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March Update

Happy March VCE Families! 
 
We are getting excited to share all of the great projects and learning at our virtual exhibitions next week! The classes have been doing a lot of great learning and they are excited to share it with you! 
 
With Spring break around the corner, please take the time to check out our growing lost and found. Starting next Monday end of day, we will be setting it up at the front of the school. Any remaining items will be donated. 
 
Bring your Spirit Monday! March 7th will be Inside out/Backwards Day!
And Bring your Spirit Friday! March 11th will be PJ Day! 
 
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
 
Sincerely,
Sarah Hain
VCE Principal
 
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Mark your Calendar
 
March 7 - Inside out/Backwards Day
March 7 - Primary Library Book Return - Primary grades, please return all your library books
March 7 - 10 - Scholastic Book Fair
March 8 - PAC meeting at 6pm (Virtual)
March 10 - Early Dismissal (2pm)
March 11 - PJ Day
March 11 - Last day of school before Spring Break
March 14 - 25 - Spring Break
March 28 - First day back after Spring Break
 
 
Acts of Kindness
 
 

Criminal Record Check

Do you want to go on class field trips? Then you need to make sure you have a valid criminal record check at the office. Criminal Record Checks can take a few weeks to process, so don't wait until the last minute. Please contact the office at [email protected] to be sent the forms to complete your check.

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Term 2 Reporting

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 May 15th.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 (this may be different timing than other classes).

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 Wednesday, March 9th for your viewing.

Common to both (please read):

  • We will no longer send home paper reports as report cards will be posted on the MyEd Parent 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.
  • If you do not have the information to access MyEd, 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 with a computer:  https://youtu.be/ngiwWICCahI 

Collecting report cards with a mobile device: https://youtu.be/Bux6jdcVhbs  

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]

Drumming Workshop

 

 

Classroom Learning in Action

This month's spotlight:
 

Ms. Dufty's Class (Grade 4/5)

 

Miss Dufty’s class has been busy this term. We are working hard on our individual reading goals and learning to write creatively using the 7 steps program. In Science, we have been learning about the digestive system through interactive experiments. We are learning to divide and about fractions in math class. In Physical Education we are creating our own games to teach our classmates and Kindy buddies. ADST has us creating code for Cubetto. Lastly, we are learning to draw defining features of animals and mythical creatures such as dragon eyes, cats, dogs and birds in a collage style piece.

 

Dufty

 

Ms. Pender's Class (Grade 1)

 

Ms. Pender’s class has been busy! This month in literacy they have working on oral story telling. With the help of Ms. Roberts the grade 1s have become proficient at including a main character, setting, problem, solution and feelings. They are also learning to use connecting words such as: because, then, when, and after. They have started to use “sparkly” words such as: enormous, horrible, and fantastic to make their stories more interesting for the listener. Soon they will be recording their stories to share with an audience.

 

In social studies Ms. Pender’s class has been learning about the local community. They have participated a variety of local experiences to help them understand the different features of our community. They have visited the gondola, gone skating twice and are learning about the nature around them through our school’s outdoor education program.

 

In art Ms. Pender’s class is leaning about holidays around the world. They have created tiger themed art as part of their learning about Lunar New Year (the year of the tiger). They have also created art based on the works of Alma Woodsy Thomas as part of their learning around black history month. Ms. Pender’s class can’t wait to share more of what they have been learning during the learning exhibition!

 

Ms Penders class

 

Book Fair - March 7 - 10

Book Fair

Resources Regarding the Crisis in Ukraine:

We wanted to provide some age-appropriate resources to help with your conversations at home should anything come up about what is going on the Ukraine. Please see below if you are interested in these resources:

 

How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.

 

Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.

 

 

Lost & Found

Starting Monday after school, we will be putting the lost and found items outside the front doors for you to look through. Please come and take a look for anything that might not have made it home. Unclaimed items will be donated.
 
Lost & Found
PAC-tivities
 

Playground Makeover

The students are working on ideas to give the playground a make-over and add some new equipment.

While they are working on the plans we wanted to kick off some fundraising starting with a returnables/bottle drive.

Drop your recyclables at the express drop off using 604-561-4900 for the VCE PAC or text 604-561-4900 or email [email protected] with your address for pick up.

 

Encorp Pacific (Canada) - Return-It Express

Encorp

 

 

Happy Hippo

 

The PAC are excited to launch a brand new fundraiser in support of the Playground Makeover!

Happy Hippo Bath Company - beautiful bath and skin care products.

 

Click the link to the fundraising site to make a purchase and 25% will go towards the Playground Makeover. Make sure to select Valleycliffe Playground Makeover Fundraiser on your shopping cart page. 

 

The order deadline is March 20th.

 

Orders will be ready for pick up approx 4-8 April.  Right in time for Easter, if you celebrate it, but also perfect for anytime.     All Products – Happy Hippo Bath Co (hippofundraiser.com)

 

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

Happy Hippo

 

HOT LUNCH

 

Hot Lunch – April 7 & May 5

 

Here’s how to get started…Go to Valleycliffe Hot Lunches Hot Lunches - Valleycliffe Elementary PAC 

 

  • 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 botton

  • 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)   

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

Want to help out?

 

There will be lots of opportunities to help in the coming months - email [email protected] if you want to learn more about any of these positions or join the FB page @ Valleycliffe Elementary PAC | Facebook

 

Milk and fruit coordinator

Hot lunch helper - be the hero with the pizza!

Fundraising - whether you are a fundraising leader, want to help run one or have new suggestions let us know.

Bottle Drive helper - help fundraise by collecting and dropping off returnables at the depot.

Manual labour - get fresh air and exercise in Outdoor Classroom & Indigenous Trail, we get together 1 - 2 times a year to clean up, plant and weed. 

 

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 8 at 6pm online.

 

Minutes from previous meetings are available under the PAC Tab

 
 
 

March birthdays:Balloons

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REMINDERS (please):
 
  • If your child is sick or won't be attending school, please contact the office at 604-892-9394 or email [email protected] to let us know
  • Remember to send a water bottle with with your child as the water fountain is not turned on
  • PLEASE do not park in the fire lanes
  • Call the school from the front doors if you are needing to pick up your child or relay a message

 

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