September was a month focused on creating caring, safe and inclusive learning environments grounded in a growth mindset. As we move into October, we continue to build mindful moments of thankfulness, optimism and focus.
At Wilshire ES., we are committed to creating and fostering a warm, inclusive, caring and supportive educational environment for your child. This week, all our students were part of Caring & Safe School Virtual Assemblies. In our assemblies, we discussed the elements of a Caring and Safe School that would support the well-being and academic achievement of all students, including:
- Demonstrating positive character attributes (such as empathy, courage and respect for human rights)
- Items and behaviours that are not allowed on school property (such as e-cigarettes, and scented products)
- What happens in situations of discipline
- Standing up for each other in bullying situations, including methods of reporting incidents of bullying: Telling a caring adult | Use the YRDSB’s “Report It Button” (located on our school website) | Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)
For more details on each of these items, please read the YRDSB Start-Up Guide
Thanksgiving is next weekend and having hearts full of gratitude and appreciation is something to be cherished. We are thankful you are partnering with us to support your child’s learning. Talking with your child about school is a time to connect with them about learning. Here are a few questions that will start the conversation!
- Tell me something that made you laugh today.
- Where is the coolest place at the school?
- How did you help somebody today?
- When were you the happiest today?
- What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
- What was your favorite part of lunch?
- If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?’
This month is all about how to keep moving forward, even in tough times. Life is full of challenges, but by being a realistic optimist we can find ways to stay hopeful, take small positive steps and help others do so too. Here are ideas to help you set meaningful goals and find new perspectives on challenges you’re facing. We challenge our students, staff and families each day at home and at school to find the positive side of life!
Daily Screening Tool
As you are aware, the Daily Student Screening changed this week. It is only one step. Please continue to go to the York Region Covid 19 School and Child Care Screening Tool and complete the questions. Families and students no longer need to long in using their GAPPS accounts to complete the confirmation.
Asynchronous Learning Day–Friday October 15
On Friday, October 15, school staff will engage in professional learning on the hybrid model. Schools will be closed to students on Friday, October 15. Please do not send your child to school. Asynchronous (not live) learning activities will be provided to students in order to support their continued learning.
Islamic Heritage Month
In 2007, the Government of Canada declared the month of October as Canadian Islamic History Month. The province of Ontario passed the Islamic Heritage Month Act (2016) to recognize and affirm the important contributions that Muslims make in Ontario as part of the vibrant social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our province.
This month affords an opportunity to reflect, celebrate and learn about the rich heritage and history of Muslims in the areas such as literature, arts, math and science. Affirming Muslim identity of our students is critical in creating the inclusive climates necessary for student well-being and achievement, as well as combating Islamophobia in our schools.
Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) Website and Newsletter
In YRDSB, the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) supports parent engagement at the Board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. It represents the collective voice of parents who have children attending public schools in York Region.
In collaboration with members of last year’s PEAC Communications Hub Sub-Committee, a new Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) web page was added to the YRDSB website.
To help support the work of school councils, Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) members have launched a quarterly newsletter to assist school councils, parents and caregivers in enhancing student experience with York Region District School Board. Today, we would like to share the September 2021 edition of the newsletter, Engagement Matters.
The newsletter has also been posted on the newly designed PEAC web page. Contents of the quarterly newsletter include:
● news and information about PEAC initiatives,
● tips for school councils and,
● feature articles highlighting the work of various school councils.
Student Start -Up Forms
Each year, we have parents complete Student Start-Up Forms. These forms contain important information and permissions. This year, we are asking parents to complete them online to eliminate the need for paper copies.
Please note, you must be signed in to your child’s student GAPPS account to complete the form. Please remember to sign out of one student account before signing into another.
Thank you for your continued support, patience and cooperation.
Have a wonderful weekend.