A Message From Your Administrative Team
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Thank you to all our families for your ongoing support this year.
Our last council meeting for the 2020-21 school year took place on June 7th, 2021. Thank you to all our School Council chairs Ms. Ho and Ms. Liang for organizing our meetings and all our council members for all their hard work, dedication and support. Despite the challenging year, our council has supported our community with arranging various events such as our PRO Grant Session, Indigo initiative and our Snack program.
Our staff have been working very hard to support our students with virtual learning while schools remain closed for the remainder of the year. Thank you to our caretaking team who have been working hard to ensure that our school grounds remain safe and inviting. Thank you to our students for remaining positive and demonstrating resiliency, we are so proud of them!
Ms. Anand and Ms. Weir
Our School Fundraiser
Our Chapter’s Indigo Fundraiser continues. If you would like to purchase a gift card to support purchasing titles for the school please send the gift card number or a PDF of the gift card to our teacher librarian firstname.lastname@example.org . Gift cards can be purchased through our Parkview Indigo Page.
If you would like to enjoy some books, games or outdoor activities with your family please look at some of our recommendations below!
Remember to purchase a gift card first so our school can receive 20% back and then shop using your gift card! This way the school will receive an additional 3% back! All the funds will be used to purchase books for our school library and your child’s classroom! Thank you for our ongoing support!
Here are some titles that our staff have recommended over the year:
· Happy in Our Skin, by Fran Manuskin
· Everyone Counts, by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
· Same, Same But Different, by Jenny Sue Kostecki-ShawMixed Me by Taye Diggs
· Black is a Rainbow Colour by Angela Joy
· The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
· The New Kid
· The Magic Misfits Series
· And Then It Happened Series
· Fujungle Series
· 39 Clues
Looking for ideas on outdoor play this summer. Indigo has you covered. Check out the following ideas on our Parkview Indigo Page:
· Spikeball (3 piece set)
· B. Outdoor Tent
· Franklin Sports Kids Bean Bag Toss
· Finley the Shark Hungry Toss Velcro Dart Board
· JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket
· Lacrosse Game Set
Game recommendations for rainy summer days. Check out the following ideas on our Parkview Indigo Page:
· Catan Junior
· Guess Who
· Let’s Go Fishing
· Hungry Hippos
· Connect Four
· Sushi Go
Student and Family Survey
YRDSB is inviting students and families to participate in the YRDSB Student and Family Surveys.
These surveys will help us to better understand the experiences of students and families during this school year. Learn more: http://ow.ly/YpK630rHo11
Please continue to report your child’s absence using Inform. The office will continue to follow up on absences during online learning.
As a school team we are committed to supporting our students, please email the school at email@example.com or your child’s teacher if you have questions or require support. It is important that we all stay home and continue to follow Public Health guidelines in order to curb the spread of COVID 19 in order to protect one another. It has been a challenging year and we thank you for your continued support and flexibility.
Equity & Inclusion At Parkview, we are deeply committed to equity and inclusive education. 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:
Support With Technology & Resources for Families
Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website . Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form.
Support from Markham Public Library
Programming staff have created grade specific worksheets which can be requested here. Families can fill out the form for the desired grade and the library will email grade specific worksheets that can help supplement learning. This resource is proving surprisingly popular even without any promotion. Additionally, click here for grade specific math practice programs that continue to be developed and shared.
Markham Cycles Programming!
Markham Cycles offers a number of excellent free programs to help you get out and stay active this summer. Learn how to fix your own bike, about Markham’s bike trails, bike safety, and biking for parents. https://markham.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=markham%20cycles
2021 Summer Learning Programs Available
During the month of July, YRDSB continues to offer credit and non-credit summer school program opportunities for elementary, secondary and adult students.
Traditional in-class face-to-face summer programs will move to a remote learning delivery model.
Registration is now open for the following programs:
· Elementary Summer School (Grades 6 – 8 non credit reinforcement)
· Grade 8 Reach Ahead
· Remote Learning
· Adult Literacy and Basic Skills
· English as a Second Language
· Citizenship Classes
For more information about summer learning programs and registration please visit www.yrdsb.ca and follow us on Twitter @YRDSB.
June is Pride Month around the globe. It’s a time that many people in the 2SLGBTQ+ community (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and additional identities) reflect on the leaders and activism of our past and present, along with the future we are working to create.
The recognition of Pride Month has roots in the events that occurred in New York City in June of 1969 at the Stonewall Inn. The history of this event is rooted in decades of 2SLGBTQ+ activism responding to police brutality, unjust laws that limited gender expression, and other laws that targeted the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It is important that we remember that many of the leaders of the Stonewall movement were trans women of colour and marginalized youth. The 2SLGBTQ+ community’s activism has continued to create supportive environments that benefit all communities. Our YRDSB students often discuss in GSAs (Gender and Sexuality Alliances) how we can create intersectional, inclusive, and welcoming environments for all.
National Indigenous History Month
This year, National Indigenous History Month begins during a time when many in Canada are focused on the recent discoveries of a mass grave at a former Residential School in Kamloops British Columbia. Examining the truths of Canada’s colonial past is important work and should continue to drive our examination of bias and what Canadian history has tried to keep hidden for so long. The importance, however, of continuing to uplift and affirm Indigenous identities while including positive representations must not be pushed aside in the process. National Indigenous History month is a time to celebrate the diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, as opposed to focusing on what has been done to them.
The Canadian Government unanimously declared June as National Indigenous History Month in 2009 through a motion in the House of Commons. The month, which includes National Indigenous Peoples Day, is a perfect time to reflect upon the long relationship between the many different Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island and Canadians throughout history. For students and teachers, it is a good time to become better acquainted with the different First Peoples who share this land with us.
Upcoming Faith Days
For faith observances in June, please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar located on the new revised YRDSB School Calendar page.