February 2020 Newsletter

February 11th, 2020

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Learning Without Limits


Welcome to February!

As we enter the second semester (for high school students), if you are still working through semester one courses, or haven’t requested your semester two courses yet, please contact our school academic counsellors for assistance.

Teachers are attending the annual teachers’ conventions this month. Edmonton-area Vista Virtual School teachers attend February 6-7, and Calgary-area Vista Virtual School teachers attend February 13-14 or February 20-21. Internal coverage is arranged: however, please be patient as responses may take longer during these conference dates.


`        Mike Loitz,                 Treena Bradbury,           Frank McCallum,
           Principal                  Associate Principal        Associate Principal

Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) Course Deadlines

March 31 is the deadline to register into 3-5 credit courses with ADLC and May 15 is the deadline to register into 1 credit courses with ADLC. June 15 is the deadline to complete all ADLC courses.

Upcoming Activity

Come join us at TELUS Spark in Calgary for Body World: Animal Inside Out on Wednesday, February 19 from 1:00 – 3:00pm. This activity is suited for students between Grades 1 and 12. Travel on an anatomical safari exploring a variety of animals from goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches in Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out. This rarely seen perspective will guide visitors through skeletons, muscles, organs and circulatory systems of real preserved animals. This exhibition features real preserved animals and human body specimens, including one full human plastinate, one human skeleton, and a collection of human internal organs and limbs. If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact us at vvactivities@pembinahills.ca.

Important Dates in February
  • Black History Month
  • Groundhog Day (February 2)
  • Start of Semester 2 (February 3)
  • Teachers’ Convention (North): February 6-7
  • Teachers’ Convention (South): February 13-14 or February 20-21
  • Family Day (VVS Campuses Closed): February 17
  • Body World: Animal Inside Out Field Trip: February 19
  • Pink Shirt Day (Bullying Awareness): February 26
VVS on the Road
  • Medicine Hat Public Library – Thursday, February 6
  • Lethbridge Public Library – Thursday, February 20
  • Red Deer Public Library – Thursday, February 27


Steven Kaplan
Associate PrincipalsTreena BradburyFrank McCallum
Academic CounsellorsJessica LuciukLoya De ClercqChristie Borle (Inclusive Ed.)
Adult Academic CounsellorsFrank McCallumTreena BradburySteven Kaplan
School Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (teachers' hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Campus Location341 58 Ave. SE
Calgary, AB T2H 0P3
PhoneP: 1-855-974-5333VVS Support
School Websitevvschool.ca
School Emailvvsupport@pembinahills.cavvsadults@pembinahills.ca
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