Hello Lynx families,
I hope all of you have adjusted to the time change, the brighter mornings, and the darker evenings. We have noticed it here at Vanier, especially as those volleyball students leave school after late practice or games.
Also, the winter months are obviously bringing colder temperatures. While it might not be the latest fashion, we are asking students to bring appropriate clothes to school. We have a few students arrive at school in sub –20 Celsius weather without a winter coat. While on cold days we do remain inside as much as possible, in an emergency we may need to leave the school and appropriate clothing would be a necessity. In some circumstances, especially with rising costs, families do struggle to afford winter clothing for their children. This problem can be exacerbated by the fact that students this age tend to grow out of clothing quite quickly. If this is a concern you have and would like support, please do not hesitate to contact me here at school and we will do our best to support you or put you in contact with agencies that can.
Our grade 6 students returned this afternoon from Outdoor School at Camp Chief Hector. All the feedback I received from students and staff was positive and it sounds like a great time was had by all. For many students this was their first trip away from home and they should be very proud of achieving this milestone. I hope all students enjoy returning home to their own beds and get a chance to catch up on sleep they might have missed out on while away.
Finally, Thursday morning we had our whole school Remembrance Day ceremony. I big thank you to all the teachers who organized this event, and to Ms. Ramos and the band who added the soundtrack. It was wonderful to see these budding artists get a chance to share all their learning with their peers. It was also great to see so many student learners getting involved in the process, either as presenters, photographers, or tech support. The Hall of Heros was a great success again and will remain on display until after conferences. Student involvement in areas like this are a fantastic opportunity for them to explore multiple pathways available at Vanier and take on leadership roles in the building.
Please remember that there is no school on Friday, November 11th as Canada recognizes Remembrance Day as a national holiday. We look forward to seeing all students back at school on Monday, November 14th (Grade 9 students in the French program, do not forget that this is your zoo field trip day!).
Bonne fin de semaine,
Chad Edmonds – Principal
Thank you to all families who are being vigilant about keeping sick children at home. We want to continue to limit the spread of any illness as much as possible, and appreciate your care for our broader school community. A reminder that if you are keeping a sick child at home, you can let us know 24 hours per day, 7 days per week on our absence line (403-777-7460, press 1).
Grade 6 and 7 students interested in trying out for the wrestling team, your first practice will be Monday after school. Grade 8s and 9s will have tryouts later in the week.
Reminder - Missed School Photos?
Did anyone miss their original photos or retake photos, or just want another opportunity to have a school photo taken? Lifetouch’s Calgary studio will be hosting studio retakes on Saturday Nov .12 & Nov. 19.
Retakes will take place in the Lifetouch Calgary Office at 3628 Burnsland Road SE in Calgary. Parents can book using this link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/1dqj327c/
PowerSchool Access Reminders and Video Resources
The CBE would like to remind students, parents, legal guardians of the following:
- MyCBE is used to access attendance, assignments and assessment information via a web browser.
- PowerSchool App is not supported within CBE. This App is not owned by CBE, therefore CBE is unable to customize or troubleshoot the App.
Parent and legal guardian support on accessing attendance, assignments and assessment information is available through Technical Support for Students & Parents. This includes two videos that clarify how to access student achievement information, including report cards:
November 14: Zoo Field Trip homerooms 921 & 922
November 17: Zoo Field Trip homerooms 911 & 912
November 24: Crescent Heights High School Tour
November 24: Parent Teacher Conferences (evening – in person)
November 25: Parent Teacher Conferences (9:00 – 2:00, virtual)
November 28: Grade 6 Vaccinations
November 29: School Council Meeting
December 2: Grade 7 Outdoor Education Climbing Trip
December 2–4: Band Camp at Camp Caroline
December 13: Winter Band Concert