Community Connections

WACA’s 4th Annual Round Dance – Feb. 3, 2018 – more information HERE.

Beyond the Label – begins Jan. 22, 2018 – a four week course designed for parents of children and adolescents diagnosed with a mental health related disorder – more info HERE.

Parenting Your Anxious Child – begins Jan. 30, 2018 – three week, two hour workshop designed to assist parents of children who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety – more information HERE.

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Vanier Update

Good morning Parents/Guardians.

This is a quick note reminding you of a couple upcoming events:

1) Tonight is our January SCC meeting @ 7pm…please feel to join us.
2) Parent Grad 2018 meeting is on Sunday, January 21 @ 6pm in the library…hope to see you there.
3) Semester 1 final assessments are less than two weeks away. Please check this link for the schedule.  Please note that students must remain in the classroom for a minimum of one hour for each assessment period.  “Study Blocks” are optional, however, they are a great opportunity to visit any teacher’s classroom to complete assignments, get extra help or to study.

Take care…stay warm!

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
Shining the Light of Christ
(306)693-6744

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Vanier Update

Good afternoon parents/guardians.

There are a few items to be aware of in the next week:
1) Our Annual Prairie Christmas concert takes place this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7pm at the Hillcrest Apostolic Church. The cost is $5 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. Please join us and enjoy the talents of our band and choir students…it is a wonderful Vanier Christmas tradition!
2) Our Advent celebrations continue next week with a liturgy in the gym on Tuesday during Christian Ethics and a school Mass at St. Joseph’s Church on Thursday at 11am. Please feel free to join us!
3) We have decided to cancel the December SCC meeting scheduled for Monday…our next meeting will take place on Monday, January 15 at 7pm in Sion Hall.
4) The school will be closed as of 4pm on Friday, Dec. 22 for the Christmas break and will re-open at 7:30am on Monday, Jan. 8.

Enjoy the Advent & Christmas seasons…many blessings to you and your family from the entire Vanier staff!

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
Shining the Light of Christ

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Vanier Update – Parent/Guardian Email

Good morning Vanier families!

Here are a few items of interest:
1) We have entered the liturgical season of Advent. Please feel free to join us for any of our upcoming celebrations.  (Click HERE to see calendar…including our annual Prairie Christmas concert.)
2) Christmas break is fast-approaching…our last day of classes are Friday, Dec. 22 and the school will re-open on Monday, Jan. 8 @ 7:30am.
3) Grade 12 Parents – our first GRAD 2018 meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 21 @ 6pm in the Vanier Library…please mark your calendars.
4) Student microwaves are back…warm lunches for the winter!  We have purchased two commercial-grade microwaves for student use in Sion Hall that are designed to handle repetitive use.  Enjoy!

Enjoy the Advent season!  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions…take care.

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
Shining the Light of Christ

brad.moser@htcsd.ca
(306)693-6744

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Rooted – A Musical – BRAVO!

“Bravo” to the cast and crew of Rooted!  Thank you for a great production!

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Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association Announces the Theodore Fundraising Campaign

It’s Time to Appeal the Theodore Court Case

Since the Government of Saskatchewan has used the Notwithstanding Clause, we have the time to appeal the Theodore Case judgement. We are working with the other seven Catholic school divisions in the province to raise funds for the legal costs needed to challenge the Theodore Court Case decision; a decision which would mean the Government could not fund non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.

Therefore, the Theodore Appeal Fundraising Campaign is being launched.

Let’s ensure all wanting a Catholic education can attend Schools You Can Believe In.

How can you help?

From November 15 to December 22, 2017 you can drop off a cheque at the division office, your school or donate online at  www.catholicedspirit.ca . You may request a receipt for income tax purposes. Share this information with friends and family.

Please make your contribution today. We can do this together!

If you would like more information. please go to www.htcsd.ca and click on any of the blue buttons.

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Vanier Update – Parent/Guardian Email

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we approach the half-way mark of the first semester, there are a few items that we would like you to be aware of:

  • Mid-semester Report Cards were mailed last week and should have arrived to your home by now. If not, please contact our office and we can print off another copy for you.  Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences take place this Wednesday, November 8 from 6:00-8:30.  Please join us in Sion Hall to meet with any of our staff to discuss your child’s academic progress.
  • Please note that the school will be closed on Monday, November 13…this will be our day in lieu of Remembrance Day. We have regular classes on Friday, November 10.
  • Our annual drama production, Rooted: A Musical, is set to take the Mae Wilson stage on November 17 & 18 @ 7:30 pm. Please purchase your General Admission tickets online through our ticket provider: HERE.
  • The Vanier Christian Outreach team is again collecting donations for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box campaign. For more information, please visit our website.  We are wrapping up the collection on Friday, November 17.
  • Grade 9 parents…you will be receiving an invitation via email to a parent information session on Monday, November 13 @ 7 pm in the Vanier Library. Every grade 9 student in Moose Jaw is being given the opportunity to a mental health screener, specifically focused on suicide.  This evening will be an opportunity to hear more about the screening process, the accompanying program to be taught in health class and to ask any questions that you may have.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Keep warm!

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
Shining the Light of Christ
Reluisant la Lumière du Christ

brad.moser@htcsd.ca
(306)693-6744

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Vanier Career Centre Update

Hello Grade 10 – 12 parents and guardians,

Below are some links to important career and post-secondary information that has been shared with, or will be soon, with your children.  Please feel free to look over the Fall Career Newsletter and look at some current career events that are taking place in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at christa.lapointe@htcsd.ca.

Career Centre Newsletter:

Grade 12 Scholarship Information:

Upcoming Career Events:

Christa Lapointe
Vanier Collegiate
324 MacDonald Street
Moose Jaw, SK

 

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Important Public Health Notice: MJ Area of FHHR

Pertussis (Whooping Cough): October 2017

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Vanier Update – Parent/Guardian Email

Good afternoon Vanier Parents/Guardians…we hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends!

A few items from the school that may be of interest:

1) Our next School Community Council meeting is on Monday, October 16 @ 7pm.  We will be reviewing our school goal and, in particular, the attendance data for September.  We had a much higher rate of attendance than in previous Septembers…thank you for your support in this important area!
2) School clothing can be purchased online until Friday, Oct. 13…get your orders in today by visiting:
https://vanier.htcsd.ca/2017/10/02/vanier-online-store-accepting-orders-until-friday-oct-13/
3) If you have not logged into the Parent portal of PowerSchool, please call our office for information on how to get connected.  All attendance and academic information is availble through this website.
4) Our first reporting period of the year will be at the end of the month.  Please encourage your child to have all assignments completed and up-to-date by Monday, Oct. 30.  Report Cards will be mailed out on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

As always…feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns…enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
Shining the Light of Christ
Reluisant la Lumière du Christ

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St. Joseph’s Church Youth Choir

St. Joseph’s Youth Choir is inviting any singers from grades 3-12 to sing at the 5:00 mass on the last Saturday of every month.  Commitment would involve two-45 minute practices at the church and participation at the 5:00 mass.  This is a great Faith-in-Action opportunity!

Please contact Mrs. Mitchell (lisa.mitchell@htcsd.ca) or Mrs. Sawicki (marla.sawicki@htcsd.ca) for more information.

The St. Joseph’s parishioners LOVE the youth choir!  

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Vanier Update – email to parents/guardians

Hello Parents/Guardians…we had a great opening week at Vanier Collegiate!  Our sports teams all experienced success this weekend…congratulations to our athletes and coaches!

There are a few things on the radar this week:

1)  SMILE!  Tomorrow (Monday, Sept. 11) is picture day…students will be called down to Sion Hall to get their photos done throughout the day.

2)  I already have to reschedule the first SCC meeting of the year…Mr. Turberfield and I will be attending a Graduation Rates symposium on the original meeting date…so…new date is Monday, Sept 25 @ 7pm in Sion Hall.  Please join us…we would love to get you involved with our SCC.

3)  I want to congratulate our Senior class…they have decided to support the “Make A Wish” foundation throughout their graduation year…stay tuned for opportunities to support their efforts.

4)  Please take a minute to read through the HTCSD Fair Notice Brochure…we ensure that student safety is front-and-centre in our school and school division.

5)  If your family is interested in supplemental insurance for accidents, both on and off the school grounds, please visit Kids Plus: Accident Insurance.

6)  The Habitat for Humanity Colour Run is scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 16.  Many students have taken home pledge forms…we are encouraging that these be brought back to the school early in the week.  It will be a fun event…if you would like to participate, please contact our office.

7)  Reminder: Valhalla 2017 takes place on Thursday & Friday, September 14 & 15.  (Sleepover at the school on Thurs. night if permission form submitted).  Grade 9 parents, if you have questions, please contact us.

As we shared in a previous email, we are focusing on those AUs (Absent Unexcused) this school year…I want to thank you for making a difference in what we are seeing at the school.  We have already seen a significant reduction in the number of AUs recorded in our attendance system from last year to this year…let’s keep this trend going!  We all agree that being in school is important…we want to see your sons and daughters every day!  Thank you!

Please keep our friends at Central Collegiate in your thoughts and prayers.  Their former principal, Mr. Scott Williamson, passed away late last week after a battle with cancer.  Mr. Williamson was a Vanier grad, so his passing is certainly hitting the hearts of many people in our community.

Enjoy your Sunday evening…as always, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Take care, BRAD

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
“Shining the Light of Christ”
brad.moser@htcsd.ca
306-693-6744

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Parent Tips for Back to School Stressors

Getting ready for a new school year can be an exciting time for students and parents, but it may also cause anxiety and uneasiness. Whether your child is heading off to kindergarten, grade four, high school, or post-secondary, leaving the comfort and familiarity of home can bring about strong feelings.

Worry and stress are natural responses when we have to face new and unfamiliar situations. However, some kids are more sensitive and anxious than others and transitions, such as going back to school can be difficult. Learning to cope with stress promotes positive mental health and can be supported by parents and teachers. Some tips to help support your child include:

 

  1. Listen to your child’s worries and fears without minimizing or criticizing them.
  2. Once you have identified their worries, help them problem solve and think of ways to alleviate the anxiety.
  3. Establish routines to promote predictability.
  4. Do not overschedule your child. Allow “down time” and have them unplug from technology.
  5. Support a healthy lifestyle. Adequate sleep, a healthy diet and exercise help regulate emotions.
  6. Focus on the positive. Ask your child, “What are you looking forward to?” or “What was the best part of your day?”
  7. Laugh and have fun with your child.
  8. Practice Mindfulness.

It is important to remember, that when our children are anxious about attending school, they must learn to be comfortable with their uncomfortable feelings, work through them, and not avoid their fears.

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Vanier welcomes you!

Hello parents/guardians…I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!  Our staff has been preparing for a week and are very excited to welcome your sons & daughters to the building…it is going to be a great year!

Please note a few items below in preparation for the 2017-18 school year:

1)  This year, our School Learning Improvement Plan will focus on reducing the number of “Unexcused Absences” (AU) for our students…these are the absences that have not been verified by a parent or guardian.  We can all agree that being in class is very important for academic success.  Our automated phone system will contact you if there have been any AUs recorded throughout the day…please contact our office the next morning to either validate or to discuss the absence.  Our goal is focused on creating an academic environment that allows your child to be successful in all classes.

2)  The school will be open tonight (Monday, Sept. 4) from 5-6pm for any students wanting to select a locker, drop off school supplies or familiarize themselves with the building.  Grade 9 students are welcome to come in to try those pesky locks again, as well.  Returning students were asked to keep their locks over the summer, if it has been misplaced, new locks will be available tomorrow for $5.  Please remember that we require every student to use a lock that is distributed by the school…no personal locks are permitted.

3)  Due to fire preventative policies established by the province, we will no longer have microwaves available for student use.  Please ensure that packed lunches do not require heating.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

4)  Tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 5) is day 1 of the 2017-18 school year…we will open the day with an assembly in the gym at 8:45.  We will proceed to our Christian Ethics class to register and pay school fees.  The remainder of the day will follow the regular bell schedule.

We are going to have a great year!  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Please visit and bookmark our Vanier website for updated information (important dates, bell schedules, academic calendars, parent notes, sports league schedules, etc.).  “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter to get additional information and highlights throughout the year.

Enjoy the remainder of your long weekend,

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
“Shining the Light of Christ”

brad.moser@htcsd.ca
306-693-6744

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Welcome Back!

We are looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 school year!

Here are a few notes that may be of interest:

Grade 9 Parent Letter (June 2017)
Summer Parent Letter (Aug. 2017)
Course Change Request Form
Vanier School Calendar for 2017-18

(A snail-mailout was completed on Wednesday, August 23 to all Vanier families…includes the above information and an updated 2017-18 student schedule.)

We are still accepting registrations for the 2017-18 School Year!

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Theodore Case Appeal – How can I support?

Please read this letter from our Director of Education, Geri Hall:
Theodore Judgement appeal – support letter

As well…donations can be made HERE.

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Labyrinth of Peace

You are invited!  Come experience the Labyrinth of Peace  – located on the front grounds of Vanier Collegiate!  There will be a tour/open house event on Sunday June 11, 2017 from 10:00 -2:00 (weather permitting).  Stop by after Sunday Mass and take time to  renew your spirit as you follow the meditation or simply walk the path in this beautiful garden setting.

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Vanier Update – email

Hello parents/guardians…hope you have had a great weekend and to all the moms – Happy Mother’s Day!

A few items of interest:

1) Graduation 2017 – Banquet Tickets are sold out…we anticipate a few more coming available in June…we will update you in a couple weeks.
2) If your child has been reading the book or watching the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, please visit THIS LINK for a letter from the HTCSD board office…there have been concerns over the content and this information can assist parents in talking with their children about mental health issues.
3) New Vanier gear is being ordered…our ONLINE STORE will be available until midnight of Wednesday, May 24…be sure to get your orders in!
4) Monday, May 22 is Victoria Day, so the school is closed…however, please note that Vanier Collegiate has a regularly scheduled school day on Friday, May 19…we are one of the only schools in the city on a regular school day.

Have a great week!

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
“Shining the Light of Christ”

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13 Reasons Why – NETFLIX Series

Letter to Parents/Guardians – from HTCSD

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Vanier Update – Email

Good afternoon parents and guardians!

You will find the most recent letter (HERE) from our Director of Education, Geri Hall, attached to this email.  It is certainly good news!  We are happy to continue offering a quality Catholic high school education to our present and future families.  However, our voice is still necessary in supporting choice for Saskatchewan families and their children…the letter has links that direct you to websites that will assist you in having your voice heard.

A few other calendar items:

Thursday, May 4 – GRAD 2017 fees and banquet ticket money due to Vanier office.

Friday, May 5 – NO SCHOOL – teachers are in Swift Current for Convention.

(Grade 10 parents…a reminder to ask your son/daughter for the permission form for a Career event on Wednesday, May 10…please have your child submit to their ELA teacher by end of this week…an email was sent to all parents on Friday, April 28 with more details.)

That is all for now.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Brad Moser
Principal
Vanier Collegiate
Shining the Light of Christ

brad.moser@htcsd.ca
306-693-6744

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