December 12th – 16th

Sunday, December 11th, 2022

Winter Clothing:  Once again we remind families to ensure students are coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather.  Indoor shoes, a change of clothes and extra socks are also recommended.  Please label all clothing sent to school with your child.

Warm in Winter Drive: Our Warm in Winter Drive continues!  Parkview 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.  Thank you!

Rescheduled Hot Lunch Dates:  The following lunches have been rescheduled – 

  1. Pizza lunch missed on November 7th has been rescheduled to December 19th;
  2. Rice lunch missed on November 4th have been rescheduled to December 21st

***Please note – the last day for hot lunches this calendar year is Friday, December 16th (except for the makeup dates above).  Please ensure that all students have packed lunches for the final week of school, December 19th – 23rd.

Last Day is Spirit Day:  Ring in the new year a few days early with New Year’s Gear!  On the last day of school for the calendar year, students are invited to wear New Year’s items to school.  New Year’s glasses, necklaces, hair bands, sparkles or items that say ‘2023’ can be worn on the last Friday.  Students may also choose to wear their Parkview House Colours.  

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

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 free in-person event will be happening this Wednesday, December 14th.  Light refreshments will be provided.  See this flyer for more information. 

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.  Session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th

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 21st: Grade 8s attend UHS drama presentation

December 18th:  Hanukkah begins

December 23rd: Spirit Day 

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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