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Remembrance Day

Every year on November 11th, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.

By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believed that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.

The students and staff at Wilshire ES will observe Remembrance Day on Thursday November 11 with a virtual assembly. 

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Turn Back Your Clocks!

Please be sure to ‘Fall Back’ this weekend.  All clocks should be moved back ONE HOUR before bed on Saturday, November 6th. This is also a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detector!

Virtual Evening for Parents with Paul Davis: Social Networking and Online Safety on Wednesday.

Progress Reports

We look forward to sharing with you your child’s progress report on the week of November 15th.  The purpose of the Elementary Progress Report Card is to communicate your child’s progress towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations since the beginning of the school year.

For this report card, teachers use a rating scale instead of letter grades or percentage marks. The rating scale is as follows:

  • Progressing Very Well
  • Progressing Well
  • Progressing With Difficulty

Teachers will also write personalized comments that indicate what has been learned, the student’s strengths, and next steps that home and school can collaboratively work on to improve student learning. 

The Progress report will:

  • tell you how well your child is developing the learning skills and work habits we know are essential for success
  • report on all academic subjects – such as language, math, social studies, science and technology– but instead of assigning a grade or mark, it will tell you how well your child is progressing: “very well”, “well” or “with difficulty”.
  • highlights strengths and areas to improve before evaluations are completed

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all the Wilshire families who have already booked an appointment for your child(ren)’s Parent Teacher Interview on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19.  Invitations were sent out via EDSBY on Tuesday morning (November 2nd). Please feel free to contact your child(ren)’s teacher or the office if you need help.

Picture Day! REMINDER

The YRDSB has approved school photos to take place in our schools.  Please save the date of December 8, 2021.  Further details will be provided closer to Photo Day.

Dress for the Weather

The colder weather has arrived! Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Daily outdoor activities and recesses are part of the regular school day, and we want to ensure that all students can participate comfortably.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Student Absences

Please see the YRDSB link above for answers to frequently asked questions, such as the one below!

If a face to face learner is absent during the school year, would they move to remote learning for the time they are away (self-isolation/quarantine, illness, vacation)?

  • Absences due to COVID-19 related issues (e.g,.confirmed case, close contact) 
    • Parents/guardians inform the school’s main office why the student will be absent
    • Students are to be accommodated with remote learning as soon as possible. 
    • If the class is already hybrid, then students may access remote learning as soon as possible.
    • If the class is not hybrid, the class will move to hybrid as soon as possible. As this may take up to 48 hours, the student can be supported through regular classroom/school practice which may include the Google Classroom during this time
  • Absences due to short-term illness (unrelated to COVID-19)
    • Parents/guardians inform the school’s main office why the student is going to be absent
    • Students are marked absent with the appropriate reason code. 
    • The student may access the class’s Google Classroom, however the student is marked absent. 
  • Absences due to long-term illness (unrelated to COVID-19)
    • Families should communicate with the school principal to discuss long-term absences.
    • Appropriate medical documentation should be provided by a regulated health professional.
  • Absences due to vacation
    • Learning model changes are not intended for the purpose of vacation or any other reasons where the family has control of the schedule.
    • Remote learning is not intended to provide temporary education while students are on vacation

Happy Diwali to all who celebrated yesterday!  We hope your family had a wonderful celebration!

Have a lovely weekend.


Janine Franklin