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Island Public/Natural Science School

Kindergarten Students With An Older Sibling (Morning Commute Only)

Island Public/Natural Science School Morning Drop Off For City-Side Kindergarten Students With Older Siblings Commuting on the 8:15 am Ferry Plan of Action - Including Staff Roles and Responsibilities

At City-Side Ferry Docks

  • Greet students, begin to take attendance and line up siblings in a line on the right side of the ferry gate.  These will be the LAST students to board.
  • confirm attendance numbers prior to ferry leaving
  • supervise students while riding the ferry
  • students remain in their sibling cohort and are seated in the left side ferry cabin

Once at Island Ferry Docks

  • confirm student attendance numbers prior to disembarking by having students stand in the line
  • supervise students while disembarking the ferry
  • supervise students as they walk with siblings to school bus #4
  • remain in their sibling cohort and are seated together on bus
  • board school bus to assist/supervise seating of students
  • confirm attendance numbers (city-side and Islanders) prior to the school bus leaving the ferry docks

Once at School

  • supervise students disembarking from the school bus; prior to leaving the school bus area confirm attendance numbers
  • supervise students in the outdoor classroom

Note: This is for morning drop off only, afternoon pick up remains the same.   Parents, please ensure that you drop off your children on time as the ferry departs at 8:15 AM sharp.

Scholastic Book Fair


Dear families,

Our school’s Scholastic Book Fair is back!

From December 8th to December 9th, discover new bestselling titles coming to our school. Families are welcome to attend on December 8th for the main event. More details will follow soon.

Students are welcome to also come to the book fair on December 9th.

Our in-person Scholastic Book Fair will take place on December 8th!

Families and friends that can’t join us in the school, can join us online with our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Our online shop will be open from December 5th to December 9th, but you can view a selection of the books you will find at the book fair. Beginning on December 5th, the link will be live for online shopping and is accessible online at

Your orders will be delivered to the school shortly after the fair, and we will distribute them. When checking out online, please include your child’s name and their teacher’s name for ease of delivery to the correct classroom.

Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Book Fair! And if you would like to volunteer, please reach out to

We are looking for four volunteers to join us on December 8th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Forms of Payment (In-Person Fair): cash, credit. Note: Please note that we are working with Scholastic to obtain Wi-Fi-enabled machines, which will ease the checkout process.

the Toronto Island Christmas Boutique 2022

Christmas Boutique Flyer

The Christmas Boutique is quickly approaching on Saturday December 3rd.

This is an Toronto Island community event

The Grade 5/6 students will be participating in this year's Christmas Boutique held at the Algonquin Island Association on December 3.

Families of the Grade 5 and 6 students are welcome to donate Chili.

This is a fundraiser for the Grade 5/6 Ottawa trip in Spring 2023. The money raised helps to offset the cost of the Grade 5/6 trip at the end of the year.  It is a really fun community event and provides excellent leadership opportunities for the students. 

This year we are also going to be having a table set up to sell wrapping paper made by the students.  More information will be coming soon from your child's teacher and from the office.

Important Labour Update - Strike Averted - November 20, 2022

Important Labour Update - Strike Averted November 20, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians/Caregivers and Students,

We are happy to inform you that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Government of Ontario have reached a tentative agreement averting a strike. As a result, all TDSB schools will be open as normal tomorrow - Monday, November 21, 2022. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have moved through these labour developments. We would also like to thank all staff for their hard work to prepare the system for a possible strike and possible transition to remote learning.

Progress Reports and Parent Teacher Interviews


  • Progress Reports will be sent by email on November 16th. *Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to send email copies of the progress reports (Grade 1 - 6) and Initial Communication of Learning (Kindergarten) by SchoolMessenger. Paper Copies were sent home. Room 101 will receive their progress reports on November 17*
  • Teachers will be conducting interviews on Thursday, November 17th in the evening, and Friday, November 18th in the morning.
  • A google form with online booking information was shared by your child(ren) teacher to schedule a virtual interview on November 17th or November 18th. Please respond to your child(ren) teacher indicating your preferred date and time.
  • Your child(ren) teacher will confirm date/time and provide virtual link for scheduled time and day of interview.
  • ParentTeacher Interview Tips

Toronto Public Health Letter to Families


Remembrance Day Assembly


Island Public/Natural Science School Remembrance Day Assembly

Friday, November 11, 2022

Classes are quietly seated in the gym – 10:45 am

Poem ‘In Flanders Field’ – 10:55 am

Indigenous Flag Song – Oh gi’chee dah = warriors
- 10:57 am

‘We all sing with the same voice’ – Rm. 101 and Rm. 102

Last Post - Video – 11:00 am

Moment of Silence – Everyone

All students received poppies

Short Message by Principal and Dismissal

2021-22 EQAO Results - Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent agency of the Ontario government. EQAO assesses elementary and secondary students’ achievement in Reading, Writing and Mathematics across the province. EQAO data should be considered alongside other information–such as in-class assessment results, assessment data from report cards, and teacher observations–in order to provide a more fulsome picture of student learning.

Ferry Capacity Change - Morning Commute on October 28 Only

Friday, October 28, 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers, 

I’m writing to provide more details about this morning’s sudden change in the Toronto Island Ferry service capacity for trips from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to Ward’s Island. 

On Friday morning, the City of Toronto Marine Services notified the school, on short notice, of an operational issue which would significantly reduce the ferry’s capacity. At this time, staff were already on their way to the ferry docks. 

Once this was communicated to us, we immediately notified families regarding the change through SchoolMessenger around 8 a.m. 

As a result, up to three classes at a time were able to load onto the ferry between 8:20 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. 

By 9:30 a.m. all students were at school in their classrooms. We understand your concern with the situation and want to reassure you that all children were safe and were properly supervised at all times.

We are incredibly grateful for our staff’s support in this morning’s difficult situation.

All staff stepped up and helped things run smoothly and I would like to thank our staff for all of their efforts in ensuring our students were safe during this time. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email, or by phone at 416-393-1910 or on my school cell phone at 416-985-1266. 


Gary Pieters


Student Assemblies - Positive School Climate

On Thursday, October 27, there was a Primary assembly, followed by a Junior assembly to review expectations for positive behaviour in the classroom, at recesses, on the bus commute, and boat commute to foster school and student safety. It is important that we continue to remind our students of the expectations and reinforce positive behaviours in all areas of school life.

Power Outage on Centre Island - October 13 at 9 pm - October 14 at 6am

Thursday October 13, 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

This morning we were informed by Toronto Hydro that there is a planned power outage on Thursday, October 13th from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, October 14th.

This outage cannot be delayed and is required for Toronto Hydro to complete necessary work in the area.

We are aware that this directly impacts the programs taking place at the Island Public/Natural Science School, however we have set up the necessary provisions for students and staff to ensure the programing continues.

Arrangements have been made for a mobile power generator to be transported and installed at the Island Public/Natural Science School to

Toronto Hydro will also be providing the generator with power from its main switch, which will give the school full power. We will also have an electrician on site all night until hydro has completed their work.

Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we continue to monitor the situation.

Please be sure to check out school’s website and Twitter for updates.

As always, please contact me by email, or by phone at 416-393-1910 or on my school cell phone should you have any questions or concerns.


Gary Pieters


*NEW* Winter Ferry Schedule - Oct. 11


Please see the Winter Ferry Schedule and Bus Transportation Drop Off and Pick Up schedule which begins on Tuesday, October 11.

As of Tuesday, October 11, the ferry will be operating on Winter Schedule into Easter Weekend 2023. Only one ferry, the Ongiara will be operating to Wards Island only.

Grades 1-6 students (and their Kindergarten siblings - optional) will commute from the city-side with the 8:15 am ferry, and Kindergarten students will commute from the city-side with the 9:00 am ferry.

Kindergarten - Grade 6 students from the city-side will commute to the city with 3:45 PM ferry from Wards Island.

Any questions, please contact us by email or by phone at the main office at 416-393-1910.


IPS Winter Schdedule Revised Version

Photo Retake Day - Nov. 1

School Photo Day took place on Thursday, October 6. Photo Retake Day is on Tuesday, November 1. During photo retake day, class group photos, staff group photos and individual photos for students who were away will take place.

Please see the linked photo retake permission. for accessible online at Photo Retake Permission form Please refer to photo day notice from Clear Images Photography for more information on steps to view and order your child(ren) photos.



Welcome to the Island Public Natural Science School, located on Centre Island!

principal Pieters


Presently our school serves approximately 210 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students who are from Toronto's Ward and Algonquin Islands (Island-side), and the Harbourfront Community (City-side).  We are an inclusive education 'Community of Learners'. We strive to build a school community that centres fairness, diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. Our school will ensure that the curriculum, teaching, learning and extended learning experiences amplify the voices of our students for their roles as active, thoughtful, socially responsible citizens now and into the future. We focus on academic excellence by providing our students with the learning skills and work habits that they will use throughout schooling and adult life. We will achieve this by collaborating and working together with students, staff, school district central-office staff, parents and community partners to create an inclusive, caring, safe, relationship-based environment where students learn to value one another and build the skills necessary to self-regulate their learning through inquiry.  Creating the conditions for an equitable and inclusive school environment that reflect a relationship-based approach, IPS is able to continue to focus on student and staff well-being, safety and achievement.  We endeavour to provide exemplary programming for our students by instilling critical thinking and inquiry, self-regulation  a love of learning, and 21st century technology-enabled learning tools that align with the digital environment in which they live and learn. It will be our collective efficacy that allows all children to learn successfully and attain high levels of academic and social success.

Gary Pieters