September 27 – October 1

Learning model changes and new class placement changes will take effect on Monday, September 27. Families that are impacted have received a phone call and an email with classroom updates.

Parent/Guardian  contact information

We will be sending home index cards later this week. Please ensure that all of the information on the cards is correct as this is the information we use to contact families.  If not, please make any necessary changes and return to the school.

Orange Shirt Day – Thursday, September 30

Every year on September 30th, Canadians observe Gchi Piitendaagoziwag Binoojiinyag- Every Child Matters ᑭᒋ ᐱᑌᐣᑕᑯᓯᐘᐠ ᐱᓄᒋᐣᔭᐠ Orange Shirt Day. It is a day to educate and promote awareness of Residential Schools and their lasting legacies of trauma, suffering and genocide of Indigenous People.  Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day.  For more information on orange shirt day, please visit

School Council Meeting

Our first School Council meeting of the 2021-2022 School year will be held on October 4 at 7:00pm.  If you would like to attend please complete the RSVP form.

School Yard Safety

This is just a reminder that dogs are not allowed on school property.

School Start-Up Forms

Parents/guardians received an email from YRDSB Update with important school start-up forms to complete. It is important that these forms are completed as soon as possible at the start of the school year as they contain important information and permissions. 

The forms can be found at

A link to the forms can also be found on the Family Resources page of the Board website at Click on the Need Help link beside Family Startup Forms for additional information on how to log in to the Student GAPPS account to complete the forms. 

Please note: 

  • You must be signed in to your child’s student GAPPS account to complete the form. Please remember to sign out of one account before signing into another. Additional information is available on the Board website on how to login to the student account to complete the forms.
  • The forms should be completed for each student, whether they are attending school in person or participating in remote, online learning.
  • If you prefer to complete the forms on paper or have questions about the information in the forms, please contact the school office.
  • Parents/guardians must complete a separate form for each child attending school. Please ensure you log out of one student account before logging into another. You will not be able to submit the form twice logged into the same student account. 

COVID-19 Daily Screening – Changes Beginning September 27

While self-screening continues to be a daily requirement for all students, beginning Monday, September 27, parents/guardians and students are no longer required to complete the confirmation form each day. 

Elementary school students are still required to review and complete the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (Click on Check for symptoms daily) on a daily basis, prior to their child entering the school. However, families will no longer be required to complete the self-screening confirmation form. The Ministry of Education required families to complete a confirmation for the first two weeks of school only. Screening confirmation will continue to be required for staff members and visitors only. 

Additional information on health and safety measures, as well as additional information and resources on the 2021-22 school year can be found on the Board website at

Student Mental Health and Addiction Newsletter

Welcome back to our outstanding students, staff, families, and community members. We are thrilled to have you back and excited to share the first Mental Health Newsletter of the school year with you. Our September Newsletter will focus on sharing how the YRDSB is centering on Mental Health, emotional connections, and Well-being through the ABCs of Mental Health Framework & Lesson Series. 

We recognize that many emotions may be associated with starting a new school year, especially as we continue to respond to the global pandemic that has brought many new experiences, changes, challenges, and learning for us all. In particular, we recognize that joy, excitement, worry, fear, and uncertainty may be common experiences for students, families, staff, and communities. 

During this time, supporting a safe return and centering on Mental Health and wellbeing is vital. We know students thrive and are better able to succeed when they learn in an environment where they feel safe, heard, validated, and know they matter and belong. This contributes to overall positive mental health and is central to academic learning, one’s ability to cope with change, daily stressors, and establish meaningful connections and relationships, among other things. To highlight this and intentionally create spaces where all students are affirmed, validated, and successful, the YRDSB has created the ABCs of Mental Health Framework and ABCs student lessons series. 

What are the ABCs? 

The ABC Framework guides our collective efforts in supporting student and staff mental health and wellbeing. The Framework aids educators and leaders in laying a foundation where all can see themselves reflected and for learning environments in which caring relationships, trust, and healing are centred. We acknowledge that students and staff do not exist in isolation; and are part of families and communities. Thus, we endeavor to continue this work and learn from and learn with our staff, families, and communities.

The Framework includes Acknowledge, Bridge, and Connection: 

Acknowledge feelings and life experiences over the pandemic (and prior) and how these affect our mental health as individuals and communities. 

Bridge (or link to) to personal and community assets and strengths as a way to build mental health and wellness. 

Connection with our community and with those around us who can help support mental health and wellbeing.

As part of these lessons, students engage in varied opportunities to: (learning opportunities and lesson delivery will be appropriate to the grade and developmental abilities of the student): 

● Express themselves through connections to classmates, educators, and supports that affirm students’ identity, feelings, interests, and abilities. 

● Co-create affirming learning spaces with peers and educators that acknowledge experiences from the past and present-day, so all students know they matter and belong. 

● Identify and acknowledge the positive experiences, strengths, and skills ALL students bring to the class and school community. 

● Identify resources that they can access to support their mental health. 

● Learn to notice the signs that they’re not feeling well.

 ● Explore the things (strategies, people, places, activities, habits, family/community traditions) that make us feel healthier 

● Taking steps to put those things in place and to ask for support when we need it

Why is centering on Mental Health in our schools important? 

Students are using their voices, and we are listening. Research by School Mental Health Ontario about what secondary students in Ontario said about their priorities regarding mental health indicates that 97% of respondents(students) want to learn more about mental health at school, including early warning signs of a mental health problem, ways to cope with their thoughts and emotions, how and where to ask for help.

Beyond this, we know children and youth thrive when their personal, social, and cultural strengths are affirmed and seen as assets in the classroom. When their identities are reflected and represented in positive ways in the learning. When connections and relationships are transformative. When they feel cared about, accepted, and applauded for who they are and what they can contribute to their environment. These considerations solidify the importance of the ABC Framework and lessons which seek to build capacity around these factors and ensure all students feel a sense of mattering and belonging. 

There remains much work to be done and we invite you (families, community members, and staff) to work with us as we co-learn and co-create ways to support students and each other. 

To learn more about the ABC Framework & lesson series please visit YRDSB ABCs

Mental Health COVID-19 Page

The link below is dedicated to supporting student mental health during this pandemic. Resources for students, parents/guardians as well as community resources are listed. In addition, there are various links to YRDSB mental health supports as well as community supports available during the school closure. Please consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with the Mental Health and Community Supports During COVID. Continue to check out the YRDSB website for updated information as well as the Twitter accounts @YRDSB and @YRDSB_SS.

No Problem Too Big or Small: This is a resource made by students for students. Throughout the resource, there are positive affirmations and reminders for students that there is help around and no problem is #TooBigOrTooSmall to reach out and ask for help. Download Reaching Out (designed for screen readers) or a print version Reaching Out.

Patricia Marra-Stapleton, M.Sc., C. Psych. Assoc. 

Mental Health Lead

Hoshana Calliste, MSW, RSW 

Assistant Coordinator of Mental Health

YRDSB Program Information

Dear Students and Families,

We welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 Indigenous Languages and International Languages (ILIL) program year and thank you for your continued support and patience.

Due to the continuance of the pandemic, ILIL classes for SK to Grade 8 students will take place online, not in the school buildings. Please note that the program delivery model may change from online to face-to-face during the school year depending on circumstances. Teachers will teach live language lessons in real time using Google Classroom to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities during the regularly scheduled language classes. All program updates will be made on our Board ILIL program homepage.

Did you know research shows that speaking more than one language may:

● Deepen cultural awareness

● Enhance communication with people from diverse backgrounds

● Improve memory and concentration

● Enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills

● Open future employment opportunities

International Languages Elementary Program, Resource Guide,Ontario Ministry of Education (2012)

Already Registered?

If you have already registered for our fall programs, we thank you. Your registration will be moved to the same day on the online Site. No further action is required (e.g., if you originally registered for Yoruba for Middlefield C.I. then you will be automatically moved to the Thursday ILIL Online Site).

Elementary Program Update and Registration

The first week of online classes will begin October 15, 2021. Please refer to our ILIL Elementary Program webpage for the most up-to-date information.

○ Closer to date, teaching staff will reach out to families to provide students access to the Google Classroom (please check the emails regularly and/or expect a call from a Private Number/No Caller ID).

○ Asynchronous lessons will be provided for the first initial classes to facilitate classroom setup and organization.

● Online registration is open and available to YRDSB and NON-YRDSB students:

o Login here if you have an existing Edsby account

o Or, to create a new Edsby account

NOTE: Use of a laptop or desktop is highly recommended. Edsby cannot support online registration from any mobile or tablet device.

● Program Fee Update:

Due to the switch in the delivery mode for our language programs (from face-to-face to online), the fee has been reduced to $10 for each language class registration. This fee supports the costs incurred for licensing of the online platform and instructional materials. We appreciate your patience as we work through the refund process

for students who registered prior to this decision being made.

Best regards,

The Indigenous Languages and International Languages Team

Phone Number: (905) 884-2046 ext. 242, Email:

Upcoming Faith Days

For faith observances this month, please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar located on the new revised YRDSB School Calendar page.

All communication from the school comes via:

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.