Vanier News March 11 – 15, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

We are very excited to welcome Ms. Lianne McBride, the new principal who will be coming to Georges Vanier after spring break.  Ms. McBride visited the school on Thursday to meet the staff and students.  She felt very welcomed by everyone and is looking forward to being here as our permanent principal.

Although I have only been at Georges Vanier for a short time, I have become very attached to the school.  The students are hard working, care about their school and are eager to learn new things.  They are working hard at developing self regulation strategies such as calming, breathing techniques and fitness breaks to help them become more effective and engaged learners.  I have been impressed with the collaborative culture at Georges Vanier, where everyone works together to support student learning.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional staff, as well as involved and helpful parents.  Thank you for your support this term.

I have especially appreciated the knowledge, expertise and work of Mr. Newbold.  He has been instrumental in my transition to Georges Vanier.  He is a true asset at the school.

Mrs. Carrie Burton

Tower Garden

Ms. Attle has taken the lead on a very special project at the school – a tower garden.  It is a “dirtless” garden that has a self watering structure and can hold over 20 plants.  The garden has just been planted with fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, mint and cucumber.  When the plants are fully grown, they will be harvested and used in the school’s food program and special classroom events.

Forest Walks

Many of our classes enjoy the natural space behind our school and integrate curricular learning with nature.  The kindergarten classes had buried pumpkins in the forest to observe what happens when things decompose.  Mrs. Murtsell, Ms. Milic and their students went on a forest walk this week and look what they saw!


Staff vs Boys Basketball

The basketball season wrapped up with a fun “staff vs boys” basketball game on Wednesday.  What an exciting game with the boys catching up in the last period.  Although the staff won the game, the boys played exceptionally well.  Spectators who watched contributed over $90 dollars toward the new school team jerseys.  Thank you for everyone who helped and participated in the game.


Buddy Bench Project

The final stages of the buddy bench project is underway.  A reporter from the Surrey Leader was at the school to takes pictures of the project and talk with the students who are involved.  The bench designs were created and painted by students.  Many thanks to Mrs. Buckton who has been working with our students on this special project.


Upcoming Dates

March 18 – 29          Spring Break

April 1                      School Opens

Have a restful and safe Spring Break!  Enjoy the time with your friends and family.


Vanier News March 4 – 8, 2019

Principal / Vice Principal Message

Teachers and students are preparing for parent / teacher / student conferences on the early dismissal day: Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  Your child’s FreshGrade account is an excellent portfolio of the ongoing learning that has taken place this term.  Taking time to visit the classroom, discuss their progress with the teacher and have your child share some of the things they have been working on, is an important part of communicating learning.  We look forward to meeting with parents and discussing your child/ren’s progress.  Please Note: 1:30 pm EARLY DISMISSAL – TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019


Ache Brasil – Fine Arts Performing Group

Ache Brasil, a performing arts group, visited Georges Vanier on Friday.  They shared some of the traditional songs, dances, music and stories from Brazil.  The students and staff really enjoyed the performance, and we thank the PAC for paying for the presentation.  All of the students participated by creating rainforest sounds, making rhythms and mimicking drums.  A few of or students were brave enough to join in the stories and dances.  The group was a hit!


Staff vs Girls Basketball Team

Some of the staff and the girls’ basketball team played in a fun game this week.  Many of the students wanted to watch, and paid $1.00 to be part of the audience.  We are raising money to help purchase new school jerseys for our teams.  It was a great event enjoyed by all, and the girls played exceptionally well.  We are very proud of them!

Next week, the boys will be playing the staff.  Stay tuned for an update.

PAC Movie Night (5:30 to 8:00 pm)  Thursday – March 14, 2019

The PAC is planning a movie night this Thursday.  They will be showing “Ralph Breaks The Internet”.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Tickets for the movie only cost $2.00.  The movie, pizza and a drink costs $5.00.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  We hope many of you are able to join us for a fun evening.


Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 15          Last day of school

March 18 – 29                SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 1           First Day of School



Vanier News Feb. 25 – March 1

Principal / Vice Principal Message

This was another busy week at Georges Vanier with our recognition of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27.  Many of our students and staff wore a variety of pink shirts with messages about showing respect, kindness and tolerance for others, and accepting that diversity and differences are what makes us unique.  One of our intermediate classes also decorated pink shirts as an art project and displayed them for others to see.

Georges Vanier also hosted the boys and girls basketball playdays on Feb. 27 and 28.  The teams did very well, were wonderful hosts and showed great determination and sportsmanship.  The boys placed 3rd and the girls placed 4th.  We are very proud of the way our teams represented their school and themselves.  Thank you to Ms. Chang, Ms. Dixon, Ms. Henry, Ms. Singh and Mrs. Jouzy for coaching the teams, as well as all of the parents who provided transportation and support of our students.  Mr. Newbold and some student leaders also organized a concession for both days.  They were helping to raise money for new team jerseys, and raised approximately $150.00 for the school.  Well done, everyone!

Pics of the Week

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Upcoming Dates / Events

March 8     Fine Arts Performance @ 1:00 “Ache Brasil”

March 12   Early Dismissal @ 1:30 pm   Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences

All teachers use FreshGrade as an ongoing way to communicate student learning with parents.  Individual teachers will notify parents about their available times for conferences.  The afternoon of March 12 is set aside to provide opportunities for these conferences, but working parents may need different times.  Please contact your child’s teacher or the school to arrange times.  We look forward to meeting with parents to discuss your child/ren’s learning.

March 15   Last day before spring break

March 18 – 29     SPRING BREAK