It’s that time of year again! We hope everyone has had a safe, fun and relaxing summer. Welcome back to all of our Wilshire students and families. We also would like to wish a special welcome to all of the new families who are joining the Wilshire community this year. We are looking forward to a great year of learning together.
First Day Procedures
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3. School starts at 8:55, but we recommend that students arrive a bit early on that day to find out which class they are in and meet their new teachers. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are asked to go to the fenced-in playground at the Southeast corner of the school to meet their new teachers. Grade 2 to 6 students should go to the entrances at the Southwest corner of the school where teachers will have class lists and can direct them to the correct teacher. Grade 7 and 8 students should go to the Southeast doors to meet their new teachers. Staff members will also be circulating in the yard to help direct students to the proper area. Parents will need to say goodbye to their children before they enter the school, as parents will not be able to accompany their children into the school.
Hopefully, it will be a bright, sunny day. If it is raining, students in Grade 1 to 6 will go directly to the gym and students in Grade 7 and 8 will go directly to the Multi-Purpose Room. Parents will not be able to come in the school with their children.
Junior Kindergarten students finish school at 11:45 on the first day of school. Please be sure to wait at the Kindergarten fence for your child to be dismissed at 11:45. All other students will be dismissed at 3:15. If you are picking up your child, please arrange a meeting spot where you can find each other on the first day. Grade 1 to 3 students will be dismissed from the Southwest doors and should be picked up there.
There will be no classroom changes for students in the first week of school. Parents had an opportunity in the spring to share any requests or concerns about class placements, and these requests were already taken into consideration when class placements were made. School staff worked very hard to place children in an optimal learning environment. Students need a chance to settle into their new classes and adjust to their new environment. The reality of having a smaller school is that we have to have many split classes. This year, all but one of our Gr. 1-8 classes is a split class. Our teachers are very competent in ensuring that the needs of the students in both grades are met in a split class. They will still be learning and assessed on the appropriate grade level curriculum. If you still have concerns about your child’s class placement after the first week of school, please contact Mr. Barlow by email to set up an appointment.
Only those students who meet the Board criteria for bussing assistance will be allowed to ride the school bus this year. Mrs. Kakish has personally telephoned all families this week who meet the distance criteria for bussing. If you did not receive a phone call, your child will not be able to ride the bus this year. During the first week of school it is recommended parents and/or students arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the regularly scheduled pick-up and drop-off times. Parents should know their child/children’s route number, bus stop location, and bus company phone number in the event of an emergency. Parents are reminded to refer to the Late Bus Report on the Student Transportation Services website at www.schoolbuscity.com prior to leaving for the bus stop in the mornings and afternoons.
Allergies and Medical Conditions
If your child has an anaphylactic allergy or other serious medical condition, you will receive an Emergency Medical form from the office on the first day to be completed and returned to the school. If you do not receive this form, please call the office and speak to Mrs. Kakish about the medical concern. A reminder to all families that we are a nut-safe school due to several students with nut allergies. Please do not send any food with nuts to school.
All students will be bringing home the Book of Forms and School Start-up Package on the first day. Please review these forms, make any changes, sign and return them to school as quickly as possible. These forms are mandatory and we appreciate your cooperation with this.
On behalf of all of the staff at Wilshire, we are looking forward to another great year working in partnership with parents to ensure the success of all students. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation!