Every year, as a school, we practice emergency procedures so that we are prepared in the case of an actual emergency occurring. Already this fall, we have conducted three successful fire evacuation drills. Next Tuesday, we will be holding a Lockdown Drill. A lockdown is a school emergency response to the presence or suspected presence of an armed intruder or other similar violent threat within the school. It is a Ministry requirement that we practice lockdown drills at least twice each year.
During a lockdown drill, all staff and students will be notified that we are conducting a lockdown drill. Staff will ensure that all students and staff are in a secure area behind a locked door (e.g. classroom). Lights will be turned off, windows will be covered and students will be directed to an area away from doors and windows. Students are directed to be silent until the drill ends. Cell phones are not permitted to be used.
The purpose of the drill is not to scare students, but to be prepared in the event that an actual emergency were to happen. Teachers will prepare students before the drill happens and debrief afterwards. You may wish to discuss the lockdown drill with your child and reassure them that school is a safe place but that we need to practice in case an emergency were to happen.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
Congratulations to the members of the Wilshire Cross-Country team who competed in the West B Area Meet this past Tuesday. Despite the hot weather, our team put all of their effort into competing with terrific results. 9 of our runners have qualified for the Regional meet which will be held in Georgina next week. Congratulations to AJ, Tal, Matthew, Zack, Elena, Greg, Samantha and Maya! A big thank you to our coaches, Ms. Tan, Ms. Pintzov and Ms. Byrne, for all of their efforts in making the team such a success. Way to go, Warriors!
Registration for the Mad Science – Brixology program has been extended. There is currently not enough students enrolled to run the program, so we are hoping for some more registrations. In the program, students use Lego bricks to build different engineering-themed projects. Go to register.madscience.org/toronto to register.
Please note that dogs are not permitted on the school yard, during or outside of school hours. We have been having quite a problem with dog feces on the school yard recently. Unfortunately, it is usually not seen until a child steps in it. Obviously, this is a hygienic concern for your children. Please do not allow your dogs to use the school yard as a washroom, and if you know of other community members who do this, please remind them of this. We will be increasing our signage around the playground in order to remind people that this is a health concern for our children. Thank you for your assistance with this!
Did you know? Donations for Wilshire can be made online now using SCHOOL CASH ON LINE.
Parents can log into School Cash On Line (SCO), click on the “Donate Now” button, select the school to apply their donation to, and indicate the donation amount. An automated tax receipt is sent once the donation is complete online, and is sent directly to the email address provided when the parent created their School Cash On Line account. A receipt is sent regardless of the amount donated.
Note: The SCO account holder name appears on the tax receipt. The account holder name should not be the student name. Parents should ensure the account holder name is correct by clicking on “My Account” and then “Edit my Personal Information”.
Thank you for your generosity.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first School Council meeting of the new school year. Our meetings will be on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 1. Thank you to our Executive members who volunteered and were elected last night: Co-Chairs – L. Hazelwood and N. Gioulos, Secretary – J. Brinder, Treasurer – M. Torrice.
Minutes for the October meeting can be found at: Wilshire School Council Minutes – October 2018
Several lunch time activities are being offered at Wilshire for those families who would like to take advantage. These include Chess with Mr. S., Mad Science, and Art FUNdamentals. Information flyers have been sent home with all students. Please register directly with the service provider.
I would like to welcome two new staff members to our Wilshire team. Mr. Vosburg is our new Grade 7/8 teacher. He has taken over for Ms. Nithiy who has gone on maternity leave for the rest of the school year. Ms. Gatis is our new Music and Arts teacher who has replaced Ms. Chrysostomou for her maternity leave. Ms. Gatis will be starting on Tuesday, October 9. These changes are in addition to Ms. Budhrani who joined us as the new Grade 3/4 teacher on September 24. Welcome to all of our new Wilshire teachers!
Grade 8 Parents: Please save the date, Wednesday, June 19, for this year’s Grade 8 Graduation. It will be held at the Bellagio Boutique Event Venue at 6:00 PM.