The Villager

Stories from the Countryside: Winter Break Edition

Message from Mrs. Pratt, principal of Countryside Village

At this time of year, we would like to extend Season's Greeting to all of our Countryside Village Public School families. We hope that you have an opportunity to spend time during the winter break with family and friends. Whether you stay near or travel far, we hope that you take some time to rest and relax. We have great things planned for our students in the new year and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday January 4th.

Upcoming Events

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A Mighty Oak!

Mr. Smythe and his Kindie friends have planted acorns that have begun the process of growing into magnificent oak trees. The students are excited that they will be able to plant their trees on the new school property located at Wardenwood and Dolbyhill after we move in next fall. In a few years these trees will provide shade for these young students. We look forward to that day arriving!

Furry celebrates a birthday with friend Olivia

A race between Furry and Olivia
Olivia, the guinea pig pet from KB and Furry, the hamster pet from 1A got together to celebrate Furry's first birthday. One of their party activities was to race through a course designed and built by Mrs. Burk's Kindergarten students. Although Furry was disappointed, fun was had by all! See their race results in the video.

Countryside Village Public School Seasonal Assembly

Countryside Village Mitten Tree

Countryside Villagers have done it again! Thank you for your generosity and support of the Mitten Tree Drive throughout December. The Grade 1/2's were busy counting on the last morning and we were able to gather almost 100 scarves, mittens, gloves, and hats to donate for our newly arriving Syrian refugees. It truly is the season to be giving here at Countryside Village. Happy Holidays!

Birthday Loot Bags and Birthday or Special Event Food

At Countryside Village we understand that a child's birthday is a special event. However, in order to ensure that all children remain safe at school, we will not distribute food or loot bags/gifts in celebration of a birthday or other special event (Hallowe'en, Christmas, end of school etc.) due to the potential anaphylaxis risk and for other safety reasons. We know that you are also concerned about student safety so please do not bring food or loot bags/gifts to school to be handed out to students when your child has a birthday or to celebrate a special event. Thank you for your support of our efforts to keep all students safe at Countryside Village Public School.

Parent resources help you support your child’s learning

At the Peel board, our mission is to inspire success, confidence and hope in each child. There is no doubt that families play a vital role in helping us achieve this goal. As our partner in education, we hope you'll stay connected to your child's learning throughout his or her entire school experience.

Visit to explore all resources available to parents. There you will find easy-to-navigate buttons that connect families to tip sheets and web pages on a number of different topics, including math, homework, special education, EQAO and mental health.


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Peel Explore and Learn Centres

School Age Programs & Day Camps

Engaging and supervised Before & After School Programs are available at Countryside Village Public School. These programs are for students in junior and senior kindergarten, as well as Grades 1 to 6. Through the school holidays and on professional activity (PA) days exciting Day Camps are also available.

The Programs are operated by Peel Explore & Learn Centres and licensed by the Ministry of Education. Our goal is to engage school-aged children when school is out.

The Before School Program opens at 7 am and offers a nutritious breakfast snack and a range of activities each morning.

The After School Program starts once school is dismissed and continues until 6 pm. Children enjoy a healthy snack and weekly programming, participate in recreational activities, and have support to complete school assignments.

The Day Camps offer full days of excitement combining engaging programming with physical activity, creative arts, and field trips!

To register or for more information contact us at,

Child care subsidy from the Region of Peel is accepted

See or call (905) 793-7200 for information

Closing schools due to bad weather

During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather.

Information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be announced on radio and television stations and posted at and Information will also be available on Twitter @Peelschools, Facebook at or by calling 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146.


  • Go to

  • Click on “For Late Bus Notifications and Inclement Weather cancellations, please visit delays and cancellation” – This is printed in RED about 1/3 the way down the page

  • Click on “Subscriptions” at the top right of the page.

  • Click on “Subscribe”

  • Enter your email address

  • Click on “Subscribe”

  • You will get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Click on “Confirm” which will open a link asking you to set a password and also confirm that password.

  • You will get a thank you for confirming your subscription and telling you to Login to manage your subscription.

  • Enter your email address and password; click on Login

  • From the drop down menu for “Find Your Route by:” pick “School Name” and in the next dropdown you look for Countryside Village PS and now click on “Find”

  • Click on the two routes that correspond to your child’s bus:

BUS 1: 513.001 & 513.101

BUS 2: 513.002 & 513.102

BUS 3: 513.003 & 513.103

BUS 4: 513.004 & 513.104

BUS 5: 513.005 & 513.105

BUS 6: 513.006 & 513.106

  • At bottom of the table, click on the button that says “Subscribe”

  • Scroll back to the top of the page, you will see “Current Subscriptions” which should now list your buses.

It's time to register children born in 2012 for kindergarten

We inspire success, confidence and hope in each student…and it all starts in kindergarten! If your child was born in 2012, he or she can start kindergarten in September 2016. You can register your child at any time during regular school hours—just visit the school he/she will be attending to register.

Peel schools will also hold a Kindergarten Registration Week with special registration activities during Feb. 1 to 4, 2016. Visit Countryside Village Public School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2, 3 and 4 and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4.

What you will need to bring to registration:

Proof of child's age (one of the following)

  • Canadian birth certificate

  • Canadian passport

  • citizenship card/certificate

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • confirmation of permanent residence

  • work permit

  • refugee permit

  • Proof of address (one of the following)

  • Ontario driver's license

  • utility bill

  • bank statement/client slip (directly from financial institution)

  • credit card statement

  • federal government forms (e.g. Social Insurance Number, Service Canada documents)

  • purchase agreement

  • Proof of custody – children must live with their parent(s) unless provided documentation supports an alternate living arrangement

  • Proof of immunization – proof that your child has been immunized/vaccinated

Help your teen plan for grade 9 course selections for 2016-17

Soon, current grade 8 students will select their courses for grade 9. Before they do, we want to ensure that they have the opportunity to consult with their teachers, guidance counsellor, if applicable, and their parents.

As our partners, families are encouraged to help prepare their teens for course selection. We encourage you to become familiar with the process by creating a myBlueprint account. Additionally, parents/guardians and students can review Chart Your Course, the Peel District School Board’s common course calendar, at This guide will help you understand the course selection process and provide information on the courses and programs offered in Peel secondary schools.

You can also visit, an online planning tool that includes the following:

  • high school planner for course selection

  • goal-setting

  • career spectrum for finding your learning style

  • occupation planner for exploring careers

  • post-secondary planner for opportunities after high school

The grade 9 course selection process will be open from Jan. 4 to Jan. 22, 2016. If you have questions or are looking for course suggestions, please contact your teen’s teachers or guidance counselor.

Special technology offers for Peel Board students, parents and staff

Does your child need a computer or tablet for school? Equity of access to technology is a key priority for the Peel board. That's why we've worked with a number of technology companies to offer discounted devices to Peel families and staff.

Renewed Computer Technology (RCT) offers low-cost, quality refurbished computers to families with a low-income. Qualified applicants can purchase:

  • desktop for $60​

  • laptop for $150

    Prices include software, a two-year warranty and tax. For more information, contact RCT directly, call 905-795-0627 or visit their website at ​

Peel families now have access to the following exclusive offers from VIG Solutions:

· Intel Dual Core, 2GB, 160GB computer with a 17-inch LCD monitor -- $110

· 10-inch netbook with 1GB ram, 160GB hard drive, Wi-Fi capability and Windows 7 -- $60.

Taxes and shipping will be applied to product costs, and all items come with a six-month warranty. To purchase products, visit and enter peelregion before proceeding.


Microsoft offers reduced pricing on select products. For more information, visit

The Peel board’s initiatives are part of the ongoing effort to create greater equity of access to technology for Peel students, parents and staff and do not represent an endorsement of any company or product. For all BYOD information, visit

Conference helps parents make a difference in numeracy and beyond

The Peel District School Board is hosting its annual parent conference on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga. Once again, the conference will focus on numeracy—25 out of 60 workshops help with math. Parents will still have the opportunity to attend workshops on other topics, including literacy, special education and science.

This free learning event is open to Peel parents of students at all grade levels.

Registration opens February 1, 2016

Stay up-to-date!

For more information, look for the conference flyer at your child's school or visit

Nutritious lunches help children learn

Use Canada’s Food Guide to help your child get nutrients and energy needed to have a successful school day.

  • Try to give your child some choice about what to take for lunch. If possible, get your child involved in preparing meals.

  • Give your child a variety of healthy choices. Keeping your child interested in lunch is the first step to making sure it is eaten.

  • Make the food easy to eat. If it will take your child a few minutes to unwrap a sandwich, it may be skipped.

  • Resist the temptation to routinely send sweets, pop, chips and cookies in your child's lunch. Save treats for special occasions.

  • Try to avoid fast food or pre-packaged, convenience lunches, which are often high in salt and fat.

  • Do your best to role model healthy eating behaviours for your family.

    To speak to a registered dietitian about healthy food choices, call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-5102.

  • For more information about the policy, visit If you have questions about how we are implementing the School Food and Beverage Policy, please call the school.

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Take advantage of our electronic subscription service to automatically receive updates from the Peel District School Board. Subscribing is easy-just visit our website at and click on the subscription link under "Quick Links."

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Job postings for non-teaching staff
Learn about each new non-teaching job that is posted on the Peel board's Job Board.

Keep in Touch with Twitter and YouTube!

We are excited to announce the launch of our school Twitter and Youtube accounts.

These accounts will be used as a means of communicating and sharing with you; to announce upcoming events, to send reminders and to recognize the achievements and personal accomplishments of our students.

Follow us on Twitter at @CountrysidePDSB and Countryside Village on YouTube by clicking on subscribe.

Countryside Village Public School

We are an inquiry-based elementary school being housed at James Grieve Public School just north of Mayfield Secondary School on Bramalea Road where Passion, Purpose and Practice drive learning.