December 19th – December 23rd

Sunday, December 18th, 2022

It is difficult to believe that this is our last week of school before the winter break!  School will be closed from December 26-January 6 and classes will resume on Monday, January 9, 2023. 

Rescheduled Hot Lunch Dates:  A reminder that 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

3) Ambiyan  Lunch missed from Dec 15th will be rescheduled to December 22nd 

***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.

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

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. 

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.  

Thank You & Happy Holidays:  Thank you to all of the families who donated to our Warm in Winter Drive.  All items received will be donated to families in need.  We also thank families for their steady support and cooperation in keeping students safe and in school as we continue to persevere during this ongoing pandemic.  Whether you are recognizing a holiday, significant faith day or spending quality time with family, we want to wish you health and happiness over the winter break and into the new year.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back in January 2023!

Upcoming Dates: 

December 21st: Grade 8s attend UHS drama presentation

December 18th:  Hanukkah begins

December 23rd: Spirit Day 

December 25th: Western Christmas 

December 26th: Kwanzaa

Dec. 26 – Jan. 6th Winter Break 

January 7th: Eastern Christmas

January 20th: Professional Activity Day

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

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