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From the Office

What an incredible week of learning and fun at Wilshire ES! Please review important information from this week and our upcoming days together.

TERRY FOX WALK

In 1980, Terry’s journey to raise money for cancer research began and he called it the Marathon of Hope. With fierce determination and hope, Terry completed an average of 42 km each day, every day for 143 days. He ran a total of 5,373 km. On Wednesday the sun was shining, and Wilshire ES “Tried Like Terry” by walking through the community to show our support. Thank you to all our families, students and staff for raising over $2300. This is the 28th year Wilshire ES has participated in the Terry Fox Walk/Run – and we couldn’t do it without you. If you still wish to donate, please go to terryfoxschoolrun.org!

ORANGE SHIRT DAY – NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

On Friday, the outdoors became our classroom as we recognized and reflected upon the Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of a little girl named Phyllis Webstad, who was sent to a residential school.  On her first day of school she was dressed in a brand new orange shirt, bought for her by her grandmother.  When she arrived at the school, this shirt was taken away and she was forced to wear the school uniform instead.  This is a day for all people in Canada to come together in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.  It is a day to honour residential school students and to remind us all that every child matters.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 is YOM KIPPUR

Wednesday October 5, many of our families will be observing Yom Kippur. If your child (ren) will be absent on Wednesday October 5, please call 905.907.7884 or login to yrdsb.edsby.com to report the absence. For those families, students and staff observing Yom Kippur, we wish you a holy celebration.​

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

Our first virtual Wilshire School Council meeting of the school year will be on Monday, October 3rd from 7:00 – 8:00pm.  Your voices have been imperative as advisors in the Wilshire ES Community.  All families are invited to join us.

This year we will be using Microsoft Teams to host our meeting.  The link can be found below. 

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 210 432 562 619
Passcode: ERQXHE

Download Teams | Join on the web

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OPTIMISM OCTOBER

We would like to challenge all our Wilshire Community to take a moment each day to consider how you can be positive. Check out these daily prompts to encourage you and your family.

ON THE HORIZON…

Monday, October 3 – School Council Meeting

Monday, October 3 – Gr. 7 & 8 Immunization

Wednesday October 5 – Yom Kippur

Monday October 10 – Thanksgiving (no classes today)

Thursday October 13 – Wilshire Curriculum Night

Tuesday, October 18 – Area Cross Country Meet

Thursday, October 20 – Wilshire Picture Day!

Friday, October 21 – PA Day (no school)

Monday, October 31 – Autumn Spirit Day

Trust you are having a wonderful weekend in the Autumn sunshine.

Janine

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TVOntario Resources for Families

In support of Ontario’s families this school year, TVO has assembled free K-12 learning resources and tools to complement in-class learning or to be used on their own by students and families that are curriculumbased, free digital learning resources.

  • TVO Kids is specific to preschool and school age from Kindergarten to Grade 5 with programming and games to get them ready for school and learning.
  • TVO Learn has expanded to include new adult-guided Learning Activities for Grades 1 through 12 mathematics, language, science and technology and social studies.
  • TVO Learn mPower offers 65+ free games to support students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to develop fundamental Math skills through math and STEM games.
  • TVO Mathify offers free, 1:1 math tutoring with Ontario Certified Teachers for Grades 4 to 12. Now available 7 days a week, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm ET, and Saturday and Sunday, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET.
  • TVO Today has articles, videos of stories, current affairs, documentaries and podcasts.
  • TVO ILC High school students in Ontario can access 144 courses developed by Ontario Certified Teachers. These not-for-credit courses are designed for independent study or study support.
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From the Office

Autumn is here! Please find important information for our upcoming week together.

Monday September 26, and Tuesday September 27, many of our students and staff will be observing Rosh Hashanah.  If your child (ren) will be absent on Monday and Tuesday, please call 905.889.5112 or login to yrdsb.edsby.com to report the absences.

SCHOOL START-UP FORMS

Dear families,

At the start of each school year, schools share with families a package of information about the school. Families will also receive a copy of the Guide to the School Year booklet in the coming weeks. We also ask families to complete some important forms. These forms are now available online. 

Please complete and submit these online School Start-Up Forms through your child’s YRDSB Google account. 

  • You can access your child’s YRDSB Google account via a web browser. For best results, use a computer rather than a mobile phone.
  • The username is your child’s YRDSB Student Number. Your child will receive their login information from the school at the start of the year. If you or your child do not know the password to log in to their Google account, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office.
  • Frequently asked questions and additional information on how to complete the forms are available on the Board website under Family Resources (click on the “Need Help” link for Family Start-Up Forms. 

It is important that these forms are completed as soon as possible at the start of the school year. There are both mandatory and optional forms. The forms are to be completed for all students, whether they are attending school in person or participating in remote, online learning. Your child’s school will access the information. 

Please complete a separate form for each child attending our schools. Secondary school students will also be asked to review important school and Board policies and to indicate that they have reviewed this information on forms sent to their student GAPPS account.

If you prefer to complete the forms on paper or have questions about the information in the forms, please contact our school office. Thank you.

TERRY FOX RUN/WALK

Wilshire ES is pleased to be hosting the annual Terry Fox Walk/Run.  All monies raised through our event will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation to benefit cancer research. 

We are very proud to be associated with The Terry Fox Foundation and believe that our involvement will launch a successful, positive and meaningful school year. Our walk/run will take place on Wednesday, September 28th. (Rain date–Thursday September 29th).  All students will take part in this event for such a worthy cause.  Terry Fox ran his Marathon of Hope and is a strong example of determination and perseverance.  Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer. Let’s keep Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer alive!


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 IS ORANGE SHIRT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Every year on September 30, Canadians observe Gchi Piitendaagoziwag Binoojiinyag- Every Child Matters ᑭᒋ ᐱᑌᐣᑕᑯᓯᐘᐠ ᐱᓄᒋᐣᔭᐠ Orange Shirt Day. It is a day to educate and promote awareness of residential schools and their lasting legacies of trauma, suffering and genocide of Indigenous Peoples. These institutions were designed to assimilate Indigenous children and to eradicate Indigenous cultural practices. The topic of residential schools first appears in curriculum content starting in grade 6, however, given the observance of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, many educators K-12 will take on this topic as part of their instructional program.

In 2021, First Nations independently began to locate the unmarked graves of thousands of Indigenous children at the sites of former residential schools. This has sparked many Canadians to rethink what they thought they knew about these institutions and revisit the way they speak to students about them. We encourage YRDSB staff and students to wear an orange shirt on September 30, 2022, to recognize the resiliency, bravery and survivance of Residential School Survivors and those who did not come home.

ON THE HORIZON…

Monday September 26 – Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday September 27 – Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 28 – Terry Fox Run (rain day – Thursday, September 29)

Monday, October 3 – School Council Meeting

Monday, October 3 – Gr. 7 & 8 Immunization

Wednesday October 5 – Yom Kippur

Monday October 10 – Thanksgiving (no classes today)

Thursday October 13 – Wilshire Curriculum Night

Thursday, October 20 – Wilshire Picture Day!

Have a great long weekend, and for those observing Rosh Hashanah,

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From the Office

We have had a great full week of learning together this week. Please take the time to review the following items, including some upcoming dates section at the end of this email:

DAY OF MOURNING FOR HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

As previously announced by Premier Doug Ford, Ontario will mark September 19, 2022 as a provincial Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“We are strongly encouraging that the people of Ontario, including students and staff in schools, to observe a moment of silent reflection in honour of Her Majesty’s legacy of service to the people of Canada and across the Commonwealth on, or around, 1:00 p.m. on September 19, 2022. 

As the Premier stated, “We encourage all Ontarians to use this day to honour Her Majesty and pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy she leaves behind.””  Nancy Naylor (Deputy Minister).

POWLEY DAY

On September 19, 2022 Métis Peoples from all over Canada will celebrate Powley Day. Powley Day is a day of political and cultural significance for Métis communities throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Powley Day marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the matter of R v. Powley. The ground-breaking decision affirmed that there were distinct Métis people and communities on the land before Canada became Canada, before Ontario became Ontario, with a unique Indigenous culture and identity and that their inherent rights as Indigenous peoples are entrenched within Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.

It has been 18 years since the Supreme Court of Canada made the unanimous decision to recognize these rights in Canada ending a ten-year legal battle. Since then, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has celebrated the decision alongside the Métis Governments in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Powley Day is recognized on September 19th every year, where communities remember the sacrifices made by Steve, Roddy and the entire Powley family, and reflect on how the Powley decision affirmed recognition of Métis as a distinct Indigenous peoples within Canada, and helping open the path forward toward full Métis self-government.

BABYSITTING AND STAY SAFE COURSES

Red Cross Babysitting and Stay Safe courses are now offered 100% virtually using Google Meet. The Babysitting course takes place either over 3 days on the weekends (2 hours and 20 minutes each day) or as a full 1 day course on PA days. The Stay Safe course takes place over 2 days on the weekends (2 hours and 20 minutes each day). Our courses are fun and students stay actively engaged with games, chat discussions, and videos.

Flyers with more information about our courses and how they are taught virtually will be emails to families. Parents will be able to easily register on our website.

Stayin Alive with First Aid, CPR & AED is a proud Canadian Red Cross training partner giving people the knowledge, practice, and tools to help in an emergency and save lives. Teachers specialize in the learning needs and behaviours of students and we keep our class sizes small to ensure they are effective.

If parents have questions, they are welcome to email info@stayinalivewithfirstaid.ca.

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SCHOOL START-UP FORMS

At the start of each school year, schools share with families a package of information about the school. Families will also receive a copy of the Guide to the School Year booklet in the coming weeks. We also ask families to complete some important forms. These forms are now available online. 

Please complete and submit these online School Start-Up Forms through your child’s YRDSB Google account. 

  • You can access your child’s YRDSB Google account via a web browser. For best results, use a computer rather than a mobile phone.
  • The username is your child’s YRDSB Student Number. Your child will receive their login information from the school at the start of the year. If you or your child do not know the password to log in to their Google account, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office.
  • Frequently asked questions and additional information on how to complete the forms are available on the Board website under Family Resources (click on the “Need Help” link for Family Start-Up Forms. 

It is important that these forms are completed as soon as possible at the start of the school year. There are both mandatory and optional forms. The forms are to be completed for all students, whether they are attending school in person or participating in remote, online learning. Your child’s school will access the information. 

Please complete a separate form for each child attending our schools. Secondary school students will also be asked to review important school and Board policies and to indicate that they have reviewed this information on forms sent to their student GAPPS account.

If you prefer to complete the forms on paper or have questions about the information in the forms, please contact your school office. Thank you.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Every year on September 30, Canadians observe Gchi Piitendaagoziwag Binoojiinyag- Every Child Matters ᑭᒋ ᐱᑌᐣᑕᑯᓯᐘᐠ ᐱᓄᒋᐣᔭᐠ Orange Shirt Day. It is a day to educate and promote awareness of residential schools and their lasting legacies of trauma, suffering and genocide of Indigenous Peoples. These institutions were designed to assimilate Indigenous children and to eradicate Indigenous cultural practices. The topic of residential schools first appears in curriculum content starting in grade 6, however, given the observance of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, many educators K-12 will take on this topic as part of their instructional program.

In 2021, First Nations independently began to locate the unmarked graves of thousands of Indigenous children at the sites of former residential schools. This has sparked many Canadians to rethink what they thought they knew about these institutions and revisit the way they speak to students about them. We encourage YRDSB staff and students to wear an orange shirt on September 30, 2022, to recognize the resiliency, bravery and survivance of Residential School Survivors and those who did not come home.

TRIPLE P PARENTING WORKSHOP – THE POWER OF POSITIVE PARENTING

Please see email with attached workshop information.

ON THE HORIZON…

  1. Monday, September 19 – Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; Powley Day (see above for information), Cross Country Try Outs Begin for Junior & Intermediate Students
  2. Friday, September 23 – PA Day (no school today)
  3. Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah
  4. Tuesday, September 27 – Rosh Hashanah
  5. Wednesday, September 28 – Terry Fox Run
  6. Thursday, September 29 – Rain Day Terry Fox Run
  7. Friday, September 30 – Orange Shirt Day
  8. Wednesday October 5 – Yom Kippur
  9. Thursday October 13 – HOLD for Wilshire’s Curriculum Night, Meet the Teacher Evening 

Have a great weekend!

Janine

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Terry Fox Run

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, students in grades K – 8 at our school will be taking part in The Terry Fox National School Run Day (rain date: Thursday, September 29, 2021). All students will be walking outside in order to raise awareness for Cancer Research. Grades 4-8 will be walking around the community and Kindergarten – Grade 3 will be walking on school property. Please make sure your child is in proper footwear. The students will be supervised by their teacher to ensure their safety.

Our school is proud to play an important role in keeping the legacy of Terry Fox going. This marks the 42nd anniversary of the Terry Fox Walk Fundraiser. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the heroic efforts of Terry over the next few weeks as well as raise much-needed funds for cancer research.  Through our participation in the Terry Fox School Run, we hope to encourage leadership in our students and create positive agents of change in our wonderful school community.

Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated and donations of $20.00 or more automatically receive a receipt. All donations are to be made online or you can fill out the donation form and bring cash or a cheque made to The Terry Fox Foundation.  Please send in all donations by Friday, September 30th, 2022. 

All monies raised will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation and 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research!

Donating online to The Terry Fox Foundation is fast and easy. Donors get a receipt immediately by email.  

1.    Go to www.terryfox.org

2.    Click “Terry Fox School Run”

3.    Click “Donate to a Student/School”

4.    Enter the name of your school and follow the prompts to donate

Your child may also choose to set up their own fundraising page by clicking the “Donate to a Student” button. Their page will connect automatically to our school’s fundraising page and they’ll receive a link to email friends and family to help them reach their fundraising goal.

We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Terry Fox Run. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer. We hope you will join us as our school community bands together in the fight against cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,

Wilshire Staff

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From the Office

Good Afternoon Families!

Thank you to everyone for an incredible first week Wilshire ES. On behalf of Wilshire staff, we want to wish you an incredibly successful and awesome 2022 – 2023 school year. Please find some important information for all your review:

Daily Schedule

TIME EVENT
8:40 – 8:55amMorning Entry
8:55amInstructional Day Begins
10:25 – 10:35amMorning Snack Break
10:35 – 10:55amMorning Recess
12:35 – 12:55pmLunch
12:55 – 1:35pmLunch Recess
3:15pmDismissal

Hot Lunch Programs: We are looking to start hot lunches in October. Stay Tuned!

School Council: Parent voice is important to us. School council serves as an opportunity for the school to share details on the things happening in the building, but it also allows parents to provide input into some decisions that the Principal and staff are making. We also provide a chance for parents to ask questions and to support the school with community engagement events and fundraising. You do not need to officially ‘join’ council as a voting member to attend – everyone is welcome! If you are interested in a voting position, nomination forms will be in the school start-up forms sent by YRDSB early next week. Our first meeting date will be confirmed next week. We hope many of you will join us and see what it is all about!

Morning Drop Off & Afternoon Pick Up

The safety of our students and staff at morning arrival and afternoon dismissal is important to us! We encourage all families to use active travel, including walking to and from school.

If you must drive your child to/from school, for the safety of all, we are asking drivers to adhere to these simple rules for drop-off and pick-up:

  • If at all possible, drop your child off on a side street and have them walk the short distance to the school. Coldwater Court and Forest Lane Drive both have paths that go directly into the school yard so children can walk safely into the school and avoid the parking lot traffic and the traffic on Beverley Glen.
  • The parking lot on the West side of the school is for Staff Parking. It is closed to families for student drop-offs in the morning or pick-ups in the afternoon. We have had more than one close call with children almost being hit by people backing up out of parking spots or pulling in at the end of the day.

For parents using the Kiss and Ride area to drop off students:

  • Please pull up past the crosswalk and into the hatched marked “Kiss and Ride” area to drop off your child (one lane closest to the sidewalk and school).
  • Please make sure your child is ready to leave the car promptly and independently when you stop. They should already have their belongings in their hands so they can jump out quickly and not keep others waiting.
  • Parents are not to get out of their cars. The Kiss and Ride area is just for quick dropping off of children.
  • Please have your child(ren) exit from the passenger side of the car for their own safety.
  • Please do not pass other cars in the Kiss and Ride area.
  • At PICK UP time, the Kiss ‘N Ride loop is ONLY used for bus and taxi pick up.  If you drive your car to pick up your child from school, you will need to park your car safely on the road.  Please obey the parking signs on the street and refrain from blocking the crosswalk. Please DO NOT park your car in the Kiss ‘N ride loop or leave your car to pick up your child.
  • Do not make a three-point turn in front of school entrances, off Beverley Glen Blvd., or anywhere in the school’s “Kiss’N Ride” loop.

Thank you in advance for valuing these safety protocols.

Looking Ahead…

  • Friday, September 23 – PA Day
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Tuesday, September 27 – Rosh Hashanah

The sun is shining. Have a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to learning with you all this year.

Janine Franklin

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First Day of School

Welcome Back Wilshire! How wonderful it was to see all the beautiful faces of our students, families and staff today. There were many feelings throughout the day as we reconnected with friends and met new students and staff.

It came to our attention that many emails to our families over the last week have not been received – this has been a problem across YRDSB, one that we hope is being solved. Thank you for your patience as we work through our first week together!

Daily Screening

As you are aware, our school has many new health and safety measures in place to help keep students and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19.  But everyone, including families, plays a critical role in supporting health and safety in our school community.  Families are required to use the screening tool daily AND to stay home if you are sick.

Lunches

This year, we will continue to ask that students remain at school for lunch.  Please send all necessary food with students in the morning as lunch drop offs from family members or outside carriers is very disruptive to daily operations.  Only those students who are signed out by a parent or guardian will be permitted to leave at lunch and only students in Grades 7 & 8 will be permitted to sign out to go home on their own once the lunch time forms are submitted.  We will have pizza and subs and other lunch options available soon!

Guide to the School Year

The York Region District School Board has released its Guide to the School Year 2022-2023.  This detailed guide provides important information about the York Region District School Board and its schools. It includes information about who to contact if you have a question or concern, and covers a range of information such as busing, homework and parental engagement, items dealing with health and safety, as well as many board policies and procedures.  A hard copy of this guide will also be sent home with your child on the first day of school. There will be a form you need to complete based on this guide in the coming week.

School Year Calendar

The 2022-2023 Learning Calendar outlines the school year by identifying all regular school days, school holidays, professional activity and training days, and early release days.  We hope this will help you as you schedule events in the weeks and months to come. 

Medical Information

Each year, there are forms that must be completed annually for children with an anaphylactic and/or other medical condition.  Please download any required medical forms and email the completed forms to wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca.   If you have any questions regarding the forms, please contact the office at 905-889-6767. 

For students who are anaphylactic, please send your child to school with 2 epi-pens.  One will be kept in the office and the other will remain with your child throughout the school day. 

Please join me in welcoming our Wilshire Staff 2022 – 2023!

StaffRole
Ms. Kadonoff & Ms. BrachtK12A
Ms. Dogon (Eisenberg) & Ms. VaidK12B
Ms. Wilgan & Ms. AugustineK21A
Ms. Kadonoff & Ms. Mazzotta12A
Ms. Budhrani23A
Ms. Shugar34A
Mr. Kim 45A
Ms. Rosenbaum 56A
Mr. Gluck67A
Ms. Angilletta 78A
Mr. Rosenfeld78B
Ms. McIntosh, Ms Fritz & Ms. PargooCCAA
Ms. Bonura, Ms. Delduca, Ms. Chen & Ms. FridlanderCCAB
Ms. Racioppo, Ms. Kim & Ms. PanareseCCAC
Ms. Seecharran & Ms. AudinoSupport Staff
Ms. Jackson & Ms. KeslassySERTs
Ms. ByrneELL & Library
Ms. ChrysostomouArts
Ms. YangFrench
Ms. LiauwPrep Teacher
Ms. Scully Dion, Ms. Tellier & Ms. MautiVision Team
Mr. Cardoso, Mr. Whitting Mr. Commisso & Mr. NatevCaretaking Team
Mrs. Molinaro, Mrs. Bose & Ms. FranklinOffice Team

Thank you for making today a great first day back. We are excited for all the learning adventures we will go on this year!

Ms. Franklin

Principal