Our School Council’s Annual Fundraiser Begins!

16 Jan

Your child will be coming home this week with a fundraising envelope for this year’s School Council Fundraising effort.  Make no mistake –our school’s commitment to fundraising supports our students.  Last year’s fundraising effort allowed us to purchase many things:

·    50 Chromebooks

·    12 iPads

·    Indoor/Outdoor Recess Kits

·    Forest of Reading Programs ·    Makerspace Resources

·    Modern Learning Accessories

Your contributions make a genuine difference directly for our students!

The week of February 12, 2018 students will participate in a variety of We Love Bakersfield activities culminating in a We Love Bakersfield Valentine’s Dance and celebration on Thursday, February 15th, hosted by Bounce Entertainment.  Our goal this year is for every student to raise a minimum of $10 in donations. (Donations may be collected from family members, extended family members or friends; no door-to-door solicitation is permitted.)  For every $10 donated, students will be issued a ticket which they will place into a draw to win a prize.  The more money the student raises, the more tickets he or she accumulates giving them more chances to win!  In the interest of maximizing the number of winners, students are limited to winning only one prize each.  And this year we have amazing prizes, including:

·    A Drone

·    A Hatchimal ·    A Lego Creative Pack
·    An Echo Smart Speaker ·    A Nintendo Switch

·    Many Other Prizes!

All items were chosen based on focus groups of primary, junior and intermediate students.  As well, aside from the larger prizes that students can try to win, all non-winning tickets will be entered into a consolation draw for even more prizes –including gift cards to Dave and Busters, movie passes, SkyZone jump vouchers and many, many more items!  The prizes this year are fantastic … and the money raised goes to the best cause of all, our students.

Please help the school and submit all cash and/or cheques inside your child’s We Love Bakersfield donation envelope by Monday, February 5th.  We thank you for your generous support of the school!

Director’s Letter to Families

12 Jan

We wish to share with our community this welcoming letter from the York Region District School Board’s new Director of Education, Louise Sirisko.  Our thanks, as always, for your support.

Transportation and Trip Cancellation

12 Jan

We have received notification that “due to continued weather warnings issued by Environment Canada, school bus and taxi transportation in York Region have been cancelled.”  This includes any transportation booked for local, school-based trips.  This will impact on a number of classes with trips scheduled for today.  Teachers will be in contact with families in the days ahead with regards to the rescheduling of any trips or trip refunds, as necessary.  We appreciate your understanding.

With the inclement weather at hand, we would remind everyone to drive and walk to school with even greater than usual care.  In particular, as temperatures drop throughout the day, we can expect significant ice –our caretakers will salt and sand proactively, but let’s be mindful in driving and walking in the interest of our safety, and the safety of our students.

Registration Closing and Confirmations

10 Jan

Registration for our School Council Winter Wellness Night closes tonight at 8:00 p.m.  Until then, you can still register at http://bit.ly/BPSWellness.  Registration confirmations for workshops that you’ve signed up for will be sent home with students next week.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the evening of Thursday, January 18th 2018 in support of our collective wellness!

Winter-Spring Milk Program

10 Jan

The final day of the Fall-Winter milk program is Friday, January 26th, 2018.

Bakersfield Public School is now taking milk and chocolate milk orders for the Winter-Spring time period beginning Monday, January 29th 2018 through Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.  Milk will be distributed to all students who have pre-ordered.  The deadline for orders is Thursday, January 25th, 2018.

All orders are made using School Cash Online.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school office.

It’s Not Too Late for Wellness!

6 Jan

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You can still sign up!  On the evening of Thursday, January 18th 2018 our School Council is hosting a Winter Wellness Night with a variety of sessions for parents (or parents and children) on a wide range of topics from healthy eating to active living, from mental health to physical well-being.  Registrations remain open on a first come, first serve basis.  All workshops are free, but note that some workshops have limited space.  We encourage you to sign up now to avoid disappointment!  (Proper fitness attire will be required for fitness-related workshops.)

Register now at http://bit.ly/BPSWellness

Our Wellness Night includes an open ‘wellness showcase’ in the library, along with two scheduled workshop sessions requiring registration.  At the registration link above, parents will be asked to choose two sessions from the workshops listed.  Some workshops involve child and adult participation, and some are geared towards parents only.  The registration form will indicate that parents (or guardians or grandparents) sign up individually and where applicable, include their children’s names.

Take action on your New Year’s resolutions early and register for the sessions you’re interested in.  Let’s make our collective well-being a priority in 2018!

Happy Holidays!

22 Dec

From all of us at Bakersfield Public School, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish our community a very happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.  Winter break runs from December 25th to January 5th.  We look forward to everyone’s safe return to school when classes resume on January 8th, 2018.