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March 05
March Updates

​It is so nice to have more sunshine these days. Hopefully the coldest days are behind us. March can still be a chilly month so it is important to send your child to school each day dressed for inclement weather. We have completely exhausted our reserves of spare mittens and boots. We still have a supply of rubber boots so if your child is in need of a pair - please send them to the main office so that we can help them out.

Safety has become an issue around our school as some parents are choosing convenience over the safety of all of our students. We have had an increasing number of families park in the no stopping and bus zones. We have many cars driving in and out of our parking lot frequently. There have been a larger number of people standing in the front hallway afterschool that are coming to pick up students that we do not have on our records as someone who has authority from the parent to take the children home. Safety is very important to the Calgary Board of Education and to myself. For the safety of all the students please observe the no parking and no stopping signs and wait in the designated areas to pick up students afterschool. 

As we get closer to Spring Break there are many things going on at Valley View School. On Fridays, the Student Advisory Committee is still selling snacks. This committee has raised enough money now to send three students to camp who may not have been able to attend due to the costs. Our Parent Council is still very active in our school with a meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 6pm and a "Yard Sale" that is happening during the conferences on March 19 and 20. There is a group of grade five students and their families who will also be hosting a bottle drive during the conferences to help raise money for camp.

With the new provincial budget that has recently been shared it is important for your voice to be heard. So far there is a survey about transportation in CBE that has been sent home to all staff and parents. It is important to respond to these surveys to support our school. If transportation costs increase greatly, the Science program would be deeply affected. We are also worried about having larger classes as a result of the recent provincial budget. Ideas on how we are resourcing schools are surfacing and will be ongoing until the end of May. At the end of May we need to have a balanced budget prepared to share with the Education Minister and the Education Department of Alberta.  Please complete the surveys that are coming out on how to utilized fees and grants for educational services.  If you value what we have, you need to make that opinion heard.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming conferences and wish all of you a safe and happy holiday break starting March 20 - April 5, 2020.

December 20
December Updates

​The concerts that happened on Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19 were OUTSTANDING! Thank you to all of the students and staff who worked so hard to show their gifts and talents during these two very special events. 

We are very pleased to announce that we will not have to lay off any of our teaching or support staff. There was a worry that with the budget shortfall that is facing the Calgary Board of Education, that some staff may need to be cut.  I am proud to announce that we will not see any of this happening at Valley View School this year.

Watch for the posting of the Open House for the Science Program for the 2020-2021 School Year. We will be meeting over at Ian Bazalgette School at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 16th. If you have another child that is ready to join our program or you know of someone who may be interested, this meeting will help to get the process started.

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will start on January 20 for all schools.

All of the grade five students are invited to got to camp in May. To get the information and to show your interest there will be a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, January 23 in the gym. Watch for times on our webpage. 

We will have much more information to share about the happenings at Valley View School in January.  Until then, have a happy and healthy Winter Break.

September 09
September Updates

Wow! It is hard to believe that we have almost been at school for a month now.  Time flies when you are having fun. There are so many wonderful learning experiences and engaging tasks happening in our school it is easy to lose track of time. This month there are a number of special days and events that you will want to watch out for:

​September 10th - Parent Council 6pm
September 10th - Holy Cross Schools invites our parents to a presentation on Safe
                          Social Networking at 6:30pm
September 11th - Rooms 22 and 24 on a Community Walk
September 12th - Healthy Hunger lunch - Coco Brooks: sponsored by Parent Council
September 13th - 2nd Student Advisory Committee Meeting
September 19th - All grade four and five students to Beakerhead
September 19th - 9am Assembly for K-3 students from Beakerhead 
September 19th - 4-6pm FREE BARBECUE for students and families
September 19th - First Parent Teacher Conference 4-8 (no appointments, drop in)
                           Staff to enjoy the Barbecue from 4:30 - 5 pm
September 20th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Parent Teacher Conferences - drop in from 8-12
September 24th - Rooms 10 and 12 on a Community Walk
September 26th - Terry Fox Run
September 26th - Healthy Hunger lunch - Extreme Pita: sponsored by Parent Council

First week of October, students in grades K-2 will be eligible for a Fluoride Treatment. Please return the permission forms as soon as you can.

The grade five students would like to take on more responsibility by doing some fund raising for Outdoor School. Every Friday, grade five students and members of the Student Advisory will be selling snacks from a cart that they will be wheeling around the school. Snacks will range in price from $0.25 to $1.00.
Please remember to send your child to school with the appropriate outdoor wear to match the weather. We have had a few students caught without warm coats or a rainproof jacket when they were outside to play. Unless the weather is extreme, we will always go outside for recess and during the lunch break.
Thank you to everyone who has already subscribe to our School Messenger. This allows your child's teacher and our administrative staff to send out important and timely messages. 

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences. If you have any questions or concerns, it is best to reach me by email - smpalmer@cbe.ab.ca 

Take good care!

May 28
May Updates

​Apologies for not posting a message sooner. Everyone in our Valley View Learning Community has been working very hard over the past two months as we make the final push to acheive many great things before the end of the school year. You may have noticed that our school is under construction. We have a crew that will be working on our roof from now until late into the summer to repair and replace our roof. Please be courteous to the construction crew and refrain from trying to move the fence that has been erected for everyone's safety. For further safety and security, a security camera will be monitoring the site 24/7.  Recently our patrol team was recognized by our School Resource Officer for their outstanding work at the cross walk.  Way to go patrollers! In early June, many of our students will be participating in the Thermopylae (Muddy Obstacle Running Course) and the Diversity Cup Soccer Tournament.  Watch the calendar for those dates and come and cheer on our teams.  On June 6th at 9:15 am and 1:00pm we will have two shows of The Three Little Pigs by Evergeen Theatre. On June 7th we will have our Student Talent Show at 10am. We hope to see you there. Our last parent council meeting for this school year is on Tuesday, June 11 at 6pm. If your child rides the bus to school it is important to register for transportation by the end of May. This will ensure that a congregated stop can be planned closest to where all of our families reside. Don't miss out. More updates to come as June is a busy month and there will be many more things to share. 

March 15
Spring Updates

​Sorry for not updating this sooner. We have so many wonderful things going on at Valley View School I have been very busy visiting classrooms and celebrating great learning and achievement. We have recently had several assemblies. One was about kindness, one was about responsibility and one was to celebrate Valley View's Diversity Cup Soccer Team receiving a banner for demonstrating Leadership. WOW! With Spring Break happening from March 22 until April 7 we will be doing a big school clean up. If you are going to be cleaning up around your home too please bring your refundable bottles or cans and any clothing donations to the trailers that will be parked in the lot during the Student Led Conferences the evening of Thursday, March 21 and during the day on Friday, March 22. We are very excited to have our students share their learning with all of you and talk about what they are proud of, any struggles they had and how they overcome these struggles to finally setting new goals for achievement during the final stretch of our school year. Our secretary, Ms. McKeever has been updating our webpage and calendar frequently. Please check the other parts of our website to stay up to date on the above mentioned events and many others. Have a happy, healthy and safe Spring Break.

January 11
Registration Starts Jan. 14

​Even though it is only half way through this current school year we are beginning to look ahead at planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Registration for our Community Kindergarten Program begins on Monday January 14th. To register please bring proof of where you live, your child's birth certificate and your patience as there are some forms that need to be completed. Please note that even though we have been the beneficiary of a full day Kindergarten Program this year, it is not a guarantee for next year. 

Registration for our Science Alternative Program will begin immediately following the presentation that will be held at Ian Bazalgette School on Thursday, January 17th. If you are not able to attend this session, the presentation will be posted to the Valley View website on Friday, January 18th. Viewing the presentation is the first step to apply to the Science Program.  For more details, contact our main office and check out the links we have added to our webpage.

December 21
December Updates

Thank you to the students, staff and families who made our Winter Celebrations this week so successful. It was heart-warming to see all of our students so happy and excited to perform for their families and to see the same energy and enthusiasm being reflected back at them by their parents.

This month we wrapped up our ‘Wonder Time’ until Spring. In January, as the weather turns colder, we will be starting different clubs and games over the lunch time. We made a switch to move the lunchroom into classrooms and down by the Learning Commons to allow the gym to be open for different activities.  Please ask your child how they feel about the lunchroom change and tell them to watch for an opportunity to play a game, join a club or do some other worthwhile activity at lunch in the near future.

Please remember that our school will be closed for Winter Break from December 22nd until January 9th. School will reopen again on Thursday, January 10th at 8am.

Here are some important dates coming up in January 2019

January 1st          - Happy New Year
January 10th       - First Day Back to School after Winter Break
January 12th       - Science Kindergarten AM Class Attends
January 14th       - Grade Four – Calgary Tower
January 17th       - Open House for Science Alternative Program at our
                              School and at Ian Bazalgette –
                               ​Hosted at Ian Bazalgette School at 6:30
January 18th       - Science Kindergarten PM Class Attends
January 24th        - Grade Two – Fort Calgary
                             -Celebration of Learning – Whole School 6pm -7pm
                             -Mandatory Meeting for Parents of Grade Five
                              Students that will go to Camp 6:20
January 25th       - Science Kindergarten AM Class Attends
January 28th       - Report Cards go Home

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

November 23
November Update

It has been a very busy month so far as we have had many field studies to places like The Calgary Tower, The Glenbow Museum, Studio Bell, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Heritage Park and Telus Spark. 

On November 9th we had a Remembrance Day Assembly that was organized and hosted by our Grade 4/5 Classes.  Thank you to all of the students and staff (Mr.Liu, Mrs. Lewis and Mr. Affeld) in rooms 5,6 and 8.  Your presentation was respectful, meaningful and heartfelt. Thank you to the choir, Mrs. Brown and Ms. Miao​ for performing at the assembly as well. Your song was a great tribute to our Veterans and fallen soldiers. 

We have begun Wonder Time. Students have been involved in self selected learning on a variety of topics.  We have two more sessions left on Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 14th. Please ask your child what session they have been attending and what "Wonderful" things they are learning.

Thank you to all of the families that attended our parent teacher conferences Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.  It was great to have the chance to continue our conversations about your child's learning and acheivements to date.

Important dates coming up in December are:

  • ​​Wednesday, December 5 - Grade 4 to the Military Museum
  • Friday, December 7 -NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY - no school for students
  • Wednesday, December 12 - Grade 2 to the Humane Society
  • Friday, December 14 - Wonder Time 8:30-9:30
  • Friday, December 14 - Assembly by the grade 2/3 classes with the theme of Generosity, 9:30
  • Wednesday, December 19 - Winter Celebration (classes participating: Ms. Hickerty's AM and PM Science Program Kindergarten classes ,Ms. Vass and Ms. Hansen's grade one classes, Ms. Craig and Ms. Smith's grade two classes, Mrs. Montgomery and Ms. Moore's grade four classes and Ms. Miao and Ms. Dick's grade five classes.  approx. 6-7 pm​ 
  • Thursday, December 20 - Winter Celebration (classes participating: Ms. Frey's Community Kindergarten Class, Ms. Cuggy's Medicine Wheel Kindergarten Class, Mrs. Bjornson and Ms. Skikevitch's grade one classes, Ms. Meil, Mrs. Bercovice and Ms. Paul's grade two/three classes, Mrs. Pedrotti's and Ms. Paddon's grade three classes and Mr. Affeld, Mrs. Lewis, and Mr. Liu's grade four/five students.  approx. 6-7 pm.​
  • Friday, December 21 - Last day of school before the Winter Break - all staff and students are invited to wear their pajamas
  • Winter Break is from Dec. 22-Jan 9
  • Classes resume on Thursday, January 10, 2019

October 30
Monthly Update

​We have had a very busy month of getting to know the students better and continue to build our school community. We will be starting something called Wonder Time on November 2nd. This time will be student driven as students will be choosing an area of learning that they have great interest in and go deeper into the practice or study of that concept. We will be mixing all of the students across the grades and the two programs to pursue our passions and become energized by our learning. Stay tuned for details.

I continue to struggle with the editing process for our web page, especially the calendar part.  I am pasting below a list of events coming up in November until I am able to edit the calendar. I will also continue to use School Messenger to provide updates about things going on in the school or important dates to remember (i.e. parent teacher conferences). Please make sure you have subscribed to receive our messages.

Thanks so much.

Shawn Palmer

Important Dates in November

2 Wonder Time – 8:15-9:45

6 Rooms 10&12 to the Glenbow Museum, Rooms 1&3 to the Calgary Tower

7 Rooms 9&11 to Studio Bell, Room 24 to the Calgary Tower

8 Picture Retake Day

9 Remembrance Day Assembly approx. 10:30, Kindergarten: Science to Bird Sanctuary

15 Rooms 9&11 to the Glenbow Museum

16 Wonder Time – 8:15-9:45

20 Rooms 16&18 to the Glenbow Museum

22 Early Dismissal at 12:15

22 Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8pm

23 Parent Teacher Conferences 8-1 – No School for Students

30 Wonder Time – 8:15-9:45

September 03
September News

Thank you to all of the students, families and staff that have made our 2018-19 school start up so smooth. 

Please note that our bell times have changed slightly. We start at 8:00am every day. We dimiss at 2:32 Monday - Thursday. Friday we dismiss at 12:15. The lunch time is from 11:48 until 12: 46. Please do not send your child to school before 7:45 in the morning or before 12:30 during the lunch hour so that we can ensure we have adequate supervision in place to take care of them.

Teachers will be communicating with families through a variety of means. Your child will have a blue folder to bring home daily notices, homework or home reading books. You may also recieve messages through our SchoolMessenger System that will send you a phone call, email and/or text message about important whole school events. Your child's teacher may also email, call or try to meet with you right after school to share information with you about your child's learning. Please contact your child's teacher directly if you have any concerns or questions. We will also be posting news and events on our school web page. Please check the webpage frequently.

I'm looking forward to working with all of you towards a very successful school year.

Shawn Palmer


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