Valley Manor School

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Kindergarten Parent Teacher Interviews

Kindergarten Parent Teacher Interviews will take place on:

Wednesday, November 21: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Mrs. Ullyott(K1) and Mrs. Tokar(K3)

Thursday, November 22: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm – Mrs. Tokar(K2)

Interviews are 15 minutes in length and will take place in your child’s classroom.  Please note there will not be Kindergarten classes on these days.


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Grade 7 and 8 Boys Basketball-Letter to Students/Families

Hello, Grades 7 & 8 Boys Basketball Players and Families;

Mid-November is quickly approaching, which is a time that schools in and around Prairie Spirit, including here at VMS, kick off their boys and girls basketball seasons. This year we have had over 40 boys in Grades 7 and 8 express interest in playing school basketball. While the number is outstanding and warms Mr. Gartner’s basketball-loving heart, it has left us having to figure out the logistics of managing a group that size. In deciding how to best manage this number, we considered a variety of factors, including:

  • Availability of school staff volunteers to coach and/or supervise
  • Availability of parent/community volunteers to coach
  • Availability of students outside of school (due to responsibilities such as caring for younger siblings, hockey, etc.)
  • Gym availability at the school
  • The desire to provide players with practice time dedicated to skill development
  • The desire to provide gameplay opportunities for players to develop in-game skills
  • The desire to provide an opportunity for students to play basketball regardless of their current skill level or their availability outside of school hours

After taking these factors into account, we have decided that one group of players will practice on Thursdays after school (3:15-5:00) with Mr. Gartner. The other group of boys will practice on Mondays after school (3:15-5:00) with Brendon Johnston, a community coach who has been involved with our boys basketball program over the past three years. These practices will be co-coached on occasion by Mr. Anderson, who has recently joined our staff, teaching Grade 6 on alternating days. Gameplay will take place during lunch hours (12:10-12:40) on Mondays and Fridays, here at the school. Players will be divided into 4 teams, with an intramural “season” running from late-November through mid-February. Over the course of the season, players should see more court time for in-game skill development than they would if we were to rotate three larger teams through weekly 40 minute games against other schools. Our season will get underway on Wednesday, November 7, with a practice for players from both Grades 7 and 8 from 3:15-5:00.

Mr. Gartner and Mr. Cox

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Monday, November 5th Announcements

Good Morning Mustangs!

Poppy Donations- Minimum donations of $1.00/student is due on Wednesday, November 7th.

Grade 7/8 boys basketball meeting will be held this morning at recess in the library.

Birthdays: Raylai L. (3),  Cheyenne M (7)

Have a great day!

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