École Champs Vallée School


Champs Vallée Voyageurs News – September 12, 2017

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It was great to welcome all of the students and families to our new school. The start of school went quite really well with teachers and students making the most out of our temporary accommodations at Bellevue.  The students and teachers were very excited to be in their new classrooms.  Our Champs Vallée office can be found across from Bellevue’s office. 


Principal:  Patrick Gamache Hutchison

I would like to welcome back our students and staff to what should be an exciting school year.  We have a great team looking forward to working with your students and families.  

This is my 16th year as a teacher and 6th year as a Principal.  
Please let me know if ever you have questions or concerns regarding the school.  



Assistant Principal: Erik Larson

    I am excited to be joining Champs Vallée.  I look  
    forward to getting to know all of the students and

    Last year, I worked at Robina Baker as the 
    Assistant Principal.  This is my 15th year as a
    teacher and 4th, as an AP. 

I look forward to wonderful and exciting year.


You will be notified by email when news and information from our school is available.  We will aim to post weekly or bi-monthly updates.  Our school will also communicate messages through PowerSchool.  

In the event of an emergency or if information is needed to be sent urgently, our school and division have the ability to send notifications by phone, text, and email.  Please complete the Online Verification when it is sent by Black Gold Schools to ensure that your information is accurate.

New this year, all of our field trips, fee payments, and student progress will be able to be accessed through PowerSchool.  Please contact the office, if you help accessing to your PowerSchool account. 

Our school’s website is https://ecvs.blackgold.ca, which contains much of the up to date information and links to our blog and calendars.  Here you will find the Black Gold calendar, ECS calendar and the school google calendar.

On this site, you can also access our school calendar.  This calendar has all of our school’s important dates, like school photos, field trips, etc.

If you have a google account, you can add our calendar to your calendar.  You can also subscribe to our blog page.

Click on this link: https://ecvsnews.blogspot.ca/p/school-calendar.html or click on the tab near the top of our blog that says CALENDAR.

Once you are there you will see this at the bottom of the calendar:

Just click on it and follow the instructions to merge it with your own
google calendar.

Our Google Calendar is updated daily or as soon as something needs to be
added or changed. We do not recommend printing the calendar and posting
it on your fridge as we don’t send out notifications for daily input.
However, if you are a subscriber to the calendar, you will receive a
change notification if you like. This is something you can control in
your settings. We also post the next week or so of important dates at
the end of this blog post every week, so you will also have a quick
weekly view that way.

Our school (like all BGRS schools) is on an automated call out system.
By 9:00 am and 1:00 pm every day the system will email, text and/or call
parents of absent students. To prevent these
messages, please contact our school and let us know in advance of a
student absence. Our preferred method of notification is through our Online Absence Form.  
If you do not have access to a computer or device, you can also call our office at 780-929-8663 and select option 2.  You can talk with our secretaries or leave a message. 
There are 118 days remaining before we are set to begin with students in the new building on January 8th, 2017.  Progress continues on the new school and the completion date has not changed.  We will continue to inform you of any new information we receive.
School Council
Our first School Council meeting will be on Monday, September 25th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Bellevue Staffroom.  All parents are welcome to attend.
School council is a
collective association of parents, teachers, principal, staff and community
representative(s) whose purpose is to advise the principal and the board
respecting matters relating to the school.  It is a means for parents
and community members to work together with the school to support and
enhance student learning.  All parents are welcome to attend the School
Council meetings.  Decisions at meeting will follow a “Town Hall” style
format with each parent having an equal vote.
A school council cannot
be incorporated under the Societies Act or Part 9 of the Companies Act.
Although a school council can fundraise, it cannot undertake
fundraising endeavours that require a gaming license from the Alberta
Gaming and Liquor Commission, such as bingos, casinos or raffles.
School Council Executive Members:
Chairperson – Colleen Spingle
Co-Chairperson – Erin McCall
Secretary – Annie Savard
Communications Officer – Trisha Bauer
Fundraising Liaison – Carrie Blumenthal
Left to Right: Annie Savard, Trisha Bauer, Colleen Spingle, Erin McCall, and Carrie Blumenthal


Fundraising Society

Our first Fundraising Society meeting will also be on Monday, September 25th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Bellevue Staffroom.  

The Fundraising Society has been hard at work planning fundraising efforts to build our school playground.  We are fortunate to be working with PlayQuest Recreation and have plans and drawings already in the works.  The Provincial Government announced $250 000 towards our park, but we must continue to fundraise more to cover the total cost. 
All Executive positions are available (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) as well as Board of Directors (three positions).  If you are currently in one of those positions and would like to be nominated to do it again you can either nominated yourself at the meeting or email.
Draft Agenda:
  • elections
  • yearly financial statement
  • proposed bylaw changes.  
    • Currently the only proposed bylaw changes are to change notification by mail to email for scheduling meetings.  If there are any other bylaw changes that you would like to propose please email.
The Champs Vallée Running club has started for students in Grades 3-6. Students are still welcome to join.  Registration and more information are available at this link.  

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 – First Day for Prekindergarten for students with funding (PUF, Mild/Moderate, and ESL)
Friday, September 15, 2017 – PD Day, no school for students.
Week of September 18th – Class begins for Prekindergarten students without funding.

September 29th – Terry Fox Run

October 11th and 12th School Photos Pre-K to 6

  • The majority of classes will be photographed on October 11th
  • Tuesday/Thursday Pre-K and students who were absent will be photographed on October 12.
  • More information will be sent out closer to the date.
  • Retakes will take place November 6th and 7th.


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