Celebrating Books and Terrific Student Leaders

Yahoo! What a wonderful week we had in the Learning Commons. It was super to see so many families visiting the LC and helping to get their children excited about reading. Thank you very much to all those that came by to help support our fair. I was so excited to see students recommend new titles. All the books that students suggested were purchased for our library.
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Students learned so much about organizing equitable schedules, customer service, counting out money and making change – so much math! Students were responsible for arriving on time (sometimes early in the morning), tidying the fair, greeting visitors, helping younger students, assisting parents in finding books from the flyers, dressing Clifford and ensuring the wearer had guides and sign holders. I was so impressed with the commitment of our students. The more work and responsibility they were given, the happier they seemed. Well done! Check out our video…

60 seconds of Book Fair Fun from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Wimpy Winners, Text Features, D.E.A.R.

Check out all of these Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans. There were 18 lucky winners of a Wimpy book. Did you know we also have 14 copies of the Wimpy Kid books in our Learning Commons?


Our whole school participated in Drop Everything And Read. We joined schools from around B.C. and across Canada by reading all at the same time.


Students in Division 9 are learning about Text Features in class. In the Learning Commons we began to experiment with PicCollage App as a tool to demonstrate our learning. This week students explored some of the features of the app to see how it might be used show what they have learned. They blogged their creations:


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Kindergarten students used the iPads to show their learning about pumpkins, skeletons and bats. They worked together to problem solve how to use the Doodle Buddy app. Students celebrated their accomplishments by using the appleTV to display their work to the class. Well done!


And finally, we have a big week coming up. The Book Fair will be held in the Learning Commons November 3 – 7. The fair is open before school for adults and their children and after school for everyone to come and browse. All students will also have the opportunity to have a look around the fair during regularly scheduled  classes.

Students who are interested in reading the books in the fair, but who do not wish to make a purchase are welcome to suggest titles for us to add to our Vanier collection. We will happily consider appropriate suggestions of novels or picture books for purchase.


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Winners, Bloggers and Celebrations

What a super week it has been at Georges Vanier. Along with celebrating Diwali, we celebrated some great learning. Students in some divisions have begun to blog their learning. They have been able to think about how to take a good photograph, crop it and upload to their own student blog. We also began to talk about how to leave a constructive and positive comment. Check them out: Division 7,   Division 9 

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We also had 30 Geronimo Stilton fans each win a GS book. Yahoo!

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Happy Diwali!

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Geronimo Stilton Contest, Hallway Creativity

Students have been taking full advantage of the great new books available in the Learning Commons. More arriving regularly. Check out these Vanier LC Numbers.

Yahoo! Another Learning Commons contest. Students in Grade three are invited to enter the draw to win one of 31 Geronimo Stilton books.
Vanier students and staff have been showing off their creative talents and making our hallways beautiful with some wonderful bulletin boards:

We are off…

It has been a great week in the Learning Commons. The Harry Potter fans picked up their prizes and congratulations go to Meia who won the grand prize. We celebrated past Reader’s Clubs with a Readers T-Shirt Day. Students who had participated in ‘Natural Disasters’, ‘Fantastic Foxes’ or ‘Geronimo Stilton Club’ wore their hand-painted shirts.
We began our student blogs. Student experts helped new bloggers learn to use Kidblogs.

Did you know students from all over the world celebrate International Dot Day? The event is inspired by the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds which encourages students to create, explore and feel proud of their accomplishments. For more information on Dot Day visit http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

See a 15 second video of our Dot Day 3D creations. https://vimeo.com/74655090

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Harry Potter Contest

Our first Learning Commons Contest is off to a great start. Intermediate students are seeing just how much Harry Potter Trivia they know by answering multiple choice questions on the popular books. Students have a chance to win one of 27 Potter books and the grand prize from a random draw will be for a complete hard cover set of the novels. See Ms. Crosland for a ballot.image