Message from our Trustee

In November, about 1,000 students, staff members and community partners came together from across the Board to form a Ring of Peace and stand together against hate, discrimination and intolerance. The student speakers at the event shared meaningful messages about the importance of feeling welcome, valued and respected.


At York Region District School Board, we are committed to listening to the voices of our students and communities. We will continue working with our school communities to ensure our schools provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone.


Last month, our annual Quest conference brought together educators from across Ontario, Canada and around the world to share, learn and discuss how to foster well-being in schools. Some of the themes covered included equity and inclusivity, and safe and caring environments.


It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the positive things happening in our own schools and other districts. In recent months, we have had several international visitors come to our system and schools to learn more about the work in our system to support student achievement and well-being, including Qatar, the Netherlands, Texas and the United Kingdom.


We are pleased to have these opportunities to continue highlighting and sharing the great things happening in our schools thanks to our outstanding students, staff members, families and community partners. Your engagement makes a difference in our schools and I encourage you to continue getting involved in the life of your child’s school.


As we enter the holiday season, I am once again impressed by the generosity of our school communities and our students’ commitment to helping others.


Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2018.






There is still time to buy your raffle tickets for our gift baskets!

1 ticket for $1

5 tickets for $3

10 tickets for $5

The draw will be now held on Monday to allow those to buy tickets.

Holiday Family Night

Just a reminder that Family Holiday Night is tonight from 5:30pm – 7pm.  Students who have pre-ordered are reminded to bring their green passport with them tonight.  Students have received these passports yesterday.

Just a reminder to bring a non-perishable canned good with you this evening for our food drive.

Arts Baythorn

Is your child in Grade 4 or Grade 5?  Would your child enjoy learning the Ontario Curriculum collaboratively through the Arts?

If so, the York Region District School Board offers an elementary integrated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School. Students currently in grades four and five may apply for the arts@baythorn Program, where they will have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, and Music while meeting the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum in a cooperative learning environment.

To learn more about the arts@baythorn program, students and their families are invited to attend an information evening at Baythorn PS on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Applications will be available online after the January 18th information night.

Please call Kate Kurek, Principal or Meytal Daniels, Vice-Principal at Baythorn Public School (905) 889-7992 if you require further information.

Please find information attached for the Arts Baythorn program.

Arts Flyer for 2018

French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

Ifinformation sessions for the French Immersion (FI) program will take place at French Immersion schools on January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. Please visit YRDSB’s website in January 2018 ( to find the FI program location for your elementary school location. FI registration will begin January 19, 2018. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2018, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can visit or call the school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. The Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register between January 19 and February 9, 2018. This eliminates the need to provide duplicate enrollment information or to pre-register.


YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.


More information is available on the Board’s website: Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.


Interpreters and Translators Wanted

Inclusive School and Community Services (ISCS) is hosting an information/training session for candidates interested in being added to the Board’s Interpreter and Translator list.

Specifically, we are in urgent need of individuals who can read/speak/write the following
languages: Arabic, Cambodian, Dari, Hebrew, Hungarian, Macedonian, Turkish and Vietnamese.  Please note that all languages (in addition to the ones listed above) are needed. The Training Session will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 5:00 –
7:00 p.m. at Bayview Secondary School, 10077 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill. If you are interested in this opportunity, please register at