Vanier News – May 31, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NEWS FROM THE LEARNING COMMONS
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STAFFING UPDATE
As is the case most years, this is a time that we unfortunately need to say goodbye to some staff members. Thank you to the following staff members who have contributed greatly to the Georges Vanier community and who are off to new assignments and adventures next year. We wish you all the very best! We will continue to provide you with staffing updates into June.
Antonio Vendramin – Principal – Appointed Principal of Cambridge Elementary
Hugh McDonald – Teacher – Accepted a position at Fraserwood Elementary
Laura Warkentin – Teacher – Term Position
Lilliana Bolton – Teacher – Accepted a position at Adams Road Elementary
Nicole Postnikoff – Teacher – Term Position
Sandip Pandher – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Debra Pederson – Teacher – Accepted a position at Holly Elementary
Chelsea Bryant – Teacher – Term Position
Dina Willis -Teacher – Retirement
Sonia Dhaliwal – Teacher – End of job share with Dina Willis
Shahzia Rashid – Teacher – Term Position
Lesley Fornelli – Teacher – Maternity Leave
Margaret Scheller – Music Teacher – Retirement
Michelle Bujan – Teacher – Leave from position
Laura Hunter – Teacher – Term Position
Olga McKenzie – Teacher – Term Position

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

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

September-2014

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

October-2014

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

November-2014

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

December-2014

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

January-2015

  • 5 – School re-opens

February-2015

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

March-2015

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

April-2015

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

May-2015

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

June-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
June

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

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Vanier News – May 10, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

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 – March 17, 2014

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INTERESTING PEOPLE AT OUR SCHOOL
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30-HOUR FAMINE
Our Grade 7 30-Hour Famine is quickly approaching on April 3 and 4. This is a fun and educational experience that helps our senior students make a positive difference in the world. Our students have raised $1700, $2500, and $3900 in each of the past three years – an incredible accomplishment! Money has been donated to such organizations as Make-A-Wish, Children’s Hospital, KIVA, BCSPCA, Red Cross, and Canadian Cancer Society. This year, we hope to meet or beat our previous totals.

WE CAN ONLY DO THIS WITH YOUR HELP!!!

Sponsor a grade 7 student directly, or support the whole group by making a donation at the office. All donations of $20 or more are tax-deductible.

This year, students have chosen the following charities to support:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – 40%
B.C. Children’s Hospital – 40%
KIVA – 20%

Enjoy this video from last year’s event and thank you in advance for your support!

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: High Tech – High Touch

On Tuesday March 4th 2014, grade 1 and 2 students hosted a scientist from High Tech High Touch. We were busy exploring bugs and the Earth. The grade 2s got to make clouds, mudslides, and handle real earthworms. The grade 1s saw a tarantula skin, cockroach, crickets, and made spiderwebs. It was a hands on learning opportunity for all those that were able to attend.

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PARENTING CORNER: 5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think
Author: Jessica Lahey
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This week, I’m turning the tables and giving some space to the “teacher” half of the “Parent-Teacher Conference.” When I ask teachers, “What one thing would you want your students’ parents to know?” the same five points come up over and over again.

1. Your kids can do much more than you think they can do. Despite all evidence to the contrary, your children do not need your help tying shoes, zipping jackets, sharpening pencils, packing their backpacks and lunch, or any of the million other tasks they expect you to do for them every day.

Take some direction from kindergarten teachers. If you think it takes an eternity to get your children out the door, imagine getting 20 children out the door, six times a day. Elementary school teachers are masters of delegation, so the child proficient at shoelaces becomes their “tying expert,” and the boy with a skill for zippers becomes the designated “zipper helper,” and before you can say “self-sufficient,” every child in the class has learned to tie and zip and mitten themselves. The next time your child tells you they can’t do something, step back and wait. Continue Reading…

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IMPORTANT PAC DATES

  • April 1 PAC Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • April 8 Popcorn Day
  • April 14 Hanging Basket/Plant order forms sent home
  • April 17 Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • April 28 Hanging Basket/Plant orders DUE
  • May 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • May 9 Popcorn Day
  • May 20 Hot Lunch Day

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS


In the Vanier Learning Commons we read ‘Happy’ by Mies van Hout. We talked about emotions and what those feelings can look like in our facial expressions. Students used Doodle Buddy App to create art in the style of Mies Van Hout. Check out these great pirates…

Students have been tweeting about their learning from @VanierLC. Follow us to see some of the great activities in the Learning Commons.

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: A Look Back at 2014 So Far…

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
March

  • 17-28 – Spring Break – Classes not in session
  • 24-28 – DREAM CAMP at Vanier.
  • 31 – Classes Resume

April

  • 3 – Grade 7 – 30-Hour Famine begins – 8:00 a.m.
  • 4 – Grade 7 – 30-Hour Famine ends – 2:00 p.m.
  • 7-11 – Vanier Spiritwear (shirts, hoodies) samples on site
  • 10 – Intermediate Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 11 – Rick Hansen Ambassador Presentation: Primary 12:45 p.m./Intermediate 1:45 p.m.
  • 15 – Ready, Set, Learn Event: StrongStart – 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • 16 – Spring Portraits
  • 17 – Movie Night – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session
  • 28 – Grade 6 Immunizations
  • 30 – Grade 7 Hornet Experience – Frank Hurt Secondary
  • 30 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 5 – Hanging Basket/Plant orders delivered
  • 8 – Primary Speechfest – 1:00 p.m.
  • 9 – Group and Team Photo day
  • 14 – Early dismissal at 1:27 p.m. for Student-Led Conferences
  • 19 – Victoria Day – Classes not in session
  • 21-23 – Divisions 1-4 – Camping at Camp Elphinstone
  • 26 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

June

  • 3 – District Track Meet – Bear Creek Park
  • 9 – Welcome to Kindergarten Event – 9-10 a.m.
  • 13 – Sports Day
  • 20 – Grade 7 Celebration – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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Vanier News – December 8, 2013

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK:

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GREAT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN

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TUTORING HOMEWORK ENGLISH SUPPORT
FREE for students in grades 5-9
LOCATION:  Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

IMG_3512 TEEN READ CLUB
FREE for students aged 10-18
LOCATION:  Surrey City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

COPING WITH TODDLER BEHAVIOUR
FREE for parents of children 12-36 months
LOCATION:  Georges Vanier Elementary
8 Sessions – January 14-March 14, 2014
Call 604-586-3351 to Register

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES

FREE for students aged 10-18
LOCATION:  Newton Library – 13775 70 Avenue, Surrey
8 Sessions – January 18-March 8, 2014
Call 604-501-5100 or 604-591-4176 to Register
Registration Number: 4352040

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION —>English Conversation Poster Winter 2014

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT
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Click here to download your Christmas Concert Ticket order form:  Christmas Concert Tickets – 2013

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INTERESTING PEOPLE AT GEORGES VANIER

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 AUTHENTIC LEARNING: POWERPLAY STRATEGIES SHOW.
This past Friday, December 6, we held our 2nd Annual Powerplay Strategies Show which was a culmination of the Young Entrepreneurs Program students in Mrs. Rempel and Mrs. Lutz’s class were participating in. Students learned real-life skills such as financial literacy, creating a business plan, marketing, and social awareness.  10% of money raised by students goes to a charity of their choice. Well done, Vanier learners!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
Student Learning Communications will be be coming home with students on Tuesday, December 10th. There will be an early dismissal on Thursday, December 12th at 1:27 p.m.

    Please phone the office at 604-596-1030 to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their progress

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To prepare for effective parent-teacher conferences, please review the following documents in ENGLISH and PUNJABI.

Parent Teacher Conferences – English
Parent Teacher Conferences – Punjabi

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PARENTING CORNER: Smart TV-Watching Tips
Author: Anita Sethi, Ph.d.
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Whatever semblance of hygiene I maintained as a new mom, I owed to Teletubbies. It was a successful formula: baby in play yard, tape in VCR, mom in shower. So I was disappointed when the American Academy of Pediatrics came out against TV for kids under age 2. But many other moms don’t seem to be worried: A new study found that 40 percent of 3-month-olds watch TV, and 90 percent of kids do so by age 2. If you’re going to allow some viewing (and most of us do), here’s the smart way to do it:

Be choosy. Shows in which characters speak to your child (such as Dora the Explorer) or that have a clear, linear story line (like Clifford) are the best language builders.

  • Join in. Talking with her about what’s happening on a show will help her learn more from what she’s viewing.
  • Get creative. Make videos of your own starlet; they will enthrall her and show her that TV is not the real thing.
  • Use it in moderation. Young children learn faster from live, human interaction than from watching it on TV.
  • Turn it off when your baby stops watching it. The noise can distract her from other play efforts.
  • Avoid TV around bed- or naptime. It can disrupt your baby’s sleep.

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
This week in the Learning Commons many students are enjoying adding to their stamp collections. Students are learning how to figure out where their stamps are from and are learning about countries around the world. Many thanks to Mrs. Roxburgh for helping us to add to our stamp supply.

Check out our learning: We used the Draw and Show app to help students visualize the characters in ‘The Gingerbread Pirates’ story and used the Doodlecast app to show our developing rhyming skills.

Do pop by the Learning Commons to see our decorated “Book Christmas Tree” and visit the Learning Commons website to keep up to date with all of our news. http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: MATH with a FUNNY TWIST
This video is proof that math and numbers can be fun. Watch and discuss with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room
  • 10 – Term 1 Student Learning Communications Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 16 – Poinsettia Pick Up – PM – Time TBD
  • 17 – PAC Hot Lunch – Pizza
  • 18 – Winter Concerts – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • 20 – Last day of classes before holidays
  • 20 – Christmas Dances

January

  • 6 – School re-opens
  • 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 – 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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We Are ALL Learners – A Teacher’s Experience by Erika Gray

Blog contributed by Georges Vanier Educator, Erika Gray.

A visit to Karen Lirenman’s Grade one class in the Surrey School District – January 29, 2013
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I took the opportunity to explore some features of the school before the school day started.
Karen’s school has a really great home reading program whereby each wing of the school has home reading books leveled and labeled. These are the books shared among the K/1 classes in their wing of the school. Every morning after planner check, students go into the hall and choose a new book, based on their level, to take home to read that night.
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I met a wonderful Grade 1 teacher, Megan, before the school day started. She mentioned that one of her most popular activities is “Kid of the Week.” Each week, a new student gets this “honour.” They are in charge of teaching the class about themselves through a speech, pictures, sharing special items from home, and through completing different writing activities.
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The “Wonder Wall” is the first thing you notice when you enter Karen Lirenman’s classroom. It is a way for students to learn about asking and answering questions. It is also a way to feel comfortable and take ownership of their classroom. Students are allowed, at any time, to write questions on the wall. Karen encourages feedback from the class and scribes their answers to these questions on a post-it note. Students can ask questions about the classroom, things they are wondering about with their work, or they can ask direct questions about their teacher and build rapport in that way.
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It was very special to observe “community read.” This takes place first thing in the morning where parents, caregivers, and even siblings (along with mom or dad) are invited to come and read with their children. A neat feature of “community read” is that students are also able to read using the iPads that are loaded with interactive stories.
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These grade ones have been learning about blogging. As an authentic writing assignment, Karen read the students a book called “Boy and Bot.” After hearing the story, students blogged about the story and the author responded personally to each blog. The students even tweeted about their reading, and had the author tweet back to them. In this picture the students are reading what the author wrote to each student.
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Students in Karen’s class have their own folder of books. When it is quiet reading time, they access their books quickly and have a nice selection from which to read.

Picture 13 Picture 14It’s writing time! Karen’s philosophy is all about choices and authentic learning. I observed many different kinds of writing in Karen’s class. There is one rule: the first 10 minutes of writing time must be silent. The format and style of the writing is up to each student’s personal choice. Some students choose to blog about a topic of interest on an iPad. In the second picture, students are writing with “smelly felts” on coloured paper. Students also have a “free write” journal where they can write stories, and there is a paper including “First, next, then, last,” for those students who feel comforted by a highly structured format. The book pictured below is where Karen has gotten many of her ideas for an authentic writing experience for her students.

Picture 15 Picture 16 Picture 17 Picture 18In the last part of the day I observed a math lesson on area. Again, students have the freedom of choice in choosing a math centre. Examples of math centres include:

  • choosing different sized mittens and finding out how many shape-blocks it would take to fill each mitten
  • taking off one of their shoes and counting how many objects it takes to fill one shoe
  • choosing a number, for example 10, and making shapes with unifix cubes using 10 cubes each time to show that the area can be the same although the shape may look different

Because Karen is lucky enough to have a class set of iPads full-time, students always have access to their blogs. They have the choice to blog their learning in math after they have completed the task.

The way Karen teaches her students to use technology to display their learning in an authentic way is something I am working toward in my own classroom. Her philosophy about student-driven learning is evident in the way she offers choices for many activities in her classroom. I had an interesting and inspiring day in Karen Lirenman’s Grade 1 class.

A special THANK YOU to Karen Lirenman and her wonderful class and parents. Thank you as well to the staff and administration at Karen’s in Surrey, B.C.

Vanier News – January 26, 2013

Parents.

Enjoy this week’s edition of the VANIER NEWS. This publication is meant to offer the opportunity for TWO-WAY communication. You will see at the bottom of each edition a COMMENTS section. Please share your ideas and thoughts.

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POLL QUESTION of the WEEK


Previous poll questions and results:

  • Does the use of technology in classrooms improve student learning? YES: 63% NO: 17%
  • Do you think students are physically active enough? YES: 65% NO: 29% UNSURE: 6%
  • Should school uniforms be considered at Georges Vanier Elementary? YES: 68% NO: 32%
  • 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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ALL ABOUT DIABETES. Contributed by students Anjpreet and Gurleen
Anjpreet and Gurleen are students who live with Diabetes. This past week, the school nurse visited their class to share important information about living with and managing Diabetes. Anjpreet and Gurleen wanted to let you know a little more about Diabetes:

Gurleen:
1. Diabetes is very common.
2. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2
3. Older people get type 2 and kids get type 1.
4. [You] want your blood sugar to stay balanced.

Anjpreet:
Diabetes can go around in your family members. You test your blood sugar every day to know how much your sugar is. There are different kinds of diabeties like type 1 and type 2. Older people have type 2 and little kids have type 1. You put on a needle every day.

When you are a diabetic you can’t each that much junk food. You don’t want to have your diabetes high or low. If it is low you need to eat something or if it is high you need to exercise. Diabetes is really important. If you see a yellow container do not touch it because you can get sick or you [can] get poked. Diabetes can be different in people.

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P.S.S.T. Contributed by students Trisha and Akilea
On January 22, a representative from the Surrey School District informed our students about what to do when someone or you get bullied. If you see something that doesn’t look right, Report It. She also talked about what students encountered, saw, and their reactions to situations such as bullying, drugs, smoking, etc. Make a difference! If you see something, say something. Visit http://www.psst-bc.ca/ for more info.

Students, if you have something to report, do it here…

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HOW CAN I REALLY KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
Students hear announcements every day at school. The purpose of these announcements is to share information regarding what’s happening that day as well as upcoming events. Morning announcements are also used to discuss important issues. So how can you “listen in”?

  • Sign up for a Twitter account and follow @georgesvanier36
  • Check this blog everyday and read the Twitter stream on the left
  • Text “follow @georgesvanier36” to 21212
  • Google #gvnews

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CLOTHES ON WHEELS
This wonderful organization is visiting Georges Vanier again this week on Monday, January 28. Families needing clothing, footwear, outwear, and much more are invited to join us in the Gym from noon to 4 p.m. If you pre-registered – great. If you didn’t, just pop in and we can help.

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ENHANCING LEARNING with TECHNOLOGY

As a staff, we are continually striving to integrate technology in meaningful ways. One way is to use iPads and a free app called SHOW ME that allows students to demonstrate their learning in an interesting way and for an authentic audience. Students Joel and Aaron in Mrs. Copeland’s grade 4 class regularly create tutorials using the SHOW ME app and then post these to the class blog. Student and parents can then view these tutorials from home. Have a look at some of Joel and Aaron’s work!

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Children who turn 5 before January 1, 2014 are eligible to begin school in September, 2013. Registration begins at all Elementary schools in Surrey on Monday, January 21, 2013. Please click here to read more…
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PARENTING CORNER: 7 HINTS FOR SETTING BOUNDARIES WITH YOUR KIDS
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“The most important thing parents can give their children is love. The second most important thing is discipline.” -T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

Many parents today could use some serious coaching on how to create healthier boundaries with their kids. Just spend some time at a park where lots of families hang out and you’ll know what I mean.

You will notice moms and dads asking kids to do something (or stop doing something) ten times with no obvious results. You will observe others screaming in frustration as the child does the opposite of what was requested. It is easy to be judgmental, but how many of us grew up in families with healthy boundaries? Where was the instruction manual that should have come with the baby blankets?

Since we know that a lack of clear boundaries often results in behavior problems, it is crucial to begin creating healthy boundaries when they are still little. Children naturally experiment and push boundaries as they test their wings, develop their own sense of self, and learn about how the world works. It’s what they are supposed to do. So don’t judge kids for pushing back or take it personally.There is really no reason to be angry at them when they do so–they are just doing what kids do.

Here’s some practical tips on setting boundaries…
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

What Would You Save in a Hurricane?

Students in Divisions 7, 8 and 9 have been reading about Hurricane Katrina and discussing the devastation caused by the hurricane. Students were asked to come up with five items they would choose to rescue from their homes. We decided that all of the people and pets would be rescued so the students needed to think of five other things they valued. We discussed sentimental value vs. monetary value. Students then had to settle on saving one personal item only. They drew their item using the Doodle Buddy App and uploaded their pictures to their blogs. Check them out at: http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org/
Pocket Zoo

Students in Kindergarten have been exploring animals with the Pocket Zoo App. Students were very excited to hear the howls of the wolves, the trumpets of the elephants and the growls of the bears. The App allows students a virtual visit to a zoo where they can navigate the zoo map, watch videos and even check out the live web cams. And, we have decorated our Learning Commons with colourful snakes as part of our Rainforest theme. It’s ssssssensational.

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FREE FAMILY COUNSELLING

In addition to services provided at Georges Vanier by counsellor Lisa Jouzy, students in Surrey School District and their parents or guardians have access to a range of free family counselling services through a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education.

SFU provides counsellors for the centre — qualified staff and graduate students conducting practicums — while the school district contributes the clinic facilities.
Counselling promotes the mental health of individuals and families and this often also addresses barriers to student learning.

Counselling services are available for a range of personal issues, including parenting, bereavement, depression, anxiety, bullying and sexual orientation.

The SFU Surrey Counselling Centre, which opened in 2009, is located at L.A. Matheson Secondary, 9484 122nd St. Call 604-587-7320 to make an appointment.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
January 28 – Clothes on Wheels at Vanier – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
January 29 – PAC Hot Lunch
January 31 – Assembly – 1:30 p.m. – Come join us Parents!
February 5 – PAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m.
February 8 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
February 11 – Family Day Holiday – Classes not in session
February 22 – School Science Fair
February 27 – Anti-Bully Day
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
April 2 – Term 2 Reports Home
April 4 – Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m.
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