Parkview Updates Jan 11th-15th

Remote learning will continue until January 25th. As a school team we are committed to supporting our students, please email the school at parkview.ps@yrdsb.ca or your child’s teacher if you have questions or require support. Thank you to our outstanding educators and students for all their hard work and flexibility. Thank you to our Parkview  families for your ongoing support and understanding. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing our panthers soon.

Equity & Inclusion 

At Parkview, we are deeply committed  to equity and inclusive education. We know that for many, the news coming out of the USA last week was  difficult to watch. It is important that as a community we continue to  support our children with navigating  through events that they  see, hear, or feel especially when events are traumatic in a safe and inclusive manner. It is through our shared commitment to equity that we will be able to make the world a better place. 

Families, these tips to speak with children may be helpful. http://ow.ly/dDAD30rrzMr.

Here are some resources for families if you are looking for ways to speak about race with your child:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716700866/talking-race-with-young-children

School Model Change Request

We recognize that some families will be looking to request a change in their school program model from face-to-face learning to virtual school or from virtual school to face-to-face.  On January 15th, a School Model Change request form for families requesting a change will be shared.  

Only families requesting a school model change will need to complete this form. The deadline to submit your school model change request will be communicated in January.

Staff will continue to work diligently to provide the best program for each child and to maintain the reduced cohort class size in face to face classrooms.  

PA Day Reminder

Friday January 15, 2021 is a Professional Activity (PA) day for all elementary schools in York Region.  There will be no classes and the school will be closed to students.  

Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

What is French Immersion?  

•In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.

•The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French. 

•In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction. 

•The French Immersion program continues in high school.

•Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.

Important Considerations 

•For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.

•There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful  French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.    

•Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews. 

•Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them. 

•There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.

Information Sessions

This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January 14, 2021.   A link will be shared with you via email where you will be able to view a pre-recorded information session which includes commonly asked questions and answers.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 15, 2021. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2021, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email parkview.ps@yrdsb.ca  indicate their intention to enrol.  The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 5, 2021.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca

School Council

Our next meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2021  at 7:00 p.m.  Should you need to reach out to the Parkview P.S. School Council, our email is parkview.ps@sc.yrdsb.ca

March Break Reimbursement Fund through Autism Ontario

The 2021 March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker OR who have paid for their child to attend a 2021 March Break camp or program, but not both.

If you have a child with Autism under 18years old, you can apply for the funding and they will select recipients at random.. Funding can be used towards virtual March Break programs or other services during March Break. Please use the link below to apply. 

https://www.autismontario.com/marchbreak

Financial support for Parents/Guardians

The government is providing financial support to help parents and guardians with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year during the second wave of COVID-19. 

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each child up to age 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 years with special needs

This is a new program, and all parents or guardians who are residents of Ontario with eligible children will need to submit a new application for each child.

As of today, eligible parents or guardians can go to Ontario.ca/SupportforLearners for more information and to apply for the one-time financial support. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

Night School E- Learning

Night School e-learning registration is open for winter 2021!

Courses are free for Ontario residents with Canadian Status.

Visit our website for details: http://ow.ly/qsHQ30rrGnR

Tamil Heritage Month

Tamil Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the resistance and resilience of the

Tamil Diaspora as a collective. Tamil Heritage Month is a time for self-identified Tamil

Heritage students to partake in a series of workshops and events to better understand

themselves and their identities.

Linked you will find workshops that Tamil Heritage students can engage in this month

Upcoming Faith Days

January 10, Linji Memorial-  Buddhism

Anniversary of the death of Línji (jp. Rinzai). Línji Yìxuán (died 866 CE) was the founder of the Línji school of Chan Buddhism during Tang Dynasty China. (Mahāyāna – Línji / Rinzai Zen) (China, Japan, North America)

January 11, Seijin-no-hi-  Shinto

Coming-of-Age-Day is a national holiday in Japan. Young women and men twenty years of age go to shrines, wearing traditional clothing. Their families announce their adulthood to the kami or spirits, and pray for health and well being for a lifetime to come. Celebrated annually on the second Monday in January

January 13, Maghi-  Sikhism

Coming on the first day of the tenth month of the solar year, Maghi commemorates a battle in which forty Sikhs (the Forty Liberated Ones), led by a woman named Maathaa Bhaag Kaur, laid down their lives for their Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji

January 14, New Year (Old / Julian Calendar)-  Eastern / Old / Orthodox Christianity

The New Year by the Julian calendar is observed on this day.

January 14, Makhar Sankranti-  Hinduism 

Makar Sankranti marks the change from a decrease to an increase of the sun. This observance is twinned with Lohri (celebrated by people from the Punjab region of South Asia), which also marks the passing of the winter solstice.