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Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA)

The Upper Grand District School Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, school visitors, and community members. When a student behaves inappropriately, principals use progressive discipline to help a student take responsibility for their actions, change their behaviour, and learn from their mistakes. When safety is threatened by the potentially violent or dangerous behaviour of a student, which places either the student or others at risk, school staff follow specific protocols for the protection of all. It is important that you and your children are aware of these protocols. For more information, visit the board's website.

Update on elementary progress reports and interviews

Labour Update ButtonWhat parents need to know about progress reports and interviews now that the elementary teachers have voted to ratify the central agreement. For more information, visit

Island Lake P.S. News

How to support children when tragic events happen in the world

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Last week, terrible events transpired in Beirut and Paris that shocked many. We are saddened by the tragedies and our thoughts are with all those affected.

Although events like this are rare, they can have an impact on each of us—our children, staff, families and friends. We all respond to situations like this in different ways. Some feel sadness or grief. Some feel anger or a sense of helplessness and anxiety. Whatever we feel is okay, and we want families to know support is available to help you and your children in these situations.

The tips below may help you support your children following tragic world events:

  • Recognize that children may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family or friends. Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.
  • If your child is not focused on the tragedy, don’t dwell on it. Try to avoid having detailed adult conversations regarding the tragedy in front of children. However, be available to answer questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions.
  • Limit exposure to media coverage. Images of a disaster or crisis can become overwhelming, especially if watched repetitively. Young children in particular may not be able to distinguish between images on television and their personal reality. Older children may choose to watch the news—be available to discuss what they see and to help put it into perspective.
  • Maintain normal family routines as much as possible. Routine family activities, classes and friends can help children feel more secure.
  • Be aware of your own needs. Don’t ignore your own feelings of anxiety, grief and anger. Talking to friends, family members, faith leaders and mental health counsellors can help. Let your children know you are sad. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. If you feel your child needs additional support, services are available within school. To access these services, please contact your principal or vice-principal.

November Newsletter is available

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The Island Lake November Newsletter is here!
Check out the information inside about events going on in November at ILPS. Please see the last page for information about a free presentation for parents at Westside Secondary tomorrow evening, Wednesday, Nov 4th at 6:30pm. David Bouchard will be presenting “The Gift of Reading – practical reading strategies for every family” organized by the Parent Involvement Committee.

October 2015

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Read the October newsletter and calendar for activities in and out of the school.  It is getting cooler outside, remember to dress for the weather.

"You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world." --Unknown Author

September 2015

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Welcome back to another wonderful year at Island Lake PS.  Read our September newsletter for new school year information.

Busing information from STWDSTS

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The staff at Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportations services will be planning new, efficient routes over the summer. Since transportation is not finalized until late August, information for individual students is not available by phone. Information will be available through the following means:

  • If your child is new to the Ontario school system, has been registered at a school prior to the end of June, and is eligible for transportation under our policies, transportation information will be mailed to your mailing address on August 24, 2015.
  • If you are new to the area, transportation cannot be arranged until your child is registered at a school, and may then take a further two weeks to be finalized. Note that elementary schools are closed over the summer until August 31, 2015. Please ask about transportation when registering your child.
  • If your child is an existing student, go to and login to this secure site with your child’s OEN number (located on report card), school name and house number. This will not be available until after August 24, 2015.

For more information about school bus transportation visit Beginning in August you can also follow on Twitter @STWDSTS

Last day of school June 2015

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This is the final newsletter for this school year.  We wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer.

June 2015

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As we near the end of another school year we have many interesting activities happening this month. See the events and updates in the June newsletter and calendar.