October is….

G’mar Chatima Tovah! October 5th is Yom Kippur for Jewish people. This is the most solemn holiday in the Jewish calendar and follows the celebration of the New Year, Rosh Hashanah. We wish our families celebrating an easy fast!

October is Hispanic Heritage Month. Did you know that ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino’ are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things? Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

October is Islamic Heritage Month. As we seek to prevent, combat and stop all forms of hate and discrimination, we take time to learn about others. This month we are talking about Islamaphobia and the misunderstandings that exist about Islam. We also take time to learn about the amazing accomplishments and contributions of Islamic peoples around the world and especially here in Canada.

Shubh Diwali! October 24th is the beginning of Diwali for Hindu, Sikhs and Jain people. The festival of Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of the year in the Hindu month of Kartik and lasts for five days. It is known as a the festival of light that celebrates hope, knowledge, success and fortune. We wish our families celebrating a Happy Diwali!

BBQ TONIGHT!

Hey BPS! We are super excited to welcome you to school tonight for our Curriculum Night!

For those of you that purchased food and are joining us for the BBQ, your tickets will be handed out by School Council members at the back of the school starting at 5:20 p.m.. We have only a few tables and chairs, so if you have a blanket to picnic on or want to bring your folding chairs, we encourage that.

Curriculum Night presentations will be starting at 6:40 p.m. and repeated again at 7:15 p.m. The schedule and locations will be posted throughout the school to help you find where you are heading to.

SEE YOU SOON!!!

Anti-Asian Racism Focus Group Research Project

York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is conducting research on the experiences of Asian students, educators, staff, and community members, in an effort to dismantle anti-Asian racism and to foster belonging and create safer spaces for Asian members of the YRDSB organization.

If you are an Asian identifying member (East Asian, South Asian, South East Asian) of the YRDSB, then you are invited to
participate in a virtual focus group (small discussion group) to talk about your experiences within the YRDSB institution. For your participation, you will receive a small gift.

Please see the link here for registration and for the Flyer in multiple languages.

LATE Bus

Good Afternoon!

Just to let families of bus students know – we have JUST been informed the bus will be another 30-45minutes late. We are attempting to call every parent, but wanted to post in case we reach some of you faster. The students are at the school with Administration and will be kept here until the bus finally comes or a parent comes. We apologize on behalf of the bus company for the delay.