opportunities available to our students and school community.  Thank-you, Jesse, Mani, Christine, Krista, Sanita and Parm!

At 9:00 a.m. everyone is welcome to join us in the gym for our annual GV Variety show!

Learning Commons News


Making tissue flowers, coding and beading in patterns

Students used the Sphero robots to create art in the style of Jackson Pollock. Check out our blog post on how we made this great design.

Outdoor Learning

As part of our Social Emotional Learning goal, GV classes venture outside into our neighbouring park on a regular basis for outdoor learning.  Here primary students are out for a nature walk.  They sat on their little tarps, listened for sounds, and drew what they heard.

Science Alive

Students in Division 7 participated on a Science Alive! workshop sponsored by SFU. The students learned about simple machines and then built a Pinball Machine using levers and inclined planes. Students were engaged and motivated to design, create and build. Lots of learning and lots of fun!

Sharing Perspectives

The students of Divisions 5,6 and 7 participated in a workshop called Sharing Perspectives: Indigenous Contemporary Art with Coast Salish artist, Roxanne Charles. Students explored contemporary art of the Coast People, learned about Roxanne’s culture and learned a weaving technique using found and reusable materials. Each student made a woven medallion. The students found the task challenging but learned to be patient and ask for support in their learning. In the end they were successful and proud of their efforts.

Pics from the Week


Kindergarten students get a helping hand during FitKids


Learning PowWow footwork, discipline and focus with Shyama-Priya


A Learning Lunch: Vanier teachers discussing the book ‘One Without The Other’ by Shelley Moore


Wonderful art in our hallways


School Fees Notice to Parents/Guardians

 Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We 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 upcoming 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 $2.00.  “As part of the provincial student learning grant, the student planner has been reduced from $5 to $2 for the 2017-18 school year. The remaining funds from this learning grant have been used to provide learning resources to schools.”  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.

*continued next week*

Upcoming Dates

  • May 25 – Parent Appreciation Tea & Variety Show, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • May 29 – Non-Instructional Day – no school for students
  • May 31 – May Monthly Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
  • June 1 – Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00 a.m.
  • June 9 – Sports Day
  • June 15 – Primary Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
  • June 21 – Celebration Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
  • June 22 – Div. 1,2,3,4 Golden Ears FT
  • June 27 – Grade 7 Year Farewell Assembly, 9:00 a.m.
  • June 29 – Early Dismissal, 1:25, last day of classes

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