Sep 09
Weekly Update September 9, 2022

Principal Message 

 

Dear Vanier community, 

It was so wonderful to see families back in the building this week for our Meet the Teacher evening. I had more than one family come up to me and let me know that it was their first chance to be inside Vanier since their children started attending, Pre-COVID. It also means a lot for teachers and parents/guardians to put faces to names and start building their relationships, which is such a crucial first step for the academic year. 

For those of you who were unable to attend for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to arrange a time for you to talk. We really believe that parents/guardians play a fundamental role in the educational journey of their child, and we will do strive to include you in this conversation. 

If you want to connect with your child’s teacher(s) the best place to find their contact details is via the GPV School Website under the About Us and go to Our Staff https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/GPVanier/Pages/default.aspx or alternatively you can contact the school office and we will transfer you to the teacher(s) Voicemail. Also, on our website you will find links to the Student Code of Conduct and our G.P. Vanier Student Handbook. They are also attached below.

AR6005-Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf  

2022-23StudentHandbook-GPV.pdf

The other message that was shared with families by the administration that evening was our cell-phone policy. We are an Away for the Day school, which means students will not have access to their digital devices during class time. Devices are to be in their lockers during class time unless previous arrangements have been made. If you need to contact your child(ren) during the day, please contact the main office and we will pass along the message or call them down to speak with you. 

Finally, I want to thank King George for having Mme. Laurelle and I out for their pancake breakfast on Friday morning. It was wonderful to see some of our students with their younger siblings, enjoying a meal, some family time and revisiting their previous teachers. Ms. Dharamsi and I have connected many times since I started at Vanier, and we are working hard to build on the existing connections and integrate programming between the two schools. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds 

Principal Georges P. Vanier 

Opening Package Forms Reminder 

Please remember to either send in the blue forms given to your students on their first day of classes or complete the forms online. Due date for forms to be back at the school is Friday September 16, 2022. It is very important that we have accurate information for your students for safety reasons. 

School Safety 

A few parents and community members have reached out to us since students have returned about some safety issues at the end of the day, including a few near misses. We have spoken with students about staying safe when crossing the road and their behaviour around Edmonton Trail and 32nd Ave. Parents, please ensure that if you are picking your child up at the end of the day you remind them to cross at the lights or at proper crossings, especially during busier times before and after school. 

Gr. 6 Immunizations 

The Immunization forms for our Gr. 6 students have gone out this week. Please sign and have students return them to their Home Room Teachers ASAP. Our Immunizations are on November 28 and students will be having a Vaccine Teaching Presentation on November 16th to help students understand more and hopefully to help ease some anxieties students may have. 

If you have further questions or concerns regarding Immunizations, please contact the Thorncliff Community Health Centre 403-944-7500. 

Athletic Try-Outs 

Families, please be aware that athletic tryouts and practices will continue! Both Boys' and Girls' Soccer Teams and Cross Country Teams started this past week. The Jr and Sr. Boys' and Girls' Volleyball teams will begin next week (Sept. 12th). Students were given an Athletic Tryout form in their welcome packages, which needs to be returned if they are interested in attending tryouts. All information will be posted on the Athletics Board outside the gymnasium and posted on our school announcements. Please also see attached information sheet for ALL tryouts this fall. 

Athletics Try-out info.pdf 

Yearbooks 

Hello GPV family and alumni! 

I hope every one of you is enjoying your first couple days of high school! I just wanted to let you know that we have received our yearbooks and are ready for you to pick them up! I am sure you want to see each other, sign each other's books, or find teachers to sign your book.  

So that we do not have chaos at GPV, here are some things to know.  

·         You are welcome to come back AFTERSCHOOL on Thursday Sept 15 (between 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm) and Friday Sept 16 (after 12:30 - 3:00 pm) to pick up your yearbook. Please know that our teachers and office will NOT let you come in if you come during school hours.  

·         Pick up will be at the kiosk across from the main office. I will be asking you for an initial.  

·         If you are not sure if you have purchased one, please email me so I can confirm: mscheng@cbe.ab.ca

·         If you would like to purchase one, they are $22. Please bring cash. First come, first serve.  

·         If you would like a sibling to pick it up for you, please have your parents send me an email giving their consent to give the yearbook to your sibling.  

·         If you cannot make those two dates, please let me know and we can arrange another time.  

If you can let your friends know by text, phone, social media, etc. please do. I know not everyone checks their email! Thanks, and see you soon! Mr. Cheng 

Picture Day 

Picture Day and GPV is on September 22, 2022! Purchase of school photos is not mandatory; however we do want all students to have a picture taken for school records and for their Student ID Card.  Get that smile ready and hair style prepped for the 22nd! 

Orange Shirt Day 

September 29, 2022 is Orange Shirt Day at GPV.

This day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013 and honours former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. She told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year-old girl. Sept. 30th is a non-instructional day for students as we honour Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This national day is meant to serve as a day of reflection so that people can recognize the harmful legacy of the residential school system in Canada. 

Upcoming Dates 

Sept. 16: All forms due back to school 

Sept. 22: School Photos 

Sept. 23: Non-Instructional Day (No school) 

Sept. 26: Terry Fox Run at school 

Sept. 27: School Council Meeting 7:00 pm 

Sept. 29: Orange Shirt Day 

Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (No School) ​

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