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 31, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NEWS FROM THE LEARNING COMMONS
image-2874t7zStudents are asked to please return all materials back to the Learning Commons by the end of next week. But don’t worry there will still be lots to read….We will be having a free book giveaway the following week. There are lots of great books to choose from. So, please bring back your library books so you can participate in our FREE book giveaway!
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STAFFING UPDATE
As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best! We will continue to provide you with staffing updates into June.
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – Appointed Principal of Cambridge Elementary
Hugh McDonald – Teacher – Accepted a position at Fraserwood Elementary
Laura Warkentin – Teacher – Term Position
Lilliana Bolton – Teacher – Accepted a position at Adams Road Elementary
Nicole Postnikoff – Teacher – Term Position
Sandip Pandher – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Debra Pederson – Teacher – Accepted a position at Holly Elementary
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher – Term Position
Dina Willis -Teacher – Retirement
Sonia Dhaliwal – Teacher – End of job share with Dina Willis
Shahzia Rashid – Teacher – Term Position
Lesley Fornelli – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Margaret Scheller – Music Teacher – Retirement
Michelle Bujan – Teacher – Leave from position
Laura Hunter – Teacher – Term Position
Olga McKenzie – Teacher – Term Position

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

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

September-2014

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

October-2014

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

November-2014

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

December-2014

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

January-2015

  • 5 – School re-opens

February-2015

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

March-2015

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

April-2015

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

May-2015

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

June-2015

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

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SCHOOL FEES FOR 2014-15
Each school year, parents support their child(ren)’s formal learning experiences in a wide variety of ways.  We so appreciate all that you do to ensure a successful year!

In addition to providing the school supplies itemized on a grade list, parents are periodically asked for monies to cover specific items and/or special events.  No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in any school activity due to the inability to pay.  Please contact the Principal should you require any financial assistance.

As we plan for the 2014/15 school year, we anticipate the following costs:

Student Planner:  We encourage all students in Grades 1-7 to purchase a School Planner at a cost of $5.00.  Included in the planner is our school code of conduct, school calendar and school district information. We find this to be an excellent tool for facilitating home/school communication, as well as for developing our students’ organizational skills.  However, using our school planner is optional as a parent may purchase their own version.

Field Studies and Field Trips:  Classes often enjoy educational visits to community facilities which extend and enhance the curriculum.  While we use school monies or fundraise to cover the costs of such activities wherever possible, there are times when parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the trip.  If you choose to have your child not participate in a field study, a suitable program will be provided at the school.

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
June

  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 a.m.
  • 12 – Year-end Grade 7 Band Concert – Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes
  • 27 – Administration Day – Classes not in session

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Vanier News – May 18, 2014

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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES – A Look Back
Author: Becky Copeland
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Today was one of those days that really reinforced my love of teaching, learning, and sharing with my students. I was SO impressed by the number of families, 18 of my 29, who were able to participate in our Student-led conferences today. We had moms, dads, older siblings and family friends! I know for many that meant changing their normal routine, switching things around at work or leaving other commitments, but the message was clear and powerful. You care and want to be involved in your child’s learning. Not to say that those families who couldn’t attend don’t care, I know that you do and for you taking time at home to do the conference, thank you too!

Parental involvement is key to a child’s success at school and I am so excited with watching my students share their learning by becoming the “expert” with math examples or through watching the pride light up their faces as they open their Fresh Grade portfolios and watch the videos of their speeches or Hula hoop presentations. Through their Fresh Grade portfolios, our parents and students are able to watch, share and learn from what the students do on a daily basis. To say nothing for the fact that all of our invested parents who help out at home, you get to “see” how it all turned out and watch the speech or the Inquiry Day presentation.

As a working mom myself, I find this “window” into student learning such a wonderful and exciting opportunity to shed light on all that goes on in our class and with our students.

Today’s conference was a wonderful example of how far the students in Division 8 have come from the children they were in September. To the students, well done! You should be proud of your learning, your growth, your sharing, I know I am:)

To the families, thank you so much for being a part of their journey, your support validates all their hard work:)

Thanks again for making today a great day!

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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: Why Kids Need Their Dads
Author: Skye Loyd
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Father and son learning together at StrongStart.

Father and son learning together at StrongStart.

Four decades of research and hundreds of studies have proven what should be obvious to everyone: The more involved a dad is, the more successful his children will be. A father’s influence can determine a child’s social life, grades at school, and future achievements.

Involved dads = Successful children
The dad effect starts as early as birth. A review of studies by the Father Involvement Research Alliance shows that babies with more involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in new situations, and eager to explore their surroundings. As they grow, they are more sociable. Toddlers with involved fathers are better problem-solvers and have higher IQs by age 3. They are more ready to start school and can deal with the stress of being away from home all day better than children with less involved fathers .

At school, children of involved fathers do better academically. For example, a study by the U.S. Department of Education found that children of highly involved fathers were 43 percent more likely than other children to earn mostly As and 33 percent less likely to repeat a grade. They are also less likely to have behavior problems at school and to experience depression.

According to the Father Involvement Research Alliance review, girls with involved fathers have higher self-esteem, and teenage girls who are close to their dads are less likely to become pregnant. Boys show less aggression, less impulsivity, and more self-direction. As young adults, children of involved fathers are more likely to achieve higher levels of education, find success in their careers, have higher levels of self-acceptance and experience psychological well-being. Adults who had involved fathers are more likely to be tolerant and understanding, have supportive social networks made up of close friends, and have long-term successful marriages. 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 year the ‘Natural Disasters Club’ meet over a three month period in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons. Three classes, about 75 students, participated from grades 3 – 5. The goal was to encourage reading using a high interest topic using fiction and non-fiction sources. Students blogged their ideas, created digital art, showed their learning through a variety of apps and web based programs, tweeted their progress and read, read, read. Students designed and created T Shirts to reflect on their learning and each made an iMovie Trailer to bring together the many facets of the project. We are appreciative of the My Class Needs and Fuel Your School programs for the support for this project.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Buckle up your children!
This part of the Vanier News is usually reserved for uplifting or inspiring videos. This week, the shared video reminds all parents about the importance of seatbelts in cars. Serious injury and even death can occur, even at low speeds, without seatbelts. And yes…accidents can happen on the short trip to school. Keep our children safe and buckle them up in the back seat. Thank you!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May

  • 20 – PAC Hot Lunch Day
  • 21-23 – Grade 6 and 7 Students – 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 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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IN THIS ISSUE:

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 – September 14, 2012

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you believe that learning loss takes place for students over the summer? YES: 74% NO: 26%
  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 89% NO: 11%
  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 72% NO: 28%
  • Students: Do you feel safe at school? Parents: Do you feel your children are safe at school? Staff: Do you feel students are safe at school? YES: 87% NO: 13%
  • Do you think incidents of bullying have increased? YES: 53% NO: 47%
  • Do you believe student learning is negatively affected by a summer break of 2 months? YES: 52% NO: 48%
  • Which grade model do you feel is best for student learning? K-5–6-8–9-12: 50% K-7–8-10–11-12: 30% K-12 all at one site: 20%
  • Does year-round schooling improve student learning? YES: 55% NO: 45%
  • Should standardized tests such as the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) be used to measure student learning? YES: 50% NO: 50%
  • Does the use of technology in classrooms improve student learning? YES: 87.5% NO: 12.5%
  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 50% NO: 46% UNSURE: 4%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 57% NO: 43%
  • Does violence in video games promote violent behaviour in children? YES: 80% NO: 20%
  • Should security cameras be used at our school? YES: 83% NO: 17%

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TERRY FOX RUN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – SEPTEMBER 27

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

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

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QUOTE of the WEEK

“Tell me and I’ll forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I’ll understand.”

– Chinese Proverb


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VIDEO of the WEEK: The Power of Words

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

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WHAT’S COMING UP?

September

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

October

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

November

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

December

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

January

  • 6 – School re-opens

February

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

March

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

April

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

May

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

June

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

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