Vanier News – October 20, 2013

This Week at Georges Vanier…

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IN THIS ISSUE

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

Click here to view previous poll questions and results

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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 – June 15, 2013

Parents,

Thank you for keeping in touch by reading the Vanier News every week. I hope that you are able to come to the final two big events this year: the Grade 7 Celebration on Friday, June 21 at 8:45 am, and the Year-End Assembly on Thursday, June 27th, also at 8:45 am. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Regards,
Mr. Antonio Vendramin
Principal

IN THIS ISSUE

POLL QUESTION of the WEEK: Do you believe learning loss takes place for students over the summer?


Previous poll questions and results:

  • Do you feel welcome at school? YES: 92% NO: 8%
  • 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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SPORTS DAY
Sports Day was held yesterday and the poor weather did not dampen our enthusiasm. We were ready with a back-up plan for an indoor event and it was clear that students had a great time. Thank you to our PAC for organizing the much-appreciated hot lunch and concession stand, as well as our great staff who organized the event. It was great to see some many parents and family members at our school yesterday. Your presence means the world to your children! Enjoy these images captured by teacher Jodi Pulvers!

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KIVA – Authentic Learning
Doing important work isn’t just important for adults, it is for children as well. We often hear about students who struggle with learning or are “bored”. When student do work that is real and that really matters, it changes everything. In past issues, you read about our Grade 7 students doing a 30-Hour Famine and donating the nearly $4000 to charity. That is work that matters! This work recently continued when the several students got together with teachers to visit the Kiva site and select entrepreneurs in under-developed countries they would give micro-loans to. Students read profiles and had discussions. The biggest difference between Kiva and other charities, is that with Kiva, the money loaned is repaid over a certain number of months. This allows our students (and future students) to learn about the real use of money, loans, and percentages, and gives them funds that they can then loan out again. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, come see us at the school and ask us about KIVA!
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LEARNING COMMONS NEWS

Commons Connections. Contributed by Anna Crosland M.Ed. – Teacher Librarian

Yahoo! Free Books!
This week all students at Georges Vanier had the opportunity to choose several free books. These are to take home and keep to read over the summer. Approximately 4000 books were distributed. Please do not bring these books back to the Learning Commons. They were donated by Discovery Books and are greatly appreciated.

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Georges Vanier Picture Book of the Year
This year in the Learning Commons, many classes participated in the Book of the Year program. Students judged ten books on story and illustrations, decided which was their favourite and used a ballot to vote. The results have been tabulated and the winner is ‘The Jewel Fish of Karnak’ by Graeme Base. An entertaining story set in Ancient Egypt with beautiful illustrations and a hidden treasure.

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2013/14 CALENDAR

Important dates to note for the UPCOMING 2013/14 school year:

September

  • 3 – School Opens
  • 23 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 26 – Meet the Teacher Night – 6:30 p.m.

October

  • 14 – Thanksgiving Day – Classes not in session
  • 24 – Student-Led Conferences – 2:27 p.m.
  • 25 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session

November

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

December

  • 10 – Term 1 Reports Home
  • 12 – Early Dismissal – 1:27 p.m.
  • 20 – Las day of classes before holidays

January

  • 6 – School re-opens

February

  • 10 – Family Day – Classes not in session
  • 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

April

  • 18 – Good Friday – Classes not in session
  • 21 – Easter Monday – Classes not in session

May

  • 2 – Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
  • 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

  • 26 – Term 3 Reports Home/Early Dismissal at 1:27 p.m./Last day of classes

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SCHOOL FEES – 2013-14

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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QUOTE of the WEEK

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”
-Danny Kaye

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PARENTING CORNER: Wonderopolis for Summer Learning

Wonderopolis is a great website that presents an intriguing question every day. You can start the day by asking the question and discussing. Later in the day, you and your child can read more about the question and compare current understanding with what you first thought when you read the question. You can conclude by checking your understanding.

photo-4This is a great activity you can do everyday over the summer. Have fun learning!

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VIDEO of the WEEK: What do you want for YOUR child?

Watch and discuss this video with your child!

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WHAT’S COMING UP?
June 17 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

June 18 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 18 – Division 22 to Cartwheels Gymnastics

June 19 – Divisions 16/19 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.
June 19 – Divisions 10/11 to Newton Library – 1-2:00 p.m.

June 20 – Divisions 17/18 Swimming – 10:30 a.m.

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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