Vanier News – May 10, 2014

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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES
Parents, don’t forget that this coming Wednesday, May 14th is an EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:27 p.m. The purpose of this early dismissal is for you to attend Student-Led Conferences. Your child will prepare work for you to see. This allows you to understand the learning progress they are making, as well as how you can further support your child’s learning at home if there are challenges.

So what role do you, as a parent, play in Student-Led Conferences?

Be supportive! Encourage your child to talk about what they have learned. If you know your child is struggling with something, ensure them that hard work WILL pay off and that together with the classroom teacher, you will be there to support them with their learning.

Be specific! Avoid comments like, “Good job”, “Nice work”, or “You’re so smart”. Use comments like, “I am really impressed by how you…”, “You worked really hard to…”, or “Tell me about…”

Let your child lead the way! Encourage your child to take a lead during the conference. Whatever your child shares with you, ask them good questions and encourage them to explain to you why they are sharing that particular piece of learning evidence.

Student-Led Conferences will run from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. and you do not need to make an appointment. Remember, your involvement in your child’s education is crucial to their success.

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PARENT APPRECIATION TEA…YOU ARE INVITED
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TEACHER JOB ACTION
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, www.surreyschools.ca.

Regards,
Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools

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PARENTING CORNER: How to Give Unconditional Love When You Didn’t Get It Yourself
Author: Dr. Laura Markham
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“The key is unconditional kindness to all life, including one’s own, which we refer to as compassion.” –David R. Hawkins

All parents know that children need unconditional love to thrive. But how can we give our children something many of us haven’t really experienced?

The answer is that each of us CAN experience unconditional love — by giving it to ourselves. We do this by actively, thoughtfully, accepting our selves — imperfections and all. When we miss the mark of our own standards — as we all do, all the time — we give ourselves a compassionate hug, and resolve to give ourselves better support so we can keep moving in the right direction.

Compassion — whether it comes from inside or outside — gradually moves humans from a state of being “self-centered” to a state of being “centered in self.” Researchers say this deep self-love is the opposite of selfishness.

We become so secure in our ok-ness that we’re more emotionally generous. Anger and defensiveness begin to melt away. That lens of love softens our judgment of ourselves, which in turn makes us more loving. We’re happier people — and more peaceful parents.

Here’s how: Continue Reading…

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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

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

This week in the Learning Commons we have been getting ready for Pirate Day which will be held on Thursday May 15th. Students are invited to wear a shirt with stripes, a belt, a scarf and a ‘scurvy dog’ scowl. We will be meeting our buddy classes in the gym and reading together, watching a short video and singing a pirate song or two. All primary students have made a Pirate hat to wear at the assembly.


‘Let’s Stuff the Learning Commons’ has been a great success. Next week we will take a few photos, blog our pictures and send the toys home at the end of the week on Friday.

Many students in Grade 2 have created animal research eBooks using My Story App in the Learning Commons. Check out this sample of their great work “A Moose”

Division 8 began work on making art using the work of Monet as inspiration. Students are using the ProCreate App to blend colours and creating their own ‘impressionist’ art. Next week students will be adding poems to go with their artwork and blogging their creations.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Mother’s Love
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Thank you for all you do…with no questions asked.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May

  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 15 – Pirate Day – Buddy Reading at 1:30 p.m. in gym
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 20 – PAC Hot Lunch Day
  • 21-23 – Divisions 1-4 – 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

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 4, 2014

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: POWERPLAY YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SHOW
Students in Mr. McDonald and Ms. Dhaliwal’s classes have been learning all about business plans and creating and marketing their own products. Now it’s time to sell. The PowerPlay show is taking place THIS Thursday, May 8, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM. Come visit us in the gym and pick up something nice for Mother’s Day. Part proceeds of this event go to selected charities.

Here’s what past young entrepreneurs had to say about the program:

  • “I like power play because we are donating to charity and I love helping.” Simran K.
  • “I like power play because I get to draw.” Justin S.
  • “I like power play because it is fun and I get to learn how to make my own business and I get the money that I make.” Kye H.
  • “It makes me want to make a job.” Sahil M.
  • “I like it because it inspires me to start a business and to get well with money.” Hayley M.
  • “I like power play because you make stuff and sell it and make your own money. That’s why I like it.” Abdullah S.
  • “I like power play because it’s for a good cause.” Rohin C.
  • “Why I like it (power play) is because it’s pretty cool starting a first business.” Pritpal S.
  • “I like power play because it’s fun making products.” Puneet S.
  • “I like power play because I get to make and sell my own product.” Armina B.
  • “I like power play because it’s teaching us how to start a business and we are earning money.” Hayal M.
  • “I like it (power play) because you can have fun and do crafts.” Maegan H.
  • “It is fun!” Braxton B.
  • “I love power play because it helps me earn and be more responsible with money.” Aden B.
  • “I love power play because we get to make stuff and we donate money to charity.” Risham M.

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30-HOUR FAMINE – A special THANK YOU from Children’s Hospital

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TEACHER JOB ACTION
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, www.surreyschools.ca.

Regards,
Jordan Tinney
Superintendent of Schools

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PARENTING CORNER: How to help kids solve their own problems
Author: Kate Winn
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We all want the best for our children, but in our zeal to help, we may hover a little too closely and earn the dreaded title of “helicopter parent.” Toronto family therapist Jennifer Kolari defines the term as stepping in and making decisions for your children that they should make on their own. Most parents are acting in a well-intentioned attempt to shield kids from failure or stress, but the effects can be serious. “I see anxiety skyrocketing among kids and increasing difficulty with emotional regulation,” says Kolari. “Kids fall apart when something doesn’t go their way because parents have removed normal, healthy adverse experiences. If you fix everything, when your kid’s ice cream falls on the floor it actually will be the worst thing that’s ever happened to them and they’ll react accordingly.”Continue Reading…

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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • May 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders DELIVERED
  • May 6 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m. – All parents welcome!
  • May 9 – Popcorn Day
  • May 20 – Hot Lunch Day

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


We are stuffed with stuffies in the Learning Commons! Students have been claiming ownership of the space by bringing in Plush Toys to decorate. We will leave them on display all next week.

May 15th is Dress Like a Pirate Day at Vanier School. A striped shirt, a pair of boots, a big belt and a scarf and you too can be a pirate! The whole school pirate crew will be buddy reading in the gym.

The Natural Disasters club have begun to get creative with their Tsunami learning. Each student in Division 7, 8 and 9 will be creating an iMovie trailer to gather together all of their blogs, tweets, and art to demonstrate their learning.

Grade 2′s have been using My Story app to make animal eBooks and autobiographical About Me books. Grade 1′s have been learning to use Pic Collage to show their learning about plants and demonstrating an understanding of Beginning Middle and End of a story. Kindergarten has been practising using Drop Box to save their work and Grade 3 have been utilizing the district eLibrary.Yahoo!

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: How will YOU change the world?
Watch and discuss this video with your child. How will YOU change the world?

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May

  • 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • 6 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m. – All parents welcome!
  • 8 – Powerplay Young Entrepreneurs Show – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – GYM
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 9 – Group and Team Photo day
  • 9 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 20 – PAC Hot Lunch Day
  • 21-23 – Divisions 1-4 – Camping at Camp Elphinstone
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Parent Appreciation Tea – 8:45 a.m.

June

  • 3 – District Track Meet – Bear Creek Park
  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 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

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Vanier News – April 6, 2014

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MOVIE NIGHT
Our final MOVIE NIGHT of the year is coming up on Thursday, April 17th. Ticket order forms will come home soon. The featured film will be FROZEN:

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30-HOUR FAMINE
Our 4th Annual Grade 7 30-Hour Famine took place on April 3 and 4. The event was a fabulous success and helped our senior students make a positive difference in the world. Over the past three years, our students have raised $1700, $2500, and $3900 – an incredible accomplishment!

The pledge total stood at $3100 on Friday afternoon, but we will update the total when all money is collected.

This year, we are happy and proud to support the following organizations:
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – 40%
B.C. Children’s Hospital – 40%
KIVA – 20%

We concluded our Famine by watching and discussing several videos. The video that seemed to resonate most was that of a little girl saved by the hard work of those at B.C. Children’s Hospital:
Thank you for making our 30-Hour Famine event a great success!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
We are excited to announce that very soon, both students and parents will have access to FreshGrade portfolios. You will recall from earlier editions of the VanierNews, teachers have been using an online product called FreshGrade to both collect and assess learning evidence. The true power of this tool is its ability to not only collect evidence, but to share it with students and parents. Shortly, students and parents will be able to view portfolio items and comment on these items. Student learning benefits most not by evaluating with percents or grades, but rather when students receive DESCRIPTIVE FEEDBACK they can apply to their own learning. Student learning is also enhanced when students themselves are given the opportunity to assess their own learning.

We believe the the consistent use of these new FreshGrade features will improve student learning, independence, and self-awareness.

Enjoy these short videos that provide an overview of FreshGrade’s new features:

We were also thrilled to see that Mrs. Wendy Hall, a grade 2 teacher at our school and avid user of FreshGrade, was featured this week on FreshGrade’s blog. Well done, Mrs. Hall.
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Read her blog HERE.

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PARENTING CORNER: Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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Parenting is by far the toughest job! Enjoy reading this tweets from Moms and Dads…
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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • April 14 Hanging Basket/Plant order forms sent home
  • April 17 Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • April 28 Hanging Basket/Plant orders DUE
  • May 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • May 9 Popcorn Day
  • May 20 Hot Lunch Day

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS


Students in the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ began to use the fabric paint to create their T Shirts. They have been tweeting their progress on https://twitter.com/VanierLC There are 75 T Shirts hanging up to dry in the Learning Commons! CLICK HERE to check out our latest STORIFY of student tweets.

Ms. Dhaliwal’s class created Earth Day messages in the style of Todd Parr. We used more than one app (PicCollage and ProCreate) to create our work. This is called App Smashing. This favourite author even ‘favourited’ our tweet when we shared our work. Yahoo! Check out the student blogs for Division 5 at http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Division 9 AppSmashed ColorEffects and PicCollage to manipulate photos of their plasticine tsunami creations. We wanted to demonstrate the power and devastation of a Tsunami. Check out their blogs: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Many students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 used chalkboards and Chalkboard App to respond to Bill Tomson’s picture book, Chalk. Students imagined what they would draw if their creations could come to life. Check out their great video:

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK:
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Happy Students at Vanier
Students in Mr. McDonald’s class produced this video to share with you…

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
April

  • 7-11 – Vanier Spiritwear (shirts, hoodies) samples on site. Order Forms at the Office.
  • 11 – Rick Hansen Ambassador Presentation: Primary 12:45 p.m./Intermediate 1:45 p.m.
  • 15 – Ready, Set, Learn Event: StrongStart – 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • 16 – Spring Portraits
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
  • 24 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 9 – Group and Team Photo day
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 21-23 – Divisions 1-4 – Camping at Camp Elphinstone
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 3 – District Track Meet – Bear Creek Park
  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 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

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Vanier News – December 14, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Click here to view previous poll questions and results

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GREAT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN

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TUTORING HOMEWORK ENGLISH SUPPORT
FREE for students in grades 5-9
LOCATION:  Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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FREE for students aged 10-18
LOCATION:  Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

COPING WITH TODDLER BEHAVIOUR
FREE for parents of children 12-36 months
LOCATION:  Georges Vanier Elementary
8 Sessions – January 14-March 14, 2014
Call 604-586-3351 to Register

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

FREE for students aged 10-18
LOCATION:  Newton Library – 13775 70 Avenue, Surrey
8 Sessions – January 18-March 8, 2014
Call 604-501-5100 or 604-591-4176 to Register
Registration Number: 4352040

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION —>English Conversation Poster Winter 2014

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT THIS WEEK
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Click here to download your Christmas Concert Ticket order form:  Christmas Concert Tickets – 2013

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 AUTHENTIC LEARNING: INNOVATION WEEK
This week, over 75 students from Grades 3-7 participated in the first ever INNOVATION WEEK. Students could do any kind of work they wanted, as long as they were focused on their work and prepared to share their learning at the end of the week.

While initially it was challenging for students to realize the level of independence required, they quickly adapted. We started each morning as a group, discussing the shape of the day and watching videos to inspire creative thinking. Here are a couple of videos students enjoyed most:




Projects included: remote control cars, storage containers, decorations, edible creations, and app and website development. At the end of the week, we knew INNOVATION WEEK was successful because of the levels of engagement witnessed:

  • Almost every student said they would participate again.
  • Almost every day, students lost track of time and continued to work through recess and lunch.
  • Students completed work on their own time to meet the Friday deadline.
  • Conversation moved away from talk of final product and more towards process, learning, and demonstrating competencies such as creative and critical thinking, communication, and self-awareness.

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Even more impressive what that pockets of personalized learning and innovation were popping up in other places in the school.

Students in Mrs. Rempel and Mr. McDonald’s classes spent time everyday creating their very own Rube-Goldberg machines, while students in Mrs. Henderson and Mr. White’s classes participated in Learn a New Skill week.

We were so happy to provide students with opportunities to not only learn, but have fun doing it. We are thrilled to see our students so engaged in their work.

Only good things can come from this! Thank you parents for your support.

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PARENTING CORNER: Parenting Styles – What they are and why they matter.
Author: Kendra Cherry
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Developmental psychologists have long been interested in how parents impact child development. However, finding actual cause-and-effect links between specific actions of parents and later behavior of children is very difficult. Some children raised in dramatically different environments can later grow up to have remarkably similar personalities. Conversely, children who share a home and are raised in the same environment can grow up to have astonishingly different personalities than one another.

Despite these challenges, researchers have uncovered convincing links between parenting styles and the effects these styles have on children. During the early 1960s, psychologist Diana Baumrind conducted a study on more than 100 preschool-age children (Baumrind, 1967). Using naturalistic observation, parental interviews and other research methods, she identified four important dimensions of parenting:

  • Disciplinary strategies
  • Warmth and nurturance
  • Communication styles
  • Expectations of maturity and control

Based on these dimensions, Baumrind suggested that the majority of parents display one of three different parenting styles. Further research by also suggested the addition of a fourth parenting style (Maccoby & Martin, 1983). Continue reading this article…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

The fire has been keeping us nice and toasty in the Learning Commons this week. Strong Start preschool has been enjoying Christmas stories, a Santa craft and exploring skill developing apps on the iPads. Some kindergarten students have used the Balloon Stickie app to create images to show that pirates say “Rrrrr”. Some grade 2 students used Pic Jointer to demonstrate their ideas about categorization with pirate themes and many classes continue to explore new countries through postage stamps.

We are also using a new twitter account in the Learning Commons @VanierLC. Students can use this account to share mini book reviews and recommendations and to tell about their learning. Students only have access during library classes, all tweets are moderated by the Teacher Librarian and we only follow other classes, schools or those we can learn from. Follow us @VanierLC to stay connected.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS TO MAKE PEOPLE SMILE
Students watched this great video during INNOVATION WEEK. It demonstrates great creativity, but also shows us that it makes us feel really good when we make others happy. Please watch and discuss with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 16 – Poinsettia Pick Up – PM – Time TBD
  • 17 – PAC Hot Lunch – Pizza
  • 18 – Winter Concerts – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays
  • 20 – Christmas Dances

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 23 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m. (this is a NEW date for this event)

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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