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Arts@Baythorn

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING THE CURRICULUM THROUGH THE ARTS?

If so, the York Region District School Board offers an Elementary integrated Arts program at Baythorn Public School. York Region students have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music while meeting the necessary curricular requirements for the grades five, six, seven and eight programs.

 

We have completed all the online interviews as well as the review of supporting documents. The responses (offer of placement, regrets and wait listed) will be going out via email by the end of March. Please be reminded that individual feedback is not possible.

updated March 21st, 2021

 

Our application process has now closed. If you applied to our program please know that you will recieve an email by the week of February 22nd, 2021 indicating your interview time.

updated February 10th, 2021

 

View our Virtual Information Night. This link will be active until February 5th, 2021 at 4:00pm.

https://youtu.be/LpQ8WiL1qHw

Do you have a question you would like to ask? http://bit.ly/baythornquestions   

Application closes February 5th at 4:00pm. Link to Application: http://bit.ly/baythornarts2021  

Tips on filling out the Student Response:  http://bit.ly/student_response_tips ​  

 

 

FAQ   
We hope you find the links informative and helpful and we will do our very best to provide timely answers to your questions.
 

Updated on February 2nd, 2021:

  • Is February 5th the deadline for the submission of student responses and Term 1 Report Card?

     

    No, February 5th is the deadline for the online application. Once the applications are reviewed and interview dates and times are assigned, we will send you an email confirming your child’s interview date and time and ask for a Term 1 February Report Card as well as for the Student Response to be submitted either online or dropped off prior to their interview.

  • Do we get a confirmation email once we have completed the online application

Once you complete the online application, an email is sent to your child’s homeroom teacher and that is your confirmation.


Updated on January 25st, 2021:

  • Can you please clarify how and when we submit the student response?
After the online application closes on February 5th, we will send you an email confirming your child’s interview date and time and ask for Term 1 February Report Card as well as for the Student Response to be submitted either online or dropped off.


 

Updated on January 21st, 2021:

 

  • The student letter, should it be hand written and scanned or does it need to be typed and printed? If hand written with art how do we submit? Can it be 3D?
     
The Students response can be typed, handwritten, painted, drawn, can be poem, prose, lyrics or any combination of things. At some point, we will be asking for it to be sent to us, so if it is 3D that may not come clearly in a picture or scan or attachment.

  • My child has an IEP and is currently in the SCC program for language and math but learns better through music (loves to sing), would this program support my child’s needs and be suitable for my child? 
We welcome students with IEPs, however, they have to be interested in learning through the arts, all arts, not just music or singing. 


 

Posted on January 18th, 2021

 

 

  • When this pandemic is over, will kids resume with the regular music program? Will they be allowed to use the instruments?
Yes and absolutely yes!
 
  • When my child graduates from Baythorn School of Arts, do they automatically get into one of the arts high schools or do they have to apply again? 
Students transitioning from grade 8 to high school have to apply for the various programs, including arts. So yes, they will have to apply for the specific arts discipline for high school.
 
  • Do we have to wear dance clothes for dancing classes? 
No dance attire is required, you have to wear comfortable clothing (similarly to a gym class).
 
  • I just needed clarification about the required report card - we have currently only received the progress report card - should we send that one in with the application? OR -I also know that we will be getting report cards soon - should I send that one in instead?  
We are looking for the February 2021 Term 1 report card that you will be asked to drop off at Baythorn or email us once you have a date and time for your interview, it will be after the application closes. Term 1 report cards will be coming out in the second week in February. You do not need the report card for the first step - the online application. It is required later.
 
  • My child has been attending EVS since last September. I'm wondering if the homeroom teacher is his current EVS teacher or the teacher from their home school last year.  
We will accept either one, from the current EVS homeroom teacher or from last years’ homeroom teacher.
 
  • Is the workload comparable to any other school in YRDSB with respect to grade level? Or given the integration of the arts, is there a greater workload for students?  
We follow the same Ontario Curriculum and YRDSB homework guidelines. With greater integration and collaboration, some students find it takes more time to work in a group, others find it easier. It really depends on the student’ s individual work habits, learning skills and particularly their use of class time.
 
  • My child is shy and reserved when in a new environment and/or performing Drama & Dance; however, they are very passionate about Music and Visual Arts. They demonstrate many of the qualities you described in the presentation. Would they still be a good candidate for the program given their quiet and shy personality? 
As long as your child understands that they have to participate in all the art disciplines and are willing to try, they are a good candidate. 
 
  • I would like to know more about the school environment, especially students. Is the school more tailored for special needs students or kids having difficulty learning? 
No, we are a regular K-8 school, with typical special education supports.
 
  • How can I contact the before/after school care to enquire about fees and registration? 
The before and after care information is on our website and in our presentation.
 
  • Is the arts program suitable for a student with ADHD that loves art and is incredibly creative? 
Yes, we offer the same supports (IEP accommodations) for students with ADHD as all other schools.
 
  • Will Arts@Baythorn consider EVS in light of the pandemic? 
Not likely.
 
  • How does the arts program at Baythorn accommodate students identified as 'gifted'?  
We offer the same supports (IEP accommodations, extension opportunities at grade level) for students identified as gifted as do other schools. We do not have a gifted program at Baythorn.
 
  • What are the prospects of secondary program options for a 'gifted' student finishing grade 8 from your arts program?  
They can continue in the gifted program in high school (you would have to determine your area high school with a gifted program) or your child can apply for any of the other grade 9 specialty programs such as IB, pre-AP, arts, etc.
 
  • The student letter, should it be hand written and scanned or does it need to be typed and printed? If hand written with art how do we submit? Can it be 3D?
 
The Students response can be typed, handwritten, painted, drawn, can be poem, prose, lyrics or any combination of things. At some point, we will be asking for it to be sent to us, so if it is 3D that may not come clearly in a picture or scan or attachment.
 
  • My child has an IEP and is currently in the SCC program for language and math but learns better through music (loves to sing), would this program support my child’s needs and be suitable for my child? 
 
We welcome students with IEPs, however, they have to be interested in learning through the arts, all arts, not just music or singing. 

 

 


PROGRAM
The arts@baythorn program is an intensive three or four year Arts program (depending on the grade of entry) providing students interested in the Arts with the opportunity to study Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts in the company of other students with similar interests. We believe in an integrated curriculum where individual artistic strengths are used to deepen the understanding across curricular areas. Through the Arts, students have an opportunity to build on their existing important social skills, group work skills, problem-solving strategies, risk-taking ability and creative thinking skills. In addition, students in the arts@baythorn program will increase the depth and breadth of their learning through workshops with guest artists and field trips to performances and exhibitions. Participation in the arts may increase a student’s self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation, as well as their ability to internalize concepts presented in the various academic subjects.

 

ADMISSION
Admission to the program is based on the evaluation of the completed student application package, a student profile completed by the home school and a successful workshop. For the 2021-22 school year, students currently in grade four or five are eligible to apply for 90 spots. Results regarding placement in the program will be e-mailed to families.  

DANCE
The Dance program provides students with opportunities to explore movement and dance vocabulary while developing body awareness, coordination and musicality. Students will create and perform dances based on curricular themes.

*For the Dance Workshop, students should be dressed in loose, comfortable clothing, as they will be involved in a variety of movement activities. Previous dance experience is not required.

DRAMA
The Drama program supports the development of verbal and non- verbal communication skills. Using a creative process, students will explore human behavior through role play, improvisation, storytelling, spoken word poetry, puppetry, masks, scene study and critical analysis of a variety theatrical productions.


*For the Drama Worksho, students will participate in group games and role playing situations. A memorized piece is not required.

MUSIC
The Music program focuses on the development of skills in performance, critical listening, and creating music. Students will have the opportunity to perform in various ensembles and work with guest artists and musicians on extended musical projects. Throughout the year, students will experience a variety of musical productions and will be exposed to many musical styles.

*During the Music Workshop, students will be asked to sing familiar songs and co-create a soundscape that explores the basic elements of music. Previous music experience is not required.

VISUAL ARTS
The Visual Arts program provides opportunities for individual creative and imaginative growth as well as developing technical skills. Students will be introduced to experimental and traditional directions in drawing and painting while studying curricular themes. They will also be exposed to sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and design. Emphasis will be on self-expression, creativity and critical thinking.

*For the Visual Arts Workshop, students will provide drawing and design work. No portfolios please.

* Instead of worshops, this year we are holding 5 min interviews, on Saturdays and Sundays 8AM to noon, between February 22nd and March 7th.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOUR CHILD
Choosing the right program will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • the degree to which the child’s needs (including special education support, gifted education) for self-actualization are already being
    met by the home school;
  • the importance of the home school in the social and cultural life of the child;
  • the general development of work habits, responsibility, task commitment and organizational skills.

In general the child who benefits most from the arts@baythorn program:

  • approaches new tasks with a positive attitude;
  • enjoys learning and expressing themselves through the arts;
  • enjoys working as a member of a team and shares equitably in the work;
  • has strong organizational skills and can manage a rotary timetable.

ARTS ACTIVITY FEE
In a typical year, students are required to pay an Arts activity fee that will be used to help pay for the many artistic experiences and special projects that students are exposed to during the year. Payment plans are available upon request. The Arts Activity fee is $300. This is a non-refundable fee.

TRANSPORTATION
Parents are advised that there is NO provision for transportation to arts@baythorn by the York Region District School Board. Public transportation routes are available and we will try to help parents develop car pools to ease transportation concerns. Successful applicants are asked to carefully consider the implications of travel before accepting a placement in arts@baythorn.​​ Please be aware that students can only be dropped off starting at 8:15 am and must be picked up no later than 3:15 pm. School hours are 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

 

 

STUDENT RESPONSE


 

Please share why you would like to be considered for this program and why learning through the arts is important to you.
   
Use one page to express yourself!


 

Here is some more info about the Student Response, Please copy and paste the link into a new browser:

 

 

bit.ly/student_response_tips​

 

 

​ The Application Deadline is February 5th, 2021 @ 4:00pm

 

 

 

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