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Updates from Wilshire

Good Morning Families,

On behalf of the Wilshire staff, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  We are almost through our first week of teacher-led at-home learning.  Hopefully, everyone has been able to navigate our new way of teaching and learning and is becoming more comfortable.  If you are encountering challenges, please contact your child’s teacher so that you can troubleshoot together.  We want to make sure every student has the opportunity to continue their learning with their teachers.

Chag Pesach Same’ach to all of our families who are celebrating Passover.  Happy Easter to those families who are celebrating this weekend.  Happy Vaisakhi to our friends who are also celebrating this weekend.  Please note that Friday, April 10 (Good Friday) and Monday, April 13 (Easter Monday) are school holidays so teachers will not be available to respond to concerns or post assignments on those days.  Many of our teachers will also be celebrating Passover and will not be available on Thursday, April 9.  Regular online communication will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

For those families who requested technology through the YRDSB Technology Survey, or who have requested their child’s Special Education technology device (SEA devices), distribution for technology will occur on Thursday, April 16.  Parents will be contacted by  school staff by phone on Tuesday to set up a pick-up time at the school (the call will appear as an Unknown Caller; please answer the call).   On the phone call, parents will be asked to provide a license plate number to confirm their identity so that the technology can be provided without anyone either exiting the vehicle (unless opening/closing the trunk) or entering the school. This will ensure that we are adhering to requirements for physical/social distancing.

Details regarding the pick up times and location will be included in the phone call from the school staff.  April 16 is the only day that technology distribution will occur.  Please make sure that an adult is available on that day to pick up the device.

Best wishes to everyone for this long holiday weekend!

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Phase 2 of “Learn at Home”

Good Morning Parents,

Phase Two of the province’s “Learn at Home” response to the COVID-19 pandemic starts today.  This involves teacher-directed learning for students while they are at home.  All of our classes have now been set up on Google Classrooms which will allow students to access lessons and assignments online from home.

This is a work-in-progress with teachers trying to do their best to deliver the big ideas of the curriculum to students in a manner that is certainly not ideal.  Please be patient as we work through the process.  Please also feel free to give teachers feedback if there are any difficulties, so that they can better meet the needs of your children at home (of course, positive feedback for their efforts is always appreciated too!).

For those families who indicated that they need technology support, or students who have special education technology assigned to them, the school board is working through the process of gathering the technology, cleaning it and distributing it to students who need it.  Please be patient as this will take some time, but will be done as quickly as safely possible.

Students – please try your best to do the assignments that the teachers have provided to you.  The work you do now will help you to progress so that you will be caught up with your classmates when you return to school.  Teachers will be looking at the work you submit and giving you feedback on the things you’ve done well and how you can improve.  We know that being taught online isn’t the same as working in a classroom.  Therefore, any work you do from home will not count against you or lower your final grade.  However, it can help you to raise your final mark if you demonstrate improvement.  Try your best and communicate with your teacher if you are having difficulty!

Stay safe and good luck as we enter Phase 2 of Learn at Home.

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Message for Students from Mr. Barlow and for Parents from the Director of Education

Mr. Barlow has created a video message for Wilshire students. It can be viewed on our Wilshire Twitter page at:  Message to Wilshire students

 

Our Director of Education has also sent out the following message to parents:

Dear families,

We have received notice from the Premier of Ontario that the current closure of all Ontario schools will be extended to reopen May 4, 2020. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools in York Region District School Board will continue to be closed to students during this time. Schools are expected to reopen May 4 and you will receive additional information about the opening closer to this date.  

It is critically important at this time to continue to follow the direction of public health to practise social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this pandemic virus.

YRDSB Learning and Caring Plan for teacher-led learning

This week, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to check in with your family and let you know that beginning next week, we will be implementing online teacher-led learning for our students. Students can expect some online learning activities and opportunities, as well as information about how to connect with their teacher. You will be receiving information from your child’s teacher about what this will look like for your child. While our schools may be closed, we remain dedicated to supporting your child’s learning and well-being.

If you do not have access to technology or the internet, please complete our questionnaire, or let your child’s teacher know when they contact you.

What does the school closure mean for students?

I’m sure you have a lot of questions and concerns. You want to know about marks, graduation requirements, post-secondary applications, and more. While I don’t have all of the answers today, I’m going to share as much as I can, and I will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

We know that students may be missing important milestones this year –  trips, athletics and important activities. We share your disappointment and will look for ways to celebrate their achievements when students return to school. For now, it is important to focus on keeping our community safe and healthy.

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. We also recognize that this situation is affecting families in different ways. We have compiled a list of community supports and resources, also available on our website.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. For up-to-date information and resources, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 and the Board’s twitter feed @yrdsb.

I wish you continued health and well-being.

Sincerely,

Louise Sirisko

Director of Education

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March 30 Update

Dear Wilshire families,

On behalf of all our staff here at Wilshire, we miss having our students come to school each day and the many connections we have with families. We know how important social distancing is at this time, and I hope that you and your family are doing well and staying healthy during these challenging days.

During this week, staff from Wilshire will be contacting families to check in on students. We want to ensure that you receive information from our school, as well as the School Board. As we move forward with online learning opportunities, we want to confirm that students can access a digital environment. As our staff will not be calling from our school, you may see calls coming from, “unknown caller ID”, “Private Name” or “Private Number.”  Throughout this week, we ask that you pick up the call as it may be your child’s teacher. We also know that there is an increase in fraudulent calls, please be assured that your child’s teacher will always identify themselves as such and will only ask questions regarding your child’s education. Just as a reminder, please do not to give sensitive personal information (such as social insurance numbers, etc.) over the phone. Your child’s teacher would not ask this type of information during a call.

To ensure that our staff can connect with all our families, we will encourage that calls be kept focused. We know that you will have many questions that are still being worked on at the provincial level.  Once we have further information, we will share updates at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 , Twitter @YRDSB, and emails.

Thank you,
Mr. Barlow

 

 

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Message for Wilshire Students and Parents

Hello Wilshire Families,

I hope everyone has had a safe and healthy March Break, considering the unusual and unprecedented circumstances that we are currently living in.

All of our teachers, and myself, miss our students and are thinking about them every day.  We wish that we could be back in our regular routines today, but unfortunately that is not possible at this time.

Today, the Premier announced that schools would be closed beyond April 6 to try and reduce the spread of Covid-19.  We do not have any further information at this time, but our school board will develop plans for what that will look like for all students moving forward.  The Ministry of Education has developed a Learn at Home portal that parents and students can access online to support their learning while schools are closed.  This can be accessed at:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

YRDSB has also provided resources, including information to help parents talk to their children about the Coronavirus at:  http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/Repository/NewsEvents/Pages/BoardNews/Coronavirus.aspx

Some of our teachers may reach out to students through Google Classroom or other electronic ways of communication to check in or suggest some learning activities that could be done at home.  This will not replace in-class instruction and are not mandatory activities, simply suggestions to help parents and students should they choose to access them.  If you have Twitter, please consider following our teacher-librarian, Ms. Byrne  (@WilshireLibrary), and our school account (@WilshireES) for other resources or suggestions of activities that you might find useful.

I want to stress the fact that students and parents not worry about their academic progress at this time.  Students across our country and the world are all in the same circumstances.  You are not going to fall behind during this time.  The most important thing now is that families are following the recommendations of our Officers of Health and looking after their physical and mental health.  As the Ministry of Education decides what education will look like moving forward, that information will be communicated to students and parents.  In the meantime, students can keep reading, writing, and keeping their minds engaged through conversations and learning about topics of interest.  Don’t worry about keeping up with the Ontario Curriculum.

If you or anyone from our community needs support at this time, please contact Mr. Barlow at cory.barlow@yrdsb.ca.  The school building remains closed but the Wilshire staff are accessible by email.  We will all continue to support each other as a caring, learning community during this difficult time.

Take care and be safe,

Mr. Barlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

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X Dance – March 23 to 27

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited about an initiative returning to Wilshire Elementary School next month.  To support the Arts Curriculum and our commitment to champion Equity and Inclusivity, we are welcoming back XDance. Through exploring a variety of dance styles from around the world, students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will understand where in the world they belong, celebrate what makes them diverse and celebrate others for their uniqueness.  During the week of March 23-27, students will take part in a series of workshops that will support the Dance Curriculum and our school goal of enhancing students’ feelings of well-being and belonging.

To help support the cost of these workshops, we are requesting a donation of $10 from each student. Please use School Cash Online if possible.

Thank you to all of the parents who have already paid for the program.  If you have not yet, please help to support this enhanced learning activity by paying for the program.

For School Cash Online, please visit https://yrdsb.schoolcashonline.com

click “Get started Today”. You child’s student number is required to register.

Please do not hesitate to call, if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mr. Barlow

Principal