March 2020 Newsletter

March 6th, 2020

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Learning Without Limits


Welcome to March!

March is another busy month as our elementary and junior high students are well into the second half of their school year and our senior high students are working through their second semester courses.

We always welcome your comments. If you have any questions or concerns, please phone us toll-free at 1-855-974-5333 or talk with your teacher, and if you have any stories you’d like to share of your experiences with VVS—and how you balance your diverse needs or achievements (including winning awards, scholarships, etc.), contact


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

Alberta Provincial Budget

In light of the Alberta provincial budget, we understand that parents and students likely have many questions and we do not yet have all the answers. There has been considerable coverage about the planned closure of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre and we would remind parents and students that Vista Virtual School is an entirely separate school, although we are in the same school division.

We thank you in advance for your patience in the coming weeks, as we review the Alberta Education Funding Manual to help determine our own programming for students for the future.

Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) Courses 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

Friday, March 13 from 1:00 to 3:00pm: High School Planning Session for Grade 9 Students          

Grade 9 students will have the opportunity to attend at our Calgary or Edmonton Campus to learn what is required for a high school diploma, course sequencing, and available courses (cores, CTS, etc.). Each student will create a high school planning chart, which will also meet the required outcome for Unit 6 in their current Grade 9 Health course (Preparing for High School, Lesson 2, the High School Planning Chart).

Important Dates in March
  • March 8: International Women’s Day
  • March 8: Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Ahead!)
  • March 9: Commonwealth Day (Canada)
  • March 9-13: Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week
  • March 14: Pi Day
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 20: International Day of Happiness
  • March 21: World Poetry Day
  • March 22: World Water Day

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

VVS on the Road
  • Medicine Hat Public Library – Thursday, March 5
  • Lethbridge Public Library – Thursday, March 19
  • Red Deer Public Library – Thursday, March 26


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
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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.