School Climate Survey for Parents
As part of the DDSB's Safe and Accepting Schools Program, we invite any parents of VandenBos students to take part in our "Safe Schools Survey". The link to this online survey is the following: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/schclim13par_418
Gifted Testing Info Sessions
In November, the Durham District School Board will be hosting a series of information nights for parents regarding nominating child for gifted testing.
These information nights are presented by Kristy Philips, Special Education facilitator for gifted programming.
At these sessions, parents will learn about the screening and testing of potential gifted students, the characteristics of gifted children, as well as programming options for gifted children within the DDSB.
For more information on this event, please click the following links:
Boundary Change Open House
Notice of Open House: Proposed Boundary and Program Changes for North Whitby Schools – Donald A Wilson SS and Sinclair SS (January 14th, 2014).
The purpose of the Open House is for Durham District School Board staff to provide information, and receive feedback, on the proposed boundary and program revisions for Donald A Wilson SS and Sinclair SS, effective September 2015.
For full information, please click the following flyer: North Whitby Open House Notice
Cyber-bullying Information for Parents
The Durham District School Board continues to focus on eliminating all forms of bullying in our schools. One form of bullying that is becoming increasingly evident in this age of social media is bullying that occurs through the use of information and communication technologies, or cyber-bullying. In an effort to increase awareness on this topic, the DDSB has put out a document with helpful links and tips for parents regarding this issue. A copy of the document can be found at the following link: Cyberbullying Information for Parents
Religious Requirements, Practices and Observances
The new document Guidelines and Procedures for the Accommodation of Religious Requirements, Practices and Observances has been produced in compliance with the requirements of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy within the contexts of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. This document will assist us in creating and maintaining an equitable and inclusive environment at VandenBos P.S. The document is available for viewing at http://ddsb.durham.edu.on.ca/DDSBmain.htm.
If you anticipate that you or your family might require religious accommodation at any point during the school year, we ask that you inform the administration at your child’s school as early as possible, preferably at the start of the school year. Areas that you might consider include, but are not limited to, the following:
¨ Observation of major religious holy days and celebrations
¨ Accommodation in, or exemption from, specific areas of the curriculum or other school activities
¨ Religious attire
¨ Modesty requirements in physical education
¨ School opening and closing exercises
¨ Dietary requirements
You are also welcome to speak to Mrs. Schmidlechner about religious accommodation needs as they arise.
In May and June 2013 the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) conducted its annual Grade three and six assessments in every publicly funded Ontario elementary school. In the Durham District School Board (DDSB), a total of 4,677 students from 349 classes at 107 schools were eligible to participate in the primary (Grade three) assessment. A total of 4,742 students from 311 classes at 107 schools were eligible to participate in the junior (Grade six) assessment. Please click the read more button to see a detailed report of our school results.
Aboriginal Self Identification
The Ontario Ministry of Education has identified Aboriginal Education as one of its key priorites. The 2007 Ontario, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Education Policy Framework outlines strategies to improve achievement among First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students and to help close the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in the areas of literacy and numeracy, retention of students in school, graduation rates, and advancement to post secondary studies.
By participating in the Self-Identification program, you are assisting the board with the determination of programming and support to increase Aborignal student success and achievement and to help our board monitor the success of students and the programs and supports implemented. The information on the individual students will not be released and is kept confidential in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act. The Durham District School Board (DDSB) will share its Aboriginal Self-Identification data with the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality Accountability Office (EQAO). These provincial bodies will report their findings in an aggregate or collective format to the public.
For more information, please click on the following link:
Snowbird Excellence Assemblies
Each month, VandenBos staff and student leaders will hold Excellence Assemblies, acknowledging and celebrating school and student successes. VandenBos students will work towards specific Snowbird Targets which are developed to encourage positive citizenship, leadership and achievement. Each grade will be assigned a specific month to organize and lead the assemblies.
For a detailed look at the Snowbird Targets for 2012-2013, please click the following links:
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- Jr. Volleyball Playdowns
December 02, 2013 - December 06, 2013
- VandenBos Post Office
December 09, 2013 - December 18, 2013
- Gr. 1-6 - Earth Rangers Presentation
December 10, 2013
- VandenBos Vocalists Concert
December 12, 2013
Concert Begins at 6:30 pm
- Popcorn Day
December 16, 2013
- Pizza Day
December 17, 2013
- Popcorn Day JK/SK
December 17, 2013
Kindergarten classes only.
- Skating Trip (grades 2-8)
December 18, 2013