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Threat Assessment and Intervention

22 Sep

The well-being and safety of members of the school community are a shared responsibility.  Attention to maintaining secure environments, hazard awareness, and practical planning for emergencies is important for all of us.  This includes preventing and responding to the risk of violence.

Schools continue to be among the safest places in our community.  To continue to promote the safety and well–being of students, all schools are asked to share with their communities the Threat Assessment and Intervention Brochure.  (The brochure is also available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.)

We thank you for your support.

Fall-Winter Milk Program

20 Sep


Bakersfield Public School is now taking milk and chocolate milk orders for the time period beginning Monday, October 2nd, 2017 through Friday, January 26th, 2018.  Milk will be distributed to all students who have pre-ordered.  The deadline for orders is Thursday, September 28th, 2017.

All orders are made using School Cash Online.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school office at 905-731-8227.

Free Classes for Adults

15 Sep


Are you interested in improving your English?  The York Region District School Board offers a range of classes for adults to support English Language Learning, improving on language and academic skills as well as citizenship preparation. For more information please see the program brochure.  Academic upgrading and computer skills courses are also available.  For more information on these offerings, please see the information package.

Annual Terry Fox School Run

14 Sep

History recalls that on September 1st 1980, Terry Fox was forced to abandon his run across Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, when the cancer that had taken his leg returned, spreading to his lungs.  Refusing to be defeated, he charged Canadians with continuing his quest.  “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.  It’s got to keep going.”  Less than five months later, Terry would lose his battle to cancer.  He was 22 years old.

This year our school was visited by Tessa Smith, a Terry Fox Foundation ambassador, who is continuing Terry’s Dream.  Tessa was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at the age of three and a half months old, and later at 13 years old, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) –the very same cancer Terry Fox had.  Tessa’s treatments involved both the removal of one eye and the partial amputation of one leg.  Now, healthy at 18, she works in continued support of the Terry Fox Foundation, and the fundraising that will support an end to cancer in our lifetime.  A video about Tessa’s story can be viewed at here.

With over $700 million dollars raised in Terry’s name to date, schools across Canada honour him by participating in an annual school event.  This year, the National School Run will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  The school will participate in our Terry Fox Run and Walk, with primary students (K-3) running and walking around our school tarmac and field, junior students (4-6) will be running and walking a longer route around the larger school property, and intermediate students (7-8) will be running and walking an extended route in the community.

Over our history, Bakersfield Public School has raised well over to $10,000 through its participation in this yearly event, and we’re hoping to raise $2,000 this year.  Please help our fundraising efforts by sending loonies and toonies with your child by September 28th.  ‘Change for Terry’ can be dropped off in our collection box in the office at any time.  Schools contribute in an important way to the ongoing effort to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.  We thank you for your support.

Fall Lunchtime Programs

13 Sep

Our School Council is distributing information about a number of lunchtime programs that will be offered at Bakersfield Public School in the weeks ahead.

With program registration now open, flyers are available for In the Mix Video Productions (Mondays, Grades 1-6), Kids on Stage (Tuesdays, Grades 1-4), Mad Science (Wednesdays, Grades 1-6), Created By Me (Thursdays, Grade 1-6), and TenTen Sports Academy (Fridays, Grades 1-4).

We hope you enjoy these program offerings.  We thank our School Council for their efforts in planning for these programs.

Curriculum Night & BBQ

12 Sep

We look forward to our 2017-2018 Curriculum Night and BBQ on Thursday September 14th 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We’d like to thank our School Council for their support in organizing this event.  A schedule for the evening follows:

5:30 – 6:30 BBQ Meet and Greet on the Tarmac
6:00 – 6:30 Classrooms Available for Visits
6:30 – 7:00 Curriculum Presentation – Session 1
7:00 – 7:30 Curriculum Presentation – Session 2

Please attend one curriculum session for your child’s grade.  All sessions are repeated (except for Kindergarten).

Grade Staff Presenting Location
Kindergarten Gerston, Kerzner, Gitlin, Leopold (one session 6:30) Gym
Grade 1 Grant, Gallant, Woolfson, Winnick (1st session) Library
Grade 2 Gill, Bergart, Kazandji, Winnick (2nd session) Room 108
Grade 3 Koshy, Buttarello, Malka Room 208
Grade 4 Randles, Roz Room 207
Grade 5 Webb, Roebuck, Welch (1st session) Room 216
Grade 6 Ohana (1st session), Rubinoff, Welch (2nd session) Room 220
Grade 7 Little (1st session), Gladman, Ohana (2nd session), Necsulescu (2nd session) Room 232
Grade 8 Mulligan, Oprisan, Necsulescu (1st session), Little (2nd session) Room 229

Students who pre-ordered food through School Cash Online will be issued food tickets on Wednesday.  Please bring them to the BBQ.  There will be limited food available for cash purchase at the event.

We are looking forward to seeing all of our students and families at this event!

Public Health Information: Grade 7 Vaccinations

12 Sep

A Message from York Region Public Health

Dear Parents of Grade 7 Students,

During the 2017/18 school year, York Region Public Health will visit public, catholic and private schools to provide school immunization clinics for Grade 7 students. The clinics offer vaccines for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal A, C, Y, W-135 at no cost.

If you have not already sent a completed consent form to York Region Public Health, please do so now using the attached form. Detailed instructions on how to complete and submit the form can be found on the form and accompanying letter. If a completed consent form is not received, your child will not be able to be vaccinated at the clinic.

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, meningococcal vaccine is required for school attendance, unless an exemption is filed. Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are recommended, but not required for school attendance.

Parents and guardians who do not consent should still complete the forms and return them, indicating that you do not authorize York Region Public Health to immunize your child.

Visit and click on School Immunization Clinics for more information.