Volume 1, Issue 9

June 2014

Welcome to the General View! This year marks the inauguration of the General View, a student-run newsletter. Cycle 3 students interview teachers and students to bring you an insider's look at the goings on of "a small school with a big heart."

A word from your PPO

At the beginning of the school year, the GV Happening became the General View, completely written and edited by our newly formed Newspaper club composed mainly from cycle 3 students and supervised by Katherine Dimas. And what a success!! The students keep us informed of all the events that are going on at GV an dalso take the time to reflect, debate and raise questions on issues that concern them.. A simple word BRAVO!! At PPO we are very proud.

The year 2013-14 was marked by many firsts at our school: the red t-shirts taking top honors!! These bright, easily identifiable tees are not only cute but offer an amazing way to identify the students during field trip, outdoors activities and promote our GV Spirit!! This tradition will continue next year and hope we continue to have your support!

Big new fundraising ideas this year too: baggings at Maxi and Walmart and the Drive 4 Ur School Ford event which were all big successes thanks to the participation of our community. Step by step, we’re collecting to be able to improve GV and maintain our high academic standards.

New activities like Winterlude week with the skating, the Beaver Tail cantine and the snowshoeing and tubing at Mont Royal was well received by all too!!

Once again GV had a great year - filled with academic, fitness and extracurricular successes (prices at Regional Science Fair, medals atChess and Robotic competition and Halo Run …) and tons of fun too!!

Have a wonderful summer, best of luck to our 2014 graduating class and see you all back in September for another rich school year! Starting August 28th for all our new K and new comers.

Your PPO.

Be Prepared Because Summer Is Coming at Full Speed!

Summer is almost here. Everybody loves summer: the hot sun, the beach, vacations, jumping into pools, and icy cold drinks. If you have no plans for the summer, you should keep on reading because we have a couple of suggestions for you:

  • You should go outside, but don’t forget your sun block. (I’m sure you don’t want to hear it from your parents.)
  • Take your pet out for a walk even if it’s a cat. It’s always good to go out and take a walk.
  • Don’t spend all your time on electronics when it’s nice outside. Save that for a rainy day!
  • If someone you know has a pool, give them a call and ask if you poolcan go over and jump in. Trust me, even if the pool is cold it will be refreshing on a hot day.
  • Go to the park with a bunch of friends and play tag or whatever game you desire.
  • Go for a bike ride with your family or even go camping outdoors and spend some quality time together.
  • Enjoy summer while you can and don’t let it go to waste!


I Like These Books, How About You? Part 2

Here are some more amazing books I think you should read!

The Outsiders: Written by S.E Hinton, The Outsiders is a heart-breaking, action packed book full surprises! This book is about fourteen year old Ponyboy Curtis, his brothers Darry and Soda, and the rest of their gang. In his town, there are two groups; the Socs and the Greasers. The Socs have got it all; money, cool cars and good looks; while the Greaser have got run down houses, cigarettes and hair gel. Their feud has been going on forever. But one night, it goes too far; Ponyboy and his best friend Johnny did something awful, so awful that they had to flee. Will Ponyboy and Johnny get caught? Will the gang be separated? You'll have to read The Outsiders to find out!

The Hunger Games Trilogy: These fantastic novels, written by Suzanne Collins, is about sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen. She lives in a future country called Panem, where there are twelve districts, and the Capital controls everything. Long ago, the twelve districts rebelled against the Capital, and lost. To remind everyone that the Capital will forever be in control, each year they hold The Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl from each district, from ages twelve to eighteen, fight to the death until one victor remains. Katniss had volunteered to be a tribute in The 74th Hunger Games, to save her sister. In the 75th Hunger Games, she had no choice but to go. She managed to survive both Games with fellow tribute/ star-crossed lover Peeta Mellark, but now they are in great danger. Katniss has started another uprising, in which she is The Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion. Will Katniss survive this terrible war? You'll have to read all three books to find out!

Four Perfect Pebbles: Like non-fiction books about the holocaust? Then this is the book for you! Four Perfect Pebbles is a true story about Marion Blumenthal, survivor of the Holocaust. When Marion and her family try to escape to America, their plans fail and they are captured by the Nazis. The Blumenthals are then transported to one of the toughest concentration camps there is. Thankfully, there are no gas chambers like most camps, but there are much crueler punishments. For example, when someone died or got too sick, their bodies would be burned in an open fire. Yet even with these unfortunate conditions, Marion still held onto hope. Every day, whenever the prisoners were given some free time, Marion would go around looking for four pebbles that looked almost exactly the same. If she could find these four perfect pebbles, it would mean her whole family would survive. Does Marion find four perfect pebbles before it's too late? Will she survive this horrible war? You'll have to read Four Perfect Pebbles to find out!

My name's Jordana, and that’s my view!

General Vanier’s Family Picnic

picnicGeneral Vanier’s Family Picnic was highly demanded by dozens of parents and children, and as requested, it returned this year!  As usual, there were tickets for 5$, which you could use to get two hotdogs, a juice, a chip bag, and an ice cream as a treat!  Students were enjoying the evening together, playing and goofing around, while the parents were socializing, and having a good time on the camping seats they brought. The Family Picnic officially started at 5:30pm, and everyone officially left at around 8:30 pm. But of course, there will be another Family Picnic next year (we hope)!
We are Michael James And Giuliano V, and that’s our view!

Should we go home at lunch instead of eating at school?linch box

All kids at General Vanier eat at school but imagine hoping into a car with your family and explaining what happened so far that day.  What if you had the option to go home to eat or walk home to eat a delicious meal with your family and come back to school at the right time?
Well, 4 people said they want to go home to eat and 4 people want to stay here and eat. I would rather go home to eat because I would want to see my family and explain what happened so far that day.
I’m Kayla and that’s my view!!!

Spirit Day!

spirit dayThis June 16, 2014 is going to be an outstanding day! It’s…….. Spirit Day!!! Spirit day is a day that is full of fun and excitement! A special thanks to our Dynamix leaders, because they are the ones who spent their own time making up games for the whole school, for them to play on Spirit Day. Remember to bring your red t-shirt, a water bottle and lots of enthusiasm.
I’m Kayla, and that’s my view!

One Story Ending Creates a New Beginning

The end of the school year is almost here. Excitement spreads throughout the school but at the same time sadness for the grade six. Some students will stay together while others will change paths. At least our memories of General Vanier will live on (I hope).

I’m sure at our graduation ceremony/party we will go out with a bang: dancing, laughing and eating all together. We will share our memories of our time at GV with our friends, gradreminding each other of the past, and explaining to our newest friends how it was before they came. If you are a grade six parent I’m sure you will see it for yourself, how much we have grown in the past 7 years.

I’m Massimo and I’m signing off, for the last time.

About Us...

Grades 5 and 6 are part of a newspaper club. Well, not everyone, but certain people that like writing!
It is a fun activity for students and takes place at lunch for one hour.
I am Julia F., and that's my view!


Schoolyard Beautification

The schoolyard is a place where we go and play almost EVERY day! That’s about 181 days! The schoolyard is great for us to get fresh air and relax, but have you ever noticed that it’s a little… gray?

We kids would definitely like slidesome slides or swings to play on.
How can we make this happen?

The school could apply for a grant to pay for the changes (there are some grants available specifically for schools). Another idea is, parents or other community members could buy or donate some colorful flowers to brighten up the yard.

Another good way to get a schoolyard play structure is to fundraise like we have been doing throughout the year. The school could also have students build things with the help of some adults.
I ʼm Tedario and that’s my view!!

Father's Day Gifts

Can't think of something to get your dad for Father's Day? Well then here are some creative ideas!

Description: i love you this much cardʺI love you this muchʺ card: This super cute idea is easy to make! All you need is some paper, glue, scissors and markers. Trace two outlines of your hand on colored paper and cut them out. Next, cut out a longer strip of coloured paper and glue one end to the back of one hand, and the other end to the back of the other hand. Lastly, take a marker, and write ʺI love youʺ on the front of one hand, and on the long strip of paper that connects the two hands, write ʺThis much!ʺ Now you have an awesome and unique card to give your dad!

Description: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8RZ_zDfe6No/TAgbJbKi56I/AAAAAAAADKw/DdFkRWUTOtY/s400/IMG_8274.JPGFather’s Day Crown: Don’t you think dad should be the king of the house for a day? Well here’s a fun way to make him feel this way! Cut out multiple pictures of things he likes in different sizes. Next, take a cardboard paper, and cut it out with pointy edges. Glue the pictures that you have chosen all over this soon to be crown. Lastly, tape or glue the ends of the paper together to make a crown! When giving it to your dad make sure to say; your thrown awaits, your majesty!

Description: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/fathers-day/images/fathers-day-medal.jpgWorld’s Greatest Dad Medal: Don’t you think your dad is the best? Don’t you think he deserves a medal for that? All you need to do is get a piece of cardboard, and cut it out in a circle. Paint it yellow and write World’s Greatest Dad on it with a sharpie. Next take a ribbon or piece of string and tape the ends to the cardboard medal!

Have fun with your dad and we hope you’ll use these ideas!
We’re Victoria and Jordana, and that’s our view!

No uniforms?

Should General Vanier have no uniforms? A lot of people say yes and a lot of people uniformassay no. So there isn’t really an answer!
I think we should have a uniform because it might be a struggle if you don’t know what to wear, but if you have a uniform you know what to wear everyday. Then again, you have to wear the same thing every day and it gets tiring. So this question is really up to you!!
We’re Kayla and Maya, and that’s our view!