Say NO to Hate

We wanted to share about an upcoming community forum for parents and guardians where we will collectively ‘say no to hate’ and learn about how extremists target students and what to do about it.

The event will be held on April 8, 2019 at Newmarket High School (505 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The event is free, but individual registration is required and space is limited.  For more information, please see the flyer.

Lunchtime Assistants Needed

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If anyone is interested (or if you knows anyone who may be interested) in being a paid lunchtime assistant at Bayview Glen P.S., please contact the school office at 905-889-2448.  It requires availability from 12:20 p.m. through 1:20 p.m. weekdays.

Our thanks to the community for your support.

Spring Lunchtime Program Offerings

Our School Council is distributing information about a number of lunchtime programs that will be offered at Bayview Glen Public School this Spring.

With program registration now open, flyers are available for Zumba Fitness (Mondays, Grades 3-5), Little Jammerz (Tuesdays, Grades 1-6), and Northern Karate (Wednesdays, Grades 1-6).

We hope you enjoy these program offerings.  We thank our School Council for their efforts in planning for these programs.

Renewed Computer Technology Program

As part of a partnership between York Region District School Board and Renewed Computer Technology (RCT), qualified families with children enrolled at YRDSB schools have the opportunity to purchase quality refurbished desktop or laptop computers at a reduced cost.

Applicants must live in Ontario, have a student enrolled at the school and either receive government assistance payments or qualify as a limited income earner under the limited income cut-off standards.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

Summer Institute Program

SI-LogoLooking for summer learning and fun activities for students entering Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8?  Summer Institute offers academic, recreational and athletic programs and activities with intentional links to the Ontario Curriculum.  The program runs for six weeks during July and August. It is offered at 11 school sites across York Region.

For more information on dates, programs and locations, please visit YRDSB’s Summer Institute Page.  Families can register online, as well as in person or by mail.  Registration is now open.

And Still More Prizes!

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We’ve had yet another great item added to our fundraising prizes thanks to our friends at Henry’s!  The photo prize pack includes an Instax Mini 9 Camera, extra film, and a Mini Instant Photo Album.  We thank the many families who have already sent in donation envelopes. And for those who still haven’t … it’s not too late!

Please continue to bring in your donation envelopes to the school.  (If you’ve misplaced your envelope, simply send in the donation with the student clearly indicating who the donation came from and the amount.)  Our goal this year is for every student to raise a minimum of $25 in donations.  Please be sure to send in your donations no later than this Friday–Friday, March 8, 2019.

We are thankful for your generous support of the school.  We look forward to sharing with our community about the investments in technology, resources and enhancements we’ll be making for our students with the funds we’ve raised!

Online Safety

As you may be aware, there has been recent media attention on an Internet challenge that may cause concern for families. The Internet provides access to many engaging learning opportunities, but requires responsible use and digital citizenship. Parents play an important role in ensuring their child’s safety, including on the Internet. It’s important for parents to talk to children about the importance of being safe, protecting their personal information and stressing that they should never disclose personal details that would allow someone online to contact them in real life.

Here are 12 tips to promote safe online behaviour:

  • Children should never give anyone their name, address, telephone number, computer password, or any other personal information on the Internet without parental or guardian consent.
  • Children should only use social media and websites approved by their parent or guardian.
  • Internet use should be encouraged in a central place in your home where you can supervise children’s online activities.
  • Don’t allow a webcam in a child’s bedroom.
  • Watch for children quickly minimizing sites when you enter the room.
  • Reinforce that people online may not be who they say they are.
  • Consider using parental controls like Internet filters or blocking software.
  • Remind children that everything said online stays in cyberspace forever, whether or not it is deleted.
  • Talk to your children about Internet safety and clearly define your rules.
  • Never respond to messages that make them feel confused or uncomfortable.
  • Pay attention to the games your children may download or copy.
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online.

Reinforce a sense of safety. Some Internet content can evoke a sense of fear or lack of safety in your child. It can be difficult for some children to discern fact / fiction online. Try to offer reassurance that your child is safe. Children and youth take their emotional cues from the significant adults in their lives. Your reactions can help to model calmness to your child. Recognize that some children may be concerned about something bad happening to themselves, family or friends. Explain to them the safety measures in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.

Be a good listener and observer. Let children guide you to learn how concerned they are or how much information they need. If they are not focused on the issue, do not dwell on it. However, be available to answer their 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.

Reach out. Reach out to the school if you feel that your child may be showing a significant reaction to online material. We may be able to offer some classroom strategies that could help reduce stress. It may also be important to seek additional support from a school mental health professional (i.e., social worker or psychologist) to cope with overwhelming feelings experienced by children and youth.

We will continue to work alongside our community to support our students in learning important skills associated with online safety.