Monday, 27 January 2020

Updated information on Coronavirus

Dear families:
Further to our correspondence last week, we are aware of confirmation by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Toronto. At this time, Public Health agencies have not communicated any concern or connection between this case and any school in York Region, including ours.
Our school board is in communication with public health agencies, including a conference call, on Sunday, with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. They continue to reiterate that risk to Ontarians remains low and that additional measures at the school level are not necessary.  Our school will continue to operate as normal. We depend on you as our closest partners in education to respond based on scientific medical advice and reinforce the following healthy practices by children during the peak flu season:
      Wash hands well and often with soap and warm water.
      Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough; cough and sneeze into your sleeve or arm or a tissue and discard the tissue after use.
      Contact your health practitioner and stay at home if you are ill.
York Region Public Health is not advising the wearing of masks. Please do not send your child to school wearing a mask, as this may unnecessarily elevate concerns among students and may cause increased risk of infection to the user. You can read more information about recommendations from Ontario’s Ministry of Health on what you can do to protect yourself.
 As you are aware, there is heightened sensitivity and some misinformation on social media regarding the novel coronavirus.  You are encouraged to focus on the messages coming from our public health agencies as trusted sources of information. We are in close contact with York Region Public Health and are fully prepared to respond to advice and direction aimed at protecting the health of our school community. Our caretakers continue to provide very thorough and effective cleaning and disinfection as part of their routine duties.  York Region Public Health has stated that no enhanced cleaning or disinfecting is recommended at this time.
As per standard school practice, all school staff are encouraged to be vigilant for students who are ill and to report any concerns to the principal.  Students who are ill should remain at home and families should contact their health care practitioner.
As we receive additional information from public health agencies, we will pass it on to our families. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Trustee Greetings

February 2020 – Trustee Greetings for School Newsletters

Message from Our Trustee

As we enter another month of winter, this is a good time to be thinking about our health, well-being and the importance of self-care. We know that, like all of us, our students can focus better when they feel better. Our schools play an important role in health and mental health promotion and education, and fostering well-being and mental health is one of our priorities as a school board.

There is a lot of work taking place in our schools and board to create healthy schools and promote mental health and well-being, including: 

·       Providing training and resources for educators on strategies to support mentally healthy classrooms for all students, including holding a mental health conference. 
·       Hiring identity specific mental health workers and developing partnerships with community partners to serve the diverse needs of our students. 
·       Developing a Student Suicide Intervention Protocol to help keep students safe in the event of suicidal thoughts or actions.
·       Educating students about the risks of substance use and misuse, including vaping and cannabis
·       Providing strategies and supports for students in preparing for exams and managing stress.  

This commitment is also reflected in Board policy like the Healthy Schools and Workplaces policy and procedures. Setting policy, which governs the operation of the Board, is one of the roles of trustees, and we greatly value the input provided by students, staff members, family and community members. I encourage you to look at the policies under review and share your feedback.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2020. At the Board meeting in December, trustees unanimously approved the addition of new permanent Indigenous Trustee and Indigenous Student Trustee positions. We are committed to Indigenous Education in our Board and it is important that these voices are represented at the table. We hope to fill the positions as soon as possible and will share more information as it becomes available. 

A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees is also available on the Board website at

Allan Tam
Trustee, Markham, Wards 4 and 5

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Youth Mental Health Presentation

The Markham District High School (MDHS) School Council is hosting a special presentation on Mental Health and Youth for parents and guardians. This presentation will be facilitated by the Sunnybrook Hospital Family Navigation Project coordinators.

Please click the image below for further details and plan to join them!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Elementary School Closure Monday, January 20th


Elementary Schools Closed to Students on
Monday, January 20 due to ETFO Strike

Notice has been provided by ETFO, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, that all YRDSB elementary school teachers will be conducting a one day strike affecting elementary
schools on Monday, January 20, 2020.

If the strike proceeds, on Monday, January 20, 2020, elementary schools will be closed to students for the day. Please do not send students to elementary school on January 20. Secondary schools will not be affected and will remain open. All elementary school transportation services (including buses, taxis, etc.) will not be running. Independent childcare programs in elementary schools are expected to
continue - please confirm with your provider.

School will resume on Tuesday, January 21, and students are expected to return to their regular
schedule for the day.

Please continue to monitor media, or Twitter:
@YRDSB for up to date information.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Spirit Wear on Sale Now

We are pleased to announce that James Robinson P.S. spirit clothing is now available for on-line order.

Please click here to browse the collection and place an order. (

The order deadline is January 31st.

Sample sizes will be available in the front foyer for sizing:

·         am recesses daily until Jan 24th (10:10am-10:40pm)
·         Jan 22nd from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Winter Concert Time and Location Change

The time and location of the JRPS Musical and Winter Concert “Character Street” has been changed.

Date: Jan. 16
New Time: 1:45 p.m.
New Location: James Robinson

There will no longer be an evening performance at Bill Crothers.

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the fun and uplifting performances by our talented primary students and drama club.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Save the Date for a JRPS Winter Concert ~ January 16th

This year our students will be performing songs from Character Street; a fun musical featuring a colourful group of neighbourhood friends learning important life lessons.

When: January 16, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bill Crothers S.S. 
Performances by: Grade 1-4 classes and the grade 5-8 Drama Club
Audience: Everyone is welcome!

Please join us in this celebration of musical talents from students of all ages.

We hope to see you there!