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 – October 20, 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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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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QUOTE of the WEEK
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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 14, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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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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LEARNING THROUGH GROWING – Planting Bulbs
Gardening is a great way for children to learn new skills and have fun. From tending their own plants, they can learn about the science of plants, animals, weather and the environment.

Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending and growing plants. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow.

This past week, grade 3 students from Mrs. Wiebe and Mrs. Hopkins class planted daffodil bulbs around the school. We will all anxiously await for the plants to make their appearance early next year!

Children learn from growing things. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the growth of plants
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
  • Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
  • Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
  • Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork

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STAFFING UPDATE
We are happy to announce that Chelsea Bryant has been hired as a teacher for one of our Kindergarten classes. Ms. Bryant is a regular Teacher-on-Call and should be a familiar face to many students, staff, and parents. Ms. Bryant is filling in for Mrs. Pulvers who is off on maternity leave, and who we are happy to share, welcomed a 5 lbs. 10 oz. baby girl named Ayla to the world on October 6th.
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PARENTING CORNER: Positive Reinforcement: 9 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Child
Author: Paula Spencer
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I was trying to do two things at once — cook (in the kitchen) while deciphering some paperwork (in the next room). I’d been interrupted a thousand times with requests for snacks, shrieks over spilled paint water, questions about what squirrels like to eat, and arguments over whether clouds could be blue and flowers could be green. And did I mention that a ruptured disk in my back was throbbing even worse than my head?

Still, nothing can excuse my behavior that afternoon.

I erupted like Mount Momsuvius: “Enough! Get out! Stop bothering me!” The look on my daughters’ faces said it all. The 2-year-old’s eyes widened. The 4-year-old furrowed her brow and jabbed her thumb between her lips. Immediately I wished I could stuff the hot-lava words back into my mouth. They certainly hadn’t come from my heart, or my brain.

We all say the wrong thing sometimes, leaving our kids feeling hurt, angry, or confused. Read on for some of the most common verbal missteps moms and dads make, and kinder, gentler alternatives.

Next: Why you shouldn’t say, “Leave me alone!” Continue Reading –>

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

image-8This week in the Learning Commons students celebrated some of our great books. We used Pic Collage App to create posters and then blogged our favourite book covers. We are thankful for the wide variety of materials we have available to us and are proud of the quality of our resources.
 
Unfortunately, every year, we loose a significant number of books due to damage and loss. The biggest problem is leaking water bottles and sticky lunches. Wet pages turn mouldy and the books cannot be salvaged. Please make sure lids are on tight. Vanier students know not to draw in books but younger siblings or cousins should be supervised. 
 
Families may be asked for full or partial replacement costs of damaged books. Accidents happen, and if you are unable to contribute towards a book’s replacement please let Ms. Crosland know.

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

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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VIDEO of the WEEK: What’s Important in Life – BEING THANKFUL
Sometimes it takes something serious to happen in our lives before we truly realize what is important and what we are thankful for. Take a few minutes to watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
October

  • 15 – Cross Country Meet at Bear Creek Park – 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 17 – Intermediate Spelling Bee – 10:45 a.m.
  • 18 – Leadership Students to WE DAY at Rogers Arena – ALL DAY
  • 18 – Divisions 20-23 to Aldor Acres
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 – May 18, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK

Previous poll questions and results:

  • Should the Voting Age be lowered to 16 years of age? YES: 71% NO: 29%
  • 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: 88% NO: 12%
  • 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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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES – Looking back
Thank you parents for the tremendous turnout we had for Student-Led Conferences on Wednesday, May 15th. Student-Led Conferences shift the responsibility for learning to students and encourage them to reflect on both their strengths as well as areas requiring further attention. The staff at Georges Vanier Elementary greatly appreciate your support and presence.

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STAFFING NEWS
photo-5It is with sadness that we announce that Mrs. Chohan has been transferred to Cougar Creek Elementary effective July 1, 2013 where she will serve as their new Vice-Principal. I know I speak for the students, staff, and community when I say that Mrs. Chohan will be greatly missed. She has developed many strong relationships and made invaluable contributions during her time at Georges Vanier Elementary. As is the case with Principals and Vice Principals, the District often needs to move personnel in order to both offer the opportunity for continued professional growth, as well as meet the needs of schools. We wish Mrs. Chohan great success at her new school and beyond!
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STUDENT VOTE 2013

May 14th was Election Day in B.C. and at Georges Vanier as well. Not only was our school a polling station, but students had the opportunity to vote as well as part of the Student Vote program. Here is how OUR students voted:Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 6.26.27 PMWe hope that the experience allowed students to learn a little about the democratic process and that when they are old enough to officially vote, they will exercise this right.

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PARENT TEA

Have you called to let us know you are coming?

Georges Vanier Elementary PARENT TEA
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
8:45 – 10:00 am

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SCHOOL FEES

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 2013/2014 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. Please see the office for lists and order forms. Bulk orders are done for Kindergarten supplies. The anticipated cost per student is $26.00. Parents have the option of contributing their own supplies to the class. Please see the office for a supply list.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
photo-107Students in the Georges Vanier Learning Commons have been learning about the circus and May 24th is ‘Clown Day’. Students and school staff are encouraged to wear colourful clothes or clown costumes to share stories and celebrate reading. We will be meeting up with our buddy classes and will fill the gym with our school clowns. A reminder that scary clown costumes and masks are for Halloween and should not be worn to school. All our clowns are fun loving and friendly.

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VANIER CARNIVAL
MARK YOUR CALENDARS…Come join your community at the VANIER CARNIVAL on Saturday, June 8th, from 2-6 p.m. Enjoy games, food, rides, silent auction, and a cake walk. Stay tuned as planning for this event continues. We still need…

  • Donations from community members for our silent auction. Can you donate an item or service from your business?
  • Donations for the baskets that will also be offered at the silent auction.
  • Cakes for our CAKE WALK.

If you are able to assist in any other way, please return the NOTICE that was sent home with your child.

Your support of the VANIER CARNIVAL will help enhance the learning environment for your child!
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QUOTE of the WEEK

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
-Napoleon Hill

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PARENTING CORNER: 8 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make
Author: Amanda May
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You know the drill: You give your child an ultimatum — “Get dressed or we’re staying home!” — and naturally she says, “Okay, we’ll stay home!” Might as well plant a big “L” on your forehead. We all see our discipline efforts backfire on occasion (hey, you’re tired!), and of course there are those battles just not worth fighting (no kid ever flunked preschool because his teeth were furry). But you do need to prove you’re the parent at least some of the time. Learning to avoid these discipline land mines can help you hop to it.

Way to Blow It #1: Tell a Big Ole Lie

“My two-year-old daughter, Chloe, fights me about going to her babysitter’s house every Monday,” says New Jersey mom Gina Kane. One morning when Chloe refused to get out of the car, “I pointed to the house next door and told her it was a daycare center run by the caveman from the Geico commercials, which really scare her,” says Kane. “I said she had a choice: Go to the sitter’s house or to the caveman’s daycare.” Mission accomplished — Chloe dashed to the sitter’s door. Fast-forward a week: The babysitter casually asked Kane if she knew of a daycare center in the neighborhood because her daughter couldn’t stop talking about it. “I was mortified having to explain, and Chloe now thinks that all daycare centers are run by cavemen,” Kane admits. “I’m in big trouble if I ever actually have to send her to daycare.”

A Better Way: Little white lies are so tempting in a pinch. You might even get away with them sometimes. Another mom had a great run while her toddler was afraid of a local clown named Macaroni. Whenever he refused to cooperate, she’d just say, “Maybe we should get Macaroni!” and the little guy would immediately don his pj’s or gobble his carrots. But as Kane found out, scare tactics can and do come back to bite you in the butt, so it’s best to be honest, says Bonnie Maslin, author of Picking Your Battles. Kane could have said instead, “I know sometimes you don’t want to go to your babysitter. Sometimes I don’t want to go to work.” Empathizing would have made the Monday-morning transition easier. Continue reading…

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Keep looking until you find your PASSION

Made by Hand / No 5 The Bike Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May 20 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
May 22 – Divisions 1/2/8/9 to Hollywood Theatres to view “The Hobbit”
May 27 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
May 28 – Parent Tea at 9:00 a.m. ALL PARENTS WELCOME
June 3 – Divisions 1-3 to the Vancouver Art Gallery
June 4 – Divisions 3-5 to the Vancouver Art Gallery
June 4 – Divisions 19 and 22 to Vancouver Aquarium
June 4 – District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
June 5 – Divisions 10, 11, 12 to Burnaby Village Museum
June 6 – Grade 7 Band Final Performance – 10:45 a.m.
June 8 – Vanier Carnival – 2-6 pm
June 10 – Grade 7 students to Cultus Lake Waterslides
June 14 – Sports Day – PAC Pizza Day
June 18 – Division 22 to Cartwheels Gymnastics
June 21 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
June 25 – Grade 7 Daycamp – Cultus Lake Group Campsite
June 27 – Year-End Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
June 27 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
June 27 – Term 3 Reports Home
June 28 – Administration Day – Classes not in session
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Vanier News – May 13, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK

Previous poll questions and results:

  • 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: 88% NO: 12%
  • 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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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES
This coming Wednesday, May 15th is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 1:27 pm and parents, you are invited to participate in Student-Led Conferences. This is a great opportunity to have your children share what they are learning and reflect on their progress. We hope you can all make it this Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm!

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STAFFING NEWS
We welcome two new staff members to the Vanier Family. Chelsea Bryant and Julia Boyd will be working in many classrooms for the remainder of the school year providing students extra support in the areas of reading, writing, and numeracy. Ms. Bryant and Ms. Boyd have been wonderful additions to our staff. We thank the Surrey School District for the additional support!
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
In the Learning Commons, students in the Grade 5/6/7 class used the app Tellagami to show their learning. Students chose a page from a library book and used the app to create an avatar, upload an image and describe the text features found on that page. Other Tellagami videos my be found on many of the student’s blogs at georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

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VANIER CARNIVAL
Mark you calendars…Come join your community at the VANIER CARNIVAL on Saturday, June 8th, from 2-6 p.m. Enjoy games, food, rides, silent auction, and a cake walk. Stay tuned as planning for this event continues. We are currently looking for community members willing to donate goods and/or services for the silent auction, and of course cakes for the cake walk. If you are able to assist in any other way, please return the NOTICE that was sent home with your child.

Your support of the VANIER CARNIVAL will help enhance the learning environment for your child!
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QUOTE of the WEEK

“Some say we can’t afford to personalize education to every student. The fact is we can’t afford not to.”

-Sir Ken Robinson

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PARENTING CORNER: The Importance of Naps
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
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Nap. It’s a small word, but for most parents a hugely important one. Why? Sleep is a major requirement for good health, and for young kids to get enough of it, some daytime sleep is usually needed. Crucial physical and mental development occurs in early childhood, and naps provide much-needed downtime for growth and rejuvenation.

Naps also help keep kids from becoming overtired, which not only takes a toll on their moods but may also make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. And naptime gives parents a brief oasis during the day and time to tackle household chores or just unwind.

Sleep Needs by Age
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer regarding how much daytime sleep kids need. It all depends on the age, the child, and the sleep total during a 24-hour period. For example, one toddler may sleep 13 hours at night with only some daytime catnapping, while another gets 9 hours at night but takes a solid 2-hour nap each afternoon.

Though sleep needs are highly individual, these age-by-age guidelines give an idea of average daily sleep requirements… Continue Reading.

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VIDEO of the WEEK: Life in Space is Incredible!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
May 14 – Provincial Election – Georges Vanier IS a Polling Station
May 15 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 pm for STUDENT-LED Conferences
May 17 – Divisions 13-15 to Vancouver Aquarium
May 17 – Divisions 1-5 to Centennial Beach
May 20 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
May 22 – Divisions 1/2/8/9 to Hollywood Theatres to view “The Hobbit”
May 27 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
May 28 – Parent Tea at 9:00 a.m. ALL PARENTS WELCOME
June 3 – Divisions 1-3 to the Vancouver Art Gallery
June 4 – Divisions 3-5 to the Vancouver Art Gallery
June 4 – Divisions 19 and 22 to Vancouver Aquarium
June 4 – District Track Meet at Bear Creek Park
June 5 – Divisions 10, 11, 12 to Burnaby Village Museum
June 6 – Grade 7 Band Final Performance – 10:45 a.m.
June 8 – Vanier Carnival – 2-6 pm
June 10 – Grade 7 students to Cultus Lake Waterslides
June 14 – Sports Day – PAC Pizza Day
June 18 – Division 22 to Cartwheels Gymnastics
June 21 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
June 25 – Grade 7 Daycamp – Cultus Lake Group Campsite
June 27 – Year-End Assembly – 8:45 a.m.
June 27 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
June 27 – Term 3 Reports Home
June 28 – Administration Day – Classes not in session
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