Just a Reminder of Technology Usage

Just a gentle reminder to students and parents that our digital footprint and our use of technology must follow Board and School guidelines. With way more online activity these days, please be sure that you are being safe, kind and appropriate. Actions on Social Media deemed unsafe, inappropriate or unacceptable may have consequences.

Online Summer Programs and Opportunities for Children, Youth & Families

With the cancellation of many in-person programs and camps this summer, we are happy to provide you with a list of on-line opportunities for your children and youth. These are being provided by several of our YRDSB community partner organizations. Please right click on the link below to find a list of summer programs organized by category and age group.

Summer 2020 Online Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families
For information that you might require throughout the summer months, about community resources, financial benefits, food programs and mental health supports, please take the Novel Coronavirus Update link on the YRDSB website to access additional and up to date information.

Please check these links regularly as we will be making weekly updates to available programs and resources. For more information, you can also reach our department by emailing iscs@yrdsb.ca

We wish all of you a safe and healthy summer.
Our Inclusive School and Community Services, Community and Partnership Developer Team.

YRDSB Administrative Appointments & Transfers for September 2020

Dear VPPS Families & Community,

We are pleased to announce that Madame MacKeracher has been promoted to the position of Itinerant Administrator in the YRDSB for September.  Madame MacKeracher has been an outstanding advocate for students in her role as Vice Principal at VPPS.  We will miss Madame MacKeracher tremendously and are grateful for her dedication to our school. We thank her for all of her care and commitment and wish her all the best on her new leadership journey. 

Please join me in welcoming Melanie Chamberland as she joins the VPPS family as our new Vice Principal. Madame Chamberland is an experienced French Immersion and Special Education Resource Teacher from Beverley Acres P.S.  She will bring her enthusiasm and energy for student learning to the VPPS community.

We look forward to our continued work supporting student learning and well-being next year.

Thank you,
Greg Farrell

Traditional Afro Caribbean Dancing

Students, families and staff have been affected by the murder of Mr. Floyd and ongoing Canadian incidents of anti-Black racism. Black students, families and staff have been particularly impacted and are telling us that they are not ok. They tell us about feelings of personal hurt and harm and of a need to be able to express some of these feelings.

We have done and continue to do work to support our Black staff, and we are in the process of developing support for our Black parents and families.

As one means to support Black students, we are offering Black students in primary, junior and intermediate grades the opportunity to participate in a live presentation on Traditional Afro-Caribbean Dancing.  We hope to give Black students an opportunity to express themselves through dance about its impact on their well-being.

We have partnered with Tamla Matthews, Hons Bsc, OCT, who is a professional dance artist and educator who has specialized in African Caribbean Dance for over 20 years. Tamla will lead registered Black students in the live presentations. 

The live presentations will be held on June 24, 2020 and June 25, 2020 at 9:30am -10:15am

and 2:00pm – 2:45pm. 

We ask that you encourage Black students from grades 2 to 10 register for one of the live presentations being offered.

For more information, please connect with Wendy Wright, OCT Intermediate Teacher, Elder’s Mills Public School at wendy.wright@yrdsb.ca

Summer Learning Programs Available

While schools remain closed, we continue to offer credit and non-credit summer school program opportunities for elementary and secondary students.

· Elementary Summer School (Grades 6-8)
· Summer School e-Learning (Secondary credit courses)
· Secondary Summer School (Acceleration courses, Credit Recovery/Reinforcement)

All programs will be offered in a remote learning environment with a mix of synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous learning. YRDSB continues to follow direction from the Ministry of Education and public health authorities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If there are any changes to our program delivery model, we will communicate those changes.

Adult Learning Programs

In addition, adult learning programs are also available by phone or online. If you have a question or would like to register for one of these classes, please email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122 and leave us a message:

· Adult Literacy and Basic Skills
· English as a Second Language
· Citizenship Classes
· Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

For more information about school closures and resources for families, including information on summer learning programs during COVID-19, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 and follow us on Twitter @YRDSB



Dear VPPS Families,

This post contains important information about the student material retrieval and return process taking place from June 15th to June 17th at Ventura Park P.S. Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property.

Here are some highlights to be aware of:

1)      You must sign up for a 15 minute time slot on EDSBY to enter the school on June 15th, June 16th and June 17th to return and retrieve items. You will ONLY be able to enter the building during your designated time slot.

2)      Only one parent/guardian is to retrieve materials with your child (grade 7s and 8s may attend alone). Ensure you know your child’s homeroom, teacher’s name and/or locker number/combination. No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building during the assigned time slot.

3)      There will be no access to washrooms or drinking fountains.

4)      Bring a bag (or two) so you can place all of the items you are retrieving into it.

5)      Arrive at your scheduled time. 

6)      Line up for entry at the front entrance only, at least 2 metres apart from others. 

7)      Review and adhere to the instructions on the self-screening poster from York Region Public Health posted at the front entrance 

8)      Use hand sanitizing station outside front door. 

9)      Enter through front door and check in with staff member. 

10)   Maintain a minimum 2-metre distance at all times, as you enter and exit the building.

11)   Proceed directly to material retrieval location (classroom, locker, hooks). 

12)   Bag all personal items to take home (no sorting into recycling/garbage at school). 

13)   Leave lockers empty and open. 

14)   Return any school-owned items (textbooks, library books, guided reading books, etc.) to a designated table in your child’s homeroom class.

15)   If a student is currently using a board-issued laptop and are returning to a school in the YRDSB in the fall, they need to keep their laptop for use over the summer. If they are not returning to a YRDSB school in September 2020, they must return their laptop, chromebook, etc. 

We thank you so much for your support with this process. We continue to stress the importance of health and safety at this time and thank you for your consideration.

Stay Safe,