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.

Startup and Supported Entry

We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students and families. While we were connecting online, we missed our students and look forward to welcoming them back into the school.

This post contains important information about the return to school. Please review it. I also encourage families to visit the region’s School Reopening landing page for videos, frequently asked questions, important health and safety information and more about the school reopening. There is a translation tool on the website that will translate the content into over 100 languages.

School Return Dates and Procedures

This year, we will be delaying students’ return to school to give school staff time to prepare for your child’s return. For the first few days of school, we will be welcoming students back in smaller groups to give them additional time to learn and practice our new health and safety measures, and to support their transition back to school after the school closures.

In past years, your homeroom class teacher placement was provided on the first day of school. This year, as we finalize the staffing process and timetables for students, we are working to provide you with your child’s homeroom class placement before school begins. We anticipate teachers reaching out to families directly on September 8th and 9th.  In this way, students will know their classroom teacher and on the morning of their first day students will proceed to line up, socially distanced, in front of their teacher on the tarmac (grades 1-6) or enter the enclosure on the east side of the school (kindergarten).

Our school hours remain unchanged:

Period Times
Before school supervision 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
School Begins 8:30 a.m.
First Instructional Block 8:30 – 10:10
Recess 10:10 – 10:40
Second Instructional Block 10:40 – 12:20 p.m.
Lunch 12:20 – 1:20
Third Instructional Block 1:20 – 3:00
Dismissal 3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten – Year One (Junior Kindergarten)

If your child’s last name begins with A-L, they will:

  • Attend school on Monday, September 14.
  • Attend school Wednesday, September 16. (They will not go to school Tuesday or Thursday that week.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Friday, September 18.

If your child’s last name begins with M-Z, they will:

  • Attend school on Tuesday, September 15.
  • Attend school Thursday, September 17. (They will not go to school Monday or Wednesday that week.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Friday, September 18.

Kindergarten – Year Two (Senior Kindergarten)

Students in Year 2 Kindergarten will start school Thursday, September 10, 2020. They will attend school every day.

Grades 1-6

If your child’s last name begins with A-L, they will:

  • Begin school on Thursday, September 10. (They will not go to school Friday, September 11.)
  • Attend school Monday, September 14. (They will not go to school Tuesday, September 15.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Wednesday, September 16.

If your child’s last name begins with M-Z, they will:

  • Begin school on Friday, September 11.
  • Attend school Tuesday, September 15. (They will not go to school Monday, September 14.)
  • They will begin attending school every day with their full class on Wednesday, September 16.

Arrival

When students arrive at school on their first day, they should go to the kindergarten enclosure on the east side of school (kindergarten) and the tarmac behind the school (grades 1-6) and line up socially distanced, in front of their teacher where they will enter the school through their designated door.  This will be their assigned regular entry and exit door moving forward and signage will be affixed to the door.  Students should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.

If your child is going to be late or absent, please call the school before 8:30 a.m.  An answering machine is available to take your call and record an absence even when the office is closed.  Absences can also be recorded by parents and guardians using Edsby.  When no absence information is received and your child is absent, you will be contacted by the school.  If we are unable to contact you, we will call the person whom you have designated as the emergency contact.  If we are still unable to account for the child’s whereabouts, we contact the York Regional Police to report the child is missing.  It is imperative that you contact the office when your child will be absent or late.

In cases where students arrive after 8:30 a.m., parents will be asked to call the school from the front door but will not be permitted into the school. Office staff will sign the student in or out and notify the classroom teacher. A staff member will be requested to escort any Kindergarten students to class.

If your child will be taking the bus to and from school on the first day, please ensure they are aware of this and review with them their bus number.  For details about transportation services, including bus stop information and late bus reports, please visit SchoolBusCity.  The use of face coverings for students in Grades 4 -6 will be required on school vehicles. Students in JK – Grades 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear face coverings on student transportation. For more information and student transportation updates, please check the Student Transportation FAQ.

If your child is registered for the After Care program, please contact your provider for more information regarding after care procedures.

What to Bring

Please send your child to school with:

  • a mask (strongly encouraged but not required for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students)
  • snack and lunch
  • change of clothes
  • sunscreen and hat
  • water bottle

Please label all of your child’s items with their name.

Health and Safety

We ask families to remember that, as a result of health and safety guidelines:

  • On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18 and students over 18 are responsible to review and adhere to the checklist from York Region Public Health. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is required to remain home.
  • Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the building.
  • Students in Grades 4 to 6 will wear non-medical masks while in school. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in school. Please send your child to school with a mask.
  • Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception. It is expected that parents/guardians first contact the school by telephone if assistance is required.
  • Please ensure your child brings their lunch and snacks required for their day at school. Lunch drop-offs will not be available, including access to lunch delivery services.
  • We are minimizing class sizes as much as possible. Students will remain with their class throughout the day, including for lunch and recess.
  • Floor decals and classroom set-up are designed to minimize close contact.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance to the school and in all classrooms and students will wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day, including when entering or leaving the classroom, before and after eating, after using the washroom and after touching shared objects.

Supporting Transitions

We also want to assure you that our caring, skilled and professional staff members are well prepared to support student learning and well-being in this transition back to school. We know that the closures affected families differently, and that some students may not have been able to access learning as regularly, or experienced disruptions in their routines. We will work with you and your child to support your child’s mental health, well-being and academics during this transition back to school and to our new school routines.

If you have any specific concerns about your child’s well-being or transition back to school, please speak with your child’s teacher.

We have a dedicated staff with a strong commitment to student well-being and achievement, and to promoting positive, inclusive and supportive relationships with students, families, staff and community members. We are committed to providing a learning environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child back to school.

A Message from Our Trustee

As we begin a rather different start to the school year, I want to take this opportunity to welcome all new and returning students and families. Whether you are returning to school in person or participating in remote, online learning, we look forward to welcoming you into safe, inclusive and engaging learning spaces. 

Staff members have been working hard over the summer months with the Ministry of Education and public health experts to develop a reopening plan that prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of our students and ensures that important health and safety measures are in place. 

Please know that whatever learning model you chose, we will continue to provide your children with high quality education, and to support their learning, achievement and well-being. Our school staff are prepared to help your child transition back into our learning environments, and we will continue to partner with families to support your child’s success. 

We know that families have many questions about what to expect as their children return to school. You can find information about what to expect at the start of the school year on the Board website, including frequently asked questions that you may find helpful at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening

As your school board trustee, 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 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. 

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

We’re almost there, B.G.P.S.

It’s almost time for us to have our students rejoin us at Bayview Glen P.S.!

We would like to welcome all our new and returning families. We hope you have had a wonderful, relaxing summer, and are looking forward to the new school year.  This year will be a unique start to school as we look to resume in-class learning while mindful of COVID-19 mitigation practices.  For more information about York Region’s Return to School Plan, please visit the board’s school reopening landing page.  We will, of course, being sharing additionally about particular school procedures in the days ahead and reviewing them with students regularly.  We look forward to a successful and safe return to school for our learners.

In past years, every Fall we would distribute to families a School Startup Package, with important information about the school year as well as various forms that need to be read, signed and returned to the school, including a School Startup Permissions Form and a Student Information Consent Form, as well as an optional School Council Candidate Nomination Form and Faith Request for Curriculum Accommodations Form.  This year, these forms will be distributed and collected online.  You will receive an email from YRDSB Update in the near future.

At the school, however, we do collect a number of important forms and we’d kindly ask that any of the following forms be printed, scanned and e-mailed to bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca at your earliest convenience or sent in with your child on the first day of school, as appropriate.  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.  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.

More often than not, we share information with families digitally here, on our school blog, and we encourage all families to subscribe to it in order to receive e-mail notifications when new items are posted.  We are also active on Twitter and Instagram @bayviewglenps1.  Please follow us!

At Bayview Glen P.S. we have a dedicated staff with a strong commitment to student well‐being and achievement, and to creating an environment where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected.  We look forward to working together in the months ahead, as we adapt our practices at Bayview Glen P.S. in the interest of teaching, learning and safety.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.  We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

We wish you all a happy, safe and successful school year.  More details about our supported entry process and first day routines will follow.