Each day, parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to perform a Self-Assessment before their child(ren) come to school. Families play a critical role in keeping our school safe. Please use the following link daily to screen your child(ren): https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. When possible, classes will be held outside. All classroom windows will remain open at all times to allow fresh air in the building.
Parent Teacher Interviews – schedule opens Monday, November 2 at 8:30 am.
Family Virtual Conferences will be held on November 12 and 13. You will have an opportunity to speak with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and learn more about the classroom. We regret that for health and safety reasons, we are unable to host an event at the school as we normally would, however we look forward to meeting with you virtually.
Families can use Edsby, an online platform, to schedule a meeting time with their child(ren)’s teacher(s) on Parents’ Night. You will receive an invitation to sign up for a meeting time starting Monday at 8:30 am. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for families.
Families who do not have an Edsby account will need to create one to access the online appointment scheduler for their child’s teachers for the virtual conference. An up-to-date and valid email address must be provided to your child’s home school. For help creating an Edsby account, instructions can be found on the Board website. An email from York Region District School Board with instructions on how to create an Edsby account will be sent to your email inbox. If you do not receive the email, please check your junk mail folder to ensure you do not miss this opportunity.
Treaty Recognition Week
The first week of November is officially Ontario’s Treaties Recognition Week. During the week of November 2 – 6, 2020, we recognize the importance of treaties and bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. There are 46 treaties in Ontario and we all have a responsibility to honour the treaties.
“Today, some Canadians see treaties as artifacts of another era in their history, with no current relevance. First Nations people view treaties as “living” agreements that respect their status as nations, as recognized in the Royal Proclamation of 1763. They see this as their “inherent right” referred to in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.” (Maurice Switzer, “We are all…Treaty People” p.34)
At Parkview, we continue to engage in deep learning around the history and truth of the mistreatment of Indiginous Peoples in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (number 62 – 63) speak to the significance of education as the key to reconciliation. A shared understanding of how our collective past brought us to where we are today will help us walk together into a better future.
Holocaust Education Week
The week of November 2 – 9 marks the 38th annual Holocaust Education Week. The Holocaust was a systemic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its allies, and it’s critical that we not allow this cruel chapter of modern history to fade from memory. During this week we also want to acknowledge that people of colour, the Romas, people with physical disabilities, and those who identified as 2SLGBTQ were also targeted and murdered by the Nazis. As one means of working towards a world free of intolerance, racism and hatred, we encourage educators to discuss the Holocaust, and the many people who literally put their lives on the line in the face of antisemitism and varied forms of hate.
Hindu Heritage Month
In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. Canadians of Hindu faith have greatly contributed to civic life in Canada for decades, and are a vibrant part of the growth and prosperity of Markham, Ontario and Canada. November is an opportunity to celebrate the Hindu way of life, examine its impact and contributions to the world culture, and recognize values which promote compassion, tolerance and inclusion.
Cyber Security Awareness
Week 1: Work, Teach and Learn from Anywhere
Focus on cyber security and safeguarding your data, devices and systems.
This week we will look at the following:
· Using secure passwords and applying good user account practices
· Keeping your devices secure
· Securing your home network and the risks of using Wi-Fi from other remote locations
· Safely using videoconferencing tools for synchronous learning
You can start by taking stock of your own cyber security knowledge by taking the “Get Cyber Safe Assessment Checkup” (online quiz) from the Government of Canada’s Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) 2020 campaign and reading through the suggested links based on the answers you provide.
This week choose one or more daily cyber security topic(s), read, learn and apply to improve your personal and home security posture.
Accounts and Passwords:
- Create a strong password (video) or use a passphrase
- Verify how strong is your password?
- Use this passphrase online tool to help generate a random passphrase or test your password’s strength
- How long will it take to crack your password or passphrase?
- Use a Password Manager (Word / PDF) (custom resource)
- Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) (video) on your accounts and devices whenever possible as an added layer of security
- What is MFA and why use it?
- Examples of MFA
- Summary of password tips (Word / PDF) (custom resource)
Antivirus/Antimalware software, web browsers, games and apps)
- Make sure to backup your devices
- If receiving a new device, run through the new device checklist
- Summary of tips for safeguarding your devices (Word / PDF) (custom resource)
- Clear your browser cache and browsing history (Word / PDF) (custom resource)
Home Network and Public Wi-Fi:
- Review your home network setup (Word / PDF) (custom resource)
- Run through the following home network checklist (Word / PDF) (custom resource)
- Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi
Fundraising at Parkview P.S.
Grade 8 Information Nights
In the coming weeks, parents will learn more about dates for virtual Grade 8 Information Nights being offered by high schools. Please refer back to this page on the YRDSB website for updated information on dates and times.
All communication from the school comes via:
- School Website http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/parkview.ps/Pages/default.aspx
- School Twitter Account @parkviewPS1
- School Blog https://parkviewpulse.org/
- Electronic Communication via email
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.
Please visit our School Website for all up-to-date school information.