Coming Up…

Welcome Back from “March” Break!

We know the many messages from the media have been coming fast and furious – YRDSB has also been messaging families too. As of today, we know that school is clsoed for in-person learning, but classes will begin on Monday April 19th at 8:55 a.m. We have been in this situation before, and have managed, so we will do this again and will partner together to survive and thrive! Please have a look below for some important items for this week and some general information.

Monday April 19th (Day 3)

  • Teachers will post work for students and will communicate with families what the days ahead will look like. There likely will not be any ‘live’ classes on Monday
  • School Council at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please fill out this form for a link to the meeting: https://forms.gle/SdcF9qipfQpFksfc6
  • If you require technology for learning at home, please email us and we will arrange a time for you to pick it up from the school this week – most of you have already received what you need

Tuesday April 20th (Day 4)

  • Online classes will begin at 8:55 a.m.
  • Regular schedules will be followed and Teachers will provide the timetable if you don’t have a copy already
  • 60% of the day will be synchronous for Kindergarten and 75% will be synchronous for grades 1-8
  • Teachers will be taking attendance in EDsby starting today and for the remainder of online school. If your child is going to be away from school, please report it through Edsby or Inform – thanks!

Wednesday April 21st (Day 5)

  • April 14, 2021 is the International Day of Pink. However, due to the revised Spring Break, this year the YRDSB will be acknowledging the International Day of Pink on April 21, 2021.
  • The International Day of Pink is a day when communities across Canada and across the world unite to celebrate diversity and raise awareness about the need to stop homophobia, transphobia, discrimination and all forms of bullying. On this annual day in April, individuals wear pink to show respect for diversity and to demonstrate support for learning and working environments which are safe and inclusive of people from all different backgrounds.

Thursday April 22nd (Day 1)

  • This is ‘Earth Day’ and the theme for this year is “Restore our Earth” – consider ways your family can help protect and repair our environment

Friday April 23rd (Day 2)

General Information

  • Reminder to report absences in Edsby or through Inform
  • Office staff will be working remotely but will be in the school as needed – please email us or leave a voice message and we will get back to you in a timely manner
    • Principal: Krysten.cameron@yrdsb.ca
    • Vice Principal: Brett.mclean@yrdsb.ca
    • Office Staff: dhurata.banaj@yrdsb.ca or rita.brancato@yrdsb.ca
    • General: bakersfield.ps@yrdsb.ca

WE WILL KEEP IN TOUCH! Stay tuned for things to come. As always – Be Kind, Be Proud, Be Bakersfield.

Stay safe and healthy!

Happy Monday!

Good Morning BPS Families!

Today marks the official first day of March Break and we hope that everyone is healthy and happy. This week at school, our OUTSTANDING Caretaking Team are hard at work doing a thorough clean of the building. We also have a team replacing our phone lines and PA system to make sure we have what we need in school to keep up with changing technology. Bakersfield has been very fortunate the last few years to have the updates that we have had – including the Tarmac Painting that our School Council supported.

Registrations for next year have been coming in at a steady rate. If you have a child at home that is school aged for next year and you haven’t yet registered, please reach out to us so we can have this information as we plan for next year. If you have a neighbour or friend in the area that hasn’t registered, please share this information with them. Similarly, if you are moving out of the area, please let us know. The better prepared we are in advance, the smoother our start will be for everyone!

At this point, we are planning to return on April 19th to in person learning. Lots is planned for learning and for school spirit, so stay tuned! If there are further updates from the government or public health, we will communicate with you as soon as we have details.

We are just a few days away from having our Covid-19 cases at Bakersfield cleared and hope that we can stay ‘clear’. If you need to speak to us about Covid-19, please email krysten.cameron@yrdsb.ca or brett.mclean@yrdsb.ca and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy break!

Chromebook Update — Technology to go home on Friday

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As was communicated earlier today, schools in YRDSB will remain open at this time. York Region Public Health is aware of the concern that variants present and will continue to monitor the situation.

In order to prepare for a scenario where Bakersfield would have to close following the April Break, we will be sending home Chromebooks on Friday, April 9th with the students whose families have completed our technology survey. Again, we have no knowledge of any potential closure, this is purely in the interest of being prepared. If there is no closure, please return the device on Monday, April 19th.

Technology Survey: https://forms.gle/AsWqCsEdNGBd8ws17

  • If you completed the attached survey last week, before the long weekend, you do not need to resubmit the Form
  • If you did not complete the survey, please do so by Thursday, April 8th at 4:00 pm.
  • If your child is not at school on Friday, April 9th, please call the office to arrange an alternative pick up.

Sincerely,

Brett McLean, Vice-Principal

Krysten Cameron, Principal