Drop Off and Pick Up Safety

Parents and guardians who have dropped off or picked up their child (or children) at Bayview Glen P.S. have observed that the area is especially busy before and after school.  Limcombe Drive is a narrow street, we have four school buses that serve our community (and they occupy dedicated space directly in front of the school) and our school parking lot is small.  Likewise, we have students who are picked up and dropped off by family members every day, as well as students who walk to and from school.

Understandably, our primary concern is with the safety of our students, staff and community members.  To this end, we have reached out to our partners at York Regional Police to observe our traffic flow during drop off and pick up times in the interest of maximizing safety and have invited a Community Oriented Response officer to observe and offer recommendations.

In the interest of our collective safety, we would ask for your continued support in these areas:

  • We ask for your patience during pickup and drop off, and encourage you to walk your child to and from school whenever possible.
  • We remind all drivers to drive with particular care in and around the school. We share a common interest in providing a safe environment for our almost 200 students and we ask that all drivers approach the school patiently, with consideration for pedestrian traffic, other drivers, and the staff on duty.  We would especially remind drivers to avoid distractions such as texting or using the phone.
  • For those driving, please do not park in the bus drop off zone. Park only where there is legal parking, further down Limcombe Drive or on adjacent streets, as permitted.  We remind parents not to park diagonally on Limcombe Drive.  While this may allow for more cars to fit in, it requires drivers to back out onto Limcombe Drive at the busiest times with limited visibility.  Similarly, we remind drivers not to park on Limcombe Drive opposite the school and beckon students to walk between vehicles and across the very busy road.
  • When dropping off a child (or children) in the parking lot, drivers are asked to pull into the furthest available walkway-side spot and take care when merging back into the inner driving lane. No student should be dropped off from the inner driving lane (or a parking spot) and subsequently walk across driving lanes and between vehicles.
  • When picking up a child (or children) in the parking lot, if you do not see your child, do not stop anywhere in the driving lane and wait, rather continue around the Kiss and Ride and pull in beside the walkway only when you see your child.
  • At no time should a vehicle be left unattended or otherwise parked in the Kiss and Ride.

We would kindly ask for your cooperation in supporting these measures, and we appreciate your patience in dropping off and picking up your children.  We thank you for your support in helping keep everyone safe at our school, and we would encourage you to review these (and general road safety) rules with your children.  With Winter approaching, we especially want to take care at pickup and drop off times.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the school.

School Photo Day is Back!

We’re excited to share that students’ individual school photos will be taken on Thursday December 2nd 2021 by Edge Imaging.  Every student will have the opportunity to be photographed at school and proofs will be available within two weeks of photo day and available to purchase online.  Hybrid students learning remotely are welcome to be photographed at the school on this day, as well, and are asked to contact the school office to schedule their appointment if they wish to participate.

So be sure to send your children to school looking extra dapper on Thursday December 2nd –but please do not have them wear green to avoid blending into the background.  And don’t forget to smile!

For more information, see the flyer from Edge Imaging.

Parent-Teacher Interviews Open Today

Parent-Teacher Interviews for all students will be held after school on November 18, 2021 and on the morning of November 19, 2021.  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/.

Only families that create an Edsby account prior to the scheduler being opened on November 1 will have access.  If you need help setting up your account for the first time, please contact the school office.

Important Timelines

Nov 1 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 9:00 a.m.
Nov 16 Teachers e-mail Parents and/or Guardian(s) who made an appointment with details on accessing the virtual interview.
Nov 18 (evening) and Nov 19 (morning) Parent-Teacher Interviews

The People’s Pumpkin Choice Awards IV

It’s that time of the year to award the most prestigious of prizes, the one and only … 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.  Special thanks go out to our local Longo’s on Bayview for generously donating all the pumpkins again this year.  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 1, 2021.  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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October School Council Meeting

We want to share with our community there will be an upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday October 28th 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 Power of Positive Parenting Webinar

We’d like to share with our community information about an upcoming Triple P Parenting Webinar: Raising Confident Competent Children.  The webinar will cover areas including encouraging respect and cooperation, learning to be independent, learning how to develop healthy self-esteem, and learning how to be good problem solvers.  Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to attend.

This session will be held on Tuesday, October 26th 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..  There is no cost to participate but registration is required.  Please view the linked flyer for more details.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Interviews for students in JK through Grade 6 will be scheduled for after school on November 18, 2021 and on the morning of November 19, 2021.  You will have an opportunity to meet with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and learn more about the classroom. We regret that for health and safety reasons, we are unable to host an event at the school as we normally would, however we look forward to meeting with you virtually.

Bayview Glen P.S. will continue to use an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduling.  Families can use Edsby to schedule a meeting time with their child(ren)’s teacher(s). You will receive an invitation to sign up for a meeting time once the schedules are available.  Edsby is a cloud-based platform that lets families easily reserve times to meet with your child(ren)’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for families.

Families that already have an Edsby account may use their previously created account. The username is the full email address that is on file at your child(ren)’s home school and the password is the one created at activation. If you have forgotten your password, you can find resources on the Board website to help, including how to reset your password.

The Parent-Teacher interview schedule will open for bookings on November 1st at 10:00 a.m.  Teachers will send confirmation e-mails to parents or guardians who booked an interview on November 16th, including details on how to access the virtual interview platform.

Families who do not have an Edsby account will need to create one to access the online appointment scheduler for their child’s teachers for the virtual conference.  An up-to-date and valid email address must be provided to your child’s home school. For help creating an Edsby account, instructions can be found on the Board website. An email from York Region District School Board with instructions on how to create an Edsby account will be sent to your email inbox. If you do not receive the email, please check your junk mail folder to ensure you do not miss this opportunity.  Only families that create an Edsby account prior to the scheduler being opened on November 1st will have access.  If you need help setting up your account for the first time, please contact the school office.

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

Important Timelines

Prior to Nov 1 Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) to create Edsby accounts
Nov 1 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.  Instructions for signing up for interview slots are found here.
Nov 9 Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduler closes at 9:00 a.m.
Nov 16 Teachers e-mail Parents and/or Guardian(s) who made an appointment with details on accessing the virtual interview.
Nov 18 (evening) and Nov 19 (morning) Parent-Teacher Interviews

It’s Almost Halloween!

Each year, many students choose to show off their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costumes that meet our school’s dress code.  This year, students will be able to dress up on Friday, October 29th.

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 ( students are required to wear face masks) and no gloves that might interfere with regular hand hygiene routines
  • students may also consider wearing orange and black or autumn colours instead of costumes

Please note that on October 29th, 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!

Spirit Day

Each and every morning at Bayview Glen P.S. we start off the day by affirming the mattering and belonging of all those at the school.  Our students and staff know that “at Bayview Glen P.S., you matter and you belong.”

This Thursday, October 21st, 2021 we will be wearing purple to bring attention to the need for safer and more inclusive learning and working environments for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and individuals with related identities (2SLGBTQ+).  The importance of affirming identities, including 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, is a strategy for addressing and eliminating discrimination and hate, and creating a sense of belonging can help support 2SLGBTQ+ students’ wellbeing.

What is Spirit Day?  Spirit Day was started in 2010 by Brittany McMillan, a Canadian teenager. Brittany created the event in response to cases of bullying related to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression identities, and the day has become an annual event in October when millions of North Americans wear purple to show their support for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and to take a stand against bullying.  The purple stripe on the pride flag represents spirit, giving this day its name.

Everyone in the Bayview Glen P.S. community matters and belongs.  Let’s show our spirit and support on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 and wear purple!

The Power of Positive Parenting Webinar

We’d like to share with our community information about an upcoming Triple P Parenting Webinar: The Power of Positive Parenting.  The webinar will cover areas including creating a safe and positive environment; using assertive discipline; having realistic expectations, and; taking care of yourself as a parent.  Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to attend.

This session will be held on Tuesday, October 19th 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..  There is no cost to participate but registration is required.  Please view the linked flyer for more details.