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Captain Michael VandenBos P.S.
Flying High for Excellence
3121 Country LaneWhitby, OntarioL1P 1N3
Safe Arrival Line
4pm to 8am905-665-2001
Jayne Krattiger
Vice Principal
Voula PhillipsCarolyn CopithorneSusan Blakley
Admin. Assistants
John Bowyer
Anne-Marie Laginski
Admin Officer905-666-5500
Kimberly Zeppieri
Christine Winters
MAY 2011 
Hello VandenBos Team! Well, only one week has passed since my arrival and I can't believe howincredibly busy, welcoming and dedicated our students, staff and community are. My walkthroughshave confirmed that the teaching and learning at VandenBos is the number one focus. Not only arethe classrooms alive with curious learners, but student leadership, music, drama, art and athletics fillthe hallways with VandenBos talent and spirit. Everyone here is 'Flying High with Excellence.' Twomore months of school before summer vacation arrives, however, here at CMV, we are in fullswing. Students and staff are working hard to consolidate the skills and knowledge that are requiredfor their grade level to best prepare our students for the next grade. This is especially true for our students in grade three and six, as they prepare for the annual provincial assessment in May/June.We continue to encourage all students to complete their daily assignments to the best of their ability,and to read for pleasure as much as possible. This is particularly important for our grade eightstudents as they have their sights set on high school. There are several exciting events planned for our students in May and June, so please read the newsletters carefully, check your child's agendafor notices and refer to the Durham District School Board calendar for key dates to remember.I would like to personally thank all VandenBos students, staff and families who have welcomed meso kindly to the Snowbird community! I am proud to be a Snowbird and have fond memories of being a VandenBos parent myself (many, many years ago!). My door is always open and I lookforward to working with you and your wonderful children.
We all know that students perform at their best withoutinterruptions to their instructional time. With that in mind,we are asking parents to keep interruptions into theclassroom to a minimum. We understand that emergen-cies do arise and we will always page the student for anyemergency. Preplanning after-school activities at homewith your child also helps to keep the phone lines free atthe end of the day and to eliminate crowding in the office.The agenda is a great communication tool for your child’steacher. Thank you for your co-operation.
Please remember that stu-dents should not arrive at schoolearlier than 8:05 am unless re-quired to do so for a practice. Wedo not have outside supervisorsin the morning and students arenot typically allowed inside untilthe 8:15 am bell rings. Thank youfor your cooperation.As well, we have noticed thatsome students are habitually late.It would be appreciated if stu-dents could be on time for schoolon a regular basis.
MAY 2011
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If you are planning to move out of the Captain Mi-chael VandenBos school area over the summer,please inform the school (905-665-2001). If youknow someone who is moving into the area and willbe attending CMV, please have them call theschool. This information is important in planning for September. Thank you.
As of April 1, 2011 the Durham District School Board website will offer a new tool to make finding designatedschool locations easier. The tool is called the School Locator and it will provide online users with the ability tosearch for the school(s) designated to a specific municipal address. This feature provides users with the elementary andsecondary regular track as well as French Immersion schools to which an indicated address is designated. The user can accessschool information, boundary maps, information and news. If the school(s) or program information is not provided from the searchrequest, users can always access assistance or additional information by contacting the DDSB’s Planning Department at 905-666-6421 or 1-800-339-6913 ext. 6421 during regular business hours. Additionally, contact information for Durham StudentTransportation Department is available to users of the site. You can find the School Locator in the upper scroll above the 'What'sNew' section of the DDSB website. Its permanent home will be located in two sections of the DDSB website: Schools - DDSBSchools menu and the About DDSB - Facilities and Accommodations menu at the left side of the Board’s front page.
The Volunteer Café will be held on Friday, May 13,2011 at 1:00pm in the school gymnasium. Everyonewho has volunteered their time to help at our schoolis invited to attend. Entertainment will be provided by some of our students. Come and join us for cof-fee and cookies so we can say
“Thank you”
for allyour efforts on behalf of the students and staff.
F.I. Boundaries for CMV:
Rossland Road North and Taunton Road South within the Williamsburg area
F.I. Boundaries Julie Payette:
Lake Ontario to Taunton Road South (excluding Williamsburg Area).
Julie Payette Students
As you all know, CMV is going through a transition period. A large group of F.I. students will leave CMV toattend Julie Payette P.S. located on the former Leslie McFarlane site. Grade 1 to 8 F.I. students who liveoutside the Williamsburg area will attend this new F.I. Centre. Bussing will be available to all students whomeet the transportation criteria (distance of 
1.6 km from school). Please note that all 2011/12 Grade 8students are scheduled to go to the new school.
MAY 2011
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Grade 8 Graduation
Plans are well underway for our Grade 8 Graduation which will take place on Mon-day, June 27, 2011 at 7:00pm in our school gymnasium. This will be followed by a dance for thegraduates. Due to fire regulations concerning the number of people allowed in our gym, it is essen-tial that each graduate invite only three guests each to attend the ceremony. Three tickets per gradu-ate will be sent home shortly before the graduation date. Rehearsal for graduation will take place onTuesday, June 21 during the school day.
Clap Out
On Tuesday, June 28 the graduates will return for the traditional “Clap Out” at 2:15. Parents are in-vited to attend the clap-out.
Clap Out will be for grade 8 students only.
Grade 8 Trip to Ottawa
The grade 8 students are eagerly looking forward to their trip to Ottawa. They leave Wednesday,June 22 and return Friday, June 24.
Classroom Requests for 2011-2012
Class placement meetings for the September 2011 school year will take place in June. The teachers and administration workcollaboratively together to determine the best class placement for all our students. The following factors are considered:learning style-needs of studentsteaching stylesocial skills and peer interactions/ gender combinationsspecial requirements (resources/technology etc.)Ministry guidelines regarding class sizeTeachers who work with your child(ren) have the best perspective on these issues and will be working closely together withadministration to make good decisions for the students, teachers and VandenBos as a whole. Your input is valued and you arewelcome to provide information that may assist your child’s teacher in making these important decisions. Appropriate details wouldinclude your child’s placement history, the type of learner that you perceive they are, the style of instruction that you feel they wouldbest benefit from and/or relevant medical information. Parents may not pick a specific teacher for their child and this type of requestwill not be accepted. If you have information to share regarding class placement needs, please speak to your child’s teacher beforethe June 3 PA day.

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