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From the Office

The March Break is next week! As we head into the break, a reminder that if you are extending a vacation after this week, please be sure to mark it off in EDSBY or connect with our office team to avoid our Safe Arrivals email and phone calls on March 21st. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday! We hope you find some time to relax and reconnect with family and friends! 

Over the March Break, there are a number of celebrations that will be recognized by members of our Wilshire community.  We would like to take a moment to recognize those celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim, beginning on March 16, a happy St. Patrick’s Day and luck of the Irish to those celebrating on March 17, and a joyful Holi, a Hindu festival celebrated on March 18th.  These 3 celebrations, though all from different faiths and cultures are all in the spirit of fun and joy, and we hope if you are taking part in any of them, that you experience the joy and happiness that they offer with your family and friends!

The Monday after March Break is World Down Syndrome Day. For World Down Syndrome Day 2022, we are asking: What does inclusion mean? Together we can empower people around the world to advocate for full inclusion in society for people with Down syndrome and for everyone. To recognize the beautiful differences that make each of us unique, put some colour on your feet with bright socks!

Friday, March 25th is another Wilshire Spirit Day! Wear your tie dye or bright colours to show off the first signs of Spring!

Snacks are Coming Back!  We are pleased to share that we will be selling popcorn and cookies on Tuesday and Thursday during morning recess. More information is coming regarding prices and ingredients.

Picture Retake & Grad Photos is on March 28th. Our Gr. 8 Graduates are asked to wear a collared white shirt to wear under the black graduation gown.

Kindergarten Registration is well underway for the 2022-2023 school year. Children who turn four or five years old during 2022 and live within our school boundary will be eligible to register for kindergarten. Registration information is available on the YRDSB website at Kindergarten Registration. All new kindergarten registrations will be done online this year. Please see the link or email our school office at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca for more information.

Lunch Assistants

If you are interested in being a  Wilshire Elementary School Lunch Assistants for the remainder of the  2021-2022 school year please contact the office 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures – Effective March 21st, 2022

This week the Provincial Government announced their plan to lift many COVID-19 Safety Measures beginning on March 21st, 2022. Please see below the Message to Families that was shared earlier this week.

Message to Families

As you may be aware, this morning, the Government of Ontario announced their plan to lift many of the COVID-19 health and safety measures in public spaces and schools. Effective Monday, March 21, 2022:

·  Students, staff members and school visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in school. Individuals who feel more comfortable or who are advised to wear a mask can continue to wear a mask and will be supported in doing so.

·  Staff and students will not be required to complete the screening confirmation form each day. Students, staff members and visitors should continue to review and adhere to the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to entering the school daily.  The screening tool has been updated to reflect new isolation requirements. 

·  Students will no longer be required to remain in cohorts or to practice physical distancing. 

In addition, effective March 14, requirements for staff members to complete vaccination attestations or mandatory testing will be removed. 

Hand washing and cleaning protocols will remain in place. In addition, we will continue to follow our current ventilation practices. 

Current measures remain in effect until March 21, 2022, including mask requirements for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, and the completion of the screening confirmation form. 

We appreciate that students and families may have mixed reactions to this announcement. Our educators will continue to support student well-being as these changes are implemented, and work to ensure all of our students feel safe, welcome and supported. Please also be assured that we will continue to consult with public health to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our students, staff members and families.