Message From Our Trustee

With case counts remaining relatively stable, I want to take this opportunity to thank our students, families and staff members for continuing to adhere to health and safety protocols.  Your efforts are appreciated and important to protecting the health and safety of our school community members. As we have since the start of the pandemic, the school board continues to meet regularly with public health and follow their guidance.  Families looking for more information or resources on COVID-19 and our schools, including health and safety guidelines, frequently asked questions and mental health resources, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening or York Region’s www.york.ca/safeatschool.

In November, we held the School Council Forum.  I appreciated the opportunity to participate in shared learning with School Council representatives on priority topics including the ABCs of mental health and actioning anti-racism practices.  Thank you to all of the participants and to all school council members for your partnership.  There are so many valuable ways families help to strengthen our schools and support student learning and achievement.  We value the partnership that we have with families, and thank you for your ongoing support.

As partners, we want to support you in supporting your child’s learning, achievement and well-being. The Family Resources page on the Board website provides quick access to online tools such as Google Classroom, School Cash Online, Edsby and more.  It also provides links to information to support you in engaging in your child’s learning – resources like translation tools, IT support for families and tips on protecting your child’s privacy online.  It also includes links to other information you may find helpful. Find it at www.yrdsb.ca/familyresources or from the link on the homepage.

Over the past few months, York Region District School Board has been conducting a review of its Trustee Areas. The boundaries of the areas that school board trustees represent change over time.  The goal of the Trustee Determination and Distribution Study is to ensure fair and equitable representation of all public school supporters.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation on the proposed options.  The final report will be presented at the Board of Trustees meeting on February 8.  You can find more information about the study and the recommendations on the Board website.

The upcoming winter season is a time of celebration for many, and I want to wish you and your families a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.  I hope that over the winter break, you find time to rest, relax and rejuvenate and we look forward to welcoming you back in January.

David Sherman, Trustee – Markham Ward 1, Vaughan Ward 5

December School Council Meeting

We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday December 2nd 2021 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 the Zoom platform for the meeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet or smartphone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on most computers.  Zoom apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  You may wish to install these 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.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

From November 22-26 we recognize Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week.  At Bayview Glen P.S., it is important that we provide a caring, safe and inclusive environment that supports the academic achievement and well-being of all students.  This week serves as a reminder to our school community about bullying and how to respond.  During this week students will engage in learning activities that reinforce positive behaviours that respond to and prevent bullying.

Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Bullying can take many forms. Some include:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media

Bullying is never acceptable at our school. All members of our school community are encouraged to stand up and support each other. Should there be concerns about bullying or if you have any questions please contact us. You can also report events that happen at school, at school-related activities, online or off school property if they negatively affect a student or the school climate through YRDSB’s Report It tool on the homepage of our school’s website or on www.yrdsb.ca.

Want to know more about bullying?  Many resources for families are available including PREVNet’s (a Canadian authority on promoting relationships and eliminating violence) The Difference Between Teasing and Bullying and Bullying Prevention Tip Sheets.  Media Smarts (a Canadian non-profit) has a guide to support parents in understanding, responding, and avoiding cyberbullying as well as a tip sheet for Promoting Ethical Online Behaviours with Your Kids.

For more information and resources on bullying and cyberbullying, please follow @YRDSB or visit www.yrdsb.ca.

Working together, we can nurture a safe, respectful and inclusive school community.

Community Event: Important Update

Our School Council thanks all of our Bayview Glen P.S. families who have purchased vehicle tickets for the Drive-In Movie Night community event.  We look forward to seeing everyone!

Please note that Stardust Drive-In has notified the school about changes to the screening.  We apologize for this late change.  The movie playing will now be the newly released Clifford the Big Red Dog.  This is also a family-friendly movie emphasizing the true meaning of acceptance and unconditional love –and sure to be a favourite among our students, as it’s based on the beloved Scholastic character known to many children.  You can watch the trailer here.

The Drive-In Movie Night community event is being held this Friday November 12 starting at 6:45 p.m. (updated time) rain or shine.  (The theatre is open to the public and entry lineups can form.  Please arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the movie).  The Stardust Drive-In is located by Newmarket at 893 Mt Albert Rd, East Gwillimbury (corrected address).

Families who purchased ticket on SchoolCash Online will not be issued a ticket in advance, rather they will simply indicate they are from Bayview Glen P.S. upon arrival, and be checked in by a member of School Council.

For those families who have yet to purchase tickets, this is the last chance –they are available on SchoolCash Online until 3:00 p.m. today!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to our Library Learning Commons at Bayview Glen P.S.!

From Monday November 15th through Thursday November 18th the Book Fair will be open for class visits.  Additional details will be sent home with your child this week.  Your child will have the opportunity to purchase items when visiting the fair or you can purchase items with them online at the virtual book fair website.

This is an exciting time as the Library Learning Commons continues to add to its growing collection of student activities!  All proceeds from the Book Fair support our purchasing of technology, Makerspace materials and resources for our Library Learning Commons.

Let’s continue to spread the love of reading … books make great holiday gifts!

There’s Still Time!

The School Council invites all Bayview Glen P.S. families to join our Drive-In Movie Night community event this Friday November 12 starting at 7:15 p.m. rain or shine.  (The theatre is open to the public and entry lineups can form.  Please arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the movie).  The Startdust Drive-In is located by Newmarket at 93 Mt Albert Rd, East Gwillimbury, about a half hour drive from the school.  The movie playing will be Ron’s Gone Wrong, a fun, family-friendly adventure about friendship.  (You can watch the trailer here).

The cost is $25 per vehicle (unlimited occupants) and can only be pre-ordered on SchoolCash Online until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.  (Please note, no late orders can be processed.)  Food items are also available for purchase at the venue.

For families new to York Region District School Board or with children attending school for the first time, please contact the school office for any help in registering for SchoolCash Online.

Movies are bigger and safer under the stars!

Fall Food Drive

We are reaching out to the Bayview Glen P.S. community as we continue our annual tradition of collecting donations of non-perishable (mainly food) items in support of the Markham Food Bank.  The Markham Food Bank is a registered non-profit charity working to alleviate food insecurity for Markham community members; they are committed to creating a welcoming environment of fairness and equality for everyone that walks through their doors.

Across Ontario, there has been an increase in food bank usage over the course of the pandemic, including first time usage.  This Markham Food Bank gives assistance to local residents specifically, so if you’re able to make a donation, it will be helping someone in our own greater community.

Among the items appropriate to donate include any in-date and unopened (a) canned food items such as meat, fish, soups, fruit, vegetables, juices, pasta sauces, etc., (b) dry items such as cereals hot & cold, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, biscuits, crackers, cookies, cake mixes, pancake mixes, soup mixes, pudding and jello powders, etc., (c) toiletry items such as hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, disposable shavers, hair shampoos, paper hand towels, hair creams, cosmetics, etc., (d) Kraft dinners and all types of pasta, (e) glass items such as pickles, sauces, jams, relishes, salad dressings, etc., and (f) baby diapers and formula.  They have currently identified the following items as most needed: crackers; small and large bags of rice; cake mixes and icing; hot cereal and instant oatmeal; jam; canned salmon, tuna, and sardines; canned evaporated milk; non-dairy milk;  canned vegetables (not corn); vegetarian soups; Kraft Dinner; Sidekick pasta and rice pouches; dry soup mix (e.g. Ramen noodles); cooking oil; baby food (puree, formula, snacks & cereal); diapers sizes 4, 5, & 6; and baby wipes.

We will collect items starting next week and throughout the lead up to the holidays.  There will be donation boxes in each class and your child can drop off items directly in their class, with no need to handle any other items.  We will also have collection boxes in the foyer, so if you have numerous items or heavier items to donate that cannot be sent with your child, simply bring them to the front door of the school and press the intercom button, and we’ll arrange to have the items brought in.

We welcome all members of the Bayview Glen P.S. community -face to face students’ families, hybrid students’ families, or any other community members- to participate in this campaign of giving.

Together we can work to help local families in need!

Progress Reports Information

On November 18 and November 19, we will be holding our virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews.  Information on booking these interviews though Edsby has been previously shared with families.  Parents-Teacher Interviews and Reports Cards are part of the ongoing communication from our school to support students and we trust that you are able to connect with your child’s teacher.

Your child’s Progress Report Card will be distributed electronically the week of November 15, using their GAPPS accounts.

The Progress Report provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas.  The Report Card has only the following Ministry provided indicators:

Progressing with Difficulty
Progressing Well
Progressing Very Well

As typical, not all strands or subjects may be taught or assessed by this time or in this term. This year, reintegration into the school environment may take additional time, and the early part of the school year may focus on mental health, well-being and the development of a safe, inviting and inclusive learning community.

For all Progress Reports, our board will include the following statement provided by the Ministry of Education: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by Public Health guidelines. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress throughout the term.”

Overall, Progress Reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first part of the term.  We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home.

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

Join Our Drive-In Movie Night!

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with the entire family?  Well … movies are bigger and safer under the stars!

The School Council invites all Bayview Glen P.S. families to join our Drive-In Movie Night community event on Friday November 12 starting at 7:15 p.m. rain or shine.  (The theatre is open to the public and entry lineups can form.  Please arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the movie).

The Startdust Drive-In is located by Newmarket at 93 Mt Albert Rd, East Gwillimbury, about a half hour drive from the school.  The movie playing will be Ron’s Gone Wrong, a fun, family-friendly adventure about friendship.  (You can watch the trailer here).

The cost is $25 per vehicle (unlimited occupants) and can only be pre-ordered on SchoolCash Online until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.  (Please note, no late orders can be processed.)  Food items are also available for purchase at the venue.

For families new to York Region District School Board or with children attending school for the first time, please contact the school office for any help in registering for SchoolCash Online.

Drop Off and Pick Up Safety

Parents and guardians who have dropped off or picked up their child (or children) at Bayview Glen P.S. have observed that the area is especially busy before and after school.  Limcombe Drive is a narrow street, we have four school buses that serve our community (and they occupy dedicated space directly in front of the school) and our school parking lot is small.  Likewise, we have students who are picked up and dropped off by family members every day, as well as students who walk to and from school.

Understandably, our primary concern is with the safety of our students, staff and community members.  To this end, we have reached out to our partners at York Regional Police to observe our traffic flow during drop off and pick up times in the interest of maximizing safety and have invited a Community Oriented Response officer to observe and offer recommendations.

In the interest of our collective safety, we would ask for your continued support in these areas:

  • We ask for your patience during pickup and drop off, and encourage you to walk your child to and from school whenever possible.
  • We remind all drivers to drive with particular care in and around the school. We share a common interest in providing a safe environment for our almost 200 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.
  • For those driving, please do not park in the bus drop off zone. Park only where there is legal parking, further down Limcombe Drive or on adjacent streets, as permitted.  We remind parents not to park diagonally on Limcombe Drive.  While this may allow for more cars to fit in, it requires drivers to back out onto Limcombe Drive at the busiest times with limited visibility.  Similarly, we remind drivers not to park on Limcombe Drive opposite the school and beckon students to walk between vehicles and across the very busy road.
  • When dropping off a child (or children) in the parking lot, drivers are asked to pull into the furthest available walkway-side spot and take care when merging back into the inner driving lane. No student should be dropped off from the inner driving lane (or a parking spot) and subsequently walk across driving lanes and between vehicles.
  • When picking up a child (or children) in the parking lot, if you do not see your child, do not stop anywhere in the driving lane and wait, rather continue around the Kiss and Ride and pull in beside the walkway only when you see your child.
  • At no time should a vehicle be left unattended or otherwise parked in the Kiss and Ride.

We would kindly ask for your cooperation in supporting these measures, and we appreciate your patience in dropping off and picking up your children.  We thank you for your support in helping keep everyone safe at our school, and we would encourage you to review these (and general road safety) rules with your children.  With Winter approaching, we especially want to take care at pickup and drop off times.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the school.