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From the Office

April showers bring May flowers, and it is beautiful to see all the blossoms. As we enter a new week and new month, please take a moment to review a few items that are taking place at Wilshire!

Book BINGO! This week is Canadian Children’s Book Week. Ms. Byrne is bringing back the BINGO fun by posting a Book Bingo Challenge. Families and students are invited to visit our Wilshire Library Website to make a copy of your own BINGO card and play along!  Here’s a sample of what the cards look like!

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. May 3rd – 9ths is an important week to:

● Increase awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems

●Decrease stigma

● Understand that help is available and it works!

For more information on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week please see CMHA Mental Health Week. One in five Ontario children and youth has a mental health problem – That is about 500,000 kids. Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. The good news is that help is available and treatment works! You may be concerned about your child’s emotional well-being. You can find tips on how to speak to your child about COVID-19 on our website as well as mental health supports.

May Spirit Days! We are bringing a little fun into the month of May by having a few spirit days on Wednesday. Mark your calendars and bring your cheer to class.

Meaningful May has arrived! Each day we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around you. How will we bring kindness into the way you think, speak to others and live? You are meaningful and during such a challenging time, let’s take a moment to focus on how we can see the positive around us.  Here are some prompts to incorporate into your family’s daily routine.

Resources for Families

  • Families looking for assistance in navigating online tools can find resources available on the Board website
  • Families looking for virtual school IT support are encouraged to visit our Virtual School IT Support page for FAQs and a student tech help form. 
  • The provincial government has created resources to support learning from home, please see the Learn From Home
  • If your child needs to borrow a Chromebook device in order to access online learning during this extended period, please let us know by contacting our school office at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca . Our Office Staff will be in touch with a pick-up time at the school. If your child’s device is having technical issues please complete the Google Form and YRDSB’s IT services will connect with you with support.

In addition, the Ministry of Education launched TVO Learn. This new portal includes educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers.

Attendance (Virtual) Each morning and afternoon, staff will continue to take student attendance through your child’s google classroom. School staff will be mindful of each family’s decision to participate in virtual learning. However, if your child will be absent for any reason, please continue to notify the school as you have previously through Edsby.

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) presents “Drawing Joy” –  FREE EVENT on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 Time: 4-6 pm EST!

Have a wonderful week.

Janine Franklin, Principal