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

May School Council Meeting

We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday May 28th 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 a platform for the meeting called GoToMeeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet, smartphone, or phone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on many computers, however for greater compatibility and functionality you are encouraged to download and install the software at https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/579092429.  GoToMeeting apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  Please complete this step 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.

YRDSB’s eBook Library is Growing!

We’ve shared previously about Sora (from OverDrive), a repository of e-books available to York Region District School Board students. But now is a better time than ever to access Sora, as we have invested additionally in our partnership with the service to enable more access to books and a greater selection of digital resources (including many e-books, graphic novels, audiobooks and streaming video).

Resources are available on many topics across a range of levels, as well as many popular fictional titles and current bestsellers.  Students can use their student numbers to access the platform and ‘borrow’ digital resources, allowing them to read or listen on phones, tablets or computers. 

YRDSB students can access e-books on Sora by following these easy steps:

  1. Go to the YRDSB Sora homepage
  2. Click on “My school is York Region District School Board”
  3. On the drop down menu, click “Select your school”
  4. Choose “Students” and then enter “0” plus your YRDSB student number (e.g. 0123456789).
  5. Click the “Sign in” button

And enjoy!

More detailed tutorials to support using Sora, such as signing out books and searching for books, can be found here.

Help in Planning for 2020-21

Our school is now well underway in planning for 2020- 2021.  In some 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.  We’ve been especially fortunate the past two years to have had only minimal reorganization to classes, though it is important to recognize this is always a possibility in any given year.

Expectedly, the current situation presents some particular challenges.  With the physical building closed, we may have less direct contact with prospective families inquiring at the school.  Similarly, without answering our phones, we’re not able to as immediately field registration-related questions.  We would ask our community for its help!

If you know you will be moving out of the area in the months ahead or know your child will not be returning to Bayview Glen P.S. next year for any reason, 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, simple email bayview.glen.ps@yrdsb.ca.

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.

Free Parent Workshops

While the in-person workshop series we were hosting at Bayview Glen P.S. had to be interrupted given current circumstances, we are pleased to share with our community about free online caregiver and parent webinars from York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families.  The webinars include:

  • Many Faces of Anxiety: Understanding and Supporting Children Who Live with Worry (Monday, April 20, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Strategies to Reduce Stress During COVID-19 (Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Conscious Parenting: Raising Teens (Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • And many, many more offerings are available!

For more information, please see the flyer.  Registration for sessions is required at www.yorkhillscentre.eventbrite.com.

Pizza Lunch Refunds

As you know, the Provincial government recently announced school closures until at least May 4.  While we have no precise information about this date potentially being extended, the province is continuing to extend its Emergency Declaration.

As such, we will be refunding Pizza Lunches purchased in the Winter/Spring Term for the following dates: February 7, 21 (strike closure dates), March 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, and 19.  This will result in a $28 refund per slice ordered.

If you paid for pizza lunches through School Cash Online, you will receive a refund directly through that platform in the days ahead. For those few late payments that came in by cash, the Board will issue an interac e-Transfer.  (If you are receiving an e-transfer, please ensure the account information and number format is accurate, otherwise your bank may refuse the funds.)

Please note that it might take a number of days for the system to process the refunds. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we work through these trying times.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Google Classroom: A Guide for Parents

google-classroomWe appreciate all of our community’s efforts to support current Learning at Home initiatives, even as educators learn to best leverage instructional platforms in the interest of all students.

Google for EDU will be offering a live webinar this Friday April 17th at 1:00 p.m.  For parents and guardians wishing to learn more about Google Classroom and how they can support their children using it, please consider attending this webinar.

Our thanks for your ongoing support.

Separated by Distance, Together as a Community!

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This past week teachers began implementing online learning and we are grateful to our families for their patience as we continue to familiarize ourselves with the online learning environments be used and we iron-out any kinks as we go.  We also thank the families in our community that have requested technology or access to their child’s technology which is stored in the school and have been patiently awaiting for the technology deployment, which will be occurring in the week ahead.

While our current learning at home necessitates that we are at a distance from one another, we nonetheless want to build a positive climate for learning in our school community.  And we need your help!

BGPSEveryone in the community has now been deputized reporters of positive and uplifting news items for our daily announcements!

Please help out BGPS (… the most trusted name in school news!)  If you’d like to contribute items for our daily video announcements, we can accept text stories, photos and short videos at learnathome@bayviewglenps.com.  Here are some possibilities:

  • Send in photos of your child’s ‘learn at home’ work space … and better still, photos of your child learning at home,
  • If your child has any upcoming milestones (e.g. birthday) send us a celebratory photo,
  • If your child has been doing anything creative and inventive to help cope with the challenges of self-isolation, we’d love to hear about it with a description, photo or short video, or
  • Any other interesting, funny, or thoughtful ‘good news’ items about our students and community –let’s uplift one another!

Please send in any items that might be appropriate for our morning announcements to learnathome@bayviewglenps.com.  And as always, we want to continue to identify students of good character with a Royal Roar.  Has your child done something worth sharing during this time of social distancing and quarantine?  Do you have something to share about your child’s good character?  Please continue to submit Royal Roars to roar@bayviewglenps.com and feel free to attach photograph of your child (or the product of their good character) for us to share.

Needless to say, we hope all our families are well during these challenging times.  We recognize the fundamental importance of well-being, and we remind our community of the availability of resources linked on the YRDSB website including Tips for Speaking with Your Child About COVID-19 and How to Support Mental Health During COVID-19.  If your or your family need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Learning Ahead!

We hope all our families are well during these challenging times.  We recognize the fundamental importance of well-being, and we remind our community of the availability of resources linked  on the YRDSB website including Tips for Speaking with Your Child About COVID-19 and How to Support Mental Health During COVID-19.  If your or your family need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Our director Louise Sirisko will have shared with families about the board’s Learning and Caring Plan which will guide our schools efforts in the weeks ahead.  On Monday, April 6th we will be implementing initial learning activities considering accommodations for students.  You can expect to receive more information from your children’s teachers in the days ahead.  Our staff have collaborated over the last two weeks, and have worked hard to quickly learn about online teaching environments and leveraging virtual tools to support students.  Similarly, not all of our students and families have had the opportunity to prepare for this transition in modes of teaching.  Indeed, it may be challenging to address some curriculum expectations through online learning.  Likewise, our staff our working together to plan for the needs of all of our students, including students with special education needs and English language learners.  Together, all of us will work in the common interest of our children and their learning.

As outlined by the letter you received previously from the Minister of Education, teachers will deliver learning by grade groupings as follows:

  • Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math
  • Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies

Next week, as teachers begin implement online learning, we ask for your patience and understanding as we begin to clarify learning expectations with students.  We will develop and extend on our practices week on week.  And while this situation obviously wasn’t planned for, the weeks ahead will nonetheless be an exciting time for our school and community.  We will begin our migration to online learning and remain committed to our own professional growth, opportunities to collaborate with our families, and engage our students in learning.  We look forward to it.

We do understand that some families in our community have requested technology and internet service, or access to their child’s technology which is stored in the school.  The school district will be reaching out to families in the coming week with additional information and around protocols to access online learning.

Lastly, we want to continue our efforts to build a positive climate for learning at Bayview Glen P.S., even in the absence of the physical building.  We will continue with daily announcements in teachers’ learning environments, acknowledging students’ birthdays and recognizing faith days of significance to our community, among other things.  And as is our custom at Bayview Glen P.S., we want to identify students of good character with a Royal Roar.  Has your child done something worth sharing during this time of social distancing and quarantine?  Do you have something to share about your child’s good character?  We want to hear all about it!  Please submit a Royal Roar to roar@bayviewglenps.com and feel free to attach photograph of your child (or the product of their good character) for us to share (… our green screen is presently inaccessible!)

Rest assured, we will persevere through the challenges ahead … Bayview Glen P.S. staff, students and community.

Stay safe and healthy.  Our thanks for your partnership, as always.

Information for Families

Dear Families of Bayview Glen P.S.,

On behalf of all our staff here at Bayview Glen P.S. we miss having our students come to school each day and the many connections we have with families. We know how important social distancing is at this time, and I hope that you and your family are doing well and staying healthy during these challenging days.

During this week, staff from Bayview Glen P.S. will be contacting families to check in on students. We want to ensure that you receive information from our school, as well as the School Board. As we move forward with online learning opportunities, we want to confirm that students can access a digital environment. As our staff will not be calling from our school, you may see calls coming from, “unknown caller ID”, “Private Name” or “Private Number.”  Throughout this week, we ask that you pick up the call as it may be your child’s teacher. We also know that there is an increase in fraudulent calls, please be assured that your child’s teacher will always identify themselves as such and will only ask questions regarding your child’s education. Just as a reminder, please do not to give sensitive personal information (such as social insurance numbers, etc.) over the phone. Your child’s teacher would not ask this type of information during a call.

To ensure that our staff can connect with all our families, we will encourage that calls be kept focused. We know that you will have many questions that are still being worked on at the provincial level.  Once we have further information, we will share updates at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 , Twitter @YRDSB, and emails.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Dr. Malcolm Richmon, Principal