December 17-21, 2018

Happening this week!

December 17 – 21– Justin Barkie Dance workshop for Grades 2/3- 8

December 17 – 21Spirit Days: Please see below for more details!

December 18 – 21– Dairy Presentations K-Gr. 8


January 7, 2019 – BACK TO SCHOOL!

A Closer Look

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From December 17 – 21st, Students and staff are encouraged to participate in our School Spirit Days! Each day will have a different theme:

December 17 – Wear your favourite Winter Sport’s Wear/Jersey!

December 18 – Wear your favourite colour!

December 19 – Wear your favourite winter sweater!

December 20- Pajama/Comfy clothing day!

December 21 – Wear your favourite hat and scarf!

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December 25 -Christmas(Western)/January 7 (Eastern)

December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches,
such as the Ukrainian Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas
on January 7.

For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in
Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God,
and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on
December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian
churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January.
Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament
account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians
acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, or the Day of the Three Kings.
Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed by many non-Christians. Many
celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family and friends, and
attending services in Church.

We join you in wishing Christian students, staff and members of the community who will
be celebrating Christmas, a Merry Christmas and a joyful time of sharing.

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Kwanzaa – December 26 – January 1

Kwanzaa is a cultural observance created in 1966 to celebrate African inspired traditional values and African American ancestry and heritage. Kwanzaa (“first fruits of the harvest”in Swahili) is being observed by increasing numbers of African Canadian families.

On each day of the week during Kwanzaa, a candle is lit in a seven-branched
candelabrum called a kinara, to represent one of the seven principles celebrated during
Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative
economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Children often receive educational and cultural
gifts, and the week may end with a great feast – the Kwanzaa Karamu – followed by dance, music and readings. (adapted from A Chorus of Cultures: Developing Literacy Through Multicultural Poetry, by Alm Flor Ada, Violet J. Harris & Lee Bennett Hopkins).

We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who will be
celebrating Kwanzaa a joyful time of celebration.

Art@baythorn Information for 2019-2020

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

Would you enjoy Collaboratively learning the Ontario curriculum through the Arts?

If so, the York Region District School Board offers an Elementary Integrated Arts
Program at Baythorn Public School.

If you are currently in grades four or five you may apply for the arts@baythorn program, where you will have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, and Music in a cooperative learning environment.

Please see flyer for more details: Arts Flyer 2019

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The following resources from the YRDSB may serve to encourage families to engage in math together and to be more connected to the math learning happening at school. Please take some time to take a look at some of the resources found below as a way to engage in some fun math learning together with your children. Each month will be a new theme!


Winter Math
Winter break is right around the corner! This is a great opportunity to take time with your child and connect math to the real world. Below are some ideas that will help get you started:
  • Grocery shopping can involve money, budgeting, estimating, adding, subtracting, and measuring
  • Cooking can involve weighing, measuring, ordering, estimating, adding, and multiplying
  • Organizing for a party can mean matching numbers of people to plates, cutlery, area of tables, ordering food, and seating arrangements
  • Going on a trip by car or plane involves time, distance, budgeting, speed, comparing various routes, and shape scavenger hunts
  • Completing a half-finished symmetrical design using playdough (e.g., half a butterfly, tree)
  • Building a snowman can involve measuring, spatial reasoning, and estimating

These ideas will help your child see the importance of math in their everyday lives through fun and interactive ways.

The Ontario Ministry of Education recently released information for families about Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math.  You can access this information at

To find out what your child will learn in math this year or to find other fun activities that you can do together as a family, please visit  Be sure to also try our Problem of the Month

To find out what your child will learn in math this year or to find other fun activities that you can do together as a family, please visit  Be sure to also try our Problem of the Month

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Using effective questions when talking about math, supports the development of your child’s mathematical reasoning. The use of questioning provides children with opportunities to share and clarify their ideas, draw conclusions, and explain and explore new strategies. With good intention, we often rush to provide our children all the information they need to solve a math problem. By giving your child this information too quickly, they may not think deeply about the problem or engage in mathematical thinking.

Here is a list of questions you can ask to support your child’s mathematical thinking:

  • How did you solve the problem?
  • What did you do?
  • What strategy did you use?
  • How did you estimate what the answer could be?
  • What would happen if …?
  • Tell me what is the same? What is different?
  • How do you know?
  • How did you know where …?
  • How did you know which …?
  • How did you know when …?
  • How do you know your/our answer is reasonable?
  • Would this work every time? Can you/we think of any examples that don’t work?
  • Have you/we found all the possibilities? How do you/we know?
  • What have you/we discovered about __________ while solving this problem?
  • What have you/we learned?


Primary/Junior – Math Before Bed

On Math Before Bed there are a variety of images that promote mathematical thinking. Show your child an image and ask them “what do you notice? what are you wondering about?”. This promotes mathematical thinking – and then you can have them investigate one of their wonderings and come up with a solution. What a great time to ask them the questions above to really uncover what they are thinking!!

What do you notice?

What do you wonder?

Junior/Intermediate – Would You Rather Math

On this site, there are a variety of scenarios that your child will be able to make a choice and use reasoning skills to justify their mathematical thinking.  


Whichever option is chosen, justify your reasoning with math!