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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5
We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday May 27th 2021 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.
The after school program provider running out of Bayview Glen P.S., Fun on the Run, is now preparing for next year. Fun on the Run operates from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day, as well as offering full-day care during P.A. Days, Winter Break, March Break and Summer Break. In their efforts to plan for 2021-22, they would like to hear from families who may be interested in their program. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at http://www.funontherunchildcare.com/.
Registration is now open! For more details, see their flyer.
While we don’t yet know all the details regarding school operations for the Fall, our school has begun planning for 2021- 2022. In many respects, the work we do now is especially important, because our accuracy with anticipated enrollment helps us better plan, and optimistically, minimizes the need to move students across classes (‘reorganize’) in September.
Expectedly, the current situation presents some significant challenges. With the physical building closed, we may have less direct contact with prospective families inquiring at the school. Similarly, parents may be unsure how to contact the school to inquire about registration-related questions. We would ask our community for its help!
First and foremost, for all Face to Face and EVS families, if you know you will be moving out of the area in the months ahead or you know your child will be attending a different school, please let the office know as soon as possible, to help us be accurate with our enrollment estimates. Similarly, if you have a child who will be joining us at the school for the first time in junior kindergarten (or any other grade) and have yet to register, we would ask you to do so at your earliest convenience. And if you meet someone moving into the community, or have a neighbour with kindergarten-aged children, please encourage them to register sooner rather than later! To update any information or get the registration process started, simply email email@example.com.
This year presents some unique challenges for us in preparing for next year, so we thank everyone in our community in advance for their support with our school planning.