Back to School Information

Hello VPPS families,

As the beginning of the school year approaches, we ask that you please take a moment to look at the YRDSB’s Fall 2020 – Return To School Plan if you have not already done so:   Please take some time to discuss the information with your children as appropriate. This will help them get a better idea of what to expect come September, such as the fact that all school staff will be wearing masks, that they will see signs on the floor helping to manage the flow of students through the halls, and that regular hand washing will be integrated into their daily schedule. 

Please continue to monitor the blog for updates. We appreciate that you have many questions about what back to school will look like, particularly about routines for the first day of school. As soon as we have more information to share, we will be sure to update the blog. For any families who will be using bussing services, visit after August 24th and use the “Find Your Bus Stop” button located at the top left of the screen to find information regarding bus stops and times.

Thank you,

Greg Farrell & Melanie Chamberland

Looking Forward to the New School Year!

Hello VPPS Families,

We hope everyone has been staying safe and enjoying the sunshine and heat this summer.
We encourage parents to continue to look at the VPPS blog and to check the YRDSB website for communication and updates as the new school year approaches.
We are excited to welcome your child(ren) back to school.  We have missed them and we know they are eager to return too, whether that be online or in class.  The safety of our students will continue to be at the top of our priorities and we are looking forward to starting this new school year!

Thank you,
Greg Farrell & Melanie Chamberland

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

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