Coding at home, too!

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Tomorrow kicks off Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15, 2019) where many students from all over the world will be participating in The Hour of Code.  While computer programming–coding–is still not a prominent part of the Provincial curriculum, many students at our school take part.  While coding may seem intimidating, at first, the Hour of Code is intended for even the earliest beginner –no experience is needed whatsoever!

This may be a wonderful opportunity to try something new with your children at home, too!  If you want to get involved, simply visit code.org with your child and find an appropriate activity … there are over 500 different computer science related activities geared for different ages, from pre-readers through high school students!  What’s more coding activities feature various themes of interest from Frozen to Star Wars to Minecraft.  While many students may get a small taste of coding in the weeks and months ahead, don’t hesitate to bring coding into your own home.

Happy Coding!

Supporting Your Child in Mathematics

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At several points throughout the year, we share a range of on-line resources and web-based libraries, aimed at encouraging students to maintain good reading habits at home and over school breaks. Similarly, authentic opportunities to make mathematics meaningful for children at home also abound. Indeed, “helping your children be successful in math can be as simple as talking about the math around your daily life” (Ontario Ministry of Education, Doing Mathematics with Your Child: A Parents’ Guide). The York Region District School Board has updated its math landing page with expanded sections on resources for supporting children in mathematics. Within these sections are links to numerous parent resources, activities, books, games and websites for students, divided into Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-10.

Some highlights of possibilities for fun on-line learning at home for students in math include TVO’s mPowerMathies, and Math Before Bed (and there are many, many more!) By encouraging your child to engage in fun, math-oriented activities (at home and throughout the year), you help build confidence and positive attitudes toward math, as well as nurture your child’s gradually developing mathematical understandings. “When you find ways to engage your child in thinking and talking about mathematics, you are providing an important key for unlocking his or her future success” (Ontario Ministry of Education, Doing Mathematics with Your Child: A Parents’ Guide).

We hope you find these resources helpful in providing additional points of departure for supporting your child in mathematics!

arts@baythorn

Is your child in grades four or five?  Would your child enjoy collaboratively learning the Ontario Curriculum through the Arts?

If so, the York Region District School Board offers an elementary integrated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School. Students currently in grades four or five may apply for the arts@baythorn Program, where they will have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, and Music while meeting the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum in a cooperative learning environment.

To learn more about the arts@baythorn program, students and their families are invited to attend an information evening at Baythorn P.S. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  Applications will be available online after the January 16th information night.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Please call Kate Kurek, Principal or Hema Parekh, Vice-Principal at Baythorn Public School (905) 889-7992 if you require further information.

French Immersion Information Sessions and Registration

Information sessions for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools that have a Grade 1 program on January 16, 2020 at 7 p.m.  Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2020 to find the FI program location for your elementary school location.

FI registration will begin on January 17, 2020. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2020, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call their home school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. This Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register, between January 17 and February 7, 2020.  Registration during this period is not first-come, first-served.

Late registrations are those submitted after February 7, 2020.  Late registrations will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.

More information is available on the Board’s website at www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

Bayview Glen P.S. Spiritwear!

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Our School Council is excited to share with you a range of Bayview Glen P.S. Spiritwear items including baseball shirts, t-shirts, zip-ups, hoodies, sweatshirts and toques.  We want to see our students, staff and community show off their school spirit with some amazing BGPS Gear!

Items are made specific to our school’s order and cannot be exchanged.  We invite and encourage our parents and students to visit the school office during regular office hours to look at actual product samples for the purposes of sizing correctly.  (Depictions above are renderings and may vary from the final product.)  As well, the school office will be open on Friday, December 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for an additional sizing opportunity.

Items will be available for order on School Cash until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19th 2019.  (Please note, no late orders can be processed.)  Items will be distributed early in the New Year.

Treat yourself and slip in to some Bayview Glen P.S. Spiritwear!