October 10th – 14th

Meet the Teacher – October 6th:  Thank you to our Parkview community for joining us at Meet and Greet this past Thursday evening!  The Parkview staff were pleased to see so many families visiting our classrooms.  Teachers shared what students have been experiencing so far and gave summaries of what to expect this school year.  Books were purchased at our Book Fair and a number of students (and some parents) even enjoyed delicious popcorn! Thank you to our families for your ongoing support!  We look forward to an exciting year of teaching and learning with your children. 

Newcomer Session:  Thank you to all our Parkview families who attended our Newcomer Information Session! A special thank you to Ms. Bilkas, Ms. Mo and our School Settlement Worker Ms. Li for putting this session together!

School Council Meeting:  Thank you to all our Parkview families who attended our first school council meeting. Congratulations to our executive council members: Chair- A. Sharif, Co-Chair- S. Mo, Treasurer- H. Alvi,  Secretary-V.Mehra.                               

Council email: parkview.ps@sc.yrdsb.ca

Terry Fox Run: On Thursday, October 6, 2022 the Parkview Panthers participated in their annual Terry Fox Event and it was a huge success! Our theme for the day was titled “What’s Your 42?” based on the fact that this would have been the 42nd anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. Each division took part for an hour under the direction of the intermediate student athletic ministers and their cabinet members. Throughout the hour, themed challenges were introduced (eg. 42 seconds of jumping jacks, 42 skips of the ropes, 42 seconds dancing the YMCA, 42 volleyball keep ups, 42 lengths of the soccer field for some grade 7 and 8 students, etc.) and students had a great time.

Our school wide challenge focused on Terry’s famous quote “I Am Not a Quitter”. Students cut out a template of Terry’s iconic shoe and wrote something that showed how they have persevered or shown the same “never quit” attitude as Terry. Shoes were then personalized with designs and colors and proudly displayed in our front foyer for all to see. A very powerful visual display!  

To date, Parkview has raised $860 and we are hoping to reach our goal of $1750 by the end of the month. Thanks again for your support for such a worthwhile cause as we continue to share in Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer. If you have not had a chance to donate as of yet, we will continue to collect donations up to October. All donations can be made at http://www.terryfox.ca/ParkviewPSUnionville

PANTHERS PROWL PROUDLY AT AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS:  The Parkview cross country team traveled to Milliken Mills to compete in the area cross country championships – the first area meet since 2019. 

Congratulations to the senior girls team for earning a pennant for Parkview by finishing with an incredible team score of 20!        

All Parkview runners should be proud of their accomplishments as we were the ONLY school in our entire area of 24 schools to field full teams at each age group. In total, there were 1158 runners competing at the area championships.

A special thanks to Mr. H’s grade 8 helpers for their help in scoring the entire meet and for keeping our panthers  nourished with their truckload of snacks.  

A big thank you to Coach McCammon and Ms. O’Neil for all their hard work and commitment to the team. Thanks to the teachers back at Parkview for their flexibility and support and to Ms. Anand and Mr. Spencer for their support of the athletic teams at Parkview. 

Picture Day:  A reminder to families that picture day will take place on Wednesday, October 12th.

International Baccalaureate Information Sessions: The York Region District School Board offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at five high schools.  To learn more about the IB program and how to apply to it, Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the International Baccalaureate Information Evening on Thursday, October 13th.  Further details about this event can be found on the IB schools’ websites. 

Grade 8 Open House Information Nights:  Grade 8 Information Sessions with dates, times and specialized programs are listed here.

Student Information System:  Over the course of the past two years many Ontario school boards have been working on the migration of their student information systems to a modernized system. The student information system is integral to school operations and is complex in nature. Over the summer, the board implemented this new student system and as is the case with any new project of this magnitude we experienced a small number of implementation challenges. Our Information Technology Services team is working diligently with the associated vendors to resolve the issues. We recognize that these issues may have caused some inconveniences for regular school procedures and will work to provide regular communications to families.

Elementary School Dental Screening Program:  York Region Public Health has resumed the dental screening program in schools. Public health staff will begin visiting schools in mid-October 2022.

Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS):The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is committed to improving student achievement and well-being by working to ensure accessible, equitable, healthy, inclusive learning environments for students. The Board recognizes that marginalized students face systemic barriers through policies, programs and practices that create or maintain disadvantages for these students and therefore, requires the intentional identification and removal of systemic barriers to student learning and well-being. 

YRDSB’s first Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS) was implemented in 2018. As part of a four year cycle to monitor trends, including improvements over time, the Board is implementing the second iteration of the ESCS during the 2022-2023 school year. The Board will use this data to:

● Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success,
● Create more equitable and inclusive school environments, and
● Improve student achievement and well-being

In April – May 2023 all YRDSB students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 will be invited to participate in the ESCS. Families of students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will complete the survey with their child at home, and students in Grades 4 to 12 will complete the survey during class time. The survey is voluntary and confidential and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Research and Assessment Services is consulting with internal and external stakeholders about the survey content, as well as administration. Important dates and implementation details will be provided in January.

Islamic Heritage Month In-Person Event:  An in-person exhibition on a wide variety of aspects of the Golden Islamic Scientific Era will be held on Friday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tahir Hall Community Centre.  More information can be found here.

Triple P Parenting Sessions:  York Region District School Board in collaboration with York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families is providing free parenting presentations for community members.  Please review this link for more information.

Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee:  A reminder that YRDSB is calling on community members to apply for membership on the Board’s Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee (EIAC).  The committee advises and supports the Board in fulfilling its commitment to ensuring that YRDSB schools and workplaces are equitable and inclusive places to learn and to work. Membership requires a commitment to attend meetings six times a year. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2022. More information about this volunteer opportunity, including how to apply, is available here.

World Mental Health Day:  October 10, 2022 is World Mental Health Day. This is an annual international day of awareness regarding mental health issues around the world. This day provides an opportunity to mobilize efforts to support mental health and encourage conversations and action to increase mental health care globally. All of us have mental health.  While the pandemic has, and continues to, challenge mental health and mental health access, the ability to reconnect through World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to protect and improve mental health.

Upcoming Dates: 

October is  Islamic Heritage Month 

October is 2SLGBTQI+ History Month

October 12th- Picture Day

October 21st- PA Day (no school for students)

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