Vanier News – May 18, 2014



Author: Becky Copeland

Today was one of those days that really reinforced my love of teaching, learning, and sharing with my students. I was SO impressed by the number of families, 18 of my 29, who were able to participate in our Student-led conferences today. We had moms, dads, older siblings and family friends! I know for many that meant changing their normal routine, switching things around at work or leaving other commitments, but the message was clear and powerful. You care and want to be involved in your child’s learning. Not to say that those families who couldn’t attend don’t care, I know that you do and for you taking time at home to do the conference, thank you too!

Parental involvement is key to a child’s success at school and I am so excited with watching my students share their learning by becoming the “expert” with math examples or through watching the pride light up their faces as they open their Fresh Grade portfolios and watch the videos of their speeches or Hula hoop presentations. Through their Fresh Grade portfolios, our parents and students are able to watch, share and learn from what the students do on a daily basis. To say nothing for the fact that all of our invested parents who help out at home, you get to “see” how it all turned out and watch the speech or the Inquiry Day presentation.

As a working mom myself, I find this “window” into student learning such a wonderful and exciting opportunity to shed light on all that goes on in our class and with our students.

Today’s conference was a wonderful example of how far the students in Division 8 have come from the children they were in September. To the students, well done! You should be proud of your learning, your growth, your sharing, I know I am:)

To the families, thank you so much for being a part of their journey, your support validates all their hard work:)

Thanks again for making today a great day!

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A Message from Surrey Schools Superintendent Jordan Tinney regarding Phase 1 of Teacher Job Action:

Dear Parents,

As you know, teachers are in a legal position to strike and beginning April 23rd, they will be in phase one of their job action. This first phase will see teachers reducing some activities like supervision and communications with management but these actions should not directly impact your child.

While there likely will be no direct impact on children in phase one, it is important to know that it will not be business as usual in our schools. Your most important point of contact for your school will remain your classroom teacher and principal as they will have the most current information as the strike progresses.

We appreciate your patience and we will continue to provide system-wide communications through our website,

Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools

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PARENTING CORNER: Why Kids Need Their Dads
Author: Skye Loyd

Father and son learning together at StrongStart.

Father and son learning together at StrongStart.

Four decades of research and hundreds of studies have proven what should be obvious to everyone: The more involved a dad is, the more successful his children will be. A father’s influence can determine a child’s social life, grades at school, and future achievements.

Involved dads = Successful children
The dad effect starts as early as birth. A review of studies by the Father Involvement Research Alliance shows that babies with more involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in new situations, and eager to explore their surroundings. As they grow, they are more sociable. Toddlers with involved fathers are better problem-solvers and have higher IQs by age 3. They are more ready to start school and can deal with the stress of being away from home all day better than children with less involved fathers .

At school, children of involved fathers do better academically. For example, a study by the U.S. Department of Education found that children of highly involved fathers were 43 percent more likely than other children to earn mostly As and 33 percent less likely to repeat a grade. They are also less likely to have behavior problems at school and to experience depression.

According to the Father Involvement Research Alliance review, girls with involved fathers have higher self-esteem, and teenage girls who are close to their dads are less likely to become pregnant. Boys show less aggression, less impulsivity, and more self-direction. As young adults, children of involved fathers are more likely to achieve higher levels of education, find success in their careers, have higher levels of self-acceptance and experience psychological well-being. Adults who had involved fathers are more likely to be tolerant and understanding, have supportive social networks made up of close friends, and have long-term successful marriages. Continue Reading…

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  • May 20 – Hot Lunch Day
  • May 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – Please RSVP at the office or call 604-596-1030
  • May 30 – PAC Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – Noon

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This information retrieved from Georges Vanier’s Learning Commons Page.
This year the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ meet over a three month period in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons. Three classes, about 75 students, participated from grades 3 – 5. The goal was to encourage reading using a high interest topic using fiction and non-fiction sources. Students blogged their ideas, created digital art, showed their learning through a variety of apps and web based programs, tweeted their progress and read, read, read. Students designed and created T Shirts to reflect on their learning and each made an iMovie Trailer to bring together the many facets of the project. We are appreciative of the My Class Needs and Fuel Your School programs for the support for this project.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Buckle up your children!
This part of the Vanier News is usually reserved for uplifting or inspiring videos. This week, the shared video reminds all parents about the importance of seatbelts in cars. Serious injury and even death can occur, even at low speeds, without seatbelts. And yes…accidents can happen on the short trip to school. Keep our children safe and buckle them up in the back seat. Thank you!

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  • 20 – PAC Hot Lunch Day
  • 21-23 – Grade 6 and 7 Students – Camping at Camp Elphinstone
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.
  • 30 – PAC Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – Noon


  • 3 – District Track Meet – Bear Creek Park
  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 a.m.
  • 12 – Year-end Grade 7 Band Concert – Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes
  • 27 – Administration Day for staff

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Vanier News – March 3, 2013

Parents, Students, and Staff,

Enjoy this week’s edition of the VANIER NEWS. This publication is meant to offer the opportunity for TWO-WAY communication. You will see at the bottom of each edition a COMMENTS section. Please share your ideas and thoughts.


DON’T FORGET our upcoming FAMILY PHOTO DAYS coming up on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th. There are still appointments available and the sitting fee is only $10 and includes a 5″x7″ photo. All proceeds go towards student equipment and activities. Please give our office a call to register: 604-596-1030.



Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe student learning is negatively affected by a summer break of 2 months? YES: 50% NO: 50%
  • Which grade model do you feel is best for student learning? K-5–6-8–9-12: 50% K-7–8-10–11-12: 30% K-12 all at one site: 20%
  • Does year-round schooling improve student learning? YES: 56% NO: 44%
  • Should standardized tests such as the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) be used to measure student learning? YES: 50% NO: 50%
  • Does the use of technology in classrooms improve student learning? YES: 87.5% NO: 12.5%
  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 50% NO: 46% UNSURE: 4%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 57% NO: 43%
  • Does violence in video games promote violent behaviour in children? YES: 80% NO: 20%
  • Should security cameras be used at our school? YES: 83% NO: 17%

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Last week, we said good-bye to Erika Gray, one of our Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Gray is expecting her first child and will be away for the remainder of the school year. We will be thinking of her as her due date approaches. Congratulations Mrs. Gray – we will miss you!
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Traffic enforcement has been on an increase in our community as of late. This has been the result of drivers leaving their vehicles unattended in the DROP OFF zone. We recently discovered that parents parking in the angles spots off of 70 Avenue have been ticketed as well. Historically, there has been a 5 minute time limit but the restriction was rarely enforced. After some research, we discovered that the angles spots are not on City property but on District property. We have since removed the time restriction on these angles spots. Parents, you can therefore park off of 70 Avenue without being ticketed.

Another concern is of the many children we see in the front seat of vehicles or travelling with out seatbelt. Accidents can happen at ANY TIME. Please ensure your children are in the backseat of your vehicle, in a car seat if appropriate, and buckled in.

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“Learning, without any opportunities to share what we’ve learned, is a little like cooking for ourselves; we do it, but we probably won’t do it as well.”

-Mike Schmoker

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Screen shot 2013-03-03 at 12.04.41 PMParents, as you work with your child, remember that communicating one’s thinking is an important part of problem-solving. Encourage your child to explain their thinking. You might ask questions such as:

  • Can you think about a time you were in a situation like this?
  • What do you know? What don’t you know?
  • What assumptions are you making?
  • Why do you think that?

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PARENTING CORNER: 7 Survival Tips For Single Parents
Author: Evonne Lack

Raising a child is like an ocean voyage – full of raging storms, rough waves, and occasional sunny tranquility. It’s hard enough with a partner, but when you’re doing it alone, the difficulty rises to a whole new level.
Yet parents all over the world are successfully and joyfully raising children by themselves. Just because you’re steering a one-person kayak rather than a two-person canoe doesn’t mean you can’t handily navigate the tumultuous waters of parenthood. These tips can help smooth your journey.

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Whenever you child tells you that they have worked TOO hard, have them look at this video.

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March 4 – Author Nicola Campbell visits Vanier
March 7 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 am
March 7-8 – 30-Hour Famine – Grade 7 students
March 9 – 10 – Family Portraits
March 12 – Public Skating – Divisions 2, 13, and 14
March 12 – Vanier Choir to Choral Festival – Bell Centre – 12-2 pm
March 13 – Fine Arts Performance – Metaphor at 10:30 a.m.
March 15 – Spring Dances
March 15 – PAC Popcorn Day
March 18-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
March 29 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
April 1 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
April 2 – Term 2 Reports Home
April 2 – Kindergarten Dental Screening
April 4 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
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