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Summer Learning Programs

During the month of July, YRDSB continues to offer credit and non-credit summer school program opportunities for elementary, secondary and adult students. 

Traditional in-class face-to-face summer programs will move to a remote learning delivery model. 

Registration is now open for the following programs:

Elementary Credit and Non-Credit Programs:

  • Elementary Summer School (Grades 6 – 8 non credit reinforcement)
  • Grade 8 Reach Ahead 

Secondary Credit Programs:

  • Online-Learning 
  • Remote Learning 

Adult Learning Programs:

  • Adult Literacy and Basic Skills
  • English as a Second Language
  • Citizenship Classes

For more information about summer learning programs and registration please visit and follow us on Twitter @YRDSB.

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Elementary Summer School – Gr. 6, 7 and 8

Continuing Education Servicesis pleased to offer the following two summer school programs for current year grade 6, 7 and 8 students. Due to the pandemic, all programs will be offered remotely.

Registration, through my Pathway Planner, is now open and closes June 18, 2021. Spaces are limited and students are encouraged to register early.

Elementary Summer School Grade 6, 7 and 8 (Literacy & Numeracy) Program

This 15-day program is designed to reinforce the curriculum for students who are performing below the provincial standard. The program will operate from July 5 to July 23, 2021 (8:45 am – 3:25 pm).

 Students must register in the program for their current school grade as this is not an acceleration program. For example, a grade 7 student would register for the grade 7 program as it reinforces grade 7 content.  

 The following programs will be offered:

  • Language and Math reinforcement for students who may or may not have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Language for students who are ELL Stage 1 or 2 learners. The focus is on reading, writing and speaking

Grade 8 Summer Reach Ahead

This program provides an opportunity for students to earn a high school credit. These 18 day acceleration courses start July 7 and end July 30. Students register directly through MyPathwayPlanner and they are located in the Remote Secondary School offerings.

The following courses will be offered:

  • Discovering the Workplace (GLD2O). The type of student for whom this course is specifically designed:

o   would benefit from a gradual transition into high school;
            o   may experience some challenges in credit acquisition in grade 9 or 10;
            o   would benefit from focused support in order to improve academic performance;

o  may be disconnected from school and/or peers;
            o   has experienced some challenges with regular school attendance.

  •  International Languages (Farsi, Simplified Mandarin and Spanish). Please note that prerequisites are not required. Should the student wish to continue studying a language they would register for the Fall International and Indigenous Languages program in the next level.

For your convenience, we are including the following link, Continuing Education Services > Summer Learning > Elementary Summer Learning page, which outlines the information and registration process for this program.

Thank you.

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From the Office

April showers bring May flowers, and it is beautiful to see all the blossoms. As we enter a new week and new month, please take a moment to review a few items that are taking place at Wilshire!

Book BINGO! This week is Canadian Children’s Book Week. Ms. Byrne is bringing back the BINGO fun by posting a Book Bingo Challenge. Families and students are invited to visit our Wilshire Library Website to make a copy of your own BINGO card and play along!  Here’s a sample of what the cards look like!

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. May 3rd – 9ths is an important week to:

● Increase awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems

●Decrease stigma

● Understand that help is available and it works!

For more information on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week please see CMHA Mental Health Week. One in five Ontario children and youth has a mental health problem – That is about 500,000 kids. Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. The good news is that help is available and treatment works! You may be concerned about your child’s emotional well-being. You can find tips on how to speak to your child about COVID-19 on our website as well as mental health supports.

May Spirit Days! We are bringing a little fun into the month of May by having a few spirit days on Wednesday. Mark your calendars and bring your cheer to class.

Meaningful May has arrived! Each day we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around you. How will we bring kindness into the way you think, speak to others and live? You are meaningful and during such a challenging time, let’s take a moment to focus on how we can see the positive around us.  Here are some prompts to incorporate into your family’s daily routine.

Resources for Families

  • Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website
  • Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form. 
  • The provincial government has created resources to support learning from home, please see the Learn From Home
  • If your child needs to borrow a Chromebook device in order to access online learning during this extended period, please let us know by contacting our school office at . Our Office Staff will be in touch with a pick-up time at the school. If your child’s device is having technical issues please complete the Google Form and YRDSB’s IT services will connect with you with support.

In addition, the Ministry of Education launched TVO Learn. This new portal includes educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers.

Attendance (Virtual) Each morning and afternoon, staff will continue to take student attendance through your child’s google classroom. School staff will be mindful of each family’s decision to participate in virtual learning. However, if your child will be absent for any reason, please continue to notify the school as you have previously through Edsby.

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) presents “Drawing Joy” –  FREE EVENT on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 Time: 4-6 pm EST!

Have a wonderful week.

Janine Franklin, Principal

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Career Discovery Expo: Dream Big York

Students in grades 7 – 12 and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the Career Discovery Expo: Dream Big York on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ET. 

This FREE event provides students and their families the opportunity to explore a wide range of career paths. 

The Career Discovery Expo: Dream Big York will feature:

  • Dream Maker Panel: Women from various industries share their stories and inspire young women.
  • Employer Spotlight: Employers share their “look fors” when hiring new employees and ways to gain experience early.
  • Pathway Spotlight: College, University and OYAP representatives share the different pathway programs available, scholarships, courses etc.
  • Games, Prizes

To register, please visit:

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Voluntary COVID-19 Testing

Dear Families,

To continue to support our schools, students, staff and families, York Region District School Board is pleased to be able to facilitate in partnership with York Region Public Health and the Ministry of Education, voluntary targeted COVID-19 testing. In addition to daily screening, masking and the other health and safety measures, targeted testing (asymptomatic with no known exposure to COVID-19) in schools is an important layer of protection that helps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

There is additional symptomatic and asymptomatic testing available at multiple vacant Board sites as outlined in this memo from Public Health. Targeted testing will help ensure that our schools remain a safe environment for all to learn and work in. Targeted COVID-19 testing is voluntary for asymptomatic students and staff only and will take place at:

Dates and Location:
Westmount Collegiate Institute
1000 New Westminster Drive, Thornhill, ON, L4J 8G3
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Collection methods for testing will include shallow nasal swabs. Consent will be required from parents or guardians of students under 18 years old. Please take note of the following:
– When you arrive at the testing location at the school, please make sure to be wearing a mask and have your child’s health card.
– We wish to clarify that there is no option for pre-registration at this time, although you are asked to complete and bring your paper registration and assessment form (please remember to bring your health cards and a parent/guardian must accompany children under 18).
– For more information, see the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Test Patient Information.
– Please be advised, schools do not have assigned times this week and persons wishing to be tested may attend whenever the clinic is open (times listed above).

The school and the board will communicate with parents, guardians and staff should the need for future targeted testing dates arise.

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