Start-up letter to families

 

September 3, 2019

Dear families,

We are so excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year at York Region District School Board. We hope that you are looking forward to a year of learning, growth and discovery. It is important to us that all of our students and families know that they are a valued part of our school community. Each and every child has important and unique contributions to offer and we aim to create learning environments where they feel safe, respected and supported in making those contributions.

It is a privilege to work alongside families to support your children in exploring their interests, learning more about the world around them and reaching their full potential. We are more successful in doing that when there are strong connections between our schools and families, and we hope you will find opportunities to build those important connections throughout the year.

Our work to provide your child with the best possible education is guided by four priorities set out by the Board of Trustees in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership. Our plans are available on the Board website or you can make a request through your school office.

As part of our commitment to build collaborative relationships, we will continue to keep you informed about our work at the board and important news and events through our website, social media and through your school. We look forward to connecting with you, and wish you a happy, safe and successful school year.

Sincerely,

Louise Sirisko                                                                         Corrie McBain

Director of Education                                                              Chair of the Board

Trustee Greetings

September 2019 – Trustee Greetings for School Newsletters

Message from Our Trustee

I am so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families to another school year. As your school board trustee, it is my role to advocate for quality public education in York Region, and to ensure that our students remain at the centre of all of our decision making. The Board of Trustees makes policy and budget decisions, and communicates with the public, among other responsibilities.

We are also responsible for setting direction for the school board, through our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out four priorities: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership.

As we start the new school year, I want to highlight the importance of relationships. We want to build and maintain relationships with our families that are built on trust, respect and responsive communication. To support that, I will continue to keep you informed of our work and priorities. You can also find the message from the Chair of the Board on the Board’s website.

In addition, I invite you to share your feedback on our Board policies. Policies govern everything from field trips, school volunteers, equity and inclusive education, student discipline and much more, and we greatly value input from families on these important matters. We regularly post on our website the policies that are under review and available for comment as well as information about how to share your feedback. I hope you will take a look.

I know school staff are excited to welcome back students, and I encourage you to build a relationship with the staff members and community at your school. There are so many different ways to get involved and support your child’s education. I hope you have a great start to the school year and wish you a happy, safe and successful year ahead.

Elizabeth Terrell-Tracey

Trustee, East Gwillimbury and Whitchurch-Stouffville

School Start-Up Information

FIRST DAY PROCEDURE

Our school day starts at 8:10 am for all students.  Outside supervision begins at 7:55am.  Similar to previous years, for our grade one to three students, please meet at the back of the school.  Tables will be set up with class lists for staff to let you know your child’s teacher. Please find your class and meet your teacher. Pylons with teachers’ names will also be set up to help find classroom teachers. For our senior kindergarten students, please go to the kindergarten yard at 7:55am. Please note daily after school supervision is from 2:40 to 2:55 only.

TIMETABLE

7:55am – Outside Supervision Starts

8:05am – Entry Bell

8:10am to 9:00am – Period One

9:00am to 9:50am – Period Two

9:50am to 10:20am – Recess

10:20am to 11:10am – Period Three

11:10am to 12:00pm – Period Four

12:00pm to 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm to 1:50pm – Period Five

1:50pm to 2:40pm – Period Six

2:40pm – Dismissal

HEALTHCARE PLANS

If your child has a medical condition that may require the administration of medication and/or a specific healthcare plan, please let our main office staff know as soon as possible.  We strive to ensure our students are safe at all times.  The only way we can achieve this is if parents/guardians share pertinent healthcare information.  Please visit the YRDSB website to view the student healthcare plans.  Please complete the relevant documents and provide prescription medication to the office.  Not sure which form to complete?  Please contact the main office at 905-473-0110 and we will gladly help!  For your convenience, paper copies of the healthcare forms are available in the main office.

LUNCH SUPERVISORS

We are looking for community members to help out with supervision during our lunch hour (12:00 – 1:00). If this is of interest to you please call our main office 905-473-0110.

PARKING LOT BEST PRACTICES PLEASE HELP CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT BY FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES BELOW

  • Parents and guardians may park in the parking lot located on the east side of our school. No cars may enter the bus loop area.
  • Please drive slowly and safely through the Kiss and Ride
  • Park your car only in designated parking lot spots (not the Kiss and Ride area, curbs, caretaker’s loading area or, parking in ways that block other vehicles). If you want to walk your child to the entry areas you must park your car in the parking lot spots. It is very important that you do not park, or stop for extended amounts of time, in the kiss and ride area as this causes a backlog of vehicles.
  • If you are using the kiss and ride area please pull up, allow your child to exit your car and then drive away slowly. Supervision begins at 7:55 a.m. at our school in the Kindergarten areas, bus loop and main yard. We recommend dropping your child off ahead of the 8:05 a.m. entry bell between 7:55 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. This also helps balance the amount of traffic in our parking lot.
  • Allow yourself adequate time in the morning and afternoon to calmly and safely drop off and pick up your child because the parking lot area can be very busy.
  • Ensure all traffic signs are followed. Do not park at the curbs of the parking lot.
  • Remind your child to use the designated crosswalk areas so they do not cross into any traffic areas in our parking lot.

For students who take the bus to school. We are committed to ensuring the safety of students when they travel on the bus.

It is important for students to understand that riding the bus is a privilege.  They must behave appropriately on the bus, in a manner which is safe for themselves and for the other children on the bus.  Behaviour that distracts the bus driver is unsafe.

Students are expected to:

– Remain seated at all times (except when getting on or off the bus)

– Speak in a calm tone of voice

– Keep all belongings, food and water bottles inside their backpack/school bag;

– Be responsible for their actions and the consequences of their choices.

In accordance with Board Policy #680.0 Transportation to/from Schools, students are responsible to the Principal for their conduct on the bus.  In the event of misbehaviour, bus transportation privileges may be withdrawn.  We ask that you take a moment to discuss this information with your child, so that everyone will have a safe year on the bus.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.

More information about bus routes and times can be found at www.schoolbuscity.com. Parents/guardians, it is important to remember your child’s bus number and pick-up/drop-off times.

Students who use bicycles to travel to school:

  •         Must wear a helmet.
  •         Must walk while on school property.
  •         Should lock bicycles on the bike rack

The school is not responsible for any lost or damaged personal items.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling us at      905-473-0110.  Our doors are open and we are happy to help. 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd. 

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN LONG WEEKEND!