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.

First School Council Meeting and Elections

We would like to share with 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 forthcoming 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 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!

New to Edsby?

If you’re new to the York Region District School Board or have not yet set up an Edsby account, you will receive an invitation to do so.  Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that allows families to engage with the school in various ways, including enabling parents to report student absences or to schedule a Parent-Teacher Interview in November.

If your already have an Edsby account, there’s nothing you need to do.  If you do not have an Edsby account, please anticipate an email with instructions on activating your account. If you require any assistance with setting up your account, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

Our thanks for your support.

Updated Health Forms

Last week we shared about a number of health-related forms that need to be completed for students with anaphylactic and/or other medical conditions.  These forms have now been updated to allow you to fill them in electronically, and they are linked below.

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.  We’d kindly ask that any of these forms be completed and sent in with your child on the first day of school, as appropriate.

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.

Return to School Elementary Daily Checklist

As you are aware, our school has many new health and safety measures in place to help keep students and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19.  But everyone, including families, plays a critical role in supporting health and safety in our school community.

What can you do to help at home?  Please print out the Return to School Daily Checklist and refer back to it regularly as a reference.  Working together, we can increase the effectiveness of our safety measures and mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.

Our thanks for your support.