Message from our Trustee: Billy Pang
We are now halfway through the school year. This is a good time to reflect on all that your child has learned and to look at setting goals for the rest of the school year.
Our Board believes that student well-being and achievement go hand-in-hand. One of our goals set out in the Board of Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan is to “continuously increase student achievement and well-being through a culture of caring and learning.”
The Ministry of Education has recently identified four priorities for well-being: positive mental health, safe and accepting schools, healthy schools, and equity and inclusive education. As a Board of Trustees, we will continue to further work in all of these areas to support student well-being in line with these priorities.
There are many resources on the Board website to help support student well-being, including tips for talking about mental health, managing stress, packing healthy lunches and addressing incidents of bullying.
Creating a healthy, safe and welcoming learning environment is key to helping our students reach their full potential. All of us have an important role to play in creating an environment that enables our students to thrive.
I wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and successful 2017.
Upcoming Spirit Days and Events for January/February
On February 2nd, the Eco Cabinet is running a, “Wear a Sweater” spirit day. We are asking all students and staff to dress a little more warmly on February 2nd, and our care-taking team will be turning down the thermostat that day a couple of degrees lower. This spirit day is to learn about how much energy can be conserved when we dress more warmly and turn our thermostats just a couple degrees lower. It is an international day of energy conservation observed by the World Wildlife Fund and many schools across York region will be observing this day. Feel free to wear your favourite sweater! Thank you, and we hope to see all of you in your favourite sweater! Warm Regards~ The Eco Cabinet
February is Black History month! Students and families will be engaging in the recognition and celebration black history through a variety of activities and during our February 9th assemblies. Stay tuned to the Parkview Pulse for more information.
On February 9th, Parkview will be having a spirit day to recognize the Lunar New Year. There will be Parkview Pride assemblies and other activities throughout the day to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. On the 9th of February, students and staff are asked to wear red clothing and/or traditional clothing to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
In the evening, of February 9th the Home School Committee of our School Council invites families to attend their Celebration of the Lunar New Year from 5:30 –8:30 PM at Parkview. Families will be asked to bring a nut free food item to contribute to the dinner (enough food for their own family members). The evening will consist of a delicious dinner and then families will engage in a celebration of Chinese and Canadian culture. More information will follow shortly so mark you calendars.
On February 24th (the last Friday in February) we will have a Pajama day spirit day, where staff and students can wear their Pajamas to earn points for their colour houses.
Thank you for your participation and support in Park view’s spirit days.
Cold Weather Preparedness
All students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 are expected to go out for every recess unless the principal or vice-principal decides that weather conditions are so poor that it would be detrimental for them to be outdoors. Students are to come to school ready for winter and prepared to be outdoors up to 40 minutes after lunch. We always monitor the weather and, in extreme conditions e.g. wind chill from below -20; we may keep the students indoors or shorten the recess breaks. Studies show that fresh air and exercise is the best way to keep children well. Please remember to dress your child for outdoor play on a daily basis and assume they will play outdoors.
We sometimes receive requests from parents asking us to keep their children indoors during recess times because they are not feeling well. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff or facilities to supervise students who are sick or still recovering from an illness. Students with heavy colds, etc., which are serious enough to prevent them from participating in physical education, recesses or other outdoor activities, should remain at home until their condition improves. This will likely benefit the students concerned and prevent the spread of this illness to others.
Please make sure that your children are dressed properly for our invigorating winter days. It is advisable for students to bring extra pants and socks. A change is often necessary due to the wet and cold weather of the winter months. To avoid adding to our clothing collection in the Lost and Found, please be sure to label all articles of clothing. Boots, hats, mitts/gloves, scarves, and snow pants for the younger children will help make recess an enjoyable time.
Parkview BBQ 2017
Are you interested in helping plan the 2017 Parkview BBQ/Fun Fair? Please join the BBQ committee on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 1st Parkview School library 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm Wednesday, February 15th Parkview School library 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to help out, please contact Julie Sellery at email@example.com
Everyone is welcome!!!
Arts Camp for Grade 7 and 8 Students
Attached is information on YRDSB’s Arts Camp. If you are interested in applying for Arts Camp, please download the Camper Application Information package. Applications are to be completed on-line and are due by February 17th.
School Council Meeting
Our next School Council Meeting is Tuesday February 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. All are welcome.
Grade 8 Trip Information Night
The Grade 8 trip to Ottawa and Montreal info night Tuesday February 7th at 6:00 pm.
Please Read our Directors Response to Minister Letter – attached
The Week Ahead
Monday January 30th
Tuesday January 31st
Wednesday February 1st
Thursday February 2nd
- National Sweater Day! Wear your favourite sweater
Friday February 3rd – PD Day – No School