Vanier News – May 31, 2014

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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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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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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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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:


  • 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.


  • 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


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


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


  • 5 – School re-opens


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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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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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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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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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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  • 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 10, 2014



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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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,

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

“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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  • 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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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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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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  • 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


  • 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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