Spirit Day

Each and every morning at Bayview Glen P.S. we start off the day by affirming the mattering and belonging of all those at the school.  Our students and staff know that “at Bayview Glen P.S., you matter and you belong.”

This Thursday, October 21st, 2021 we will be wearing purple to bring attention to the need for safer and more inclusive learning and working environments for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and individuals with related identities (2SLGBTQ+).  The importance of affirming identities, including 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, is a strategy for addressing and eliminating discrimination and hate, and creating a sense of belonging can help support 2SLGBTQ+ students’ wellbeing.

What is Spirit Day?  Spirit Day was started in 2010 by Brittany McMillan, a Canadian teenager. Brittany created the event in response to cases of bullying related to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression identities, and the day has become an annual event in October when millions of North Americans wear purple to show their support for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and to take a stand against bullying.  The purple stripe on the pride flag represents spirit, giving this day its name.

Everyone in the Bayview Glen P.S. community matters and belongs.  Let’s show our spirit and support on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 and wear purple!

The Power of Positive Parenting Webinar

We’d like to share with our community information about an upcoming Triple P Parenting Webinar: The Power of Positive Parenting.  The webinar will cover areas including creating a safe and positive environment; using assertive discipline; having realistic expectations, and; taking care of yourself as a parent.  Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to attend.

This session will be held on Tuesday, October 19th 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..  There is no cost to participate but registration is required.  Please view the linked flyer for more details.

School Council Elections

On the evening of September 30, 2021 we hosted our first School Council meeting of the year.  Elections were held at the meeting and Jennifer Leung and Sherri Sbeih were elected as co-chairs, Andrea Chow was elected as treasurer and Mandy Stenzler was elected as secretary.  Other elected executive members include Elena Haramis, Voula Kladis and Adelaide Nguyen.

We wanted to thank all the parents who attended yesterday’s meeting, and we encourage everyone to consider becoming involved in School Council –you needn’t be an elected member of the School Council to get involved. For more information on the School Council, don’t hesitate to contact the School Council co-chairs.  All parents and guardians are welcome to attend meetings at any time.  We have set (tentative) dates for subsequent meetings as follows: October 28, December 2, February 3, March 10 and April 28.  All meetings are held virtually at 7:00 p.m. with additional details provided on the school blog prior to each meeting.

We look forward to working with you to support our students!

Final Reminder: School Council Meeting and Elections

We would like to remind our community that our first School Council meeting and elections will be held on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. virtually.  Those wishing to serve on the School Council as chair or co-chair, secretary, treasurer, or as an executive member need to complete a School Council Nomination Form (fillable form linked and also contained within the School Startup Forms Package).  The completed form can be returned to the school office with your child or e-mailed back to the principal, Dr. Richmon.  Those seeking a position must be in attendance at the first meeting.  It is expected that School Council Executive members attend all regularly scheduled School Council meetings and events.

Please note that there can be many parents, guardians and community members who consistently attend School Council Meetings and strongly support School Council events who are not executive members.  Everyone is welcome to attend and support the work of the school.

Given some of the security, logistical and technological needs of the system, we will be using the Zoom platform for the meeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet or smartphone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on most computers.  Zoom apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  You may wish to install these prior to the School Council meeting.

If you are interested in attending the first School Council Meeting and Elections, please register using this short form.  The meeting link will be shared prior to the meeting with all registered participants.  We thank you for your continued support of our school.

We look forward to working with the School Council this year!

Orange Shirt Day

We are encouraging all students and staff at Bayview Glen P.S. to wear an orange shirt to school on Thursday September 30th.

September 30th is Binoojiinyag Mikwendaamowin Giizhigad, the Day For Remembering Children. In July  2021, the Federal government passed legislation to make this date a Federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century.  The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973.  Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother.  However, upon arriving at the school, she was forced to remove her orange shirt and wear the school’s institutional uniform instead.

As we have learned over the past months, First Nations have located the unmarked graves of thousands of Indigenous children at the sites of former Residential Schools. As Canadians, we have had to rethink what we thought we knew about these institutions and revisit the way they are understood in the context of our nation’s story.

The orange shirt has gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.

Across the York Region District School Board, staff and students will wear orange shirts on September 30th in the spirit of Reconciliation and to stand in solidarity with survivors and all those impacted by residential schools.

You can learn more here.

Bayview Glen’s Annual Terry Fox School Run

On September 1st 1980, Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run across Canada in Thunder Bay Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs.  Refusing to be defeated, he charged Canadians with continuing his quest.  “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.  It’s got to keep going.”

While it seemed that Terry Fox’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was in jeopardy, the nation responded.  The CTV network organized a telethon in support of Terry’s cause and helped raise over ten million dollars.  By February of 1981 the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund eclipsed twenty-four million dollars, the (then) national population.  Less than five months later, Terry would lose his battle to cancer.  He was 22 years old.

Though forty-one years have passed since the original Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox is honoured and recognized across Canada and internationally for his heroic quest to eradicate cancer and his trailblazing attitudes toward disability.  With over three-quarters of a billion dollars raised in Terry’s name to date, schools across Canada honour him by participating in an annual school event.  This year, the National School Run will be held on Wednesday, September 29 2021.

Over Bayview Glen Public School’s twenty-four years of participating in the annual event, the school has raised an incredible amount–over $50,000–and we’re hoping to continue this year.  Please help our fundraising efforts by sending a contribution with your child by September 27th.  Donations can be dropped off in our collection box in the office by students.  As each student brings in donations for Terry, we will continue to contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.  Donations in the name of the school can also be made online, directly to the Terry Fox Foundation at http://www.terryfox.ca/BayviewGlenPSThornhill.

Conquering cancer is a challenging but especially worthwhile goal.  This year, we will work together and #tryliketerry.  We thank you for your support.

First School Council Meeting and Elections

We would like to share with our community that our first School Council meeting and elections will be held on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. virtually.  Those wishing to serve on the School Council as chair or co-chair, secretary, treasurer, or as an executive member need to complete a School Council Nomination Form (fillable form linked and also contained within the School Startup Forms Package).  The completed form can be returned to the school office with your child or e-mailed back to the principal, Dr. Richmon.  Those seeking a position must be in attendance at the first meeting.  It is expected that School Council Executive members attend all regularly scheduled School Council meetings and events.

Please note that there can be many parents, guardians and community members who consistently attend School Council Meetings and strongly support School Council events who are not executive members.  Everyone is welcome to attend and support the work of the school.

Given some of the security, logistical and technological needs of the system, we will be using the Zoom platform for the meeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet or smartphone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on most computers.  Zoom apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  You may wish to install these prior to the School Council meeting.

If you are interested in attending the first School Council Meeting and Elections, please register using this short form.  The meeting link will be shared prior to the meeting with all registered participants.  We thank you for your continued support of our school.

We look forward to working with the School Council this year!

Student Registration Verification

Students will be coming home with Student Registration Verification forms which contain important information, including address, phone and e-mail contact information, as well as emergency contact information.  We’d kindly ask all Bayview Glen P.S. parents and guardians to review the Student Registration Verification forms to confirm the information included and make any corrections, as needed.  We’d ask that all Student Verification Forms, updated or otherwise, be signed and returned to the school at your earliest convenience.

We thank our Bayview Glen P.S. families for helping us ensure the information we have is accurate.

Screening for the 2021-22 School Year

We are seeking all Bayview Glen P.S. families’ support in making this school year safe.  As shared by the board, parents and guardians of elementary students (or the students themselves depending on their age) will have to provide confirmation of a successful screening every day as follows:

1. Parents and guardians of elementary students are required to complete on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to their child entering the school.

2. Upon completion of the self-assessment, parents and guardians will complete the response to the question: “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information.

Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If you do not have a student number/username, one will be provided by your child’s teacher.

Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine) or answer yes to any of the screening questions, must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool.

We thank you for your support.

Message From Our Trustee

We have many reasons to feel optimistic as we begin the 2021-22 school year. Schools are reopening to in-person learning, vaccination rates continue to increase, and our students can start to resume some of their favourite school activities.

As we return to school, our reopening plan continues to prioritize the health and safety of students, families and staff members. We are working with public health to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures. For more information on the plan, including health and safety measures, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening. You can also find additional information from York Region Public Health at www.york.ca/safeatschool.

The pandemic and last year’s school closures affected students and families in many different ways. This has been a challenging time. Our caring, skilled and dedicated staff members are prepared to prioritize the mental health and well-being of students as they transition back to school, as well as supporting their academic learning and growth. If you are worried about your child, please speak to your child’s teacher or principal. You may also find some of the learning and well-being resources on our website helpful.

Whether your child will be attending school in person or online, we know how important it is that they feel safe, respected and valued. We want every student to feel supported, to take pride in their identities and to know that they matter. Any form of hate or discrimination in our schools is not acceptable. This school year, we will continue to implement the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launched in March to address anti-Black racism in schools. We also remain committed as a school board to honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As your trustee, it is imperative that we create learning environments that enable all of our students to feel valued and to be successful, and I welcome the insights that were shared at the National Summit on Antisemitism and National Summit on Islamophobia.

It is my role to advocate for quality public education in York Region, and to ensure that our students remain at the centre of all of our decision making. The Board of Trustees makes policy and budget decisions, and communicates with the public, among other responsibilities. We are also responsible for setting direction for the school board, through our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out four priorities: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership.

The relationship that we have with families is so important, and I will continue to keep you informed of our work and priorities. You can also find the message from the Chair of the Board on the Board’s website. You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

There are also many other ways you can stay connected with what’s happening in the school board. Visit our newsroom. Listen to our podcast. Follow us on Twitter @YRDSB and on Instagram @yrdsb.schools. Watch the latest videos, including news, features and profiles about our schools, students and staff members on our YouTube channel YRDSBMedia.

As we begin another school year, I am so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families. I hope you have a great start to the school year and wish you a happy, healthy and successful year ahead.

David Sherman, Trustee – Markham Ward 1, Vaughan Ward 5