Parkview Happenings

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Schools Closed to Students due to ETFO Strike

For Monday, January 20, all elementary schools are closed to students for the day. Independent childcare programs in schools are expected to continue – please confirm with your provider.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, and students are expected to return to their regular schedule for the day. Please continue to monitor media, or Twitter: @YRDSB for up to date information.

Reminder, all extra-curricular activities and field trips are cancelled.  As you know from previous communications, changes to work-to-rule strike sanctions by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) were announced. These sanctions are a result of the bargaining process at the provincial level, and Board employees are required to follow the direction of their provincial federations.  Although at this time these sanctions are not affecting classroom instruction, they are affecting our ability to support and accommodate extra-curricular activities, field trips and some events.

Upcoming PA Day:  Friday, January 31st is a PA Day.  There will be no school for students on that day.

Sub Lunch DATE CHANGE:  Parkview’s Sub lunch on January  20th has been rescheduled to January 24th

French Immersion Registration:  FI registration began on January 17, 2020. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2020, and wishing to enroll 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 17 and February 7, 2020.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.  Late registrations are those submitted after February 7, 2020.  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.

Kindergarten registration at the York Region District School Board opened on January 17, 2020.  Please visit YRDSB Guide to Kindergarten Registration for more information.

SAFETY REMINDERS In order to ensure student safety, we are reminding parents / guardians that students cannot be dropped off to school earlier than 8:15am, as there is NO supervision before 8:15am. Students are also reminded that they must go home right at dismissal time. Parents / guardians must inform the office & classroom teacher, if there are any changes in dismissal routines. Please do not park in the staff parking lot, particularly during entry and dismissal times. Please drive slowly in the pick up /drop off loop. This will help support student safety.

Please remember to send your child to school every day with appropriate winter clothing for outdoor play. Students spend approximately 60 minutes a day outside. Please label all items with your child’s name on it. Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation! For students to stay warm, they can wear a: Winter jacket / hat / mitts / boots; Neck warmer or scarf; Snow pants.

The Difference Makers will be collecting new hats, mittens and scarves for children in need. Please donate new items in the front foyer. There will be a bin labelled Warm In Winter. We will be collecting new hats, mittens and scarves from January 7th- 30th, 2020. Thank you for helping make our world a better place!

Please support Parkview Public Schools Pink Shirt Day fundraiser by purchasing a t-shirt on School Cash Online. Be Kind…Always.  All of the funds raised will be used to purchase resources and materials for our school. If you would like to order more than one t-shirt with different designs and sizes, please add one choice to your cart then go back to add another. You must add each choice to your cart individually.  Please ensure that you select appropriate sizes because ALL items are NON-REFUNDABLE. LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ALL ORDERS MUST BE MADE ON SCHOOL CASH ONLINE by January 20th, Cash or cheques will not be accepted by the school.

Parent Engagement and Network (PEN) for Chinese Families Event! Lunar New Year Social (Potluck & Arts + Crafts for children/students) Activities include potluck, games, arts and crafts. Please come join us to celebrate the lunar new year and bring a dish to share! Date & Time: Friday, Jan 31, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Location: CICS Immigrant Youth Centre, 5284 Highway 7 East, Unit 2, Markham, L3P 1B9 Space is limited. Please register online: Phone registration: Jean Wang 416-662-5416, email registration: Alice W.L. Chu

Parents for Children’s Mental Health Support Group:  All are welcome to their next meeting on Monday, January 20th  6:30 – 8 pm  Topic: Building good habits  Format:  Presentation & Parent Discussion

Does your child’s anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, learning disability, or behaviour challenges make parenting difficult?

Benefits of PCMH Support Group:

  • meet other parents with children who have similar challenges
  • find encouragement and emotional support
  • learn strategies to help your child or youth at home/school
  • learn how to access resources in the community

PCMH is the only provincial, family-led, non-profit organization that provides a voice for families who face the challenges of child and youth mental health issues. PCMH provides support, education, and linkage between families, communities, agencies and government. PCMH believes in the promotion of family-centred principles of care. PCMH envisions a future in which children and youth with mental illness enjoy a high quality of life in welcoming and supportive communities. For more information and resources, please visit