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Monday, January 8, 2018

Welcome Back to School for 2018!

Here are a few important upcoming  dates:

Wednesday Jan 10 at 6:00 - January Parent Council

Parent Council is a great way to stay connected with our school and participate in conversations regarding our community, our programs, our students and their learning.

Friday Jan 19 – PD Day for Assessment and Reporting
Wednesday Feb 7 at 6:00 - February Parent Council 
Tuesday Feb 13 – Term 1 Report Cards go home at the end of P8
Wednesday Feb 14 and Thursday Feb 15 - Afternoon/evening Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday Feb 16 – PD Day for Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday Feb 19 – Family DayThis week, Valley Park is supporting the national campaign of #MYActionsMatter to eliminate/prevent all forms of gender-based violence. This initiative is aligned with the recognition of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Gender-based violence is the use and abuse of power and control over another person due to their gender identity, gender expression and perceived gender.

Violence against women and girls is one of the many forms of gender-based violence.  This violence also has an significant impact on LGBTQ2 and gender non-binary people.

We can see the roots of gender-based violence all around us: in sexist jokes that devalue women, the language used in social media messages that objectify women, and in the rigid gender norms imposed on young children. 
Valley Park’s campaign is being led in partnership with our Student Council including the use of outdoor signage, interior displays, announcements, lunch-time Kahoot, and a series of student-led activities.
Student Council invites you to consider the five ways in which you can become an ally in our efforts to end gender-based violence.

Listen – be open to learning from the experiences of others.

Believe – support survivors and those affected by violence.

Speak out – add your voice to call out violence.

Intervene – find a safe way to help when you see acts of GBV.

Act – give your time to organizations working to end violence.

We ask that you continue the discussion with your child at home, and even at your workplace, so together we can eliminate Gender-based Violence.
The Valley Park Student Council



We are proud to offer the first edition of "The Scoop."  This is a newsletter intended for parents and created by our VPMS staff lead teachers...Ms. Bakshi, Ms. Morris, Ms. Naipaul and Mr. Viero. 

Check out the information and ideas they have shared to help you engage in school activities with your children.






Here are a few reminders regarding a few important upcoming dates:



ILE Program (Grenoble PS)



At Grenoble PS, International Languages Program offer Dari, Arabic and Tamil classes for students from JK – Grade 8.  Classes are offered every Tuesday from 3:30 – 6:00 pm throughout the whole school year.  Spaces are still available for Dari classes and registration is ongoing. Students will have various hands-on activities for a second language and culture learning. If you would like to register your child in this program, please go to the school small meeting room for registration on Tuesday during our program time only. 


If you have any questions, please contact Program Officer Li Gao at 416 395-3251




On Wednesday November 1st at 3:30pm our school council will meet.  With the leadership of our co-chairs, Sabira Manjoo and Raheela Rehmat, we will be reviewing a number of plans and events scheduled for the 2017/18 school year.  We will be examining and contributing to our school year calendar, sharing our school's learning goals foci and engaging in conversations that relate to student achievement, equity and wellness.  All parents are welcome to participate in all parent council meetings.


Our Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Tuesday November 14th.  This report tells parents how their child is performing with relation to their learning skills and academic standing at the mid-point of the September-January semester.   Parent-teacher conferences to discuss individual student achievement will be scheduled between November 15-17th.  These conferences are a great way to meet and work together with your student's teachers.


Trustee Gerri Gershon invites you to her Ward Forum next week...please click here  and download the PDF for more information.


A number of students and parents have asked about the opportunity to design and purchase their own Valley Park MS clothing. 
We have set up an online store using entripyshops.com.  This allows parents to purchase specific clothing products, pay for them online and have them delivered directly to your home.





Valley Park Social Media

We encourage you to follow us on our social media accounts:

Twitter @ValleyParkMS

Instagram @valleyparkmiddleschool_tdsb

Youtube  Channel

We are Valley Park!  We are kindness and caring!  We are inquisitive and we have a love of learning!  



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