Reminders from VPPS

We hope you all had a wonderful and restful long weekend and enjoyed time with your families.

We would like to remind families that except in very extreme cold temperatures, students will be going outside for one 20 minute recess in the morning and one 40 minute recess in the afternoon.  This means students need to come dressed appropriately to be out in whatever the weather is that day – warm coats, hats, mittens or gloves, boots and snowpants.  This will allow students to play safely outside and enjoy our Canadian winter.  Parents are also encouraged to send an extra pair of socks, mitts and/or pants as these items often get wet and cold in the winter months.

As per the YRDSB Extreme Cold Weather Guideline, when the temperature and/or wind chill are at -20 degrees Celsius or below, indoor recess will be considered.  When temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 18-19 degrees Celsius, a shortened outdoor recess will be considered.

We would also like to remind families that The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has announced that they will be holding a one-day strike for all school boards across Ontario this Friday, February 21stVentura Park P.S. will be closed to students on this day unless an agreement is reached before then.

ETFO Strikes This Week & Pizza Order Update

As per the message that was sent out by the Director of Education last week, this week’s full two strike days by ETFO will occur on Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13. Similar to this week, if no agreement is reached between ETFO and the province, elementary schools will be closed to students on Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13.  Please make other arrangements for your children on these days.

Due to the strike, all pizza orders from last Thursday and for this Thursday will be deferred. All pizza orders missed will be made up in the weeks to come. Parents will be given a fair amount of notice before the make up days through our blog.

Athlete of the Month January Recipients

Arina K. (Junior – 4B) –  Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball’ Unit

Xavier L. (Junior – 4B) – Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball’ Unit​

Tyler H. (Junior – 4D) – Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball & Volleyball’ Unit​s

Sofia T. (Intermediate – 7D) – Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball’ Unit

​ Mikayla W. (Intermediate – 7D) – Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball’ Unit

Sandy D. (Intermediate – 7D) – Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball’ Unit

Jaian D. (Intermediate – 7D) – Phys. Ed. ‘Basketball’ Unit

​Congrats to all our athletes!!!