Final Reminder: First 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, October 1st 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 electronic School Startup Forms Package).  The completed form cab be returned to the school office with your child, e-mailed back to the principal, Dr. Richmon, or completed within the forthcoming electronic School Startup Forms Package.  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.

We will be using a platform for the meeting called GoToMeeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet, smartphone, or phone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on many computers, however for greater compatibility and functionality you are encouraged to download and install the software.  GoToMeeting apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  Please complete this step prior to the School Council meeting.

If you are interested in attending the first School Council Meeting and Elections, please be sure to 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 this Wednesday September 30th.

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.

The shirt has since 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.

Lost … and Not Found?

Traditionally, we’ve been able to collect misplaced student items in a ‘Lost and Found’ bin, where students could rummage through to find their belongings and eventually items could be displayed in the school foyer for the community to view and retrieve.  Given the current situation, we are not able to continue with those earlier practices and inevitably we won’t be able to store unclaimed items indefinitely.  And to make matters more challenging, the range of temperature on these Fall days finds students going out to recess with jackets and sweatshirts … and leaving them behind on the field and tarmac, notwithstanding our many reminders to students to collect all their items.

But you can help!  The easiest way to ensure your children don’t lose their items is to label them.  While we make efforts to return lost items to students whenever possible, we are far more successful when students’ names –a label sticker or even simply a name in permanent marker on an inner clothing tag–can be found.

We thank you for your support in helping reunite lost items with their owners!

Bayview Glen’s Annual Terry Fox School Run

It’s been forty years since Terry Fox set out on his ambitious attempt to run across Canada in an effort to raise money for cancer research.  It’s been forty years since Terry set the goal of raising $1 for every Canadian.  It’s been forty years since Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run in Thunder Bay Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs.  And it’s been forty years since Terry Fox passed the torch on to us.  “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.  It’s got to keep going.”

As history would have it, Terry was able to see his wish fulfilled.  The CTV network organized a telethon in support of Terry’s cause and the nation responded.  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 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 30th 2020.

Bayview Glen Public School has participated in this annual event for twenty-three years and the school has raised an incredible amount for the cause–over $50,000.  While our event will look different this year, and classes will go out individually to walk or run on the tarmac and field, our resolve remains unchanged.  Similarly, the school will not be collecting donations directly.  We’d ask that anyone wishing to contribute to this most worthwhile cause, to please make an online donation in the name of the school directly to the Terry Fox Foundation at http://www.terryfox.ca/BayviewGlenPSThornhill.

With your donation, our school will continue to contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.

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, October 1st 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 forthcoming electronic School Startup Forms Package).  The completed form cab be returned to the school office with your child, e-mailed back to the principal, Dr. Richmon, or completed within the forthcoming electronic School Startup Forms Package.  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.

We will be using a platform for the meeting called GoToMeeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet, smartphone, or phone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on many computers, however for greater compatibility and functionality you are encouraged to download and install the software.  GoToMeeting apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  Please complete this step 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!

New to Edsby?

If you’re new to the York Region District School Board or have not yet set up an Edsby account, you will receive an invitation to do so.  Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that allows families to engage with the school in various ways, including enabling parents to report student absences or to schedule a Parent-Teacher Interview in November.

If your already have an Edsby account, there’s nothing you need to do.  If you do not have an Edsby account, please anticipate an email with instructions on activating your account. If you require any assistance with setting up your account, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

Our thanks for your support.

Updated Health Forms

Last week we shared about a number of health-related forms that need to be completed for students with anaphylactic and/or other medical conditions.  These forms have now been updated to allow you to fill them in electronically, and they are linked below.

If your child has an anaphylactic condition please complete an Anaphylactic Health Care Plan.  Similarly, complete an Asthma Health Care Plan, a Type 1 Diabetes Health Care Plan or an Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder Health Care Plan, as needed.  Finally, if your child has any other medical condition please complete a general Health Care Plan.  We’d kindly ask that any of these forms be completed and sent in with your child on the first day of school, as appropriate.

Please note, these forms must be completed annually for children with an anaphylactic and/or other medical conditions.  We thank our community for their help with gathering this important information.

Return to School Elementary Daily Checklist

As you are aware, our school has many new health and safety measures in place to help keep students and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19.  But everyone, including families, plays a critical role in supporting health and safety in our school community.

What can you do to help at home?  Please print out the Return to School Daily Checklist and refer back to it regularly as a reference.  Working together, we can increase the effectiveness of our safety measures and mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.

Our thanks for your support.

Arriving and Departing from School

We are grateful that the municipality has completed much of its work on Limbcombe Drive, and the street in front of the school has been freshly paved.  Still, a good deal of construction is continuing throughout the subdivision, and patience and care is needed in and around the school area when dropping off and picking up students.

As always, families who live within walking distance are encouraged to use active travel, including walking or rolling (cycling, scootering, skateboarding) to and from school.

For students who take the school bus, please ensure that your child is at the bus stop in advance of the time given to you on schoolbuscity.com.  Be patient, as the buses are sometimes delayed by traffic. Parents and guardians of students who are eligible to receive school bus transportation per the Board’s Transportation Policy should review the following items:

  • Understand the need to make alternative arrangements for your child/children if the school bus is late.
  • Refer to the Late Bus Report on the Student Transportation Services website at schoolbuscity.com before leaving for the bus stop in the mornings and afternoons.
  • Should ensure your child(ren) arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the regularly scheduled pick-up and drop-off times (10 minutes during the first week of school).
  • Ensure your child/children’s safety and conduct while walking to, from and waiting at a designated bus stop.
  • Make alternate arrangements for your children if they are unable to meet them at a bus stop. To help ensure student safety, Student Transportation Services recommends students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are met at their bus stop by a parent or guardian, and age appropriate arrangements made for all other grades.
  • While waiting at bus stops, students, parents and guardians are asked to wear a face mask and maintain physical distancing between family groupings. Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended.
  • Once the bus arrives, students should line up while maintaining physical distancing.
  • No more than one student should access the entry stairs of the bus at a time. Students should proceed to their seat as quickly as possible.
  • Students will be assigned seats at the beginning of the year and will be expected to sit in their designated seat.
  • Know your child(ren)’s route number.  Please review these with your child(ren).
  • Know your child(ren)’s bus stop location.
  • Know the school and bus company phone number in the event of an emergency.

Parents/guardians who drive your children to school, we are anticipating an increase in traffic in and around the school, as well as ongoing construction throughout the subdivision.  Please review the following items:

  • We ask for your patience during pickup and drop off, and encourage you to walk your child to and from school whenever possible.
  • All drivers, please drive with particular care in and around the school. We share a common interest in providing a safe environment for our students and we ask that all drivers approach the school patiently, with consideration for pedestrian traffic, other drivers, and the staff on duty. We would especially remind drivers to avoid distractions such as texting or using the phone.
  • When dropping off a child (or children), drivers are asked to pull into the parking lot and pull up alongside the walkway, but not coming onto the walkway, taking care when merging back into the inner driving lane. All students should exit on the sidewalk side. No student should be dropped off from the driver’s side of the vehicle and subsequently walk between vehicles to the sidewalk.
  • At no time should a vehicle be left unattended or otherwise parked in the parking lot. If you want to get out of your vehicle, please park further along Limcombe Drive beyond the designated bus drop off zone, or an adjacent side street where permitted.
  • Parents and guardians are to pull out of the parking lot as quickly and as safely as possible. Please do not use this time to socialize with other parents or staff.
  • At pick up if you do not see your child (or children), drivers are asked to continue to circle the parking lot, as needed. Drivers should not stop anywhere in the driving lane to pick up their child, rather continue around the parking lot and pull up alongside the sidewalk only when they see their child. Children should never cross through driving lanes to an awaiting vehicle.
  • We ask that you kindly do not park in the staff parking lot.

Students who use bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards or scooters to travel to school:

  • Must wear a helmet.
  • Must walk while on school property.
  • Should lock bicycles and secure other items (rollerblades, skateboards or scooters), as needed.

As always, we thank you for your ongoing support.

School Information for 2020-21

The York Region District School Board has now released its Guide to the School Year 2020-21. This detailed guide provides important information about the York Region District School Board and its schools. It includes information about who to contact if you have a question or concern, and covers a range of information such as busing, homework and parental engagement, items dealing with health and safety, as well as many board policies and procedures.  Please note that COVID-19 may affect some of the services or process outlines in the guide.  Please visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening for more information.