Student Artist Cookbook Cover Design Contest!

With the production of the Bayview Glen P.S. Community Cookbook now underway, we invite all our students in F2F and EVS to submit their very own cover designs.  Please be sure to share this opportunity with your children!

  • The cover design should contain the title ‘Bayview Glen P.S. Community Cookbook’.
  • All students are welcome to participate (even if their family didn’t submit a recipe).
  • Students can use any medium they like –pencil crayons, markers or digital tools— to design the cover. The design should be vibrant, colourful and appealing!
  • Student artists are welcome and encouraged to ‘sign’ their work, but should do so modestly in a corner of the page.
  • The cover dimensions for the cookbook are 20×25 cm (8 inch x 10 inch) oriented in portrait fashion. (If regular paper is used, the design will be scaled down.)
  • Student cover submissions can be dropped off at the office or shared electronically with cover@bayviewglenps.com.
  • Student artwork can be sent in through Friday, March 26th.

The Cookbook Committee will review all cover submissions and determine the Bayview Glen P.S. Cookbook cover design winner which will grace the front of the cookbook when it’s prepared in this coming Spring.

We look forward to seeing our students’ creativity!

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Launch Event

The York Region District School Board is committed to championing equity and inclusivity. In response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism in Canadian institutions, including in education, the Board has co-developed an anti-Black racism strategy.

The Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black-affirming learning and working environments was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. The launch of the strategy marks a coordinated effort to address anti-Black racism at the Board.

On March 8, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. students, staff and families are invited to the virtual Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launch event featuring guest presenter Robyn Maynard.

The program will examine anti-Black racism in educational institutions and unveil the Board’s strategy. The strategy is designed to dismantle anti-Black racism in all its forms in our schools and workplaces.

The systemic nature of anti-Black racism requires that school boards act proactively to support equitable access to quality education and opportunities for all students, and to challenge the marginalization of Black students, staff and families.

Please visit www.yrdsb.ca for more details and to register for the event.

Safety Reminders

York Region District School Board and York Region Public Health continue to work closely together and take all appropriate steps for the health, safety and well-being of our school community.  We want to remind our community about updates to our protocols and screening guidance since reopening on February 16th 2021.

Health and Safety Measures

As the board has previously communicated, there are some new health and safety measures in place, including:

  • Masks are now required for students in Grades 1-12. Students in kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • York Region Public Health is recommending that students wear three-layer masks. Two layer masks are permitted if they are clean and fit appropriately.
  • Masks are now required outdoors, during recess as well as in common areas, in addition to in-class.
  • Students are discouraged from congregating before and after school. Families dropping off and picking up their children at school are reminded to wear masks and not congregate while on school property.
  • We will continue to reinforce hand hygiene practices.

Updated screening guidance

Please remember that all students and staff are required to complete the York Region Public Health School and Child-Care Screening Tool every day.

Important information from the screening:
  • If a student or staff member has ONE symptom of COVID-19 they are required to stay home from school and child-care and get tested for COVID-19 at an Assessment Centre.
  • If anyone in a household has travelled outside of Canada, everyone must stay home from school and child-care until the 14-day quarantine period has finished, except for essential reasons.
  • If anyone in your household is sick and has not tested negative for COVID-19, or does not have an alternative diagnosis from a health-care provider, all others in the household must stay home from school and child-care until the results are known or an alternative diagnosis is provided.
  • If someone in the household is identified as a high-risk/close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, the whole household is required to stay home from school for the 14-day quarantine period, except for essential reasons.

We thank you for your support in keep our schools safe.  Please visit york.ca/safeatschool for up to date information on Public Health measures related to school reopening.

Pink Shirt Day … is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow –February 24, 2021—is Pink Shirt Day.  While there are a number of worthwhile anti-bullying initiatives, ‘Pink Shirt Day’ has a national origin -tracing back to 2007, when Nova Scotia secondary students David Shepherd and Travis Price saw a grade nine student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.  In an effort to stand up for the student, they purchased 50 pink shirts and distributed them to other students, who wore them in solidarity.  Since David and Travis’ act of kindness in 2007, the spirit of their effort has grown each and every year and is now an international phenomenon.

Over the past fourteen years, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

Pink Shirt Day emphasizes that we might Lift Each Other Up, “a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.”  We expect our students to say ‘no’ to bullying behaviours and will be asking them to say ‘yes’ to encouraging, supporting and uplifting one another.  This is a great opportunity to discuss with your child, how might kind words and small actions have meaningful impacts in our community on this day … and all year long?

Please encourage your child to wear a Pink Shirt to school tomorrow, on February 24, 2021.  Let’s promote kindness and stand up to bullying this coming Wednesday, and every day.

Building Social Skills Guide

Social skills like apologizing, turn-taking, dealing with disappointment, decision-making, sharing, respecting personal space and more, can help prepare students for success in many areas of their lives. There are many ways children can learn these skills, and many ways adults can help to develop and nurture them.

York Region District School Board has developed a user-friendly guide full of tips, resources and ideas to help caregivers and other adults:

  • Determine what social skills to teach,
  • How to teach them, and
  • How to support any child who many benefit from direct instruction and practice in learning social skills.

Play. Talk. Think. Feel: A User-Friendly Guide for Building Social Skills in Children covers a wide variety of skills and includes a number of activities, games, resources and more that can be used by family members, caregivers, educators and others to support social skill development.

We hope you find this resource helpful in promoting our common goal of supporting student achievement and well-being.

A Message from Our Trustee

Dear Families,

I hope that you and your families are healthy and doing well. I want to thank all of our students, families and staff members for their flexibility, patience and perseverance during the school closures. We understand that the pandemic is creating challenges and hardships, and we will continue to prioritize and do our very best to support the well-being, learning and achievement of our students during these difficult times.

There are resources on the Board website that students and families may find helpful, including tips for speaking with your child about COVID-19, support using technology, community and mental health resources and more at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.

One of our priorities as a Board of Trustees is to Champion Equity and Inclusivity: we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to remove barriers in support of all learners.

Anti-Black Racism

We want each and every one of our students to know that they are valued, welcome, safe and respected in our schools. We know that sadly that is not the reality for some students and that incidents of anti-Black racism continue to occur in our community and our schools. These incidents cause pain, make our students feel unsafe and affect their well-being and achievement. This is not acceptable.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing information and inviting you to participate in the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black affirming learning and working environments virtual event. During this event we will be unveiling our Anti-Black Racism Strategy, which was developed in coordination with families, students, community partners, educators and members of our senior leadership team.  The strategy was developed in response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism, and it will be a critical tool to support positive change in the system and to improve the experiences of Black students and staff.

A series of training sessions, webinars and opportunities for learning will also be made available. Future communication will provide registration options.

I want to thank the members of the Anti-Black Racism Committee for generously giving their time, sharing their difficult experiences and their voice. We are committed to ensuring that this strategy is more than a piece of paper and are committed to doing the work to create more equitable learning environments.

I also want to acknowledge that February is Black History Month, and while we take this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the incredible contributions made by Black Canadians, we will also be looking forward to launching our Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy. We will also be continuing our celebration of Black excellence in our community and I encourage you to take the time to read the stories of some of the inspiring individuals learning and working here in York Region.

We all have a role to play in creating a community that enables everyone in it to thrive, and in doing this work, we will create a more inclusive and positive environment for all of our students and families.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5

Elementary ‘Thoughtexchange’ on Current Learning Environments

Dear Families,

Thank you for your ongoing support this school year as we continue to adjust to changing circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The York Region District School Board is committed to ensuring our students continue to have effective teaching and learning through access to technology, resources and engaging learning experiences and environments.

To further support students and families, the Board will continue to gather parent/guardian and student feedback on learning environments. We want to hear from elementary families and students to better understand best practices and suggestions for student learning and well-being support.

We are using an online tool called Thoughtexchange to invite meaningful feedback from our students and families. Parents and guardians of elementary students are encouraged to support their children in responding to the Thoughtexchange. The current Thoughtexchange asks families and students:

What successes have you/your child experienced this school year?

What supports do you feel will increase your/your child’s learning and engagement experiences?

Please provide any comments or suggestions you feel may help us when considering the improvement of your/your child’s learning experiences.

To participate and learn more, please visit the YRDSB website.   This opportunity closes on February 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Please visit www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 for school board information and www.york.ca/coronavirus for Public Health information.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Wellness Resources for Families

We’d like to share a variety of wellness-related resources with families in our community.

A wide range of parent and guardian workshops are available through York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families, with topics including:

  • Navigating and Accessing Mental Health Services in York Region,
  • Conscious Parenting – Raising Teens,
  • Triple P Seminars – The Power of Positive Parenting​,
  • Navigating Experiences of Grief and Loss,
  • Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours,
  • And Many More …

As well, many virtual offerings are being made available through Family Services of York Region, including language-specific Positive Parenting Programs in Cantonese, Mandarin and Farsi.  Other programs include emotional and interpersonal skills development for teens, women’s support groups (including language-specific groups) and groups for adults on mindfulness and stress reduction.

Lastly, Kinark Child and Youth Services provides updated resources for children, youth and families during the pandemic.

We wish everyone in our community safety and good health.  We thank you for your ongoing support of the school.

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 Now Open

Kindergarten registration for September 2021 is now open for the 2021-22 school year.  Children who turn four or five years old during 2021, live within the school boundary, and whose parents or guardians are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for Kindergarten.

There are several ways you can register for Kindergarten:

  • Online – Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at yrdsb.ca/kindergarten. It is recommended that families use a laptop or a desktop, rather than a mobile device to complete this registration.
  • By email – Families can download the Elementary School Registration Form at yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten and email the completed form to bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca.
  • By mail or appointment.  You can mail completed applications to the school, or request an appointment to drop-off your completed paper application form.  Families are asked to follow all school COVID-19 protocols while on site.  All permitted visitors must wear a mask.

If you require support to complete the registration form or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office at 905-889-2448 or bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca.  Please note, at this time, under our health and safety protocols, we cannot accept walk-in registrations.

Once you have completed your application, the school will contact you to make an appointment to review and verify the required documents.

Our Kindergarten programs are caring and welcoming where children learn through exploration, play and inquiry. You can learn more at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten.  We look forward to welcoming new students and their families to our school in September!

French Immersion Registration Information

Please find information below regarding French Immersion Registration for Parents and Guardians of students in Year 2 (Senior Kindergarten) who may be interested.

Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

What is French Immersion?  

  • In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.
  • The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French.
  • In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction.
  • The French Immersion program continues in high school.
  • Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.

Important Considerations 

  • For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.
  • There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.
  • Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews.
  • Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them.
  • There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.

Information Sessions

This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January 14, 2021.   A link will be shared with you via email where you will be able to view a pre-recorded information session which includes commonly asked questions and answers.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 15, 2021. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2021, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol.   The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 5, 2021.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 5, 2021.  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.

Accommodation Plan

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: 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.