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Weekly Update September 16, 2022

Principal Message 

Dear Vanier community, 

As we pass the midway mark of September it has been wonderful to see students getting back into familiar school routines. They are getting used to moving between classes, smiling, and conversing with teachers about academics and engaging in conversation with both friends and adults throughout the building. I have also been fortunate enough to speak with many of the students, in the hallways or the office and have heard time and time again how happy the students are to be back in the building, learning and being students. 

We also have seen an incredible turn-out for the return of extra-curriculars and our sports teams. Our cross-country team, of almost 60 students, attended their first Cross Country Meet this week at Nose Hill and made our school proud both with their behaviour and athletic accomplishments. Our soccer and volleyball teams also start their seasons shortly and we wish them the best of luck for the current season. 

On a much more somber note, I want to make note of an incident that occurred at another middle school in the CBE (Calgary Board of Education). A fellow CBE school lost a student this week as a result of taking an unknown substance, which ended up being the dangerous drug, Fentanyl. This student was known to some of our students and the story of what happened has been circulating on social media. We are speaking with the families of those students who have approached staff about this and connecting them with the appropriate resources for support.  

As a school community we will be addressing the issue of drug use with all students through our health/wellness classes as well as whole school activities throughout the year. However, we also encourage all families to speak with their child(ren) about this issue as well. I know that this can often be an awkward, difficult conversation, but it is important, nonetheless. As a place to start there are numerous websites that have guidelines and scripts to use to begin the conversation: 

Kids Health 

Government of Canada 

Drug Free Canada 


Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds 

Principal Georges P. Vanier 


Girls Excel in Math Program 

We are excited to announce that Girls Excel in Math (GEM) will be running again this Fall! GEM is a complimentary program offered by the University of Calgary. We, at Vanier, would love to explore this opportunity with our students.  

Description: Girls Excel in Math (GEM) Calgary is a Saturday enrichment program for grades 6 - 8 students who identify as girls. Students will have fun exploring mathematical topics that they would not normally see in the classroom.  

Dates/Times: GEM will take place at the University of Calgary from 9:30am – 12pm on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, Oct. 15th: Fractals 
  • Saturday, Dec. 3rd: Prisoner’s Dilemma 
  • Saturday, Feb. 11th: Origami 
  • Saturday, Mar. 18th: Eulerian Graphs  

GEM T-shirts will be provided to all participants, and we get to wear them to our sessions! 

Please talk to your child this weekend about this program and please inform us by email if your child would like to participate. We would like the responses by Monday the19th. This will help us prepare for this event. Please send your responses to Ms. Radhika Shah at  

Hull Services 

Hull Services continues to partner with CBE (Calgary Board of Education) to provide FREE, LIVE, parenting courses through the Community Parent Education Program (CPEP). The next parenting course will be held on-line via ZOOM starting on the evening of September 27th. Our courses run once a week for the duration of 8 evenings.  

Hull services is extending an invitation for any parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) from the G.P. Vanier community to register for this learning opportunity.  

Attached you will find two documents. One is a press release outlining information about our program and the other is a course schedule that outlines the details with respect to dates, times, and topics of our next scheduled course. 

CPEP Zoom Press Release Sept. 2022.pdf 

September 27th CPEP Schedule (2022).pdf 


Picture Day Reminder 

Just a reminder that picture day will be next Thursday, September 22nd 

Lifetouch Photography is excited to announce the launch of a new way to access photos online.  

After much safety and security testing, Lifetouch developed a way for families to access their child’s photo using their student ID number.  

Go to our website at, click on Student ID and follow the detailed instructions to view and order photos.  


Option Change Opportunity 

We will be doing Option Change Request Forms starting Monday September 19, 2022. They will be available on a table by the Main Office. If students wish to change an option this semester, they need to get the form for their grade, follow instructions to fill out the form correctly, have their parents sign the form and have it back to the Main Office no later than Wednesday September 21, 2022, at 4:00PM. We will not accept forms after this date as we need class lists confirmed for teachers ASAP. We cannot guarantee an option change request will be granted. Those students with approved Option Change Requests will be given new schedules on Monday September 26, 2022. If a student does not get a new schedule by Monday September 26, 2022, they are to follow their original schedule. 

G.P. Vanier Apple Fundraiser with Davison Orchards  

We will again be offering a Vanier fundraising opportunity – Davison Orchard Apples will be available through the school with proceeds going to support our off-campus programs – details will be available on the web page next week, and order forms will be available for students to pick up from the office.  Each box of apples sold earns $10 towards trips. 

GPVanier Davison Orchards Flyer.pdf 

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 at G.P. Vanier 

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


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