Reporting Student Absences and Lates

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to let you know that we will be implementing a new telephone attendance reporting system, iNFORM, beginning Tuesday March 23, 2021.  This is in addition to the online absence reporting already available through Edsby.

Regular and punctual attendance affects school success and is expected of all students. You are responsible for notifying the school before 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or late. We have a safe arrivals program so that we can account for the whereabouts of absent students if the absence has not been reported prior to our starting bell time.

To enhance our safe arrivals system, this new telephone system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance. It will also confirm student absences that have not been verified by automatically calling you.

If your child is going to be absent or late you now have two options.  Please let us know before 8:30 a.m. by either:

1. Calling the schools main phone line at 905-889-2448 and select the option ‘To report a student absence or late’

or

2. Logging in to Edsby and using the “Report an Absence” feature.  For more information on reporting your child’s attendance through Edsby, please see the online video tutorial to learn more (bit.ly/edsbyabsence).

Long-term absences or absences beyond the following day can be reported through the new telephone absence reporting system, Edsby or by contacting the school. If your child will miss more than 5 consecutive days of school, you must complete the Request for Vacation Form available through the school.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to ensure the safety of our students.  Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.

We thank you for your continued partnership.

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is held annually on March 21st, a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012 and the Province of Ontario since 2016.

With March 21st being a Sunday, at Bayview Glen P.S. we’ll recognize World Down Syndrome Day and Ontario Down Syndrome Day this Friday, March 19th, in support of generating awareness and promoting a positive image of people with Down syndrome as being valuable community members, focusing on abilities.

One of the ways we are going to recognize World Down Syndrome Day is by encouraging all students and staff to wear mismatched socks for the day as part of a world-wide theme about loving differences.  The #LotsOfSocks campaign exists to raise awareness of Down syndrome.  All students and staff need to do is choose some mismatched socks that are going to get noticed.

This Friday, March 19th we encourage all our students and staff to ‘rock their socks’ for the joy of diversity! (And students and staff are encouraged to ‘rock their socks’ on the official World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st, as well!)

For more information about Down syndrome visit the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario and the Down Syndrome Association of York Region.

Nowruz Activities for the Whole Family

For many of us at Bayview Glen P.S., March 20th signifies the beginning of a new season, Spring, and a chance to look forward to warmer weather.  For some staff, students and community members from countries like Iran, Afghanistan, the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and Syria, throughout Central Asia and many more – the first day of spring is a New Year’s Festivity, also known as Nowruz (pronounced NO-ruz).  While specific traditions vary from country to country, as different cultures add their own elements, the central theme is the same: a celebration of spring and a time for rebirth and renewal.

In recognition of Nowruz, students and parents and guardians are invited to participate in free activities during the month of March which focus on aspects of Nowruz traditions celebrated by different communities.  Offerings include a poster competition, egg decorating, and traditional family games, among others.  For more details, please see the Nowruz Event and Workshops Flyer.

At Bayview Glen P.S., our students are busily contributing their artwork to a Haft-sin display, with sabzeh, samanu, senjed, serkeh, seeb, seer and somaq.  We look forward to sharing it with our community on social media on March 20th.

Student Artist Cookbook Cover Design Contest!

With the production of the Bayview Glen P.S. Community Cookbook now underway, we invite all our students in F2F and EVS to submit their very own cover designs.  Please be sure to share this opportunity with your children!

  • The cover design should contain the title ‘Bayview Glen P.S. Community Cookbook’.
  • All students are welcome to participate (even if their family didn’t submit a recipe).
  • Students can use any medium they like –pencil crayons, markers or digital tools— to design the cover. The design should be vibrant, colourful and appealing!
  • Student artists are welcome and encouraged to ‘sign’ their work, but should do so modestly in a corner of the page.
  • The cover dimensions for the cookbook are 20×25 cm (8 inch x 10 inch) oriented in portrait fashion. (If regular paper is used, the design will be scaled down.)
  • Student cover submissions can be dropped off at the office or shared electronically with cover@bayviewglenps.com.
  • Student artwork can be sent in through Friday, March 26th.

The Cookbook Committee will review all cover submissions and determine the Bayview Glen P.S. Cookbook cover design winner which will grace the front of the cookbook when it’s prepared in this coming Spring.

We look forward to seeing our students’ creativity!

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Launch Event

The York Region District School Board is committed to championing equity and inclusivity. In response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism in Canadian institutions, including in education, the Board has co-developed an anti-Black racism strategy.

The Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black-affirming learning and working environments was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. The launch of the strategy marks a coordinated effort to address anti-Black racism at the Board.

On March 8, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. students, staff and families are invited to the virtual Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launch event featuring guest presenter Robyn Maynard.

The program will examine anti-Black racism in educational institutions and unveil the Board’s strategy. The strategy is designed to dismantle anti-Black racism in all its forms in our schools and workplaces.

The systemic nature of anti-Black racism requires that school boards act proactively to support equitable access to quality education and opportunities for all students, and to challenge the marginalization of Black students, staff and families.

Please visit www.yrdsb.ca for more details and to register for the event.

Safety Reminders

York Region District School Board and York Region Public Health continue to work closely together and take all appropriate steps for the health, safety and well-being of our school community.  We want to remind our community about updates to our protocols and screening guidance since reopening on February 16th 2021.

Health and Safety Measures

As the board has previously communicated, there are some new health and safety measures in place, including:

  • Masks are now required for students in Grades 1-12. Students in kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • York Region Public Health is recommending that students wear three-layer masks. Two layer masks are permitted if they are clean and fit appropriately.
  • Masks are now required outdoors, during recess as well as in common areas, in addition to in-class.
  • Students are discouraged from congregating before and after school. Families dropping off and picking up their children at school are reminded to wear masks and not congregate while on school property.
  • We will continue to reinforce hand hygiene practices.

Updated screening guidance

Please remember that all students and staff are required to complete the York Region Public Health School and Child-Care Screening Tool every day.

Important information from the screening:
  • If a student or staff member has ONE symptom of COVID-19 they are required to stay home from school and child-care and get tested for COVID-19 at an Assessment Centre.
  • If anyone in a household has travelled outside of Canada, everyone must stay home from school and child-care until the 14-day quarantine period has finished, except for essential reasons.
  • If anyone in your household is sick and has not tested negative for COVID-19, or does not have an alternative diagnosis from a health-care provider, all others in the household must stay home from school and child-care until the results are known or an alternative diagnosis is provided.
  • If someone in the household is identified as a high-risk/close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, the whole household is required to stay home from school for the 14-day quarantine period, except for essential reasons.

We thank you for your support in keep our schools safe.  Please visit york.ca/safeatschool for up to date information on Public Health measures related to school reopening.

Pink Shirt Day … is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow –February 24, 2021—is Pink Shirt Day.  While there are a number of worthwhile anti-bullying initiatives, ‘Pink Shirt Day’ has a national origin -tracing back to 2007, when Nova Scotia secondary students David Shepherd and Travis Price saw a grade nine student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.  In an effort to stand up for the student, they purchased 50 pink shirts and distributed them to other students, who wore them in solidarity.  Since David and Travis’ act of kindness in 2007, the spirit of their effort has grown each and every year and is now an international phenomenon.

Over the past fourteen years, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

Pink Shirt Day emphasizes that we might Lift Each Other Up, “a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.”  We expect our students to say ‘no’ to bullying behaviours and will be asking them to say ‘yes’ to encouraging, supporting and uplifting one another.  This is a great opportunity to discuss with your child, how might kind words and small actions have meaningful impacts in our community on this day … and all year long?

Please encourage your child to wear a Pink Shirt to school tomorrow, on February 24, 2021.  Let’s promote kindness and stand up to bullying this coming Wednesday, and every day.

Building Social Skills Guide

Social skills like apologizing, turn-taking, dealing with disappointment, decision-making, sharing, respecting personal space and more, can help prepare students for success in many areas of their lives. There are many ways children can learn these skills, and many ways adults can help to develop and nurture them.

York Region District School Board has developed a user-friendly guide full of tips, resources and ideas to help caregivers and other adults:

  • Determine what social skills to teach,
  • How to teach them, and
  • How to support any child who many benefit from direct instruction and practice in learning social skills.

Play. Talk. Think. Feel: A User-Friendly Guide for Building Social Skills in Children covers a wide variety of skills and includes a number of activities, games, resources and more that can be used by family members, caregivers, educators and others to support social skill development.

We hope you find this resource helpful in promoting our common goal of supporting student achievement and well-being.

A Message from Our Trustee

Dear Families,

I hope that you and your families are healthy and doing well. I want to thank all of our students, families and staff members for their flexibility, patience and perseverance during the school closures. We understand that the pandemic is creating challenges and hardships, and we will continue to prioritize and do our very best to support the well-being, learning and achievement of our students during these difficult times.

There are resources on the Board website that students and families may find helpful, including tips for speaking with your child about COVID-19, support using technology, community and mental health resources and more at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.

One of our priorities as a Board of Trustees is to Champion Equity and Inclusivity: we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to remove barriers in support of all learners.

Anti-Black Racism

We want each and every one of our students to know that they are valued, welcome, safe and respected in our schools. We know that sadly that is not the reality for some students and that incidents of anti-Black racism continue to occur in our community and our schools. These incidents cause pain, make our students feel unsafe and affect their well-being and achievement. This is not acceptable.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing information and inviting you to participate in the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black affirming learning and working environments virtual event. During this event we will be unveiling our Anti-Black Racism Strategy, which was developed in coordination with families, students, community partners, educators and members of our senior leadership team.  The strategy was developed in response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism, and it will be a critical tool to support positive change in the system and to improve the experiences of Black students and staff.

A series of training sessions, webinars and opportunities for learning will also be made available. Future communication will provide registration options.

I want to thank the members of the Anti-Black Racism Committee for generously giving their time, sharing their difficult experiences and their voice. We are committed to ensuring that this strategy is more than a piece of paper and are committed to doing the work to create more equitable learning environments.

I also want to acknowledge that February is Black History Month, and while we take this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the incredible contributions made by Black Canadians, we will also be looking forward to launching our Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy. We will also be continuing our celebration of Black excellence in our community and I encourage you to take the time to read the stories of some of the inspiring individuals learning and working here in York Region.

We all have a role to play in creating a community that enables everyone in it to thrive, and in doing this work, we will create a more inclusive and positive environment for all of our students and families.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5

Elementary ‘Thoughtexchange’ on Current Learning Environments

Dear Families,

Thank you for your ongoing support this school year as we continue to adjust to changing circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The York Region District School Board is committed to ensuring our students continue to have effective teaching and learning through access to technology, resources and engaging learning experiences and environments.

To further support students and families, the Board will continue to gather parent/guardian and student feedback on learning environments. We want to hear from elementary families and students to better understand best practices and suggestions for student learning and well-being support.

We are using an online tool called Thoughtexchange to invite meaningful feedback from our students and families. Parents and guardians of elementary students are encouraged to support their children in responding to the Thoughtexchange. The current Thoughtexchange asks families and students:

What successes have you/your child experienced this school year?

What supports do you feel will increase your/your child’s learning and engagement experiences?

Please provide any comments or suggestions you feel may help us when considering the improvement of your/your child’s learning experiences.

To participate and learn more, please visit the YRDSB website.   This opportunity closes on February 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Please visit www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 for school board information and www.york.ca/coronavirus for Public Health information.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.