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From the Office

What a year it has been!  We did it!  Students, Staff and Families, thank you for making such a challenging year a great one.  What an amazing support you have all been for each other and our students.  Regardless of your stress levels or challenging situations: understanding and flexibility seemed to shine through in all our communications.  Way to go Wilshire!

Graduation

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Graduates on this incredible accomplishment! This week we celebrated our Gr. 8 Graduates for the 2020-21 school year! We held our Virtual Graduation Ceremony on Monday, and hosted our Grad Diploma, Award and Swag pick-up on Tuesday!  Best of luck to our Graduates in your next adventure in secondary school.

Staff Update

At the end of the school year, we have some special thank you’s to staff who are moving into new roles in new places.   Please join me in extending our best wishes to all these incredible Wilshire staff. 

  • Goodbye to Ms. Servidio who will be joining the staff at Lorna Jackson PS and Ms. Pignatelli who will rejoin the staff at Johnny Lombardi PS. Farewell to Ms. Liscio who will be joining the staff at EJ Sands & Mackenzie Glen PS! Thank you for all your efforts supporting our students, staff, and families! Your warmth and enthusiasm will be greatly missed!
  • Goodbye to Mr. Pabla, Ms. Tu-Abraham, Ms. Ankrah, Ms. Quach and Ms. Amanda Zoltak who are coming to the end of their year with us. While we hope that some of these staff members will return to us in the fall, we would be remiss in not thanking them for their contributions to the school, and wishing them all the best in their future endeavors. 
  • Goodbye to Ms. Audino, Ms. Islam, Ms. Kaveh, Ms. London, Ms. Sinnathamby and Ms. Stober who have supported us in exceptional ways. Your creative problem solving and your compassion for our students is inspiring.

A special welcome to some NEW staff members:

  • Ms.Georgas will be joining us from Kleinburg PS
  • Ms. Kim will be joining us from Herbert H Carnegie PS

Welcome Back to Wilshire!

  • Ms. McIntosh is returning from her maternity leave.
  • Ms. Budhrani is returning from a year of teaching in the Elementary Virtual School.
  • Ms. Mazzotta and Mr. Campoli will also be joining us again in September

School Council Appreciation

A special thank you to all our School Council Members who have volunteered over the past year.  They have met regularly and supported Wilshire, even through the challenging times.  Thank you for the amazing BINGO night and phenomenal End of Year Virtual Carnival.  We appreciate all of you!

In September, our current School Council will host a virtual information session for any families wanting learn more about how you can be part of this awesome Wilshire community. Our first School Council meeting will be October 6, 2021 at 7:00pm

Thinking Ahead to September

As planning for the reopening of schools will continue during the summer, the Board will endeavour to communicate with staff and parents as best we can through a variety of formats during the months of July and August. Information will be shared via email, website, Twitter, etc.  

A survey for school model choice will be shared with all families at the end of July. 

As we continue to accept new registrations and hear from families that will not be returning to Wilshire in September, we continue to place students into classes. This means that we are unable to provide class placement information until the week prior to our return in September. 

Wilshire ES Tentative Organization September 2021 (not accounting for our hybrid model and any enrolment changes)

  • JK/SK – A
  • JK/SK – B
  • 1A
  • 12A
  • 23A
  • 34A
  • 45A
  • 56A
  • 67A
  • 78A
  • 78B
  • Community Class A
  • Community Class B
  • Community Class C

2021 – 2022 School Year

September 1, 2, 3PA Days (no school)
September 6Labour Day (no school)
September 7 & 8School Holiday (schools closed)
September 9First Day of School 
October 11Thanksgiving (no school)
November 19PA Day -Elementary Parent Teacher/ Student Led Conferences (no school)
December 20 – December 31Winter Vacation
January 14PA Day (no school)
February 4PA Day (no school)
February 21Family Day (no school)
March 14-18March Break (no school)
April 15Good Friday (no school)
April 18Easter Monday (no school)
May 23Victoria Day (no school)
June 2PA Day (no school)
June 30Last Day of School

Please note: Junior Kindergarten will be having one half day on September 9th or September 10th.  They will start full days on September 13, 2021.  More information will come in August.

Student / Kindergarten Registration

We encourage and welcome families to register throughout the summer months. The kindergarten and school registration pages on our Board website have been updated to include information about registering during the summer. 

Student Material Retrieval and Technology Drop-off

Thank you to all the students who have dropped off technology and picked up their materials in the classroom.  As a reminder, If you are not participating in a YRDSB summer school program, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, chromebook, etc.) to Wilshire.  The school will be open Tuesday, June 29th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for families who were unable to stop by on Friday or Monday.

Term 2 Report Cards

Your child’s Term 2 Elementary Report Card report will be distributed electronically with instructions on how to access the report between July 5 – 8, using their GAPPS accounts.  

The Elementary Report Card, provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas. The report card grade represents a student’s achievement of overall curriculum expectations, as demonstrated to this point in time. For all Report Reports, our board will include the following statement: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment, as required by the provincial public health guidelines.”

School Lunch Assistants Needed – Paid Opportunity!

At Wilshire ES we need adult School Lunch Assistants. This is a paid position, for approximately one hour per day, from 12:35-1:35 p.m. The role of the School Lunch Assistant is to provide supervisory support to staff during peak or busy periods of the school day, such as lunch time.

As this position is a paid position, there is a formal application required. If you are interested in being a School Lunch Assistant for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact our school office during the last week of August or email us at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

Bus Transportation Information

For information on bus routes, stop locations, times, late arrivals, cancellation, eligibility, registering a complaint, safety and general information, please visit the Student Transportation Services website or contact the York Region Student Transportation Services School Bus Information Line at 1-877-330-3001, accessible 24 hours a day.

Bussing for the 2021-2021 school will be available for viewing on Friday, September 3rd.  If you currently qualify for bussing, please double check your eligibility. Please check the pick up and drop off times on September 3rd, as there may be changes to the schedule and routes.

  

Jump Back Up July!

Kick Off the Summer with a little cheer with these great prompts from Action for Happiness!

Please note, elementary schools are closed in July and August and emails will not be monitored during this time. Schools will reopen on August 30th. You can visit http://www.yrdsb.ca or our school website for more information. To register your child, please contact the Community Education Centre cec.west@yrdsb.ca or by phone (905) 764-6830.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students and families a wonderful summer holiday. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe and takes some time to unplug, relax and recharge! 

Your Partner in Education,

Janine

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Student Material Retrieval & Technology Drop Off

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for signing up for a time for our Wilshire Student Material Retrieval and Technology Drop off on Friday, June 25th and Monday, June 28th.  As a reminder, please review.

Guidelines for Visit

  • Please bring a bag or backpack to collect your child’s materials (the school will not be providing bags)
  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines and will include; physical distancing, single entry/exit point and use of hand sanitization. Further, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • Elementary students, a parent/guardian is to retrieve materials with your child (gr. 7/8s may attend alone)
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom, teacher’s name and/or locker number/combination 
  • No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building
  • No access to washrooms or drinking fountains
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up.
  • Desks, lockers and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded. Lockers should be left open, and school locks may remain
  • Family members/students will be told where to return items. 

Thank you.

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Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Graduates!

“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” 

Grade 8 graduates, we celebrate and honour your achievements and your success. The exceptional circumstances of the last year make you exceptional graduates.

Congratulations Wilshire Elementary School Graduates, Class of 2021!

On Monday, families and friends were able to cheer on our graduates during a virtual graduation ceremony and yesterday, we celebrated them at Wilshire when they came to pick up their diplomas and awards. We are so proud of their persistence, leadership and courage as they have walked through this year and their time with us in elementary schools. We are excited to see where they go from here!

Please also find a congratulatory message from the Premier of Ontario to all our graduating students and families. And also a message from the Minister of Education.

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Use Micromobility Devices Safely & Responsibly

Do you own amicromobility device, such as an e-scooter, scooter style e-bike, golf cart, Segway, electric skateboard or hoverboard? To keep everyone safe, the City of Vaughan would like to remind you that micromobility devices that are motorized should not be used in playgrounds, on sidewalks, cycle tracks, shared pedestrian and bike paths or recreational trails in the city. Exemptions apply to those who require motorized wheelchairs and medical micromobility devices to get around. People operating medical devices are treated in the same way as pedestrians on-foot and are permitted on sidewalks, paths and trails. If you see unsafe micromobility device usage in your community, you may notify the City by contacting Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or accessvaughan@vaughan.ca with the date, location and nature of the incident. The City is tracking these cases to inform future measures. Concerns of micromobility device usage on public roadways can also be reported to York Regional Police through the non-emergency phone line at 1-866-876-5423 or the online reporting form. For more information about micromobility devices and where they can be used throughout the city of Vaughan, visit www.vaughan.ca/micromobility

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Summer Programs and Resources

Summer Programs and ResourcesWelcome to Summer!

Please visit 2021 Online Summer Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families

You will find a list of programs organized by category and age group. We encourage you to check the link regularly as the Community and Partnership Developer Team will be making regular updates to available programs and resources.

Also check out the Community Resources Page for other important information regarding mental health, financial, legal and other supports. The following Community and Partnership Developer staff will be available throughout the summer to support families with information and resources they might need. These staff members can be reached by email or phone:

Oksana Majaski oksana.majaski@yrdsb.ca 416-568-2252

Yasmin Mawani yasmin.mawani@yrdsb.ca 416-727-8179

Yvonne Kelly yvonne.kelly@yrdsb.ca 416-697-4208

Patti O’Sullivan patti.osullivan@yrdsb.ca 905-252-0597

Shani Blake shani.blake@yrdsb.ca 416-554-0362

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Indigenous Languages and International Languages Elementary and Credit Registration for Fall 2021 now open!


Elementary School Programs (SK to Grade 8): Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 can learn to read, write and speak a new language or maintain their heritage language. More than 21 different language courses are available. Registration for the 2021-2021 school year is now available online through Edsby.

For locations, times and dates, please see the list of Elementary Courses.
Please check our website for the most up to date information on registration and program delivery. Due to space limitations, registration will take place on a first come first served basis.

*NEW elementary language added for the 2021-2022


Secondary School Credit Programs (Grade 9 to 12)
The Credit International and Indigenous Languages program, offering 15 different languages, is available to students from Grades 9 to 12. Registration is now open for the upcoming 2021-2020 year, please see course offerings secondary course offerings. Online registration closes on September 13, 2021. Please visit our website for more information about our courses, program delivery and registration information.


Did you know there are many benefits to taking credit language courses?


Students can take one International Languages Course as a Group 1- Compulsory or as an Elective Credit towards their Ontario Secondary Diploma. Students can also earn up to three credits towards graduation. If students successfully complete the Level D – University course, it can be used as one of their top six (6) marks for post-secondary entry.


For more Information please do not hesitate to e-mail us if you have any questions at international.languages@yrdsb.ca
Thank you for your interest in our programs.

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Student Material Retrieval & Technology Return

Dear Families,

Re: Student Material Retrieval and Technology Return Process 

Students and families may now arrange to safely pick up items they left at school and return items that belong to the YRDSB on Friday, June 25th and Monday, June 28th.  If you are not participating in a YRDSB summer school program, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, chromebook, etc.) to your home school.  Students are also expected to return all school items including textbooks, school library books, musical instruments and anything else that is property of the YRDSB.

Students & families are asked to schedule a time using the Student Material Retrieval and Technology Return Survey.  

Guidelines for Visit

  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines and will include; physical distancing, single entry/exit point and use of hand sanitization. Further, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • Elementary students, a parent/guardian is to retrieve materials with your child (gr. 7/8s may attend alone)
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom, teacher’s name and/or locker number/combination
  • No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building
  • No access to washrooms or drinking fountains
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up.
  • Desks, lockers and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded. Lockers should be left open, and school locks may remain
  • Family members/students will be told where to return items. 

Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property.  We appreciate cooperation as we facilitate a safe and organized  process. 

Sincerely,

Janine Franklin

Principal