Another Great Prize!

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We’ve had another great prize –an official 2017 team signed Toronto Argonauts Souvenir Football—added to our trove of fundraising goodies thanks to our friends at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment!

We wanted to thank the many families who have already sent in donation envelopes. Thank you!  For those who haven’t, we still need your help!  Please continue to bring in your donation envelopes to the school.  (If you’ve misplaced your envelope, simply send in the donation with the student indicating clearly who the donation came from and the amount.)  Our goal this year is for every student to raise a minimum of $25 in donations.  Please be sure to send in your donations no later than Friday, March 8, 2019.

We are thankful for your generous support of the school.  Your donations make a real difference –they directly support investments in technology, resources and enhancements for our students!

Message from Our Trustee

I hope everyone has had a great start to the second half of the school year. Over the past few months, I have had an opportunity to connect with families, students, staff members and with our broader community. I have seen a lot of exciting opportunities for students to explore their interests, celebrate their identities, and develop skills and knowledge that will benefit them in the future.

Many students are participating in skills competitions or other events where they problem-solve, innovate, collaborate and further develop their technical skills. Students compete in robotics, construction, hairdressing, transportation, 3D animation and much more. These events are among the many options available to help students explore different careers and pathways, and gain valuable experience. We are grateful for the support of community partners in helping to provide these great learning opportunities to our students.

I also want to express my appreciation to our broader school community. One of the priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to build collaborative relationships. The relationships that our schools have with families is so important. There are many different ways you can be involved – talking to your child’s teacher, asking your child about homework, or volunteering on a field trip or the school council. Your contributions make a difference to your child’s success and to the success of our schools.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable March Break.

David Sherman
Trustee, Markham Ward 1 – Vaughan Ward 5

We Need Your Help!

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We have teams of parents on School Council organizing fabulous prizes …

We have teachers planning activities for our Spring Fling Celebration …

We have our student leadership team working on advertisements …

 But what we need most of all are donations.

Spring Fling is our annual—and really our only—school-wide fundraiser and it is very important.  It is our primary source of funds beyond the school board which enable us to enrich our school with a wide range of enhancements.  Tablets in our primary classes, Chromebooks in our junior classes, STEM technologies in our Library Learning Commons, indoor-recess activity bins, outdoor games and recess equipment—among others areas, are all supported by our fundraisers.

We are now on year one of a three-year-plan to acquire new and refresh existing technology within the school, provide individual classrooms with additional outdoor recess equipment, build on our STEM resources, and plan for an outdoor learning area.  When you contribute to our fundraiser, you invest in our school for the benefit of your children … and all our students.

We gratefully thank all those who’ve made donations thus far, and thank those in advance who have yet to, but will.  Together, we can continue to make Bayview Glen P.S. the great school that it is.

As a reminder, for every $10 donated students will be issued a ticket which they will place into a draw to win a prize.  The more money the student raises, the more tickets he or she accumulates giving them more chances to win.  (In the interest of maximizing the number of winners, students are limited to winning only one prize each.)  And this year we have some amazing prizes, including: Lego kits, a karaoke microphone, a drone, a Nintendo Switch, a Mastermind gift pack, and many, many more gift certificates, vouchers and passes!  The prizes are fantastic … and the money raised goes to the best cause of all, our students.

Please help our school and submit all cash and/or cheques inside your child’s Spring Fling pledge envelope by Friday, March 8, 2019.  Additional pledge envelopes are available in the school office.  We thank you for your generous support of the school.

Pink Shirt Day

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In 2007, 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 year.  In 2018, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.  (For more information, visit the official website for Pink Shirt Day.)

Next Wednesday –February 27, 2019—is Pink Shirt Day.  This year’s focus is on cyberbullying.  We will be encouraging our students, as they learn about social media safety, to always THINK before they post anything.  Before posting anything, we are prompting students to ask themselves if what they are posting is: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind.  Please encourage your child to wear a Pink Shirt to school on February 27, 2019.  Let’s promote kindness and stand up to bullying this coming Wednesday, and every day.