Please see the attached PDF file for our School Start-up Package containing information about all of our policies, procedures and expectations. Please review them with your child(ren) to make sure we all share the same understanding.
This year, we will be trying to reduce the number of paper documents that are sent home as part of our efforts to reduce the spread of germs and viruses. Please anticipate more electronic communication this year as a result.
Many of our families will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the coming weeks. If your child is going to be absent from school for either of these holidays, please make sure that you go into Edsby or call the school office to report your child’s absence. This can be done at any time. If a student is away on a religious holiday and parents have not reported their absence ahead of time, we will still need to call parents to get confirmation on that day that they are safe at home. You can avoid this disruption to your holiday by being sure to report the absence ahead of time. Thank you!
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, students in grades K – 8 at our school will be taking part in The Terry Fox National School Run Day (rain date: Thursday, October 1, 2020). All students will be walking outside for 20 minutes. Individual classes will be going out at a scheduled time slot in order to social distance safely. The students will be supervised by their teacher to ensure their safety.
Our school is proud to play an important role in keeping the legacy of Terry Fox going. This marks a very special year as it is the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Walk Fundraiser. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the heroic efforts of Terry over the next few weeks as well as raise much-needed funds for cancer research. Through our participation in the Terry Fox School Run, we hope to encourage leadership in our students and create positive agents of change in our wonderful school community.
Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated and donations of $20.00 or more automatically receipted. All donations are to be made online only. Please send in all donations by Wednesday, September 30th, 2020.
All monies raised will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation and 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research!
Donating online to The Terry Fox Foundation is fast and easy. Donors get a receipt immediately by email.
4. Enter the name of your school and follow the prompts to donate
Your child may also choose to set up their own fundraising page by clicking the “Donate to a Student” button. Their page will connect automatically to our school’s fundraising page and they’ll receive a link to email friends and family to help them reach their fundraising goal.
We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Terry Fox Run. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer. We hope you will join us as our school community bands together in the fight against cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!
We have had a great first couple of days back at school. Our staggered entry has allowed the teachers to work with smaller groups of students to help them adjust to our new safety procedures. All of our Grade 4 to 8 students have been cooperatively wearing their masks, though some have had difficulty as the masks are too big for them or are uncomfortable. Please check with your child to see how their mask has been working for them and if there might be a better option for them. Masks do come in different sizes. We want the mask to be as comfortable as possible so that they can wear it consistently while in the classroom.
Starting on Monday, when students arrive at school after 8:40, they can go directly inside the school and into their classrooms. We want to avoid having the students wait outside and line up so they are not gathering together.
At the end of the day, students are being dismissed on a staggered basis, starting at 3:05 and from different exits. Teacher will wait until their students have left the property or have joined their parents. Parents – while waiting for your children at dismissal, please model good physical distancing by staying 2 metres away from non-family members. We want to help the children understand that they can still be friendly while keeping a safe distance if they are not wearing their masks.
Thank you to all of our staff, parents, and students for getting us off to a great start to the 2020-2021 school year!
We hope that you and your families are healthy and keeping well during this time of global pandemic. We look forward to welcoming our students into the Elementary Virtual School (EVS), which currently comprises over 28,000 students and over 1,000 staff members.
Our staff have been working closely with the Ministry of Education and York Region Public Health to plan for the 2020/2021 school year. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time in education. We are committed to providing optimal learning experiences for our students and are working diligently to ensure inclusive and inviting learning environments for all our students. Please visit our Elementary Virtual School (EVS) website for more information.
We will provide an update on the virtual school plan on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 that will ensure a supported entry for all our students. Regularly scheduled classes will resume on Monday September 14.
EVS Supported Entry Plan – Orientation to the Elementary Virtual School (EVS)
Part 2: Focus on Curriculum Orientation for Supported Entry (30 minutes) followed by Asynchronous Activities for Students
Monday, September 14
8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Full Day of Classes EVS
Timetable/Class Placement Information
By noon on Sunday, your child’s teacher will be sending a welcome message to your child with more information including access to the Google Classroom that will be used as a platform for learning this year. A schedule is below.
Elementary Virtual School (EVS) Schedule: K-8
8:45 – 9:35
9:35 – 10:25
10:25 – 10:55
10:55 – 11:45
11:45 – 12:35
12:35 – 1:35
1:35 – 2:25
2:25 – 3:15
Switching Between In-Person and Virtual Models of Learning
We appreciate that with new information and demands of this time, parents/guardians may wish to request a switch between the in-person and the virtual models of learning. Transfers from in-person to virtual cannot be accommodated at this time. Elementary Virtual School (EVS) is timetabling and staffing and must work with the numbers that have been shared already to complete this process. Subject to the availability of space and program, additional transfer requests will be considered when the initial timetabling and staffing process is complete and we have had an opportunity to verify the data. Home schools will hold on to any past requests at this time which will be placed on a waitlist. During the week of September 14, 2020, families will receive information on how to request a transfer between the models, i.e., online transfer request form. Students new to YRDSB should be registered and timetabled in home schools, pending consideration of their request to attend EVS.
French Immersion Update
EVS will offer French Immersion for Grades 1 to 8. For primary EVS students, Grades 1 to 3, French Immersion students in the virtual school will receive 150 minutes of French instruction per day and 150 minutes of instruction in English per day. Similarly, Grades 4 to 8 will receive this same amount of French and English daily instruction. The provision of French instruction will enable us to meet the Ministry of Education requirements for French Immersion, while allowing maximum use of teachers with French qualifications to maintain the offering of French Immersion in EVS.
Students in the regular track in Grades 4 to 8 will be receiving 150 minutes of French Instruction each week. This amount of time will meet the Ministry requirements of 600 minutes by the end of Grade 8.
Virtual School Digital Tool Supports for Families
To support you and your child accessing learning materials and synchronous learning tools through Google Classroom, a number of online resources are available:
Information regarding Tip Sheets for Accessing Zoom will be available soon
For more digital tool resources, including video screencasts, please visit our parent resource page on the Board website. In the near future, you will also be able access Frequently Asked Questions for families specific to the Elementary Virtual School (EVS).
If your child requires technology, families can make requests for devices and internet access by contacting their home school, who will then complete the request for technology on your behalf. If you require further technical supports for board provided devices, please fill out the Student Tech Help. Students who are new to the board, or have forgotten their Username or Password, should contact their “home school” office staff to retrieve their Username and Password.
YRDSB held a Virtual Town Hall meeting recently in order to answer families’ questions about our reopening plan. It was live-streamed on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Click on this link to watch the recording.
Regional Principal: Bernadette Smith EOAA: Margaret Burns
Parents are now able to access Edsby to see their child’s homeroom class and homeroom teacher name. There were some technical difficulties this morning as classes were still being uploaded and changes were being made. Corrections take 24 hours to appear in Edsby. If you checked today, you should go in to Edsby tomorrow morning to verify that there have been no changes to the class assignment. In some cases, the teacher is new and has not yet been assigned to a class in the Edsby system. Please see below for our list of teachers and homeroom classes. When you arrive to school for your first day, your child should find their teacher at their designated location (kindergarten pen, field, or tarmac). If you are new to the school, you may not have Edsby access. You should come to the school on your assigned day and speak to a staff member who can direct you to the correct homeroom teacher.
There will be no classroom changes for students in the first week of school. Parents had an opportunity in the spring to share any requests or concerns about class placements, and these requests were already taken into consideration when class placements were made.
Our priority this year is safety and smaller class sizes. This means that we cannot always accommodate social requests.
School staff worked very hard to place children in an optimal learning environment. Students need a chance to settle into their new classes and adjust to their new environment. The reality of having a smaller school is that we have to have many split classes. Our teachers are very competent in ensuring that the needs of the students in both grades are met in a split class. They will still be learning and assessed on the appropriate grade level curriculum. If you still have concerns about your child’s class placement after the first full week of school, please contact Mr. Barlow by email to set up an appointment.
We have several new teachers joining us this year, including some who have been brought on to increase the number of classrooms and make our class sizes smaller. Welcome to Ms. Pignatelli, Ms. Liscio, Ms. Servidio, Ms. Tu-Abraham, Mr. Rosenfeld, and Ms. Ankrah. Welcome back to Ms. Racioppo who is returning from her maternity leave, and to Ms. Mazzotta who will once again be covering for Ms. Kadonoff while she is on a brief leave of absence.
Homeroom Classes and Teachers
K12A – Ms. Zoltak and Ms. Volpentesta
K12B – Ms. Dogon and Ms. Volpentesta
K21A – Ms. Wilgan
1A – Ms. Mazzotta (Ms. Kadonoff)
2A – Ms. Pignatelli
3A – Ms. Liscio
34A – Ms. Keslassy / Ms. Servidio
45A – Ms. Raso
56A – Ms. Tu-Abraham
56B – Mr. Ieraci
7A – Ms. Pintzov
78A – Ms. Nithiyananthaselvan
8A – Mr. Rosenfeld
For students in the SSC classes, they are assigned to the following regular homerooms:
Students in Grade 4 and 5: 45A Raso
Students in Grade 6: 56B Ieraci
Students in Grade 7 and 8: 78A Nithiyananthaselvan
We look forward to seeing all of our students back on Thursday and Friday, and meeting our new JK students on Monday!
We know that there is some anxiety about students returning to school after so long away. Our educator team is excited to see our students again and want to do our best to get the year off to a positive start. In order to make students feel comfortable, over the first few days our teachers will be going over many of the new protocols that have been put in place to reduce physical contact between students and reduce the spread of germs and viruses.
On your child’s first day, their teacher will meet them outside. Kindergarten students will meet at the fenced-in Kindergarten area. Gr. 1 to 4 teachers will be on the tarmac area. Gr. 5 to 8 teachers will be on the soccer field. Once the students have been gathered, they will be brought into the school for the day.
At the end of day, the Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes will be dismissed at 3:10 from their external classroom door. The JK/SK doors are located in the Kindergarten area. The SK/1 and Grade 1 doors are located on the side of the school facing Beverley Glen Blvd. Teachers will keep the children until they see the parent and directly hand off the child to the parent.
**Please note: Our Grade 7 and 8 classes will be dismissed at 3:05 and will be asked to leave the property immediately unless they are waiting for a younger sibling. Our Grade 5 and 6 classes will be dismissed at 3:10, and our Grades 2 to 4 classes will be dismissed at 3:15. By staggering the dismissal, we hope to reduce crowding in the hallways and at the exits. Grade 7 and 8 students will be dismissed from the South East doors. Grade 2 to 6 students will be dismissed from the South West doors. Parents should wait at the appropriate tarmac area for their children to be dismissed.
After their first day, students will be able to enter the school any time after 8:40 in the morning and proceed directly to their classrooms.
More than ever, it is crucial that students stay home if they are not feeling well. Any students who exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 at school (Fever, New or Worsening Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat or Difficulty Swallowing, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Unexpected Runny Nose or Nasal Congestion) will be isolated from others until a parent can come and pick them up.
Please see the checklist below for an important Back to School checklist that includes information about Masks, Lunches, and School Supplies. At this time, we are asking that students not bring balls or other sports equipment to school. We will be providing equipment for recess play that will be sanitized after use.
For those families who have chosen to have their students Learn at Home this term, you will be contacted by your child’s online teacher next week with information about how to sign in to their virtual classroom. If you need a technology device for your child to access the curriculum at home, you are asked to complete the following survey: Access to Technology Questionnaire . We wish all of our online students the best of luck this term as they learn at home!
This is a reminder of the blog messages that were sent out earlier this week that students will be returning to school on a staggered entry basis. Please see the calendar below to clarify the re-entry schedule for your child. Our office is becoming overwhelmed with emails and phone calls asking for clarification around schedules and class requests. Please refrain from contacting the school unless it is an urgent manner. All class placement requests that were submitted in May have been received and considered. We will not be considering any further requests. Parents will be notified of who their child’s teacher is next Wednesday. Thank you for your assistance as we try to prepare the safest possible re-entry to school for your children.