Director and Chair End of Year Letter

28 Jun

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

End of Year Messages

27 Jun

We would like 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 tireless efforts 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. Brunella Turco and Mme. Jill Spigelman will be on leave next year and we wish them all the best.  Mme. AnaMaria Necsulescu, Ms. Andrea Papas, Ms. Rose Casto, Mr. Allan Tan and Mr. Roan Smith will also be leaving Bakersfield P.S.  We wish them the best of luck in their new schools.  A number of term staff complete their appointments this year including Ms. Ana Buttarello, Ms. Samara Ejchental, Ms. Caterina Nappi, Ms. Lacey Pastein and Ms. Lauren Ptasznik.  We thank them for their support of our school.  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 4, 2018.  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 4 2018 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 4, 2018.

2018 Ontario Fun Pass

23 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.

The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction. Visit for more information about the program and to download the coupons.

Come Out and Support a Great Cause!

18 Jun

We wanted to share with our community about an upcoming fundraiser in support of narcolepsy and cataplexy awareness, conditions which affect one of our very own primary students.  It’s being held right next door to the school this coming Sunday, June 24th, so please drop by!


Proceeds donated to the Sleep Disorders Priorities Fund at SickKids Hospital.


Intermediate Track and Field Area Meet

12 Jun

Our regional athletic representatives have been tracking the weather for tomorrow and there is a risk of storms overnight as well as throughout the day on Wednesday.  Based on this information, they have shifted the Intermediate West Area Elementary Track & Field Meet to Thursday, June 14th 2018.

Our thanks for your flexibility.

Administrative Assignments

6 Jun

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018 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.  Dr. Malcolm Richmon, current principal, has been appointed as principal at Bayview Glen Public School as of September 2018.  The Board has named Ms. Krysten Cameron as the Principal for Bakersfield Public School starting September 2018.  Ms. Cameron is an experienced administrator with our board.  She will bring her enthusiasm and energy for student learning and her knowledge of school operations to the Bakersfield P.S. community.  We welcome Ms. Cameron 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.

A Showcase of Modern Learning

5 Jun

Modern Learning on Air (‘MLonAIR’) is “a full day of broadcasts on YouTube with teachers and students from the York Region District School Board sharing their Modern Learning Projects, what they learned, and the impact of their projects on their school, community, and even world.”

Bakersfield P.S. contributed two broadcasts to the project.  One broadcast focused on our STEAM Night.  “On Thursday, May 24 Bakersfield PS hosted their first STEAM night for students and families in grades 1 – 4. The focus of the evening was to educate families on the components of Modern Learning through STEAM activities. Students engaged in robotics, circuits, Breakout EDU, green screen and educational devices. Our goal was for students to develop 21st Century learning skills including collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, and critical thinking and problem solving.”


The other broadcast focused on our use of learning spaces.  “Bakersfield PS has been engaged in a Modern Learning Project with a focus on transforming our learning spaces. We began by changing some classrooms by purchasing a variety of flexible seating options. We had students work collaboratively in order to redesign their classrooms. We have also decided to extend our learning to redesign our Library Learning Commons. We want it to be an open, accessible space for students and teachers to collaborate, explore and create.”


We look forward to continuing our efforts to promote Modern Learning!