Dec 03
Weekly Update December 3rd


Thanks to al the parents who joined for the School Council Meeting on Tuesday and the Band Parent council Meeting on Wednesday.  We appreciate your support of programs at Vanier very much.  Tentative next meeting date for School Council is Tuesday January 25th at 6pm online.

Please note that our Open House and Information sessions regarding registration for next year will be virtual.  Tuesday February 8th at 6pm there will be a virtual Open House, but information about registration for Late French Immersion will be available on our web page including the updated registration package.  We rely on 'word of mouth' marketing for this program – if you know anyone who has a child in grade 6 who might be interested in learning French please have them call us at the school office.

During the last week of classes before the winter break there will be a number of special 'spirit days' for out students – stay tuned for details in next week's message.

Thanks,

Rob Keith



Nov 25
Weekly Update November 25th

Please note that many families have not yet paid fees for option courses and other school activities.  This make it difficult to properly supply the option classes such as Foods, Art, Construction and Fabrication with the supplies they need to be viable.

It is very important that parents pay fees through PowerSchool as soon as possible.  If you are having trouble doing this please call the school office.  

Please respect the community members when you are dropping off and picking up your child from school.  The best location to do this is at 31st Ave NE on the south side of the school.  We have had some complaints from residents about parents blocking drives, doing 'alley turns' in their driveways and pulling out without looking.  Safety is the main priority.

Thanks to all families participating in parent/student/teacher conferences.  If you were unable to connect with a teacher, please reach out to them via email – all staff addresses are on the school web page.

The next school council meeting will be on Tuesday November 30th at 6pm – a Teams link with the agenda will be sent out on Monday.  Mme Laurelle and I will be talking about the School Development Plan, the Annual Report and for grade 9 parents, what to expect for high school registration.  We'll also be talking about the potential return of local field trips.

Thanks for your ongoing partnership,

​Rob Keith


Nov 19
Weekly Update Nov. 18

We'd like to thank all GP Vanier students for their very respectful participation in our grade-level Remembrance Day assemblies last week,  the grade 6's for their recorded song, and the grade 9 Band for their musical contributions. Thanks also to the students who presented readings in French and English.  We hope that the assemblies helped students reflect on our observance of Remembrance Day in Canada, and the importance of recognizing those who have served and made sacrifices.

Big thanks to our Volleyball coaches and teams for a great season.  Our Senior Boys and Girls made it all the way to the semi-finals, and all team members represented the school well.  Unfortunately there will not be a wrestling season this year due to Covid-19 restrictions; we are waiting for conformation regarding proceeding with a Basketball season in the new year.

Please note that Lifetouch retake orders need to be submitted to the office this week; you can also place orders online.

Online Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will continue on November 25th from 4:30-7:30pm and on 26th from 9:00am – 2:00pm via Microsoft Teams. Bookings can be made in PowerSchool.  If you are having any difficulties making a booking please contact the school office.

The next School Council is Tuesday November 30th at 6:00pm via Teams.  An invite will be sent closer to the date.

Please note that repairs to the roof soffits on the South side of the school will commence shortly and continue until winter Break.  The construction area will be fenced off, and the repair crew will be following all CBE safety protocols.   

We are very happy to welcome Nicole Lowe to the GP Vanier staff.  She will be working to support literacy at Vanier in French and English.

There will be some other upcoming staffing changes at GP Vanier; Mr. Boissonneault will be leaving the CBE as of December 14th as he is relocating to be closer to family.  We wish him the very best and thank him for his great work with students at Vanier, and all his work with CBE over many years. 

It's with mixed emotions that I report to you I am retiring from the CBE at the end of December.  My career has included a wide variety of teaching and leadership positions in two provinces, 11 schools and four school districts.  I am very grateful for all the opportunities afforded to me in my 32 years as a public school teacher and administrator, and feel fortunate that I was given the opportunity to finish my career as the principal at GP Vanier for the past two years.   A selection process for the new Vanier principal will commence next week to ensure a smooth transition. 

 

As always, I have been very grateful for your partnership.

Rob Keith​


Nov 09
Remembrance Day Update


We would like to thank the teachers and students who have worked so hard to put together a thoughtful recognition of those who have served in the military.  We will have in-person assemblies for grade groups tomorrow morning. There will also be a collection of donations going towards the Poppy Fund tomorrow. If your family wishes to donate money, the student can give it to their teacher prior to their assembly, or drop it off in the Main Office.

A reminder to families that Thursday, November 11th, is Remembrance Day and the school will be closed. Friday, November 12th is parent-teacher conferences, therefore students will return to school on Monday, November 15th.​


Nov 04
Weekly Update November 4th

Daylight Savings Time ends at 0200 on Sunday November 7th.  Please remember to adjust clocks back one hour. 

Please note that Fees have been assigned in PowerSchool and can now be paid online.

School Gym Strip is available to order until November 11th - https://vaniergymstrip.itemorder.com/  

In honour of Remembrance Day, we will be having grade level cohort assemblies on the morning of Wednesday November 10th.  In addition, Mme Cosgrove is working with students to create Vanier's 'Hall of Heroes' in honour of students with family members who have served in the military, and other peacekeeping forces.  If you are interested in sharing a photo or an anecdote for this project, please contact her at hscosgrove@cbe.ab.ca  We will post images of the completed Hall of Heroes on the school Web page.  Thursday November 11th is a statutory holiday – there is now school for staff or students.

Online Student/Parent/Techer Conferences will be available to book starting Friday November 5th at 4:00pm – the dates and times available are:

Friday November 12th – 0900 – 1400

Thursday November 25th – 1630 – 1930

Friday November 26th – 0900 – 1400

Attached is parent's guide for conference booking.  These meetings will be online in Microsoft Teams as they were last year.  If you need assistance with booking, you can contact our school office.  We look forward to use, productive conversations.  It's very important that students also participate in these discussions.  Interview bookings will remain open until the evening of November 25th.

Please note that High Schools are beginning to host online information sessions.  Please check the web page of your child's desired/designated high school to stay informed.  We will do our best to forward information to parents of grade 9 students as we receive it from the high schools.

​Rob Keith 


Oct 28
Weekly Update, October 28th

Weekly Update, October 28th

We look forward to providing an opportunity for students to have a bit of Halloween fun tomorrow.  As the pandemic has rolled along, our staff has continued to work hard on wellness activities that enhance student's connections to school, and positive relationships with peers.  We continue to focus on this aspect of student development in this year's School Development Plan, along with continuing goals for literacy and new goals for mathematics.  We will be sharing more information about this year's School development Plan with parents at the next School Council meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday November 30th.  We'll also be posting our annual report to parents on the school web page by the end of November.

Please note that Covid reporting directed by Alberta Health Services has returned to schools. We have been instructed to wait until we receive confirmation from AHS before sending out communications regarding active cases, and students/staff/volunteers potentially affected.  However, if you as a parent/guardian are aware that your child has had an AHS confirmed positive test, or you are awaiting the result of a test, please contact the school office so that we can mark absences appropriately.

We have had a number of questions about athletics over the coming months; the inter-school wrestling and basketball seasons are under review and we'll communicate decisions as they are reached as soon as we know how schools may proceed.  Middle Schools are not able to host any spectators at indoor events at present; if this changes we'll let the community know.

Our fall budget was released to us last week, and it provided some good news for GP Vanier; we are working on utilizing additional funds related to our school population and complexity to hire a part-time teacher to support both our French Immersion and L&L students with literacy across the school.  This will enhance teacher's ability to deliver lessons, and allow for smaller group support to address learning gaps.  

We apologize for the delay in the delivery of the school spirit wear; our supplier has had supply-chain issues like many other businesses, but we expect to be delivering items to students very soon.  Please note that our supplier has also activated the site for ordering school gym strip:  :  https://vaniergymstrip.itemorder.com/  Order your gym strip by November 11, and your order will be available for pickup at the school the week of November 29.  ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE ONLINE STORE CLOSES.  All prices include Cresting, GST is extra. NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS.  Orders will be processed on the web site after credit card payment and the items will be delivered to the school for students as soon as they are ready.

There are some dates to note coming up on the November calendar:

Nov. 1st – Grade 6 Vaccinations

Nov. 3rd – Lock down Drill # 1 – pleas note that students are aware in advance of these drills, and that our School Resource Officer attends

Nov. 10th – Remembrance Day Grade Level Assemblies - AM

Nov. 11th – No School – Remembrance Day

Nov. 12th – Non-instructional Day – booked online teacher/parent/student conferences

Nov. 25th – Booked online evening teacher/parent/student conferences

Nov. 26th – Non-instructional day – Booked online daytime teacher/parent/student conferences

Nov. 30th – School Council (tentative) 6pm online

Thanks as always for your partnership,

​Rob Keith 


Oct 21
Weekly Update October 21

We feel very fortunate that the nice fall weather is hanging in.  Students have a good opportunity every day at lunch to get outside, run around and take a break from wearing their masks.  We hope this continues and that the added physical activity is helping them feel well.

On Monday, GP Vanier staff joined with the all other CBE employees for a day dedicated to Indigenous Education.  We participated in keynote presentations by Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse who is a proud Anishinaabe-Kwe from Sagamok First Nation. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Education at York University.  She spoke passionately about the importance of embracing truth and reconciliation, acknowledging the land we share, and embracing traditional ways of teaching, learning and knowing.  We also heard from Tomas Jirousek who is a proud member of Kainai First Nation. He attended school in Lethbridge and graduated from McGill University with an honours degree in political science, where he was a member of the university's varsity rowing team, and was the first First Nations valedictorian after leading a successful campaign to change the name of McGill's men's sport teams. Tomas is currently studying law at the University of Toronto, where he continues to provide leadership for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ rights.  Both keynote addresses were informative and inspiring; the GP Vanier staff has committed to including aspects of the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation report  into our work with our students.  We had some excellent conversations about how we are approaching this work and how we can support the indigenous learners at our school, while sharing knowledge with all the students who attend Vanier.  

Please note that we will be packaging up our collection of lost and found next week to give to a clothing donation charity; we've put the items on display and have told the students to 'look but not touch' due to Covid protocols.  We hope that they will recover any lost personal items.   If you can remind them to have a look it would be appreciated. 

Any grade 6 parents who still have AHS vaccination forms – please have your child return it to the school office.  Our public health team is planning to be at the school December 16th to catch up all missed grade 6 & 7 regular vaccinations.

Next week there are a few events to note:

Tuesday October 26th – School Council AGM – an invite will be sent on Monday

Thursday October 28th – Picture re-take day

Friday October 29th – Hallowe'en Spirit Day

Please note that November 11th and 12th are non-instructional days.

Parents of grade 9 students should note that High schools are beginning to roll out information about programs and registration, including some online information sessions.  We will forward all the information we receive, but it's a good idea to check the web page of your child's future high school to make sure you're informed.  The most recent and detailed High School information guide can be found at: https://cbe.ab.ca/programs/high-school/Documents/Detailed-High-School-Course-Guide.pdf   The shorter High school guide is at https://cbe.ab.ca/programs/high-school/Documents/Get-Ready-Get-Set-Go-For-It-Short.pdf  In January, most High Schools will have information sessions and Vanier School staff will be helping students with their course selections and registrations.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Cheng – mscheng@cbe.ab.ca

Thanks as always for your partnership,

​Rob Keith


Oct 14
Weekly Update October 14, 2021


We'd like to thanks all students and their families for continuing to follow and support Covid protocols.  At a news conference two weeks ago, it was announced by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Premier and the Health Minister that contact tracing and reporting was being reintroduced to schools in Alberta.  To this point, we have not received any information about how this might work; we will continue to rely on parents to make contact with the school if they need to report a positive AHS confirmed case and send communication accordingly.  Please continue to do the daily Covid checklist, keep students home if they have symptoms or are waiting for the results of a test, and contact the school office to keep us informed.  CBE senior administration has indicated its expectation that all staff are fully vaccinated by December 17th 2021, and they support all eligible students getting fully vaccinates against Covid as soon as possible.  

Some families have been asking about the possibility of having school events with spectators (indoor sports, music and other assemblies).  At this point, Middle Schools  have not been given permission for parents and siblings to come in to the school for these events.  Should the protocol change, we will notify all families with details. 

Our public health nurse is working on catching up with regular student vaccinations.  Forms for grade 6 students were sent home a few weeks ago – it's important that we get these handed back to the office as soon as possible so that AHS can assemble their vaccination team.  We have been assured that regular grade 9 vaccinations will occur in the spring of 2022.

From School Council, please note that the AGM is coming up soon.  There are positions on the executive that need to be filled; if you are interested, please make sure you attend the online meeting October 26th.

Some dates to remember for October and beyond include:

  • Friday October 15th – Flames Day at Vanier – wear your gear to celebrate the new season
  • Monday October 18th – non-instructional day + civic election (Vanier is not a polling station)
  • Tuesday October 26th – School Council AGM – invite and agenda will be sent closer to the AGM
  • Thursday October 28th – Picture re-take day
  • Friday October 29th – Hallowe'en spirit day – costumes are encouraged; students may not bring anything that can be mistaken for a weapon
  • Wednesday Nov. 3rd – first lock down drill
  • Thursday Nov. 11th – Remembrance Day – no school
  • Friday November 12th – online booked interviews 0900 - 1400
  • Thursday November 25th evening – online booked interviews 1630-1930
  • Friday November 26th online booked interviews 0900 – 1400

Thank you as always for your partnership.

​Rob Keith 


Oct 07
Weekly Update October 7th


I'd like to thank all our coaches and teachers working to run clubs and activities safely for students, as it helps make GP Vanier a more engaging and welcoming place for students. The time given to activities is helping rebuild connections, and we certainly hope that this can continue.

CBE is announcing a few new Covid-19 measures which include restarting contact tracing and notification of cases to potential contacts.  Details are being released and will be available on the CBE's Covid site: https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/coronavirus.aspx   Additionally, it has been announced that CBE will require all its staff to be fully vaccinated by December 17th .  As always, we rely on families to attend to the Covid checklist before sending students to school, and to notify us of any positive cases so that we can take appropriate steps.

I'd also like to thank all the parents and guardians in the Vanier community who have attended the Virtual Open House, IPP Interviews online, the School Council and the Band Parent council meetings.  As soon as we are able we look forward to resuming in-person conversations.  Please keep track of upcoming events via the GP Vanier Webpage calendar.

Thanks to those who supported our Davison Orchard Apple fundraiser – we made over$850 to put towards future off-campus trips.  Hopefully there can occur this school year.

October 8th is a non-instructional day; October 18th as well.  On these days the school staff will be engaged in School Development Planning activities and professional development related to Indigenous Learning which is a key focus of the CBE three-year Education Plan.  If you'd like to have a look at this work, it can be found at:  https://cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Education-Plan.pdf 

​Monday October 11th is a holiday – Happy Thanksgiving/Joyeux Action de Graces to all families.

 

Rob Keith 


Oct 06
Weekly Update Sept. 30th


Please note that the school is closed for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday Sept. 30th.  “The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) received Royal Assent." - https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html

Friday October 1st is a normal early dismissal day 4.

All Vanier Spirit Wear Orders are due on Friday to the office.  You can pay by cheque or online.

Thanks to all the parents who attended School Council on Tuesday evening; the next meeting is on Tuesday October 26th and it will be the AGM for School Council.  More details will follow closer to the date.

Congratulations to all Cross Country runners and their coaches on a fine season – you represented us well!

 

For those who ordered apples from Davison Orchards, we expect to take delivery at the school on the morning of October 5th and should be able to start distribution by noon – a message will be sent when apples can be picked up.

Please keep in mind that Friday October 8th and Monday October 19th are non-instructional days for students.

Finally, if you have not handed in your demographic verification form please send it completed and signed back to the school office with you child as soon as possible.

Thanks,


Rob Keith



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