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:
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!
Shining the Light of Christ
Reluisant la Lumière du Christ
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!
The St. Joseph’s parishioners LOVE the youth choir!
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
“Shining the Light of Christ”
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:
- Listen to your child’s worries and fears without minimizing or criticizing them.
- Once you have identified their worries, help them problem solve and think of ways to alleviate the anxiety.
- Establish routines to promote predictability.
- Do not overschedule your child. Allow “down time” and have them unplug from technology.
- Support a healthy lifestyle. Adequate sleep, a healthy diet and exercise help regulate emotions.
- Focus on the positive. Ask your child, “What are you looking forward to?” or “What was the best part of your day?”
- Laugh and have fun with your child.
- 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.
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,
“Shining the Light of Christ”
Here are a few notes that may be of interest:
(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!
Please read this letter from our Director of Education, Geri Hall:
Theodore Judgement appeal – support letter
As well…donations can be made HERE.
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.
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!
“Shining the Light of Christ”
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.
Shining the Light of Christ
Good afternoon parents and guardians,
Please take the time to read through the important messages below:
- Report cards were mailed out on Tuesday, March 28th. Please be sure you have received your child’s report card. If nothing has been received, please do not hesitate to contact the school, and another can be printed.
- Our tri-conferencing evening is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Teachers will be available to discuss your child’s progress. The tri-conferencing process is a richer experience when students are present. We look forward to seeing you on this evening.
- *Grade 12 Parents* please know the second graduation meeting will take place at Vanier on Sunday, April 2nd at 6:00pm in the library. The student graduation committee will be sharing an update on their progress, and passing along other pertinent graduation information.
- Grad Photos – we received an email from Lifetouch this week indicating that there is another opportunity to have grad photos taken in the city. Anyone wanting retakes, or a first-time photo needs to book an appointment by calling Lifetouch at 1-877-949-8448. Pictures will be taken at Peacock Collegiate on Friday, April 7th in the afternoon only.
Good morning Parents and Guardians…a few notes to start off the week:
1) Tonight’s scheduled SCC meeting is cancelled.
2) Report Cards will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 29. Please encourage your children to get any late assignments submitted this week so that the marks can be reflected in the Report Card. Our second semester Triconference date is Wednesday, April 5 (6:00-8:30).
3) The school is closed this Friday, March 24…it is the day in lieu of Triconference evenings in Semester 1 and 2.
4) Please share with friends or family that our Grade 8 Student and Parent Open House is on Tuesday, March 28 @ 7pm.
5) ***GRADE 12 PARENTS*** Grad Photo Retakes are tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21…the sign-up sheet is in the office for grads. As well, our next Grad Meeting is on Sunday, April 2 @ 6pm in the Library.
That is all for now…have a great week!
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Tuesday, April 4 @ 6:30pm
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Good afternoon parents/guardians.
A few notes for you before the school week begins:
1) The “Boil Water Advisory” has been lifted for the school…we are good to go!
2) The giant game of Battleship being played by construction crews on MacDonald St. appears to be completed…not sure what they found, but all holes have now been filled in!
3) Night #2 of our SCC’s Brain Series will take place this Thursday, March 16 @ 7pm in our Library. See our website for more details. Please join us.
That is all for now…warm weather is just around the corner…enjoy the remainder of the weekend!
Good morning parents/guardians…I would like to update you on a few items:
1) Last week, there was a water main break on MacDonald St. in front of the school. The break has been fixed…however, the neighbourhood is under a “boil water advisory” until at least March 2. We have arranged to have drinking water dispensers delivered to the school during this time.
2) Please be aware of the construction on MacDonald St and 3rd Avenue…parents dropping off or picking up students will have better luck using Henleaze Avenue and avoiding the staff parking lot.
3) Tonight’s SCC meeting has been cancelled. The Vanier SCC will be hosting their second evening in the “Adolescent Brain Series” on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm in the Library. Please join us even if you missed the first session.
4) Tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 28) is Shrove Tuesday…we will be serving pancakes to the students first thing in the morning in their Christian Ethics rooms.
5) Wednesday, March 1 is Ash Wednesday…we will be walking to St. Joseph’s church for a 9:15 service…please feel free to join us.
6) Our Grade 8 Student and Parent Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm…please share the word to future Vanier families.
That is all for now…have a great week…let us know if you have any questions.
Good afternoon Parents/Guardians,
Over the past few years, all students in the province have had the opportunity to complete the OurSchool survey (formerly known as the Tell Them From Me survey). This student feedback helps schools determine areas of concentration. We are seeing a consistent, above average reporting of anxiety and depression among our students.
Our School Community Council had decided to help our Vanier families understand some of the contributing factors to anxiety and depression by hosting a three night series focusing on the developing adolescent brain.
In cooperation with community members, presentation and discussions will focus on the adolescent brain and how drugs, alcohol, technology, anxiety and depression affect its development.
The presentations are free of charge and are for parents/guardians of present and future Vanier students. They will take place in our Library on:
Thursday, February 16 (7:00-8:30)
Thursday, March 16 (7:00-8:30)
Thursday, April 27 (7:00-8:30)
We hope to see you there!
Brad Moser, Kelvin Turberfield and the Vanier SCC