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2020/2021 Newsletters (Archived)

Dear VCE Families,
 
Where do I begin? What a year it has been, but through all the uncertainty we rallied as a community. I have witnessed staff, students, and families come together to make this a remarkable year for student learning and engagement. More importantly, I saw a community that cared, showed up and did everything they could to make students feel supported and loved. 
 
I want to take this opportunity to thank our unbeatable staff. This team of educators truly know how to wrap around our students and give the best opportunities even amongst a pandemic, and it is all done with grace and kindness. THANK YOU to our VCE Teachers and our Educational Assistants!! 
 
Thank you to our PAC for their ongoing support and rolling with an unpredictable year. We can't do this without you!
 
Thank you to our students for their growing resilience, open-minds, and positive attitudes. We do this for you and we love every minute of it! Also, a big congrats to our grade six students moving on to Don Ross, we wish you all the success and happiness in your future. 
 
Lastly, through this challenging year, I can not express enough my deep gratitude and appreciation for Shelby Lundstrom our VCE clerical assistant. There is NO way we could have done this without her patience, kindness, and determination. I wish you all the best and will miss our dance parties when we needed a laugh! Please also, welcome back Shauna Robertson in this role next year, we look forward to a new school year.
 
I want to wish everyone a safe, relaxing, and fun summer break. I hope you get to enjoy, more family, friends, and places in the next two months than has been possible over this past year and a half. Let the hugs begin!
 
Reminders/Information Items:
 
Summative Reports -will be accessed through the MyEd parent portal. Due to technical difficulty, there may be a slight delay in receiving your report information. If you don't see an email with instructions today, they will be loaded tomorrow. Our apologies for the delay but the platform is acting up. Remember you will have access to reports for three weeks to view and/or print.
 
PLEASE check out the VCE website throughout the summer for any updates and/or the school district website,  here: https://www.sd48seatosky.org/.
 
Anything you need to know about start up, changes for next year, Covid news, etc. will be communicated at the end of August or sooner if needed. Information on how Kindergarten gradual entry will look, will also be communicated later in the summer.  
 
NEW to our website: coming this week, check out our Welcome to VCE video created with and by our students. We will let you know when it is posted! 
 
 
 
Mark your Calendar
 
September 7 - School Reopens at 8:49am, dismissal at 10:00am
 
 
 
Wondering about School Supplies for the 2021/2022 School year? Check out our website here: https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094513&type=d&pREC_ID=1369580

 

Moving

Are you moving this summer? We have started making arrangements for the 2021-2022 school year. Please let us know if your child will not be returning to VCE. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

 

I wanted to thank all the parents and caregivers of this amazing school that I’ve had the privilege of serving as your PAC Chair for the past 4 years. I am very confident in Jennifer Kelly’s ability to take these reins and lead the PAC going forward. I will still remain a strong PAC member focusing my passion on the Outdoor Classroom. Have a wonderful Summer Break! - Carolyn Green

 

We need families to help water our beautiful Outdoor Classroom over the summer. With our growing OC plants we will need about two families per week or one keen family per week to water all the new plants the kids planted. This includes the veggie beds but mostly the rest of the 3.5 acres. More information will be posted shortly on the Facebook page or contact Carolyn at  604-849-3068 or [email protected]

 

Garden Update:
 

It has been an amazing spring teaching the Valleycliffe Elementary Students all about gardening. From preparing our planting beds by nourishing our soil, to sowing seeds and learning about germination. We have seen our beautiful seedlings growing and growing. Giving the love and care by weeding the beds, and identifying the impacts of harmful insects and the importance of beneficial insects such as pollinators. As a reward for all our hard work the Valleycliffe Edible School yard has been providing us some nice food that we have been able to taste in different recipes such as salad tacos and finally a nice Virgin Mojito to celebrate the last gardening class. It has been very rewarding to see how much the children loved the gardening lessons and how much they have learned. 

 

From the Squamish CAN Edible Schoolyard Team, we wish every family an awesome summer. 

 

If you think you will be missing us, don’t worry, our team and dedicated volunteers, will be around the garden this summer pursuing the operations to cultivate more veggies. There will be a farm stand every Tuesday from 2h30 to 5h30 at MAMQUAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL to sell our fresh organic produce.  Please drop us a line if you want to help out in any way. And we hope to see you at the school for your weekly fresh local organic produce purchases. 

 

Small Scale Farming is changing the world! 

 

Thank you,
Marc-André Gagnon
Edible Schoolyard Project coordinator

 

Thank you to our local family businesses for their ongoing support of our school projects. Thank you to Windsor Plywood for their generous donations of wood for our garden beds - we were able to re-build 8 rotted garden beds due to their support. Thank you to Peak Woodworks for their donation of concrete and their advisory help on installing new Signage in the Outdoor classroom - look out for new signs about Native Species in our Outdoor Classroom that have been planted by Ms. Jones' 2/3 class.

 

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Community News:

 

Sea to Sky Safety Training Services are running two Babysitting Course this summer. 

 

Here are the details:

Babysitting Course on July 18th and Aug 22nd

Location: Sandman Hotel from 9:30am to 4pm

Cost: $75 sent via etransfer to this email address [email protected]

What to bring: sport helmet, any kind will do, an extra long sleeve shirt, a spoon, a pen, face mask, snacks, lunch and water bottle

 

For more information, please check the website here: Kids First Aid | Teachers First Aid | School First Aid | Daycare First Aid | Occupational First Aid | Squamish | Whistler | Pemberton -Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services (sea2skyservices.com)

Dear VCE Families,
 

This past week has been a heavy one for our BC community and beyond. Acknowledging the discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s bodies in Kamloops was a step in our continued work towards Truth and Reconciliation. Throughout this week and in to the future, VCE is continuing to educate ourselves and invite conversation, story and teachings around residential schools, Indigenous worldview and how this can be woven into our every day here at school. I encourage you to do the same within your homes as these truths about our past are real and bring up all sorts of emotion. As a community, let’s work together to inform each other and promote positive change.

 

Our upcoming work on Truth & Reconciliation includes a video in the making from our leadership group and some whole school activities. We will continue to wear orange up until and including June 9th

 

As we near the end of the year please keep an eye on your email and our VCE website for any new information.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah Hain

VCE Principal

 
Mark your Calendar
 
June 7 - PAC Meeting at 6pm (on zoom)
June 8 &11 - Believe Presentation
June 11 - Please return all library books
June 14-18 - Reading Rainbow Week
June 16 - Kindergarten Orientation
June 18 - Spirit Day
June 21 - Indigenous Day
June 21 - 25 - Lost and Found outside after school
June 25 - Kindergarten Orientation (AM only)
June 29 - Last Day of School, students dismissed at 10:00am
 

 

 

Moving

Are you moving this summer? We have started making arrangements for the 2021-2022 school year. Please let us know if your child will not be returning to VCE. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

PAC Meeting:

 

The next meeting will be Monday, June 7th at 6PM. The PAC meeting will be held via zoom, here is the link to join the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82392389527?pwd=cUZBOUtvVTRPZVYwclpTZWpNNXhWQT09

 

Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab at:

https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094514&type=d&pREC_ID=1369577

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Growing smiles and Neufeld Farms fundraisers. They were both successful fundraisers for the PAC!

 

popcornThe PAC is gearing up for a fun year ahead packed with events. Everything from Popcorn Day to Carnival. Stay up to date on all the news and volunteer opportunities by joining our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleycliffepac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Placement Process for 2021-2022 School Year:

 

As we near the end of the school year, I would like to take a moment to share with you the approach we will be taking for our Class Placement Process for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Class placement is a thoughtful process that is not completed until early September when exact student populations and staff members are known. To begin the process however, it is important to have as much information as possible.  If your family is not returning to Valleycliffe Elementary School in September, please inform the school office at 604-892-9394 as soon as possible.

 

The placement process ensures that thoughtful consideration of each child’s social, emotional and intellectual strengths are aligned with the need to create balanced and effective learning environments that honour student diversity.

 

It is important to note that the placement of each child to a class is made by a team that includes: the child’s current classroom teacher(s) as well as our Learning Support Teachers and the school Principal. This professional team considers each placement carefully as they create groupings rich in diversity. In addition to individual circumstances, criteria considered in the placement process include:

 

  • Balanced instructional groups: considering academic needs and strengths, teaching/learning styles and work habits.
  • Positive social groups considering: supportive peer groupings, positive leaders

 

Our philosophy is based on a strength-based approach, considering all aspects of student learning including a child’s capacity to self-regulate, to collaborate, think critically, be creative, and the students’ general academic, social and emotional strengths and needs.

 

If there is information that the current classroom teacher and/or the principal does not have and that we should consider when placing your child in a class for next year, please put this information in writing and submit by email to Ms. Hain by June 18th ([email protected]).

 

In your letter or email, please clearly indicate the educational, child-centered rationale for your request. Letters that you provide will be shared with the team during the class placement process in June and September. It is important for parents to understand that such information will be considered as one factor alongside the criteria stated above.

 

Please do not request a specific teacher as class and teacher assignments often change over the summer. Letters requesting a specific teacher will not be considered

 

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

National Indigenous Day June 21st –Our plans at VCE:

 

Indigenous DayNational Indigenous Peoples Day (Monday, June, 21st) is fast approaching. We look forward to celebrating it here at school with all classes. There are 3 fun activities to rotate through; led by our local Indigenous Cultural Ambassadors from our community. Our main event is drumming and dancing with some members from the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. It will be rain or shine. Please have your child prepared for any weather. 

                         

For more information on this day, you can also check out: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1534872397533

 

 

 

Garden Update:

 

This week in the garden, we talked about the important role of pollinators in our life and why we need them in our gardens. The kids have learned the differences between, Wasps, honey bees, and mason bees. On the side of our shed, we have put together different styles of rooms (nests) in our new pollinator hotels. We released 10 mason bee cocoons and witnessed a few bees hatching out of their cocoons.  We just added a new bed in front of the garden dedicated to flowers as we are in need of more flowers for the bees to feed on.

 

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Camp Summit Archery:

 

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Outdoor Learning:

 

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Public Safety Warning: A bear is exhibiting defensive behaviour along the dog pound dike

  

The District of Squamish in partnership with the Conservation Officer Service (COS) is issuing a wildlife alert following multiple reports of close encounters with a large bear travelling along the dog pound dike. This bear is exhibiting defensive behaviour and has charged people in the area.

 

The public is being asked to please avoid the area in order to provide this bear with the space it needs. Signage will be posted to alert the public to use extra caution and to keep dogs on leash at all times.

 

Please continue to report any wildlife sightings or encounters into the Conservation Officer Service Hotline at 1.877.952.7277 or online here.

 

Summertime is a great time to be safe around railways.

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  1. Each year, more than 100 people are injured or killed trespassing on railway property in Canada. It can take up to 2 kilometers for a train to stop. A locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks will not be able to stop in time. Some people say:  “It won’t happen to me”. “Stay clear of the train tracks and railway property”.
  2. Trespassing on railway property is illegal and dangerous. You can be fined or arrested.  If you see unsafe behavior around the train tracks, report it.  You could save someone’s life.
  3. Cross only at a designated pedestrian or roadway crossing.  If you cross at any other place, you may be trespassing.
  4. Do not cross the tracks immediately after a train passes.  If it is multi-track a second train might be blocked by the first train. Trains can come from either direction. Wait until you can see clearly around the first train in both directions before proceeding.
  5. Every year people are injured or killed because they are wearing ear buds, head phones, texting or chatting on cell phones near trains. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  6. Do not attempt to hop aboard railway equipment at any time. Those wheels are made of steel. If you slip and fall under the wheels, a limb may be cut off or you could get seriously injured.
  7. Trains overhang the tracks by at least 1 meter on either side.  If you are to close to moving trains you can be hit by the train’s overhang, as well as loose straps or chains.
  8. Fishing, jumping or walking on railway bridges is unsafe, there is only enough room on the tracks for a train to pass.
  9. Always walk your bicycle across the tracks, if not, your front tire may get caught in the groove between the rail and the road and you could fall.
  10. When approaching any rail crossing always LOOK, LISTEN and LIVE.  Trains always have the right- of- way.  People, cars and even emergency responders must wait for the train to pass. 

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Lost and Found:

 

We will be putting the lost and found collection at the front of the school during the week of June 21 - 25 after school. Come by and have a look for anything that belongs to your household!

 

 

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We want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in June! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book today.

 

Dear VCE Families,
 
Happy May! We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the Spring weather - rain or shine! Please connect with your child's teacher on upcoming activities and field trips to keep up to date.
 
As we get closer to the end of this school year, please let us know if your family will be moving and won't be attending, as this information helps us in planning for next year. 
 
Check out some of our garden work below! 
 
Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely, 
Sarah Hain
VCE Principal
 
 
 
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May 7 - Pro-D Day (No School for Students)

May 10 - PAC Meeting at 6pm (on Zoom, see below)

May 24 - Victoria Day Stat Holiday

May 26 - Class Photo Day (weather permitting)

 

 

Moving

Are you moving this summer? We have started making arrangements for the 2021-2022 school year. Please let us know if your child will not be returning to VCE. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

PAC Meeting:

 

The next meeting will be Monday, May 10th at 6PM. The PAC will be meeting will be held via zoom, here is the link to join the meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87316438506?pwd=bUFWS2U4WVRqTGFqaXI1Skg5ZDlyUT09

 

Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab at:

https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094514&type=d&pREC_ID=1369577

 

Upcoming Fundraising:

 

Growing Smiles Fundraising - The Plant Sale is now closed, delivery is scheduled for May 15th. Thank you to everyone involved!

 

Neufeld Fundraiser - Sales will run until May 13th, pick up will be at the VCE parking lot at 4:30pm on May 27th. Orders can be placed through the Hotlunch ordering webpage  here Hot Lunches - Valleycliffe Elementary PAC or from the order form that were sent home.

 

Any questions can be emailed to [email protected]

 

popcornThe PAC is gearing up for a fun year ahead packed with events. Everything from Popcorn Day to Carnival. Stay up to date on all the news and volunteer opportunities by joining our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleycliffepac

 

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Check out our Garden progress!

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Homestay Hosts Needed in Squamish!

You have an amazing opportunity to open your home to an international student.  Enjoy a unique cultural experience while sharing the beauty of Squamish.  Hosting opportunities range from a few days to a full year, or longer – we will work with you to find the right fit for your family.  Host families received $1200.00 per month.  Ask about our $500 referral bonus!   For more information, please contact Janet Smillie  [email protected]   604-892-5228 ex. 134 or visit www.high-school-canada.com to apply!

 

Lost and Found:

 

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May Birthdays:Balloons

 

We want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in April! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participate in B.C.’s COVID-19 public health survey:

 

Share your experiences with the pandemic by participating in the B.C. COVID-19 SPEAK survey.  The BC Centre for Disease Control hopes you will lend your voice to this important survey to help public health better understand the experiences of British Columbians over the past 12 months.

 

The survey will ask how has COVID-19 affected you and your family, what barriers may exist to accessing vaccinations, and what are your needs for recovery? The information will help public health professionals and others better respond to the key, ongoing challenges facing British Columbians. 

 

The survey, funded by the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, takes about 20 to 30 minutes to compete and is available in 10 languages. Learn more and participate at: bccdc.ca/covid19survey  This survey will close on May 9th.

 

Thank you for your continued efforts to help protect yourself and all British Columbians from COVID-19.

 

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Dear VCE Families,
 
Welcome back VCE! With the nicer weather ahead, please make sure students are prepared for the weather before they come to school (eg. sunscreen and hats). Thank you to everyone for helping us adhere to the new protocols around COVID-19 since returning to school. Our goals will still remain the same including safety and a sense of belonging. I am here if you have any questions or concerns, so please reach out if you have worries and I will do my best to navigate this with you.
 
Please continue to do the daily checklist found here: https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/news/article/815857
 
We are looking forward to a great homestretch of learning, see below for more details!
 
Sincerely, 
Sarah Hain 
VCE Principal 
 VCE Goals

Reminders

 

 

 Mark Your Calendar

 

April 12 - PAC Meeting at 7pm

April 22 - Earth Day

April 27 - This is Beauty Speech Event

 

Moving

Are you moving this summer? We have started making arrangements for the 2021-2022 school year. Please let us know if your child will not be returning to VCE. Thanks!

 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

 

PAC Meeting:

 

The next meeting will be Monday, April 12th at 7PM. The PAC will be meeting will be held via zoom, here is the link to join the meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83778829076?pwd=UnRtY2hHUWIxUHlTVkw5RCtKampqUT09

 

Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab at:

https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094514&type=d&pREC_ID=1369577

 

Upcoming Fundraising:

 

Growing Smiles Fundraising - The PAC is running our Spring Plant Fundraiser from March 22 - April 23rd with pick up scheduled for Saturday May 8th. Orders can be placed at:  https://valleycliffe.growingsmilesfundraising.com/

 

Neufeld Fundraiser – Watch your kids backpacks for Neufeld order forms! They will be sent home with students on April 19th and orders will be due on May 13th. Pick up will be in the VCE parking lot at 4:30pm on May 27th.

 

Check out the learning in Ms. Roy’s class:

We are studying the solar system. The class just started making a replica of the sun with a flashlight and the earth rotating around the sun creating the seasons. It was incredible to hear what many students already know about the Solar System, including details about the planets near Pluto. 

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April Birthdays:

 

We want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in April! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Spring:

 

Spring is finally here! Our students will be spending as much time as possible outdoors in the coming months. As we look forward tosun brighter days and nicer weather, here are a few tips to keeping everyone safe and happy:

 

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen and sun hats! Nothing ruins a day faster than a sunburn. Make sure students have sunscreen and a hat in their backpacks (labeled with their name).
  • Longer days can sometimes mean later bedtimes. Continuing sleep routines helps to maintain attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health.
  • Make sure your child has a water bottle at school each day. We are not permitted to use the water fountains at school right now but we are able to use the water bottle filling station. Staying hydrated in the warmer weather is very important.
  • As our students spend more time outside, it’s a good idea to check their skin for rashes and ticks.

 

What's New at Brennan Park:

 

Have you heard about the new Bike Smart Program with the Recreation Services at Brennan Park? It is a 3 hour course for kids aged 7 – 10 to learn bike safety. The goal is to teach kids how to safely commute by bike, and how to navigate riding on the roads and bike paths throughout Squamish. By the end of the course, they should be able to safely ride to school on their own.

 

This is a new course developed by the Recreation Services team, and will be offered on April 11th and May 9th. Further information can be found in the new Recreation Guide available here.

 

 

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Dear VCE Families,

 

Happy March! We are busy with fun projects and activities at VCE! Check out some fun learning from Mr. Prescott’s class below. Another school-wide project that we are working towards is having Squamish CAN join us in educating our students on food security, waste reduction, and sustainable initiatives. Stay tuned!

 

We have an early dismissal coming up on March 18th. Normally, this would be our school-wide exhibition but right now we are not able to hold the event in person. That said, teachers are working on creating a neat virtual experience for our families. Please keep up to date with communications from your child’s teacher on what to expect, it may fall on another day(s) before or after Spring Break.

 

Check out the link to Squamish CAN here: https://www.squamishcan.net/

 

Don’t forget to check out our updated Covid plan here:

 

https://22.files.edl.io/49a6/02/26/21/214520-d4717610-922e-4cbe-b3b9-892d99c1db8c.pdf

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sarah Hain

Principal of Valleycliffe Elementary

 
 
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March 18 - Early Dismissal at 2pm, Exhibition of Learning
March 19 - April 5 - Spring Break

 

Communicating Student Learning & Reporting Update:

 

Option 1 (timely evidence): Reminder that if your child’s class is in this option for reporting, their point of progress will be available on MyEd Parent Portal no later than the end of April. Teachers will let families know when to expect these reports, timing is based on when it fits with the evidence they are sharing for Term 2.

 

Option 2: Reminder that if your child’s class is in this option for reporting, these reports will be uploaded to the MyEd parent portal on March 17th for viewing.

 

Common to both:

  • We will no longer send home paper reports as report cards will be posted on the MyEd Parent Portal (information below was sent in Term 1). You can save a pdf or print when you access the portal.
  • MyEd features a family portal which parents/guardians and students can view student information and to retrieve various publications including report cards.
  • You will receive an email from us when your child’s report has been posted to the portal and there will be a window of time to access this information.
  • You would have received information on how to login and access the parent portal last term, if you do not have this information, please contact the office.
  • If you need a paper copy, please let your child’s teacher know a head of time.

 

Here are two videos that you may find helpful. Please note that mobile devices have limited ability with this application.

 

Introduction to the family portal:  https://youtu.be/lt1EsmBFEWc

 

Collecting report cards:  https://youtu.be/ngiwWICCahI

 

I hope you will find the portal to be a convenient and useful service. Please feel free to contact MyEd support for any questions or concerns.

 

Email: [email protected]

 
Kindergarten Registration:

 

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021/2022 school year is OPEN! We have a slightly different process this year in that an appointment will need to be made with the office prior to bringing by paperwork. Please review the registration steps here: https://www.sd48seatosky.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1109682&type=d&pREC_ID=1376621

 

Once your registration information is complete, please contact Shelby at 604-892-9394 to arrange a time come in to the school and register your student.

 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

 

PAC Update:

 

A huge thank you to all those that donated or bid on items in the auction. We raised a total of $4,689 which is astounding!

 

The money raised from the auction has gone towards buying mini iPads for each classroom to showcase learning on Seesaw without teachers using their own devices. Now with the PAC funding 75% for each teacher to have a mini ipad (school is funding the balance) each class has the technology they need to let parents see what is going on in the classrooms this year.

 

Upcoming Fundraising:

 

Purdy’s Easter Treats – will be run from March 8-19 with pick up (or delivery) the first week of Spring Break

Growing Smiles Plant Sale – will launch over Spring Break with delivery (off school property) on May 8th

Neufeld farms– launch time to be determined, pick up is scheduled for May 27th

 

What is happening in Mr. Prescott's class:

 

Water Walk

Inspired by the book The Water Princess that we read during a science unit on water, Mr. Prescott’s Grade 1/2 class went on a ‘Water Walk’ to a local stream to collect water. Students challenged themselves to carry back a heavy jug of water to school. It was a very exhausting and challenging experience, and gave our students empathy for the millions of children who need to walk to collect their water. In the end, we collected 70 L of water as a class, which is less than what the average Canadian uses each day.

 

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February Birthdays:

 

We want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in March! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book today.

 

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LATEST UPDATE – March 5, 2021

In an effort to keep our community partners connected, we are providing you with regular COVID-19 updates. 

 

Ministry of Health update

In yesterday’s joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, reported 564 new cases.

 

The total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. now stands at 82,473 since the start of the pandemic. Of the new cases, 168 people were in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region.

 

Across the province, there were four new COVID-19 related deaths, while 248 people are currently hospitalized, with 64 of these cases receiving treatment in ICU/critical care. The total number of individuals who have passed away due to COVID-19 is 1,376. There are now 4,743 active cases of COVID-19 across B.C. currently.

 

There have been 46 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 246 cases. Of the total cases, 16 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 218 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant and 28 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant. Dr. Henry said we are most concerned about transmissibility and where people are becoming infected with variants of concern. Right now we continue to have challenges in identifying the transmission chains for about 25% of our cases.

 

Dr. Henry said we are in a new place in the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now getting a regular supply of COVID-19 vaccines that is increasing our protection, but we are also still seeing an uptick in new cases. The successes of the vaccines can be diminished with a surge in new cases in those who will be immunized in the months ahead. This is why our layers of protection need to continue to be top of mind for all of us.

 

Vaccination update

Since the start of immunizations, 298,851 vaccinations have been delivered in B.C. (not including yesterday), with 86,746 of those being a second dose.

 

The first deliveries of the AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in our province in the coming days. The vaccine will initially be used to address ongoing clusters and outbreaks in some communities. The vaccine will be made available to first responders and essential workers. The delivery will run parallel with our age-based, community-wide immunization program.

 

A detailed plan will be developed for the AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India vaccines, which will be shared later in the month.

 

More information and immunization data is available through this page: BCCDC.

 

Point-of-care rapid testing

Dr. Henry said as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response, the Province is using point-of-care rapid testing as another tool to support our public health contact tracing and outbreak response efforts.

 

While less reliable than the highly-effective PCR tests used in our labs, point-of-care tests will continue to be used as part of public health outbreak response in rural and remote communities and at some worksites and community living locations.

 

Private worksites may choose to adopt point-of-care testing. These locations must be accredited and meet all quality assurance requirements, and must immediately report all positive test results to public health and regional health authorities for follow-up. For any workplace considering using these tests, it is important to remember these tests do not replace any of the public health orders, protective measures or COVID-19 safety plans required for all B.C. workplaces.

 

COVID-19 in Whistler

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) continues to record a further decline in COVID-19 transmission in Whistler compared to previous reporting periods.

 

  • From Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, VCH identified 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Whistler. This accounts for eight fewer new cases recorded since the last reporting period (Feb. 16 – Feb. 21).
  • There have been a total of 720 cases in Whistler since Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Since Jan. 1, a total of 699 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 in Whistler.

 

The reported cases continue to be identified among young adults who live in the Whistler community. The most common location for transmission continues to be in household settings.

 

VCH advises all Whistler residents and visitors to avoid social gatherings with those outside of their immediate bubbles, to stay home while sick, to wash their hands regularly, and to maintain physical distance when in public. All Public Health guidelines should continue to be followed by those who have previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19.

 

VCH asks any Whistler residents or visitors who experience COVID-19-like symptoms to complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool and to access testing services in their community, if required. VCH continues to provide care and support to those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Whistler community.

 

VCH’s implementation of Phase 2 of B.C.’s Immunization – a reminder

On Monday, March 8, people can book their appointment by age group by calling 1-877-587-5767. The appointment booking line is toll-free and will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

To facilitate access to as many eligible seniors and Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) people as possible, VCH invites people in the following age groups to call the appointment booking phone line from the dates indicated below: 

 

Richmond, Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver

 

Call Starting March 8: (Vaccinations starting March 15)

Year of birth in or before 1931 (seniors 90 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older)

Call Starting March 15: (Vaccinations starting March 22)

Year of birth in or before 1936 (seniors 85 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older)

Call Starting March 22: (Vaccinations starting March 29)

Year of birth in or before 1941 (seniors 80 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older)

 

Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton

 

Call Starting March 8: (Vaccinations starting March 15)

Year of birth in or before 1941 (seniors 80 years of age and older); year of birth in or before 1956 for Indigenous people (65 years of age and older)

 

Before calling the phone line, residents are asked to have a pen and paper, their personal health number, full name, date of birth, postal code and a phone number available.

 

VCH’s implementation of Phase 2 of B.C.’s Immunization Plan – spread the word

VCH is appealing to family members, friends, neighbours and social services agencies to help reach eligible seniors and Indigenous people in the community. Please share the COVID-19 vaccination information with people 80 years of age and older, or Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) people 65 years of age and older and Elders, to help them plan ahead for when the appointment booking phone line opens, according to age group. We encourage you to share the resources online (links below) or to print and distribute as needed to eligible seniors, their families and supports in your community and networks. Below are the current resources available, and more resources will be added to our website in additional languages.

 

The resource toolkit includes:

 

  • Information Bulletin:
  • Website Information and FAQ:
  •  Information Poster:
  •  Information for Community Partners:
  •  Social Media Posts

 

Thank you for your support and dedication to keeping seniors in our communities healthy and well as we move into this next phase of immunizations.

 

For reference, below is important contact information related to COVID-19 vaccine.

 

  • If you are eligible to book a vaccine appointment at VCH: call 1-877-587-5767. This toll free line is only for booking vaccine appointments.
  • If you have a clinical question: first speak with your family doctor or nurse practitioner, or call 811 for nursing advice prior to booking your appointment.
  • For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 1-888-COVID19 (1.888.268.4319) or visit gov.bc.ca/covid19.
  • For information on VCH vaccination clinics: vch.ca.

 

Testing

Anyone in the VCH region with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild, can now be assessed for and get a COVID-19 test. Contact your physician or nurse practitioner's office, or a local community collection centre to arrange for a test. Phone numbers and locations of collection centres can be found by visiting: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing or by calling 8-1-1. For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the website: http://www.bccdc.ca/.

 

Other resources

To find the Provincial Health Officer’s orders, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

 

To see a map of COVID-19 cases by local health area, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

 

For a listing of the community exposure events, go to: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures

 

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/

 

For community engagement opportunities at VCH, see: http://cean.vch.ca/members/current-opportunities/

 

 

Emina Dervisevic (she, her)

Leader, Community Engagement

Vancouver Coastal Health

 

mobile    236 833 1364

e-mail     [email protected]

 

I humbly acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional unceded homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

Dear VCE Families,

 

Hard to believe February is here! Thank you to everyone for helping us stay safe at school during this time. Just a friendly reminder to come and go without gathering with other families on school grounds. We need to make sure we are following our covid-19 plans which includes being a closed campus.

 

We have had a great week of literacy activities thanks to Ms. Black, the leadership students and all the staff and students that participated! Check out our entertaining VCE collaborative story below.

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Sarah Hain

Principal of Valleycliffe Elementary

 
 
VCE Collaborative Story:

 

Valleycliffe students, Kindergarten to Grade 6 wrote a developing narrative. Each class took turns adding to the story. It was a fabulous experience and a very funny result. Well done, Valleycliffe! 


Once upon a time, there were some pugs living in…..a cave in the Valleycliffe forest! The pugs liked joking around. One pug said to the group, “What do you call a number 9 that’s late? A number 9 not on time!” 


The cave had an eyeball door knocker. A funny clown with a red squishy nose showed up to the cave and knocked on the eyeball knocker. Burnaby the pug opened the door and said, “What do you think you’re doing here?” The clown said, ……“Oh pickles, I was just wondering if I could set up a circus here at your cave in Valleycliffe forest?” 


“Why don’t we let you have a little time here and see if we can make an agreement if you can set up a circus”, said the Pug. 

The clown got started putting on the circus and the Pug made a pickle party AND a banana party on the side. 


The zoo animals showed up and the clown fed them pickles from the party before they started performing….


Meanwhile, Burnaby’s friends, Jamal the pug and Jaquavus the Chicken Ninja were climbing a tree in the forest when a big spider landed on Jaquavus’ face. 


JimmyBobJoe the squirrel, and Justin the Turtle came to help but fell out of the tree and landed on the trampoline during the performance. At the same, Jaquavus flew down and began fencing with one of the clowns. 


All of a sudden one of the pug dogs noticed that their friend Cookie was trapped. A hunter from the next village over had come to the Valleycliffe forest and trapped him. He was trapped in a banana trap. The reason it is a banana trap is because the bananas were eaten by Cookie and he went right into the trap. His friends are very upset. The hunter took Cookie to the village where he was from. The hunter trapped Cookie in his house and wanted to use him to get an iPhone from the clown’s the next morning, like a trade. 


That night the other Pug’s had to sneak in to try and save Cookie. They climbed over the roof, snuck down the chimney, and rescued Cookie by using a key they found on the ground next to the trapdoor. 


Suddenly, the hunters returned. The hunters grabbed the pugs by their tails and tied the tails all together and dragged them into their car. The hunters drove them to the dog pound. The people at the dog pound felt sad about the poor pugs all tied together, and gave them a sleeping potion so they could get some rest. 


In the morning, the people at the pound untied the tails and set them free. 


But unfortunately, the people at the pound weren’t as nice as the pugs thought. They were actually sending them into a trap because they were allergic to the pugs. Luckily, Cookie was brave and used her sharp teeth to bite and sink her teeth into the trappers legs and hip. 


The relieved Pugs looked and saw a museum nearby and a dominus rex, the dinosaur from Jurassic World, coming to save them. They ran with the dinosaurs, but where they were headed was right  towards a volcano erupting and they were about to run straight into it. 


However, for some reason there was a hoverboard ready to take them off land. When they got into the air, there was a giant donut that….exploded !!….


The pugs started digging in and munching the little pieces of half chocolate/half vanilla sprinkled dipped donuts. Strangely, they fell asleep soon afterwards. However, a small strawberry donut continued to fall on Burnaby the Pug, woke him up and turned him into SuperDonut Man. Justin the Turtle came out of the volcano on his flying Lamborghini. Soon they noticed that the flying Lamborghini was fireproof because they drove right through the lava.


Finally the Lamborghini landed in a mansion and it exploded blowing up the whole entire mansion. Just when the circus people thought all hope was lost, the pugs strolled very slowly and dramatically out of the building.


The End!

 
 
Mark
Feb 5 - Last day to order Valentine's Day treats (see info below)
Feb 14 - Valentine's Day (cards only, no gifts or treats please!)
Feb 15 - Family Day
Feb 24 - Pink Shirt Day
Mar 1 - Pro-D Day
 
 
Kindergarten Registration:

 

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021/2022 school year is OPEN! We have a slightly different process this year in that an appointment will need to be made with the office prior to bringing by paperwork. Please review the registration steps here: https://www.sd48seatosky.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1109682&type=d&pREC_ID=1376621

 

Once your registration information is complete, please contact Shelby at 604-892-9394 to arrange a time come in to the school and register your student.

 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

 

PAC Meeting:

 

The next meeting will be Monday, February 8th at 7PM. The PAC will be meeting will be held via zoom, here is the link to join the meeting:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85947691421?pwd=Vk5mUHdESTBWMm1JajI4dWZCbFpjZz09

 

Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab at:

https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094514&type=d&pREC_ID=1369577

 

PAC Fundraiser:


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Today is the last day to order Valentine’s Day treats! Please order on-line at https://valleycliffepac.hotlunches.net/admin/

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Stephanie Towers [email protected] or Jennifer Bayley [email protected]

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Birthdays:

 

We want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in February! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book today.

 

 

Snow Day Fun!!

 

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Folie En Rouge will be held virtually this year! This event is usually held in person for the Squamish community of Grade 4-6’s. This year will be held online for everyone. Help support local restaurants and do take out that night too.

 

Household tickets are $10 and can be purchased through this link:

 

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/virtual-live-folie-en-rouge-friday-night-dance-party-tickets-138339843195

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCH

 

For Immediate Release | February 2, 2021  

 

VCH reminds residents to plan ahead before visiting COVID-19 test collection sites


Vancouver, BC – Since Nov. 16, all residents in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region are offered two options for COVID-19 test collection: either saline gargle or nasopharyngeal swab when they visit certain COVID-19 test collection sites. However, test collectors are reporting some recipients arrive unprepared for the saline gargle test collection, excluding this as a viable testing option.

 

VCH advises members of the public who wish to use the COVID-19 saline gargle device to avoid eating, drinking, vaping or smoking, brushing their teeth or chewing gum for at least one hour prior to taking this test. Research has shown this is necessary to ensure the test provides an accurate and reliable result.

 

To properly complete the gargle test collection, recipients must swish and gargle saline water in their mouth for 30 seconds under the supervision of a test administrator.

 

Saline gargle collection is currently available at 14 test collection sites across urban and rural VCH communities, and accounts for just over 30 per cent of all COVID-19 tests performed in the region.

 

Test collection sites, listed on the VCH website, where the gargle test collection is available include:

  • Three Bridges Test Collection Centre
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Honoria Conway at St. Vincent’s
  • DTES COVID-19 Test Collection Centre
  • North Vancouver Test Collection Centre (ICBC Capilano Claims Centre)
  • Richmond Test Collection Centre (jetSET parking lot)
  • Richmond Test Collection Centre (Richmond Hospital)
  • Squamish Assessment Centre
  • Pemberton Health Centre
  • Whistler Health Care Centre
  • Sechelt Assessment Centre
  • Powell River Test Collection Centre at the Recreation Complex (drive through)
  • W. Large Hospital
  • Bella Coola General Hospital

 

The Public Health Laboratory at the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Children’s Hospital and Provincial Lab Medicine services – all programs of PHSA – worked together to develop the gargle test at the start of the pandemic to relieve supply chain demand for swabs for nasopharyngeal sample collection. During the test’s pilot program, laboratory and medical staff found the test was also an easier and more comfortable option for children and their parents and caregivers. The saline gargle devices were first offered to school-aged children in the VCH region on Sept. 17, before it was later extended to all residents in November.

 

B.C. was the first province in Canada to offer this test collection option to its residents as part of its COVID-19 test collection protocol.

 

The BCCDC has published a simple video guide for parents and caregivers which demonstrates how they can practice with their child from home, before they arrive at a COVID-19 test collection site. A video with guidance for adults has also been created. VCH advises waiting at least two hours between practicing and doing the actual test collection to avoid affecting test results.

 

VCH continues to advise anyone with cold or flu like symptoms to use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if they require assessment or testing for the virus. The wait times for test collection is also available for those planning to get tested.

 

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CONTACT:

Rachel Galligan

Communications Leader, Public Health

Vancouver Coastal Health

Cell: 236-833-5618

Email: [email protected]

Happy New Year Valleycliffe Families!

 

I hope this message finds you well rested and ready for new possibilities. Although things are still a bit different, I hope that you are finding time to reflect on this past year and find the joy in the little things that helped us get through an uncertain time. Let’s take gratitude and appreciation into the new year to set us up for a positive year ahead.

 

We are excited to be back and we are looking forward to all the great learning opportunities the teachers have planned. Welcome back everyone!new year

 

Sincerely,

Sarah Hain

VCE Principal

 

 

 

Upcoming Parent Survey:

 

School District No. 48 principals and vice principals look forward to receiving feedback as part of their ongoing professional growth planning. I am currently seeking feedback through various surveys, interviews, and observations. A school district representative will be collecting the survey results and conducting the interviews. As part of that process, the school district will also be interviewing a sample of students. The input collected will be collated and summarized, without identifying individuals, and will be shared back with me toward my professional growth planning. As well, a district representative will be meeting with the Parent Advisory Council for further parent input. Next week a survey link will be sent to families of VCE to help support me in my role as principal.

 

We thank you in advance for your participation in this process. Your feedback is appreciated.

 

 

PROPHETIC WOMEN VOICES | CALENDAR

Jan 11 - PAC meeting via Zoom at 7pm

Jan 11 - Grade 5 MDI Survey opens

Jan 11 - 15 - Parent Survey available 

Jan 12 - French Immersion Parent Information Session

Jan 18 - Grade 4 FSA's opens

Jan 19 - Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 school year opens

Jan 29 - Pro-D day (no school for students)

  

 

Kindergarten Registration:

 

Kindergarten Registration will open on January 19th this year. Due to COVID-19, the school district is providing an online webform for parents and guardians to begin the registration process. This will avoid lineups for French Immersion and provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to book and appointment to visit the school to complete registration as there are some requirements in terms of documents and paper work.

 

All updates and registration information can be found at this link:

 

https://www.sd48seatosky.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1109682&type=d&pREC_ID=1376422

 

SD48 offers Early French Immersion Programming in the Squamish area at Ecole Squamish Elementary School and Ecole Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School at Kindergarten and grade 1 entry points. If you are interested in learning more about the French Immersion program, please review the information at this link:

 

https://www.sd48seatosky.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1109682&type=d&pREC_ID=1376434

 

 

A glimpse into some of the learning opportunities ahead throughout VCE:new year

 

Outdoor Classroom Inquiry Project

What is Beauty Speech Event

Local Landforms Inquiry

Reading Link Challenge

Global Poverty Project

Goal Setting

Energy Project

 

 

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With wind storms and snow, we want to share a friendly reminder about school closures related to extreme weather conditions.

 

Please be advised that unless there is significant damage to a school site or similar
circumstance making it impossible to operate safely (e.g. no heat), schools will remain OPEN.

 

In the unlikely event that there is a school closure, the School District will do its best to
communicate this by 7:00 am. The School District website and Twitter feed will have messages posted early in the morning, as well as individual school websites. Our media partners, such as Mountain FM also assists us with radio announcements and social media alerts. 

 

If no closures are announced, schools will be open to safely receive students. 

 

Despite each of our communities having snow removal equipment and sanders, occasionally transportation can be a challenge for our bus fleet. Our aim remains to advise families as early in the morning as possible when some busses are not operating. As we do not want to have students left standing on the side of a road waiting for a bus in the morning, we endeavor to provide warnings the evening before whenever possible.

 

Parents are responsible for taking their children to and from school safely each day. If you do not feel you can safely take your child to school, please notify the school office first thing in the morning, so your school quickly knows that your child is safe.

 

The school day may look somewhat different under these extreme conditions, but our intention, as always, will be to provide a great day of learning at each school.

 

We hope that this letter serves to provide our community with some common understanding of planning for extreme weather conditions and road closures.

 

Thank you, and please stay safe.

 

 

PAC-tivities 

PAC Meeting:

 

The next meeting will be Monday, January 11th at 7pm. The PAC will be meeting will be held via zoom, please join the meeting with this link:


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89492325808?pwd=dHl2bkRUdlhwbUlTYWZwTzZ2K0RTZz09

Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab at:

 

https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094514&type=d&pREC_ID=1369577

 

PAC Fundraiser:

 

The PAC held an on-line auction in December and would like to thank everyone that generously participated. We raised $4,849.00!!

 

 

VCE Curriculum Update:

 

A new year, a good time to review VCE school goals!

 

If students feel safe to engage actively as listeners, viewers, and readers, to develop an understanding of self, identity, and community, then they will enhance their critical thinking skills and have a deeper understanding of themselves, others and the world around them.

 

Our school learning plan focuses on the competency of thinking critically and the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement goals of creating a sense of belonging, connectedness, and responsibility in the learning environment and community. 

 

Our focus is on creating a school of learners that engage in literacy activities in meaningful ways with an emphasis on critical thinking. We do this by building a strong and connected school community with student wellness at the forefront.

 

Our definition: Critical thinking involves making judgments based on reasoning - students consider options; analyze these using specific criteria; and draw conclusions and make judgments.

 

 

January Birthdays:

 

balloonsWe want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in January! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear VCE Families,
 
Wow, can you believe it is December? Thank you to everyone for contributing to a successful first term at VCE even during extraordinary times. I am so honoured to be part of the VCE community and impressed by the resilience of our students as we have had to navigate school in new ways this year. We are looking forward to the next two weeks of learning and holiday fun at VCE, stay tuned!
 
Please take some time to go through the monthly update as there are some important tidbits to review.
 
Sincerely, 
Sarah Hain
VCE Principal
 
 
PROPHETIC WOMEN VOICES | CALENDAR
 
December 4 - 13 - Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
December 9 - Early Dismissal at 2pm
December 10 - Early Dismissal at 2pm
December 11 - Community Christmas Care pick-up
December 18 - Last day of school before Winter Break
January 4 - Back to School
 

Reminders:

 

  • Please remember during this time, VCE is a closed campus. Please pack lunches and extra clothing etc., so we can avoid more traffic throughout the day.

 

  • Need your help! We are going through a lot of plastic cups and we are trying to reduce waste. Please pack a water bottle each day for your child so we can do our part to minimize the amount of waste at VCE.

 

 

 

Upcoming cohort change in January:

 

ZonesFirst I would like to thank everyone for working with us during this time and being understanding with the protocols in place to keep everyone safe at school. One of the ways in which we can be at school is with cohorts and zones on the playground to reduce capacity and large groups in the same space. I appreciate our families working with us on this as I know this is hard when not all peers and siblings get to play together. We know this can be tricky but is something that is important to have in place right now. To create new connections and bring different peers together again, we will be switching our cohort groups with our return to school on January 4th, 2021. We recognize there is no scenario that will please all of our students but we need to remember that this isn’t forever. We are doing our very best to work within our new parameters and we will continue to do so.

 

January Cohorts

Mrs. Jajic & Ms. Dawson

Ms. Peterson & Ms. Crighton

Mr. Prescott & Mrs. Bourdon/Brant

Ms. Jones/Doherty & Mrs. Nunn

Ms. Roy & Ms. Dufty

 

These groups will share the same outside zones and can work together in other settings as well. Please understand that we will need to stick to these cohorts and will re-assess later in the year again. We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time.

 

Community Christmas Care | St. John the Divine Anglican Church

We are collecting donations for Community Christmas Care. If you are able to donate, please send money or unwrapped toys to school with your child before December 11th. We will make sure people in our community receive them. 

 

Parking Sign W/ Arrow Parking Lot SignOur parking lot is a very busy place both before and after school! Please be sure to park in a parking spot and turn your car off if you will be leaving it unattended. Safety for students, parents and staff is our main concern so please bring your patience during pick up and drop off.

 

Communicating Student Learning Update:

 

In order to gradually transition toward a modernized approach for CSL, the Board of Education has approved a transition plan where some changes will be made to the way all K-9 teachers communicate with you about student learning. The first significant change is that we will now be using the provincial report card format in MyEducation BC, which is our electronic student demographic system. The second change is that all K-9 teachers will be using the four point proficiency scale instead of letter grades to report out on student learning. It is important to point out that parents may still request letter grades during the regular reporting periods of December, March and June if desired in grades 4-6 at VCE. As part of the transition, we are getting away from set reporting times and instead sharing evidence as the learning unfolds. Your teacher will let you know when to expect your child’s progress report and when conferencing will take place.

 

For the first report, parents will receive a paper copy as well as access to the online MyEd report. In the coming weeks you will receive information on how to set up your access to the MyEd parent portal. PLEASE make sure you sign up as soon as you receive the information, as moving forward this is how you will access your future points of progress/ reports (no more paper copy). Of course if a family does not have access to the internet, we will provide what you need.

 

Please reach out to your teacher with any questions you may have around communicating student learning.

 

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair:Online Scholastic Book Fair Happening NOW!

 

VCE will be hosting a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! You can start your shopping by following this link: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5154026.

Scholastic is offering free shipping if you order on Family Night which will be Wednesday, December 10th from 6-8pm. 

 

 

PAC-tivities 

PAC Meeting:

 

The next meeting will be Monday, January 11th. Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab at https://www.sd48valleycliffe.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1094514&type=d&pREC_ID=1369577

 

PAC Fundraiser:

 

The PAC has organized an on-line auction running now until Dec 6th at 8:00pm. Check out the items for auction here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132400507473504/?ref=share

 

Thank you VCE for supporting our Art Cards and Purdy's fundraiser! These funds will go towards an outdoor structure.

 

Implementation Day:

 

VCE staff participated in Implementation Day on November 20th. Please click on the UNDERLINED part of the link below to have a look at the work we did!!

 

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Art Starts at VCE - Virtual Activities! 

 

Our students will be participating in virtual Art Starts this school year. Check out the artists we have chosen:

 

Karima Essa is Vancouver’s very own Bollywood star. A charismatic performer, choreographer and instructor, she has used her one-of-a-kind Bollywood talent to entertain audiences at festivals, theatres and schools across Canada. In 2014, her love for Bollywood took her to the screens in Mumbai as a two-time finalist on Omni TV’s
reality show, Bollywood Star. Karima showcased at ArtStarts in 2018 and has performed 100+ shows and dance residencies in B.C. schools. Karima is currently completing her Education Assistance certification and interested in exploring how dance can help improve socio-emotional skills in children with autism.

 

Kung Jaadee is a professional storyteller, educator, author, singer, drummer and dancer belonging to the X_aayda (Haida), x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam) and S?wx_wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations. For nearly 30 years, she has performed traditional Haida legends teaching universal messages about loving ourselves and others, while also sharing personal stories about her clan's survival of the smallpox epidemic and the history and hardships of her people. She has performed at hundreds of events, schools and festivals across Canada and is a published author of several essays, short stories, textbooks and children's books, including her popular books Raven's Feast and Gifts from Raven.

 

Gratitude Board:

 

GratitudeStudents and staff have been posting what they are grateful for on our Gratitude Board. We have a lot of people in this building grateful for family! 

 

A simple “Hey, I just wanted to let you know I really appreciate you and all of your efforts” email goes a long way. Email a teacher today =)

 

A big shout out to our VCE PAC –we are grateful for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December Birthdays:

 

balloonsWe want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in December! To celebrate, each student got to choose a birthday book today. 

 

Dear VCE Families,

 

November 8th is National Aboriginal Veterans’ Day. This is a day of remembrance and commemoration of the contributions of Indigenous Veterans in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War. This Aboriginal Veterans' Day, we would like to express our gratitude for the contributions Indigenous Veterans have made to Canada and the world.

 

Here is a video for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdY3BoEgdNU

 

 

Remembrance Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. People remember those who were lost in the war by holding a two-minute silence and by wearing a red poppy. We would like to express our gratitude for all of the contributions our Veterans made to Canada.

 

Stay tuned for some great ways our school and leadership students will be sharing their learning next week.

UPDATE: Communicating Student Learning –Reporting & Assessing

 

For the last four years, School District No. 48 has engaged in a Board of Education approved pilot project on Communicating Student Learning (CSL). This pilot project involved using timely descriptive feedback on student learning throughout the school year, rather than just on the three traditional report cards. The project also used a four point proficiency scale in grades 4-7 instead of letter grades. Last year this was expanded to grade 9. Some of you may have had children involved in this pilot project. Over the four years, we have gathered feedback from parents and teachers and have been refining the project design, using the feedback. We have also been working with the Ministry of Education, along with thirteen other school districts on a Provincial pilot project on CSL.

 

In order to gradually transition toward this modernized approach for CSL, the Board of Education has approved a transition plan where some changes will be made to the way all K-9 teachers communicate with you about student learning. The first significant change is that we will now be using the Provincial report card format in MyEducation BC, which is our electronic student demographic system. The second change is that all K-9 teachers will be using the four point proficiency scale instead of letter grades to report out on student learning. It is important to point out that parents may still request letter grades during the regular reporting periods of December, March and June if desired.

 

Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you with more specific information on their plans for communicating about your child’s learning progress. It is very important to us that parents and guardians understand that you can contact your child’s teacher at any time during the school year with any questions pertaining to your child’s learning.

 

In VCE News:

 

We have been learning about trauma-sensitive classrooms and would like to share the book we have been diving into this year: Fostering Resilient Learners –Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall.

 

Grounded in research, this book helps you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. The authors –a mental health therapist and a veteran principal –provide proven reliable strategies to help:

 

  • Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom
  • Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels
  • Adopt a strength-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles
  • Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help you and your students flourish

 

 

Sarah Hain

Principal of Valleycliffe Elementary

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Dates to Remember:
 
November 8 - Aboriginal Veterans' Day
November 11 - Remembrance Day (Stat Holiday)
November 12 - Virtual Meeting - VCE Goals 
November 16 - Photo Retakes Day
November 20 - Implementation Day - No School for Students
November 24 - Hot Lunch Orders Due
December 3 - Hot Lunch Day
December 9 - Early Dismissal at 2pm
December 10 - Early Dismissal at 2pm
December 18 - Last Day of School before Winter Break

 

PAC-tivities:
 
Next Meeting is Monday, November 23, 2020.
 
Updates and meeting minutes are located on the PAC page of our website.
 
The Staff at VCE are very grateful to our helpful PAC. Thank you for being an important part of the story here at VCE!!
 
 
 

We want to connect with you on our school goals!

 

To get us started, here is our goal statement for VCE this year:  

 

If students feel safe to engage actively as listeners, viewers, and readers, to develop an understanding of self, identity, and community, then they will enhance their critical thinking skills and have a deeper understanding of themselves, others and the world around them.

 

Our focus is creating a school of learners that engage in literacy activities in meaningful ways with an emphasis on critical thinking. We do this by building a strong and connected school community with student wellness at the forefront.

 

I would like to extend an invitation to all parents interested in learning more about how we are working to achieve these goals. There will also be an opportunity for you to provide input or ideas of your own.

 

If you are interested, please join us on a virtual Google Meet on Thursday, November 12th at 4:30pm for about 45 minutes.

 

The link to attend the meeting is: meet.google.com/zsv-fmxh-mix

 

Looking forward to connecting!

 

We have an updated Code of Conduct. Please review with your families, the Code of Conduct can be found here: