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! 

Fall Food Drive

We are reaching out to the Bayview Glen P.S. community as we begin collecting donations of non-perishable (mainly food) items in support of the Markham Food Bank.  The Markham Food Bank is a registered non-profit charity working to alleviate food insecurity for Markham community members; they are committed to creating a welcoming environment of fairness and equality for everyone that walks through their doors.  Across Ontario, there has been an increase in food bank usage over the past several months, including first time usage.  This Markham Food Bank gives assistance to local residents specifically, so if you’re able to make a donation, it will be helping someone in our own greater community.

Among the items appropriate to donate include any unopened (a) canned food items such as meat, fish, soups, fruit, vegetables, juices, pasta sauces, etc., (b) dry items such as cereals hot & cold, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, biscuits, crackers, cookies, cake mixes, pancake mixes, soup mixes, pudding and jello powders, etc., (c) toiletry items such as hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, disposable shavers, hair shampoos, paper hand towels, hair creams, cosmetics, etc., (d) Kraft dinners and all types of pasta, (e) glass items such as pickles, sauces, jams, relishes, salad dressings, etc., and (f) baby diapers and formula.  They have currently identified the following items as most needed: cookies, hot cereal, jam, canned salmon, instant oatmeal, evaporated milk, vegetarian soup, canned kidney beans, sidekick pasta or rice pouches, and canned mixed vegetables.

We will collect items during the first week of November and throughout the remainder of the month.  There will be donation boxes in each class and your child can drop off items directly in their class, with no need to handle any other items.  We will also have collection boxes in the foyer, so if you have numerous items or heavier items to donate that cannot be sent with your child, simply bring them to the front door of the school and press the intercom button, and we’ll arrange to have the items brought in.

We welcome all members of the Bayview Glen P.S. community -face to face students’ families, elementary virtual school students’ families, or any other community members- to participate in this campaign of giving.

Together we can work to help local families in need!

Parent-Teacher Interviews Open Today

Parent-Teacher Interviews for all students will be held after school on November 12, 2020 and on the morning of November 13, 2020.  This year all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Today by 10:00 a.m., an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox. For support with Edsby, such as signing up for Parent-Teacher interviews, please be sure to visit https://www.edsby.com/help/parents/.

Please note that only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened will have access. If you are experiencing difficulty activating your Edsby account, please contact the school for assistance.

Important Timelines

Nov 2 Parent-Teacher Interviews schedule opens at 10:00 a.m. for booking, an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email.
Nov 9 Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduler closes at 4:00 p.m.
Nov 10 Teachers e-mail Parents and/or Guardian(s) who made an appointment with details on accessing the virtual interview.
Nov 12 (evening) and Nov 13 (morning) Parent-Teacher Interviews

November School Council Meeting

We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday November 5th 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 People’s Pumpkin Choice Awards III

There are many prestigious awards to be won across the globe.  The Nobel Prize?  A Grammy Award?  An Oscar!  The Pulitzer Prize?!  But all of these pale in comparison to the People’s Pumpkin Choice Award for the Best Pumpkin!

Once again, our staff and students have been showing some amazing seasonal creativity with the Bayview Glen P.S. Pumpkin Decorating Contest. We also wanted to acknowledge our local Longo’s on Bayview for generously donating all the pumpkins. Thank you! But we now turn the hard work over to you!  Review the photos of the pumpkins below (click on them for a larger view) and help by casting your vote for the People’s Pumpkin Choice Award for the Best Pumpkin.  Voting will be open through the weekend and will close the morning of Monday, November 2, 2020. The pumpkin with the most votes wins a special prize!

Classes have had turns to view all the pumpkins, and now it’s your turn to take a closer look … before nature takes its course and they have to be composted!

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Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Interviews for students in JK through Grade 6 will be scheduled for after school on November 12, 2020 and on the morning of November 13, 2020.  This year all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Bayview Glen P.S. will continue to use an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduling.  Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families.

If you already have an Edsby account past years, there’s nothing you need to do at this time.  The Parent-Teacher interview schedule will open for bookings on November 2nd at 10:00 a.m.  Teachers will send confirmation e-mails to parents or guardians who booked an interview on November 10th, including details on how to access the virtual interview platform.

If you do not have an Edsby account, you will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler with their child’s teachers for Parent-Teacher Interviews.  Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened on November 2nd will have access.  If you need help setting up your account for the first time, please contact the school office.

For help with using Edsby, please visit https://www.edsby.com/help/parents/.

If you have any other questions about this process, please contact our main office.

Important Timelines

On or before Nov 2 Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) to create Edsby accounts
Nov 2 Parent-Teacher Interviews schedule opens at 10:00 a.m. for booking, an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email.
Nov 9 Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduler closes at 4:00 p.m.
Nov 10 Teachers e-mail Parents and/or Guardian(s) who made an appointment with details on accessing the virtual interview.
Nov 12 (evening) and Nov 13 (morning) Parent-Teacher Interviews

 

Halloween is around the corner!

Each year, many students choose to show off their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes that meet our school’s dress code.  Students will be able to dress up on Friday, October 30th.

In order to support our current Covid-19 guidelines, please consider the following:

  • costumes should be attire-based and worn to school; students will not be able to use washrooms to change into costumes
  • emphasize simple costumes with limited accessories and without excessive makeup that might prompt students to touch their face
  • no Halloween masks are to be worn and no gloves that might interfere with regular hand hygiene routines; students who are required to wear face masks (grades 4 to 6) must continue to do so, and students in younger grade (FDK to grade 3) are strongly encouraged to continue to wear their face masks
  • students may also consider wearing orange and black or autumn colours instead of costumes

Please note that on October 30th, the focus of the day remains on instruction, any Halloween related activities are optional, and students will have a choice to participate in alternative activities.  While students will be allowed to dress up, they must follow Board Protocol.  York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0 in accordance with the Ontario Safe Schools Act, includes the following mandatory expulsion criteria: “A student shall be expelled from school if the student commits one or more of the following infractions while at school or engaged in a school-related activity (as set out in the Ontario Code of Conduct): (a) possessing a weapon or replica weapon, including a firearm.” Students celebrating this occasion in costume at our school must comply with this policy.  Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, etc. are not in compliance with York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0.  Similarly, costumes should be respectful of others. For example, if something is representative of a person’s culture or religious beliefs, then it should not be worn as another person’s costume.

As always, we wish to promote healthy eating at our school, and strongly discourage students from bringing candies that are in abundance around Halloween to school.  We kindly ask our community to be especially mindful that nut and nut products —often found in Halloween candy—are not brought in to the school, as well.  Bayview Glen P.S. has a very popular a healthy snacks program, where preferred options for snacking, such as a variety of fruits and vegetables, are widely available for our students to enjoy.

We hope all our students who celebrate have a fun, safe, and healthy Halloween!

Revised COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in Schools

On Friday you will have received a message to families from YRDSB Update containing a revised COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in Schools.  Alternatively, you can complete the easy online version each day, by navigating to the ‘Start School Screening’ button found here.  We remind families that you must screen your child(ren) for COVID-19 every day before going to school.

Please note that students who have been off prior to this tool and are waiting for test results must continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.  We are grateful to our community for partnering with us to keep our students, staff members and families safe and healthy.

School Council Elections

On the evening of October 1, 2020 we hosted our first School Council meeting of the year.  Elections were held at the meeting and Voula Kladis and Jennifer Leung were elected as co-chairs, Elena Haramis was elected as treasurer and Mandy Stenzler was elected as secretary.  Other elected executive members include Homa Alammanesh, Amanda Bruce, Sabrina Costa, Adelaide Nguyen and Sherri Sbeih.

We wanted to thank all the parents who attended yesterday’s meeting, and we encourage everyone to consider becoming involved in School Council –you needn’t be an elected member of the School Council to get involved. For more information on the School Council, don’t hesitate to contact the School Council co-chairs.  All parents and guardians are welcome to attend meetings at any time.  We have set (tentative) dates for subsequent meetings as follows: November 5, December 3, February 18, April 1 and May 27.  All meetings are held virtually at 7:00 p.m. with additional details provided on the school blog prior to each meeting.

We look forward to working with you to support our students!