Administrative Assignments

17 Aug

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the York Region District School Board meeting of trustees and senior administrators, decisions were made regarding some of the administrative assignments for the coming school year.  Ms. Orlie Soroka, our current vice-principal, has been appointed as principal at Northern Lights Public School as of September 2017.  We thank Ms. Soroka for her commitment to our school and wish her all the best in her new role next year.  The Board has named Ms. Hema Parekh as the vice principal for Bakersfield Public School starting September 2017.  Ms. Parekh will be joining the school, bringing with her a range of experiences from across York Region.  We welcome Ms. Parekh to our school.

We look forward to our continued work supporting student learning and well-being next year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

End of Year Messages

28 Jun

The time has come, once again, to thank all the students, parents, guardians and our hard working, committed staff who have made this year at Bakersfield P.S. such a rewarding time.  Thank you to a wonderful group of individuals.  On behalf of the school, we would like to thank the School Council for their endless work and continued support and encouragement of our students and the school.  The accomplishments of this partnership are immeasurable and we look forward to continuing this positive and collaborative relationship with the School Council next year.

To our graduates, best wishes as you head off to your secondary schools.  You have contributed greatly to our school and will always be a part of the Bakersfield Public School family.  To the members of our community who are moving, thanks for your contributions to the school and best wishes in your new communities.

June is also a time for good-byes.  Ms. Cindy Freeman retires at the end of this year and we thank her for her years of service to students at Bakersfield P.S. and beyond.  Ms. Jeanette Hummel will be going on leave next year and we wish her all the best.  Ms. Laura Harrison, Ms. Andrea Holtzman, Ms. Kasia Niewiadomski, Ms. Tanya Matsuoka, Ms. Carolyn Papizzo, Ms. Sara Park and Ms. Jennifer Sit will also be leaving Bakersfield P.S.  We wish them the best of luck in their new schools.  We look forward to welcoming some new staff to our school in September from other schools across the region.

The school year begins on Tuesday September 5, 2017.  Students are asked to congregate at the rear of the school where they will be met by the staff.  Parents and guardians will be invited to join the students on the tarmac to see who their child(ren)’s teacher is/are.  (On the first day, students in JK attend for the last 100 minutes only, beginning at 1:35 p.m.)  Please be advised that school starts at 8:55 a.m. sharp, our lunch hour will be 12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. and the scheduled end time is 3:15 p.m. for all grades.  For the first day please ensure that your child either brings a lunch or has written permission to go home.

On September 5, 2017 if it is raining – only students will be brought into the gym (primary, junior) and library (intermediate) to be put into classes.  Please be reminded that due to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, class lists cannot be posted. Please also note that the organization on the first day of school is a tentative organization and as enrollment changes we may have to reorganize our current classes.

Please note that we are encouraging our parents and guardians and their child(ren) to walk to school or park on one of the adjacent streets and walk to school.  Our parking lot is very busy at entry and dismissal times and safety is our primary concern.  Please be reminded to not park in the Kiss and Ride!

In closing, we would like to wish all of our students and their parents and guardians an enjoyable and safe summer!  See you on September 5, 2017.

End of Year Lost and Found

25 Jun

Beginning on Monday, June 26th, items from our Lost and Found will be put on display in our west, downstairs hallway.  (Thankfully, we seem to have only a modest amount this year!)  We will ask classes to visit this collection of clothing and sundries, and we will make announcements encouraging students to claim any items belonging to them.  If you know that your child is missing any clothing, please encourage them to revisit the lost and found more carefully, as well.

We also welcome parents and guardians who wish to go through the lost and found, but would respectfully ask that they do so after school, at 3:30 p.m. We will keep trying to ensure that items are returned to their owners. We will maintain this display of clothing until through Friday, June 30th.  Long-standing unclaimed items will be packaged and donated to charity. We thank you for your support.

Information Evening: International Baccalaureate Programme

23 Jun

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is student-centred with a focus on developing intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world. The Programme emphasizes critical, compassionate thinking, community involvement and intercultural understanding. It is founded on international standards and assessment. Students who complete the Programme earn both an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and an IB Diploma.

If you are interested in the program, there will be an information evening in the Fall for students who will be starting Grade 8 in September (for entry into the Programme in Grade 9 in the 2018-2019 school year).   For more information, please see the Save the Date Notice.

Our Continued Commitment to the Environment

22 Jun

We are very proud to share with our community that Bakersfield has maintained its Gold Certification for 2017 from Ontario EcoSchools.  Gold level status indicates a superior effort to implement the EcoSchools program with significant results in each area of the certification process.

The certification process involves a demonstration of the school’s environmental stewardship across a number of areas including teamwork and leadership, energy conservation, waste minimization, school grounds greening, and curriculum.  We wish to thank each and every staff member, student and parent that contributed to these efforts, and we look forward to continuing this work together in the coming year, promoting environmental responsibility amongst our students and an appreciation for caring for our planet.  We’re grateful that we’ve managed to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

Thanks for your support!

2017 Ontario Fun Pass

20 Jun

Once again, end-of-year Ontario Fun Passes are being made available electronically.  These fun passes include information, discounts and coupons for various summer attractions for you and your family.  As always, the Ontario Fun Pass is filled with engaging and educational activities for children of all ages.  This year’s Fun Pass offers up to $340 in savings at more than a dozen participating Ontario attractions.

To learn more about the Fun Pass program and download e-Fun Pass coupons visit here.

End of Year Assembly

19 Jun

On Tuesday June 27th we are holding an end-of-year assembly where we will, among other things, say goodbye to staff who are leaving the school, and engage in a (little early!) Canada Day celebration.  To support this day of Canadian spirit, we would kindly ask for your support in encouraging all students to wear red and white.  Our thanks, in advance!