Vanier News – January 1, 2014

Dear Georges Vanier Families,

Wishing you a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2014!

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

See you on January 6th, 2014!

Vanier News – December 24, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January

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

February

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

March

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

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – November 3, 2013

This Week at Georges Vanier…

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK: Having an authentic audience (someone other than just the classroom teacher) encourages learners to do better work.

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MONTHLY MATH CHALLENGE

Here is the Monthly Math Challenge for November.
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Information can be found on the bulletin board just outside the Multipurpose room in the main hallway. Solutions should be creative and can be submitted in the appropriate box at the office. Have fun!
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HAPPY DIWALI!

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING – Mystery NUMBER Skype
You’ve been hearing about the many ways Georges Vanier students have been participating in authentic and fun learning by connecting with learners in other parts of the world. This past week, Grade 1 students in Mrs. Bolton’s class participated in a Mystery NUMBER Skype with students from a class in Alabama, United States. The goal of this activity was to guess the mystery number of the other class, while the other class did the same. Students learned about number sense and how to ask good questions.

We heard questions such as:

  • Is the number greater than or less than ___?
  • Is the number bigger or smaller than ___?
  • Is the number single digit or double digit?
  • Is the number between ___ and ___?
  • Is the number odd? Even?

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STUDENT PLANNERS
Last week, a short notice was sent home with students regarding planners. Thank you to those parents who have forwarded a payment of $5.00 per planner.

If you have yet to do so, please forward payment this week if you can. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

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PARENTING CORNER: The Changing Face of Education
Everything around us continues to change, including learners in schools. Therefore, our education system needs to evolve in order to reflect these changes. Our curriculum is currently undergoing significant change, with more focus being place on COMPETENCIES and less focus on CONTENT.

Parents, if you think back to all the facts and content you were taught in school, it is incredible to see how much of that information has changed or is no longer accurate. More and more, we are realizing that students need to focus on the development of crucial skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and personal and social awareness.

You will be hearing more and more about these changes and how these changes will be reflected in how school’s communicate student learning to you at home. Read more about these changes…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

A huge thank you to all the families who came by the Learning Commons to support the Book Fair. It was a busy week with lots of special events, prizes, stories and fun. Georges Vanier students and staff also joined other schools in B.C. and across Canada to Drop Everything and Read – D.E.A.R. Students from all over the province were reading at the same time.

A new little library that lends books to families with preschoolers will be starting shortly at Vanier. More information to follow soon.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

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

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

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

Here are some ideas from other schools:

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

Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • How?  Applications will be given out during an information meeting. Listen for details.
  • BE CREATIVE!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible.
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin by November 25th.

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Using your WITS.
Teachers had a little fun during a recent assembly, modelling the use of WITS problem solving strategies.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

  • 4 – SaveAround Coupon Book Fundraiser begins
  • 4 – Monthly Math Challenge OUT (see above)
  • 5 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 6 – Education Assistants and students to Orange Games – all day
  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Motivational Magic with Steve Harmer – 1:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • 25 – Monthly Math Challenge DUE
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons
  • 26 – PAC Popcorn Day
  • 29 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

December

  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 18 – Winter Concerts (times to be announced)
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

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

March

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

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – October 20, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK: Having an authentic audience (someone other than just the classroom teacher) encourages learners to do better work.

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING – KIVA AT GEORGES VANIER
Watch the video below to learn about Kiva…

Last year, our Grade 7 students raised close to $4000 during their 30-Hour Famine. They decided to devote a third of the money raised to Kiva.  This past week, students themselves researched loans they would support.  Check Georges Vanier’s Kiva page to see entrepreneurs in third world countries that our students decided to support with loans:  http://www.kiva.org/lender/georges5119

This is an example of the real-world learning we are trying to promote at our school. Students learn first-hand about poverty, global issues, and financial responsibility. The best part is that when loans are repaid, money can be used again to fund new loans.

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WE DAY – 2013
IMG_0658.JPGThis past Friday, Mrs. Rempel and members of our Leadership Team had the opportunity to attend WE DAY at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. They heard many speakers, including Martin Luther King III. He challenged kids to do their best at whatever they choose to do. The example he used was that of a street sweeper…if you are a street sweeper, then sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry.

Students are now challenged to look at their own schools, communities, and the world, and ask the question, “What difference can I make?”

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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES – October 24, 2013
YOU ARE INVITED to attend “Student-Led Conferences” at Georges Vanier Elementary on Thursday, October 24th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

What are “Student-Led Conferences?” Student-Led Conferences are an opportunity for your child to personally share information about their learning. Your child will take the lead during the conferences, share samples of their work, demonstrate skills, discuss goals, and answer any questions you might have.

Why “Student-Led Conferences?” Student-Led Conferences:

  • Encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance
  • Help students recognize and take ownership for the things that interfered with their learning success
  • Teach students the process of self-evaluation
  • Develop students’ oral communication skills and organizational skills
  • Increase students’ self-confidence
  • Enhance communication between student and parents.

We hope you are able to attend this special event. Students will be working hard to gather work samples and reflect on their progress so far this term. Please indicate below if you are able to attend your child’s Student-Led conference. If you are not able to, your child will conduct the Conference at home. Thank you in advance for your support.

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PARENTING CORNER: Calm Mom: 5 Ways to Be a Present Parent
Author: Julie Kailus
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Let’s face it, life with kids is challenging. Yet you see those moms who seem to breeze through it all, unflappable. They have an annoyingly effortless way of seeming cool, collected, kind, peaceful and in control — even when surrounded by chaos.

That composed way of mothering isn’t out of reach for you, say mindful mothering experts and moms who are borrowing techniques from practices like yoga and meditation to boost their calm-mom powers.

Try these five tips and make being a calm mom look like child’s play. Continue Reading –>
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

Congratulations to all of the great readers at Georges Vanier. Our school has circulated hundreds of ebooks from our new online collection. Most students have a login and user id. The last few class notices will be going home next week. Check it out via our Learning Commons website:  http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/  > Catalogue > Scroll to Georges Vanier > Follett Shelf

Take a look at lots of Scurvy Pirates made by Divisions 14 and 15 using the Pirate Cam App at http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/  Arrrr!

And…just one more week until the Book Fair…October 28th to November 1st. Yahoo!

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Creativity Takes Time
We know that education is much more than remembering facts and taking in as much information as possible. Education is much more about encouraging students to be creative problem solvers. Today’s students will be required to solve problems in the future that do not yet exist. Watch and discuss this video with your child. Do you give your child the time to be creative?

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
October

  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 23 – Division 10 – Clay Workshop – Surrey Arts Centre – 9:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)
  • 29 – PAC Executive Meeting – 9:00 a.m.

November

  • 4 – SaveAround Coupon Book Fundraiser begins
  • 5 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Motivational Magic with Steve Harmer – 1:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • 25-29 – Flashlight reading – Learning Commons

December

  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 18 – Winter Concerts (times to be announced)
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

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

March

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

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – October 6, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: Mystery Skype

We know that when student work on authentic learning tasks, they see purpose in what they are doing and are motivated to do their very best. At Vanier, we continually try provide these opportunities and our students are responding. Mrs. Tracey’s class recently had the opportunity to participate in an activity called Mystery Skype. Students from different places in the world video-conference and take turns asking questions of each other, guessing where the other class is from. Students had a great time talking with students from Quakerville, Pennsylvania. We look forward to connecting with more students from around the world.

IMPORTANT PAC MEETING: Tuesday, October 8

An important PAC Meeting will take this coming Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m. Important matters are discussed at every meeting, but this week, parents will be nominated and elected to executive positions. These positions include: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

We greatly appreciate executive members who have served in the past and welcome all parents to participate in PAC meetings and events if possible.

Please see below for upcoming PAC events. See you on the 8th!
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ATHLETICS
Our cross country meet this past Tuesday was cancelled due to heavy rain, but our boys and girls soccer team managed to squeeze in 2 games each. Both teams are improving with every game and will continue with matches this coming week. We hope that the weather cooperates and we are able to attend our final 2 cross country meets on October 8 and 15 at Bear Creek Park.

Special thanks to teacher sponsors who dedicate their free time to students so athletics can take place. We are thankful for the contributions from Ms. Henderson, Mrs. Porpaczy, Mrs. Willis, Mr. White, Mrs. Silversides, Mr. McDonald, and Mr. Vendramin.

We also can’t forget you – our supportive parents – for driving student athletes to games!
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PARENTING CORNER: Does Popularity Really Matter?
Author: Barbara Rowley
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My daughter Katie was only a second-grader when she used a phrase I didn’t think I’d hear for years. “I’m not popular,” she announced matter-of-factly at dinner one night. “Me and Izzy think Zoe is the most popular girl in our class.”

Instantly, I found myself defensive on her behalf, eager for my daughter to be every bit as popular as Zoe. “But you have lots of friends!” She looked back at me, seeming a bit confused. “I know,” she said. “But Zoe is popular.”

I had missed the point. At 8, Katie understood the difference between friendships and the high social status that is popularity, a distinction that kids sense—and can begin to play to—as early as preschool. “Even very young kids know who has the social power in the classroom,” says Tracy Vaillancourt, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa, “and by fifth or sixth grade, popularity can become nearly all-consuming.”

Well-meaning parents (like me) encourage their kids to pursue popularity—as if it were synonymous with success. It’s not. What makes kids outcasts in school—usually an unwillingness to conform—often translates into success as an adult. Many companies—including Yahoo!—prioritize hiring quirky individuals who shun conventional thinking. When you grow up, you see that the most popular kids aren’t necessarily the ones who come out on top, but you don’t understand that when you’re 11. Social science researchers are emphatic that it doesn’t guarantee adoration, either. “Being popular is not necessarily about being well-liked,” says journalist Alexandra Robbins, who studied school society for her book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. “It’s more about clawing your way to the top of the social hierarchy and then working your tail off to stay there.”

Continue Reading –>

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS – eBOOKS

photo-181Georges Vanier students are reading eBooks. Our school is helping the District to pilot a new electronic book program. Students are able to browse picture books, novels and non-fiction materials. Items may also be ‘checked out’ for home reading with a student username and password. The collection is growing but already has lots of new titles and some old favourites.

Also, mark your calendars: Fall Book Fair Oct 28th to Nov 1st. Yahoo!

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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EMERGENCY DISMISSAL DAY – A Great Success

Our yearly Emergency Dismissal Practice took place Friday, October 4th. While nothing is perfect, feedback from both parents and staff indicate the event was a great success.  We commenced the event with a fire drill, accounted for every child, moved down to the grass field, then began to dismiss students to their parents.

Thank you parents for your support and patience, and thank you staff for your leadership and teamwork. We hope we will never need to dismiss students after an emergency such as an earthquake or fire, but it is comforting to know that if it were necessary, we have a plan in place!

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Random Acts of Kindness.

The world is changing rapidly. We have the challenge of preparing our children for a future that does not yet exist. Learners now need to be creative, culturally aware, problem solvers, innovators, effective communicators, collaborative, curious, responsible, productive, accountable, and leaders. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
October

  • 8 – PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 9 – Division 11 to Surrey Arts Centre for clay workshop – afternoon
  • 10 – Grade 7 Day camp at Golden Ears Park – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 22 – PAC Hot Lunch
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)

November

  • 7 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 11 – Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
  • 15 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 21 – Math Night – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

December

  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 18 – Winter Concerts (times to be announced)
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 16 – Primary Spelling Bee – 1:30 p.m.

February

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

March

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

April

  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – December 23, 2012

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK


Previous poll questions and results:

  • 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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SEASON’S GREETINGS

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POEMS FROM THE HEART – Writing by Mrs. Rempel’s Grade 5/6/7 Class
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PARENTING CORNER: 5 (Good) Ways to Make Your Kid Hate You
Author: Alden Wicker
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Someday, if it hasn’t already happened, you’ll hear those dreaded words from your kid–”Mom, I hate you!”

You might be cool when it happens. You might even bake your daughter a commemorative “I Hate You” cake. You might have to leave the room so you can go scream into a pillow. No matter how you think you might react, you’d better prepare yourself now, because if you’re a good parent, the big “I hate you!” moment tends to be a when, not an if.

That’s because there are several things you will do on your way to raising a smart, self-sufficient human being that, at the time, your kid won’t get. But one day, after all is said and done, your grown son or daughter will write an article for LearnVest that says, “I owe my financial habits to my mother, and I say that with pride.”

To help you in your effort to be “totally mean” and to embrace your “ruining” their lives, here are five things that you should do with your child that will make them hate you now … and totally thank you later.

1. Deny him candy at the checkout.

Ah, your child’s first impulse purchase: Reese’s. Nerds. Gummy worms. Whatever it is, when this comes up, he might not even be old enough to say “I hate you” yet, but his tantrum will make his point clear enough.

It may be hard to remember as you’re dragging him out the front door of the store while everyone stares, but as we’ve said before, impulsivity is a trait that research has definitively connected with a poor financial future. Every time you say, “that’s not how we’re spending our money,” to an impulse purchase, whether it’s candy when they’re young or sparkly jewelry when they’re teens, you’re teaching skills that will translate to being a smart shopper later on. (Here are more tips on combating impulsiveness in your child.)

2. Shoo her outside to play.

Your kid might be annoyed at having to leave the house to find entertainment, instead of stationing herself in front of the Playstation. But turning off the TV and dragging her outdoors for at least an hour a day has numerous benefits, including lowering the likelihood of ADHD, increasing performance on standardized tests, protecting her eyesight and lowering anxiety.

Plus, you’re teaching the creativity that comes with the ability to entertain oneself for free–a skill that she will highly value later on.

3. Have him do chores for spending money.

Instead of doling out the same amount of money every week for allowance, try paying your children extra for extra chores you need done around the house, like cleaning the gutters or clearing out the garage. Also encourage him to come to you with his own ideas on what he can do around the house, and how much he thinks it’s worth to you. You’ll be helping him build entrepreneurial and negotiation skills.

4. Make her take lessons, and don’t let her quit.

It’s totally unfair, but true for at least a handful of us here on the LearnVest editorial team: We regret our parents letting us quit our lessons. Moms editor Cheryl wishes her parents hadn’t let her quit violin. Senior editor Laura is mad her parents let her quit dance. In short, we each gave our parents hell for years, but we wish they had forced us to keep going.

This isn’t just because we wish we could jam out “Piano Man” at a party on a whim. Research shows that music lessons can increase children’s IQs, improve their memory and make children more sensitive to emotional cues in speech. Participating in sports can improve self confidence and–especially in girls–improve their body image. Kids who play sports also fare better in school and are less likely to smoke, do drugs or abuse alcohol in high school.

Plus, in this election season, we especially like that Michelle Obama makes her girls choose one activity and do one that she picks out for them–so they can learn to work hard at something they don’t necessarily enjoy.

If you’re looking for lessons and activities that fit your budget, use our guide. (We love Girl Scouts because it’s affordable and includes financial literacy activities.)

5. Let them flail … and fail.

We don’t recommend you check out completely–kids need your support. But at some point, be it when he hits calculus in high school, when he’s four states away in college or when he’s searching for his first job, you won’t be able to help him at all. So start letting him flail on small things now. Your kid might be supremely annoyed that you’ve declined to shell out $50 for diorama materials and instead made him get creative with what he could find in the craft box, or that you let the deadline go by for applying to join that elite sports team (when you clearly told him it was his responsibility), but you’re teaching him invaluable skills like creativity and the ability to get stuff done.

Research supports this view: One study showed that children who tried and failed to retrieve an answer before being told the correct response were more likely to remember the answer next time. Kids also perform better in school when they know that failure is part of learning. Try letting your child fail, but then brainstorming ways they can improve and succeed next time.

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LEARNING COMMON NEWS

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Our Christmas Concert was a great success despite some minor “technical glitches”. Thank you to Mrs. Scheller and the whole of the Vanier staff for your hard work in preparing our students, and of course to our talented students for performing so well and confidently.

Both performances were videotaped and complimentary DVDs will be available early in January.

Thank you parents for your patience, support, and ticket donations. All proceeds will go towards special lighting (some of which you saw at the concert) which will be used for many years to come at concerts, assemblies, and special events.

Mrs. Scheller leads Georges Vanier students

Mrs. Scheller leads Georges Vanier students at our recent Christmas Concert

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: Making Connections
We know that when student work on authentic learning tasks, they see purpose in what they are doing and are motivated to do their very best. At Vanier, we try hard to provide these opportunities and our students are responding. Mrs. Chohan’s class recently had the opportunity to participate in an activity called Mystery Skype. Students from different places in the world video-conference and take turns asking questions of each other, guessing where the other class is from. Students had a great time talking with students from Missouri. We look forward to using technology such as iPads, AppleTV, and projectors, to allow our students connect with students and experts elsewhere.

Students in Mrs. Chohan's Grade 4/5 class participate in a #mysteryskype session with students in Missouri

Students in Mrs. Chohan’s Grade 4/5 class participate in a #mysteryskype session with students in Missouri

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Mrs. Chohan passes around an iPad allowing students to answer questions asked by friends in Missouri.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January 7, 2013…Welcome back!
January 8 – PAC Meeting – 9 a.m. AND 6 p.m.
January 16 – Uzume Taiko fine arts performance – 10:45 a.m.
January 21 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
January 28 – Clothes on Wheels at Vanier
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

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Let it SNOW
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