Feeling the Valleycliffe Love

The month of May has been very busy at VCE and June promises to be as full of events.   A big thank you to all PAC members for putting on the wonderful Carnival. It was a fun-filled night full of games, special effects and great food. We appreciate the time and effort that the parents put toward this fundraiser. As well, a thank you to all staff who helped with decoration, face painting and running of the concession.

We would like to congratulate Mrs. Lake and Mrs. Pawlett on their retirement. We thank them for their years of service. They will be missed at VCE.

Last week, the Skype session went smoothly with the students of HSS, VCE and the students of Nanyuki, Kenya on the topic of endangered species and wildlife conservation. We learned about the Big Five (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and poaching issues. The Kenyan students learned about our whales, bears and owls and habitat loss. They also chatted about school life, hobbies and pop culture in both countries. We hope to have more Skype sessions in the future.

Camp Summit has been a wonderful experience for Mrs. Dawson and Mrs. Doherty’s classes. Students had the opportunity to try new activities in the outdoors to be part of nature, develop strong friendships and build self-confidence. The students tried their hands at archery, field games & sports, high ropes, mountain biking, camp fire and many more. We are sure that the students will remember this experience for a long time to come.

This week, we were treated to a wonderful musical interlude by HSS Concert and Jazz bands thanks to Mrs. Booth and Mr. Olafsson. The students were exposed to different styles of music. We appreciate the many talented musicians from HSS. On June 19th, we are looking forward to being treated to a concert by the DRS band and VCE Strings.

Starting Monday, the students will be mentored by the staff from iRIDE. The students should bring their bikes and helmets from Monday to Thursday. You can check out for more information at: http://cyclingbc.net/youth/iride-school-program/

To help with transition for next year, the Gr. 6 students will be making a visit to DRS on June 8th. As well, transfer students from SWE will be visiting us on June 16th. We are also hosting a family BBQ on June 17th where families (new and present) are invited to meet and greet with one another. The BBQ will be provided by the school and we are asking families to bring a side dish to share.

The Virtue of June is “Love”. There will be an assembly on June 4th to introduce the Virtue an to explain two important upcoming events: Balding for Dollars and the Sports Day. Balding for Dollars will be held at VCE on June 8th at 10 am to increase awareness and fundraise for Childhood Cancer. If you would like to donate, please go to http://www.baldingfordollars.com/ and donate to the team “Valleycliffe Elementary Shave for the Brave”. We also have paper donation forms in the office. We are also looking for “Shavees” so if you are brave enough, please let us know.

On Fri, June 5th, the annual Sports Day is coming up. There are many great events planned by the staff and there will be a hotdog sale organized by the PAC. The day should be awesome.

On a special note, VCE would like to thank brand.LIVE for donating a pair of weekend passes to Squamish Live (worth $722). If you would like a chance to win the passes, the tickets are on sale in the office for $10 each. The proceeds raised will go toward VCE Strings program and Kenya Tuition Fund. The draw will be on June 25th at 9 am so please buy your tickets ASAP.

Finally, the after school activities continue. In June, we have soccer on Tues, gym games on Wed and crafts on both days between 3:30 and 4:30 pm. These activities are open to Gr.3 to 6 students.

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