Welcome Back Valley View Voyageurs!
It has been a very exciting and different start up this year but all the students and staff that in the school have been doing a fantastic job of following all the new protocols and guidelines put in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. We have 125 of our Valley View students registered in the Hub online learning program. With so many students not returning to in person learning we had to close four physical classrooms but we were able to keep all of our teachers here. Mrs. Trotter (Ms. Cuggy), Mrs. Cormack, Mrs. Kear and Ms. Schmitz are all teaching a Hub class and may be re-opening their classrooms at the end of January.
So many classes have been taking their learning outside to enjoy our mild Fall weather and to take a mask break. All students and their teachers are very settled into routines and are working towards learning goals and targets. Please tell your child's teacher about the learning goals and targets you have for your child as they contact you by telephone and/or email during the Parent Teacher Conferences this week.
Please remember to do the daily health screening with your child. If your child comes to school and exhibits COVID 19 like symptoms, we will be calling for your child to be taken home. The Alberta Health Ministry has posted a document called COVID 19 Student Illness at School which has guided school decisions to send a student home.
Student Illness at School
Thanks for your ongoing support and cooperation. Take good care!
Wow! What a year it has been. There have been many challenge this year - some good and some not so good. With any challenge comes the opportunity to demonstrate resilience, perseverance and hope. If the positive response of our students and staff to all of the challenges we have faced this year is any indication we are in for a fantatistic school year in 2020-2021.
As this school year draws to a close I reflect on the many wonderful things that have happened this year: field studies, assemblies, spirit days, student led and inspired projects and discoveries, the Student Advisory Committee, the many Google Meets and Google Classrooms, the community parades, the whole staff response to literacy intervention work, our school patrols....There are too many things to list.
What has stood out the most for me this year is how we rallied around our families who suffered loss or great hardship. Our learning family showed great support and compassion by donating clothes, food, money and the services of their businesses to lift these families and help them through their time of greatest need.
I am so grateful to the students, staff and families of Valley View School. I am so priveleged and honoured to be part of this Learning Community. I am looking forward to September when we will get to be face to face again and continue our learning journey. I wish all of you a safe and healthy summer break. Take good care of each other!
The Calgary Board of Education posted new fees for Transportation, Lunchroom Supervision and Student Supplies. With many education grants changing or being cancelled, all of these fees increased. A survey was sent out to all of the families that attend the Science Program as they were the most affected by the change of fees. The survey asked how many families would still be attending the Science Program with the changes to these fees.
From the chart, you can see that the majority of our Science Program families have agreed to pay the new fees and return to Valley View for the 2020-2021 school year.
On May 15th, 2020 a survey was sent out to all of the families who currently have students attending the Science Program at Valley View and to the families that are interested in joining the Science Program in September. The reason for this survey was to gather input from families about changes to the fees and schedules for Transportation for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Kindergarten only survey had three questions:
1. There is no mid day bus. Please indicate which choice of proramming you would prefer.
a. I will bring my child to and from school every day on my own.
b. AM/PM I will permit my child to ride the bus to or from school and pick them up/drop
them off mid day.
c. AM/PM I will have my child ride the bus to and from school. They will attend Monday
and Wednesday all day and some Fridays (AM class) or Tuesday and Thursday and
some Fridays (PM class).
57% of the families who answered the survey responded in favour of option C.
2. If you choose the full day option, your child will need to stay for lunch. Please indicate which lunch option you prefer.
a. I will make my own lunchroom supervision arrangements. No fee.
b. I will allow my child to stay for lunch two days a week for approx. $137 dollars.
67% of the families who answered the survey responded in favour of option B.
3. All students are requested to have an inside pair of shoes and a backpack that hey bring from home. For other supplies, please check the option that your family would prefer.
a. If I am given a list, I will purchase all the supplies.
b. I will pay $20 to the school to have all student supplies purchased.
69% of the families who answered the survey responded in favour of option B.
By Friday, April 17 all of the teachers here at Valley View will have hosted at least one Google Meet session for all of their students and will have two or more assignments posted in their Google Classroom for students to engage in.
Please note that this online platform can not and will not replace the instruction that your child was receiving while attending classes here at school. These Google Classrooms are remote emergency teaching as teachers are working from home to support all students.
The Alberta Minister of Education has stipulated that K-5 teachers prepare five hours of instruction each week. This includes the time that students would be meeting with their teacher on line. The focus of the lessons is to be on literacy and numeracy. For students in grades four and five, teachers may also include Social Studies and Science content.
This is not a time for lots of new learning but rather a time of reinforcing what has been learned and enhancing students' current knowledge and skills so that they can apply their understandings to a broad range of circumstances. What is most important is that we maintain our positive relationships and take care of each other.
I hope all of you are well. Take good care.
Wow, what a difference a few weeks can make. In my 32 years as an educator with the Calgary Board of Education I have never experienced anything like what we are experiencing now. I truly hope that all of our Valley View families are well. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are struggling to provide food and other basic necessities for your family as many organizations are reaching out to schools to see how they can help.
Next week, April 13-17,we will have some food available for pick up. I will send out a School Messenger notice to give the details as soon as they are confirmed.
By Tuesday, April, 14 all of the teachers including the Medicine Wheel Early Learning Centre - Ms. Nakia and Ms. Brenda will have some online learning set up. The Kindergarten to Grade 5 teachers will have Google Classrooms set up. Your child will get an invitation to join through email. Please contact your child's teacher directly if you don't hear from them by telephone or email by next Tuesday.
Be safe and stay healthy everyone.
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.
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.
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 - email@example.com
Take good care!
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.
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