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!

Ongoing Open Registration for 2020-2021 Adult ESL, LINC & LBS Programs

Did you know YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, Language Instruction for New Comers (LINC) and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) classes?  YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for those who want to develop effective language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for daily life in Canada. They also offer specialized classes in Citizenship and Conversation.

Adult ESL Program Registration – In person and online options available!

  1. Email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 with the following information:
  • your first and last name
  • your telephone number
  • CLARS identification number (those without a CLARS number will require an assessment, please contact them for further assistance).
  1. Their office will contact you if additional documentation is required.
  2. Visitors to Canada may also register and attend for a fee of $10 per day, per class.

For an assessment or to register, please call: 905-731-9557

If you are interested in improving your digital skills, want to work on your resume or interview skills, or prepare to take your GED exam, the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program may be for you!

Literacy and Basic Skill Assessment – In person and online options available!

  1. Email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 Ext. 307 with the following information:
  • your first and last name
  • your telephone number
  • tell us that you are “interested in the LBS program”

NOTE: Due to the high volume of inquires, it may take a few days to receive a reply communication from their office.  They appreciate your patience.

Thank you for your interest in these programs.

Re-organization of Classes

Dear Families,

Each year we monitor, on a regular basis, the changes that takes place between June and September in our school’s enrolment.  With the addition of Covid -19 reopening structures such as virtual school and class size adjustments, this has resulted in large changes in our student enrollment here at school. 

In order to accommodate our reopening structures and class size reduction strategy, we will have to reorganize significantly, moving many students between classes. 

We realize that change can be difficult for students once they have made a connection with a teacher and routines have been established.  Our staff will work closely with one another and the students to minimize the impact that any changes will have on their routines.  We continue to appreciate your support in this process and know that we can count on your parenting expertise to assist your child with adapting quickly and positively to the new structure.

If your child will be affected by these changes, you will receive more information in the coming days that outlines the new class your child is in and the location of that class. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. For students changing models (moving from Face to Face into Virtual or moving from Virtual into Face to Face) this move will be effective Monday, October 5th. For students moving to Elementary Virtual Schools (EVS), further details about the transition will be communicated by EVS staff by Friday October 2nd.

Our thanks for your ongoing support of the school.

Final Reminder: First School Council Meeting and Elections

We would like to remind our community that our first School Council meeting and elections will be held on Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. virtually.  Those wishing to serve on the School Council as chair or co-chair, secretary, treasurer, or as an executive member need to complete a School Council Nomination Form (fillable form linked and also contained within the electronic School Startup Forms Package).  The completed form cab be returned to the school office with your child, e-mailed back to the principal, Dr. Richmon, or completed within the forthcoming electronic School Startup Forms Package.  Those seeking a position must be in attendance at the first meeting.  It is expected that School Council Executive members attend all regularly scheduled School Council meetings and events.

Please note that there can be many parents, guardians and community members who consistently attend School Council Meetings and strongly support School Council events who are not executive members.  Everyone is welcome to attend and support the work of the school.

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.  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 the first School Council Meeting and Elections, please be sure to 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.

We look forward to working with the School Council this year!