Jan 27
Weekly Update January 27

Hello Lynx families, 

Welcome one and all to the end of semester 1; Semester 2 will begin on Monday, January 30th. Students can view their semester 2 schedules on PowerSchool, and we will be sharing updated schedules with students via paper copies. Students will be permitted to switch option courses the second week of February. We are asking all students to attend 1 week of their new options before making any requests for change. Option change forms will be available in the office, and families will be notified when this occurs. 

Secondly, report cards will be available for parents to view online, using PowerSchool, on Monday, January 30th. If you do not have access to PowerSchool please contact our main office for support.  

The Vanier athletics teams continue to be busy in January. Our wrestling team competed in the divisional championships this week and represented themselves, and the school, incredibly well. We won more than a few weight categories and placed in the top 3 in many others. A big thank you to all the athletes and the coaches: Mr. Douma, Mr. Cheng and Ms. Whiteman. 

We also had over 100 students try out for our junior and senior badminton teams. I was so pleased to see so many students try out for these teams, and I encourage those who did not make the team this year to try out again next year. 

For those families with students in Grade 9, we have truly entered High School transition season. On Thursday, our students were welcomed, depending on programming, by both Western Canada High School and James Fowler. Over the past month, we have also taken students to William Aberhart and Jack James. Hopefully, families have had a chance to speak with their students about these trips and get their feedback on the days. We have also sent home high school course selection paperwork; please ensure you look this over with your child(ren) and send it back when it is completed. 

I know that sometimes the amount of information being sent out can be overwhelming, so if you have any questions, please contact the school.  

Finally, this upcoming Tuesday January 31st, is our monthly Parent Council meeting. This month Ms. Johnston, our PE learning leader, will be making a presentation to parents about Physical Education and Wellness at GP Vanier. Mme. Laurelle and I will also speak about year 3 in our School Development Plan. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier 

 

Alberta Chung Wah School Invitation 

ACWS are celebrating Chinese New Year’s this Saturday and would like to welcome our wider school community to join in the festivities. Please see the attached invitation for more details. 

 

Upcoming Dates 

January 30: Report Cards available on PowerSchool  

January 30: First Day of Semester 2 

January 31: School Council Meeting 7:00pm  

February 1: Winter Walk Day 

February 3: Non-Instruction Day (no school for students) 

February 8: Open House  for Late Immersion program 2023-2024  starts at 6:30 pm

February 16-17: Teacher’s Convention (no school for students) 

February 20: Family Holiday ​


Jan 20
Weekly Update January 20

Dear Lynx families, 

January is an important month for teachers to work with their students in ensuring that all learning tasks have been submitted for assessment. Please verify your child’s completion of tasks through Power School and work together with the teacher if there is lack of clarity on whether work has been completed and graded. Report cards for Semester 1 will be viewable in electronic format on Jan. 30th.  

Congratulations to our Lynx Wrestlers this year. Our coaches Mr. Cheng, Dr. Douma and Mme Anna have been training for the last couple of months. We hosted a successful tournament here at Vanier on Monday and next week is Divisionals. We wish our athletes the best of luck! 

This week we have also been busy visiting schools to drum up support for our late french immersion program. Mme. Laurelle and I, with student alumni, visited: Simon Fraser, Cambrian Heights, Hillhurst, Rosemont, Alex Munro and Huntington Hills. We also hosted Simons Valley’s grade 6s on Friday. A big thank you to all the students who represented Vanier so well. The feedback we received was how impressed our prospective students were with your presentation and ability to answer questions about Vanier.  

We will be hosting an open house for our Late French Immersion program on February 8th, from 6:30-7:30pm. If any current families know of families who are curious about the program, please extend this invitation  to them or have them contact the school with any questions they may have. 

Finally, I wanted to extend my gratitude to the GP Vanier community as a whole. I have been contacted numerous times this year by other Principals, family members, or by those who live and work in the community about how impressed they are with how well you represent our school. It speaks volumes about the character of a student when their positive behaviour is commented on by strangers; and this behaviour serves as an example for others and goes a long way towards making GP Vanier a better community. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier school 

Grade 9 Eastern Canada Fundraiser 

A reminder about our Grade 9 Quebec fundraiser with Big Chief Meat Snacks. We will be accepting orders between January 16th – 31st, 2023. To order, forms are available at the front office, or you can use the online platform:   

https://fundraisers.bigchiefmeatsnacks.com/register?page=97e0f6be-25f4-4ae4-9a68-c73ed33d0a85  

On behalf of the Grade 9 French Immersion students, we really appreciate your contribution and thank you so much for your support!!  

Option Changes 

Students are now able to access their option classes for semester 2 via PowerSchool. The vast majority of students received options that aligned with the course requests they provided. For those students requesting a change, option change forms will be made available the week of February 6th to February 8th. They will be due at the end of the day Wednesday, February 8th. 

Yearbook Update 

The yearbook club is busily putting together this year’s GP Vanier 2022-23 school yearbook. To have the yearbook ready in time for year-end work here must be completed and submitted to the publisher over the next few months. If you do not want your child’s picture published in the yearbook, please contact Mr. Cheng at mscheng@cbe.ab.ca  

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, these can be purchased through your account on PowerSchool. If you need assistance with this, please contact the front office. 

 

School Council Meeting January 31 

Our next school council meeting will feature one of our Learning Leaders, Ms. Johnson, who will share information about Assessment and Reporting. The focus will be on the 1-4 indicator scale, and rubrics that our Physical Education team has created this year. 

Family Literacy Day 

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Family Literacy Day 2023 Theme: Celebrate your Heritage. Canada is a great diverse country full of different cultures. Take time to explore and learn about your heritage. Celebrate what you’ve found and share your culture with others. There’s no better way to learn about your family, than together, as a family. You can find more information about Family Literacy Day 2023 at https://abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/family-literacy-day/ 

 

Upcoming Dates 

January 25: Bell Let’s Talk Day 

January 30: Report Cards available on PowerSchool  

January 30: First Day of Semester 2 

January 31: School Council Meeting 7:00pm  

February 3: Non-Instruction Day (no school for students) 

February 8: Open House for Late Immersion program 2023-2024 ​


Jan 13
Weekly Update January 13

Dear Lynx Families, 

Happy New Year! It has been great to see how quickly students and teachers have picked up where they left off. Just this week we have seen badminton tryouts begin, students busily finishing up semester 1 work and our grade 9 students begin to connect more with their future high schools. 

On that note, over the next few weeks we are welcoming guidance teams from most of the high schools that our students will be attending. We have asked that students please check the Grade 9 Google Classroom that Mr. Cheng has created to keep families informed of High School information. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school. We know that this can be a stressful time for many students (and their families) so we will do our best to be supportive and answer whatever questions we can. 

While our grade 9 students begin looking forward to high school, Mme Laurelle and I are busily connecting with prospective students for our late French Immersion program. We have started going out to visit different schools, and along with some student representatives, we are speaking with Grade 6 students about our school and program. While we will do our best to connect with interested families, the best messengers we have are our current students and families. Please feel free to let other families know about our school, and if they have any questions or are interested in attending G.P. Vanier next year, contact the school to speak with Mme. Laurelle or me. 

We will be hosting an open house for just our prospective late immersion students on February 8th (see below), while our open house for the community English program, the continuing French Immersion and the Learning & Literacy program will be May 25th. More information will be available about both of these evenings in the weeks ahead. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier 

 

Grade 9 Farewell Celebration Bottle Drive  

Please collect your empty recyclable refundable containers and bring them to Georges P. Vanier School to help fund the Grade 9s Farewell Celebration. Please bring in anything you can, even if you are not the guardian of a Grade 9 student (any little bit will help!!) 

We will have our first round of bottle collection this week: January 10-12TH, 

We will have a second round of bottle collection next week of January 16-20TH.  

Thank you in advance from the grateful Grade 9 teachers and students. 

 

2023-2024 Hybrid Open House for our Late French Immersion Program 

We are already in planning mode for the next school year! Our Georges P. Vanier Open House for our late French Immersion program for 2023-2024 will take place on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. We will have a presentation that will be shown virtually, and we are inviting families to come in person as well. If you know any students in grade 6 who are interested in the Late French Immersion program, please pass along this message to any friends/family who may be interested.  We will be visiting some of our grade 6 feeder schools in January. 

 

Grade 9 Eastern Canada Fundraiser 

The Grade 9 French Immersion students at Georges P. Vanier are raising money for their upcoming Eastern Canada Trip in April.  We have partnered with Big Chief Meat Snacks which is a local Calgary owned and operated company that has been making meat snacks for over 50 years. The products are made with 100% Canadian beef that come in a variety of flavors, are shelf stable, and gluten free.  Big Chief Meat Snacks provides 34-40% profit on orders, which is AMAZING!!! 

We will be accepting orders between January 16th – 31st, 2023. To order, forms are available at the front office or you can use the online platform:  https://fundraisers.bigchiefmeatsnacks.com/register?page=97e0f6be-25f4-4ae4-9a68-c73ed33d0a85  

On behalf of the Grade 9 French Immersion students, we really appreciate your contribution and thank you so much for your support!! A big thank you to My Linh Wong for organizing this fundraiser. 

 

Upcoming Dates 

January 16-20: Bottle Drive Fundraiser for Grade 9 Farewell 

January 16 – 31: Big Chief Meat Snacks fundraiser 

January 19: Grade 9 Vaccinations/Immunizations 

January 25: Bell Let’s Talk Day 

January 30: School Council Meeting 7:00pm 

February 1: Report Cards available on PowerSchool 

February 3: Non-Instruction Day (no school for students) 

February 8: Open House for Late Immersion program 2023-2024 ​


Dec 22
Weekly Update December 22

Dear Lynx Families, 

I had the opportunity yesterday to join staff dropping off some of the holiday hampers that were put together to support some of our community in need. I can’t begin to tell you the joy and surprise in the faces of the families who received them. More than one recipient was reduced to tears (which led to tears in at least one of our staff members).  

Before we break for the holidays, I want to take a final opportunity to recognize all of the students, teachers and families that make up the Vanier community. I feel quite fortunate to work with this community, and the fact that I have the opportunity to take a leading role is truly something I enjoy each day. 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to welcoming your children back on January 9th. 

Joyeuses fêtes, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier. 

 

Next year Hybrid Open House for our Late French Immersion program 

We are already in planning mode for the next school year! Our Georges P. Vanier Open House for our late immersion program for 2023-2024 will take place on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. We will have a presentation that will be shown virtually, and we are inviting families to come in person as well. If you know any students in grade 6 who are interested in the Late French Immersion program, please pass along this message to any friends/family who may be interested.  We will be visiting some of our grade 6 feeder schools in January. 

 

Upcoming Dates 

December 23 – January 8: Winter Break 

January 9: Classes resume 

January 19: Grade 9 Vaccinations ​


Dec 16
Weekly Update December 16

Dear Lynx Families, 

An almost welcome to the final school week of 2022. For us here at Vanier it feels like it has marked the culmination of many projects that teachers have been working on since September. 

Tuesday night we hosted an incredibly successful Winter Concert. The turnout from families was wonderful and it is always a pleasure to welcome our community to school events. We were also pleased to host the William Aberhart Jazz ensemble. A big thank you to that group for making time to come out and perform and to Ms. Ramos for continuing to build connections between our music program and those of the high schools our students will attend. 

Thank you to the Vanier community for contributing to the Holiday Hamper campaign. We collected such a vast amount of items from families, local businesses and charity organizations that we were able to support not just those families in need at Vanier, but also at some of our feeder elementaries and neighbouring middle schools. I cannot begin to tell you how happy, appreciative and supported the families and staff at those schools feel. Also, a thank you to Ms. Fink for spearheading this initiative and to the Leadership students with Mme Anna for helping to sort through the items and prepare a happy holiday season for families in our community. 

Thursday evening the GP Vanier wresting team attended their first competitive meet at Colonel MacLeod school. The team represented themselves, and Vanier, well, not just athletically but also behaviourally. The fact that former Vanier students have come back to help coach this team is another great example about how the support from a school community is vital to its success. The next meet will be on January 10th at Stanley Jones school. 

Finally, this evening, we will be hosting our first Middle school dance of the evening. Thank you to Mme. Cosgrove and Mme. Dunn for organizing this event and to all the teachers who are volunteering their time to supervise and provide an opportunity for our students to participate in an event like this. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier 

 

Digital citizenship 

I would like to thank parents and guardians for their support as we transition to an Away for the Day school. With the holidays approaching I imagine many of our students have made a request for new technology. To better support parents in the monitoring of these devices (whether new or old) I have included some parent guides to some of the most frequented social media apps. Please take a moment to read over some of these guides, or visit connectsafely.org 

TikTok  

Snapchat  

Discord  

 

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers 

For anyone looking for that one last Vanier gift for their child(ren) we have Vanier water bottles and socks for sale. Between now and the holiday break you can buy a pair of socks and a water bottle for $20. Happy holidays! 

Stocking stuffers 

 

Alberta Chung Wah School  

Alberta Chung Wah School are celebrating Christmas this Saturday the 17th, with student performances and Christmas carols. The activities will start at 11:00 in the gym. We would like to invite the GP Vanier School Community members to join us at this event, as well as the next one on Jan 28 for the Chinese New Year celebration. 

 

Free Parenting Courses 

Hull Services continues to partner with CBE to provide FREE, parenting courses through the Community Parent Education Program (CPEP). Valley View School will be hosting our next in person course starting on the evening of January 26th. Our courses run once a week for the duration of 8 evenings.  The benefit of in-person classes is that parents with children aged 5 - 12 can attend and learn important skills in a fun and active manner in the children's group portion of the program 

Please see attached flyer  for more information 

 

GP Vanier Yearbooks 

We have a very exciting announcement to make! Our George P Vanier 2022-2023 yearbook is ready to order through your PowerSchool account! At GPV our goal is to sell 150 yearbooks this year, each yearbook is $30. The new thing this year is we are adding extra pages for autographs from friends and we are also adding a QR code that you can scan with a device for even more photos! Our yearbooks are made by the yearbook club at Vanier, a group of students that take the photos, do the advertising, and design the yearbook! Delivery date is still to be determine so please stay tuned for more. For any questions, please contact Mr. Cheng at mscheng@cbe.ab.ca

 

French Language Exchange Opportunities   

Thank you to those parents who attended our Explore meeting yesterday evening. We are pleased to share an opportunity for Gr. 8/9 students to learn more about short-term and longer-term programs in Quebec, throughout the spring and summer of 2023. Please note that these programs are not CBE sanctioned opportunities.   

Explore is an intensive language immersion program that provides opportunities for English-speaking students to study French, and for French-speaking students to study English. For participants 16 and older, Explore sessions are offered during the spring or summer, which last between 31 and 33 days. For 13- to 15-year-olds, three-week summer sessions are available. Some virtual Explore sessions are offered for those who are unable to participate in person. The program contributes $2, 800 for each participant aged 16 years and older and $2,000 for participants 13 to 15 years of age to cover the costs of tuition fees, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation.   

Web site - www.englishfrench.ca   

Who can apply?  

To be eligible, students must:   

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;   
  • meet the Explore institution’s minimum age requirement by the time Explore begins (13–15, 16–17, or 18+); and    
  •  have been a part-time or full-time student for at least one term during the current school year.   

 

Upcoming Dates 

December 19-22: SPIRIT WEEK! 

December 19: Holiday Character Day 

December 20: Ugly Sweater Day 

December 20: School Council Special General Meeting: Click here to join the meeting 

December 21: Polar Express PJ Day 

December 22: Winter Vacation Day – sunny destination attire 

December 22: Last day before Winter Break 

December 23 – January 8: Winter Break 

January 9: Classes resume 

January 19: Grade 9 Vaccinations ​


Dec 09
Weekly Update December 9

Hello Lynx Families, 

We have had another busy week at Vanier. On Sunday evening, our band students returned from Camp Caroline where they spent the weekend working with professional musicians honing their skills. They then got another round of practice Thursday after school when another set of clinicians arrived to work with them at school. All of this is in preparation for the winter concert which happens this upcoming Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm. We look forward to welcoming families to watch the performance. 

Also on Thursday, our grade 9 English students spent the afternoon at Jack James High School. This field trip gave our students the opportunity to see how their current CTF complementary courses progress at a high school level. The Jack James team were gracious hosts with their students acting as guides and their staff welcoming our students into their classrooms. 

Our holiday hampers drive has been an enormous success. We continued to receive items into this afternoon. In fact, it was such a successful drive that we are looking at adding extra families to our list. 

I am sure that many parents are aware of the congestion around our school at pick-up and drop-off times. We have contacted the city about this issue, as it is both a traffic and safety issue, and in many cases these issues overlap. I know that it is not as convenient, but we are asking that parents avoid using the staff section of the parking lot to drop off students.  Many students, support staff, and substitute teachers arrive at school closer to 9 am and are now having to negotiate both the icy conditions and the cars entering and exiting the parking lot.  

Reflecting on the issues above, I want to stress how important a role parents and the wider community play in the success of a school. Without families volunteering their time and making donations, parent and band councils support (both financial and program wise), and the community working together in terms of logistics, we will not find the success that we hope for. So, please accept this thanks on behalf of the staff here to our wider community for building towards a better, stronger, more successful G.P. Vanier. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier 

 

Bathroom Etiquette  

Over the past few weeks, we have had to address several incidents in both the boys’ and girls’ washrooms. While some of these issues may be considered minor, we want to be proactive in addressing them to keep them from escalating. While we are an Away for the Day school, we are allowing students to use their electrical devices during lunch hour. However, we have had to remind students that the washrooms and changerooms are a no-technology zone, full stop. We have covered this information with individual students and in classes, but we would also appreciate your reinforcement of this messaging at home. We have plenty of room for students to eat in the cafeteria, in open rooms, and in clubs/activities over lunch.  ​

Winter Band Concert  

We are proud to present our Winter Concert on December 13 at 7:00 pm. This concert is the summation of the hard work, practice, and learning our young musicians have done throughout these past months. We are also excited to welcome William Aberhart High School musicians. 

School Reports 

Families, G.P. Vanier’s School Development Plan, School Results Report and School Fees Report our now available on our school website under the Our School tab. You can find them directly by clicking on the following link.

Upcoming Dates 

December 13: Winter Band Concert, 7:00pm 

December 15: Explore Parent Meeting, 7:00pm 

December 16: WINTER HAT DAY! 

December 16: Winter School Dance, tickets must be purchased in advance 

December 22: Last day before Winter Break 

December 23 – January 8: Winter Break 

January 9: Classes resume 


Dec 02
Weekly Update December 2

Dear Lynx Families, 

Welcome to December, and it is beginning to feel like winter has finally arrived. Due to the cold weather, we have been opening our doors for students at 8:30 and keeping them inside for lunch. However, we are still encouraging all students to dress appropriately for the conditions. In the unlikely event that we need to evacuate the school, students will be required to exit the building and walk to one of our alternative sites and this is not something we would want to see students undertake without the appropriate clothing. This will continue to hold true throughout the season, and as the weather does warm up, we will once again, have students outside at lunch. 

Thank you to all the families who have made donations to our holiday hampers program. I have been so impressed with the generosity of the Vanier community. We are still in need of some items and will continue to collect them until next Friday, December the 9th. If you have any questions or are curious what needs donating, please contact Ms. Fink at amfink@cbe.ab.ca 

Please see the message below from the CBE around student’s mental health. They are offering free virtual parent/guardian workshops next week. 

Stay warm,  

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier  

 

Vanier Holiday Gifts 

Need some holiday gift ideas; look no further, our Vanier Merchandise is sure to light up your holiday gift giving. Any profits made from the sale of Vanier merchandise supports our school by providing us funds to purchase new equipment and offset field trip costs.  

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You can purchase all of these items right from your Parent Power School Account. 

Simply log in, go to fees and select School Based Optional Fees 

If you want these to be a gift, please email our bookkeeper Sherri at sanickle@cbe.ab.ca she will be able to fill your orders and put aside for you to pick up. 

Happy Holiday Shopping! 

 

Lost and Found  

We have gathered many unclaimed student items over the past few weeks (hoodies, jackets, water bottles, etc.). These will be laid out on tables for students to retrieve over the next couple of weeks. Please encourage your child(ren) to check the lost and found for any items belonging to them beforehand. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity after December 9th.   

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An Invitation to Learn More About Your Students’ Mental Health 

Dear Parents / Guardians,  

In CBE, we believe that you can inspire your kids to make healthy lifestyle choices and increase protective factors. However, in order to do so, the right tools and information are needed. That’s why we’re launching a new five-part web series.  

On Dec. 6, the CBE’s Well-Being team will host a free online session with the Community Health Promotion Services Team from Alberta Health Services on the topic of student mental health.  

You are invited to join us at the virtual session from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  

Sign Up Here 

Understanding and Promoting Youth Mental Health for Families and Caregivers  Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 

You will be able to ask questions, hear from others with similar and different experiences and resources will be shared. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. You are a key partner in your child’s education and student well-being is critically linked to student achievement. 

 

Upcoming Dates 

December 2–4: Band Camp at Camp Caroline 

December 7 & 8: Fit Set Ninja during PE 

December 8: Grade 9 English Classes visit Jack James School 

December 8: Grade 7 Band Clinics, 4:00pm 

December 9: SPARKLE DAY! 

December 13: Winter Band Concert, 7:00pm 

December 15: Explore Parent Meeting, 7:00pm 

December 16: WINTER HAT DAY! 

December 22: Last day before Winter Break 

December 23 – January 8: Winter Break 

January 9: Classes resume ​


Nov 28
Weekly Update November 25

Dear Lynx Families, 

I hope the over the last few days (and evenings) you have had a chance to connect with your child(ren)’s teachers. While it was unfortunate we did not get a chance to welcome you all into our building, I am so pleased with the numbers of families that did meet with teachers. In many cases teachers were fully booked and many even arranged meetings during break time, early in the morning or after interviews ended. Family involvement is so crucial to student achievement and engagement in school, so thank you to all parents who took time out of their lives to meet with us. If you did not have a chance to meet with us, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and we would be pleased to arrange another time to meet with you. 

This week also marked the start of our High School tours. We will take students to their designated high school if it has an open house for students during class hours. Thursday afternoon I had the opportunity to join a group of Vanier students at Crescent Heights for their tour.  I encourage parents to take the opportunity to visit these high schools for their evening Open Houses to get a sense of the wonderful programming they offer, to familiarize themselves with the building, to meet with administrators and teachers, and to ask pertinent questions about their child’s next three years. We will continue to send along messages from the High Schools as we receive them.  

Also, a reminder that Tuesday, November 29th will be our monthly Parent Council Meeting. It will start at 7pm and they usually run for about an hour. The meeting will be hybrid, so we would be happy to see you in the building or virtually. A link is found below, and another email will be forthcoming early next week with the agenda. 

Finally, there is a lot going on here in the coming weeks so please read the notifications below. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal G.P. Vanier 

 

Lost and Found  

We have gathered many unclaimed student items over the past few weeks (hoodies, jackets, water bottles, etc.). These will be laid out on tables for students to retrieve over the next couple of weeks. Please encourage your child(ren) to check the lost and found for any items belonging to them beforehand. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity after December 9th. 

Vaccinations 

Monday, November 28th is Grade 6 Vaccination Day. If you are in grade 6, the AHS nurses are asking that student please wear short sleeve shirts, have a full breakfast and bring a snack for post vaccination.   

Fee Information 

A lot of families are asking about the fee for the upcoming in school Fitset Ninja course taking place on December 7 & 8.  The fee has been added to your child’s PowerSchool account.  The description of the fee is as follows: Field Trip – Active Living – Challenge Course – In School – Ninja Course Dec 7 & 8 2022. 

 

Kernels Popcorn Fundraiser (Gr. 9 Farewell) 

Do you crave delicious Kernels popcorn? Are you tired of driving all the way to the mall for a taste of this delicious treat? Well, you are in luck! Kernels Popcorn is coming straight to you at Vanier! Next week, students can pre-order popcorn snack bags during the lunch hour (Flavours: buttersalt, white cheddar, dill pickle, salt & vinegar; Cost: $3/bag). If you are interested, please send your child to school with some cash next week! All profits will be directed towards our Gr. 9 Farewell Celebration at the end of the school year. 

 

French Language Exchange Opportunities  

We are pleased to share two opportunities for Gr. 8/9 students to learn more about short-term and longer-term programs in Quebec and France, throughout the spring and summer of 2023. Please note that these programs are not CBE sanctioned opportunities.  

Explore is an intensive language immersion program that provides opportunities for English-speaking students to study French, and for French-speaking students to study English. For participants 16 and older, Explore sessions are offered during the spring or summer, which last between 31 and 33 days. For 13- to 15-year-olds, three-week summer sessions are available. Some virtual Explore sessions are offered for those who are unable to participate in person. The program contributes $2, 800 for each participant aged 16 years and older and $2,000 for participants 13 to 15 years of age to cover the costs of tuition fees, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation.  

Web site - www.englishfrench.ca  

Who can apply? 

To be eligible, students must:  

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;  
  • meet the Explore institution’s minimum age requirement by the time Explore begins (13–15, 16–17, or 18+); and   
  •  have been a part-time or full-time student for at least one term during the current school year.  

BelCanFran is a private organization which offers 12-week programs to France with billeting in homes. There will be a special presentation for any interested families on Nov. 29th at 3:30 pm in the Haysboro Community Centre.  Click here for the Information Brochure  

 

December School Spirit 

Winter is in the air, and we love to celebrate here at GPV.  Click here  for a calendar outlinling the list of fun events planned by the Leadership class. 

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Upcoming Dates 

November 28 – December 1: Popcorn Sale fundraiser for grade 9 celebration 

November 28: Grade 6 Vaccinations 

November 29: School Council Meeting - Hybrid, Click here to join the meeting 

December 2: Grade 7 Outdoor Education Climbing Trip 

December 2–4: Band Camp at Camp Caroline 

December 13: Winter Band Concert 

December 22: Last day before Winter Break 

December 23 – January 8: Winter Break 

January 9: Classes resume 


Nov 18
Weekly Update November 18th

Dear Lynx Families, 

I would like to start off the weekly update with some highlights of the last week. All 4 of our grade 9 students enjoyed time at the Calgary Zoo for some Science learning. It is wonderful that we can again take students on these trips and thank you to all the volunteers who joined us. 

Secondly, a big congratulations to our senior girls’ volleyball team who captured the division title by defeating Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday evening. I had a chance to speak with some of the girls the next day and they were still beaming when asked about the victory. I also do want to congratulate our other boys' and girls’ volleyball teams on their seasons. I spoke numerous times with their coaches, and they were so pleased with the growth the players made. Finally, a big thank you to the parents who came out to help coach: Shannon Kelsick and Ophelia Liew.  

Staying on the athletics news, our wrestling teams have begun tryouts and we are seeing some encouraging numbers in attendance. If your child is interested in joining this team, please have them connect with Mr. Cheng here at school. We also have a group of volunteers helping out with this team. 

I believe that having large, positive engagement of the wider community is an essential piece of running a successful school. As you see above, our Lynx community is vital in allowing us to provide a rich, diverse program for your children. There are so many ways to get involved with our school: athletics; field trips; parent council; band council; fund raising activities; guest speaking to our classes; and so many more.  Remember, this is your school, and your diversity is one of the things that makes this such a great place to be.  If you would like to get involved, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher and start the conversation. If you would like to volunteer, please call the main office and Ms. Gilkes or Ms. Stotz can begin the process. 

Also, as you would have read earlier this week, G.P. Vanier has been declared in a respiratory illness outbreak. As the notification  reads: “this is due to a large number of students sick with respiratory symptoms.” It goes on to list recommendations that families and schools should take to minimize the spread of illness. 

I know I have received emails regarding masks at school. While there is no mask mandate from either the province or CBE, we do support family choices with masking. We are willing and able to supply students with masks if they request them. If families would like us to provide them with masks, I ask that they contact the school, and we can send some home with their child(ren). Masks have always been available to students as well throughout the day from the office. 

Just as I stated above, this is your school, and being able to have families join us is a cornerstone of us being part of your community. Working in collaboration, as a community, is imperative in creating a healthy environment and I want to thank each of you for working with us to create this. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds – Principal GP Vanier 

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Hello GPV Parents/Guardians! 

Welcome to our first Parent-Teacher Conference of the year. As I said in my earlier email, we have unfortunately had to move all these interview times to online. Some guidelines and suggestions as you book your Conferences: 

-          Book your conference with the desired teacher. Your student may have multiple teachers teaching core subjects that you need to book separately. 

-          Log onto a computer a couple of minutes prior to your scheduled conference time so you have time to ensure that there are no technical difficulties. 

-          Please be aware of your meeting time and keep to it as we have back-to-back interviews. 

-          You will only be able to book 1 time slot/teacher so we can make sure all parents that wish to book with teachers get the chance. 

-          Please be sure to book with all of the teachers you wish to see. 

We look forward to seeing everyone online! 

Online Learning Environment 

A reminder that your child has an online learning environment for their learning. Please remind your child to check this space if they are wanting to catch up on materials or review information. If your child misses school for any reason (absent, late, illness, appointment) please remind them to check their online environment (Google Classroom or D2L). 

CocoBrooks Pick-Up 

The pick-up for CocoBrooks orders is still on Thursday, November 24th , after school, this has not changed despite the virtual conferences. The pick-up spot will be on the North side of the school on 32nd NE at the Blue doors. We will send a reminder email on Thursday as well. 

School Photo Orders 

You are still able to order your child’s school photos from Lifetouch on their website: https://my.lifetouch.ca/mylifetouch/#/ 

You can use your child’s CBE number to view photos. If you would like to have your photos delivered to your home, there is free shipping on orders over $29.99 right now using code: SHIPFREEF2022. Orders otherwise are shipped to the school. 

Upcoming Dates 

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 

December 22: Last day before Winter Break ​


Nov 10
Weekly Update November 10th

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 

 

Illness

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). 

 

Wrestling Tryouts 

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:  

 

Upcoming Dates 

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 ​


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