Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Interviews for students in JK through Grade 6 will be scheduled for after school on November 12, 2020 and on the morning of November 13, 2020.  This year all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Bayview Glen P.S. will continue to use an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduling.  Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families.

If you already have an Edsby account past years, there’s nothing you need to do at this time.  The Parent-Teacher interview schedule will open for bookings on November 2nd at 10:00 a.m.  Teachers will send confirmation e-mails to parents or guardians who booked an interview on November 10th, including details on how to access the virtual interview platform.

If you do not have an Edsby account, you will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler with their child’s teachers for Parent-Teacher Interviews.  Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened on November 2nd will have access.  If you need help setting up your account for the first time, please contact the school office.

For help with using Edsby, please visit https://www.edsby.com/help/parents/.

If you have any other questions about this process, please contact our main office.

Important Timelines

On or before Nov 2 Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) to create Edsby accounts
Nov 2 Parent-Teacher Interviews schedule opens at 10:00 a.m. for booking, an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email.
Nov 9 Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduler closes at 4:00 p.m.
Nov 10 Teachers e-mail Parents and/or Guardian(s) who made an appointment with details on accessing the virtual interview.
Nov 12 (evening) and Nov 13 (morning) Parent-Teacher Interviews

 

Halloween is around the corner!

Each year, many students choose to show off their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes that meet our school’s dress code.  Students will be able to dress up on Friday, October 30th.

In order to support our current Covid-19 guidelines, please consider the following:

  • costumes should be attire-based and worn to school; students will not be able to use washrooms to change into costumes
  • emphasize simple costumes with limited accessories and without excessive makeup that might prompt students to touch their face
  • no Halloween masks are to be worn and no gloves that might interfere with regular hand hygiene routines; students who are required to wear face masks (grades 4 to 6) must continue to do so, and students in younger grade (FDK to grade 3) are strongly encouraged to continue to wear their face masks
  • students may also consider wearing orange and black or autumn colours instead of costumes

Please note that on October 30th, the focus of the day remains on instruction, any Halloween related activities are optional, and students will have a choice to participate in alternative activities.  While students will be allowed to dress up, they must follow Board Protocol.  York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0 in accordance with the Ontario Safe Schools Act, includes the following mandatory expulsion criteria: “A student shall be expelled from school if the student commits one or more of the following infractions while at school or engaged in a school-related activity (as set out in the Ontario Code of Conduct): (a) possessing a weapon or replica weapon, including a firearm.” Students celebrating this occasion in costume at our school must comply with this policy.  Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, etc. are not in compliance with York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0.  Similarly, costumes should be respectful of others. For example, if something is representative of a person’s culture or religious beliefs, then it should not be worn as another person’s costume.

As always, we wish to promote healthy eating at our school, and strongly discourage students from bringing candies that are in abundance around Halloween to school.  We kindly ask our community to be especially mindful that nut and nut products —often found in Halloween candy—are not brought in to the school, as well.  Bayview Glen P.S. has a very popular a healthy snacks program, where preferred options for snacking, such as a variety of fruits and vegetables, are widely available for our students to enjoy.

We hope all our students who celebrate have a fun, safe, and healthy Halloween!

Revised COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in Schools

On Friday you will have received a message to families from YRDSB Update containing a revised COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in Schools.  Alternatively, you can complete the easy online version each day, by navigating to the ‘Start School Screening’ button found here.  We remind families that you must screen your child(ren) for COVID-19 every day before going to school.

Please note that students who have been off prior to this tool and are waiting for test results must continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.  We are grateful to our community for partnering with us to keep our students, staff members and families safe and healthy.

School Council Elections

On the evening of October 1, 2020 we hosted our first School Council meeting of the year.  Elections were held at the meeting and Voula Kladis and Jennifer Leung were elected as co-chairs, Elena Haramis was elected as treasurer and Mandy Stenzler was elected as secretary.  Other elected executive members include Homa Alammanesh, Amanda Bruce, Sabrina Costa, Adelaide Nguyen and Sherri Sbeih.

We wanted to thank all the parents who attended yesterday’s meeting, and we encourage everyone to consider becoming involved in School Council –you needn’t be an elected member of the School Council to get involved. For more information on the School Council, don’t hesitate to contact the School Council co-chairs.  All parents and guardians are welcome to attend meetings at any time.  We have set (tentative) dates for subsequent meetings as follows: November 5, December 3, February 18, April 1 and May 27.  All meetings are held virtually at 7:00 p.m. with additional details provided on the school blog prior to each meeting.

We look forward to working with you to support our students!

Ongoing Open Registration for 2020-2021 Adult ESL, LINC & LBS Programs

Did you know YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, Language Instruction for New Comers (LINC) and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) classes?  YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for those who want to develop effective language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for daily life in Canada. They also offer specialized classes in Citizenship and Conversation.

Adult ESL Program Registration – In person and online options available!

  1. Email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 with the following information:
  • your first and last name
  • your telephone number
  • CLARS identification number (those without a CLARS number will require an assessment, please contact them for further assistance).
  1. Their office will contact you if additional documentation is required.
  2. Visitors to Canada may also register and attend for a fee of $10 per day, per class.

For an assessment or to register, please call: 905-731-9557

If you are interested in improving your digital skills, want to work on your resume or interview skills, or prepare to take your GED exam, the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program may be for you!

Literacy and Basic Skill Assessment – In person and online options available!

  1. Email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 Ext. 307 with the following information:
  • your first and last name
  • your telephone number
  • tell us that you are “interested in the LBS program”

NOTE: Due to the high volume of inquires, it may take a few days to receive a reply communication from their office.  They appreciate your patience.

Thank you for your interest in these programs.

Re-organization of Classes

Dear Families,

Each year we monitor, on a regular basis, the changes that takes place between June and September in our school’s enrolment.  With the addition of Covid -19 reopening structures such as virtual school and class size adjustments, this has resulted in large changes in our student enrollment here at school. 

In order to accommodate our reopening structures and class size reduction strategy, we will have to reorganize significantly, moving many students between classes. 

We realize that change can be difficult for students once they have made a connection with a teacher and routines have been established.  Our staff will work closely with one another and the students to minimize the impact that any changes will have on their routines.  We continue to appreciate your support in this process and know that we can count on your parenting expertise to assist your child with adapting quickly and positively to the new structure.

If your child will be affected by these changes, you will receive more information in the coming days that outlines the new class your child is in and the location of that class. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. For students changing models (moving from Face to Face into Virtual or moving from Virtual into Face to Face) this move will be effective Monday, October 5th. For students moving to Elementary Virtual Schools (EVS), further details about the transition will be communicated by EVS staff by Friday October 2nd.

Our thanks for your ongoing support of the school.

Final Reminder: First School Council Meeting and Elections

We would like to remind 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 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 be sure to 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!

Orange Shirt Day

We are encouraging all students and staff at Bayview Glen P.S. to wear an orange shirt to school this Wednesday September 30th.

The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century.  The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973.  Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother.  However, upon arriving at the school, she was forced to remove her orange shirt and wear the school’s institutional uniform instead.

The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.

Across the York Region District School Board, staff and students will wear orange shirts on September 30th in the spirit of Reconciliation and to stand in solidarity with survivors and all those impacted by residential schools.

Lost … and Not Found?

Traditionally, we’ve been able to collect misplaced student items in a ‘Lost and Found’ bin, where students could rummage through to find their belongings and eventually items could be displayed in the school foyer for the community to view and retrieve.  Given the current situation, we are not able to continue with those earlier practices and inevitably we won’t be able to store unclaimed items indefinitely.  And to make matters more challenging, the range of temperature on these Fall days finds students going out to recess with jackets and sweatshirts … and leaving them behind on the field and tarmac, notwithstanding our many reminders to students to collect all their items.

But you can help!  The easiest way to ensure your children don’t lose their items is to label them.  While we make efforts to return lost items to students whenever possible, we are far more successful when students’ names –a label sticker or even simply a name in permanent marker on an inner clothing tag–can be found.

We thank you for your support in helping reunite lost items with their owners!

Bayview Glen’s Annual Terry Fox School Run

It’s been forty years since Terry Fox set out on his ambitious attempt to run across Canada in an effort to raise money for cancer research.  It’s been forty years since Terry set the goal of raising $1 for every Canadian.  It’s been forty years since Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run in Thunder Bay Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs.  And it’s been forty years since Terry Fox passed the torch on to us.  “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.  It’s got to keep going.”

As history would have it, Terry was able to see his wish fulfilled.  The CTV network organized a telethon in support of Terry’s cause and the nation responded.  By February of 1981 the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund eclipsed twenty-four million dollars, the (then) national population.  Less than five months later, Terry would lose his battle to cancer.  He was 22 years old.

Though forty years have passed since the original Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox is honoured and recognized across Canada and internationally for his heroic quest to eradicate cancer and his trailblazing attitudes toward disability.  With over three-quarters of a billion dollars raised in Terry’s name to date, schools across Canada honour him by participating in an annual school event.  This year, the National School Run will be held on Wednesday, September 30th 2020.

Bayview Glen Public School has participated in this annual event for twenty-three years and the school has raised an incredible amount for the cause–over $50,000.  While our event will look different this year, and classes will go out individually to walk or run on the tarmac and field, our resolve remains unchanged.  Similarly, the school will not be collecting donations directly.  We’d ask that anyone wishing to contribute to this most worthwhile cause, to please make an online donation in the name of the school directly to the Terry Fox Foundation at http://www.terryfox.ca/BayviewGlenPSThornhill.

With your donation, our school will continue to contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.