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Book Drive

FREE Early Years Programs

Extreme Cold Weather

During the winter and on some of our coldest days, we make every effort to monitor the weather conditions that may impact the safety of staff and students. Below are many considerations that we take at Pine Grove P.S.

Students are to come to school ready for winter and prepared to be outdoors for morning recess and after lunch. When temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 20 degrees Celsius, we consider an indoor routine for recess/events. When temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 18-19 degrees Celsius, consider a shortened outdoor routine for recess/events. Children need to be dressed properly for our invigorating winter days. 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 the clothing collection in the Lost and Found, parents/guardians should be advised to label all articles of clothing, including but not limited to, boots, hats, mitts/gloves, scarves, and snow …

GIVE (Get Involved Volunteer in Education)

A Literacy Initiative - Pine Grove Learning Commons
A Celebration of Canadian Writing, Authors and IllustratorsThe Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading
The Forest of Reading program has begun at Pine Grove!
The Forest of Reading is a program in which books written and illustrated by Canadians are read by or to students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Students then participate in a province-wide event by voting for their favourite book.  
Based on the voting results, the author and illustrator are honoured with the award.  The program is open to all students at Pine Grove.  Students are required to read the appropriate number of books in their age group.  Once the books are read, students are asked to complete activities related to their reading and vote for their favourite book in April 2018. Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate from the Ontario Library Association. For more information about the Forest of Reading program please contact Mrs. Mele…

Trustee Greetings

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 dis…

Arts Program at Baythorn P.S.

New Director at YRDSB

Book Fair - November 2017

Scholastic Book Fair Results - November 2017            
Thank you to the many parents, students and staff who volunteered and lent a helping hand to make our Pine Grove Scholastic Book Fair Literacy Event a huge success.  At our Book Fair, the Pine Grove community and families helped our school by purchasing $6313.15 in books – thank you!  By making purchases at the Scholastic Book Fair, our school will be able to purchase more books for our classrooms and for our Learning Commons. This event helped promote literacy in our school by providing students with a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials at all levels and has allowed students to appreciate good quality literature. A student in Mr. Kybartas' class won the Family Night Event draw – she has won $25.00 worth of books for herself and $25.00 worth of books for her teacher and classroom – CONGRATULATIONS!

Enjoy your new books and happy reading Pine Grove!

Picture Retake Day Tomorrow Nov. 21, 2017

Board Policy and Procedure Updates

Working Document Policies and Procedures
The Board is seeking your feedback on the following policies and procedures, where applicable. All working documents, and timelines for providing feedback, are posted on the Policies and Procedures for Comment page of the Board’s public website. 
Volunteers in our Schools
The Volunteers in our Schools policy and procedure outline the roles and responsibilities of administrators, staff and volunteers in effectively using volunteers to support student achievement and well-being.  Revisions clarify processes with respect to Police Vulnerable Sector Checks, and reinforce volunteer access restrictions to confidential information.
Licensed Child Care in Schools
The Licensed Child Care in Schoolspolicy and procedure outline the Board’s commitment to building strong partnerships with child care operators in order to support planning, curriculum, and program coordination that will benefit students, families and school communities.  Revisions to this policy …

Free Parenting Seminar - Power of Positive Parenting

FREE Parenting Seminar - Parenting Traps

Please Donate! PG Food, Toy & Winter Coat Drive

Scholastic Book Fair @ the Pine Grove Learning Commons

The Scholastic Book Fair @ the Pine Grove Learning Commons
Looking for “Just Right Books” for your child to read?
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school and we are thrilled to offer this literacy event to our Pine Grove Families.  Please check your child’s backpack for more details about the Book Fair.  
Book Fair Dates for Students: Monday, November 20th- Thursday November 23rd, 2017 Location:  Pine Grove Public School - Library Stage Family Event Night: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the Scholastic Book Fair, please contact Mrs. Meleca. 

Gr. 8 Parent Information Night at Woodbridge College

FREE Parent Presenation

School Council Presents - Rock Dog Movie Night

High School Options with YRCDSB


The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is releasing additional resources ahead of the January 1, 2018, launch of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.
On the ministry’s website (, you will find the following documents:
·Factsheet for patients/families ·Postcards (available in 14 languages) ·Social media posts
Please make yourself familiar with these materials so that all students, parents and caregivers can be aware of OHIP+ and be able to take full advantage of its benefits. Through this program, Ontarians aged 24 years and younger, who are OHIP insured, regardless of their family income, will be eligible for over 4,400 medications and drug products at no cost.
If you have any questions about OHIP+, please send an email to

For more information, please visit:

Flu Season Notice

Remembrance Day at PG

During the morning of November 10th, 2017, staff and students will assemble in our gym to recognize Remembrance Day.  The assembly will begin at 10:30 am. On this day we will take time to honour members of our armed forces who have served their country since World War I.  Again this year, we are asking for a small donation that will be awarded to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign. Poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I and have become a symbol for Remembrance Day in Canada. On November 10th, each student in our school will receive a poppy to wear in honour of past and current service men and women of the Canadian Military.  We are asking each child to donate a loonie. Please send in your donation with your child (in a sandwich bag or envelope) and return it to the school on or before November 10th, 2017.  Many thanks for your generosity.
LEST WE FORGET – A mini Q & A about the Poppy Campaign (From the Canadian Legion’s website at www.…

FREE Parent Presentation: Emotional Regulation

Author Visit Rescheduled

Rescheduled Author Visit ~ November 3, 2017
Author Susan Aguilo will present at Pine Grove on the morning of November the 3rd.  We look forward to this literacy event enabling students to be engaged in storytelling and feed their imagination for their own writing. For more information about the author and her books please visit  

Time Sensitive - Reply Required for Edsby

Please check your child's backpack today for information required for Pine Grove P.S. to move to the Edsby communication platform.
Please return by: Thursday October 19, 2017
Please do not reply to this blog post. We prefer a paper copy of the information below.
Thanks so much in advance for your cooperation!

INFORMATION ITEM: Operational By-Law Changes and Working Documents Policy and Procedures

Operational By-Law Changes
Revisions to the York Region District School Board Operational By-Law have been approved. Changes include an Accountability Framework, updated Trustee Code of Conduct (Appendix E) and a protocol for Trustee Code of Conduct (Appendix F) to be used by trustees, staff and community members to address concerns regarding trustee conduct. 
Interim Integrity Commissioner John Mascarin, Aird & Berlis LLP, has been appointed to support the Trustee Code of Conduct.  The Interim Integrity Commissioner can be reached at 416-865-7721 or
The Board is currently seeking applications for a permanent Integrity Commissioner.
Working Document Policies and Procedures
The Board is seeking your feedback on the following policies and procedures, where applicable. All working documents, and timelines for providing feedback, are posted on the Policies and Procedures for Comment page of the Board’s public website. 
Director of Education Performance Review
The D…

6th Annual Litter Round-Up

Dear Parents/Guardians,

School grounds and community clean up events make a difference. These actions, although small, have significant positive impacts on the environment and demonstrate the power of working together. In fact, if only 5% of Canada’s population picked up 1kg of litter in one day, 1.4 million kg of garbage would not pollute our environment!

At Pine Grove, we will be participating in a School Grounds Clean Up campaign on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 (Rain Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017) to demonstrate our commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable world. Teachers will take their students outdoors to pick up litter on the school grounds for 15 minutes before morning recess. Each student will be asked to bring gloves (preferably reusable). Students will be informed of safe and proper procedures for collecting and disposing of litter.

Participating in a School Grounds Clean Up will build environmental stewardship and teach students the importance of reducing, re…

REMINDER Photo Day October 17

School Council Training Symposium

FREE Parent Workshop

Celebrating Islamic Heritage Month

Bill Crothers Information Night

Bill Crothers Secondary School (BCSS) is a system-wide school with a focus on healthy active living and sport. The school is open for Grade 9 to 12 students. Students and parents from across the region are invited to attend an information evening.  Information will be shared regarding the vision, mission, schedule, programs, the transfer policy, and application process.
Due to building capacity regulations, we request that only students and parents interested in attending BCSS for the school year 2018 – 2019  attend one of these evening. Parking is limited so we ask that parents carpool or park at the GO Station. Markham By-law officers regularly enforce the parking regulations on school property, so please abide by the posted parking regulations.
Information Nights at:  Bill Crothers Secondary School, 44 Main Street, Unionville, Ontario.
         Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 – Students in the East and North area of York Region          Thursday October 12th, 2017 – Students in the West …

FREE Parent Presentation

Dream Weaver Project at VPL

We are inviting the community and local schools to come and drop by to one of our Vaughan Public Library locations for a free Dream Weaver Projectpop up activation. This is a Canada 150 creative collective project, suitable for all ages that is scheduled city-wide until end of November 2017.

Canadian Children's Author Coming to PG

Author Susan Aguilo @ Pine Grove Learning Commons Author Susan Aguilo is coming to our school and we are thrilled to offer this literacy event to our Pine Grove students.  If you would like your child to purchase a signed book they may do so on the day of the event. 
For more information, please visit her website
Date:  October 10th, 2017 Location:  Pine Grove Public School - Gym Grades:  Kindergarten to Grade 8 

If you have any questions about the Author Visit, please contact Mrs. Meleca. 

Meet the Teacher & Curriculum Night

Pine Grove Public School will host our annual Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night on Tuesday October 3 from 6 to 8 pm. From 6 to 7 pm students and families will have the opportunity to enjoy pizza and drinks (all orders through School Cash Online) and social interaction with staff and families in our community. Beginning at 7 pm teachers will conduct 20 minute presentations on curriculum programming and student expectations. There will be a 10 minute transition time and from 7:30-7:50 repeat the presentation. This allows parents with more than one child to visit two classrooms.

Fair Notice Brochure - Student Threat Assessment and Intervention

Classroom Reorganization

Workshop at ECSS - Youth Mental Health

Keeping Students Safe - Gr. 7 & 8

Director of Education Selection

Welcome Back!

Summer holiday's are over and it's time to start yet another school year. The staff at Pine Grove are ready to make it our best year yet. Teachers and staff have been in working hard to prepare their classrooms for students arriving on Tuesday. Caretaking has been working hard too and the school is ready to go.

A friendly reminder to parents that drop off is at 8:10-8:25 am and our staff are on duty during this time. Make a new school commitment to be early and get your children started off on the right foot. Dismissal is 2:45. Students taking the bus will be organizing in the gym for the first few days so that they all know where they are going. Parents picking students up, please park in our lot or on the street and pre-arrange a meeting place, such as student dismissal doors. School bus information can be found at and we recommend that you visit this to confirm bus stop information and to answer any questions that you might have.

Looking to get involv…

Letter to Families From the Interim Director of Education

Reminder School BBQ - June 15, 6-8 pm

This is a reminder to all families planning on attending the BBQ at PG on Thursday June 16 from 6 to 8 pm to order your food in advance so that M&Ms can be well prepared for you. There are lots of fun activities planned so don't miss out! See you there!