Weekly Update – September 13, 2019

Dear Families,

We are back at it and it is feeling great! This week we welcomed our Kindergarten students for full days and they are settling in well. Thank you again for making me feel so welcome. This is a wonderful school and I am excited to see where this year of learning takes us.

Please take a moment to read through these reminders and updates at VCE:

  1. Newsletters will be shared once a month and we will have updated emails throughout the month.
  2. NEW –check in and check out students at the office. Please have your child stop by the office if they are late for school and please come to the office to sign your child out if they are leaving early.
  3. PLEASE call in or email if your child is going to be away.

Reminders for a safe, caring and connected VCE:

  1. Walk your wheels on school property (scooters, bikes, etc.)
  2. Dogs on leash please!
  3. Play dates should be planned between families ahead of time.
  4. Cell phones/tech need to stay in backpacks for the day if at school (school is not responsible for lost items).
  5. School events –please come together, stay together and leave together.
  6. Consider the weather and send children to school with appropriate clothing and footwear.
  7. Check out our Valleycliffe website https://sd48valleycliffe.org/ for updates, school info and informative news for families.

Note on Emergency Procedures:

As some of you are aware, we had a Code Yellow on Wednesday, September 11th. This was to keep us safe due to a bear that was close to our school. The RCMP let us know when we were safe to play outside again. Just a reminder we will be practicing emergency procedures throughout the year, such as fire or earthquake so that students and staff are prepared in an event of an actual emergency. We do this to keep everyone safe at VCE. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Upcoming events/important dates:

  1. Early dismissal on Wednesday, September 18th at 2pm.
  2. Back to school BBQ September 18th from 5-7pm.
  3. Terry Fox Assembly/Run Friday, September 20th at 2:10pm.
  4. PAC Meeting, Monday, September 23rd at 6pm.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!


Sarah Hain

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back!

We are excited to get up and running again at VCE this school year. We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable summer break!

A few things to get started:

Students are at school from 8:49 -10am Tuesday, September 3rd. There will be an assembly at 9:15 to welcome everyone back. Parents and/or guardians are welcome to join! Please arrive on time for attendance so we can all go to the assembly together.

New Kindergarten groups will begin on Wednesday, September 4th, please check in with the office if you are unsure of the group your child is in or the time to be here.

We are very excited to have a refreshed SD48 strategic plan which includes these notable key elements:

Diversity is a strength
Inclusion is a right
Personalization is the way

Please check out our updated strategic plan at: https://sd48achievement.org/

Here is an informative article and video on heading back to school and a video for families with Kindergarten students beginning school. Please take the time to review if you are noticing your child is worried about heading back to school:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_5eiYIo1XM (Kindergarten)

I am looking forward to meeting everyone and the teachers are excited to get back to learning with you. See you on Tuesday!


Sarah Hain
Principal of Valleycliffe Elementary