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Return to School Family Survey

Dear Families,

The Ministry of Education has instructed Ontario school boards to prepare for the 2020/2021 academic school year by developing plans to support the following scenarios:

  1. Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols – Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.
  2. Modified school day routine – Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, a limit of 15 students would be maintained in a typical classroom at one time.
  3. At-home learning – Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, remote education will be available. 

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) would like your feedback, which will be used alongside recommendations from our Public Health Agencies, the Ministry of Education, and Regional and Provincial agencies to inform learning plans for the 2020/2021 academic year.

This survey is voluntary and anonymous. No information you provide will identify you or your children. Please skip any questions you do not want to answer.

If you experience any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please contact the Research Department by sending an email to research.services@yrdsb.

The YRDSB family survey can be found at: https://bit.ly/YRDSB2020Family

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End of the 2019/20 School Year

Hello Wilshire Families,

We have finally reached the end of a most memorable school year.  Thank you to all of the parents who have worked in partnership with us this year in unprecedented circumstances as we did our best to provide a positive educational experience for your children.

You should have received an email with instructions on how to access your child’s report card through their YRDSB Google email accounts.  When reviewing the report cards, please keep in mind that these marks and comments represent Term 2 which ran from February 3 until the school closure began on March 13.  Work completed online after the school closure can be considered towards the mark if it clearly demonstrates an improvement in achievement on the part of the student.  Your children will be receiving “I”‘s in several subject areas.  Please remember that this is not a penalty to the student, nor a reflection of their competence or ability to learn.  Regardless of marks, the work that your child did over the school closure period will still benefit them as they move forward in their educational career.

Plans for September are still being worked on by the YRDSB Senior Administration and will depend on information from the local health unit that may change over the summer.  Please watch for emails from YRDSB over the summer for more information.

On behalf of all of the Wilshire staff, I want to wish all of our families a safe, happy and relaxing summer break.  Take care of yourselves and we hope to see everyone safe and sound back at school in September!

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Online Summer Programs and Opportunities for Children, Youth & Families

With the cancellation of many in-person programs and camps this summer, we are happy to provide you with a list of on-line opportunities for your children and youth. These are being provided by several of our YRDSB community partner organizations. Please right click on the link below to find a list of summer programs organized by category and age group.

Summer 2020 Online Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families
For information that you might require throughout the summer months, about community resources, financial benefits, food programs and mental health supports, please take the Novel Coronavirus Update link on the YRDSB website to access additional and up to date information.

Please check these links regularly as we will be making weekly updates to available programs and resources. For more information, you can also reach our department by emailing iscs@yrdsb.ca

We wish all of you a safe and healthy summer.
Sincerely,
Our Inclusive School and Community Services, Community and Partnership Developer Team.

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A Message from Vaughan Public Libraries

Our branches may be closed, but our collections and digital collections are still here for you and your students! Curbside pickup of materials is available at our three resource libraries, with expansion to more locations coming this summer.  Submit your request at any time using this online form.  Any items that you borrow can be kept fine-free until further notice.

Vaughan Public Libraries is your students’ virtual destination for Summer Learning and Fun!

Children

Summer Reading Club June 20th to August 23rd students are encouraged to read and earn virtual badges in VPL’s TD Summer Reading Club.  When families report on their child’s reading, their child is entered in a draw for a weekly prize!  Each week there will be new English and French activities released.  Many of these activities encourage children to unplug from their devices and engage in hands-on, screen-free activities.

VPL at Home Children’s Page is where you will find many videos and activities for children including our popular STEAM videos and Kids’ Book Club.

Teens

VPL@Home Teen Page Find information on organizations looking for volunteers, Digital Escape rooms and more.

Teen Summer Challenge June 26th – August 21st is open to teens who have just completed grade 7 up to age 18. Library staff have created engaging virtual challenges that teens complete to earn ballots towards weekly prizes and an amazing grand prize draw.

Dungeons and Dragons @ the (virtual) library on Saturdays. Do you know anyone who loves acting and or roll play games? How about creative writing? VPL will be hosting bi-weekly home brew DnD challenges all summer long; one for 15-18 year-olds and one for 12-14 year-olds. Click the age group for more information and to reserve your spot.

Teen ELL Café Tuesdays at 6:45pm – 7:45pm Do you know a teen who is looking to improve their English Conversation skills and make some new friends? We’ll introduce a fun activity and then participants will meet in monitored breakout rooms to practice with the help of a teen volunteer.

Teen French Café Tuesdays 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Practice French with other Teens on Zoom. Led by a VPL French Specialist.

Check the VPL Program Page for information on technology programs, comic workshops and much more that might be of interest throughout the summer.

Reminder:

Vaughan Public Libraries will accept Science Fair entries until June 30th. The Theme is Staying Happy and Healthy @ Home.

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Opportunities for Black Self-Identified Students and Parents

We are reaching out to share some important updates about the work we have been engaged in regarding opportunities for both students and parents.

Student Support Opportunity:

We were able to secure Roxanne Francis, registered social worker, to co-facilitate with Board social workers Richard Langhorne and Hoshana Calliste to support four sessions of: Acknowledging Voices: An opportunity to share and learn about Black youth mental health and support. These opportunities are specifically for Black self-identified students to come together in a virtual space with the support of Black self-identified mental health professionals who have expertise in understanding the impact of anti-Black racism on mental health from a youth friendly perspective, including creating space for youth voice.  The opportunity is titled: A link to register for one of the four dates that have been scheduled this week is included. The first session is kicking off this evening. Please circulate widely to help share this opportunity with YRDSB students in our community.

Parent Opportunity:

The second update we are excited to share is that Bonnie Skinner, registered Psychotherapist, has been confirmed to help lead two speaking events for parents, titled, Sailing the Stormy Seas: Helping Black Youth Navigate Life’s Challenges. A link to registration is included. As confirmed in our last joint meeting, this opportunity is open to any parent who would like to join. We ask for your assistance with circulating the event widely.

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Traditional Afro Caribbean Dancing

Students, families and staff have been affected by the murder of Mr. Floyd and ongoing Canadian incidents of anti-Black racism. Black students, families and staff have been particularly impacted and are telling us that they are not ok. They tell us about feelings of personal hurt and harm and of a need to be able to express some of these feelings.

We have done and continue to do work to support our Black staff, and we are in the process of developing support for our Black parents and families.

As one means to support Black students, we are offering Black students in primary, junior and intermediate grades the opportunity to participate in a live presentation on Traditional Afro-Caribbean Dancing.  We hope to give Black students an opportunity to express themselves through dance about its impact on their well-being.

We have partnered with Tamla Matthews, Hons Bsc, OCT, who is a professional dance artist and educator who has specialized in African Caribbean Dance for over 20 years. Tamla will lead registered Black students in the live presentations.

The live presentations will be held on June 24, 2020 and June 25, 2020 at 9:30am -10:15am and 2:00pm – 2:45pm.

Black students from grades 2 to 10 are encouraged to register for one of the live presentations being offered.

For more information, please connect with Wendy Wright, OCT Intermediate Teacher, Elder’s Mills Public School at wendy.wright@yrdsb.ca.

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Final Week of School Messages

Hello Wilshire Families,

We have reached the final week of the 2019-2020 school year.  It has certainly been one for the books!  Our distance learning will continue to run until the end of this week, with teachers providing activities that will be focussing more on the social and well-being needs of students than academics.  We know this has been a very challenging year for your children and we hope that the summer months will be able to offer them the opportunity for some safe fun and social interactions before the new school year begins in September.

The Minister of Education has announced that all schools in Ontario will begin in September with a hybrid model of in-class and online learning, with no more than 15 children in a classroom.  Our school board will be developing a plan for what this will look like at Wilshire and other YRDSB schools.  You will receive more information about this later in the summer.

Report Cards

You should have received an email from YRDSB about the delivery of electronic report cards.  You will receive an email when your child’s report card is ready with instructions for how to access the report card electronically.  You should receive this by June 26.  You will see that some of the marks on the report card will be “I”.  This indicates that there was not enough evidence gathered in Term 2 before the school closure to give a fair and valid evaluation of the student’s performance in that subject.  Our teachers have done their best to give fair marks and constructive comments for most subjects, despite the limitations of the school closure.

Messages for our Retirees

As we announced a couple weeks ago, both Mrs. Hersh and Mrs. Fisher are retiring at the end of June. We would like to give the Wilshire community a chance to share their messages of appreciation and goodwill with Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Hersh electronically.  If you would like to write a message, create a video or send a photo, we have created two electronic folders in Google Drive to share with Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Hersh.An instruction video for how to share your files can be found here:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cBM7FoskyFCPk-5dHy8lrq1pXztxIR1O

And the link for the two folders is found here:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lwtn70lRuJW9bcnym7OPr-79W7hyrjCY

You must be logged into Google as a YRDSB student to access these links.  We hope you will take the time to send your best wishes and messages of appreciation to our two retirees.  They would love to hear from students, past and present.

Summer Reading

We are so proud of all of our students’ accomplishments as they navigated their way through online learning. As you head into summertime, we recognize that it will likely look a little different this year.  As students will not have access to their Google classrooms, we wanted to provide you with a resource that offers opportunities for kids and families to keep reading!

Summer reading is definitely the time to embrace the love and inherent joy we can all experience from reading.  Read anything and everything you can!  We hope this resource will assist you in that.

All are free and accessible to all.  We hope you utilize them. Please note that you will still be required to be signed into a YRDSB GAPPS account to access this document as well as our virtual library.

Click here to access the Summer Reading doc.                               Direct link to Wilshire ES Virtual Library

 

Best wishes to everyone as we begin our last week of the school year!

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Celebrate our Grade 8 Graduates

Dear families,

We are incredibly proud of our graduates and we know you are too! While we can’t celebrate together this June, we’re excited to share a few ways that you can help us celebrate the class of 2020.

The Grad Cap Project

The Grad Cap Project is a way for members of our school communities to show their support for our graduates and to celebrate their achievements.

Staff members, students and families are encouraged to participate in the following ways:

  • Download the YRDSB Grad Cap poster and display it in a window for all to see.
    • The grad cap image can also be customized with your school logo.
    • You can also draw a custom Grad Cap image and display it.
  • Flip your social media profile image to the Grad Cap image.
  • Post the Grad Cap poster to your social media accounts with the hashtag #YRDSBgrad.

Twitter Card DownloadPlease right-click and ‘Save as a picture’

Instagram Card DownloadPlease right-click and ‘Save as a picture’

Social Icon Download – Please right-click and ‘Save as a picture’

School Banner

In addition, feel free to stop by the school and take a photo of your grad in front of the congratulatory banner that has been affixed to the exterior of the school.

Congratulations class of 2020! We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments when we can all be together again.

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