Georges Vanier Catholic School
28 Finchgate Blvd. Brampton, Ontario L6T-3H9
Telephone: 905-792-2251 Fax: 905-792-8455
Principal N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 0
Office Staff Written by a grade 8 student
Paula Tomei November 11th was the day it hit me
The knock on the door I knew it couldn’t be
The man in the doorway handing me a letter
Superintendent I knew from right there it wasn’t getting better
of Schools I stood there in shock and started to read
We are the dead here to stay
We lived our lives we are happy to say
We ask that you hold your head up high and proud
For you mustn’t forget we were once living above the ground
Parish As we soldiers look over the ones we love
They know we are with them right up above
St. John Fisher
Remember us for who we were
905-793-6610 Even though this is not what you prefer
Remember the poppies blowing tall and red
They are how you shall remember us
Fr. Grima They symbol the dead
These poppies shall never stop growing
This is our way of love showing
Associate So every 11th of November
I shall stand at my doorway
Pastor For we all must remember
On November 11th, we had an assembly that was led by our
grades 5 and 6 students. The students helped us remember the
people who were killed in wars. Thank you to Ms. Baltazar and Mrs. D’Souza!
Dressing for Winter Weather
While we have been blessed with unusually moderate Fall weather,
we can expect this to change at any time. Please assist us in encour-
aging the children to dress adequately for this weather. Except when
the weather is extremely cold or wet, the students will be going out-
side during the recess and lunch periods. Playing outdoors is a pleas-
ant and healthy activity when students are wearing suitable clothing. For the younger
students it would be helpful if parents were to label items of clothing with their child’s
name, so that each person can more easily locate his/her own clothing from the class
coat rack area. A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found (which is
found in our front entrance). Labeled items can be returned more easily and mixed up
items sorted out more readily. If your child brings home an item by mistake, please
return it to the school so that this mix-up may be corrected the next day!
Please join us
for our next School Yard Expectations
Catholic Please review these expectations with your children:
We help each other
School We respect all persons
We respect all property
We stay off fences
meeting on We play non-contact games
We use appropriate language
November We stay within our school boundaries
We walk our bikes on school property
We eat our snacks inside
6:00 p.m. in We leave rocks, stones, snow, etc., on the ground.
Indoor Shoes Lockdown Drill
In order to avoid bringing We are required by Board policy to practice a procedure
mud, water and snow into to protect students in the event that we have an intruder
the classroom, it will be in the school who threatens their safety. This procedure
necessary for each student to have a is called a “lockdown”. An announcement is made and
pair of indoor running shoes. Stu- students are instructed to move away from windows and
doors and to lie on the floor. We will be conducting a
dents will change into this addi-
lockdown drill on December 2. We wanted to inform
tional pair of shoes as soon as they
you of this procedure so that you would be aware prior
come to class. We appreciate your to the event. Students will be alerted to the drill and
assistance with this matter! reassured that it is a drill and that there is no threat.
GEORGES VANIER CATHOLIC
Bullying Prevention Corner
November - Everyone Needs to Learn How to Live in Peace
In November, students will focus on the message of peace. Peace is defined as inner
contentment, serenity and harmonious relations. Students will create a unique “peace
place” in each of their classrooms. The “peace place” is an area identified and deco-
rated by students that they can use to take a moment for personal reflection or to resolve conflict with
another student. This idea of having a “calming” space is used in schools, workplaces and family
Another school wide activity will be our “kindness Tree”. This Kindness Tree is to be used to demon-
strate various acts of kindness done by many students in our school.
Tips for parents:
Help your child learn to recognize early signs that they are becoming agitated or upset.
Create a calming space or reflection area in your home.
Junior Girls Volleyball Junior Boys Volleyball
Congratulations to the Junior
Girls Volleyball team who Congratulations to the Junior Boys Volleyball
placed 2nd at the volleyball team who placed 1st at the volleyball tournament
tournament held at St. Jean held at St. Jean Brebeuf . The boys have now ad-
Brebeuf . The girls team ad- vanced to the family finals which will be held the
vanced to the finals but lost to week of November 29th. The boys were exem-
the host team of St. Jean Bre- plary models for Vanier and were gracious and
beuf. The girls played a strong polite at all times.
game and represented Georges Vanier with true Thank-you to the coaches, Ms. Baltazar and Mr.
spirit and sportsmanship. Tyldsley for their time and commitment to the
Thank-you to the coaches, Ms. Baltazar and team! members were:
Mr. Tyldsley for their time and commitment to Ayomide A., Curtis C.,
the team! Team members were: Liam C., Miles M., Cody
Alenea A., Camila C., Jenna C., Perena D., Tia P., Alan P., Sean P., Brian
G., Dina I., Daniela L., and Skylar P. R., and Daniel T.
Santa & Mrs. Claus
Georges Vanier 40th Pictures
Anniversary We will be having pictures with Santa
& Mrs. Claus on December 8, 2010
As part of our 40th Anniversary, we from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The
will be inviting former students and cost is $10 for 1 5x7 color photo plus
their families to our Advent Liturgy your child’s photo on a CD.
at St. John Fisher Church at 10:00
a.m. on December 14th. All of our present students will be Please send cash only on December
taking the bus to the church. All parents are invited to join 8th.
us! In the afternoon, we will have an assembly to celebrate
the 40 years and will open the Time Capsule from the 25th Photo’s can be taken as
Anniversary. a group picture if you
have more than one
child attending the
Welcome back to Mrs. Mauti-MacNeil!
Christmas Break is
December 20 to
Good-bye to Ms. Plourde. We thank her for all her December 31, 2010.
Georges Vanier School is currently running a Breakfast Program!
We understand that mornings can be hectic. With parents and children hastening to pre-
pare for the day ahead, breakfast can often be rushed or forgotten.
During the 2010-2011 school year we will be providing a calm time and space for stu-
dents to sit and enjoy a nutritional breakfast. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays breakfast will
be served and enjoyed from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Meals will consist of a fruit, cereal,
and toast. As our program develops, our meals may also evolve.
Thank you to Ms. Cautillo for organizing our Breakfast club! We currently have been able
to access grant money from “Breakfast for Learning”. However, in the new year we will be
looking for donations to keep this worthwhile program.