A Message from Our Trustee

Dear families,

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well and healthy. The past few months have been full of change and uncertainty as we respond to the global pandemic and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As your Trustee, I know that the pandemic and school closures are challenging for everyone. We are all in this together.

Since the beginning of this crisis, I have continually advocated for the rapid introduction of distance education to support student well-being and provide continuation of learning for more than 127,000 students. A program that would meet each family’s unique needs and maintain a caring, safe and inclusive learning environment. To date over 20,000 pieces of technology were distributed to ensure that all of our students could access the learning opportunities available to them, and I will to continue to advocate that our resources and plans support all of our learners, including students with special education needs and English language learners.

More information about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan as well as tips, resources and supports for students and families to support well-being and online learning can be found at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19.

We are all part of a larger community and I am inspired to see the many different ways schools, families and students maintained their connections with one another. It was also moving to see the many inspiring ways our school board, students, staff and families acknowledged our frontline workers and made contributions to the fight against COVID-19. As a school board, for example, we donated over 145,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks and more.

Each and every one of us has made a difference – in staying home as much as possible and following public health guidelines. I know that this has meant making sacrifices.

To our graduating class of 2020, I know this is not the graduating year you had hoped for. I appreciate that the school closures will not affect your ability to graduate, however this unique situation and the need to postpone graduations has been disappointing. I remain tremendously proud of all of our graduates and look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you as soon as we are able to reschedule the graduation ceremonies.

In addition, I know that you have missed out on field trips, awards events, athletic banquets, spirit days, assemblies, our annual Celebrating Student Success awards and the many other ways we extend learning, connect as a community and celebrate the achievements of our students.

We have also been unable to gather together as we normally would in our schools and communities to celebrate or recognize important dates, including Sikh Heritage Month, Pesach, Good Friday, Easter (Western), Vaisakhi, Holy Friday, Orthodox Easter (Eastern), Ridvan, Jewish Heritage Month, Asian/South Asian Heritage Month, Ramadan, Pride, National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month and Portuguese Heritage Month. As a Board, these dates of significance are important for us to acknowledge and we will continue to celebrate and value the wealth of diversity in our community.

As the school year comes to a close, I want to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy summer. I look forward to a time when we can welcome your children back into our schools again. We know that families have questions about what the return to school will look like. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue following public health guidelines and to stay connected.

A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees is also available on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5

May School Council Meeting

We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday May 28th at 7:00 p.m. online.  We welcome everyone’s involvement and encourage those interested to attend.  Minutes from the previous School Council meeting can be found here.  

Given some of the security, logistical and technological needs of the system, 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 at https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/579092429.  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, 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.

YRDSB’s eBook Library is Growing!

We’ve shared previously about Sora (from OverDrive), a repository of e-books available to York Region District School Board students. But now is a better time than ever to access Sora, as we have invested additionally in our partnership with the service to enable more access to books and a greater selection of digital resources (including many e-books, graphic novels, audiobooks and streaming video).

Resources are available on many topics across a range of levels, as well as many popular fictional titles and current bestsellers.  Students can use their student numbers to access the platform and ‘borrow’ digital resources, allowing them to read or listen on phones, tablets or computers. 

YRDSB students can access e-books on Sora by following these easy steps:

  1. Go to the YRDSB Sora homepage
  2. Click on “My school is York Region District School Board”
  3. On the drop down menu, click “Select your school”
  4. Choose “Students” and then enter “0” plus your YRDSB student number (e.g. 0123456789).
  5. Click the “Sign in” button

And enjoy!

More detailed tutorials to support using Sora, such as signing out books and searching for books, can be found here.

Help in Planning for 2020-21

Our school is now well underway in planning for 2020- 2021.  In some respects, the work we do now is especially important, because our accuracy with anticipated enrollment helps us better plan, and optimistically, minimizes the need to move students across classes (‘reorganize’) in September.  We’ve been especially fortunate the past two years to have had only minimal reorganization to classes, though it is important to recognize this is always a possibility in any given year.

Expectedly, the current situation presents some particular challenges.  With the physical building closed, we may have less direct contact with prospective families inquiring at the school.  Similarly, without answering our phones, we’re not able to as immediately field registration-related questions.  We would ask our community for its help!

If you know you will be moving out of the area in the months ahead or know your child will not be returning to Bayview Glen P.S. next year for any reason, please let the office know as soon as possible, to help us be accurate with our enrollment estimates. Similarly, if you have a child who will be joining us at the school for the first time in junior kindergarten (or any other grade) and have yet to register, we would ask you to do so at your earliest convenience.  And if you meet someone moving into the community, or have a neighbour with kindergarten-aged children, please encourage them to register sooner rather than later!  To update any information or get the registration process started, simple email bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca.

This year presents some unique challenges for us in preparing for next year, so we thank everyone in our community in advance for their support with our school planning.

Free Parent Workshops

While the in-person workshop series we were hosting at Bayview Glen P.S. had to be interrupted given current circumstances, we are pleased to share with our community about free online caregiver and parent webinars from York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families.  The webinars include:

  • Many Faces of Anxiety: Understanding and Supporting Children Who Live with Worry (Monday, April 20, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Strategies to Reduce Stress During COVID-19 (Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Conscious Parenting: Raising Teens (Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • And many, many more offerings are available!

For more information, please see the flyer.  Registration for sessions is required at www.yorkhillscentre.eventbrite.com.

Pizza Lunch Refunds

As you know, the Provincial government recently announced school closures until at least May 4.  While we have no precise information about this date potentially being extended, the province is continuing to extend its Emergency Declaration.

As such, we will be refunding Pizza Lunches purchased in the Winter/Spring Term for the following dates: February 7, 21 (strike closure dates), March 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, and 19.  This will result in a $28 refund per slice ordered.

If you paid for pizza lunches through School Cash Online, you will receive a refund directly through that platform in the days ahead. For those few late payments that came in by cash, the Board will issue an interac e-Transfer.  (If you are receiving an e-transfer, please ensure the account information and number format is accurate, otherwise your bank may refuse the funds.)

Please note that it might take a number of days for the system to process the refunds. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we work through these trying times.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Google Classroom: A Guide for Parents

google-classroomWe appreciate all of our community’s efforts to support current Learning at Home initiatives, even as educators learn to best leverage instructional platforms in the interest of all students.

Google for EDU will be offering a live webinar this Friday April 17th at 1:00 p.m.  For parents and guardians wishing to learn more about Google Classroom and how they can support their children using it, please consider attending this webinar.

Our thanks for your ongoing support.