Asbestos Removal Work

We are sharing with the community that asbestos remediation work will take place at our school next week.

Asbestos was used as an insulating material in the construction of all buildings up until the mid 1980s.  As a result of health concerns, provincial legislation was created to manage asbestos in buildings. The York Region District School Board has an Asbestos Management Program in place.  The Board has been actively monitoring the condition of existing asbestos in schools, and safely securing and removing asbestos for nearly two decades.

Any removal of asbestos from our schools is in full compliance with government regulations.  Upon completion of the remediation work, the area of work will be inspected to ensure that it is safe for all staff and students.

If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of the school, please feel free to contact the school office.  For health information related to asbestos, please contact the York Region Health Services Department Hotline at 1-800-361-5653.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

YRDSB Family Survey

Dear Families,

The Ministry of Education has instructed Ontario school boards to prepare for the 2020/2021 academic school year by developing plans to support the following scenarios:

  1. Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols – Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.
  2.  Modified school day routine – Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, a limit of 15 students would be maintained in a typical classroom at one time.
  3. At-home learning – Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, remote education will be available.

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) would like your feedback, which will be used alongside recommendations from our Public Health Agencies, the Ministry of Education, and Regional and Provincial agencies to inform learning plans for the 2020/2021 academic year.

This survey is voluntary and anonymous. No information you provide will identify you or your children. Please skip any questions you do not want to answer.

If you experience any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please contact the Research Department by sending an email to research.services@yrdsb.ca.

The YRDSB Family Survey can be found at: https://bit.ly/YRDSB2020Family

Online Summer Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families

York Region District School Board’s Community and Partnership Developer Team has been looking to compile summer program offerings and related information that many families have been inquiring about as the school year comes to a close.

With the cancellation of many in-person programs and camps this summer, they are happy to provide you with a list of on-line opportunities for your children and youth.  These are being provided by several YRDSB community partner organizations. Please visit the Summer 2020 Online Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families page to find a list of summer programs organized by category and age group.

For information that you might require throughout the summer months about community resources, financial benefits, food programs and mental health supports, please visit the Novel Coronavirus Update page on the YRDSB website to access additional and up to date information.

Please check these links regularly as there will be weekly updates to available programs and resources.  For more information, you can also reach the Inclusive Schools and Community Services department by emailing iscs@yrdsb.ca.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy summer.

End of Year Messages

Every year at this time, I issue an end-of-year message to the community, adapting it slightly in each iteration to reflect the comings and goings of different staff and other such transitional matters.  This year, however, changes to more than a few words are plainly warranted.

Each year, I traditionally thank all of our students, parents, guardians and staff.  And while I wish to extend those thanks once again, I do so with even more conviction and gratefulness than ever before.  Thank you to our staff who’ve worked so diligently to redefine their professional practice in support of student well-being and achievement, and who’ve continued to learn and improve on their practices each and every week.  Thank you to our parents, guardians and community members for partnering with us in new and unexpected ways; we sincerely value your commitment.  We are deeply appreciative of every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling and caregiver who helped our learners navigate and learn from home.  And of course, thank you to our students, who have had to contend with the most disruption in their lives and have risen to the challenges of the occasion admirably.  On behalf of the school, we would also like to thank the School Council for their tireless efforts and continued support and encouragement of our students and the school.  In particular, the organization, readiness and foresight of our School Council early in the year enabled us to accomplish a great deal over the Fall and Winter, which bodes exceedingly well for the school moving forward.  The accomplishments of our partnership are significant and we look forward to continuing this positive and collaborative relationship with the School Council next year.

To our grade sixes, best wishes as you head off to the next stop on your educational journey.  While this obviously wasn’t the final farewell any of us had hoped for, you move onward and upward.  You have contributed greatly to our school and will always be a part of the Bayview Glen Public School family.  As you continue on in other schools, remember that you continue to represent Bayview Glen Public School, and your accomplishments continue to reflect on us, so make us proud.  To the members of our community who are moving, thanks for your contributions to the school and we extend our best wishes as you begin in your new communities.

June is also a time for good-byes.  Mr. Singh and Ms. Vienneau will be leaving Bayview Glen P.S. at the end of this year.  We wish them the best of luck in their new schools.  A number of term staff also complete their appointments this year including Ms. Samara Ejchental, Ms. Jaymie Huynh and Ms. Lauren Ptasznik.  As well, Ms. Jordana Curci and Ms. Anna Kemp will be on leave next year and we wish them great health and happiness over the months ahead.  We thank all these staff for their support of our school.  In the Fall, we welcome back Ms. Marni Longo to the school.  Similarly, we look forward to welcoming some new staff to our school in September from other schools across the region.

The 2020 – 2021 school year begins on Tuesday September 8, 2020.  In past years, at this point, I’d share preliminary procedures around the first day of school.  I’ll refrain from doing so yet, given uncertainties regarding school reopening plans.  Needless to say, information will be shared over the summer, as it becomes available.

In closing, we would like to wish all of our students and our amazing Bayview Glen P.S. community an enjoyable and safe summer!  We hope for nothing more than to see everyone on September 8, 2020.

International and Indigenous Languages Program 2020-2021

Did you know that the International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Program provides children with the opportunity to read, write and speak a new language or maintain heritage language and culture and has over 20 languages to choose from?  IIL Program Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in early July 2020.

For locations, times and dates, please see the list of elementary course offerings.

Research shows that speaking more than one language has many cognitive benefits and may:

  • improve how the brain functions such as improving memory and concentration
  • enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills
  • open future employment opportunities

Please visit the International and Indigenous Languages website in July for the most up to date information on registration and program delivery. Due to space limitations, registration will take place on a first come first served basis.

Final Reminder: Student Material Retrieval and Return Process

We wanted to provide one final reminder to students and their families that you may now book a time slot for material retrieval and return on Monday June 15th and Tuesday June 16th.  In order to book a time at the school, families will need to use Edsby.  Each student will receive a 15 minute time slot, and will only be permitted entry during this pre-arranged time.  Families who are unable to sign up for a scheduled time and need support should email our school email address bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca and school office staff will help.

Details on booking a Material Retrieval and Return time slot can be found here, though the process is essentially the same as we’ve used for booking parent-teacher interviews over the past number of years.  Bookings are now open.

Safety protocols will be in place as you enter the school building, and will include:

  • practice social distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone not from your household;
  • wear a mask (if you choose);
  • use hand sanitizer as you enter the building (anyone wearing gloves upon arrival will be asked to remove and discard them; applying hand sanitizer to gloves is not considered an acceptable way of cleaning hands);
  • use the designated front entry/exit doors only; and
  • expect that retrieval/return time slots will be 15 minutes only

If you are currently using a board-issued laptop and you are returning to a YRDSB school in the Fall, please keep your laptop for use over the summer. If you are not returning to a YRDSB school in September, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, Chromebook, etc.). All students are expected to return the following items which belong to the school:

  • School library books
  • Teacher classroom library books
  • Classroom supplies
  • Textbooks
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Anything else that is property of the YRDSB

Guidelines for Visit

  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines. Physical distancing, single entry point and hand sanitization are expected to be strictly adhered to by anyone entering our buildings. Furthermore, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • A parent/guardian must retrieve materials with your child.
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom and teacher’s name.
  • No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building during the assigned time slot.
  • There is no access to washrooms or drinking fountains.
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up as you enter the building.
  • Desks, cubbies, hooks and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded.
  • General school items (e.g. library books) can be returned to a designated table in the foyer; classroom items can be returned to a designated within the class. There will be no walking to other rooms.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property.  A short infographic overview of the process can be found here.  We know this has been a most challenging year, and we thank you for your cooperation as we facilitate a safe and organized process.

Student Material Retrieval and Return Process: Bookings Now Open and Some Updates

We wanted to remind students and their families that you may now book a time slot for material retrieval and return on Monday June 15th and Tuesday June 16th.  In order to book a time at the school, families will need to use Edsby.  Each student will receive a 15 minute time slot, and will only be permitted entry during this pre-arranged time.  Families who are unable to sign up for a scheduled time should email our school email address bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca and school office staff will help.

Details on booking a Material Retrieval and Return time slot can be found here, though the process is essentially the same as we’ve used for booking parent-teacher interviews over the past number of years.  Bookings are now open.

Safety protocols will be in place as you enter the school building, and will include:

  • practice social distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone not from your household;
  • wear a mask (if you choose);
  • use hand sanitizer as you enter the building (anyone wearing gloves upon arrival will be asked to remove and discard them; applying hand sanitizer to gloves is not considered an acceptable way of cleaning hands);
  • use the designated front entry/exit doors only; and
  • expect that retrieval/return time slots will be 15 minutes only

If you are currently using a board-issued laptop and you are returning to a YRDSB school in the Fall, please keep your laptop for use over the summer. If you are not returning to a YRDSB school in September, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, Chromebook, etc.). All students are expected to return the following items which belong to the school:

  • School library books
  • Teacher classroom library books
  • Classroom supplies
  • Textbooks
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Anything else that is property of the YRDSB

Guidelines for Visit

  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines. Physical distancing, single entry point and hand sanitization are expected to be strictly adhered to by anyone entering our buildings. Furthermore, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • A parent/guardian must retrieve materials with your child.
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom and teacher’s name.
  • No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building during the assigned time slot.
  • There is no access to washrooms or drinking fountains.
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up as you enter the building.
  • Desks, cubbies, hooks and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded.
  • General school items (e.g. library books) can be returned to a designated table in the foyer; classroom items can be returned to a designated within the class. There will be no walking to other rooms.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property.  A short infographic overview of the process can be found here.  We know this has been a most challenging year, and we thank you for your cooperation as we facilitate a safe and organized process.

Student Material Retrieval and Return Process

Students and families may now arrange to safely pick up items they left at school and return items that belong to the YRDSB during the week of June 15th – June 19th. In order to book a time at the school, families will be given instructions to use a familiar tool for our school, Edsby.  Each student will receive a 15 minute time slot, and will only be permitted entry during this pre-arranged time.  Families who are unable to sign up for a scheduled time should email our school email address bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca and school office staff will help. Our dates for student material retrieval and return are Monday June 15th and Tuesday June 16th.

Details on booking a Material Retrieval and Return time slot can be found here, though the process is essentially the same as we’ve used for booking parent-teacher interviews over the past number of years.  Bookings will be opened on Edsby to begin scheduling a time at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 9th.

Safety protocols will be in place as you enter school building, and will include:

  • practice social distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone not from your household;
  • wear a mask (if you choose);
  • use hand sanitizer as you enter the building;
  • use the designated front entry/exit doors only;
  • expect that retrieval/return time slots will be 15 minutes only

If you are currently using a board-issued laptop and you are returning to a YRDSB school in the Fall, please keep your laptop for use over the summer. If you are not returning to a YRDSB school in September, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, Chromebook, etc.). All students are expected to return the following items which belong to the school:

  • School library books
  • Teacher classroom library books
  • Classroom supplies
  • Textbooks
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Anything else that is property of the YRDSB

Guidelines for Visit

  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines. Physical distancing, single entry point and hand sanitization are expected to be strictly adhered to by anyone entering our buildings. Furthermore, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • A parent/guardian must retrieve materials with your child
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom and teacher’s name
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up as you enter the building.
  • Desks, cubbies, hooks and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded.
  • General school items (e.g. library books) can be returned to a designated table in the foyer; classroom items can be returned to a designated within the class. There will be no walking to other rooms.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property.  A short infographic overview of the process can be found here.  We know this has been a most challenging year, and we thank you for your cooperation as we facilitate a safe and organized process.

A Message from Our Trustee

Dear families,

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well and healthy. The past few months have been full of change and uncertainty as we respond to the global pandemic and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As your Trustee, I know that the pandemic and school closures are challenging for everyone. We are all in this together.

Since the beginning of this crisis, I have continually advocated for the rapid introduction of distance education to support student well-being and provide continuation of learning for more than 127,000 students. A program that would meet each family’s unique needs and maintain a caring, safe and inclusive learning environment. To date over 20,000 pieces of technology were distributed to ensure that all of our students could access the learning opportunities available to them, and I will to continue to advocate that our resources and plans support all of our learners, including students with special education needs and English language learners.

More information about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan as well as tips, resources and supports for students and families to support well-being and online learning can be found at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19.

We are all part of a larger community and I am inspired to see the many different ways schools, families and students maintained their connections with one another. It was also moving to see the many inspiring ways our school board, students, staff and families acknowledged our frontline workers and made contributions to the fight against COVID-19. As a school board, for example, we donated over 145,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks and more.

Each and every one of us has made a difference – in staying home as much as possible and following public health guidelines. I know that this has meant making sacrifices.

To our graduating class of 2020, I know this is not the graduating year you had hoped for. I appreciate that the school closures will not affect your ability to graduate, however this unique situation and the need to postpone graduations has been disappointing. I remain tremendously proud of all of our graduates and look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you as soon as we are able to reschedule the graduation ceremonies.

In addition, I know that you have missed out on field trips, awards events, athletic banquets, spirit days, assemblies, our annual Celebrating Student Success awards and the many other ways we extend learning, connect as a community and celebrate the achievements of our students.

We have also been unable to gather together as we normally would in our schools and communities to celebrate or recognize important dates, including Sikh Heritage Month, Pesach, Good Friday, Easter (Western), Vaisakhi, Holy Friday, Orthodox Easter (Eastern), Ridvan, Jewish Heritage Month, Asian/South Asian Heritage Month, Ramadan, Pride, National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month and Portuguese Heritage Month. As a Board, these dates of significance are important for us to acknowledge and we will continue to celebrate and value the wealth of diversity in our community.

As the school year comes to a close, I want to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy summer. I look forward to a time when we can welcome your children back into our schools again. We know that families have questions about what the return to school will look like. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue following public health guidelines and to stay connected.

A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees is also available on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5