New Student Lunch Provider

lunch ladyOur School Council has continued to be active over the summer, researching different lunchtime food services, and we are pleased to share that our new lunchtime food service provider will be The Lunch Lady.

The Lunch Lady will be offering healthy, hot school lunches for students on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the week of September 9th.  Information regarding Special Wednesday lunches and Pizza Fridays will also be shared in the weeks ahead. In the interim, if you’re interested in ordering, please visit The Lunch Lady, and take a look at their start-up flyer and ordering instructions.

School Information and Forms 2019-20

formsThe York Region District School Board has now released its Guide to the School Year 2019-2020. This detailed guide provides important information about the York Region District School Board and its schools. It includes information about who to contact if you have a question or concern, and covers a range of information such as busing, homework and parental engagement, items dealing with health and safety, as well as many board policies and procedures.

During the first week of school, a School Startup Package is distributed to all parents and guardians.  Within the package is important information about the school year as well as various forms that are to be read, signed and returned to the school.  Among the forms to be signed and returned are the:

Other optional forms within package include the School Council Candidate Nomination Form, Volunteers in Our Schools Form and the Faith Request for Curriculum Accommodations Form.

Additionally, if your child has an anaphylactic condition please complete an Anaphylactic Health Care Plan.  Similarly, complete an Asthma Health Care Plan, a Type 1 Diabetes Health Care Plan or an Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder Health Care Plan, as needed.  Finally, if your child has any other medical condition please complete a general Health Care Plan.  Please note, these forms must be completed annually for children with an anaphylactic and/or other medical conditions.  We thank our community for their help with gathering this important information.

Holiday and Observances Calendar 2019-20

calcov201920York Region District School Board has now released its official Holidays and Observances Calendar for 2019-2020.  This is the common calendar used across all YRDSB schools and offices and contains a helpful overview of significant dates this coming school year.  What’s more, it’s adorned with student artwork from across the region including (we’re proud to share!) a number of artistic contributions from our very own Bayview Glen P.S. students.

Have a look … and plan ahead!

School Year Calendars 2019-2020

calendarIn an effort to help you plan ahead for the coming school year, we are sharing calendars that provide an overview to the 2019-2020 school year, and may support you in planning for family holidays, medical or dental appointments and other events, while minimizing disruptions to your child’s learning.  Consistent attendance and punctuality are fundamental to your child’s success.

The 2019-20 Learning Calendar outlines the school year by identifying all regular school days, school holidays, professional activity and training days, and early release days.  We hope this will help you as you schedule events in the weeks and months to come.  Similarly, all schools in York Region follow a Day 1-5 Cycle Calendar.  For your reference, the Elementary 5 Day Cycle Calendar for 2019-2020 provides an overview of the 5-day cycle for the entire year.  Each morning, the day in the cycle will be shared over the announcements as a reminder for all of our students.  Those wishing to embed these calendars electronically into their own smart-devices can find both Google and iCal versions here.  Similarly, a Bayview Glen P.S. specific calendar can be found on the right sidebar of this blog (desktop version only).

As well, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has designated May 19 to June 1 2020 as the period during which Primary and Junior Division Provincial Assessments are to occur.  We would kindly ask parents and guardians of students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 to avoid booking any appointments or trips during this period.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

We thank you for your support and look forward to a great year.

2019 Ontario Fun Pass

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Sure, it’s summer, but there is still lots to do!  Ontario Fun Passes are now available electronically.  These fun passes include information, discounts and coupons for various summer attractions for you and your family.  As always, the Ontario Fun Pass is filled with engaging and educational activities for children of all ages.

The 2019 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 16 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario Provincial Parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction. With over $400 in savings in each package, the Fun Pass encourages all Ontario families to travel and discover many of the great attractions our province has to offer.  Visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

Summer Reading!

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Throughout the summer, students should keep their minds active, and one of the easiest ways for us to support this is by encouraging them to read for pleasure.

We wanted to remind our community that in addition to our sizable school library, Bayview Glen P.S. families have access to various on-line collections.  Bookflix is a sizeable online resource you can access with the user id dsbyork and the password dsby7692.  Also consider Rivet, a free reading app in the Apple App or Google Play Store, with over 2000 levelled books for students!  Please consider using these excellent resources when reading with your children at home throughout the year, or encouraging them to read independently on a computer or tablet (and of course, encourage them to read physical books too!)

Does your child speak a different first language?  Then read in that language, too!  Unite for Literacy is a free multi-platform website that contains dozens of early reading books across a number of themes, as well as a narration feature that will allow students to read or be read to, making it a worthwhile home activity for early readers.  While this is quite similar to other book repositories, Unite for Literacy also provides multilingual narration alongside the English narration, where your child might follow along the text with English narration and first-language translation, enabling them to work on reading skills and learn the language of instruction simultaneously.

If your child enjoys reading and learning on-line, here are some other popular early literacy related sites he or she can access: StarfallStoryplaceKidsreads, and Funbrain.  Happy reading!

End of Year Notices

We wanted to share with our community two information items.

The first is an end-of-year letter from our Director, Louise Sirisko, and the Chair of the Board, Corrie McBain.  The second is a message to families regarding the introduction of text message notices for emergency purposes beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

We wish all those in the Bayview Glen P.S. community a very happy and healthy summer!