Dear Vanier families and friends,
Over the last 4 weeks, we have been using Monday morning prayer to talk about the four types of prayer in the Christian tradition: Prayers of Adoration, Contrition, Petition, and Thanksgiving.
Today we finished with the latter and it is a great reminder to me to express my thanks for our very supportive community of parents/guardians. You are the first and most important teacher in your child’s life and we hope to support you in any way we can. Conversely, we do appreciate your support of us as we work with your child and we appreciate you calling in to excuse you children, responding to concerns raised by teachers, and being an advocate for your child when necessary as examples of ways that you support us by getting involved. Thank you for your support.
Ryan Sikkes, principal
Dates to Note:
- TONIGHT! Monday, February 17 – Grade 9 à 10 Parent Information Session – 7:00pm in the Small Gym. An important session to present the Graduation Program and discuss course selection.
- Wednesday, February 19 – 12:12pm – Cabane à sucre (Sugar Shack)
- Thursday, February 20 – Course selection sheets are due.
- Friday, February 21 – Heritage Day. No school!
- Tuesday, February 25 – 7:30am – Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast in the Cafeteria
- Wednesday, February 26 – 11:09 am – Ash Wednesday Liturgy – everyone is welcome to attend.
- Friday, February 28 – Catholic Schools of Whitehorse PD Day. No School!
- March 2-6 – Informal Reporting Window. Parents/Guardians should expect progress reports emailed or telephone calls.
- March 15 – 21 –The Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games, officially known with the slogan “Bring it North”, is a multi-sport event which will take place in Whitehorse! Vanier will be hosting Arctic Sports, Gymnastics, Accommodations, and Food Services. The Arctic Winter Games is the world’s largest multisport and cultural event for young people of the Arctic. Best of luck to all participants!
- March 16 - 27 – Spring Break – Have a relaxing couple of weeks.
CBC Junior Reporter
CBC Yukon is looking for a Junior Reporter between the ages of 12 and 16 to help cover the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse from March 15-21.
This reporter would help cover the opening and closing ceremonies and events on two days of the week.
You would be in front of the camera on television and social media. You would also record audio that would air on radio. You would take photos and video for social media and online stories.
This opportunity could include interviewing athletes at events, finding interesting stories from the athletes’ perspective.
You would work with a producer who would help you write scripts and develop your story ideas. But you should be able to understand instructions and work independently.
There would be some training before the start of the Games.
This is a paid opportunity.
If you are selected and live outside of Whitehorse, transportation costs will be considered. You must provide your own accommodation and you must have adult supervision during the Arctic Winter Games.
- a strong sense of the kinds of stories your peers are interested in-curious about the world around you
- feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera
- knowledge of iPhone and iMovie a bonus
- a way to get to CBC Whitehorse studio
- not competing in the Arctic Winter Games
Deadline to apply is Friday, February 21, 2020.
David Wells is a world-renowned speaker on Catholic Education. He is coming to Whitehorse to facilitate our PD Day on February 28. While he is in town, he is offering two additional sessions for the public:
- Thursday, February 27, 7-8:30 pm at CYO Hall (basement of Sacred Heart Cathedral) “A Heart Which Sees”: The school as an evangelizing community. No RSVP required.
- Saturday, February 29. 9 am – 2 pm at Vanier Catholic Secondary “Faith Culture in our Catholic Schools” (Lunch is provided). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Course selection sheets have been distributed to all Grade 8-11 students. Digital versions are available on school the website. An important meeting will be held for all Grade 9 students who will enter Grade 10 next year to talk about the Graduation Program on Tuesday, February 11 in the morning. This information will be repeated during a parent/guardian presentation on Monday, February 17 at 7 pm in the Small Gym. All Course Selection sheets are due to the office
Wood Street Centre – 2020-2021 Program Application Dates
- Deadline for 2020 - 2021 Experiential Science 11 (ES 11) Applications into Wood Street Centre - Friday, February 21, 2020.
- Deadline for 2020 - 2021 Program Applications (except ES 11) into Wood Street Centre - Friday, March 6, 2020.
- ES11 Overnight Event - Friday, March 6, 2020 and Saturday morning, March 7, 2020.
Vanier Learning Commons
There are many items overdue from the Vanier Learning Commons. These include textbooks and calculators which are needed for classes this semester as well as books from the circulating collection which were borrowed a long time ago and not returned. This means that they are not available to anyone else to read, to enjoy or to learn from. Overdue notices were included with the most recent student report cards. Please help your student look in their closet, under their bed or on family book shelves to find Vanier books and return them!
With the start of a new semester, Grade 10-12 students may find themselves in classes where some additional assistance may help them achieve their best. Grade 8 and 9 students may find, halfway through the year, in a similar position!
All Vanier students can receive tutoring from other students for assistance in course work, assignments or organizational skills. The students requesting tutors are self-identified or identified by parents or teachers.
To receive tutoring the student simply needs to fill in an application in the Skills Room (Room 3).
Students in Grade 10, 11, or 12 can apply to be a tutor. Tutors can either earn service learning hours or an hourly wage. Peer tutors are paid on a graduated scale, which increases with grade level and number of hours tutored. Potential tutors need to come in person to the Skills room and fill in an application. Students will be matched one on one by the Department Head of Student Support Services.
Service Learning Hours
If your child received an “I” on their report card for Religion and had a comment saying they need to get their Service Learning Hours completed, please encourage them to see Mr. Gillard regarding this matter. They may also have hours not completed in previous years that is affecting credits on their transcripts. Please keep in mind, if a student did not complete hours in one year, they do carry over to the next.
Please visit the website for more details: https://www.vcssreligion.com/service-learning