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Welcome to Valleycliffe for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

2022 August 31


Hello Valleycliffe Families. In my first year as a principal, I am looking forward to supporting the students and families in my community and I am particularly excited that I can walk to school.  My education career has spanned over 20 years at many schools within four school districts. I have been a classroom teacher, department head, curriculum coordinator and a vice-principal.  My eldest daughter is starting her BEd degree with plans to teach science, my son is in Grade 10 at HSS, and my youngest daughter is in Grade 7 at DRM. I look forward to meeting all of you and learning more about this beautiful school at various events over the year.


Please join me in welcoming back our returning staff and also welcoming new staff. At this point, we have three teacher new to VCE: Erin Cammell Grades 1-2, Shelley Fanzega Grade 3-4 and Lauren Shore Grade 5-6. As new staff join the team, we will welcome them in the weekly newsletter.


Throughout the year, most of the information you need can be found on the school website. If you need further assistance, or if you find information that might be outdated, please reach out to the school by emailing: [email protected]


On Tuesday, September 6th, students in Grades 1 to 6 will attend school from 8:48 to 10:00.  Students will return to their last year’s class and line up at the exterior door of the classroom upon arrival. We are trying to minimize the amount of traffic on the school grounds, so please drop your child off as close to the bell as possible and do not linger in groups, thank you in advance for your help with this. Please also pick up your child and head off the school grounds as soon as possible upon dismissal. We understand that some of you have not seen each other in a while but it is important that we adhere to our protocols to reduce traffic and keep everyone safe.


Any students that are new to the school or did not attend VCE last year, will meet in the gym to be assigned an orientation class (please enter through the gym doors to the right of the school building).


Grades 1-6 students will stay with their orientation class for the Wednesday and Thursday school day (8:48 to 3:01). On Friday, classroom placements will be finalised and students will join their teacher for the 2022-2023 school year.


Kindergarten gradual entry begins on Wednesday, September 7th. Families with kindergarten students will receive an email indicating the group # and times for next week, please contact the office if you have not received anything and we will get you that information.


Other information to get us started for the year ahead:


  • Please review the COVID-19 section of the SD48 website.
  • We ask that you do not enter the school without calling the main office to make an appointment. Please continue to email or call for general inquiries. If you do need to connect with your child, please call at the front doors and we will assist you.
  • A reminder that class placement is a complex and thoughtful process. We cannot guarantee all requests but we work as a team to make placements that create balanced classes.
  • Please bring water bottles, indoor shoes, and dress for the weather each day (more info to come on what specific teachers will want you to bring when classes are made).
  • Pack in and pack out –snacks and lunch waste – let’s try to go litter-less!
  • Please check our school website on for ongoing updates and other news.
  • You will receive emails with weekly updates on Fridays.
  • First PAC meeting will be Tuesday, September 20th (more info to come from our PAC).




Shaun Jakob


Valleycliffe Elementary School