VanierNews Sept. 18 – 2017


Principal / Vice Principal’s Message

We’re pleased to let you know that students were assigned to classes at the end of last week.  Your child should now know their teacher’s name and division number.   With more than 50 new students and the addition of 2 more divisions, we had lots of new planning and preparation!  Thanks for your patience, understanding and support during this very complex and important class organization work.

Planner Fees

Students will soon be coming home with brand new 2017 / 2018 planners.  The planner fee has been reduced to only $2 this year.  Please send your child to school with this payment any time this coming week!  School calendar magnets can also be purchased at the office for $1.

Toonies For Terry

Please also feel welcome to send Toonies For Terry this week, in support of the Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer.   Our school run takes place this Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. -rain or shine.  Parent supporters and volunteers are welcome!  Please return the bottom portion of last week’s paper notice to sign up as a volunteer.

PAC Election Meeting – Tuesday

Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 19 for our PAC executive election meeting @ 8:45 a.m. in the Staff Room.

Reducing Garbage and Waste

Our school is trying to reduce our garbage waste.  To help our efforts please:

  • pack lunches in re-usable containers (labelled with your child’s name)
  • small container-like packaging (such as yoghurt, applesauce) may be taken home for recycling
  • students may also bring home organic waste (such as banana peels, apple cores, orange peels) in one of their reusable containers.
  • please send a reusable water bottle (labelled with your child’s name) to school daily

Thank you for helping to keep lunch garbage to a minimum.  Please bring any questions to your child’s teacher or Mr. Dekerf.

Parent Information 


Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA):  Important Information for Parents

What is the Foundation Skills Assessment?

All students in Grades 4 and 7 in B.C. take part in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual assessment of reading comprehension, writing and numeracy (math skills).  The assessments are based on the provincial curriculum and are developed by classroom teachers.  The main purpose of the assessment is to help the Ministry of Education, school districts and schools track how well students are learning core academic skills.  The information is used by the ministry, the district and by schools in planning for improvement.

The FSA provides a snapshot of how well students have learned important basic skills at a particular point in time.  The information is best used together with teacher assessments and other school information.

When do we see FSA results?

For the current school year, the FSA will be administered in October and November.  By the end of the school year, district and school-level results will be made available to schools and the public.  Individual student results, along with the answer booklets, will be sent home with students by the end of December.  This will give parents the opportunity to see the assessment items and how their child responded.  Again, this is only a snapshot and does not provide a complete picture of your child’s ability.  That information is best obtained from your child’s teacher.

Does the FSA count toward students’ marks?

No.  The results show a student’s skills at a particular point in time.  They are not related to marks in a specific subject or grade level but show progress in the development of foundations skills across grades and curriculum areas.  For example, students read in science and social studies as well as in language arts and they work with numbers in activities or subjects besides math.

Who writes the FSA?

All Grade 4 and 7 students are expected to write the FSA.  The only exceptions are:  a) students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) documenting a disability that significantly impacts their performance in reading, writing or numeracy; b) students with IEPs who would need extensive adaptations (e.g., readers, scribes);
or c) ESL students who have not yet reached a level of proficiency sufficient for them to provide meaningful responses.  Principals determine which students, if any, are excused.  If it is recommended that your child be excused from one or more components, you will be contacted prior to the beginning of the assessment. If you wish further clarification, please consult your school principal.  Students are encouraged to do their best as this helps the province and school district make informed decisions about how best to provide resources to schools in order to support learners.

Where can I get more information?

Information will be provided by the district and your school.  You can also find information on the Ministry of Education’s web site at .

Pics From The Week


Strong Start

Learning Commons

For information on activities, projects and news from the Vanier Learning Commons click here.

Upcoming Dates

  • Sept. 18  StrongStart opens today
  • Sept. 19  PAC Election Meeting, 8:45 a.m. in Staff Room – all parents welcome!
  • Sept. 20  Welcome Assembly, 9:00 a.m. in the gym – parents are welcome!
  • Sept. 22  Terry Fox Run, 1:00 p.m. (volunteers meet at 12:30 at the front of school)
  • Sept. 25  Non-Instructional Day – no school for students
  • Sept. 27  Fire Drill # 1
  • Sept. 29  Orange Shirt Day
  • Sept. 29  Grade 6 immunizations
  • Oct. 5      Meet the Teacher event, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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