Vanier News – May 25, 2014

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

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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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Vanier News – January 1, 2014

Dear Georges Vanier Families,

Wishing you a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2014!

Please enjoy this look at the first four months of school.

See you on January 6th, 2014!

Vanier News – December 24, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
IMG_2819December was a busy and exciting month at Georges Vanier Elementary. Report cards went home at the start of the month and reading teacher comments, I can tell that many of our students are making good personal progress and responding to our efforts to make learning experiences as interesting and authentic as possible.

From December 9-13, our school held our first ever INNOVATION WEEK. It was an opportunity for students to learn about anything they wanted to, and to share their learning with others. I was particularly impressed with students’ ability to be self-directed. While INNOVATION WEEK was taking place in the gym, students in other classes were participating in Learn A New Skill week and building Rube-Goldberg machines. How fun!

Last week, we held our Christmas Concerts. Based on the feedback I received from parents, our concerts were a great success.

Thank you parents for the tremendous amount of support you give the school. On a personal note, I want to say THANK YOU for the many gifts, cards, and well-wishes I received last week – it means a lot to me and makes me feel very fortunate to be part of such a warm, welcoming, connected community like ours!

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on January 6, 2014!
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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: Mystery Number Skype
IMG_3773Last week, students in Ms. Henderson and Ms. Warkentin’s classes had the opportunity to participate in an activity called Mystery Number Skype. Essentially, students connect via video conference with students from other schools trying to guess a mystery number based on questions asked. For example, students can ask questions such as:

  • Is your number greater than…
  • Is your number a prime number?
  • Is the digit in the hundreds place odd?

IMG_3772Activities such as this help students develop number sense, or an understanding of what numbers represent and how numbers are related to each other. Students also learn that playing with numbers can be fun. In fact, once we had finished the session in Ms. Henderson’s class, a student immediately asked, “When can we do this again?” What a great sign!

This week, we worked together with classes from Beaver Creek Elementary in Surrey. Thank you Mr. Monroe and Mr. Mann. We look forward to connecting with other schools in Surrey and beyond!

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
The weather outside may have been frightful but inside the Learning Commons it was so delightful! This week we served warm apple cider, sat by our virtual cozy fire and listened to some great Christmas stories.

Students in the Vanier Learning Commons are sharing their learning with the world. Follow us on Twitter @VanierLC to find out what the students are tweeting about. All tweets are moderated by the Teacher Librarian. We only access tweets that originate from other classes, schools and educators or those we can learn from. We are excited to explore the possibilities with this new way of connecting with the world.

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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: Paying it Forward
It feels great when people do something special for us. It feels even better when we do something special for others. Please watch and discuss this video with your child:

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
  • 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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Vanier News – December 14, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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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

IMG_3512 TEEN READ CLUB
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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Vanier News – December 8, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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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

IMG_3512 TEEN READ CLUB
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
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Click here to download your Christmas Concert Ticket order form:  Christmas Concert Tickets – 2013

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INTERESTING PEOPLE AT GEORGES VANIER

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 AUTHENTIC LEARNING: POWERPLAY STRATEGIES SHOW.
This past Friday, December 6, we held our 2nd Annual Powerplay Strategies Show which was a culmination of the Young Entrepreneurs Program students in Mrs. Rempel and Mrs. Lutz’s class were participating in. Students learned real-life skills such as financial literacy, creating a business plan, marketing, and social awareness.  10% of money raised by students goes to a charity of their choice. Well done, Vanier learners!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Student Learning Communications will be be coming home with students on Tuesday, December 10th. There will be an early dismissal on Thursday, December 12th at 1:27 p.m.

    Please phone the office at 604-596-1030 to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their progress

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To prepare for effective parent-teacher conferences, please review the following documents in ENGLISH and PUNJABI.

Parent Teacher Conferences – English
Parent Teacher Conferences – Punjabi

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PARENTING CORNER: Smart TV-Watching Tips
Author: Anita Sethi, Ph.d.
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Whatever semblance of hygiene I maintained as a new mom, I owed to Teletubbies. It was a successful formula: baby in play yard, tape in VCR, mom in shower. So I was disappointed when the American Academy of Pediatrics came out against TV for kids under age 2. But many other moms don’t seem to be worried: A new study found that 40 percent of 3-month-olds watch TV, and 90 percent of kids do so by age 2. If you’re going to allow some viewing (and most of us do), here’s the smart way to do it:

Be choosy. Shows in which characters speak to your child (such as Dora the Explorer) or that have a clear, linear story line (like Clifford) are the best language builders.

  • Join in. Talking with her about what’s happening on a show will help her learn more from what she’s viewing.
  • Get creative. Make videos of your own starlet; they will enthrall her and show her that TV is not the real thing.
  • Use it in moderation. Young children learn faster from live, human interaction than from watching it on TV.
  • Turn it off when your baby stops watching it. The noise can distract her from other play efforts.
  • Avoid TV around bed- or naptime. It can disrupt your baby’s sleep.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
This week in the Learning Commons many students are enjoying adding to their stamp collections. Students are learning how to figure out where their stamps are from and are learning about countries around the world. Many thanks to Mrs. Roxburgh for helping us to add to our stamp supply.

Check out our learning: We used the Draw and Show app to help students visualize the characters in ‘The Gingerbread Pirates’ story and used the Doodlecast app to show our developing rhyming skills.

Do pop by the Learning Commons to see our decorated “Book Christmas Tree” and visit the Learning Commons website to keep up to date with all of our news. http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: MATH with a FUNNY TWIST
This video is proof that math and numbers can be fun. Watch and discuss with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room
  • 10 – Term 1 Student Learning Communications Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 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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Vanier News – December 1, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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NEW FEATURE: Interesting People at Georges Vanier

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: POWERPLAY STRATEGIES SHOW.
Students have been creating and marketing their own products. Now it’s time to sell. The PowerPlay show is taking place THIS Friday, December 6, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Come visit us in the gym and get started on your Christmas shopping. Part proceeds of this event go to selected charities.

Here’s what our young entrepreneurs from last year had to say:

  • “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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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Student Learning Communications will be be coming home with students on Tuesday, December 10th. There will be an early dismissal on Thursday, December 12th at 1:27 p.m. Please phone the office at 604-596-1030 to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their progress.

To prepare for effective parent-teacher conferences, please review the following documents in ENGLISH and PUNJABI.

Parent Teacher Conferences – English
Parent Teacher Conferences – Punjabi

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PARENTING CORNER: Positive Dad Parenting In The Early Years
Author: Dr. Claire Elizabeth Cameron
Source
Most of the research on parenting has focused on moms. But a recent review of the literature – specifically a meta-analysis of almost two dozen studies of father involvement during early childhood – illustrates the specific parenting features by which dads have a positive influence on their kid’s development in the early years.
During the years from 3 to 8, how much time dads spent with their kids, as well as how positively (or negatively) they interacted with them, related to how children performed on cognitive, social, and behavioral assessments. In fact, fathers made the greatest relative contribution to their children’s social and self-control skills, compared to cognitive skills.Continue reading…
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
It has been another busy week in the Learning Commons. Students and their buddies had lots of fun reading ebooks and storybooks with flashlights in the Pirate’s Den Library. Don’t forget, the digital books are available to all students and their families and can be accessed at home from the school library catalogue via http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org See Ms Crosland if you have any questions about accessing the site.


Students in Grades 1 and 2 are Stamp Detectives. They have been learning how to use the clues on postage stamps to tell which country a stamp is from. They have been using the iPad cameras to document their learning and to figure out how to best take a photograph that frames their work.

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING – Applications Due

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Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • Where?  Gym and Multipurpose Room
  • What? An attempt to encourage creativity!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin at the office by December 2nd

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Teachers Model How to use WITS
Watch this video of an event that actually took place at our school. With parents as partners, we need to continually reinforce the important of good decision-making, self-control, and using our WITS. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 3 – PAC Meeting- 9:00 a.m. – Staffroom
  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6 – Poinsettia Orders Due
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 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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Vanier News – November 23, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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NEW FEATURE: Interesting People at Georges Vanier

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PRINCIPAL’S THOUGHTS: Math is COOL
We’ve been talking a lot about math this past week! There are changes to the math curriculum, we will be sharing your child’s learning in math in ways other than test and quiz results, and we have a SUPER turnout for our math night this past Thursday evening. Thank you to the many students and family members who attended.

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We know that every student is unique and thinking in a different way. That’s why it’s important to teacher many strategies so that students have different tools to solve problems. One of the best parts of the work I do is being able to visit many classrooms and take part in the learning taking place. On Friday, I saw many math strategies being learned in Mrs. Silversides’ and Mrs. Copeland’s classrooms. Check it out!

Emma turns 9+4 into 10+3.

Emma turns 9+4 into 10+3.

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Hillary subracts by adding

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

Thank you to the many parents, teachers, and students who participated in community forum on Tuesday, November 19th. It was an evening to discuss changes to the B.C. curriculum as well as changes to how we communicate student learning to parents. In case you were unable to attend, here is the presentation we shared that evening:

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PARENTING CORNER: Why report cards get an F
Author: Denise Balkissoon
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Nine-year-old James Carr’s grades are neither terrible, nor amazing. Students at his Whitby, Ont., school are marked on a scale from A-plus to D-minus, and his report card is usually peppered with Bs and Cs. They’re decent marks, and his mom, Kathleen Crilly, would like to be happy with them. But she doesn’t quite understand what they’re for.

“I don’t know if he tried hard and still didn’t do well, or didn’t try at all,” she says. She describes his quarterly report cards as a list of marks and vague comments. Crilly calls James a “frustrating kid” — he usually aces tests, but he never does homework and rarely pays attention in class. His teachers have shared varying opinions of him: Some think he’s a genius, while others have implied he might have autism. Marks don’t give any insight into James’ learning process, says Crilly. “The report cards didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know.”

Report cards are supposed to be a method for teachers to communicate with parents about how their child is performing. But in recent years, parents have complained that the multi-page documents sent home with their children are confusing and unhelpful. Things have gotten so bad that some parents and educators think elementary-school students shouldn’t get report cards at all.
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
Students in the Learning Commons have been learning how to use Keynote App to share their learning about The Body and Extreme Weather. Division 7 and 8 have been blogging their presentations at http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org
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Some classes have been learning about postage stamps. We are learning how to identify country of origin and explore ways to categorize and organize our collections. Some classes have been given mini albums and starter sets of stamps. Sets will also be available for students who choose to attend a lunch time club. Meeting dates yet to be decided.

We are lucky to have so many students from around the world at Georges Vanier. We decided to celebrate that with a video based on the book “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox. Many thanks to all of the students who participated.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

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What is Innovation Week?
During the week of December 9-13, students from Grade 4-7, plus any primary students referred by their classroom teacher, will be given the time, space, and support to work on a project of their choice. Our hope is to provide independent and motivated students with a meaningful experience that will help them develop a passion for learning by giving them the chance to pursue individual learning interests.

Students will not attend their classes during this week. Instead, they will work in the Innovation Week area (gym and multipurpose room) for the entirety of their school day. Staff members will be supervising and supporting students during this time.

On the morning of Friday, December 13th, Innovators (as individuals, pairs, or groups of 3) will share their learning during an open house open to the whole community.

Here are some ideas from other schools:

  • Write and perform your own piece of music.
  • Create a how-to tutorial/video on how to do something you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Paint a still life on canvas of a nature scene.
  • Write and perform a one-person comedy act.
  • Research and present on the concentration camps of the Holocaust.
  • Choreograph and perform a dance.
  • Create a video highlight reel of basketball moves and plays.
  • Create a video documentary.

Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • How?  Applications will be given out during an information meeting. Listen for details.
  • BE CREATIVE!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin by November 29th.

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK:
Watch in awe as this mom and baby overcome challenges, persevere, and show the incredible love that exists between parent and child.


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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

  • 25 – Monthly Math Challenge DUE – Box at Office
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons
  • 26 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 29 – Innovation Week Applications DUE – Office
  • 29 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December

  • 3 – PAC Meeting- 9:00 a.m. – Staffroom
  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6 – Poinsettia Orders Due
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 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
  • 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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