Thursday, September 27 is Wilshire’s Curriculum Night. Families are invited to come out from 5:30-6:30 to socialize and purchase dinner from various food trucks that we will have on site. Classroom presentations will occur at 6:30 and 7:00. Teachers will be sharing information about the curriculum and classroom routines and expectations. Everyone is welcome!
This information is for parents of Grade 8 Students:
There will be an IB information session at Alexander Mackenzie High School on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm in the Gym. The evening will cover the following:
· An overview of the IB Programme
· Programme registration through EDSBY
· Information about the admissions test
· Q & A
Questions should be directed to Alexander Mackenzie High School – (905) 884-0554
We will be recognizing two special events at Wilshire this week. On Wednesday afternoon, we will be holding our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk to honour this Canadian hero and raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a Wilshire student and donated to this worthy cause. Thank you also to Ms. Bonura for organizing our event.
On Friday, we will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day which aims to bring awareness to Indigenous residential school survivors and encourages a spirit of inclusion in all schools. Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day. For more information about Orange Shirt Day, go to http://www.orangeshirtday.org .
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Students in the grade 7/8 and 8 classes received the following letter today to take home, along with information about who their homeroom teacher will be starting next week. Please take the time to read it carefully:
In order to address issues with our class sizes and distribution of students across our classes, we have been faced with the need to re-organize our Gr. 7/8 and 8 classes. Starting on September 25, we will have two Grade 7/8 classes, taught by Ms. Nithiyananthaselvan and Ms. Lombardo and one Grade 8 class, taught by Ms. Vijayakumaran until Mr. Bartolomeo returns. Grade 7 students from Ms. Nithiy’s class will be divided between the two Grade 7/8 classes. Grade 8 students will be distributed between the 3 classes so that a majority of the students in each class are in Grade 8.
We have had many parental requests for students to be with particular teachers, particular friends, or not to be in split classes. Unfortunately, many of these requests conflict with each other and we are only able to do what we can within the confines of the classrooms that we have, the teachers that we have, and the classmates that we have. I cannot overstate how much time and thought the staff team and myself spent in reviewing requests, what we know about the classroom dynamics and considering all of the possible placements for each student based on the students’ needs and the needs of the school as a whole. We have done the best we can to ensure a positive classroom experience for all students. We understand that it is not possible to give everyone what they want, but we are confident that we have made the best decisions that we can. There will not be any further changes to class placement after this. Please allow your child some time to settle in and adjust to their new environment before reacting with concern.
Please encourage your child to have a positive attitude about their class placement. Part of our job as educators and parents is to encourage children to persist through challenges, collaborate with different people, adapt to change, and have a growth mindset about their abilities. These are skills that will help them be successful in high school and in their futures.
Students will have a chance to spend time in their new classrooms and with their new classmates on Friday, September 21. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we make every effort to meet the needs of our students as well as provincial requirements.
Once your child has had time to adjust to their new circumstances, please feel free to contact the classroom teacher or myself if you have questions.
Mr. C. Barlow
Just a reminder that Monday, September 24 is a Professional Activity Day. Students will need to stay home on that day as teachers and support staff will be working on a variety of training modules to ensure a safe, learning environment for students.
Remember also that the evening of Thursday, September 27 is Curriculum Night. There will be a variety of food trucks on site from 5:30-6:30 for families to eat and mingle with each other. From 6:30-7:30, teachers will be leading presentations in the classrooms to help parents understand the expectations of students and how they can best work together with the teachers to support student learning. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
We now have lunch orders available from Little Caesar’s on Mondays and Subway on Wednesdays. Subway deliveries will begin on Wednesday, September 26. Due to the P.A. Day on Monday, September 24, next week’s Little Caesar delivery will be on Friday, September 28. All proceeds go to support the purchase of mobile technology at Wilshire. To order, please go to the Healthy Hunger website at http://www.healthyhunger.ca.
The following letter from the Director of Education was sent home to all families today. More information about reorganization will be coming home next week.
As was the case last year, we will be using the Healthy Hunger online program to order lunches at Wilshire. Again this year, we will be having Little Caesar’s Pizza on Mondays and Subway on Wednesdays. Little Caesar’s is now available to be ordered for Monday, September 17 and all of the rest of the Mondays in the school year. To order, go to http://www.healthyhunger.com. Instructions are also listed below. Payment will only be accepted online through this website. Please do not send money to school. Thank you!