January 2020 Newsletter

January 10th, 2020

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Learning Without Limits


Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday break and are ready to start the new year.

As a reminder, elementary and junior high students should be finished about half of the school program for the year by the end of the month. Most junior high students should also be preparing for midterm exams. High school students who are finishing semester one should be preparing for course completion and final exams, and if applicable, planning for diploma exams. Part-time students are also starting courses for the new year. As the first semester ends, if you require additional time to complete your courses, please contact your teacher and/or academic counsellor to negotiate the proper extensions.


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

Accountability Pillar

As part of the Accountability Pillar, Alberta Education surveys teachers, students and their parents/guardians each year. The survey data helps to gather information on the quality of education provided by school divisions/authorities and their schools.

Teachers, students and parents/guardians in grades 4, 7 and 10 are sent the Accountability Pillar survey. Watch for an email in January from Principal, Mike Loitz with a unique code that is individually sent to teachers and students.

Please take the time to complete this voluntary survey, as it gives our school, the school division, and Alberta Education important information to gauge the quality of education you/your child is receiving, and ensures every opportunity for student success.

Upcoming Activity

Come join us at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton on January 27 from 10:30 to 11:30am to see National Geographic Live! Adventures among Orangutans. This activity is suited for students between Grades 4 and 12.   If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact us at vvactivities@pembinahills.ca

Important Dates in January
  • News Years’ Day (January 1)
  • VVS Campuses Re-open after the Winter Break (January 2)
  • First Day of Classes (January 6)
  • Diploma Exams (January 13-30)
  • Provincial Achievement Tests; for those eligible to write (January 16-31)
  • Saturday Exams in both Calgary and Edmonton campuses (January 18)
  • Field Trip (January 27 – Edmonton)
  • Semester 1 Ends (January 31)
  • Semester 2 Begins (February 3)

Check out our monthly events on our website. We update this calendar as events are added.

VVS on the Road
  • Lethbridge Public Library – Thursday, January 16
  • Red Deer Public Library – Thursday, January 23


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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Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on events and activities throughout the year. Our website is also a valuable source of information. Do you have a story to tell, or a typo to report? Email Ben Freeland. The newsletter is published monthly and sent to students, parents and guardians by email.