May 02

As we head into the final stretch of the school year, we want to remind everyone of the importance of staying focused and positive. Challenges and obstacles may be ahead, but we know we can overcome them together. We are working hard to support everyone and finish the school year on a high note. May is a time of renewal and growth, and we hope to cultivate these qualities in all our students, parents, and staff.


Important Dates in May:

May 1 - 5 – West Coast Sailing Trip

We have 13 students and 2 staff aboard a sailboat exploring the West Coast. These students will be able to learn about the flora and fauna, the area's tide pools, sailing, and kayaking.


Professional Learning Day May 5

This Friday, teachers will spend the day working with and understanding the CBE's Student Well-Being Framework to advance student well-being. Thank you to our Parent Council for allowing us to bring guest speaker Jessica Janzen. Jessica is a renowned speaker who addresses resiliency, wellness and mental health of ourselves so we can care for others. Our day will focus on creating: School Connectedness and a Sense of Belonging and Resilience and Mental Health.


Basketball Season Continues

Our junior and senior girls' and boys' teams continue to play hard and compete as strong athletes in our basketball season. We thank the parents who come out to watch and support our players. Our next at-home games are on May 2 and May 17. A reminder, as per the Basketball Association, all student spectators must be under the direct supervision of an adult to attend an evening basketball game.  


Provincial Achievement Tests

Our students in grades six and nine will write their PATs over two days.

May 15:

Gr 6 French Language Arts Part A

Gr 9 English Language Arts Part A

May 17:

Gr 6 English Language Arts Part A

Gr 9 French Language Arts Part A


Parent Council

Our final 2022/23 school year meeting is May 16 at 7:00 pm in the Learning Commons. Please join us as we say goodbye to many amazing parents who have served on our parent council for many years. We are most appreciative of their commitment and contributions to our school community.


Fine Arts Evening May 18

Please join us to celebrate the student who shines through the Arts beginning at 6:30 pm. This evening is an opportunity for our band students to perform and share their growth as musicians. In addition, this evening will be an opportunity for our drama students to shine. We have had many students regularly attend our lunchtime Drama club this year. Students will be performing on a schedule of short plays and skits they have rehearsed for some time. We are proud of our performers and hope you will join us to enjoy their performances.


Victoria Day – May 22 – No School


May 29 is Election Day/Professional Learning Day – No School.



  • Due to the Grade 9 Farewell on June 8, the cafeteria will be closed for lunch for all students.
  • The final day to buy lunch cards will be June 14.
  • The cafeteria will close on June 22. In addition, all cards will expire on June 22, as no cards will be carried over to the 2023/24 school year.


We also want to acknowledge our parents and staff for their unwavering support and commitment to our school community. We appreciate all the time and effort you put in to make our school a welcoming and inspiring place for our students.

Thank you for being a part of our fantastic school community. We couldn't do it without you!


Proud Principal,


Apr 06

April marks the month of the return of mud puddles, tulips, and the downhill slide to June. It is always remarkable how fast the next three months pass. We have many important events, deadlines and activities ahead.


April 11, 5:00-7:00 pm

We are hosting our grade three parent orientation evening to allow families to come tour the school and learn about our middle school expectations and schedules. Leadership students will welcome families at the front door to informally tour them in small groups around the different areas of the school. Then, we will begin our formal presentation at 6:00 pm in the gymnasium. This opportunity is open to any of your new families who are joining us in the fall and who are not in grade four as well.


Option Selections - Grades 7- 9

During the week of April 17, students will select their options for next year. Student interest, available staff and resources dictate our option offerings. We will send a messenger home when students can make option selections online.  


Provincial Achievement Tests - Grades 6 and 9

Students will begin preparing for their written language arts provincial test in the coming weeks. Alberta Education chooses Test dates, and are as follows;  

May 15 - Gr 6 French LA and Gr 9 LA

May 17 - Gr 6 ELA and Gr 9 French LA


Field Trip Fees 

All upcoming field trip fees will be added to your CBE account; please regularly check for new additions. There are many upcoming field trips in the coming months.


A Reminder of School Expectations

AWAY FOR THE DAY - our policy remains in place—no phones are allowed in the gathering area, classrooms, or gym. Phones should be locked in lockers unless a teacher makes an exception. Cell phones can be used outside of the school at lunchtime.


Hoods - We are seeing more students wearing their hoods up. All hoods should be down as it is a safety issue if we can't identify someone with a hood. 


Basketball Reminder -  there are no spectators at basketball practices.  

Basketball games - all spectators must be with an adult/parent. Thank you for assistance supporting our athletes and keeping the focus on the game and not spectator behaviour.


Many Thanks Are in Order

Thank you to parents for participating in our open format Parent Teacher Conferences. We saw many smiling faces, and know parents had an opportunity to speak with a variety of teachers that they may not have had a chance to see, booking only with a homeroom teacher. We know that every interview format has pros and cons and that this format only works for some families. Next year, we will gather your feedback and re-evaluate to find the best approach for our families.


Thank you to Parent Council and the many parents who dropped off food and goodies for staff to enjoy during the interviews. Your thoughtfulness and generosity were greatly appreciated!


Thank you to everyone who attended our Equity and Diversity in Leadership evening on March 14. Mr. Maher and Ms. Mechlese did a fabulous job lining up various exciting speakers for the evening. It was a memorable and inspiring opportunity.


Students enjoyed our La Semaine De La Francophonie week before the break. It was a fabulous opportunity for our students to enjoy many fun aspects of French culture, from games and music to food. Thank you for your support of our activities.


Next Fall Intentions

We are asking for your feedback to help us plan for next year. Please let us know if your family will not be returning to Valley Creek next fall by emailing your child's teacher or the main office at by mid-April.  It is important to know how many students we should anticipate so we are able to program and timetable effectively.



There is no school, Good Friday, April 7 and Easter Monday, April 10.  


We hope you and your family have a wonderful long weekend and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.


Mar 08

Hang on tight; spring is coming! It is wonderful to see the return of longer hours of daylight and to know this weekend; we "spring forward" onto daylight savings time. This month we are looking forward to many events and activities at Valley Creek.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this week, Thursday, March 9, 3:00 - 7:30 pm and Friday morning, between 8:00 am -12:00 pm. This round of conferences will be in an open format. Teachers will be seated at tables in their grade groups around the gym with chairs for waiting parents. We ask conversations to be kept to a maximum of 10 mins to respect everyone's time. If you require more time to speak with a teacher, please book an alternative day and time directly with your teacher.

March 14 is Pi Day

This fun competition is open to all students in grades 4-9. There are two categories – Grades 4-6 and 7-9. To compete, students memorize the first 100 or more digits of pi. Round 1 ~ (gr 4-6) will take place on March 9 in room 209 at lunch over the entire lunch break. Round 2 ~ (gr 7-9) will occur in room 209 on March 13. The finals will be on stage during lunch on March 14. The winning student from each grade will get to throw a pie in the face of one of the sacrificial teacher volunteers.  

 March 14 - Equity and Diversity in Leadership

On Tuesday, March 14, we will host our second annual Equality and Diversity: Gender in Leadership night. This special event will take place in the gym from 6:00-7:30 pm. Our guest speakers will be speaking about their journey to where they are now, obstacles and successes that they encountered, and the changing landscape of gender in the workplace. Our MC's for the evening are representatives from our grade 8 and grade 9 community.Seating is limited to 150-200 participants. Refreshments will be cake, fruit trays and water provided by Sobey's Nolan Hill. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Mr. Maher

Share Your Feedback ~ 2023 Valley Creek School Planning Survey

We have launched our School Planning Survey to gather your feedback around how we can build understanding and work together to support student learning. The survey is open March 6-17 to all parents and only takes approximately 8 minutes. Please take time to share your thoughts with us. 

La Semaine De La Francophonie A Valley Creek!

March 20-24, we will be celebrating all things French!  We encourage all students to participate and enjoy French culture.  This week:  Monday – Toque Day; Tuesday – French Culture Day (dress as a chef, in an artists beret, be a tourist in France); Wednesday – Franco Albertan Day (wear red, blue, and pink to represent the Franco-Alberta Flag); Friday – celebrate Metis Culture Day.  The BeaverTails – Food Truck will be out front of the school serving poutines and Beavertails (watch for pre-order information email tomorrow).  Bon Appetite!

Parent Council Meeting

Please join us for our next Parent Council Meeting Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 pm in the Learning Commons. We appreciate the support and important feedback our parents provide. Thank you to the parents who make time to come out and support Valley Creek school community.  We look forward to seeing new faces this month!​​​


Jan 31
Hello February

Welcome February ~ the short month with longer hours of daylight!

Our report cards went live at 8:00 am January 30. As you may be aware, the PowerSchool application was overwhelmed and shut down access to everyone across the system. We appreciate this may have caused frustration and confusion for families. Please let us know if you still need help accessing your student's report card.

Upcoming Dates:

 Wednesday, February 1 - our grade nines will be receiving their vaccinations.​

There is no school this Friday, February 3, as it is a System Non-Instructional Day.


February 7, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, we are showcasing several student dance performances for families to enjoy. Phys. Ed. students have created and rehearsed their dances over the past two weeks. All parents/guardians, families, and friends are welcome to attend. Students have put great effort and time into perfecting their performances for this special night.


February 16 and 17 is the Teachers' Convention, followed by Family Day on February 20. Enjoy this lovely long weekend!


You are welcome to join us for our next School Council Meeting Tuesday, February 21, in the Learning Commons.


We are looking for volunteer readers who would like to read with students across the grades. Volunteers need a current, valid CBE police clearance. If you are interested, please reach out to our Student Services Learning Leader, Laura Yip ( We welcome readers in both French and English.


We encourage all parents to reach out to teachers at any point throughout the school year if they have questions or concerns surrounding their son/daughter's learning. We are all working together to support student success.


Proud Principal,


Dec 02
December Newsletter

It is exciting to welcome December and the countdown to our winter break.  This week has been incredibly cold, and I am sure we all have cabin fever from being stuck inside all day.  We look forward to a break in the weather next week.

We are happy to see our absentee rate has dropped significantly, and we are no longer in an outbreak status.  Thank you for keeping your student home when they are sick, as this has made a difference in keeping everyone healthy.

Parents Dropping Off Students

Please do not enter the parking lot to drop off or pick up students unless it is outside our regular start or dismissal times.  Parents are welcome to "Kiss and  Drop" students on Hidden Valley Drive or the east side of the school on the side street.  Thank you for keeping the parking lot open for school buses and staff parking.

Winter Wonderland Dance

Our grade eight Leadership students are hosting a Winter Wonderland dance on Thursday, December 8, in the afternoon.  Students will choose their location for the afternoon.  They can attend the dance, play board games, or watch a movie.  The dance will run from 12:10-1:00 pm for grades 4-6 and 1:10-2:25 for grades 7-9.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing with boots, water bottles and clothing.  During our Fine Arts & CTF Celebration evening, we will display all lost items on tables in the main foyer.  Please take a moment on your way out to see if you recognize any items that belong to your family.

Fine Arts & CTF Celebration Evening

All families are welcome to attend this event Wednesday, December 14  5:30-7:00 pm.  During this informal evening, students will showcase various projects and talents. 

Hoping your family is keeping toasty and warm.

Proud Principal,


Oct 06
October Message

​Mother Nature has been very kind to us this fall, and we appreciate our opportunities to learn outdoors in our beautiful community. Teachers have been busy building connections to the land and community as we learn together in a new school year – community pride is evident in every corner and conversation. 

It is terrific to see athletics up and running ~ Our Cross Country team was fantastic this year and the volleyball season is well underway. In addition, it is refreshing to see extracurricular activities running, including clubs, intramurals and field trips. Please read the Weekly PE Update from Jenna Hunt, Phys Ed Learning Leader, for detailed athletic information.

Our grade sixes had the first field trip of the year to the Youth Link Calgary Police Interpretive Center. Students spent the day learning about forensic science and the important role police play in community safety. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the parents who volunteered their time to supervise. We greatly appreciated your support.

Thank you to the parents who could attend our Meet the Teacher evening and BBQ on September 22! Seeing our hallways filled with smiling families touring the building was very special. We look forward to seeing you in November at our parent conferences. We will share more information in November. Please do not wait until November to contact your student’s teacher if you have concerns. It is always best to reach out immediately to seek clarification and ensure we are all on the same page. Ongoing communication between home and school is essential.

Friday, October 7, is our System Wide Indigenous Education Professional Learning Day. No School for Students. All schools will engage in this critical work to build our collective understanding and commitment to work together as a community in laying the foundation for reconciliation through education. The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, points to education as the key to reconciliation, stating “Education got us into this mess and education will get us out of it.”

Photo Re-takes

Our photo re-take day is Thursday, October 20, for students who may require a re-take or missed our first photo day.  

Parent Council

Our virtual VCS School Council will be held on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 pm. Parent Council will share an invitation to parents with a link to the meeting through a School Messenger closer to October 18. Your participation and input are valued and appreciated. 

Giving Thanks 

Thanksgiving is a particular time of year to give thanks for our blessings. At Valley Creek, we have many reasons to be thankful for our families, friends and the community where we live. May your Thanksgiving weekend be delicious and filled with the love of family and friends. 

Sep 02

​We were happy to have our students and their energy back in the building for the first day of school.  Although many were sleepy, we could still see the excitement and anticipation in their eyes.  This will be a wonderful new year of learning for our students, and we look forward to seeing parents inside the building again.

We welcome many new faces to our Creeker family this year.  As announced in June, we have a new Assistant Principal, Cathy JohnsonMs. Johnson is a Francophone who brings a wealth of leadership and Indigenous education experience to Valley Creek.  We also have several new teachers this year.

  • Hailey Cyr, French Hum Grade 4 & English Hum Grade 9 
  • Grace Chambers, French Math/Sci Grade 4 
  • Nally Souraya, English Hum Grade 6 (with Ms. Healy)

We have a team of staff working with our new special education classes, TASC (Teaching Attitude, Social Skills and Communication) and CSSI (Communication, Sensory, Social Interaction).

  • Victoria Kehler, CSSI Teacher
  • Rachel Ewurum – TASC  Teacher
  • Michelle Ladouceur, EA TASC 
  • Claudia Saenz, EA TASC 
  • Andreanna Polson, EA CSSI 
  • William Belhomme, EA CSSI
  • Zeenat Fahima – EA TASC/CSSI 

Finally, working with our mental health class, we welcome,

  •  Larisa McIntyre, Behaviour Support Worker 

Colour Run

Next Friday, September 9 we are very excited to be able to partner with Hidden Valley for our Colour Run.  More information will be coming soon from Jenna Hunt.

Photo Day 

Tuesday, September 13 will be our photo day.  Photo re-take day is October 20.

Thank you for your patience as we update our school website.

It is a privilege to work with a team of dedicated teachers, support staff and parents who work together to create a positive school community of learning, belonging and fun.

Proud Principal,

Sheilagh O'Dwyer

Jun 26
Year-End Message

​As we come of the official final days of the school year, we would like to remind families who do not plan to attend Valley Creek School next year to please send us an email to ensure our enrollment numbers are correct. We want to have your son or daughter attached to the proper school for the fall. Thank you.

The cafeteria is now closed. Limited quantities of milk, water, muffins and frozen treats will be for sale. Please be sure your student has a lunch Monday and Tuesday.

Year-end report cards will be available to view online Tuesday, June 28 through MyCBE/PowerSchool. Once logged in, select the “Report Card" tab to view the report card. If a printed report card is required, you may send a self-addressed, stamped 8 ½ x 11 envelope to school, and we will mail home your hard copy.

We have come to the end of yet another COVID challenging school year. I sincerely thank parents/guardians for your continued support, patience, and compassionate understanding throughout this school year. We look forward to returning to our regular routines in the fall and welcoming our parents back to in-person meetings, conferences and celebrations!

We say goodbye to the families and staff leaving us and moving on to new adventures. We will dearly miss Mr. Guillaume Comeau as our Assistant Principal and wish him every success as Principal at Chinook Park next fall. We sadly have several teachers leaving us as well, Ms. Claire Lodge, Ms. Natalie Roy, Ms. Katie Bidulock, Ms. Cassidy Jones and Mr. Jordan Carr. The new schools who receive them will be lucky to have their gifts and talents.   We thank them for their dedication and commitment to our Valley Creek students.

Next fall, we will be welcoming new staff and students into two System Special Education programs, CSSI and TASC. 

The Communication, Sensory, Social Interaction (CSSI) class supports students with multiple and complex learning, behaviour and communication needs in grades 7-9.  Students receive modified programming and functional curriculum related to the development of functional academics, social communication, regulation, independence, daily living, and leisure, pre-vocational and volunteering skills. 

The Teaching Attitude, Social Skills and Communication (TASC) class are for students who require significant learning, adaptive behaviour, and physical support. Students receive modified programming and functional curriculum related to social communication, play and leisure, daily living, safety, regulation, independence, and pre-vocational skills.

We look forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students to a brand new school year in September.  Please check our school website for our Back to School message. The first day of school for all students is Thursday, September 1.  Doors will be opened at 7:45 am. Families will be able to see their student's homeroom teacher in PowerSchool later in August.

On behalf of all staff at Valley Creek, we wish you and your family a wonderful, fun-filled summer vacation!

Jun 01
June Newsletter

​As June arrives thankfully school activities are becoming more normalized with the return of field trips, track and field and Thermopylae.  Life and opportunities are opening up again!

We all have experienced the loss of “normal" routines in our lives during COVID and we are so happy to provide opportunities to bring people back together again.  Having opportunities to welcome parents back into the school in -person goes a long way in building back our strong supportive relationships.  Over time, communicating only through virtual meetings, emails or telephone conversations is significantly less effective than meeting in person.  Moving into the fall we are anticipating opening our doors again and welcoming our parents back into our classrooms and hallways. Being able to see where your student spends their time throughout the school helps parents have a sense of their daily experience. Please understand both administrators and teachers work daily with students responding to heightened emotions, inappropriate comments, and spontaneous actions between peers.  As students age we know they broaden their sense of social responsibility and develop strategies to appropriately advocate for themselves and those around them.

Valley Creek is filled with amazing, caring, thoughtful and kind young people who are all ready for a brand new school year with no restrictions!

Below are some of our recent and upcoming highlights.

Grade Three Parent Orientation

May 26 we were delighted to host our first in-person grade three parent orientation night since 2019.  Our grade nine leadership students proudly took families on tours throughout the building and answered questions.  Staff presented information in the learning commons and provided time for parent questions.  Thank you for our Parent Council representatives, Sarah Parchewsky and Melissa Kellner who did an excellent job promoting and inviting parent participation on our council for next year!

May 27, we had the joy of welcoming our incoming grade four students from Hidden Valley for a morning visit.  We were incredibly proud of our leadership and 9-3 students who toured multiple groups of grade threes around the school.  Our grade four students had an opportunity to share their advice through their small group classroom sessions.  It was a huge success!

May 31 – Thermopylae Returned!

Mr. Maher and Ms. Mechelse were thrilled to reinstate our infamous Thermopylae obstacle race this week.  Thermopylae, 2019 was a huge event involving over 2000 students across 24 school.  Our Thermopylae athletes go through grueling training throughout the school year to participate in this event and finally last night they had a chance to compete again! This year 200 students, from four schools had a chance to compete. Regardless of the size of the crowd in comparison to past events, they were mighty and absolutely thrilled to be able to compete again.  This event ignited a passion for life in many souls that has been missing inside them for a long time.  

Mr. Maher and Ms. Mechelse did a stellar job with the organization of prizes, food, set and tear down, race marshals, donations, and volunteers! This took an incredible amount of time, and dedication.

Thank you to the army of parent volunteers, (Mr. Maher will be able to name you personally) and the students who worked for hours before, during and after orchestrating the event.  Thank you also to the parents who came out to support and cheer on the competitors!


May 30- June 3 is Spirit Week:

This week is Spirit Week where students gain points for their Spirit Houses (Rip Tide, Landslide, Wild Fire, Hail Storm) by wearing special clothing.

Monday –Rainbow colours

Tuesday – House colours

Wednesday – Dress like a tourist

Thursday – Charger colours

Friday – Flashback Friday outfits

Grade 9 Farewell

June 9 – we are welcoming back our grade nine parents to our Grade 9 Farewell ceremony.  Due to limited seating, this is a ticketed event. Students will follow their ceremony with bowling and enjoy a delicious lunch together.  We are excited to celebrate with our grade nines!

Provincial Achievement Exams

The return of PATs is not as exciting as Grade 9 Farewell but definitely a sign we are returning to normal.

Grade Six exams run the mornings – June 13-17

Grade Nine exams run the mornings – June 15-24

The final day of classes is Tuesday, June 28!

More year-end updates will be coming in the next weeks. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Proud Principal,


Apr 11
VCS April Newsletter

April Newsletter 

Dear Valley Creek families, 

Spring is here! We are excited to begin this busy time of year as it brings us much needed sunshine and warmth to help give us a final boost of energy to finish off the school year! 

Many exciting activities happened at school prior to a much-welcomed spring break. March 14 to 18 was our Francophone Week and it was impressive to see a lot of participation in the daily themed activities, especially in our younger grades. The Food Truck with poutine and mini-donuts, the Ice Castle Structure and Pi Day were all very popular activities enjoyed by all grades.   

Thank you to everybody who contributed to our ‘Kids Cancer Care’ book drive initiated by Paula, in grade 5. We are proud to announce that over 1000 books were collected because of Paula’s project! Great initiative and amazing turnout! 

This time of year is also busy on the athletics front. We are currently concluding our basketball house league competition and have started tryouts for badminton. In the upcoming weeks, students will have the opportunity to try out for the track meet and participate in the annual Thermopylae competition. GO CHARGERS GO! 

As shared in previous communications, we will not be publishing a formal yearbook this year due to a lack of interest. Any parents who have already purchased a copy will be reimbursed. Cheques will be sent home with students between late April and early May.  

We have started planning our schedule for next year. An important part of that process is making sure we know how many students we have so we can staff appropriately. If your child/children will NOT be attending Valley Creek School next year, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing the main office at Thank you for your help! 

Finally, a lot of other activities are on the way. Please make sure to mark down these upcoming dates on your calendar: 

  • April 15 – Good Friday: No School 

  • April 18 - System-Wide Professional Development Day: There will be no school for students. This common professional development day is important for our teachers to be able to connect and work with teachers from other schools to share best practices in the current educational context.  

  • April 19 - School Council Meeting: Valley Creek School Council online meeting, 7:00 pm. A link will be sent closer to the date. 

  • May 16 and May 18 - Provincial Achievement Tests: Grade 6’s and Grade 9’s will have their first PATs on those dates. French Language Arts 6 and English Language Arts 9 will be on Monday, May 16. French Language Arts 9 and English Language Arts 6 will be on Wednesday, May 18. Please note that these are the written portion of the PATs and that only students in the French Immersion Program write the FLA exam. 

  • May 26 - New Student Parent Orientation Meeting: We are excited to welcome our grade three parents into the school to attend the grade four orientation meeting. Details forthcoming. Parents of new students in other grades are also welcomed to attend. 

  • May 27 - Grade 3 School Visit: The grade threes from Hidden Valley will participate in a tour of Valley Creek School on Friday, May 27. This will be done during their regular school day. We will make sure to explore every fun corner of the school, including the cafeteria where our soft ice cream machine is located... 


Guillaume Comeau ​

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RT @CANFIRST: We invite your class to join us for a FREE 1-hour Virtual Coding Workshop to give students ages 9+ a taste of what programming is all about! If interested please complete the registration form at:

This afternoon our staff participated in a team building exercise where they raced with water, completed puzzles and had fun working together. It felt great connecting with each other outside on the school grounds. #WeAreCBE

Today our staff deepened our understanding of intergenerational trauma and it’s effects on Indigenous people. We walked away with actions we can take towards reconciliation. Thank you @timothycfox for working with our staff.

Thank you Parent Council for the personalized mugs! 🤩

RT @yyCBEdu: Monday, May 29 is a system-wide non-instructional day so there are no classes for CBE students. It is also the provincial election day – don’t forget to vote! Have a safe long weekend. #WeAreCBE