Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

Every year on September 30th, Canadians observe Gchi Piitendaagoziwag Binoojiinyag-Every Child Matters ᑭᒋᐱᑌᐣᑕᑯᓯᐘᐠᐱᓄᒋᐣᔭᐠOrange Shirt Day.

It is a day to educate and promote awareness of Residential Schools and their lasting legacies of trauma, suffering and genocide of Indigenous People. These institutions were designed to assimilate Indigenous children and to eradicate Indigenous cultural practices. Residential Schools appear in the Social Studies and History & Geography Curriculum starting in grade 6, however, given the observance of Orange Shirt Day,many educators K-12 will take on this topic as part of their instructional program.

In July of 2021, the federal government passed legislation to make this date a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In 2021, First Nations independently located the unmarked graves of thousands of Indigenous children at the sites of former Residential Schools. This has sparked many Canadians to rethink what they thought they knew about these institutions and revisit the way they speak to their students about them.

We encourage YRDSB staff and students to wear an orange shirt on September 30, 2021, to recognize the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors and those who did not come home. This year September 30th will be commemorated by the YRDSB Indigenous Education Team in association with Indigenous community through a ceremony titled: “Binoojiinyag Mikwendaamowin Giizhigad-Day For Remembering Children ᐊᐱᓄᒋᐣᐦᔭᐠᒥᑵᐣᑕᒧᐏᐣᑭᔑᑲᐟ”.

YRDSB staff will be able to stream the event through a Google Live Stream for their classes and we will also hold an assembly here at Bakersfield.

A Week in Review

We have finished the first FULL week of school and it certainly has been FULL! Thank you to our families and the community for supporting us and the transition back to school. We are SO happy to be back together again and learning with and from one another. As we continue to journey through this school year, we will be in regular communication through the Blog, Twitter, Instagram and EDsby. Should you need to speak with us, do not hesitate to contact us at the school or send us an email. Please see below for information from this week and the coming weeks.

Our Front Hall Display that gets changed every month
Staff Smiling Faces behind our masks!
First Day!

SCHOOL START UP PACKAGES – these were sent home today via email.  Student GAPPS login information will be required for families to complete the forms.  The form will include:

  • The Start-Up Permission Form
  • Student Information Consent Form
  • Request for Faith Accommodations Form 
  • School Council Nomination Form

We ask that these forms be completed by Friday, September 24. 

SCHOOL COUNCIL – every parent is welcome at School Council. This is a forum to hear more details about what is happening at the school and to support initiatives and provide input into many things here at the school. You may come to as many meetings as you choose and you do not need to hold an ‘executive role’ on council to attend. If you are interested in having an official vote for decisions at Council, please complete the nominaton form in the School Start-Up Package. Meetings are held in the evenings (virtually), six times a year. Monitor the blog for more information. Our first council meeting will be on September 30th at 7:00 p.m.

SCHOOL MODEL CHANGE – This week we shared a form for you to complete if you were interested in having your child change from virtual to in-person learning or vice versa. The form is now closed. We will review the responses in the coming days and be in touch before September 27th if we haven’t already. If you have any questions about this, please contact the school.

TERRY FOX – This year we are going to move our Terry Fox Walk/Run to the beginning of October because of our later start to school. Stay tuned for more details regarding this event and how you can support it.

SAVE THE DATE! Curriculum Night is set to be held on MONDAY OCTOBER 4th. At this point we are planning for it to be a virtual event.

Message from Our Trustee

Message from Our Trustee, September 2021

We have many reasons to feel optimistic as we begin the 2021-22 school year. Schools are reopening to in-person learning, vaccination rates continue to increase, and our students can start to resume some of their favourite school activities. 

As we return to school, our reopening plan continues to prioritize the health and safety of students, families and staff members. We are working with public health to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures. For more information on the plan, including health and safety measures, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening. You can also find additional information from York Region Public Health at www.york.ca/safeatschool.

The pandemic and last year’s school closures affected students and families in many different ways. This has been a challenging time. Our caring, skilled and dedicated staff members are prepared to prioritize the mental health and well-being of students as they transition back to school, as well as supporting their academic learning and growth. If you are worried about your child, please speak to your child’s teacher or principal. You may also find some of the learning and well-being resources on our website helpful.

Whether your child will be attending school in person or online, we know how important it is that they feel safe, respected and valued. We want every student to feel supported, to take pride in their identities and to know that they matter. Any form of hate or discrimination in our schools is not acceptable. This school year, we will continue to implement the Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launched in March to address anti-Black racism in schools. We also remain committed as a school board to honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As an education system, it is imperative that we create learning environments that enable all of our students to feel valued and to be successful. 

As your school board trustee, it is my role to advocate for quality public education in York Region, and to ensure that our students remain at the centre of all of our decision making. The Board of Trustees makes policy and budget decisions, and communicates with the public, among other responsibilities. We are also responsible for setting direction for the school board, through our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out four priorities: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership.

The relationship that we have with families is so important, and I will continue to keep you informed of our work and priorities. You can also find the message from the Chair of the Board on the Board’s website. You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

There are also many other ways you can stay connected with what’s happening in the school board. Visit our newsroom. Listen to our podcast. Follow us on Twitter @YRDSB and on Instagram @yrdsb.schools. Watch the latest videos, including news, features and profiles about our schools, students and staff members on our YouTube channel YRDSBMedia.

As we begin another school year, I am so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families. I hope you have a great start to the school year and wish you a happy, healthy and successful year ahead. 

Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair

Trustee – Vaughan Wards 3 and 4

Pick Up TODAY!

Hi Families!

We have had an AMAZING DAY today! Please remember to meet your child outside of their color door as per the map we have included here again…and we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow

TOMORROW MORNING all students will just go directly in the school through their colour door and straight to class between 8:40 a.m. and 8:55a.m Morning announcements will start at 8:55 a.m.