Sep 23
Weekly Update September 23, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With the arrival of the Autumnal equinox, we have truly entered the 2022-23 school year; for many sports fans this is a wonderful time to engage in the pastime of couch surfing, for others it is a great time for getting outdoors and enjoying nature or a visit to the larch groves in the mountains. So far this school year we have been fortunate enough to enjoy a warm and sunny return and it has been wonderful to see so many students enjoying their lunches with friends outside, and to see so many teachers getting students outside to learn on the land. 

The fall athletic season has also started up and Vanier has put together a full roster of teams for the numerous competitions. Our cross-country and soccer teams have started play, and our volleyball teams will join them as the calendar ticks into October. 

Finally, the end of the month coincides with our monthly Parent council meeting, which will take place both in person and virtually on Tuesday the 27th. There is more information below if you are interested in attending. 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds 

Principal Georges P. Vanier 

 

Procedures for Students Signing Out Early 

We would like to advise our new parents and remind our returning parents of the procedures for picking up students early or having students leave the school early on their own (Appointments etc.). To minimize numerous interruptions to classes, we would appreciate some planning ahead between the parents and their student. Please write your child a note so they can simply show their teacher the note at the time they need to leave, bring it to the office, sign out in the Binder by the Main Doors, and leave the school. This also eliminates a phone call to the attendance line for you. 

If you need to pick up your student early with no previous plan with the student, please call the school when you arrive, and we will then call the student down, have them sign out and meet you outside. This eliminates you needing to come into the school. 

We hope this streamlines things for everyone. Thank you for your help with this. 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders 

When you are dropping off or picking up a student at ANYTIME, please DO NOT park or come into the gravel Staff Parking Area. Please park in the paved Visitors Parking/Student Drop Off area that is clearly marked with signage. We have staff arrive at various times and end up not having their parking spot when they arrive as a parent/guest to the school has parked there. If vehicles that are not permitted to be in the Staff Parking area are there, it creates problems for our deliveries as well.  

Thank you for following these instructions. 

Option Change Requests 

We have gone through all Option Change Request Forms that were turned in. Those students in Gr. 8 & 9 that have approved requests will get their new schedule in their first period class. Gr. 7 students will be called down to the office for their new schedule, as their first period is options. Those students that get a new schedule are to follow that schedule from this point on. Those students that did not get a new schedule were denied their option change request. The reason for being denied is one of two reasons. Either the option they requested was full, or they have the option they requested next semester. There was no other reason for denying their requests. If your student has any questions about their Option Change requests, please tell them to come to the Main Office. 

 

G.P. Vanier Apple Fundraiser with Davison Orchards  

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK!  Order deadline is this Thursday, September 28th.  

Each box of apples sold earns $10 towards field trips. For payment, please make cheques out to “Georges P. Vanier School”. You can print off the order form and send it into the office or email Mme Laurelle lkedmiston@cbe.ab.ca 

Davidson Orchards Flyer 

Order Form 

 

Terry Fox Run 

Vanier's Terry Fox Run is just around the corner on Monday, September 26th in the afternoon. We will be joining more than 9,000 schools from coast to coast to coast for what promises to be one of our biggest and most exciting School Runs ever. We will be running rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Thank you for your commitment to continue Terry’s legacy of supporting cancer research. 

 

Orange Shirt Day 

GPV staff and students will reflect, recognize, and honour residential school survivors, their families, and communities. Contemplating truth seeking and resilience is one of the ways our community is committing to the reconciliation process. We will be wearing orange on September 29th to recognize Orange Shirt Day and that Every Child Matters. 

 

Georges P. Vanier School Council Meeting next week 

Parents and community members are important partners in public education. Through school councils, our partners can make significant and meaningful contributions to the learning opportunities provided to CBE students. Our first meeting will be in person in the Learning Commons at GPV this Thursday at 7:00. This first meeting will be HYBRID! You can also join us in a Teams Meeting through this link.

Our first meeting agenda can be found here: GPV School Council Agenda 

 

Upcoming Dates 

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

Sept. 26: Terry Fox Run at school 

Sept. 27: School Council Meeting 7:00 pm (add link here?) 

Sept. 29: Orange Shirt Day at G.P. Vanier 

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

Oct. 7: Non-Instructional Day (no school for students) 

Oct. 10: Thanksgiving (no school for students) 



Sep 16
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 rashah@cbe.ab.ca  

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 www.mylifetouch.ca, 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) ​


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) ​

Sep 03
Weekly Update September 2, 2022

September 2, 2022 

 

Bienvenue & Welcome back Lynx families, 

 

I am happy to welcome you all back to the school for the 2022-23 school year. Both Mme Laurelle and I have had an opportunity to meet all the new students, either in assembly or when visiting classrooms and we are both overjoyed to have the students back in the building. It was great seeing students connect and begin building relationships amongst themselves and their teachers. Building relationships and a positive school culture are cornerstones in creating a safe, welcoming school environment and it will be one of our foci this year. 

 

You, as parents/guardians of the students, are crucial to their success and the strength of the school and we welcome your involvement. There are many ways to be involved with G.P. Vanier: from staying connected to your child’s learning by monitoring PowerSchool and Google Classroom; having nightly conversations about what they learned in school today; volunteering on school field trips or class events; or joining parent council are just a few. 

 

Mme. Laurelle and I have an open-door policy, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or we can be of assistance. That being stated, your first connection is your child’s teachers. We have an extraordinarily strong teaching staff here and I encourage you to reach out and introduce yourself to your child’s teaching team to begin building that relationship. 

 

To facilitate the connection, we are inviting all parents to a “Meet the Teacher” evening from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm next Wednesday, September 7th and it will be in person. I will be welcoming parents with an introduction presentation before students lead their parents/guardians around the school following their day 1 schedule. We are also currently updating our school website, which is where you will find contact details for all our teachers. 

 

Finally, I apologize for the bombardment of paperwork and information you will be receiving over the next few weeks. We will do our best to stagger this information to avoid overwhelming our community, however, if you want to reach out with any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, either via email, phone or in person. 

 

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend, and we look forward to seeing students back on Tuesday, September 6th. 

 

Bonne fin de semaine, 

Chad Edmonds 

Principal Georges P. Vanier 

 

Opening Packages 

Opening packages were sent home on the First Day of school. These packages contained a booklet with all the information for start-up. This includes: Cover Letter; Subscribe to Stay Informed sign-up information; Bell Schedule; Year at a Glance; Use of Personal Information and General Media Coverage Notice. It also includes a forms booklet. These are all the forms we require for our students. We understand that the system sent out emails via School Messenger to families earlier this week regarding doing forms and updating information online. Parents can complete forms online, however, please ensure that any forms that are not completed online are completed in the paper package sent home. If you complete all the paper forms, they are due back to their Home Room teacher by Friday September 16, 2022. Please be sure to fill out all forms pertaining to your student. All families are asked to complete their Demographic Verification Form as this ensures we have proper contact information for Parents/Guardians.  

 

Complementary Change Requests 

We understand students may be in complementary courses that were not their first choice. Due to the unexpected growth in student numbers, we are asking students to attend their current options for 2 weeks prior to making any changes. With all the new registrations we need to ensure that we have enough room in our complementary classes for all students to attend an option, and that we have sufficient staff to be able to offer them. We also encourage students to try new things as this is a benefit of the complementary classes starting at Jr. High. Most students have received at least 2 of the options they requested at the end of the year last year, they just might not.  

 

We will be offering Option Change Request Forms starting Monday September 19, 2022. Students will pick up a form outside the Main Office. These forms must be filled out in full and signed by parents for them to be accepted. Forms are due no later than the end of the day Wednesday September 21, 2022. Forms will not be accepted after this date. Please note that not all option changes will be possible due to the available spaces and staffing. Students are expected to attend their current schedule until they are given a new schedule with any option changes that we were able to accommodate. For those options we were able to change, we will give those students a new schedule beginning Monday September 26, 2022. 

 

Athletic Try-Outs 

Families, please be aware that athletic tryouts and practices will be starting soon! Both Boys' and Girls' Soccer Teams tryouts, as well as Cross Country will begin next week (Sept. 6th). The Jr and Sr Boys' and Girls' Volleyball teams will begin the following 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. 

  • Ms. Johnson Learning Leader - PE 

 

Upcoming Dates 

Sept. 7: Meet the Teacher 6:00 – 7:30 

Sept. 22: School Photos 

Sept. 23: Non-Instructional Day 

Sept. 27: School Council Meeting 7:00 pm 

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


Aug 31
Welcome / Bienvenue to the 2022-2023 School Year

​The 2022 - 2023 school year will be an exciting and challenging one here at GP Vanier. The fine reputation our school enjoys is a direct result of the high quality of students that Vanier serves. We are very proud of the academic, social, artistic, and athletic successes that our students experience. We sincerely hope that you will make every effort to become part of the Vanier community. As a staff, we are committed to total individual development and hope that you will experience a successful and rewarding school year!

​Bienvenue à l'École Georges P. Vanier! L'année scolaire 2022 - 2023 promet d'être une année dynamique et riche en défis. Notre école connaît une très bonne réputation qui est due, en grande partie, au calibre élevé des élèves qui s'y inscrivent. Nous sommes très fiers du niveau de succès atteint par nos jeunes dans les domaines académiques, athlétiques et artistiques. A Vanier, nous sommes dévoués au développement intégral de l'individu. Nous espérons que vous vivrez une année scolaire fertile en expériences enrichissantes et en succès.

May 06
Weekly Update May 6

Hello Lynx Families, 

Athletics are in full-swing and running-ahead here at Vanier. The badminton team had a tournament at Repsol this week and showed great spirit! Congratulations to the students and coaches: Mr. Park, Mme. Cosgrove, Ms. Cote & Ms. Suelzle. I would also like to send a big thank you to all our athletes. It was brought to my attention that administrators from other schools commented on our athletes’ spirit and excellent behavior. 

Track and Field practices are more consistent with the snow all gone. In grade 6, the arrival of the hatching eggs has brought excited chirping from the students and chicks. All classes in the school have had the opportunity to view this process thanks to video feeds that were shared. We would also like to congratulate the students who participated in the Math Competition this week. Lots of exciting times here at GPV! 

Bon weekend! 

Chad 

Bike to school 

It is so uplifting that as we see the weather improves, we have more students getting to school by bike.  I know that school start time can be a busy time as cars, pedestrians and now bikes arrive. Just a friendly reminder to all to please be extra cautious around the school. I am aware that our school is located on a busy road utilized by many outside our school community, but a little awareness goes a long way! 

 

Covid 19 Update  

The Alberta Daily Health Checklist is still in effect. Thanks to all who have done their part so that we can keep our school community safe and healthy. 

 

Grade 9 Celebration Bottle Drive 

Thank you all for your support. We had an incredible amount of refundable bottles collected, and we will continue to accept cash donations in the office. Merci! 

 

Track & Field 

It is not too late to encourage your child to participate in our Track and Field season! Practices are going on weekly until our Track Meet on June 14th. Students must attend at least three practices for the event(s) they wish to compete in. Please check the school website for practice times, dates, and coaches. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Johnson at jdjohnson@cbe.ab.ca 

 

Loonies for Literacy – A message from the G.P. Vanier Library 

Our school is participating in Loonies for Literacy. We will be letting the students make a list of books they would like to see in the library. We hope this will help promote a love of reading for our students here at GP Vanier.  

  

If you would like to donate, please click on the link below and share with friends and family you think would like to support this amazing campaign. The campaign will run for the whole month of May. We have set our school goal at $1,000 and would love to see community support to make this happen. 

  

Loonies for Literacy is an initiative to celebrate the books and stories students love. Partnering with local authors, community members, and Calgary Board of Education schools, EducationMatters is raising funds to invest into school literacy programs for Calgary Public Schools, while also generating awareness of the fundamental importance of literacy. 
The campaign will run all through the month of May with students raising funds for their own school. 
 
To make literacy more equitable across the city, for every dollar raised by a school during this campaign, another dollar will be provided to a school in need through contributions from community partners like yourself. 
The funds raised by Loonies for Literacy will be used towards literacy programs, including but not limited to: 

  • Books for school libraries 

  • E-books or e-learning resources 

  • Early learning resources 

  • Decodable texts 

Supporters can donate on this page https://secure.e2rm.com/p2p/fundraising/373841/participant/5092618/en-CA? or, if they prefer, use the text to donate function and have $5 added to their monthly phone bill. Learning to read opens a new world of information, imagination, and communication; literacy is essential to developing self-esteem, an understanding of the world, and one’s place in it. Please join us in ensuring that no student falls behind. 

Thank you for supporting our library, students, and school. 

Stephanie Barclay, Librarian 

 

Upcoming Dates 

  • May 12: Grade 6 Vaccinations (Round 2), for students who have returned their forms 

  • May 16: FLA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, ELA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 18: ELA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, FLA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 20: Professional Development Day, No school for students 

  • May 21: Victoria Day, No school for students 

  • May 25 & 26: Grade 8 Field Trip - River Watch 

  • June 14: Track & Field Meet 

Stay tuned for an upcoming school fundraiser with Coco Brooks Pizza! ​


Apr 28
Weekly Update April 28th

Hello Lynx families, 

What a difference a week can make. The sun is shining, which has allowed our track and field teams to begin practices after school. Our students have been enjoying eating lunch outdoors and playing games with our outdoor equipment at lunch hour. The basketball tournament at lunch hours for the past few weeks will be wrapping-up and Intramurals starting again next week. 

Also, May 2 - 8 is mental health week! The Canadian Mental Health Association has some articles and conversation pieces on their website (https://www.mentalhealthweek.ca/info-articles/).  If you have a moment you may want to check them out.  The staff participated in a professional development session this afternoon around anxiety in students, as this is something both Vanier and the wider CBE community are seeing an increase in. 

On Wednesday (May 4) we will be having a “hats on” for mental health day.  Students are invited to wear hats as we recognize the role mental wellness has in society. 

Please take a moment over this weekend, which should be filled with sun, to spend some time outdoors. 

Bon week-end, 

Chad Edmonds 

 

Complementary course selections 

We will be extending the deadline to finalize course selections on PWS (PowerSchool) until Monday, March 9thParents please check your emails for a message with instructions on how to do this online, as well as a hard copy of the option choices.   

 

Covid 19 Update  

The Alberta Daily Health Checklist is still in effect. Thanks to all who have done their part so that we can keep our school community safe and healthy. 

 

Grade 9 Celebration Bottle Drive 

Please drop off your bottles and cans to support the Grade 9s Year End Celebration which will include a trip to Telus Spark. Please send 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 collection Wednesday – Friday NEXT WEEK. Thank you in advance from the grateful Grade 9 teachers and students. 

 

School Newsletter 

Please find the latest edition of the Vanier Review, our school newspaper! 

Upcoming Dates 

  • May 3: Badminton Tournament at Repsol 

  • May 4: Hats on for Mental Health Day 

  • May 4, 5 & 6: Grade 9 Bottle Drive collection in Visitor Parking Lot 

  • May 12: Grade 6 Vaccinations (Round 2), for students who have returned their forms 

  • May 16: FLA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, ELA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 18: ELA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, FLA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 20: Professional Development Day, No school for students 

  • May 21: Victoria Day, No school for students 

  • May 25 & 26: Grade 8 Field Trip - River Watch 

Stay tuned for an upcoming school fundraiser with Coco Brooks Pizza! ​


Apr 21
Weekly Update April 21st

Hello Lynx families, 

What a wintery blast we received this week! Our community spirit was incredible with all the teachers and students lending a hand to dig us out of all that snow. Thank you again to everyone. We hope everyone is keeping well and taking care of themselves. 

On Monday, many of our staff participated in the Future of Languages Symposium. Teachers from across the CBE gathered to listen to two Key Note speakers, Brian Keating and Jim Cummings, as they inspired us with stories of adventure and the endless possibilities of language learning to benefit the future. A special thank you to our own Mme Anna Whiteman who led a conferencing group of beginning teachers with “Tips & Tricks for Newer Teachers to the Profession”. Some of our other teachers participated in sessions offered by the board including technology skills, physical education techniques and art studies. 

 

Complementary Course selections 

Over the next week we will be asking students to make selections in PowerSchool around what complementary courses they would like for next year.  Once we have completed a grade during class time, we will be sending out an email with instructions on how to see these choices from home.  We strongly encourage parents/guardians to sit with their child(ren) and review these selections.  

We will be closing the complementary course selections at 9:00AM May 2, 2022 to allow us to begin planning for next year. 

 

Covid 19 Update  

The Alberta Daily Health Checklist is still in effect. Thanks to all who have done their part so that we can keep our school community safe and healthy. 

 

Athletics Update 

A message will be sent this afternoon with an update on athletics at George P. Vanier for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Footprints Dance and Digital Media School Residency Program 

Please remind your child to return their form for the dance and media residency. Our first session will be Thursday, April 28th from 3:45 – 5:15. 

 

La Cité des Rocheuses offering 

If you are seeking an opportunity for engaging in French activities outside of school, the Festivale Internationale du filme d’éducation (International Film Festival) is taking place April 22 & 23. Please check the Cite des Rocheuses website for information about these free films. https://citedesrocheuses.com/aec_events/festival-international-du-film-deducation-edition-calgary-gratuit/ 

 

BelCanFran Student Exchange Opportunity  

Come learn about exchange opportunities to France and Belgium. This opportunity is offered to interested families through an external organization, BelCanFran. While not sponsored or overseen by the CBE, dozens of CBE students have benefitted from enriched French language and cultural opportunities by studying and living abroad.  If interested, the presentation will be on April 26, 7:00 pm, hosted at the Haysboro Community Centre by Lise and Ron May. 

 

Grade 9 Celebration Bottle Drive 

Please collect your empty recyclable refundables to help fund the Grade 9s Celebration at Telus Spark. Please send 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 collection the week of May 2, with another to follow later in the month. Thank you in advance from the grateful Grade 9 teachers and students. 

 

Upcoming Dates 

  • April 26: Parent Council Meeting, 7:00pm Link - Click here to join the meeting 

  • Week of May 2: Grade 9 Bottle Drive collection 

  • May 12: Grade 6 Vaccinations (Round 2), for students who have returned their forms 

  • May 16: FLA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, ELA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 18: ELA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, FLA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 20: Professional Development Day, No school for students 

  • May 21: Victoria Day, No school for students ​


Apr 14
Weekly Update April 14th

Hello Lynx Families, 

As I complete my second week at G.P. Vanier, I find myself becoming more familiar with the students and the staff here and it has been great to chat with the students in the cafeteria and hallways.     

As we enter the Easter holiday week-end I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter, Ramadan Kareem, and any other celebration you will have as we head into the long weekend. I hope that each of you have an opportunity to connect with friends and family over this school break. 

Also, a reminder that there is no school on Friday or Monday. Return to school is on Tuesday April 19.  Teachers will be busy on Monday at various system professional development, furthering their knowledge and connecting with system leaders. 

Finally, congratulations to all students who are on our Junior and Senior Badminton teams. It is exciting to see everyone participating in school sports, lunch hour intramurals and Clubs. We are also looking forward to our Track and Field try-outs to continue, once this snow has melted! 

Bon week-end, 

Chad Edmonds 

 

Covid 19 Update  

The Alberta Daily Health Checklist is still in effect. Thanks to all who have done their part so that we can keep our school community safe and healthy. 

 

Footprints Dance and Digital Media School Residency Program 

Please remind your child to return their form for the dance and media residency. The date has been pushed back to April 28th and will be every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Students will use a generative arts-based approach: computational thinking, coding concepts, programming concepts including sensors/projectors and audio-visual feeds, problem solving techniques which will include inquiry-based internet research. Students will work towards a final project as an ensemble. 

If your child is interested in this opportunity, please have them get a form in the office. 

 

La Cité des Rocheuses offering 

If you are seeking an opportunity for engaging in French activities outside of school, the Festivale Internationale du filme d’éducation (International Film Festival) is taking place April 22 & 23. Please check the Cite des Rocheuses website for information about these free films. https://citedesrocheuses.com/aec_events/festival-international-du-film-deducation-edition-calgary-gratuit/ 

 

Upcoming Dates 

  • Tuesday – Day 4; Wednesday – Day 1; Thursday – Day 2, Friday – Day 3 (4-5-6-7) 

  • April 15: No School for Good Friday 

  • April 18: No School for Non-Instruction Day, Professional Day for teachers 

  • April 26: Parent Council Meeting, 7:00pm Link - Click here to join the meeting 

  • May 12: Grade 6 Vaccinations (Round 2) 

  • May 16: FLA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, ELA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test 

  • May 18: ELA 6 Part A Provincial Achievement Test, FLA 9 Part A Provincial Achievement Test ​


Apr 07
Weekly Update April 7th

Hello Lynx families, 

I want to take a moment to thank all the staff, students and parents who have welcomed me so warmly to GP Vanier this week.  I really have been overwhelmed by the smiles and the positive conversations that have been offered since starting on Monday.  I also need to express my gratitude to Mme Laurelle for getting me up to speed on so many of the amazing on-goings at the school. 

As part of my entry into GP Vanier, I would like to hear from the many facets of the GP Vanier community: students, staff and parents.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments you may have.  You can reach me at caedmonds@cbe.ab.ca  

Covid 19 Update  

The Alberta Daily Health Checklist is still in effect. Thanks to all who have done their part so that we can keep our school community safe and healthy. 

 

Pascal Math Contest  

We had a few students participate in the Pascal Math Contest, administered by the University of Waterloo's Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. The contest was a fun opportunity for Grade 9 students to explore the potential of mathematics and their role in it. Questions were based on curriculum common to all Canadian provinces. The last few questions were designed to test ingenuity and insight. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem-solving.  

Bravo et félicitations to all our students who participated, and special thanks to Mme. Anna for her efforts and administering the test. Congratulations to our top scores: Joyce F, Emmett C, and Graham T. 

 

Parent Resource for Literacy/Math Framework 

Georges P. Vanier has Literacy and Math goals in our School Development Plan. If you are interested in how CBE schools participate in designing tasks, assessment of tasks and creating an optimal learning environment, please clink here for the Literacy and Math Frameworks, Supporting Learning Excellence. 

 

Upcoming Dates 

  • Monday – Day 4; Tuesday – Day 1; Wednesday – Day 2; Thursday – Day 3 

  • April 15: No School for Good Friday 

  • April 18: No School for Non-Instruction Day, Professional Day for teachers 

  • April 26: Parent Council Meeting, 7:00pm 

 

Please enjoy the weekend and I look forward to seeing all the students back on Monday. 

Bon Week-end! 

Chad Edmonds, Principal ​


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