Spirit Day Next Week!

With cold weather (and snow!) already in the forecast, our Grade 7 and 8 Student Leadership Team wants to share with everyone that they’re planning a Spirit Day next week.  They officially declare Wednesday, November 16thBeach Day!  They’re also planning a surprise event for everyone, too.

All staff and students are invited to spread some Summer cheer in the midst of the November!  Sunglasses, sun hats, towels and sand toys are all welcome.  Students can even bring in flip flops or Crocs for photographs, but we’d ask they still have regular indoor and outdoor shoes, too.  Let’s bring our sunniest smiles and bring some warmth to the chilly forecast!

And to avoid any confusion, Photo Day is the following day, on Thursday November 17th.  (We don’t want student dressed for the beach on Photo Day!)

We thank our Grade 7 and 8 student leaders for their enthusiasm!

Photo Day Ahead!

We are excited to share that students’ individual school photos will be taken on Thursday November 17th by Edge Imaging.  Students will have the opportunity to be photographed at school and proofs will be available shortly thereafter, with photos available to purchase online.  Please note, class photos are scheduled for a separate day on Wednesday, December 14th (along with any photo retakes needed). Graduation photos for grade 8 students will be taken in the New Year, details to follow.

So be sure to send your children to school looking extra dapper on Thursday November 17th –but please do not have them wear green to avoid blending into the background.  And don’t forget to smile!

For more information, see the flyer from Edge Imaging.

Reading at home … for students of all ages!

Did you know that students at Rosedale Heights P.S. (and across the York Region District School Board) have access to a large collection of digital resources (including many eBooks, graphic novels, audiobooks and streaming video) from Sora?

Sora is a repository of e-books available to York Region District School Board students, providing access to resources on many topics across a range of levels, as well as many popular fictional titles and even current bestsellers.  Students can use their student numbers to access the platform and ‘borrow’ digital resources, allowing them to read or listen on phones, tablets or computers. 

YRDSB students can access e-books on Sora by following these easy steps:

1. Go to the YRDSB Sora homepage (or download the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store)
2. Click on “My school is York Region District School Board”
3. On the drop down menu, click “Select your school”
4. Choose “Students” and then enter “0” plus your YRDSB student number (e.g. 0123456789).
5. Click the “Sign in” button

Students can borrow two books at a time and place up to three books on ‘hold’ at a time. Books will automatically be ‘returned’ at the end of the lending period. Additional features allow students to adjust reading or audio settings, define new or unfamiliar words and even create and export highlights and notes.

Be sure to take advantage of this excellent resource!

Fall Food Drive

We are reaching out to the Rosedale Heights P.S. community as we begin collecting donations of non-perishable (mainly food) items in support of the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank.  The Richmond Hill Community Food Bank is an independently run, non-profit, non-government agency, founded to provide temporary assistance to alleviate food insecurity for Richmond Hill and Thornhill community members.

Regrettably, across Ontario, there has been an increase in food bank usage over the past two years, including first time usage.  This Richmond Hill Community Food Bank gives temporary emergency food assistance to local residents, so if you’re able to make a donation, it will be helping someone in our own greater community.

Among the items appropriate to donate include any in-date and unopened canned food items, dry packaged items, packaged toiletry items, sealed glass items in jars and baby diapers and formula.  They have currently identified the following items as most needed: breakfast cereal, all varieties; cookies; granola bars; crackers; tinned pasta; toilet paper; shampoo; baking, cake and muffin mixes; Jello and instant puddings; flour; sugar; small apple juice boxes; 1 litre juice boxes; canned tomatoes; canned kidney beans; mustard and salad dressings; sizes 4 and 5 diapers; women’s incontinent products.

We will collect items starting next week and throughout the lead up to a special event later in November.  There will be donation boxes in the foyer and you or your child can drop off items directly.  If you have numerous items or heavier items to donate that cannot be sent with your child, simply bring them to the front door of the school and press the intercom button, and we will help have the items brought in.

We welcome and thanks all members of the Rosedale Heights P.S. community who are able to participate in this campaign of giving.

Together, we are a community.

Pizza Fridays Update

With the school closure to students looming for this Friday, November 4th, this first scheduled Pizza Day will be rescheduled for Thursday, November 17th (the following day, Friday November 18th, is a P.A. Day).

Updated Pizza Days will be as follows: Friday November 11th, Thursday November 17th (new), Friday November 25th, Friday December 2nd, Friday December 9th and Friday December 16th.

Our thanks for your support.

Parent-Teacher Interviews Open Today

Parent-Teacher Interviews for students in Year 2 Kindergarten (SK) through Grade 8 will be held after school on November 17, 2022 and on the morning of November 18, 2022.  Today by 10:00 a.m., an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox. For support with Edsby, such as signing up for Parent-Teacher interviews, please be sure to visit https://www.edsby.com/help/parents/.

Please note that only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened will have access. If you are experiencing difficulty activating your Edsby account, please contact the school for assistance.

Important Timelines

Nov 1Parent-Teacher Interviews schedule opens at 10:00 a.m. for booking, an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email.
Nov 9Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduler closes at 4:00 p.m.
Nov 16Progress Report Cards sent home
Nov 17 (evening) and 18 (morning)Parent-Teacher Interviews

The People’s Pumpkin Choice Awards

Our staff and students have been showing some amazing seasonal creativity with our Rosedale Heights P.S. Pumpkin Decorating Contest. But we now turn the job over to you! Review the photos of the pumpkins below (you can click for enlargements) and help by casting your vote for the People’s Pumpkin Choice Award for the Best Pumpkin. Have your say … be sure to cast your vote now. The pumpkin with the most votes wins a special prize!

All pumpkins are on display in the school foyer (and if the weather permits, we’ll put them in our school’s front-side garden) if you’d like to take a closer look … before nature takes its course and they have to be composted!

See the entries below:
1 – Mickey Mouse
2 – Movie Night
3 – Jack the Skeleton
4 – Our New Students
5 – Sleepyhead
6 – Strong Caretakers
7 – Pikachu Pumpkin
8 – Angels & Demons
9 – Book of Friends
10 – Pete the Cat
11 – Peekaboo Minion
12 – Haunted House
13 – Collision in Space
14 – Chess Club
15 – Spooky Pumpkin
16 – The Other Pikachu
17 – Scream
18 – Jonny Bonny
19 – Bob
20 – It’s (Candy) Corn

November School Council Meeting

We wanted to share with our community regarding the upcoming School Council Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.  We welcome everyone’s involvement and encourage those interested to attend.  Minutes from the previous School Council meeting can be found here. You needn’t be an elected member of the School Council to get involved.  Simply come out and lend a hand!

We thank you for your continued support of our school.

November Parent Presentations

We would like to share with our community information about upcoming parenting sessions in November.  The virtual sessions include: Our Family, Our Rules; Promoting Resilience in Children; Nurturing Healthy Self-Esteem; Managing Negative Self-Talk, and; Getting Teens Connected.  Parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members are all welcome to attend.

There is no cost to participate in any of these sessions but registration is required.  Please view the linked flyer for more details.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Interviews for students in SK through Grade 8 will be scheduled for after school on November 17, 2022 and on the morning of November 18, 2022.  You will have an opportunity to meet with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and learn more about the classroom.

Rosedale Heights P.S. will continue to use an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduling.  Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers.  YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families.

If you already have an Edsby account, there’s nothing you need to do at this time.  The Parent-Teacher interview schedule will open for bookings on November 1st at 10:00 a.m.

If you do not have an Edsby account, you will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler with their child’s teachers for Parent-Teacher Interviews.  Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened on November 1st will have access.  If you need help setting up your account for the first time, please contact the school office.

For help with using Edsby, please visit https://www.edsby.com/help/parents/.

If you have any other questions about this process, please contact our main office.

Important Timelines

On or before Nov 1Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) to create Edsby accounts
Nov 1Parent-Teacher Interviews schedule opens at 10:00 a.m. for booking, an invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email.
Nov 9Parent-Teacher Interviews scheduler closes at 4:00 p.m.
Nov 16Progress Report Cards sent home
Nov 17 (evening) and 18 (morning)Parent-Teacher Interviews