Friday 18 December 2015

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

All the staff at Bayview Fairways would like to wish all of our families a safe and fun-filled winter break.  We would also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  Thank you to our families who attended the Winter Concert.  The children performed beautifully.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on 
Monday January 4, 2016

Week Ahead January 4 to 8

Clothing Donation

Thank you to all of our families in the Bayview Fairways community who donated clothing to help  with the winter clothing drive for the Syrian refugees, whom we are welcoming to Canada. 

This is a wonderful way for our students to understand, firsthand, the character traits of compassion and empathy.  Just this week, the students in grade 5/6 were discussing the refugee crisis in class. One of the questions the students were discussing in talk partners was, 

"As you see it, how should the world respond to recent events in Syria?  Give reasons to support your response".

This type of lesson, focuses on social justice issues through the lens of the inquiry approach and is part of our social studies curriculum.

Movie Night

We would like to thank School Council for organizing and running a great Movie Night.  The kids had a wonderful time watching movies in their pyjamas and eating popcorn.  

As always, our Bayview Fairways community was very generous in bringing in socks as a donation for the homeless.  We have donated 262 pairs of socks.  

Monday 14 December 2015

EQAO Dates for 2016

To our families of students in Grades 3 and 6, please note the EQAO dates below for 2016.

The Primary and Junior Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will take place from:

May 25 to June 8, 2016

Please mark these dates down to ensure that students are at school for the dates and times of the assessments.  Please try and schedule appointments around the dates of the EQAO testing.

Last Day for Food and Clothing Drive

To all our families at Bayview Fairways P.S. we are very thankful for your generosity at this time of year.  The clothing and food drive has been a huge success. The food donations will be picked up on Wednesday December 16 and  the clothing will also be delivered on that same day.  We are asking that all final donations be dropped off at the school on Wednesday morning please.

Please note that the Sock Drive will continue through to the end of the movie night which takes place on Thursday December 17.

Again thank you for so kindly supporting these initiatives.

Thursday 10 December 2015

Modern Learning

Modern Learning is authentic, relevant, deep learning that enables learners to create, to connect, to communicate, to share their learning with the world and be ready for the future. 

One of the goals for the York Region District School Board is

to ensure that all our students are receiving the tools that

they need to be ready for their future through a focus on 

Modern Learning outlined in the graphic above through 

Vision, Mindsets, Deep Learning and Skills. 

At Bayview Fairways P.S. we are well on our way to 

providing this modern learning experience to our students 

through our approach on growth mindsets,  our focus on 

social skills in classrooms and in programs provided by our 

Child and Youth Workers, and our use of problem solving 

models to help students make sense of problems in all 

subjects. We are engaging our students by encouraging real-

life learning situations and integrating technology as a 

modern-day learning tool that motivates their interest. 

Our students have been engaging in creating code to design computer programs for minecraft and teachers are introducing our students to a math, "Prodigy" program connected directly to the Ontario curriculum.  In addition, we are working towards turning our Library into a, "Learning Commons" with many exciting spaces for our students to use, such as;  a green screen area to create videos and a makerspace to create items that students are interested in and might form the basis of an inquiry project.  We  are very excited about these opportunities at Bayview Fairways. 

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Upcoming Events at Bayview Fairways P.S.

Here is a reminder about some of the events happening at our school this week and next before we break for the Winter Holiday.

December   7 -11   Book Fair
December 11         Progress Report Card Goes Home
December 16         Last Day for Donating to our Food and                                             Clothing Drive
December 17         Movie Night and Sock Donation
December 18        Winter Concert at 9:40 a.m. in the Gym

Winter Break:  December 19 to January 3

January       4          School Resumes for the New Year

Inclement Weather

As the weather begins to change, please be reminded that all our students will be expected to be outside before and during school in most weather conditions. Please make sure that your children come to school dressed properly for our invigorating winter days and play outside during recesses. It is advisable for students to bring extra pants and socks. A change is often necessary due to the wet and cold weather of the winter months. 

To avoid adding to our clothing collection in the Lost and Found, please be sure to label all articles of clothing. Boots, jackets, hats, mitts, scarves, snow pants and a warm winter coat will make recess more enjoyable. 

In the event of inclement weather (rain, or a significant wind chill factor), students will be kept inside during all or part of the recess break. The principal will keep a close eye on weather conditions and make decisions based on what is best for the students.

To ensure the safety of students, school bus service may be cancelled from time to time due to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and/or poor road conditions. In these cases, parents and students should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements. 

Parents, students and school staff are asked to access the following radio and television stations after 6:00 a.m. to receive bus cancellation information: 

RADIO and TELEVISION 590 AM 640 AM 680 AM 860 AM 1010 AM 1050 AM 1540 AM 1580 AM 88.5 FM 89.9 FM 92.5 FM 93.1 FM 94.9 FM 95.9 FM 97.3 FM 98.1 FM 99.1 FM 99.9 FM 101.1 FM 102.1 FM 104.5 FM 100.7 FM 107.1 FM Television: CITY TV CTV Barrie CFTO TV CP24 GLOBAL NEWS.

A bus cancellation message will also be available at and by calling 1-877-330- 3001.

Monday 7 December 2015

Hour of Code at Bayview Fairways P.S.

During the week of ​December 7-13, people from all over the world will be participating in "The Hour of Code" to demystify coding and show that anyone can learn the basics to be maker, creator and an innovator (

Our junior and intermediate classroom teachers will be working with their students and a guest presenter to instruct students on coding. I am sure the students will learn alot and have fun in the process. Please enjoy the video below to give you an idea of this international activity.

Sunday 6 December 2015

Happy Hanukkah

To all of our families who celebrate the festival of Hanukkah, 

we want to wish you a happy holiday full of light and

 happiness with family and friends!

Pizza and Sub Lunches

Online Ordering for Pizza and Sub Lunch has re-opened.  If you have not already signed your child up to receive notifications from school cash online, please remember to do so.    
  • Pizza:   Feb 5 – end of the year 
  • Subs:    Jan 6 – Mar 30

Please go to our school’s website at:   
The link to school cash online is in the bottom right-hand corner of the website.  If you do not have your child’s student number, please call the school.

School Cash Online will be used in our school for many various activities, such as hot lunches and field trips.  We are trying to create as paperless as possible an environment, as well as maintain a paper trail, avoid lost cheques and money, as well as offer families the convenience of online ordering. Pizza and Sub lunches are hosted by School Council and are operated by parent volunteers. All of the profits are used by School Council to improve your child’s educational experience at Bayview Fairways P.S. Some items supported by School Council include: 

  • purchasing technology, 
  • purchasing musical instruments for the band program,
  • graduation events, 
  • helping to fund school trips, 
  • and various community events.

This year, School Council will be funding a renovation in the school library. School Council greatly appreciates your support.

The Week Ahead Dec 7 to 11

Thursday 3 December 2015

Holiday Window

Thank you to School Council for the beautiful window display for the Holiday Season in our front foyer.

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Food and Winter Clothing Drive

Dear BFPS Community:

We wanted to let you know about two ways we are trying to help the community over the next three weeks.

Food Donations

We will be continuing our annual tradition of collecting food donations for the Thornhill United Church.  The Church then puts all of the food into baskets and delivers it to those in need in the Thornhill area.  The most useful items to donate are listed below:

 tinned soups, meat, fish, pasta sauce, fruit and vegetables, cereals packaged soup mix, pasta,   rice, sugar, flour, muffin mix, jello and pudding  jam, pickles, mustard, tea, coffee, hot chocolate,   cookies and chocolate

Please check expiry dates on food before sending as we cannot use and must throw out any expired items.

Winter Clothing Drive

We are sure you have heard about the 25,000 Syrian refugees who are coming to Canada over the coming months.  10,000 of them will be here by the end of December.  Many of these refugees are coming to the Greater Toronto area and they will not be prepared for our winter.  Therefore, we will be collecting gently used (or new) clothes to help them out.  Winter clothing is preferable, but all donations will of course be gratefully accepted.
All food and clothing donations will be accepted until
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.

Yours truly,

The Staff at Bayview Fairways Public School

Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting this important literary event.

We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books. Your support of this vital literary event is a key part of helping us obtain new books and resources for our library and classrooms. You’ll find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels.

Students will be bringing home a flyer, which lists some of the books in the Book Fair.  The flyer also contains a special Family Event Draw ballot that parents can deposit during our Family Event. You could win $50 in books – $25 for your family PLUS $25 for your child’s classroom!

Don’t forget to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar. Thank you, in advance, for supporting this great literary event. Thank you for believing in books and the impact of reading on your child’s future.

Please take a look at their flyer to see some of the books being offered.

Book Fair Dates:      Monday, December, 7th to 
                                  Friday December 11th

After School:            Tuesday, December 8th  3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location:                  Bayview Fairway’s Library

We accept cheques made payable to our school. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are welcome, too.