It’s hard to believe that December is already here! With the colder weather, please ensure students are coming to school dressed appropriately (hats, mitts/gloves, boots, winter coats, snow pants, etc.). Also ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes and a change of clothes, including extra socks. Please remember to label all items.
Just a friendly reminder, students should NOT be arriving to school prior to 8:15am there is no supervision. The school parking lot is for staff only – this is to help ensure student safety. Please park on the city streets where parking is permitted.
It is important to check www.schoolbuscity.com for bussing times, the site is updated to inform families of late bus arrivals.
Grade 3 Gifted Screening: Grade 3 gifted screening will be taking place this week. Please inform the office via email if you do not wish for your child to participate in the gifted screening assessment.
Warm in Winter Drive: Our Warm and Winter Drive continues this week! We will continue to collect new winter items (e.g., hats, mitts, scarves, socks, winter coats and snowpants) in order to donate them to children in need. Many thanks for your ongoing support!
Sports Jersey Day: This coming Wednesday will be Sports Jersey Day! Students can show school spirit by wearing the jersey or shirt of their favourite sports team, a team jersey if you play for team outside of school, or any of Parkview’s school colours (i.e., red, black, grey, or white).
Masking in Schools and Preparing for Severe Weather: This is a reminder to families regarding masking practices at school and the steps taken when severe weather occurs.
Masking in Schools
Yesterday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended that individuals wear masks in indoor settings. We continue to consult with York Region Public Health, who are strongly recommending masking in indoor settings. York Region schools and workplaces continue to be mask friendly environments and masking is strongly encouraged in YRDSB schools and buildings, and on all forms of school transportation. All students, staff, families and visitors who choose to wear a mask, or who are advised or required to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. A limited number of masks are available; children who wish to wear a mask but do not have access to one, may contact their school.
School Transportation Cancellations
School transportation (buses and taxis) may be cancelled due to extreme cold or inclement weather. On these days, schools will remain open unless otherwise stated. If school transportation is cancelled in the morning, it will also be cancelled in the afternoon. Any special or hot lunch days and field trips will also be cancelled.
Families should use their best judgment to decide whether to send their children to school on extreme cold or inclement weather days. Students will not be penalized for missing school on those days. For safety reasons, please let the school know if your child will not be attending school that day.
Emergency closures will be considered when conditions may not be safe for students and staff members to attend school for the full day. This may include events that significantly limit school operations or access to the school site (e.g., widespread, prolonged power failures or downed power lines).
In keeping with our current practice, we will continue to keep our schools open as much as possible. However, it is important that families have alternate childcare arrangements
planned for the rare occasions when schools may be closed. Before and aftercare programs will not operate if schools are closed.
Communication to Families
Decisions about school transportation and school closures will be made as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. We will do our best to notify families in advance when we may be considering closing school and Board offices. Transportation cancellations or school closures are communicated through:
– Student Transportation Services – www.schoolbuscity.com or 1-877-330-3001
– Board and school websites
– @YRDSB Twitter account
– Radio and TV media outlets
Parent/Caregiver Series Supporting Students of Chinese Heritage: This series will provide a number of parent/caregiver in-person and web events to build community, support mental health, and promote healing.
The first session (November 29th) in the series is offered for any parent/guardian of students of Chinese Heritage. Parents and caregivers are invited to come together to hear encouraging words about positive mental health and wellness. This will be a free virtual event. Here is a flyer for the upcoming event. Registration is available in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Families and Schools Together: Families and Schools Together is a play and art therapy based program that allows families to come together. It is a program designed to help reduce caregiver isolation by connecting with other families in the 2SLGBTQI+ community. These sessions are for families with 2SLGBTQI+ caregivers or children, as well as families who are allies. Please review this link for more information.
December 5th – 11th: Computer Science Education Week & Hour of Code
Upcoming Faith Days: For faith observances this month, please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar
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