Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

Kindergarten registration for September 2021 begins on January 15, 2021 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!

January 2020 Reopening Information

We wanted to wish all of our Bayview Glen P.S. families a very happy New Year.  We hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season.

As you are aware, for the period of January 4th to 8th, 2021, learning for all students will take place virtually and schools will be closed to students.  The virtual learning will be asynchronous for the first day (Monday, January 4th) and then move to synchronous for the rest of the week (January 5th to January 8th).  During the synchronous period, the school’s regularly scheduled timetable will be followed as closely as possible, including recess and lunch.  Please note that recess and lunch times are not supervised by staff, providing an opportunity for students to take a break during the day.  Many students are already familiar with accessing and navigating their class’ online platform.  However, if your child’s homeroom teacher hasn’t shared these details previously, they will be in contact with you to share further details about accessing the Google Classroom.

School staff will be mindful of each family’s decision to participate in virtual learning. However, if your child will be absent for any reason, please continue to notify the school as you have previously.

Due to the possibility of a higher than normal number of teacher absences that cannot be filled during the virtual period, there may be times when students are asked to access asynchronous learning resources. In this event, families will be able to access learning materials on the Elementary Online Learning Site website.  In addition, in partnership with TVO the Ministry of Education has launched TVO Learn.  This new portal includes educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers.

Families who borrowed school technology in the Spring should continue to use the devices deployed to them previously.  In cases of students who hadn’t previously borrowed school technology and who do not have access to an internet-enabled device for the week ahead, please contact the school office as needed and we will coordinate an opportunity to borrow a school device on Monday, January 4th.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility and support as we pivot to a remote learning model.  We know this is not the return to school we had hoped for, however, the safety of our students, staff and community remains our utmost priority. That being said, we are optimistic that the New Year will provide for greater consistency and a return to more established procedures.

Based on current information from the Ministry of Education, students attending school in person for face-to-face (F2F) learning will return to in-person learning at schools on January 11, 2021.

Once again, we wish you a very Happy New Year filled with happiness and good health!

arts@baythorn

Is your child in grades four or five?  Would your child enjoy collaboratively learning the Ontario Curriculum through the Arts?

If so, the York Region District School Board offers an elementary integrated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School.  Students currently in grades four or five may apply for the arts@baythorn Program, where they will have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, and Music in a cooperative learning environment.

To learn more about the arts@baythorn program, students and their families are invited to attend an information evening hosted virtually by Baythorn Arts staff on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit bit.ly/baythorn_arts_info to add your name to the arts information list.

Online application processes will open on January 14th and will close on February 5th.   Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Spirit Day Ahead: Winter Spirit Mash Up!

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Our Student Leadership Team wants to share with everyone that we will be holding a special seasonal Spirit Day next week.  They officially declare Wednesday, December 16th Winter Spirit Mash Up!

All staff and students are invited to wear their finest, festive, winter wear!  Ugly sweaters are welcome!  Or come to school in your comfiest holiday pajamas! Or simply display your spirit by wearing your most wintery apparel.  Let’s show off our Bayview Glen P.S. School Spirit this Holiday Season!

Hour of Code … at Home!

Today kicks off Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13, 2020) where many students from all over the world will be participating in the Hour of Code.  Computer programming–coding–is beginning to find its way into the Provincial Curriculum (in the 2020 Mathematics Curriculum, starting in Grade 1, there are explicit coding skills identified to improve problem solving and develop fluency with technology) and many students at our school and across York Region take part in the Hour of Code initiative.  While coding may seem intimidating, at first, the Hour of Code is intended for even the earliest beginner –no experience is needed whatsoever!

This may be a wonderful opportunity to try something new with your children at home, too!  The Hour of Code staff has created self-guided tutorials and videos on their website so other than your willingness to try, no programming background is required for these activity.  If you want to get involved, simply visit code.org with your child and find an appropriate activity. Your child can design, code and play their own retro arcade game (very cool, with lots of options!)  Or they can code a card for their grandparents.  Or animate their name!  Or even make their own music.  Or literally hundreds of other possibilities, organized by grade!  There are activities geared for all ages, even pre-readers!

While many students will get taste of coding in the weeks and months ahead, don’t hesitate to bring coding into your own home.  It’s a fun way to learn!

A Message from Our Trustee

Dear Families,

I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and well. 2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways, and the global pandemic has affected individuals and families in different ways.

I want to reassure you that we continue to work closely with York Region Public Health and to prioritize the health and well-being of our students, staff members and families.  It continues to be important that we adhere to the health and safety measures in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more about what schools are doing at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.

While we have seen cases in some of our schools, we continue to work with public health to respond quickly, identify cohorts that need to self-isolate as a precautionary measure and take all appropriate measures. I want to thank all of our students, families and staff members for their diligence in adhering to the public health recommendations and health and safety measures in place in our schools.

One of our priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to foster well-being and mental health. As a result of the pandemic, many of us are facing changes and new challenges that can take a toll on our mental health. It is more important than ever that we check in on one another and practice self-care. There are mental health resources for students and families on our Board website that address the unique nature of our current situation. You can also find information about our Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and the work we are doing in schools to promote positive mental health and provide support for students.

While there are challenges, we also continue to have so many reasons to feel positive. Our students continue to impress us with their kindness, creativity, innovation, resilience, courage and perseverance. Visit us on YouTube at YRDSBMedia to see just some of these stories.

In the coming weeks and months, many of our students and families will be celebrating days of significance and holidays, and I wish you all the very best for the season. While we may be celebrating a little differently this year, I hope everyone has a safe and happy winter break and we look forward to welcoming students back into our in-person and virtual schools in January.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5

December School Council Meeting

We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. online.  We welcome everyone’s involvement and encourage those interested to attend.  Minutes from the previous School Council meeting can be found here.

Given some of the security, logistical and technological needs of the system, we will be using the Zoom platform for the meeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet or smartphone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on most computers.  Zoom apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  You may wish to install these prior to the School Council meeting.

If you are interested in attending, 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.

Journey into Enchantment: A Magical Night of Lights

Over the past number of years, our dedicated School Council has hosted some amazing community events such as Breakfast and a Movie, Community Skating, and of course, an amazing end-of-year Fun Fair.  While many of these sorts of events are necessarily curtailed given the pandemic, our School Council is continuing to look for ways to capture the incredible spirit of our community and is planning for some unique events for the Winter for all of our EVS and F2F families.

In the interim, our School Council has managed to secure a discount for all Bayview Glen P.S. families looking to visit Markham’s Journey Into Enchantment light exhibit at Angus Glen Golf Club.  This holiday season, the exhibit invites you to experience the magic of more than one million lights!  You’ll get to encounter dazzling animated displays, static displays, music shows, simulated starburst fireworks lights, and a spectacular tunnel as you drive through in the comfort of your own vehicle along a 1.6 km route that will impress and amaze!

While Journey Into Enchantment is unable to reserve a specific time slot for the school exclusively, the School Council is promoting community solidarity, encouraging those wishing to join to attend on Tuesday December 8th at 6:30 p.m. if possible.  Pricing is set per vehicle and Bayview Glen P.S. community members get a 15% discount using promo code BGPS.

While this event takes place outside of the school, our first priority remains the safety all those participating, and to whatever extent this unique holiday experience might be bringing us ‘together’, families would be in their own vehicles, without contact with other families.  We would ask that family members in cars all be from the same household and remind everyone that all guests are required to remain in their vehicles at all times.  The event flow is designed to allow for extra space between vehicles so please keep your distance, respect other guests, and do not tailgate the car in front of you.  As always, anyone feeling unwell should remain at home.  (Please refer to the COVID-19 Self-Assessment poster from York Region Public Health.)

On behalf of our School Council, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

The Virtual Book Fair is Now Open!

What could be better than starting on your holiday shopping a little early this year from the comfort of your own home?  And what could be a better gift than sharing the joy of reading together with your children?  Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is now officially opened and remains open through November 27th!

Simply follow our school’s Virtual Book Fair link where you’ll be able to shop for and preview popular new titles.  Your investment in your reader also helps our whole school, earning us rewards that can be redeemed for resources for our school’s classrooms and library.  Happy reading!

And don’t forget our FundScrip fundraiser is also open and will remain open throughout the school year if you wish to purchase any gift cards.  Simply visit our school’s dedicated page at https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/HZFBRR to get started.

Happy Holidays!

BGPS F2F and EVS Families … Holiday Shopping? We’ve Got You Covered!

With a number of holidays ahead, you may have some gift shopping on your to-do lists!  We can help make things a little easier with two upcoming promotions.

While we’re not able to host a traditional book fair, this year we’re adapting to our changing needs with a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.  So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will run from November 16th through November 27th.

Starting November 16th you can simply follow our school’s Virtual Book Fair link where you’ll be able to shop, watch videos about popular new titles and preview some of the featured books.  For a sneak peek of some of the offerings, please see the Virtual Book Fair flyer.

Your investment in your reader also helps our whole school. All purchases earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.  Happy reading!

But what about gifts for others?  This year, please consider helping us raise funds by using FundScrip, which is a fundraising program that lets you raise funds simply by purchasing gift cards for your every day shopping (i.e. groceries, gas, gifts and household items). When you purchase a $100 grocery gift card, you receive the $100 card, but in addition, a percentage is donated to our fundraising campaign.  It’s like getting free money and all you have to do is change your method of payment to gift cards!

With over 250 popular retailers to choose from, there’s certain to be a gift card that’s perfect for you … or gift cards that would make for great gifts.  FundScrip is now open and will remain open for throughout the school year as you might wish to purchase gift cards.  Simply visit our school’s page at https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/HZFBRR to get started.  (The most profitable ways to make purchases online for the school are no fee options, such as Electronic Funds Transfer or setting up an Online Bill Payment.)

We recognize that these may be challenging times for some of those in the community, and we wish to share that we have no urgent fundraising need.  While we certainly welcome community members taking part in these opportunities, we emphasize first and foremost wellness for all Bayview Glen P.S. families this holiday season.  With monies raised, we will continue to invest in technology, team uniforms, outdoor classroom enhancements, student program enhancements and community events.

A very happy holidays season ahead to everyone!