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Island Public/Natural Science School

FYI - For Your Information

IPS school entrance

IPS Drop-Off and Pick-Up Student Routines - May 17, 2023 until further notice

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School May 2023

TDSB Ward 9 - Trustee Alexis Dawson Update April 2023

Elementary Alternative Schools Update 1 - April 7, 2023 | Update 2 - April 21, 2023

IPS Drop-Off and Pick-Up Student Routines - April 11, 2023 until further notice

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School April 2023

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School March 2023

Norovirus Fact Sheet

Island PS Severe Weather and Contingency Plans 2022-23

African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board: February 2023

Chinese Heritage Month at the TDSB – February 2023

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School January 2023

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School Holiday Edition December 2022

Winter 2022-23 Tutoring Update | Tutoring Supports for Students

Winter 2022-23 Well-Being Guide

Urgent Update: Schools and Sites Closed Tomorrow December 22, 2022

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School November 2022 Edition

Important Labour Update - Strike Averted November 20, 2022

Message from Toronto Public Health: Reducing Spread of Respiratory Viruses November 15, 2022

Island PS Hot Lunch Menu November and December 2022

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School October 2022 Edition

IPS Drop-Off and Pick-Up Student Routines - October 11, 2022 to April 6, 2023 | Ferry Commute Letter to Kindergarten Families | Ferry Capacity Change During the Morning Commute on October 28 Only

Power Outage Letter to Parents October 13

TDSB Student Census - Fall 2022

Early French Immersion Application Process 2023-24

Elementary Central Student Interest Programs

School Photo/Retake Day Notice Nov. 1 | Photo Retake Permission form

Meet The Teacher - Curriculum Night Notice October 6

Island Breeze - The Newsletter of Island Public School September 2022 Edition

New Principal Announcement Administration Change at Island Public Natural Science School Starting September 1, 2022

TDSB Back to School Website for Parents 2022-2023

Toronto District School Board - Disconnecting from Work Policy - Staff/Administration Digital Availability

School Day Weather Forecast

Toronto Public Health - COVID-19 Guidance: Elementary & Secondary Schools | Provincial School and Child Care Screening and Self-Assessment Tool

Access to School Premises Procedure (PR523)

Happy March Break!

Happy March Break. March Break is from Monday, March 13th to Friday, March 17th. School is closed to staff and students. We are digitally unavailable until March 20th.


Online Learning Today Only

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Today Island Public/Natural Science School will pivot to Online Learning since buses are cancelled. Staff will communicate learning expectations for the day via their online communications platforms including Google Classroom & Zoom.

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Term 1 Reports - Parent/Caregivers and Teacher Interviews


  • Term 1 Reports Grades 1 - 6 and Initial Communication of Learning Kindergarten will be sent home on February 15th and 16th (Amended Dates)
  • Teachers will be conducting interviews on Thursday, February 16th in the evening, and Friday, February 17th in the morning.
  • A google form with online booking information will shared by your child(ren) teacher to schedule a virtual interview on February 16th or February 17th. At that time, 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

Safe, Caring and Accepting School Committee

About The Caring, Safe and Accepting School Committee (Excerpted)

Our Safe, Caring and Accepting School Committee is responsible for fostering a safe, inclusive, and accepting school climate. 

We are committed to ensuring a positive and peaceful school. All schools have a Safe Schools Plan that includes prevention strategies and peaceful problem solving. Schools work with community partners to attract students into positive activities. 

Meeting 2 on Tuesday, February 21, 11:45-12:45 pm in the Main Office Conference Room, and by Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared prior to the meeting for individuals participating virtually.

Meeting 1 on Tuesday, January 31, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm. The Zoom link will be shared prior to the meeting for individuals participating virtually.

    Discussion Items on the Agenda
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Purpose/Mandate of Caring, Safe and Accepting Schools Committee
  • Frequency of Meetings (4 Meetings for 2022-2023)
  • Current Initiatives and Possibilities
  • Discussion – Feedback, Suggestions and/or Concerns
  • Next Steps
  • Adjournment
  • January 31 Meeting Minutes

A safe, accepting and welcoming school climate is an individual, shared, and collective responsibility by each and every member of the school community. We continue to convene school assemblies, curate daily announcements, and utilize our various communication platforms to share expectations and practices for appropriate 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 embed these expectations in all areas of school life. The Board Code of Conduct is applicable to all including staff, students, families, volunteers, visitors, vendors and community partners.

Kindergarten Registration Month


Registration for all TDSB English Kindergarten programs begins in February. Families have the option of registering their child online at or in-person at the school. With both options, families will be invited to come to the school to validate registration information and participate in a Welcome to Kindergarten event hosted by the school. Please encourage families of potential JK/SK students in our school’s boundary catchment to register early.

African Heritage/Black History Month - Virtual Launch on February 1

During the month of February, the TDSB proudly recognizes African Heritage (Black History) Month. It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent to Canada and the world. The chosen theme for 2022-2023 is Black Joy

The theme of Black Joy was selected this year by the African Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee. This academic school year, "Joy" is one of TDSB's two overarching priorities. The first priority being the importance of joy, engagement and belonging in our schools as a foundation for academic achievement and student success; and the second priority being the elimination of disproportionate outcomes for students. Black Joy emulates how Black People have been able to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally as a People and as a Community, despite the systemic barriers and oppression faced.

To kick off African Heritage month at the TDSB, we are excited to extend an invitation to all students, staff, and the TDSB community to join us in marking this significant month with entertainment, and noteworthy speakers. Announcements about several educational opportunities that are being planned throughout the month of February and beyond will also be shared at the African Heritage Month Virtual Launch.

African Heritage Month Virtual Launch

Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Zoom Webinar Link:

HarbourSide Update Interview With Principal Gary Pieters

We are incredibly appreciative of the team at HarbourSide condos for an insightful interview with our Principal Gary Pieters for 'HarbourSide Update' February 2023 community newsletter for families at 55 & 65 Harbour Square. 



Approved Vendors List

TDSB Approved Fundraising and Fun Fair Vendors' Directory. Check out the list of approved vendors that can support school events

 Approved vendors

Inclement Weather

Please see the links below for more information on procedures for severe weather conditions.

Snow/Cold Weather

Severe Weather Procedure

Online Learning Today Only


Thursday, January 26, 2023

In consultation with the Superintendent of Education, the school will move to Online Synchronous Learning for today. Staff will communicate their learning expectations for the day via their online communications platforms including Google Classroom and Zoom.

Please see details in email that was sent to your email inbox through SchoolMessenger.


Gary Pieters


Island Public/Natural Science School

Island festive cookies and card delivery



Our students delivered festive cookies and holiday cards to senior residents on Toronto Island.

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.

IPS Holiday Hoopla & Scholastic Book Fair

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We look forward to seeing you in person! The following is the itinerary and activities for the Holiday Hoopla and Scholastic Book Fair being held on Thursday, December 8, 2022:

  • 12:30 pm – City-side parents board the ferry to Ward’s Island
  • 12:45 pm – City-side and Island-Side parents board the buses to IPS
  • 1:00 pm – Families arrive at school and there will be a Holiday sing-a-long led by students and staff at the front entrance outside of the school (if weather is unfavourable – the sing-along will be indoors). Grade 4/5 will also have some instruments at various designated areas inside the school
  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Our wish tree is ready to bring to life your hopes, wishes, and dreams for 2023 in our collaborative art project! In your child’s classroom you can get creative tracing your handprint on green paper with your name and wish for 2023, for display on our wish tree. IPS Holiday Hoopla-8
  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Parents can join visit the Scholastic Book Fair at the Library IPS Holiday Hoopla-6
  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Hot Chocolate and Candy Cane Fundraiser (Cash Only) – Grade 5/6 – End of Year Trip to Ottawa

  • 2:15-2:20 pm Parents Board Buses for Drop Off to the Ward’s Island Ferry. When leaving, if you are taking your child(ren) please sign-them out at their classroom
  • 2:45 pm City-side parents board the ferry at Ward’s Island for return to the City

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.

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


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