December 5th – 9th

Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Congratulations Volleyball Teams!

Congratulations to our Parkview Intermediate Boys and Girls Volleyball teams, as they both completed remarkable seasons!  Both teams won their respective Area Tournaments and the Girls recently won the Regional Championships!  We take this opportunity to commend the teams for their determination, work ethic and positive attitude throughout the volleyball season – the Parkview community is extremely proud of your accomplishments!  We would like to thank our Parkview parents for their support in getting students to and from volleyball games and our coaches: Ms. Viske, Mr. Rainford, Mr. Jo, and Mr. Hewson for the many hours they spent coaching our teams!  

Winter Clothing:  Please ensure that your child/children are coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather (hats, mitts/gloves, boots, winter coats, snow pants, etc.,).  They should also have a pair of indoor shoes and a change of clothes, including extra socks. Please remember to label all items.

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.

Every Student Counts Survey 2022-2023:  The York Region District School Board will be conducting the Every Student Counts Survey with students (Grades K-12) to help us better understand our student population and school communities. 

The information will be used to inform Board and school planning that aims to improve student achievement and well-being, identify and eliminate barriers, and create more equitable and inclusive school environments. 

The surveys will include questions related to: 

  • engagement and learning
  • well-being and mental health
  • course pathways in high school
  • safety, discrimination and bullying
  • relationships with peers and staff 
  • equitable and inclusive learning environments 
  • student identity (demographics)

We ask questions about students’ identities (e.g., race and gender) to support understanding how learning experiences may differ among groups of students. 

In the Spring of 2023, students in Grades 4-12 will be invited to complete the student survey and will be provided with in-class time to complete it. Students from Grades K-3 will be invited to complete a survey at home with their parent, guardian or caregiver. Translated versions of the K-3 survey will be available.  

To ensure equitable access to the survey, accommodations will be made for participants with varying exceptionalities. For your reference, a copy of the survey will be available on the Board website prior to the survey implementation. 

Surveys are voluntary and confidential but not anonymous. This means that students will not be asked for their identifying information, such as their name.  Individual responses will not be reported. Storage and retention of data will follow Board Policy and Procedure #160.0 Records and Information Management.

This important initiative offers students and families an opportunity to share their experiences so the Board can understand the needs of various groups of students and identify barriers to learning. Results from the surveys will be shared with Trustees, schools, Board departments, and the public during the 2023-24 school year. 

Families will have the opportunity to provide feedback during the survey development phase. More information will be communicated to families when available.

In 2018, YRDSB conducted our first Every Student Counts Survey and the data from that survey is available on the Board website. If you have questions about the survey, please visit the Board website for more information or contact

A Message From Our Trustee – Ed Law  

I am happy to serve as your trustee on the 2022-2026 Board of Trustees.

As a trustee, my role includes being an advocate for quality public education in York Region, and I want to assure you that I am committed to that work. Every one of our students deserves to be learning in an environment where they feel safe, valued and supported in learning and achieving success. 

Part of our role as trustees includes making policy and budget decisions, and setting our priorities as an organization through a Multi-Year Strategic Plan. Our board will work hard to keep students at the centre of our decision making, and to build collaborative relationships with the families and communities we serve. The education of our students, your children, is a partnership and the relationships we have with families is an essential one. 

Communicating with families and members of the public is also an important part of our role, and I look forward to connecting with members of the school community in the coming weeks and months. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I will be sharing information with you throughout the school year, and letting you know more about our work and priorities as a school board. You can also visit the board website at or follow on social media. 

As we head into December, I also want to wish you a safe and enjoyable winter break. There are many significant dates in December for different faiths and cultures, and to all those celebrating, I wish you a happy and joyous celebration. I hope everyone has an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, relax and recharge, and we look forward to welcoming you back in January. 

Ed Law

Trustee, Markham Wards 3 and 4

Mental Health Series Supporting Students of Chinese Heritage Community: In an ongoing effort to support achievement and well-being for students who are racialized and or marginalized, and in support of the actions and goals set out in the Director’s Action Plan, as well as the Student Mental Health and Addiction Strategy, YRDSB is collaborating with our CRES Partners at the Hong Fook Mental Health Association to develop a parent/caregiver series supporting students of Chinese heritage. The series will provide a number of parent/caregiver in-person events to build community, support mental health, and promote healing. 

The second session in the series is offered for any parent/guardian of students of Chinese Heritage. Parents, caregivers and students are invited to come together to engage meaningful conversations that help students strive at school. Tips on ways that help strengthen family relationships and emotional wellbeing will be shared. This will be a free in-person event. Light refreshments will be provided.  See this flyer for more information. 

Parenting Traps – Strategies for a Successful Winter Break:  Free Parent Presentation for elementary parents and caregivers. Topic for this virtual session on December 8th at 10:00 a.m. will be: Parent Traps: Strategies for a Successful Winter Break.  See this flyer for additional details.

SAAAC Autism Centre Presents Caregiver Orientation: New Autism Diagnosis:  In collaboration with York Region District School Board, SAAAC Autism Centre Presents “Caregiver Orientation: New Autism Diagnosis”. To be delivered in English and Tamil.  Review  this flyer for more information.

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. 

Upcoming Dates: 

December 5th – 11th: Computer Science Education Week & Hour of Code

December 18th:  Hanukkah

December 25th: Christmas 

December 26th: Kwanzaa

Dec. 26 – Jan. 6th Winter Break

Upcoming Faith Days:  For faith observances this month, please see the YRDSB Multifaith Calendar

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