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November Update

Hello VCE Families,


Wow, we are in November! I hope everyone has now settled into the school year and is communicating with their classroom teachers for any updates, questions, joys and concerns.


I wanted to take this time to give a big shout out to the Squamish Can and our VCE Outdoor Education Committee for putting on a great Fall garden program. It is so wonderful to have this space for the students to learn in and appreciate. We will continue with garden lessons in the Spring but more great things to watch out for in the living classroom coming soon.


Let’s have a great November!




Sarah Hain

Principal of Valleycliffe Elementary




New to our school or need a refresher, check out our goal statement at VCE:


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.


  • Please send your child to school with appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather
  • Please remember to send a water bottle with with your child as the water fountain is not turned on
  • Please send a mask (or 2!) to school each day
  • Please do not idle in the parking lot and if there are no parking spots available, consider parking behind the school or on a side street and walking in
  • Please do not park in the fire lane where the cones are set up
  • Remind your children to look both ways before leaving the back school trail on bike or foot as this leads to a road with traffic 
  • If you're sick, please stay home. Please continue to self assess before coming to school.
  • Please call the school from the front doors if you are needing to pick up your child or relay a message
Mark your Calendar
November 11 - Remembrance Day -no school 
November 12 - Professional Development Day
November 16 - PAC Meeting 6pm

EASE at home


EaseIt can be hard for adults to know what to say or do to ease a child’s worries, especially during times of change and uncertainty. As the most important big people in their world, parents and caregivers can help children feel safer and soften the sharp edges of whatever is making their worries grow.

To help support learning across environments, several fun and practical EASE lessons have been adapted for use by parents and caregivers to help children manage worries and anxiety at home.


The stats and figures for adolescent anxiety are on the rise, and researchers are beginning to understand why.  Follow us in this months’ Squamish thrive blog as we take a deep dive into some of the work from Madeline Levine from her book Ready or Not: Preparing Our Children to Thrive in an Anxious and Uncertain World.Ready or Not

Madeline Levine, Ph.D. is a psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author. Her New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems.  Her follow up book, Teach Your Children Well, also a New York Times bestseller, tackles our current narrow definition of success – how it unnecessarily stresses academically talented kids and marginalizes many more whose talents and interests are less amenable to measurement.  Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world.

There are currently 10 copies of this book for loan available at the MQE office.   Please come by and borrow the book if you would like to read further. 

Click here for the link to the blog :




Truth & Reconciliation



At VCE we are committed to our work towards truth and reconciliation and we want to keep our families in the loop of some of things we are not only doing to work with our students but what we are doing to learn amongst colleagues.


This month’s highlight: Decolonize First – A liberating guide & workbook for peeling back the layers of neocolonialism


Over the next few staff meetings, we will be unpacking the workbook to move towards decolonization. If you would like more information, check out Michelle Lorna Nahanee’s work here:



BCCDC  COVID 19 School Exposure Notification Infographic



Important message about TikTok online platform: TiktokThere is a trend going on right now whereby students are “challenged” to steal something from the school and make a TikTok video with the item. Please monitor your child’s access to the internet and platforms like TikTok, as well as talking about appropriate internet use and safety. You may also find the Raising Digitally Responsible Youth, A Parent’s Guide. See link here.



Cross Country Team

The Cross Country team is having an amazing season so far with one more race next week! Great job to all the participants!
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From the Garden

Our school has been so lucky to get to spend so much time in the garden this year rain or shine! They even got to make some delicious salsa!
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Classroom Learning in Action

This month's spotlight:

Ms. Peterson's Class (K/Grade 1)

We are learning about liquids, gases, and solids and all the things that scientists do like make predictions and observations, measure, explain things, and collaborate. We learned a witches brew song, then made our own version. It included mud, sticks and Stones, fake eyeballs, plastic bugs, and of course vinegar and baking soda!

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Outdoor classroom stewardship is ongoing. In this photo we are walking the indigenous plant trail and noticing that the signs need to be replaced. The new ones are ready; now we need to figure out how to mount these new ones, which are a different size.
Ms. Roy's Class (Grade 5/6)

We are working on building a strong classroom community. We have read Monique Grey Smith's book, “You Hold Me Up”. This art piece was inspired by her book. Students created a beautiful display of feathers in a range of colors. Three classes in the intermediate grades were involved in making 300 feathers in this collaborative art piece. This display has been the foundation for conversations around what lifts up the classroom community. We have discuss what we can do for each other to really lift and raise the classroom community in a thoughtful way. Students are taking photos in front of the display to post and share with their families about what holds them up.


What Lifts Me Up



The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 16 at 6pm in the gym.


Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab


The PAC is gearing up for a fun year ahead packed with events. Everything from Hot Lunch to Carnival. Stay up to date on all the news and volunteer opportunities by joining our Facebook group.


Auction Volunteers

Our annual auction is coming up.  We are looking for volunteers to help solicit donations from local businesses and post them to our Facebook Auction page. If you would like to help out, are able to donate or just want to find out more please contact Jen [email protected]


Hot Lunch


Hot lunch is by Donation.  


December 2nd Hot Lunch is still available to order. It is by donation. Thank you to everyone who donated towards Hot Lunch last month. 


Email [email protected] with questions.


*Each school year you need to re register*


Here’s how to get started…Go to Valleycliffe Hot Lunches<>


  *   Click on “Click Here to Register” (last year’s accounts have been deleted so you will need to register fresh for this year)

  *   Enter Access Code VCHL

  *   Complete the rest of the registration form. (Including your email address will ensure you receive reminder emails about hot lunch order deadlines, and your child’s hot lunch order for the upcoming week)

  *   Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom

  *   Follow the instructions to add each child in your family who attends Valleycliffe School

  *   Once your child(ren) are registered, click on “Orders”

  *   Proceed to order hot lunch for your child(ren)



Valleycliffe Elementary School Calendars are now available! The calendar has all school closures and early dismissals. With photography generously donated by Tim Cyr. Cash, cheque and e-transfer available. You can now order on the Hot Lunch system Or E-transfer to [email protected] and make sure to include your name and "school calendar" in the message. Pick up Thursday's from 3-3:15 at the front door of the school. Or contact Jen at 604-561-4900 to make other pick up arrangements.



Purdy's Chocolate Fundraiser


PurdysSupport the PAC by ordering Purdy's chocolates!

We get money from every sale and you get chocolates made in Canada with premium quality ingredients, and sustainable cocoa. Money raised goes towards PAC support programs.  This year we are raising money for Gymnastics and Sound Kreations Dance as well as much more.


Please click the link and sign in or create an account to view the catalogue and place an order.

Order deadline is Nov 17th.  Orders will be available for either pick up or delivery Dec 3rd.


We prefer online orders but understand that might not always be possible. Paper forms available by messaging Jennifer Kelly.


November birthdays:Balloons


We want to wish a happy birthday to all of our students born in November! To celebrate, each student gets to choose a birthday book on the last Friday of the month.