Vanier News – June 23, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

VIDEO: A look back at Term 3

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VIDEO: Talent Show 2014



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TEACHER JOB ACTION UPDATE
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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Hello Parents.

First, I want to thank you SO much for the many kind words, well wishes, and kind gifts. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Georges Vanier and consider us a family!

I will greatly miss you all, but know that you will extend the same warmth and generosity to our new principal, David Dekerf, who I know will do an excellent job.

Unfortunately, I am unable to share positive news regarding teacher job action. Teachers have been on a FULL STRIKE since June 17 and there does not seem to be an end in sight. Please listen to CKNW (AM-980) everyday for updates. I will also update the school website, VanierNews, and our Twitter account as information becomes available.

With summer upon us, it’s important to think about how to keep our minds “sharp” over the summer. Here are some suggestions:

  • Participate in the SUMMER LEARNING PASSPORT program. Not only will you return in September better prepared, you can also win a prize such as an iPad, iPod touch, or a Chapters gift card. Download HERE: Learning Passport 2014
  • Visit the Wonderopolis website daily and explore the Wonder of the Day!
  • Do as many “Ways to Support” activities as you can over the summer: Ways To Support Learning

Also, as promised, we are prepared to share links of year-end and Grade 7 photos and videos. A very special THANK YOU to the following for creating this special content:

  • Anna Crosland – Teacher Librarian
  • Hugh McDonald – Grade 6/7 Teacher
  • Johanna Hemenway – Vanier Parent

As you can appreciate, our goal is to share, but to also protect student privacy. If you are interested in receiving links to this media, please visit the school website, scroll to the newsletter section, enter you email, then respond to the email you receive. You will then receive links to newsletters and other related school information. YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME. Thank you!

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Have a wonderful summer and best wishes in 2014/15!

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WELCOME KINDERGARTEN FRIENDS
Will your child be starting the new school year in Kindergarten? We look forward to you and your child joining the Vanier family. Our hope is that job action will be a thing of the past and that the students will be in session come September. If this is the case, the first day of school is September 2 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. For kindergarten students, this is a time for you to visit and quickly confirm your registration and pay for supplies. Your child does not need to come with you on September 2. In late August, you will receive information regarding your child’s schedule for the first two weeks. All kindergarten students will begin full-time attendance on Wednesday, September 10. We look forward to seeing you!

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STAFFING UPDATE
As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best!
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – Appointed Principal of Cambridge Elementary
Hugh McDonald – Teacher – Accepted a position at Fraserwood Elementary
Francoise Rempel – Teacher – Accepted a position at Creekside Elementary
Ashley Henderson – Teacher – Term Position
Laura Warkentin – Teacher – Term Position
Lilliana Bolton – Teacher – Accepted a position at Adams Road Elementary
Nicole Postnikoff – Teacher – Term Position
Sandip Pandher – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Debra Peterson – Teacher – Accepted a position at Holly Elementary
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher – Term Position
Dina Willis -Teacher – Retirement
Sonia Dhaliwal – Teacher – End of job share with Dina Willis
Shahzia Rashid – Teacher – Term Position
Lesley Fornelli – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Margaret Scheller – Music Teacher – Retirement
Michelle Bujan – Teacher – Leave from position
Laura Hunter – Teacher – Term Position
Olga McKenzie – Teacher – Term Position
Danielle Strohan – Teacher – Term Position
Joanna Shnaid – Integration Support Teacher – Term Position
Randy Schooley – Education Assistant – Term Position
Nick Smidstra – Education Assistant – Term Position
Sandi Banipal – Education Assistant – Term Position
Susan Mathew – Education Assistant – Term Position
Danielle Finkbeiner – Childcare Worker – Term Position

We are happy to welcome new and returning members to the Vanier community who will continue the excellent work currently taking place:
David Dekerf – Principal
Jen McLeod – Job share with Becky Copeland
Meghan Tracey – Teacher
Erika Gray – Teacher
Janine Horton – Job share with Erika Gray
Laura Lattey – Teacher
June Peaker – Teacher
Jodi Pulvers – Teacher
Kirandeep Sandhu – LST Teacher
Karen Harris – Music Teacher
Amardeep Dhaliwal – Teacher
Janet Cloutier and Pam Dhaliwal  – Teachers and job share partners

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2014-15 Calendar Dates
Important dates to note for the UPCOMING 2014/15 school year:

September-2014

  • 2 – School Opens – Students in attendance from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 3 – First FULL day of classes – Students in attendance from 8:30 a.m. – 2:27 p.m.
  • 22 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 p.m.

October-2014

  • 13 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 23 – Diwali Lunch – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 24 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

November-2014

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

December-2014

  • 9 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 11 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 19 – Last day of classes before holidays

January-2015

  • 5 – School re-opens

February-2015

  • 9 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20 –  Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

March-2015

  • 3 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 5 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 6 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 9-20 – Spring Break – Classes not in session

April-2015

  • 4 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 6 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May-2015

  • 1 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 13 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 18 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June-2015

  • 23 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 25 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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SCHOOL FEES FOR 2014-15
Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We so 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 2014/15 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 $5.00.  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.

Musical Instruments:  Grade 4 students learn to play the recorder.  Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school.   Also, our Grade 7 students who opt for band either purchase or rent an instrument.  Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies:  Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through Edu-Pac.  Payment is made directly to Edu-Pac. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. The deadline to order supplies through Edu-Pac was May 28, 2014. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $25.00. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Please see the office for a supply list or CLICK the following link to download: Grade 1-7 Supply Lists 2014-15.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions:  604-596-1030.

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Wonderopolis
Wonderopolis is an excellent resource that allows children and adults explore curious things around us…together. This is a great way to learn together over the summer!


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Vanier News – June 16, 2014

Principal’s Message,

Hello Parents.

First, I want to thank you SO much for the many kind words, well wishes, and kind gifts. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Georges Vanier and consider us a family!

I will greatly miss you all, but know that you will extend the same warmth and generosity to our new principal, David Dekerf, who I know will do an excellent job.

Unfortunately, I am unable to share positive news regarding teacher job action. Negotiations have broken down and on Tuesday, June 17, teachers will engage in a FULL STRIKE meaning that classes will not be in session. Please listen to CKNW (AM-980) everyday for updates. I will also update the school website, VanierNews, and our Twitter account as information becomes available.

Photos and Videos

As promised, we are prepared to share links of year-end and Grade 7 photos and videos. A very special THANK YOU to the following for creating this special content:

  • Anna Crosland – Teacher Librarian
  • Hugh McDonald – Grade 6/7 Teacher
  • Johanna Hemenway – Vanier Parent

As you can appreciate, our goal is to share, but to also protect student privacy. If you are interested in receiving links to this media, please visit the school website, scroll to the newsletter section, enter you email, then respond to the email you receive. You will then receive links to newsletters and other related school information. YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME. Thank you!

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Vanier News – June 7, 2014

CLICK HERE to see the week of June 2-6 at Georges Vanier…IN TWEETS!


IN THIS ISSUE:

TEACHER JOB ACTION UPDATE

The next school closure is scheduled for Friday, June 13, 2014. All schools in Surrey will be closed and behind picket lines.

As a result, we have had to reschedule several important events:

  • Sports Day was originally scheduled for Friday, June 13, but will now take place on Thursday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:27 p.m. Hot lunch will also be served on June 12. Thank you PAC parents!
  • The Grade 7 Celebration was originally scheduled for Friday, June 20, but will now take place on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m. Grade 7 students will spend the remainder of the day bonding and having fun over lunch at Centennial Beach. Grade 7 students, download the permission form here:  Centennial Beach Grade 7

Teachers will vote on June 9 and 10 to determine if a FULL STRIKE will take place. We anticipate the outcome of that vote to be made public the evening of June 10. Please check back here and on our school website for updated information.

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this difficult time.
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WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN – JUNE 9, 2014

Our annual Welcome to Kindergarten event takes place on June 9, 2014, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in our gym. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome you and your children to a new school and the kindergarten experience. You will have the opportunity to meet the adults who will be working with your child, and your child will get to meet future classmates as well as participate in a rotation of activities. You’ll even get a take-home bag full of resources and materials!

We look forward to seeing you on June 9th!

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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WHAT’S COMING UP?
June

  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 a.m.
  • 11 – Grade 7 Celebration – 8:45 a.m.
  • 12 – Year-end Grade 7 Band Concert – Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Sports Day: 10:00 – 2:30
  • 13 – School CLOSED due to Teacher Job Action
  • 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 – Classes not in session

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Vanier News – May 31, 2014

CLICK HERE to see the week of May 26-30 at Georges Vanier…IN TWEETS!


IN THIS ISSUE:

TEACHER JOB ACTION UPDATE
This week saw a closure of Surrey Schools on Thursday, May 29 due to rotating strikes as a result of Teacher Job Action.

The next school closure is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, 2014. All schools in Surrey will be closed and behind picket lines.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel most field trips as a result of Job Action, including our participation in the District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park.

We have had questions regarding Sports Day on June 13 and the Grade 7 Celebration on June 20. We plan to move ahead with these events and hope that if needed, you as parents will be willing and able to assist us. Stay tuned. As the dates of rotating strikes become available, we will be able to determine if dates need to be adjust.

A letter from Surrey Schools Superintendent, Jordan Tinney, will be coming home with students on Monday to further outlines school closures. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.
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VANIER STUDENTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Friday was a special day at Georges Vanier because our students made a difference to others in the world.

At our Friday assembly, Lyric Symington, a grade 5 student, had all his hair cut off so it could be donated to cancer survivors. Lyric shared that he had seen a story of someone making a similar sacrifice 3 years ago and decided to do the same. So for the past 3 years, Lyric has continued to grow out his hair. The hair will be donated so that wigs can be made for cancer survivors who have lost their hair because of treatment. We are so proud of you, Lyric!

Also on Friday, students in Mrs. Lutz’s class gave $365 in KIVA loans. KIVA is a micro-lending organization that provides loans to entrepreneurs in third world countries. Students learn about global issues, loan terms, and use competencies such as critical thinking and problem solving. Most importantly, students understand the value of helping others. Well done, students! CLICK HERE to view out KIVA lending page.


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NEWS FROM THE LEARNING COMMONS
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STAFFING UPDATE
As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best! We will continue to provide you with staffing updates into June.
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – Appointed Principal of Cambridge Elementary
Hugh McDonald – Teacher – Accepted a position at Fraserwood Elementary
Laura Warkentin – Teacher – Term Position
Lilliana Bolton – Teacher – Accepted a position at Adams Road Elementary
Nicole Postnikoff – Teacher – Term Position
Sandip Pandher – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Debra Pederson – Teacher – Accepted a position at Holly Elementary
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher – Term Position
Dina Willis -Teacher – Retirement
Sonia Dhaliwal – Teacher – End of job share with Dina Willis
Shahzia Rashid – Teacher – Term Position
Lesley Fornelli – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Margaret Scheller – Music Teacher – Retirement
Michelle Bujan – Teacher – Leave from position
Laura Hunter – Teacher – Term Position
Olga McKenzie – Teacher – Term Position

We are happy to welcome new and returning members to the Vanier community who will continue the excellent work currently taking place:
David Dekerf – Principal
Jen McLeod – Job share with Becky Copeland
Meghan Tracey – Teacher
Erika Gray – Teacher
Janine Horton – Job share with Erika Gray
Laura Lattey – Teacher
June Peaker – Teacher
Jodi Pulvers – Teacher
Kirandeep Sandhu – LST Teacher
Karen Harris – Music Teacher

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2014-15 Calendar Dates
Important dates to note for the UPCOMING 2014/15 school year:

September-2014

  • 2 – School Opens – Students in attendance from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 3 – First FULL day of classes – Students in attendance from 8:30 a.m. – 2:27 p.m.
  • 22 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 p.m.

October-2014

  • 13 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 23 – Diwali Lunch – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 24 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

November-2014

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

December-2014

  • 9 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 11 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 19 – Last day of classes before holidays

January-2015

  • 5 – School re-opens

February-2015

  • 9 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20 –  Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

March-2015

  • 3 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 5 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 6 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 9-20 – Spring Break – Classes not in session

April-2015

  • 4 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 6 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May-2015

  • 1 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 13 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 18 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June-2015

  • 23 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 25 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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SCHOOL FEES FOR 2014-15
Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We so 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 2014/15 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 $5.00.  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.

Musical Instruments:  Grade 4 students learn to play the recorder.  Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school.   Also, our Grade 7 students who opt for band either purchase or rent an instrument.  Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies:  Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through Edu-Pac.  Payment is made directly to Edu-Pac. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. The deadline to order supplies through Edu-Pac was May 28, 2014. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $25.00. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Please see the office for a supply list or CLICK the following link to download: Grade 1-7 Supply Lists 2014-15.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions:  604-596-1030.

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WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN – JUNE 9, 2014
Our annual Welcome to Kindergarten event takes place on June 9, 2014, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in our gym. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome you and your children to a new school and the kindergarten experience. You will have the opportunity to meet the adults who will be working with your child, and your child will get to meet future classmates as well as participate in a rotation of activities. You’ll even get a take-home bag full of resources and materials!

We look forward to seeing you on June 9th!
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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Paying Attention is how you know someone needs help!
Watch this heart-warming video of a little girl and sea lion playing tag. Then watch the reaction of the sea lion when the little girl falls. It’s a great reminder that in order to care for others, we need to pay attention to those around us.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
June

  • 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 – Classes not in session

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Vanier News – May 26, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

TEACHER JOB ACTION UPDATE
Phase 2 Job Action - English

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Phase 2 Job Action - Punjabi
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STAFFING UPDATE
As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best! We will continue to provide you with staffing updates into June.
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – Appointed Principal of Cambridge Elementary
Hugh McDonald – Teacher – Accepted a position at Fraserwood Elementary
Laura Warkentin – Teacher – Term Position
Lilliana Bolton – Teacher – Accepted a position at Adams Road Elementary
Nicole Postnikoff – Teacher – Term Position
Sandip Pandher – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Debra Pederson – Teacher – Accepted a position at Holly Elementary
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher – Term Position
Dina Willis -Teacher – Retirement
Sonia Dhaliwal – Teacher – End of job share with Dina Willis
Shahzia Rashid – Teacher – Term Position
Lesley Fornelli – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Margaret Scheller – Music Teacher – Retirement
Michelle Bujan – Teacher – Leave from position
Laura Hunter – Teacher – Term Position
Olga McKenzie – Teacher – Term Position

We are happy to welcome new and returning members to the Vanier community who will continue the excellent work currently taking place:
David Dekerf – Principal
Jen McLeod – Job share with Becky Copeland
Meghan Tracey – Teacher
Erika Gray – Teacher
Janine Horton – Job share with Erika Gray
Laura Lattey – Teacher
June Peaker – Teacher
Jodi Pulvers – Teacher
Kirandeep Sandhu – LST Teacher
Karen Harris – Music Teacher

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2014-15 Calendar Dates
Important dates to note for the UPCOMING 2014/15 school year:

September-2014

  • 2 – School Opens – Students in attendance from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 3 – First FULL day of classes – Students in attendance from 8:30 a.m. – 2:27 p.m.
  • 22 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 p.m.

October-2014

  • 13 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 23 – Diwali Lunch – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 24 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

November-2014

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

December-2014

  • 9 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 11 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 19 – Last day of classes before holidays

January-2015

  • 5 – School re-opens

February-2015

  • 9 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 20 –  Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

March-2015

  • 3 – Term 2 Reports Home
  • 5 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 6 – Last day of classes before Spring Break
  • 9-20 – Spring Break – Classes not in session

April-2015

  • 4 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 6 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May-2015

  • 1 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 13 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 18 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June-2015

  • 23 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 25 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2014-15
It’s time to think about SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the 2014-15 year.

You have the option to purchase school supplies as a kit through a company call EDU-PAC. The order form can be found by clicking the following link: Grade 1-7 Supply Lists 2014-15.  If you choose to order school supplies through EDU-PAC, your child’s supplies will be available for pick up in the first week of classes in September.

  • EDU-PAC orders are due back to the school by May 28.
  • Please make cheques payable to “EDU-PAC SERVICES”.
  • If you choose to purchase your own school supplies, please use the list linked above as a guide.
  • If your child is entering Kindergarten, teachers will be doing a BULK PURCHASE of supplies and will be asking you for a payment of $25.00. Details to follow! If you would like to purchase your own supplies for a child entering Kindergarten, please call the school at 604-596-1030 or visit the office.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions:  604-596-1030.

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SCHOOL FEES FOR 2014-15
Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We so 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 2014/15 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 $5.00.  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.

Musical Instruments:  Grade 4 students learn to play the recorder.  Students will have the option of purchasing one through our music teacher for $8.00 or receiving one on loan from the school.   Also, our Grade 7 students who opt for band either purchase or rent an instrument.  Costs vary depending on the instrument.

School Supplies:  Parents have the option of purchasing their child’s school supplies on their own utilizing the grade supply list or for your convenience you may wish to purchase supplies as a package through Edu-Pac.  Payment is made directly to Edu-Pac. Costs for supplies vary based on grade. The deadline to order supplies through Edu-Pac is May 28, 2014. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $25.00. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Please see the office for a supply list or CLICK the following link to download: Grade 1-7 Supply Lists 2014-15.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions:  604-596-1030.

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WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN – JUNE 9, 2014
Our annual Welcome to Kindergarten event takes place on June 9, 2014, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in our gym. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome you and your children to a new school and the kindergarten experience. You will have the opportunity to meet the adults who will be working with your child, and your child will get to meet future classmates as well as participate in a rotation of activities. You’ll even get a take-home bag full of resources and materials!

Expect an invitation in the mail shortly. We look forward to seeing you on June 9th!
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PARENT APPRECIATION TEA…YOU ARE INVITED
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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • 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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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May

  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.
  • 29 – Rotating Teacher Strike – School Closed – Classes not in session.
  • 30 – Assembly – 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 30 – PAC Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – Noon

June

  • 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 – May 25, 2014

CLICK HERE to see THIS WEEK AT GEORGES VANIER in TWEETS!


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TEACHER JOB ACTION
A Message from Surrey Schools Superintendent Jordan Tinney regarding Phase 2 of Teacher Job Action:

Job action - English
Job Action - Punjabi
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SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2014-15
It’s time to think about SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the 2014-15 year.

You have the option to purchase school supplies as a kit through a company call EDU-PAC. The order form can be found by clicking the following link: Grade 1-7 Supply Lists 2014-15.  If you choose to order school supplies through EDU-PAC, your child’s supplies will be available for pick up in the first week of classes in September.

  • EDU-PAC orders are due back to the school by May 28.
  • Please make cheques payable to “EDU-PAC SERVICES”.
  • If you choose to purchase your own school supplies, please use the list linked above as a guide.
  • If your child is entering Kindergarten, teachers will be doing a BULK PURCHASE of supplies and will be asking you for a payment of $25.00. Details to follow! If you would like to purchase your own supplies for a child entering Kindergarten, please call the school at 604-596-1030 or visit the office.

Please do not hesitate to call us at the school if you have any questions:  604-596-1030.

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WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN – JUNE 9, 2014
Our annual Welcome to Kindergarten event takes place on June 9, 2014, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in our gym. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome you and your children to a new school and the kindergarten experience. You will have the opportunity to meet the adults who will be working with your child, and your child will get to meet future classmates as well as participate in a rotation of activities. You’ll even get a take-home bag full of resources and materials!

Expect an invitation in the mail shortly. We look forward to seeing you on June 9th!
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PARENT APPRECIATION TEA…YOU ARE INVITED
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PARENTING CORNER: How to raise a self-sufficient kid
Author: Rhea Seymour
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You’re scrambling to get the kids out the door, but your three-year-old is putting on his shoes at a glacial pace. The temptation to take over is overwhelming. While letting your child do it himself definitely takes more time and patience, it’s some of the most important parenting you’ll do, says Jane Hewes, chair of the Early Learning and Child Care at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. “When kids learn to do things for themselves, they’re developing a positive self identity, and it makes them feel competent and worthy.” Here’s what kids can learn to do for themselves at every stage from toddler to tween, keeping in mind that some may be ready earlier or later—and what you can do to help your child blossom into a self-sufficient young adult.Continue Reading…

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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • 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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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
This information retrieved from Georges Vanier’s Learning Commons Page.


We recently had 2 events to promote reading and student ownership of the Learning Commons. Students were encouraged to bring in a plush toy to ‘Stuff the LC’. We also had ‘Pirate Day’ to celebrate our Learning Commons theme. Students dressed up and joined their big buddies in the gym for stories, reading and a pirate song or two.
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Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Aarambh: Help Desk
Sometimes, it doesn’t take a lot of money to solve problems – just a great idea. Our goal in Surrey Schools is to develop critical thinking students able to come up with creative solutions to real problems. Watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May

  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.
  • 29 – Rotating Teacher Strike – School Closed – Classes not in session.
  • 30 – Assembly – 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 30 – PAC Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – Noon

June

  • 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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