We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and healthy. Please continue to screen your child each morning before school and remind your child to ensure they are practicing proper hand hygiene. As classroom windows remain open at all times to support ventilation in the building and as outdoor learning is taking place when possible, please also ensure that your child is coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather each day. This week, we will continue to reinforce our healthy and safety practices and we will continue to remind students that they must maintain a physical distance outside as well. Your support with this message at home would be very much appreciated.
To members of the Parkview School Community who commemorate Yom Kippur, we would like to wish you and your families an easy fast.
Our priority is to provide and maintain safe and healthy environments for all students and staff. Each year safety week provides an opportunity to practice proper safety protocols and draw attention to our roles in providing a safe learning and working environment. This year Safety Week is scheduled from Monday, September 28, 2020 – Friday, October 2, 2020.
This week, students and staff will engage in various activities to help ensure a safe and successful year including::
● Caring and Safe Schools Start-Up Presentations;
● Highlighting our revised Report It tool which can be found on each school’s website or the board home page. Through our commitment to equity and inclusivity the tool has been enhanced to capture incidents of racism, discrimination and hate;
● Bus and bike safety;
● Classroom review of bullying prevention and cyberbullying resources;
This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Over three days, students found ways to recognize this important event with their cohorts in fun and safe ways. A big thank you to Mr. H and the outstanding Parkview Staff for making this event possible for our students.
We are proudly committed to raising much-needed funds for cancer research. Please consider supporting our efforts for this very worthwhile cause.
Orange Shirt Day
The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973.Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform. Webstad has felt the impact of that event long after it occurred, “that feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first day at the mission, affected the way I lived my life for many years. Even now, when I know nothing could be further than the truth, I still sometimes feel that I don’t matter.” The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.
On Wednesday, September 30th, we encourage all members of the Parkview School Community, whether learning in class or online, to wear orange.
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- School Website http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/parkview.ps/Pages/default.aspx
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We would like to remind all of our families that our goal is to work together to support the well-being of all our students. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working in partnership with our Parkview Community.
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