School Lunch Assistants Needed

Position: School Assistant (Lunch-Time Assistant)
Work Location: Ventura Park P.S.

Work Schedule: School lunch hour 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

We are looking for School Lunch Assistants. The role of the school assistant is to provide supervisory support to teaching staff during peak or critical periods of the school day. This position includes lunch period supervision or as needed by the school and yard duty supervision. Successful candidates will be required to complete online (virtual) health and safety training prior to start date (as well as school in-service training). A Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) (Police Check) must be submitted prior to starting work.

Please contact the school to apply. 905-707-6488

Elementary School Model Change Requests

Dear Ventura Park families,

All families with students in a YRDSB elementary school should have received the following letter from Louise Sirisko, our Director of Education, earlier this week.

Please read over the information carefully. The request form will be sent to families on Monday and must be completed by 7:00pm on Tuesday September 22nd. This will be the last chance to request a change to or from the Elementary Virtual School until the end of January. Please fill out of the form even if you have given your name to the school for the Elementary Virtual School wait list.

Dear Families:

Thank you for your support as we work through COVID-19 school reopening.  We recognize that some families are requesting a change in their school program model from face to face learning to virtual school or from virtual school to face to face.  On Monday, September 21, we will share a School Model Change request form for families requesting a change.  

Only families requesting a school model change will need to complete this form.  The form must be completed by Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. to be considered.   

We had previously communicated an elementary transition time at the end of October. We have adjusted this to provide the opportunity now and the best continuity of learning for our students throughout the remainder of the term.  There will not be another opportunity to change program models before the end of January 2021.   

Due to the complexity of the pending reorganization and staffing, your child may be assigned a new teacher.

Staff will continue to work diligently to provide the best program for each child and to comply with the reduced cohort class size targets.  Please note, however, that there may be changes prior to September 30, 2020. The number of combined grade classes may increase and the number of students within each class may increase.

You will be informed of any changes to your child’s class placement or program model through the school principal.

We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation.


Louise Sirisko

Director of Education

International Languages

SubjectElementary International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Classes

Registration Open for 2020-2021 Elementary

International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Classes

Dear Families,

The International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) program provides elementary and secondary students with the opportunity to speak, read and write a new language or maintain heritage language and culture. Due to the pandemic, International and Indigenous Language classes for SK to Grade 8 students will take place online, not in the school buildings. Teachers will teach live language lessons in real time using Google Classroom to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities during the regularly scheduled language class. 

Lots of information is also available on our International and Indigenous webpages. To learn more about elementary programs, click on elementary programs. Below you will find information on how to register for elementary (SK to grade 8) language classes.

Elementary Program Registration

  • Refer to our revised brochure for the most up-to-date information about class start dates and times.
  • Online registration is available to YRDSB and NON-YRDSB students:

Or, to create a new Edsby account

NOTE: Use of a laptop or desktop is highly recommended. Edsby cannot support online registration from any mobile or tablet device.

More information on the elementary program and secondary credit program is available on our webpages. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (905) 884-2046 ext. 242 or email us at  Thank you for your interest in our programs.

Getting Ready to Welcome Everyone

Dear Ventura Park families,

We are very happy to have had students back in the classroom over the past four days. Teachers have worked hard to set up beautiful and welcoming classrooms for the students, keeping in mind the need to promote social distancing. We appreciate their hard work in reminding students of the new rules and routines. We are so excited to welcome all of our students back into the building together tomorrow, and want to share a few reminders to help keep everyone safe with the increased number of students in the building.

  • Students are reminded that they need to follow social distancing rules. When in class, walking through the halls, and outdoors at recess, students need to do their best to maintain space between them and their classmates.
  • Students in Grades 4-8 must wear a mask, and students in Grades 1-3 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Seating plans for buses have now been developed. This week, staff will be working with students to help them understand where they should be sitting for their bus rides to and/or from school. Students will be seated with siblings if applicable, and then by homeroom and grade.
  • We are using a rotating model for morning recesses. Students in Grades 1-4 and students in Grades 5-8 will have one morning of outdoor recess followed by one morning of indoor recess.
  • Finally, we have moved to a two lunch model. From 12:40-1:10, students in Grades 1-4 will eat lunch while students in Grades 5-8 go out for recess. From 1:10-1:40, students in Grades 5-8 will eat lunch while students in Grades 1-4 go out for recess. These times will stay the same every day.

During the first few days of school, we have noticed that some students have forgotten important items like their lunches. Please ensure your child brings all items including their coats, lunch and snacks required for their day at school. Drop-offs will not be available. It is expected that parents/guardians first contact the school by telephone if
assistance is required.

We are looking forward to a wonderful rest of the week,

Monsieur Farrell and Madame Chamberland

Updates on Virtual School

Virtual School Inquiries

Information on both schools can be found through their respective websites.  Both are found here.

Elementary Virtual School (EVS)

  • An email went out late yesterday to all EVS parents so it should be in their Inbox – please check
  • The message is also posted to the Board’s website, and they can go there for reference if they did not receive the email
  • Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 are Orientation Days intended to provide an update on the virtual school plan that will ensure a supported entry for all our students as per below:
Thursday, September 10Link will be posted here by 1:00 p.m.Part 1:  Focus on School Operations Orientation for Supported Entry (30 minutes) followed by Asynchronous Activities for Students
Friday, September 11Links will be posted here  by 1:00 p.mPart 2: Focus on Curriculum Orientation for Supported Entry (30 minutes) followed by Asynchronous Activities for Students
Monday, September 148:45 am – 3:15 pmFull Day of Classes EVS
  • Regularly scheduled classes will resume on Monday September 14. 

Secondary Virtual School (SVS)

  • The Principal of SVS sent out an email to all SVS students late last night so it should be in their Inbox – please check
  • Teachers will be posting information to Teachassist
  • Student to access their TA account for information
  • Some classes still being confirmed and this may take time today to complete
  • Students that are requesting a course change in the SVS should be directed to contact the guidance department staff and / or preferably have guidance staff contact the family.
  • The first two days are for connecting and orientation