Vanier News – December 1, 2013

This week at Georges Vanier:

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NEW FEATURE: Interesting People at Georges Vanier

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AUTHENTIC LEARNING: POWERPLAY STRATEGIES SHOW.
Students have been creating and marketing their own products. Now it’s time to sell. The PowerPlay show is taking place THIS Friday, December 6, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Come visit us in the gym and get started on your Christmas shopping. Part proceeds of this event go to selected charities.

Here’s what our young entrepreneurs from last year had to say:

  • “I like power play because we are donating to charity and I love helping.” Simran K.
  • “I like power play because I get to draw.” Justin S.
  • “I like power play because it is fun and I get to learn how to make my own business and I get the money that I make.” Kye H.
  • “It makes me want to make a job.” Sahil M.
  • “I like it because it inspires me to start a business and to get well with money.” Hayley M.
  • “I like power play because you make stuff and sell it and make your own money. That’s why I like it.” Abdullah S.
  • “I like power play because it’s for a good cause.” Rohin C.
  • “Why I like it (power play) is because it’s pretty cool starting a first business.” Pritpal S.
  • “I like power play because it’s fun making products.” Puneet S.
  • “I like power play because I get to make and sell my own product.” Armina B.
  • “I like power play because it’s teaching us how to start a business and we are earning money.” Hayal M.
  • “I like it (power play) because you can have fun and do crafts.” Maegan H.
  • “It is fun!” Braxton B.
  • “I love power play because it helps me earn and be more responsible with money.” Aden B.
  • “I love power play because we get to make stuff and we donate money to charity.” Risham M.

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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.

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: Positive Dad Parenting In The Early Years
Author: Dr. Claire Elizabeth Cameron
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Most of the research on parenting has focused on moms. But a recent review of the literature – specifically a meta-analysis of almost two dozen studies of father involvement during early childhood – illustrates the specific parenting features by which dads have a positive influence on their kid’s development in the early years.
During the years from 3 to 8, how much time dads spent with their kids, as well as how positively (or negatively) they interacted with them, related to how children performed on cognitive, social, and behavioral assessments. In fact, fathers made the greatest relative contribution to their children’s social and self-control skills, compared to cognitive skills.Continue reading…
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS
It has been another busy week in the Learning Commons. Students and their buddies had lots of fun reading ebooks and storybooks with flashlights in the Pirate’s Den Library. Don’t forget, the digital books are available to all students and their families and can be accessed at home from the school library catalogue via http://georgesvanierlibrary.edublogs.org See Ms Crosland if you have any questions about accessing the site.


Students in Grades 1 and 2 are Stamp Detectives. They have been learning how to use the clues on postage stamps to tell which country a stamp is from. They have been using the iPad cameras to document their learning and to figure out how to best take a photograph that frames their work.

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Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING – Applications Due

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Here are the details:

  • Why?  To foster creativity and a love of learning
  • When?  December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Who? Individuals, pairs, or small groups of 3 in Grades 4-7
  • Where?  Gym and Multipurpose Room
  • What? An attempt to encourage creativity!!!
  • Applications must be completed in AS MUCH DETAIL as possible. Innovation Week Application
  • Applications due to Mr. Vendramin at the office by December 2nd

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: Teachers Model How to use WITS
Watch this video of an event that actually took place at our school. With parents as partners, we need to continually reinforce the important of good decision-making, self-control, and using our WITS. Please watch and discuss this video with your child.

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
December

  • 3 – PAC Meeting- 9:00 a.m. – Staffroom
  • 6 – Powerplay Show – Gym – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 6 – Poinsettia Orders Due
  • 9-13 – Innovation Week – Gym and Multipurpose Room (see above)
  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Grade 7 Band Concert – Gym – 9:00 a.m.
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 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 – November 3, 2013

This Week at Georges Vanier…

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

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MONTHLY MATH CHALLENGE

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

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

We heard questions such as:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

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

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

Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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INNOVATION WEEK IS COMING

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

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

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

Here are some ideas from other schools:

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

Here are the details:

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

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QUOTE of the WEEK

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

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
November

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

December

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

January

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

February

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

March

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

April

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

May

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

June

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

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Vanier News – October 26, 2013

This Month 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: Student Behaviour and WITS
The majority of our students at Georges Vanier get along peacefully with each other and have good strategies for solving problems. Unfortunately, some of our students are still developing these strategies and resort to hitting, kicking, or using inappropriate language. This sort of behaviour is unacceptable and when it occurs, we work with the child and their parents to teach better ways of dealing with conflict. In all cases, our goal is to ensure that consequences are education-based and restorative rather than punitive.

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Please review these expectations with your children often. Encouraging children to hit back if they are being bothered sends the message that this solves problems. In most cases, using this strategy makes the problem worse.

If your child is being bothered in any way, encourage them to use their WITS and ask them who they trust at school. Further encourage them to share what’s bothering them with this adult. Thank you for your ongoing support!
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AUTHENTIC LEARNING – SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING
Early in the school year, staff and students viewed a video called See Something, Say Something. The message in the video is clear: if you see someone in need, it’s your responsibility to step in and help. Here is the video they saw:

Mrs. Dhaliwal and her students were so motivated by the video, they chose to create their own version. We are very happy to share their creation with you here:

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STUDENT PLANNERS
This week, a short notice will be coming home with students regarding planners. Planners were given to all students at the beginning of the year. Planners are excellent organizational tools for students. At that time, parents were asked for a $5.00 payment. Currently, our school budget is close to $1500 short meaning that almost half of the planners given out have not yet been paid for.

If there are financial reasons leading to an inability to pay, this is understandable. In these cases, please provide full or partial payment if possible.

We know that in this case, most parents have simply forgotten to forward payment. If this is the case, please forward payment with your child once they bring the notice home from school.

In NO CASE will planners be withheld due to an inability to pay. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
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PARENTING CORNER: No Such Thing as a “Bad Apple”: Fix the Behavior, Not the Kid
Authors: Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney Studaker-Cordner
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How many times has this gone through your head? Your “difficult” child—the defiant one who’s constantly acting out and upsetting everyone—has just done it again. Maybe he’s called his little sister a foul name, smashed your favorite framed family photo, or screamed in your face. In a moment of defeat, you think, “What if there’s no hope? What if he’s just a ‘bad seed’—the bad apple of the family?”

Here’s the bottom line: There should never be motivation for a sibling to copy another sibling’s bad behavior. Period.

While many parents have “gone there” at one point or another, understand that this really is a false statement, because all children are inherently born good. They come out innocent, but simply have different personalities. At times, it can appear that everything your child is doing is negative: his attitude, the way he treats you and others, and the way he handles his problems. That’s when those negative thoughts get stuck in our heads. As parents, these thoughts can get us into trouble because we can unconsciously begin to reinforce, through our own behavior, the idea that our child is a bad person. But that’s not the case. Remember, it’s not your child who “turns bad,” it’s his behavior that is inappropriate. Continue Reading…

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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS: Book Fair
image-9Yahoo! The Book Fair has arrived. Come on in to the Learning Commons and take a look at some of the latest books, gifts and school supplies. We have contests and lots of prizes. Open before and after school and at lunch and recess. All classes will also have a chance to browse the fair during the week. Watch out for a special visitor at the front of the building, before and after school. Hint: He likes to eat cheese. The fair runs October 28th to November 1st.

On Monday, Georges Vanier students will join schools from all over B.C. and Canada for D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read. Students and staff will be reading or will be read to after lunch. The Learning Commons and the Book Fair will not be open from 12:30 to 12:50 in support of this school-wide event.

See you at the Fair!
Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

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QUOTE of the WEEK
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VIDEO of the WEEK: How did you make that?
Our grade seven students recently received their hoodies. This year, the hoodies were made by a company called Sew Kool – a company run by Education Assistant Jenny Mazur and her family. Have you ever wondered how words and images are printed onto shirts. Have a look at this:

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
October

  • 28 – Book Fair (runs to November 1)
  • 28 – Assembly – 1:45 p.m.
  • 29 – PAC Executive Meeting – 9:00 a.m.
  • 30 – Divisions 16-18 visit Port Kells Nursery

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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