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 – 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:

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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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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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We Are ALL Learners – A Teacher’s Experience by Erika Gray

Blog contributed by Georges Vanier Educator, Erika Gray.

A visit to Karen Lirenman’s Grade one class in the Surrey School District – January 29, 2013
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I took the opportunity to explore some features of the school before the school day started.
Karen’s school has a really great home reading program whereby each wing of the school has home reading books leveled and labeled. These are the books shared among the K/1 classes in their wing of the school. Every morning after planner check, students go into the hall and choose a new book, based on their level, to take home to read that night.
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I met a wonderful Grade 1 teacher, Megan, before the school day started. She mentioned that one of her most popular activities is “Kid of the Week.” Each week, a new student gets this “honour.” They are in charge of teaching the class about themselves through a speech, pictures, sharing special items from home, and through completing different writing activities.
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The “Wonder Wall” is the first thing you notice when you enter Karen Lirenman’s classroom. It is a way for students to learn about asking and answering questions. It is also a way to feel comfortable and take ownership of their classroom. Students are allowed, at any time, to write questions on the wall. Karen encourages feedback from the class and scribes their answers to these questions on a post-it note. Students can ask questions about the classroom, things they are wondering about with their work, or they can ask direct questions about their teacher and build rapport in that way.
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It was very special to observe “community read.” This takes place first thing in the morning where parents, caregivers, and even siblings (along with mom or dad) are invited to come and read with their children. A neat feature of “community read” is that students are also able to read using the iPads that are loaded with interactive stories.
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These grade ones have been learning about blogging. As an authentic writing assignment, Karen read the students a book called “Boy and Bot.” After hearing the story, students blogged about the story and the author responded personally to each blog. The students even tweeted about their reading, and had the author tweet back to them. In this picture the students are reading what the author wrote to each student.
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Students in Karen’s class have their own folder of books. When it is quiet reading time, they access their books quickly and have a nice selection from which to read.

Picture 13 Picture 14It’s writing time! Karen’s philosophy is all about choices and authentic learning. I observed many different kinds of writing in Karen’s class. There is one rule: the first 10 minutes of writing time must be silent. The format and style of the writing is up to each student’s personal choice. Some students choose to blog about a topic of interest on an iPad. In the second picture, students are writing with “smelly felts” on coloured paper. Students also have a “free write” journal where they can write stories, and there is a paper including “First, next, then, last,” for those students who feel comforted by a highly structured format. The book pictured below is where Karen has gotten many of her ideas for an authentic writing experience for her students.

Picture 15 Picture 16 Picture 17 Picture 18In the last part of the day I observed a math lesson on area. Again, students have the freedom of choice in choosing a math centre. Examples of math centres include:

  • choosing different sized mittens and finding out how many shape-blocks it would take to fill each mitten
  • taking off one of their shoes and counting how many objects it takes to fill one shoe
  • choosing a number, for example 10, and making shapes with unifix cubes using 10 cubes each time to show that the area can be the same although the shape may look different

Because Karen is lucky enough to have a class set of iPads full-time, students always have access to their blogs. They have the choice to blog their learning in math after they have completed the task.

The way Karen teaches her students to use technology to display their learning in an authentic way is something I am working toward in my own classroom. Her philosophy about student-driven learning is evident in the way she offers choices for many activities in her classroom. I had an interesting and inspiring day in Karen Lirenman’s Grade 1 class.

A special THANK YOU to Karen Lirenman and her wonderful class and parents. Thank you as well to the staff and administration at Karen’s in Surrey, B.C.

Vanier News – January 26, 2013

Parents.

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

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK


Previous poll questions and results:

  • Does the use of technology in classrooms improve student learning? YES: 63% NO: 17%
  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 65% NO: 29% UNSURE: 6%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 68% NO: 32%
  • Does violence in video games promote violent behaviour in children? YES: 86% NO: 14%
  • Should security cameras be used at our school? YES: 89% NO: 11%

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ALL ABOUT DIABETES. Contributed by students Anjpreet and Gurleen
Anjpreet and Gurleen are students who live with Diabetes. This past week, the school nurse visited their class to share important information about living with and managing Diabetes. Anjpreet and Gurleen wanted to let you know a little more about Diabetes:

Gurleen:
1. Diabetes is very common.
2. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2
3. Older people get type 2 and kids get type 1.
4. [You] want your blood sugar to stay balanced.

Anjpreet:
Diabetes can go around in your family members. You test your blood sugar every day to know how much your sugar is. There are different kinds of diabeties like type 1 and type 2. Older people have type 2 and little kids have type 1. You put on a needle every day.

When you are a diabetic you can’t each that much junk food. You don’t want to have your diabetes high or low. If it is low you need to eat something or if it is high you need to exercise. Diabetes is really important. If you see a yellow container do not touch it because you can get sick or you [can] get poked. Diabetes can be different in people.

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P.S.S.T. Contributed by students Trisha and Akilea
On January 22, a representative from the Surrey School District informed our students about what to do when someone or you get bullied. If you see something that doesn’t look right, Report It. She also talked about what students encountered, saw, and their reactions to situations such as bullying, drugs, smoking, etc. Make a difference! If you see something, say something. Visit http://www.psst-bc.ca/ for more info.

Students, if you have something to report, do it here…

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HOW CAN I REALLY KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
Students hear announcements every day at school. The purpose of these announcements is to share information regarding what’s happening that day as well as upcoming events. Morning announcements are also used to discuss important issues. So how can you “listen in”?

  • Sign up for a Twitter account and follow @georgesvanier36
  • Check this blog everyday and read the Twitter stream on the left
  • Text “follow @georgesvanier36” to 21212
  • Google #gvnews

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CLOTHES ON WHEELS
This wonderful organization is visiting Georges Vanier again this week on Monday, January 28. Families needing clothing, footwear, outwear, and much more are invited to join us in the Gym from noon to 4 p.m. If you pre-registered – great. If you didn’t, just pop in and we can help.

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ENHANCING LEARNING with TECHNOLOGY

As a staff, we are continually striving to integrate technology in meaningful ways. One way is to use iPads and a free app called SHOW ME that allows students to demonstrate their learning in an interesting way and for an authentic audience. Students Joel and Aaron in Mrs. Copeland’s grade 4 class regularly create tutorials using the SHOW ME app and then post these to the class blog. Student and parents can then view these tutorials from home. Have a look at some of Joel and Aaron’s work!

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Children who turn 5 before January 1, 2014 are eligible to begin school in September, 2013. Registration begins at all Elementary schools in Surrey on Monday, January 21, 2013. Please click here to read more…
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PARENTING CORNER: 7 HINTS FOR SETTING BOUNDARIES WITH YOUR KIDS
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“The most important thing parents can give their children is love. The second most important thing is discipline.” -T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

Many parents today could use some serious coaching on how to create healthier boundaries with their kids. Just spend some time at a park where lots of families hang out and you’ll know what I mean.

You will notice moms and dads asking kids to do something (or stop doing something) ten times with no obvious results. You will observe others screaming in frustration as the child does the opposite of what was requested. It is easy to be judgmental, but how many of us grew up in families with healthy boundaries? Where was the instruction manual that should have come with the baby blankets?

Since we know that a lack of clear boundaries often results in behavior problems, it is crucial to begin creating healthy boundaries when they are still little. Children naturally experiment and push boundaries as they test their wings, develop their own sense of self, and learn about how the world works. It’s what they are supposed to do. So don’t judge kids for pushing back or take it personally.There is really no reason to be angry at them when they do so–they are just doing what kids do.

Here’s some practical tips on setting boundaries…
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

What Would You Save in a Hurricane?

Students in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 have been reading about Hurricane Katrina and discussing the devastation caused by the hurricane. Students were asked to come up with five items they would choose to rescue from their homes. We decided that all of the people and pets would be rescued so the students needed to think of five other things they valued. We discussed sentimental value vs. monetary value. Students then had to settle on saving one personal item only. They drew their item using the Doodle Buddy App and uploaded their pictures to their blogs. Check them out at: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/
Pocket Zoo

Students in Kindergarten have been exploring animals with the Pocket Zoo App. Students were very excited to hear the howls of the wolves, the trumpets of the elephants and the growls of the bears. The App allows students a virtual visit to a zoo where they can navigate the zoo map, watch videos and even check out the live web cams. And, we have decorated our Learning Commons with colourful snakes as part of our Rainforest theme. It’s ssssssensational.

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FREE FAMILY COUNSELLING

In addition to services provided at Georges Vanier by counsellor Lisa Jouzy, students in Surrey School District and their parents or guardians have access to a range of free family counselling services through a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education.

SFU provides counsellors for the centre — qualified staff and graduate students conducting practicums — while the school district contributes the clinic facilities.
Counselling promotes the mental health of individuals and families and this often also addresses barriers to student learning.

Counselling services are available for a range of personal issues, including parenting, bereavement, depression, anxiety, bullying and sexual orientation.

The SFU Surrey Counselling Centre, which opened in 2009, is located at L.A. Matheson Secondary, 9484 122nd St. Call 604-587-7320 to make an appointment.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January 28 – Clothes on Wheels at Vanier – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
January 29 – PAC Hot Lunch
January 31 – Assembly – 1:30 p.m. – Come join us Parents!
February 5 – PAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m.
February 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
February 11 – Family Day Holiday – Classes not in session
February 22 – School Science Fair
February 27 – Anti-Bully Day
March 18-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
March 29 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
April 1 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
April 2 – Term 2 Reports Home
April 4 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
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Vanier News – January 20, 2013

Parents.

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

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK


Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 65% NO: 29% UNSURE: 6%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 68% NO: 32%
  • Does violence in video games promote violent behaviour in children? YES: 86% NO: 14%
  • Should security cameras be used at our school? YES: 89% NO: 11%

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DRIVING AND PARKING UPDATE
Speeding and Parking enforcement have been stepped by the City of Surrey recently. The ultimate goal of this enforcement is student safety. Parents, please obey speed limits and parking regulations, and ensure that your precious cargo – your children – are secure in the back of your vehicle with their seatbelts on.

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BASKETBALL in FULL SWING
2013 sees the start of a new basketball season and many student athletes interesting in participating and being active. Both our boys and girls teams are off to a strong start, earning victories in their first week of play. Each year, we marvel at the learning that takes place and how much progress is made in such a short time. Thank you to coaches Mr. McDonald and Mr. Vendramin for your dedication of time.

Boys Roster: Ethen B., Carlo, Hunter, Damon, Akash A., Akash U., Danny, Ali, Skylar, Jaskaran, Jeevan, Harman, Jasprit, Sky, Savraj, Cooper, and Harry.

Girls Roster: Rhea, Nyatoang, Jyoti, Trisha, Roshni, Dijana, Harjit, Gurneet, Ciara, Brianna, Simran, Simrat, Desiree, Amanpreet, Sahar, and Akilea.

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HOW CAN I REALLY KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
Students hear announcements every day at school. The purpose of these announcements is to share information regarding what’s happening that day as well as upcoming events. Morning announcements are also used to discuss important issues. So how can you “listen in”?

  • Sign up for a Twitter account and follow @georgesvanier36
  • Check this blog everyday and read the Twitter stream on the left
  • Text “follow @georgesvanier36” to 21212
  • Google #gvnews

Here is what you will hear: (audio feature may not operate on mobile devices)

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UZUME TAIKO DRUMMING
We were fortunate to have the Uzume Taiko Drumming group visit our school. Fine Arts performances take place throughout the year and provide students the opportunity to learn about culture, the world, and different artistic forms. Our students LOVED the drumming performance. Have a look and listen… (audio feature may not operate on mobile devices)
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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Children who turn 5 before January 1, 2014 are eligible to begin school in September, 2013. Registration begins at all Elementary schools in Surrey on Monday, January 21, 2013. Please click here to read more…
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PARENTING CORNER:PLEASE DON’T HELP MY KIDS
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Author: Kate Bassford Baker

Dear Other Parents At The Park:

Please do not lift my daughters to the top of the ladder, especially after you’ve just heard me tell them I wasn’t going to do it for them and encourage them to try it themselves.

I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up. I am sitting here because I didn’t bring them to the park so they could learn how to manipulate others into doing the hard work for them. I brought them here so they could learn to do it themselves.

They’re not here to be at the top of the ladder; they are here to learn to climb. If they can’t do it on their own, they will survive the disappointment. What’s more, they will have a goal and the incentive to work to achieve it.

In the meantime, they can use the stairs. I want them to tire of their own limitations and decide to push past them and put in the effort to make that happen without any help from me.

It is not my job — and it is certainly not yours — to prevent my children from feeling frustration, fear, or discomfort. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that those things are not the end of the world, and can be overcome or used to their advantage.

If they get stuck, it is not my job to save them immediately. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn to calm themselves, assess their situation, and try to problem solve their own way out of it.

It is not my job to keep them from falling. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that falling is possible but worth the risk, and that they can, in fact, get up again.

I don’t want my daughters to learn that they can’t overcome obstacles without help. I don’t want them to learn that they can reach great heights without effort. I don’t want them to learn that they are entitled to the reward without having to push through whatever it is that’s holding them back and *earn* it.

Because — and this might come as a surprise to you — none of those things are true. And if I let them think for one moment that they are, I have failed them as a mother.

I want my girls to know the exhilaration of overcoming fear and doubt and achieving a hard-won success.

I want them to believe in their own abilities and be confident and determined in their actions.

I want them to accept their limitations until they can figure out a way past them on their own significant power.

I want them to feel capable of making their own decisions, developing their own skills, taking their own risks, and coping with their own feelings.

I want them to climb that ladder without any help, however well-intentioned, from you.

Because they can. I know it. And if I give them a little space, they will soon know it, too.

So I’ll thank you to stand back and let me do my job, here, which consists mostly of resisting the very same impulses you are indulging, and biting my tongue when I want to yell, “BE CAREFUL,” and choosing, deliberately, painfully, repeatedly, to stand back instead of rush forward.

Because, as they grow up, the ladders will only get taller, and scarier, and much more difficult to climb. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather help them learn the skills they’ll need to navigate them now, while a misstep means a bumped head or scraped knee that can be healed with a kiss, while the most difficult of hills can be conquered by chanting, “I think I can, I think I can”, and while those 15 whole feet between us still feels, to them, like I’m much too far away.
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

It’s a Rainforest in the Learning Commons.

In the library, students are learning about life in a tropical rainforest. This week many classes learned about chameleons. Check out the chameleon plates in the hallways.

Division 7 has been learning about exploration in Canada and the development of the railways. They used the Grafio App to create Tall Ships and Steam Trains. Check out their Slide Share at http://www.slideshare.net/crosland_a/trains-and-ships

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FREE FAMILY COUNSELLING

In addition to services provided at Georges Vanier by counsellor Lisa Jouzy, students in Surrey School District and their parents or guardians have access to a range of free family counselling services through a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education.

SFU provides counsellors for the centre — qualified staff and graduate students conducting practicums — while the school district contributes the clinic facilities.
Counselling promotes the mental health of individuals and families and this often also addresses barriers to student learning.

Counselling services are available for a range of personal issues, including parenting, bereavement, depression, anxiety, bullying and sexual orientation.

The SFU Surrey Counselling Centre, which opened in 2009, is located at L.A. Matheson Secondary, 9484 122nd St. Call 604-587-7320 to make an appointment.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January 21 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
January 22 – Community Schools Partnership On-Site Registration – 2:30 p.m.
January 25 – JumpStart Academy – after school field trip to Newton Wave Pool
January 28 – Clothes on Wheels at Vanier – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
January 29 – PAC Hot Lunch
January 31 – Assembly – 1:30 p.m. – Come join us Parents!
February 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
February 11 – Family Day Holiday – Classes not in session
March 18-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
March 29 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
April 1 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
April 2 – Term 2 Reports Home
April 4 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
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