May 27 2018

Building Community in the Learning Commons

This week we invited parents and guardians to an appreciation tea held in the Learning Commons. We celebrated our work with The Salmon Run by Clayton Gauthier with a video showing how we completed our project. We decorated the tables with vases of salmon perched in pebbles and colourful salmon art and, coordinated our tables and table cloths to match the red and blue of Mr. Gauthier’s art.

Students who were sharing a bhangra dance at the school variety show were also invited to perform for our guests.

Ms. Perry’s class created some wonderful clay salmon inspired by Mr. Gauthier’s art. Check them out in the hallway display case.


September 14 2017

Creating a Core Competency Kindness Quilt

As part of our start up Kindness theme, students in the Learning Commons thought about how to be kind and created a display to share their ideas. some classes used Doodle Buddy app to show their thinking.

Origami paper from the Dollar Store made for easy display.

Grade 2 student gives a refresher tutorial on the features of the app.

Our Kindness ideas inspired by The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


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September 16 2016

Each One of Us is a Work of Art, Together We Are a Masterpiece

Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.


I painted the tree after school to give it time to dry.


Coloured pencils were sorted into 6 shades. I drew around a couple of mugs and a small glass for circles.

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May 13 2016

Stuff the LC and #KindnessCounts

At Georges Vanier, the Learning Commons is a shared space that is used by staff and students for lots of great activities. We are helping further a sense of ownership by inviting students to bring a plush toy to hang out on the shelves in the LC for a couple of weeks. Please label stuffies with your child’s name and division.  No sentimental favourites, just in case…

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We are continuing to create some wonderful #KindnessCounts buttons. Students and staff are designing a self portrait with a big smile. We will wear them at the Year End Celebration Assembly on June 13th.

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March 5 2016

Everybody Just Read

Getting Excited about Reading from the Vanier Learning Commons: Everybody Just Read from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We have a great collection of books in the Vanier LC with new titles arriving through the year. Students danced their way into sharing how we love to read.
At Vanier we are conscientious Digital Citizens. Students in this video have both school and other website media consents that have been received in writing by the classroom teacher and confirmed with the Teacher Librarian in advance. Students who have not been confirmed at the time of filming cannot be included.
UnRead Book Parody of Bruno Mars’ UpTown Funk by Adam Kalma and David May

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May 23 2015

Making Patterns, Settings and Butterflies

IMG_8394So much building and making and problem solving this week in the Learning Commons.

Students in Kindergarten used shapes to show their learning about setting. Some Grade 1 students showed learning about shapes and symmetry using Hello Crayon and their knowledge of butterflies.

And some intermediate students problem solved how to get the whole class to organize pinecones and coloured paper into one unified pattern. We also photographed our stuffed toys and turned them into readers. Continue reading

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