Vanier News – October 6, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: Mystery Skype

We know that when student work on authentic learning tasks, they see purpose in what they are doing and are motivated to do their very best. At Vanier, we continually try provide these opportunities and our students are responding. Mrs. Tracey’s class recently had the opportunity to participate in an activity called Mystery Skype. Students from different places in the world video-conference and take turns asking questions of each other, guessing where the other class is from. Students had a great time talking with students from Quakerville, Pennsylvania. We look forward to connecting with more students from around the world.

IMPORTANT PAC MEETING: Tuesday, October 8

An important PAC Meeting will take this coming Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m. Important matters are discussed at every meeting, but this week, parents will be nominated and elected to executive positions. These positions include: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

We greatly appreciate executive members who have served in the past and welcome all parents to participate in PAC meetings and events if possible.

Please see below for upcoming PAC events. See you on the 8th!
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ATHLETICS
Our cross country meet this past Tuesday was cancelled due to heavy rain, but our boys and girls soccer team managed to squeeze in 2 games each. Both teams are improving with every game and will continue with matches this coming week. We hope that the weather cooperates and we are able to attend our final 2 cross country meets on October 8 and 15 at Bear Creek Park.

Special thanks to teacher sponsors who dedicate their free time to students so athletics can take place. We are thankful for the contributions from Ms. Henderson, Mrs. Porpaczy, Mrs. Willis, Mr. White, Mrs. Silversides, Mr. McDonald, and Mr. Vendramin.

We also can’t forget you – our supportive parents – for driving student athletes to games!
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PARENTING CORNER: Does Popularity Really Matter?
Author: Barbara Rowley
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My daughter Katie was only a second-grader when she used a phrase I didn’t think I’d hear for years. “I’m not popular,” she announced matter-of-factly at dinner one night. “Me and Izzy think Zoe is the most popular girl in our class.”

Instantly, I found myself defensive on her behalf, eager for my daughter to be every bit as popular as Zoe. “But you have lots of friends!” She looked back at me, seeming a bit confused. “I know,” she said. “But Zoe is popular.”

I had missed the point. At 8, Katie understood the difference between friendships and the high social status that is popularity, a distinction that kids sense—and can begin to play to—as early as preschool. “Even very young kids know who has the social power in the classroom,” says Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa, “and by fifth or sixth grade, popularity can become nearly all-consuming.”

Well-meaning parents (like me) encourage their kids to pursue popularity—as if it were synonymous with success. It’s not. What makes kids outcasts in school—usually an unwillingness to conform—often translates into success as an adult. Many companies—including Yahoo!—prioritize hiring quirky individuals who shun conventional thinking. When you grow up, you see that the most popular kids aren’t necessarily the ones who come out on top, but you don’t understand that when you’re 11. Social science researchers are emphatic that it doesn’t guarantee adoration, either. “Being popular is not necessarily about being well-liked,” says journalist Alexandra Robbins, who studied school society for her book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. “It’s more about clawing your way to the top of the social hierarchy and then working your tail off to stay there.”

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS – eBOOKS

photo-181Georges Vanier students are reading eBooks. Our school is helping the District to pilot a new electronic book program. Students are able to browse picture books, novels and non-fiction materials. Items may also be ‘checked out’ for home reading with a student username and password. The collection is growing but already has lots of new titles and some old favourites.

Also, mark your calendars: Fall Book Fair Oct 28th to Nov 1st. Yahoo!

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – A Great Success

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal Practice took place Friday, October 4th. While nothing is perfect, feedback from both parents and staff indicate the event was a great success.  We commenced the event with a fire drill, accounted for every child, moved down to the grass field, then began to dismiss students to their parents.

Thank you parents for your support and patience, and thank you staff for your leadership and teamwork. We hope we will never need to dismiss students after an emergency such as an earthquake or fire, but it is comforting to know that if it were necessary, we have a plan in place!

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Random Acts of Kindness.

The world is changing rapidly. We have the challenge of preparing our children for a future that does not yet exist. Learners now need to be creative, culturally aware, problem solvers, innovators, effective communicators, collaborative, curious, responsible, productive, accountable, and leaders. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
October

  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 9 – Division 11 to Surrey Arts Centre for clay workshop – afternoon
  • 10 – Grade 7 Day camp at Golden Ears Park – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)

November

  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

December

  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 18 – Winter Concerts (times to be announced)
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20  – Science Fair
  • 21 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

March

  • 11 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 13 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 14 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
  • 31 – Classes Resume

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 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

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Vanier News – September 22, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe that learning loss takes place for students over the summer? YES: 74% NO: 26%
  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 89% NO: 11%
  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 72% NO: 28%
  • Students: Do you feel safe at school? Parents: Do you feel your children are safe at school? Staff: Do you feel students are safe at school? YES: 87% NO: 13%
  • Do you think incidents of bullying have increased? YES: 53% NO: 47%
  • Do you believe student learning is negatively affected by a summer break of 2 months? YES: 52% NO: 48%
  • 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: 55% NO: 45%
  • 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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VANIER CARNIVAL

We hope you can make it to the VANIER CARNIVAL, this coming Thursday, September 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Last year’s event was a great success. Activities include rides, games, and yummy food such as cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, and pizza. Our MEET THE TEACHER event will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on the same evening. Sneak away from the carnival for a few minutes to say hello to your child’s teacher. Teacher’s will be giving out special tickets to each family that visits their classroom. These tickets can be entered into a draw for a $100 Superstore gift card. We hope to see you there!

Concession Prices:
Pizza – $2.00
Samosas – $1.00
Drinks – $1.00
Candy – $1.00

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TERRY FOX RUN

We will be holding our annual Terry Fox Run at Georges Vanier on the morning of Friday, September 27. We participate in this wonderful event to not only celebrate Terry Fox, a Canadian Hero, but to raise money to fund cancer research.  Students will be ready to begin their run at 9:00 a.m. and as always, we rely on our committed parents to help supervise our running route. If you are able to volunteer that morning, please stop by the office and let us know. As an added bonus, all parents who volunteer will eligible to win one of two, $25 Superstore Gift Cards. Students are also encouraged to bring donations that will be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society. Together, we continue Terry’s Marathon of Hope!

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STAFFING NEWS

We welcome several new members to the Vanier family:

Sandy Banipal – Education Assistant
Nick Smidstra  – Education Assistant
Amanjit Jammu – Teacher – Grade 2

We offer congratulations and happiness to Brenda Duncan, our head clerk, who  will be officially retiring September 30. We thank Mrs. Duncan for her kindness and hard-work, and wish her well in this next stage of life.

Congratulations to Linda Giesbrecht, who has been hired as permanent head clerk at Georges Vanier. We are so happy that Mrs. Giesbrecht will be staying on!

Finally, Kindergarten teacher Jodi Pulvers will be leaving us for a short while to start her family. We are all excited for Mrs. Pulvers and her family and we look forward to welcoming a new little friend to the Vanier family. Best wishes to you during this exciting time, Mrs. Pulvers!

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PARENTING CORNER: That Happens to Me: Compassion spreads. Compassion is contagious. 
Author: Rachel Macy Stafford
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You may recall that my younger daughter is what I like to call A Noticer. She has chosen to adopt a slower pace in which to navigate life. This allows her to keep a keen eye on her surroundings and the people around her.

She is the child who remembers where we parked the car and often leads me by the hand to the right spot. She notices friends’ new hairstyles and gorgeous sunsets before anyone else. My daughter looks for the child struggling to sharpen his pencil or the one who’s off in the corner alone. She hops right up to offer her assistance.

That’s probably what I love most about her noticing gift—she doesn’t just notice things, she notices emotion. Not too long ago I wrote these words because of her:

We are all just waiting for someone to notice—notice our pain, notice our scars, notice our fear, notice our joy, notice our triumphs, notice our courage.

And the one who notices is a rare and beautiful gift.

But recently, my child expanded on that concept of noticing, and I believe it’s making me a better human being. Although this story is quite simple in context, it has the potential to change someone’s day—maybe even life. This is our story … Click here to continue reading.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

It has been a great week in the Learning Commons. The Harry Potter fans picked up their prizes and congratulations go to Meia who won the grand prize. We celebrated past Reader’s Clubs with a Readers T-Shirt Day. Students who had participated in ‘Natural Disasters’, ‘Fantastic Foxes’ or ‘Geronimo Stilton Club’ wore their hand-painted shirts.
We began our student blogs. Student experts helped new bloggers learn to use Kidblogs. The sites are linked to the school library webpage. http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org Check out the side navigation bar to see what we are working on and how we celebrated Dot Day. Feel free to leave an encouraging comment. Comments are moderated and will display on the website after approval. See a 15 second video of our Dot Day 3D creations. https://vimeo.com/74655090
Did you know students from all over the world celebrate International Dot Day? The event is inspired by the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds which encourages students to create, explore and feel proud of their accomplishments. For more information on Dot Day visit http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

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Anna Crosland M.Ed.
Teacher Librarian

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – SEPTEMBER 27

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal will take place on Friday, September 27th, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Why are we doing this?

We practice this procedure every year because we know that in case of a real emergency such as a fire or earthquake, it would be necessary to dismiss our students from an alternate location. The most important thing we need from parents that afternoon is calmness and patience. As you can expect, when all parents show up at once wanting to pick up their children, there is the possibility of having to wait.  I am proud to say that last year, we were able to dismiss ALL but 20 students in less than 45 minutes.

Feel free to come pick up your children AT ANY TIME between 2:00 and 2:27 p.m. on September 27th. Detailed information regarding the event will be sent home shortly with students.

Important Notes:

  • You may come get your child ANY TIME after 2:00 pm on September 27th. Please follow the direction of staff members.
  • Do not take your child until your child has been brought to you by a staff member.
  • Staff will be on hand until all students have been dismissed
  • STAY CALM and BE PATIENT
  • Leave right away when you have your child(ren).
  • Students will ONLY BE RELEASED to parents, guardians, or emergency contacts.
  • If you are unable to physically pick up your child and someone other than those listed on the contact list will be doing this, please indicated this on the form that will be coming home with your child this week (see below).
  • If your child walks home on their own, they will be permitted to do so during this emergency dismissal. Only students who have returned the form below will be permitted to walk home on their own.
  • In the case of an actual emergency, all students would need to be released to a parent, guardian, or emergency contact.

We know things will most likely not go perfectly, but it is very important for us to be prepared for an emergency. The following Emergency Dismissal Consent will be sent home with students on Tuesday, September 24th. If you have any questions, please call us at the office. Thank you in advance for your patience and support!

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Obvious to you. Amazing to others.

Share your strengths and ideas with your children. Encourage them to do the same. Please watch and discuss this thought-provoking video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?

September

  • 24 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 26 – Assembly @ 1:45 p.m.
  • 26 – School Carnival (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.) & Meet the Teacher (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • 27 – Terry Fox Run – 9:00 a.m.
  • 27 – Emergency Dismissal Procedure – 2:00 p.m.

October

  • 1 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 3 – Photo Re-takes
  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

November

  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

December

  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20  – Science Fair
  • 21 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

March

  • 11 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 13 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 14 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
  • 31 – Classes Resume

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 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

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Vanier News – September 14, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe that learning loss takes place for students over the summer? YES: 74% NO: 26%
  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 89% NO: 11%
  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 72% NO: 28%
  • Students: Do you feel safe at school? Parents: Do you feel your children are safe at school? Staff: Do you feel students are safe at school? YES: 87% NO: 13%
  • Do you think incidents of bullying have increased? YES: 53% NO: 47%
  • Do you believe student learning is negatively affected by a summer break of 2 months? YES: 52% NO: 48%
  • 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: 55% NO: 45%
  • 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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TERRY FOX RUN

We will be holding our annual Terry Fox Run at Georges Vanier on the morning of Friday, September 27. We participate in this wonderful event to not only celebrate Terry Fox, a Canadian Hero, but to raise money to fund cancer research.  Students will be ready to begin their run at 9:00 a.m. and as always, we rely on our committed parents to help supervise our running route. If you are able to volunteer that morning, please stop by the office and let us know. As an added bonus, all parents who volunteer will eligible to win one of two, $25 Superstore Gift Cards. Students are also encouraged to bring donations that will be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society. Together, we continue Terry’s Marathon of Hope!

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PARENTAL CONSENT – IMPORTANT FORMS COMING HOME
Students will be coming home with VERY important forms on Monday. These forms deal with parental consent for many different aspects of life at school. These include:

  • Walking Field Trips
  • Media Coverage
  • Name/Photo Publication
  • Internet Access
  • Technology Tool Access
  • Fruit and Vegetable Program Participation

We want your child to be as involved as possible in school life, but there may be some instances when parents do not want their children to participate in specific events or aspects of school programs. Please read the information carefully and return the front cover page. If you have any questions about the consent forms, please do not hesitate to visit us at the office. Please click on the following link to preview these important documents before they arrive home: Consent Checklist

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PARENTING CORNER: Learned Helplessness: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?
Author: Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC
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Your teen leaves his dirty clothes all over the house. Instead of getting into another fight with him or nagging him to pick them up, you do it for him. It’s easier, right?

Your daughter with ADD is having problems completing her science project. She can’t seem to focus and complains that it’s boring and too difficult. After she goes to sleep, you finish it for her. After all, you don’t want her to fail.

We all “over–function” in our relationships at times, particularly with our kids. And we often start without even realizing it. Let’s say your toddler knows how to tie her shoes, but you tie them for her anyway, because it’s faster—and it becomes a habit. Or you run back to school when your 13–year–old son, who never remembers anything, forgets his homework again. Or your young adult daughter despairs because she was laid off from her first job and you jump in with advice and try to “fix” the situation without listening to what she has to say first. When you get stuck in a role of doing too much, you might find it hard to give up—and often, those around you might not want you to stop! Continue reading this article…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
Avast! Watch out all ye Landlubbers. There be Pirates in the Learning Commons. Check the Learnng Commons Blog for updates on our ‘Shiver me Timbers’ activities http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/

And…Our first Learning Commons Contest was a success. Intermediate students tried their hand at Harry Potter Trivia by answering multiple choice questions on the popular books. Twenty-seven students each won a Potter book and one lucky student won the random draw Grand Prize of a complete hard cover set of the novels. Winners announced on Monday. Prizes may be picked up at recess from Ms. Crosland in the Learning Commons.

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – SEPTEMBER 27

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal will take place on Friday, September 27th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. We practice this procedure every year because we know that in case of a real emergency such as a fire or earthquake, it would be necessary to dismiss our students from an alternate location. The most important thing we need from parents that afternoon is calmness and patience. As you can expect, when all parents show up at once wanting to pick up their children, there is the possibility of having to wait.  I am proud to say that last year, we were able to dismiss ALL but 20 students in less than 45 minutes.

Feel free to come pick up your children AT ANY TIME between 2:00 and 2:27 p.m. on September 27th. Detailed information regarding the event will be sent home shortly with students.

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QUOTE of the WEEK

“Tell me and I’ll forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I’ll understand.”

– Chinese Proverb


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VIDEO of the WEEK: The Power of Words

In this electronic age, it is becoming more and more important for all of us to know the power of words and how to communicate in different situations. Watch and discuss this video with your child!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?

September

  • 17 – Photo Day
  • 23 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Assembly @ 1:45 p.m.
  • 26 – School Carnival & Meet the Teacher – 4-8 p.m.
  • 27 – Terry Fox Run – 9:00 a.m.
  • 27 – Emergency Dismissal Procedure – 2:00 p.m.

October

  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

November

  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session

December

  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens

February

  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

March

  • 11 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 13 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 14 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session

April

  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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