In the News at Valleycliffe



  • Purdy’s Chocolates orders are due by Friday, November 17th and will be at the office for pickup Friday, December 15
  • Holiday Plants and Wreaths orders are due by Friday, November 24 and will be ready for pickup on Friday, December 8
  • Lovable Labels – proceeds to the PAC – ongoing
  • Nesters Gift Cards – available in $50 and $100 denominations – proceeds to the PAC (order online using the access code VCHL  at our Hot Lunch Site)
  • Save-On Foods – purchase gift cards at the cash and they can be used to pay for your grocery order right away.
  • Your Independent Grocer – drop your receipts off at the office – proceeds to the PAC

Haste BC Safe Routes to School – Haste BC has created a pamphlet for Valleycliffe Elementary which outlines the safest routes to school.  We encourage all of our students to walk to school if possible – even parking inside the 5 minute or 10 minute walk limit and walking the last part of the route offers health benefits and eases the congestion of our very small parking area.  For more information about the process and options such as a walking school bus check out the Haste BC School Travel Planning website.  You can see the pamphlet for Valleycliffe Elementary here.

Student registration – Registration forms can be found here.  Please provide your child’s birth certificate (or other Government identification) along with proof of residence when submitting your registration forms. Our school catchment area encompasses all of Valleycliffe including Valley Drive, Hospital Hill, the Plateau, Ravens Plateau and Crumpit Woods.  Kindergarten registration for September 2017 includes all children turning 5 on or before December 21st, 2017.  You must register your child at your catchment area school – for those wishing attendance at another school, please ask for information when you register at the catchment school.  If you are interested in registering your child for Cultural Journeys please register at Stawamus School.  If you are interested in Early French Immersion (Kindergarten and Grade One), registration is through Squamish Elementary or Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School.

School Supply List 2017-18



Falling Leaves, Falling Back

It has been a busy fall for staff and students for teaching and learning.

As mentioned earlier, this year, we are re-examining our School Goals.  The staff has collaborated and agreed to examine Critical Thinking as our focus this year.  Our Theories of Action are:

If children are given opportunities to develop their questioning skills, then they will be able to think more critically.

If children are given opportunities to integrate growth mindset skills, then they will be able to think more critically.

The staff has spent the collaboration afternoons planning for our learning and teaching regarding the two school goals.  The next collaboration is on Nov 9th.  The students will be dismissed at noon.

We will be asking for input and feedback from the students and parents next week to complement the school goals.

As you are aware, we are continuing to implementing the new curriculum from Ministry of Education.  If you would like to take a look at the new curriculum, please go to Tomorrow, the teachers and administrators are meeting together to discuss the implementation of the new curriculum.

Thank you to everyone for the donations to We Scare Hunger for the Squamish Food Bank.

The Remembrance Day assembly will be held on Nov 10th at 11 am.  Families are welcome to join us.

Lastly, VCE will be hosting the District staff and the School Trustees on Nov 15th for the School Improvement Plan presentation.

Thank you for your continued support.   We hope that your children find VCE a safe, happy and fun place for learning.


Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone!  We are delighted to have many new students join us at VCE this year.  As well, we are excited to welcome Mr. Hackett (Gr. 4/5), Mrs. Black (SpEd), Mrs. Dufty (Gr. 2/3 partner for Mrs. Doherty )and Mrs McPhee (Music on Tues).

The staff has been working hard to get ready for the new school year.  We spent two days in late August engaged in professional development learning more about Project Based Learning and our Assessment Practices.

This year, we are re-examining our School Goals:  Collaboration, Kindness/Empathy and Self-regulation to see if they are still relevant for our School Improvement Plan.   We will be collaborating as a staff to work on our existing/new goals and will be inviting parents and students for their input.  We are continuing with promoting Kindess. Kindness is key to having an inclusive, compassionate and respectful learning environment.

We are continuing to implement the SD 48 District Strategic Plan  The Competencies of the Goals are to: Learn, Create and Innovate, Think Critically, Contribute and Collaborate.  The Pathways to achieving our Goals are through the Strategies using improved practices in:  Assessment, Collaboration, Engagement, Play and Exploration, Purpose and Authenticity, Technology.

As you are aware, we are continuing to implement the new curriculum from the Ministry of Education.  If you would like to take a look at the new curriculum, please go to   As you will find, the Core Competencies of the new curriculum look very similar to the Competencies for our District Strategic Plan.

The Library continues to be transformed.  We would like to make the library to be more student-friendly and technology-incorporated space.  Similarly, the Maker Space is going through renovations as we prepare for this year.  We hope that it will be a collaborative learning space for students to explore, learn and build.

Thanks to the PAC, the Living Classroom and the school garden are well established.  The Living Classroom is a great resource to teach the children about nature, sustainability and stewardship.

We are happy to report that VCE and HSSS raised $ 2500 toward Kenya Tuition Fund.  The money will go toward funding secondary school students in Nanyuki, Kenya.  Ol Pejeta Conservancy is collaborating with the community leaders to distribute the funds to the most needy students.  We are grateful for the generosity of the VCE family for supporting our global initiatives.  You are making a huge difference in the lives of others half way around the world.

In making global connections, we hope to continue to Skype with students from Kenya again.  Last year, we had a chance to exchange ideas on topics such as: endangered species, school systems, indigenous education and girls’ education.  The students found that they had some differences but had much more in common.

This week, we welcomed the parents of the Kindergarten students for the Kindy Tea on Mon.  We thank the PAC for hosting this event.

We are happy to host the welcome BBQ again.  On Wed, Sept 20th, the students will be dismissed at 2 pm.  The teachers will be available to meet you between 5 – 5:30 pm.  This is not a formal parent/teacher interview.  Then, the students, staff and parents will be able to mingle and enjoy dinner together between 5:30 – 7 pm.  The school will provide the BBQ and we are asking the families to bring appetizers, salads and desserts to share.

On Fri, Sept 22nd, VCE will be participating in the Terry Fox Run.  You are welcome to join us from 2 pm.  There will be a short assembly then the run.  We are asking each student to donate a dollar toward cancer research.

On Sept 27th, there will be an early dismissal at noon in order that the staff are able to collaborate school-wide in the afternoon.

Finally, on Fri, Sept 29th, the school will be participating in the Orange Shirt Day.  This day is to honour the history of aboriginal peoples, recognize the harm from the residential schools and go forward with truth and reconciliation process.

Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward working with you this year.  We hope that your children find VCE a safe, happy and fun place for learning.