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Friday, September 30

 

  • Yesterday the boy volleyball teams faced tough Simcoe teams at home. The Bears kept things close, making adjustments on the fly, but couldn’t edge out the victory. Both teams know what they have to do to get them the next time around. Enjoy the break for fair. No practices Monday. We continue Wednesday morning for the seniors and Wednesday after school for the juniors.
  • "Bring all your garden veggie fair entries to room 106 today.     Everything else must be here first thing Monday morning! Go bears
  • Yesterday a small group went to Mississauga to watch an indigenous presentation.  It was a wonderful experience where we got to learn indigenous culture, listen to survivors of residential schools, and had a lot of fund dancing to the amazing music.  A lot was taught there, however, the thing we all need to learn is, the past is unchangeable, and we now have the pens to write the next chapters of life.
  • The gym is closed today at lunch.
  • Tug of war practice today at lunch.  We will make it quick.

Thursday, September 29

  • Please excuse cheerleaders at 10:10 to attend the Houghton Fair.
  • The Hidden Valley Café is open for business!  We have a variety of fresh baked homemade cookies, delicious deli sandwiches, and an assortment of beverages.  Come down to room 100 during the lunch hour to purchase a tasty treat.
  • Purple and White meets today after school 3 – 5:00 pm.  See you in room 218.
  • There will be a girls basketball meeting at the beginning of lunch in room 111.
  • Boy’s senior volleyball is asked to meet Mr. Hamm in room 234 at the beginning of lunch.
  • For those interested in the Germany, Poland trip who missed yesterday’s meeting, please come to the Turning Point office and see Ms. Musselman at the beginning of lunch.
  • Reminder for runners about practice after school.  We need to discuss who will be running next week at the fair.
  • Please excuse the senior boy’s volleyball players at 2:20 pm for the home game against SCS.  Junior, remain in class for the day and come to the gym after.
  • Please excuse the senior and Junior girl’s basketball at 1:35 for their away game against Waterford.
  • GUIDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT for Sept 29th  
  • St. Claire College is here today.  If you signed up to attend the information session, report to Room 113 at 1:45.  Thursday September 29th at 1:45  
  • Coming next week, on Wednesday, October 5th is Fleming College. 
  • If Fleming College is of interest you come to the Guidance office and sign up 
  • Orange Shirt Day is a day to honour the experiences and healing journey of residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to an ongoing process of reconciliation. 

Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a former student of St. Joseph Mission Residential School (1891-1981) shared her story for the first time in 2013 as part of a commemorative event and reunion held in Williams Lake.  During this event, Phyllis shared when she turned six and her granny took her to town where she bought a shiny new orange shirt with a string laced up the front to wear on her first day of school. When she arrived at St. Joseph's, the shirt was taken away from her along with her culture, her language and identity. Phyllis showed incredible courage stepping forward and began a movement that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together in a spirit of reconciliation.

Orange Shirt Day has provided a way to raise awareness of the legacy of residential schools, and celebrate the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples. Wearing an orange shirt on September 30th is one way to honour Survivors and their families. By taking time to listen to these stories, we can begin to understand how colonial polices continue to have an impact on our social systems today, including health care. The last residential school in Canada closed in 1996 and my family, like many other Indigenous families, had parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents who were sent to residential schools.

For me, September 30th is a day that causes personal reflection and some sadness. My late Father attended Residential School in Port Alberni, as did both his parents. Like many, my Father's experience was so traumatic he never discussed the time he spent at residential school with me or my siblings. I raise my hands in gratitude to Phyllis Webstad for her courage and resilience in sharing her story. Over 150,000 Indigenous children – seven generations - were forcibly removed from their communities and placed in residential schools.  “Every Child Matters" is the theme of the day reminding survivors, those who died as a result of residential schools that they are important. 

I encourage you to think about how intergenerational trauma continues to affect many of the Indigenous families. What changes you might make when working with Indigenous families/communities or colleagues? It could include continuing to participate in re-learning of our national history, or reaching out to a local Indigenous community to better understand their history, traditions, culture of the people whose land we reside on. I also invite you to pause and celebrate the courage and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, residential school Survivors, their families and champions like Phyllis Webstad.

Wednesday, September 28

  • The Hidden Valley Café is serving creamy potato bacon soup with a fresh baked bun.  We also have a variety of cookies and beverages for sale.  See you in room 100.
  • Are you grade a 9, 10 or 11 student?  Do you love history, language or learning about different cultures?  Valley Heights is running a Europe Trip to Germany and Poland and would love for you to be a part of it!  Experience a trip of a lifetime, seeing places like the Berlin Wall, exploring Krakow at nigh or feeling the pain of the Jewish people in the Holocaust memorials.  We will be having a meeting this Wednesday at lunch in room 207 at the start of lunch for those interested.  Any questions, please ask Ms. Musselman or Mr. Thompson.
  • Yesterday the volleyball teams opened their season with an away game in Cayuga.  The Juniors played some tight sets, winning the first two out of three.  They ran into some trouble in the fourth and had to extend the match to a fifth set.  Want to redeem themselves they started the fifth strong and never looked back!  Defeating them 3 sets to 2!  Great team effort Juniors.  Practice today from 3-4:30.
  • The senior boys got off to a shaky start and dropped the first set in their match, but that didn’t bother them.  They figured out what they needed to do, made some adjustments, and took the next three sets straight, crushing the hopes of the Cayuga players!  Great comeback boys!  Come out and watch both teams in their first home game tomorrow against SCS.
  • Hey Bears!  Did you hear about the re-boot of the Valley Newspaper?  Our first meeting is happening in the library at 11:35 Wednesday, September 28.  If you’d like to be a part of the school newspaper, join us in the library at the beginning of lunch.
  • Hey runners!  We’ll have practice Thursday to determine who will be running at Fair this coming Tuesday.  Please attend or let Mr. Thompson or Mrs. Breedyk know if you are still interested.
  • Congratulations senior girl’s basketball on your fist game of the season, you girls fought hard with a lot of back and forth unfortunately not getting the win in the end.
  • Junior girl’s basketball practice Wednesday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Bring your fair entries ASAP.  Let’s keep our 1st place title for the 3rd year.

There will be tug of war practice Wednesday at the beginning of lunch.  Please come to confirm your spot.

Tuesday, September 27

  • Wednesday, September 27 the Hidden Valley Café will be serving delicious potato bacon soup served with a fresh baked bun.
  • Senior girls’ basketball pick up their jerseys Tuesday, September 27 at lunch in room 111.
  • Are you grade 9, 10 or 11 student?  Do you love history, language or learning about different cultures?  Valley Heights is running a Europe Trip to Germany and Poland and want you to be a part of it!  Experience a trip of a lifetime, seeing places like the Berlin Wall, the city of Munich and hearing stories from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  We will be having a meeting this Wednesday at lunch if you want more information and to sign up for the Information Night.
  • We will have a health nurse visiting this morning.  Listen for an announcement later for a drop by location if you would like to ask any questions.  More information will be coming soon about booking appointments.
  • The Hidden Valley Café is open for business!  We have a variety of fresh baked homemade cookies, delicious deli sandwiches, and an assortment of beverages.  Come down to room 100 during the lunch hour to purchase a tasty treat.
  • Junior and senior boy’s volleyball players … eat your lunch quick and get to the bus by 11:55 am.  First game of the season against Cayuga.
  • Purple & White!  See you tonight!  3 – 5 pm in room 218.
  • Senior girls head down to the gym at 2:30 for your first game of the season.
  • Bring your fair entries ASAP.  If you have entered garden veggies, they must be in this week.
  • We will have a tug of war practice Wednesday, September 28 at lunch.
  • If you have signed up for tennis and/or interested in tennis please come to room 209 at the beginning of lunch Tuesday, September 27 or see Mrs. Backus by the end of the day.

GUIDANCE ANNOUNCEMENT for Sept 28th  

  • This announcement is for all grade twelve students interested in attending college and university information sessions that will be taking place here at the Valley.  This is an opportunity for graduating grade 12 students planning on continuing their education at a college or university to meet with a representative from the institutions of choice to gather information and ask them questions about their facilities. 
  • We welcome Brock University here today.  The presentation will begin in room 113 immediately following announcements for those of you who have signed up and have an excusal slip…. 
  • Sign up sheets are still available in the Guidance office for St. Claire College, who will be here on Thursday, September 29th at 1:45; coming next week on Wednesday October 5th is Fleming College 
  • If either of these Colleges are of interest you come to the Guidance office and sign up J 

Monday, September 26

  • The Hidden Valley Café is open for business!  We have a variety of fresh baked homemade cookies, delicious deli sandwiches, and an assortment of beverages.  Come down to room 100 during the lunch hour to purchase a tasty treat.
  • This announcement is for all grade twelve students interested in attending college and university information sessions that will be taking place here at the Valley.  This is an opportunity for graduating grade 12 students planning on continuing their education at a college or university to meet with a representative from the institutions of choice and gather information and ask them questions about their facilities.
  • Coming this week …….
  • Tuesday, September 27th at 9:00 am (period 1) in room 113 – Brock University
  • Thursday, September 29th at 1:45 pm (period 4) in room 113 – St Clair College
  • If any of these schools are of interest to you come to the Guidance Office to sign up.  Make sure to sign up prior to the date of the presentation. 
  • There will be a tug of War practice Monday, September 26 at lunch and Wednesday and Friday.  Please show up at the beginning of lunch by the greenhouse.  We want to represent our school at Fair next week.
  • Junior girls’ basketball practice tonight at 3 – 4:30.
  • Purple & White meets today after school Monday, September 26.  See you in room 218.  Grad stand decorations are looking awesome!  Make sure you check them out on Fair Day next week!
  • Bring in your fair entries as soon as possible.
  • Are you grade 9, 10 or 11 student?  Do you love history, language or learning about different cultures?  Valley Heights is running a Europe Trip to Germany and Poland and want you to be a part of it!  Experience a trip of a lifetime, seeing places like the Berlin Wall, the city of Munich and hearing stories from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  We will be having a meeting this Wednesday at lunch if you want more information and to sign up for the Information Night.
  • Junior boys’ volleyball practice after school Monday, September 26.  First game of the season, Tuesday, September 27 in Cayuga.  Be prepared for the bus leaving at 11:30.