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From The Office

Dear Families,

Welcome Back! We had a wonderful first few days back at school this week! Our students were engaged in learning new routines and safety procedures, and in getting to know their teachers and fellow students. We look forward to welcoming our JK cohorts full time next week!

We continue to encourage families to visit www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening for videos, frequently asked questions, important health and safety information and more about school reopening. There is a translation tool on the website that will translate the content into over 100 languages.

This year we would like to welcome some new and returning staff back to Wilshire ES!

  • Ms. S. Zoltak & Ms. Bracht (Kindergarten)
  • Ms. Mazzotta & Ms. Volpentesta (Kindergarten)
  • Ms. Kadonoff (Gr. 1)
  • Ms Eisen (Gr. 1/2)
  • Ms. A. Zoltak (Gr. 2/3)
  • Ms. Budhrani (Gr. 3/4)
  • Mr. Ieraci (Gr. 4/5)
  • Ms. Georgas (Gr. 5/6)
  • Ms. Pintzov (Gr. 6/7)
  • Ms. Nithiyananthaselvan (Gr. 7/8)
  • Mr. Rosenfeld (Gr. 7/8)
  • Ms. Shugar, Ms. Chrysostomou, Ms. Byrne (Prep Coverage Teachers)
  • Ms. Jackson & Ms. Keslassy (Special Education Teachers
  • Ms. McIntosh, Ms. Bonura, Ms. Racioppo (CC)
  • Ms. Seecharran, Ms. Kim, Ms. Fridlander, Ms. Chen, Ms. Shachter, Ms. Delduca, Ms. Roebuck, Ms. Fritz, Ms. Panarese and Ms. O’Brien (Support Staff)
  • Mr. Cardosa, Mr. Natev, Mr. Whitting, Mr. Torres and Ms. Costoglou (Caretaking Team)
  • Ms. Gerchikov & Ms. Molinaro (Office Staff)

Please find a few important details as we start the year together:

Daily COVID-19 School Screening

Please see the important information below regarding daily screening for all elementary students.

A new screening tool for the 2021-2022 school year has been provided by York Region Public Health (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily). This screening tool replaces previous versions and all students and staff must complete the screening prior to attending any YRDSB school or facility.  

Parents/guardians of elementary students (or the students themselves depending on their age) will have to provide confirmation of a successful screening as follows:

  1. Parents/Guardians of Elementary students are required to complete on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to their child entering the school
  2. Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information. Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If you do not have a student number/username, one will be provided by your child’s teacher. 

Any students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine) or answer yes to any of the screening questions, must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool.

***Medication Alert*** 
If your child requires medication (e.g., inhaler, Epi-pen), please email or call the office to let us know you are sending it with your child. It is important that these medications are on hand and available to your child in the event of an emergency.  We also need to complete the required documentation for the administration of the medication.  You can pick the form up from the office, or we will send it home to you.  Any medications sent to school must be stored at the school office.

Safety

We ask families to remember that, as a result of health and safety guidelines:

●  While on school property at arrival and dismissal, parents/guardians are asked to wear a mask

●  Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the building.

● Students in Grades 1 to 8  will wear non-medical masks while in school. Students in Kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in school. Please send your child to school with a mask.

● Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception.

● Floor decals and classroom set-up are designed to minimize close contact.

● Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance to the school and in all classrooms and students will wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day, including when entering or leaving the classroom, before and after eating, after using the washroom and after touching shared objects.  Please do not bring personal hand sanitizer to school.

Looking to Hire Lunch Assistants

If you are interested in being a Wilshire School Lunch Assistant for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year please contact the school at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca or call (905)889-6767 for more information.  This is a paid position. All School Lunch Assistants must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) completed by York Region Police (YRP).  The school lunch hour is 12:35-1:35 p.m.

Late Arrivals:  Will Your Child Be Late or Absent?

At Wilshire, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all of our students arrive safely to school each and every day. As a part of our safe arrival process, a daily attendance check is conducted. Please ensure that you call the school each day your child will be absent or late. If your child is arriving late, please come use the buzzer at the front door to call into the office, and we will unlock the door for your child to enter. Unfortunately, parents cannot come into the building at this time. If you require assistance please let the office staff know when you buzz in. 

If you have activated your Edsby account, you can login to Edsby and report your child’s absence online. You can access an online video tutorial to learn more (bit.ly/edsbyabsence) about how to do this.  You can also use the Edsby App on your mobile device to report your child’s absence.  If you have any questions about Edsby, or need support activating your account, please contact our school office.

Litterless Lunches

Wilshire E.S. is committed to being an ECO friendly, thus we ask families to send Litterless/Waste-Free lunches.  This reduces waste in the environment.  This also lets parents see how much food is not being eaten and can therefore plan lunches accordingly.  Using reusable containers vs. disposable packaging is great for the environment and is financially rewarding!  Please also ensure you send a refillable water bottle with your child’s name on it each day.

Health & Safety Measures at School

We encourage you to visit the Ministry link here to get information on health and safety measures in schools. COVID – 19: Health & Safety Measures at Schools

Open Entry in the Morning

Open entry maximizes instructional time and promotes student well-being. Important details include: 

  • 8:40 a.m. all doors are open for students to enter school and prepare for the day. Students should be entering and exiting through their designated entry doors
  • No outside supervision 
  • Teachers supervise inside, rotating between classrooms
  • 8:55 a.m. the entry doors are locked 
  • Students arriving after 8:55 are late, and must enter through the front door
  • Students arriving between 8:55-9:10 are marked late by the teacher
  • Teachers will begin instruction by 8:55 
  • Students arriving after 8:55 must stop at the office for a late slip

Creating Safe and Healthy Schools for People with Allergies

School staff and parents are responsible for creating safe and healthy environments for students and staff. This is an additional challenge for schools attended by children with life threatening allergies.  While it is impossible to create a risk-free environment, school, staff and parents can take important steps to minimize potentially fatal allergic reactions as there are implications for the whole school, not just individual classrooms.

Please communicate a child’s life-threatening allergy to the school as soon as you are aware of it.  Please notify the office and your child’s teacher so that we have accurate records and establish the protocol to follow with your child. 

What can you do?

  • Read the label on foods sent to school
  • Remind your child not to share food
  • Pack foods that are free from products which contain nuts or nut by-products. Even tiny amounts of peanut/nut residue on containers, utensils, jars, etc., can be harmful
  • If there is a risk a food contains or has been in contact with nuts, it should not be sent to school
  • Be aware that nuts are not the only allergen, others include: shellfish (shrimp, lobster), fish, eggs, milk, latex and insects (bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps)
  • In some products, the life-threatening allergen may be “hidden” (e.g., chocolate bars, granola bars, cookies, playdough, stuffed toys)
  • Be aware of cross-contamination. This is when a safe food comes into contact with an allergen.  This causes the safe food to be unsafe. Cross contamination is a frequent cause of anaphylactic reactions and can occur by means of hand-to-food or food-to-food
  • Remind your child not to share any implement involving oral contact, such as a musical instrument mouthpiece, water bottle, cup or glass, fork, etc.

We appreciate your support in working towards providing a safe environment for all our students.

We look forward to the challenges and successes that lie ahead. We also look forward to a strong partnership between home and school to ensure that each student reaches their fullest potential. 

Thank You to our Amazing Staff for a Great First Week!

Janine Franklin

Principal