Message From Our Trustee
Welcome back. I hope everyone is feeling refreshed following the winter break, and that you had a happy and safe holiday season. While the weather may be colder, I also hope that you had time to enjoy this beautiful season in Ontario.
It is my honour to serve as your school board trustee and to uphold the values of York Region District School Board. The new Board of Trustees was sworn in on December 3, following the October municipal elections. Together, we look forward to moving forward the four priorities outlined in the Trustees’ Multi-Year Strategic Plan:
- Foster well-being and mental health
- Build collaborative relationships
- Champion equity and inclusivity
- Empower ethical leadership
There are a lot of exciting things happening in our schools and classrooms to foster and support student well-being and mental health. Ask your child what’s happening in their school, and how they take care of themselves. As adults, we often focus on the health and well-being of the children in our lives, but it’s also essential that we take care of ourselves. Taking time to do the things we enjoy and nurture our own health is also important and helps to model a healthy and active lifestyle for our children.
An important part of my role as a trustee is to listen, and I look forward to connecting with members of our school community in the coming weeks and months. We will continue working to build collaborative relationships with our communities and to keep you informed about the things happening in the school board. I wish you all the best as we enter 2019.
Trustee – Markham Wards 2, 3 and 6
Tamil Heritage Month!
Happening this week!
January 14- Mindful Monday
January 15- SC meeting @ 6:30pm
January 16-17- Grade 1 Scientists in School
January 17- Grades 3-8 Winter Electives Day
January 18- PA Day NO SCHOOL
January 18- Kindergarten Registration Begins
Ski/Tubing trip (Grades 3-8)
January 17th, 2019
All Students attending the ski trip need to be at the school by 8:00 am. Buses will not wait for any late students and students will be required to get to ski hill on their own. If they cannot get to the ski hill they will NOT be refunded. Parents/Guardians, please ensure that students bring all the necessary outdoor clothing required (ski pants, jackets, hats, gloves, boots, etc).
January 21- Mindful Monday
January 22- Grade 1 Scientists in School
A Closer Look
Kindergarten Registration to Commence January 18, 2019
Kindergarten registration will commence on January 18, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Children who turn four or five years old during 2019, live within the school boundary and whose parents are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten. A kindergarten information session for parents is being planned for this spring. For more information please visit the YRDSB website or contact your local school.
Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations
Information sessions for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools that have a Grade 1 program on January 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2019 http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/fi/Pages/Program-Locations.aspx) to find the FI program location for your elementary school location.
FI registration will begin on January 18, 2019. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2019, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call their home school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. This Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register, between January 18 and February 8, 2019. Registration during this period is not first come, first served.
Late registrations are those submitted after February 8, 2019. Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.
YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.
More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.
Elementary Integrated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
For more information please see flyer:
Understanding our Roots: Student Forum for Tamil Heritage Month
Middlefield Collegiate Institute
January 19, 2019 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Grades: 6, 7 and 8
* lunch will be provided for the participants
Chinese Newcomer Parent Support Group for Families with Children with Developmental Disabilities
Litterless Lunch Initiative
YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL’S WASTE REDUCTION INITIATIVES BY PACKING A LITTERLESS LUNCH FOR YOUR CHILD!
What is a litterless lunch? A litterless lunch is one where everything in the lunch is reusable or compostable and nothing goes in the garbage. This includes using refillable drink containers and reuseable sandwich and snack containers.