Vanier News – December 24, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:


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

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

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Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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