November 27 – December 1

Message From Our Trustee: Mr. Billy Pang

In November, about 1,000 students, staff members and community partners came together from across the Board to form a Ring of Peace and stand together against hate, discrimination and intolerance. The student speakers at the event shared meaningful messages about the importance of feeling welcome, valued and respected.

At York Region District School Board, we are committed to listening to the voices of our students and communities. We will continue working with our school communities to ensure our schools provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone.

Last month, our annual Quest conference brought together educators from across Ontario, Canada and around the world to share, learn and discuss how to foster well-being in schools. Some of the themes covered included equity and inclusivity, and safe and caring environments.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the positive things happening in our own schools and other districts. In recent months, we have had several international visitors come to our system and schools to learn more about the work in our system to support student achievement and well-being, including Qatar, the Netherlands, Texas and the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to have these opportunities to continue highlighting and sharing the great things happening in our schools thanks to our outstanding students, staff members, families and community partners. Your engagement makes a difference in our schools and I encourage you to continue getting involved in the life of your child’s school.

As we enter the holiday season, I am once again impressed by the generosity of our school communities and our students’ commitment to helping others.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2018.

Scholastic Book Fair, Nov 23 – 30

The Scholastic Book Fair continues this week at Beckett Farm Public School until Thursday, November 30th. Your entire family is invited to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in fiction and non-fiction books. Your support of this fundraiser will help us purchase devices to encourage coding such as “Dash & Dot” robots.

The book fair will be open daily during am recess (10:50-11:20 a.m.), lunch recess (1:20-2:00 p.m.) and after school (3:40-4:00 p.m.).

Grade 8 & Families: Pierre Elliot Trudeau HS Open House November 30

Please see the attached flyer below (click to open) regarding the open house for Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School on November 30.

Reminders, Previously Posted:

Picture Retake Day is on Tuesday November 28


Grade 3 Gifted Screening: November 27 & 28

All current grade 3 students will be participating in gifted screening. Please make every effort not to schedule appointments that will take your child away from school on November 27 & 28.  More information is available from the YRDSB Gifted Screening section.

This screening involves a two stage processStage One involves the administration of a group test of cognitive abilities, the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) to all grade three students. If a student meets the CCAT criterion, they will be referred for Stage Two in the process, an Intellectual Screening with a member of the YRDSB Psychological Services department. Those students who meet the YRDSB intellectual criterion of a score at, or above the 98th percentile rank on the General Ability Index of the intellectual screening measure (WISC V) will be considered by the IPRC (Identification Placement Review Committee).

Markville SS: Parent Engagement Night Nov. 29th

Markville Secondary School will be hosting a Parent Engagement Night on November 29th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Jennifer Kolari will be presenting on the topic of “Anxiety and the Overachiever”.   Please see the attached flyer for additional information.