Welcome … and Welcome Back!

We hope that you’ve had an enjoyable summer.  Our staff are looking forward to welcoming all face-to-face and remote-learning students to Bayview Glen P.S. for the 2021-2022 school year.  On Thursday, August 26th, the Board shared information via email and on the Board website, pertaining to re-opening and health and safety measures.  We encourage all our families to review this information.

In addition to the Board information, here are some important reminders and details specific to Bayview Glen P.S.

1. First Day of School Procedures: In the days ahead, you will receive an email indicating your child’s classroom teacher for the year. As you can appreciate in a smaller school such as ours, creating balanced classes is a significant task, and it is done with considerable care.  Students are not able to change classes and we do not accept requests for particular teachers or for students to be placed with certain groups of friends.

For all SK to grade 6 students, the first day is Thursday, September 9th.  Outdoor supervision begins at 8:15 a.m. and the entry bell is 8:30 am.  Dismissal is 3:00 p.m.  Starting at 8:15 a.m. students will proceed to the tarmac to find their homeroom teacher, where they will line up and enter the building.  As students join their grade lines, we ask that caregivers and parents remain distanced from these grade lines. Also, please note that caregivers and parents are not able to come into the school with their child or children.

SK students will proceed to the kindergarten enclosure on the east side of the building.  For JK students with last names beginning from A-L, they will attend on Thursday, September 9th from 1:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., being dropped off in the kindergarten enclosure on the east side of the building beginning at 1:10 p.m.  For JK students with last names beginning from M-Z, they will attend on Friday, September 10th from 1:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., being dropped off in the kindergarten enclosure on the east side of the building beginning at 1:10 p.m.  Please note there is not bus service for JK students on September 9th or 10th.  The first full day for all JK students is September 13th.

At the end of the day, students are dismissed from the doors they enter at 3:00 p.m.  Please ensure that your child is aware how they will be going home (i.e. meeting a caregiver, walking home, taking the bus, etc.).

For students participating in remote learning, they will be using their existing GAPPs credentials to access their Google Classroom.  If your child does not know their GAPPs credentials, please contact the school office.  We thank everyone in advance for their support and patience at the outset of the year.

2. As a reminder, if your child has an anaphylactic condition please complete an Anaphylaxis 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.  If your child has any other medical condition please complete a general Health Care Plan.  We’d kindly ask that any of these health related forms be completed and emailed to the school or 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.

3. Masking: Properly fitted masks (non-medical) are required for all students in Grades 1 to 6, including in hallways and during classes and on school transportation. Kindergarten students are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask, as well. Students should have 2 extra masks with them daily, should they need to change their mask while at school.

4. Daily Screening: On a daily basis, parents and guardians of students are responsible to review and adhere to the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or answering yes to any of the screening questions is required to remain home.

5. Hand hygiene will be encouraged throughout the school day. Hand sanitizing stations are located in the front lobby of the school and in each classroom.

6. Physical Distancing: Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the school.

As we continue to prepare for the first day of school additional information will be shared with families.  We wish you all the best during the remaining days of summer and look forward to seeing your children next week.

School Year Calendars 2021-2022

calendarIn an effort to help you plan ahead for the coming school year, we are sharing calendars that provide an overview to the 2021-2022 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 2021-22 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 2021-2022 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.

As well, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has designated May 4 to June 24 2022 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.

School Forms 2021-22

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.  (The forms in the package will also be made available to families electronically at the beginning of the school year, if they wish to complete them digitally.)

Among the forms to be signed and returned are the:

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

Additionally, if your child has an anaphylactic condition please complete an Anaphylaxis 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 health related forms be completed and emailed to the school or 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.

School Information for 2021-22

The York Region District School Board has now released its Guide to the School Year 2021-22. 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.  Please note that COVID-19 may affect some of the services or processes outlined in the guide.  Please visit the 2021-22 School Year landing page for more information.

Term 2 Elementary Report Card

We hope you and your family are well as summer break begins.

Your child’s Term 2 Elementary Report Card report will be distributed electronically with instructions on how to access the report between July 5 – 8, using their GAPPS accounts.

The Elementary Report Card provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas. The report card grade represents a student’s achievement of overall curriculum expectations, as demonstrated to this point in time.

For all Term 2 Reports, our board will include the following statement: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment, as required by the provincial public health guidelines.”

We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home.

We wish everyone a wonderful, safe and healthy summer!

Summer Learning with TVO

Missing Bayview Glen P.S. already?!  Then consider joining TVO as they continue to learn over the summer!  There are lots of fun and interesting things for your children to learn and do over the weeks ahead.

Watch engaging lessons, join a gaming challenge, connect with a tutor or simply access activities to get ready for the new school year.  All of TVO’s digital learning resources are free and accessible online. For more details, see the TVO Summer Learning flyer.

Positive Parenting Webinars

The York Region District School Board Psychology Department invites families to participate in a series of Positive Parenting Webinars.  The webinars run in the evenings during July over four weeks (July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26) and aim to support you in expanding your toolbox of effective communication and positive parenting practices.  Webinars are offered for caregivers of students in JK through Grade 3, as well as caregivers of students in Grade 4 through Grade 8.

For more information, including registration details, please see the flyer.  Please note that webinars have a maximum capacity of 1000 attendees.  Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

Indigenous Languages and International Languages Elementary Program 2021-2022

Did you know that the Indigenous Languages and International Languages Program provides children with the opportunity to read, write and speak a new language or maintain a heritage language with over 20 languages to choose from?  Registration for the 2021-2021 school year is now available online through Edsby.

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 Indigenous Languages and International Languages website 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.

Adult Summer Classes

Did you know YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for all ability levels, Language Instruction for New Comers (LINC), Citizenship and IELTS preparation classes, and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) workshops specifically focused on developing digital skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel?

YRDSB offers a range of 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.

For more information, please see the Summer Adult Classes flyer, also available in simplified Chinese, Farsi, Russian and Tamil.

A Message from Our Trustee

Dear Families,

It is hard to sum up this past school year; it truly has been a year like no other. Many of our students have been transitioning between virtual and in-person learning. Others have spent the full year learning virtually as part of our Elementary and Secondary Virtual Schools. Whatever option you have chosen, this year has been challenging and has asked a lot of all of us – students, families, staff members and community partners. We have had to be flexible and adaptable in how we learn, teach and work. We have had to be diligent in learning new routines and adhering to public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. And, we have had to pay more attention than ever to supporting mental health and well-being during this challenging time.

This pandemic has affected different families in different ways, and I want to thank you for your patience, support and resiliency throughout this challenging year. I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that resources are available on the Board website, including community resources, mental health supports, tips and resources to support online learning, and tips for speaking with your child about COVID-19. These resources will continue to be available throughout the summer.

Despite the challenges this year, we have seen incredible examples of student learning and achievement. I am incredibly proud of the determination, resilience, creativity and perseverance demonstrated by our students. I want to wish a very special congratulations to the graduating class of 2021. This is an important milestone and while we are all disappointed that we are unable to celebrate in person as we would have hoped, we look forward to honouring our graduates virtually. Schools are working hard to make their virtual graduation celebrations a very special occasion. We are very proud of our graduates and wish you all the very best in the next chapter of your journey.

I also want to acknowledge the hard work of our educators and staff members who have maintained a focus on supporting students while navigating the challenges of the past year. Our staff members have shown a true commitment to their own learning in the service of our students, and have been participating in webinars, online training modules and other professional learning opportunities throughout the school year to enhance their own practices.

Earlier this spring, we launched the Board’s Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy, with the goal to “achieve racial equity in YRDSB schools for Black students and staff.” The strategy was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. Thank you to everyone who supported this work and participated in the launch. We look forward to continuing this essential work.

The Board is also preparing for the 2022 Municipal Election by undertaking a review of school board trustee electoral areas. The boundaries of the areas the trustees represent change over time due to population growth and changes in student numbers. We are committed to ensuring that, as the region’s population changes, electoral areas continue to reflect the communities we serve. Public input is important to the Board of Trustees during the electoral area review. Throughout the process there will be a number of ways for you to learn more about the review and to provide input. Information about the Trustee Determination and Distribution is available on the Board website.

As was communicated to families in May, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Our goal is to create a learning model within the provincial funding allocation that meets public health requirements and is centred on the safety and well-being of our students and staff members. To help meet this goal, we are planning to implement a hybrid model of learning for elementary and secondary schools, a model several other school boards have been using during this current school year. Through this model, families will continue to have the ability to opt for in-person or remote learning, and placement for all students will be in their home school. I know there are many questions about what this will look like and what to expect in September. The Board continues to provide as much information as possible and has shared some frequently asked questions on the Board website about the model change for 2021-2022, this page will continue to be updated. As planning continues and information becomes available, we will provide regular updates to families. Please know that health and safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority. You can also continue to find information on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca and on Twitter @YRDSB.

As we go into the summer months, I want to thank you once again for your support over the past year, and to wish you all a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer.

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.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5