November 2019 – VVS Update

November 7th, 2019

Click each article below to read this month’s newsletter or read the PDF version.


Learning Without Limits


Thank you to everyone who attended the Awards nights for the 2018-19 school year, and the 2019 Student Parent Teacher Interviews (SPTs). These events were well attended, and we’re already looking forward to meeting with you and touching base throughout the year.

For those taking Diploma Exams, make sure to check the official schedule posted by Alberta Education. Good luck with your exams!

Please note: because of Alberta Education updates to school division naming, our email addresses have changed from to Please update your saved contacts and ensure you are using our correct toll-free contact number 1-855-974-5333 (x5317). Make sure you are using to log in to your 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 Jay Zaal, our communications and marketing specialist.

Have a great November!


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

Did You Know?

One of the best ways to know what is going on at Vista Virtual School (VVS) is to read this newsletter. VVS is your school and we are here to support you and your learning. As such, the newsletter is a required document sent to students each month with information about school events and activities—including deadlines, required activities, and opportunities.

You can view the newsletter online and in PDF format. Learn about activities and events that are provided throughout the year for students, and events such as Student Parent Teacher Interviews (SPTs) and Awards Nights that are important opportunities to engage with your teachers.

Another good way to make sure you do not miss events, deadlines or activities, is to visit the website often, and to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Everything important is published online, in social media, and may also be sent to you by email.

It is important you stay in contact with your teachers, as they are always there to assist you with your coursework. So make sure to reach out through email, Google Hangouts, Skype or by phoning your teachers.

Vista Virtual School Awards - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the VVS awards ceremonies in Edmonton and Calgary. Congratulations to the award winners!

Below are some of the photos from the two events; also see our Facebook and Twitter posts.

A story will be published in November summarizing the awards nights.


Student Parent Teacher Interviews - Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended the VVS Student Parent Teacher Interviews (SPTs) in Edmonton and Calgary!

Below are some of the photos from the two events; also see our Facebook and Twitter posts.

A story summarizing the SPT nights will be published in November.

Important Dates in November

November 1-8: Diploma Exams
November 3: Daylight Savings Time (November 3)
November 4-8: Veterans’ Week
November 4-8: National Media Literacy Week
November 4-8: Canadian Hockey Week
November 5: International Volunteer Day
November 11: Remembrance Day – Campuses Closed for the Statutory Holiday
November 11-15: Bullying Prevention Awareness Week
November 18-22: Canada History Week
November 20: National Child Day (Alberta)
November 25 to December 10: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Recent News Posts on the VVS Website
Monthly Events Calendar

Check out our monthly events on the website. This calendar is updated as events are added.

Tips to Succeed at Distance Learning

One of the best ways to be successful through distance learning is to stay on top of your courses.

Many of the key traits to be a good student include having discipline, balance, commitment, and organization skills.

Check out the following article from U.S. News for tips for learning at your own pace through distance.

Our Amazing Staff!

Simran Bhatia

How long have you been a teacher?
I’ve been a teacher for seven years, and have taught many science and math courses. I’ve taught in BC and Alberta.

Did you know?
Simran loves to knit…
Here are a few photos of Simran’s work.

Simran is also our resident photographer…
She showcases her talents by taking our staff profile photos over the past few years. One of her hobbies is taking photos wherever she goes. See below for some more photos she has taken over the years.

Simran also enjoys teaching through distance learning…
“It excites me to meet new people every day,” says Simran. “Our school is a great place for this since our students are from all around the world!”

VVS on the Road
  • Medicine Hat – November 7 and December 4
  • Lethbridge – November 21 and December 19
  • Red Deer – November 28 and December 18


Mike Loitz
Associate PrincipalsTreena BradburyFrank McCallum
Academic CounsellorsDominick GalloAndrea RobinChristy Filgate (Special Ed.)
Adult Academic CounsellorsFrank McCallumTreena BradburyMike Loitz
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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 Vista Virtual School Support. The newsletter is published monthly and sent to students, parents and guardians by email.