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From the Office

Please take a moment to review the following information:

PARENT/GUARDIAN/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

On behalf of the entire Wilshire ES staff, we would like to thank families who attended Parent/Guardian/Teacher interviews on Thursday and earlier today.  As we navigate all kinds of unique challenges, it is so magnificent to be able to work with such amazing Teachers, School Assistants, School Office Personnel, Caretakers, Parents, Guardians, and of course, our multi-talented students.  We will continue to work together to support student achievement and well-being.

POPCORN & COOKIES

Our Gr. 8 students are selling popcorn and cookies on Wednesday and Friday at morning recess for $2. We have chocolate chip cookies, Butter & Salt Popcorn and Sweet & Salty Popcorn. All profits will go towards their Gr. 8 Graduation!

RE-POST OF VERY IMPORTANT YRDSB MESSAGES TO FAMILIES

IMPORTANT MESSAGE #1

Dear families,

Strike Action Beginning November 21, 2022

Yesterday, we sent you a message regarding the notice from CUPE regarding province-wide strike action of full withdrawal of services beginning on Monday, November 21, 2022. As a reminder, if a settlement is not reached and the strike proceeds, schools will be closed to students beginning on November 21, 2022, until the strike action concludes. 

If the strike action proceeds, synchronous (live) learning will begin on Monday, November 21, 2022. We appreciate that some children may require technology and may not be able to participate on the first day. Please contact your child’s school if you need support. Your child’s teacher will communicate with their class regarding learning for the potential closure.  

Letter from York Region Public Health

York Region Public Health has issued an important message for families regarding masking and other measures families can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, RSV and influenza.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate provincial bargaining and promote public health measures to keep our schools and communities healthy. 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE #2

Re: Masking in Schools and Preparing for Severe Weather

Dear families, 

With yesterday’s announcement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding masking and winter weather approaching, we want to provide families with an update on masking and the steps we take to keep students safe when severe weather occurs. 

Masking in Schools

Yesterday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended that individuals wear masks in indoor settings. We continue to consult with York Region Public Health, who are strongly recommending masking in indoor settings. York Region schools and workplaces continue to be mask friendly environments and masking is strongly encouraged in YRDSB schools and buildings, and on all forms of school transportation. All students, staff, families and visitors who choose to wear a mask, or who are advised or required to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. A limited number of masks are available; children who wish to wear a mask but do not have access to one, may contact their school. 

School Transportation Cancellations

School transportation (buses and taxis) may be cancelled due to extreme cold or inclement weather. On these days, schools will remain open unless otherwise stated. If school transportation is cancelled in the morning, it will also be cancelled in the afternoon. Any special or hot lunch days and field trips will also be cancelled. 

Families should use their best judgment to decide whether to send their children to school on extreme cold or inclement weather days. Students will not be penalized for missing school on those days. For safety reasons, please let the school know if your child will not be attending school that day. 

School Closures

Emergency closures will be considered when conditions may not be safe for students and staff members to attend school for the full day. This may include events that significantly limit school operations or access to the school site (e.g., widespread, prolonged power failures or downed power lines).

In keeping with our current practice, we will continue to keep our schools open as much as possible. However, it is important that families have alternate childcare arrangements planned for the rare occasions when schools may be closed. Before and aftercare programs will not operate if schools are closed.

Communication to Families

Decisions about school transportation and school closures will be made as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. We will do our best to notify families in advance when we may be considering closing school and Board offices. Transportation cancellations or school closures are communicated through:

For more information on severe weather days, please visit our website www.yrdsb.ca

PROGRESS REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION UPDATE

There was a delay this year with loading the system’s progress reports for electronic distribution. Your child’s Term 1 Progress Report will be distributed electronically between November 23-25, using your child’s GAPPS accounts.  Further information on how to access this report will be shared prior to November 23. 

The Progress Report for Grades 1-8, provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas.  The Report Card has only the following Ministry provided indicators: 

  • Progressing with Difficulty
  • Progressing Well 
  • Progressing Very Well

The Progress Report also provides you with attendance information (absences/lates). If there are discrepancies in your child’s attendance, please contact the main office. 

Overall, progress reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first part of the term.  We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home.  

OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERESTED BLACK IDENTIFIED STUDENTS

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Join Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre and Black Health AlliancePathways to Care (PtC) Project us for a free virtual self-care workshop. In English: Tuesday November 22 from 5:00 PM EST – 6:30 PM EST En Français: Tuesday November 29 from 5:00 PM EST – 6:30 PM EST Participants are invited to learn mindfulness skills by learning self-care strategies. Learn more about mindfulness practices, express yourself through body movement, engage in open discussion, and gather resources for you and your loved ones. All registered participants will receive a gift card. This interactive workshop is for you if: you are a Black youth. Note: This is a sacred space for Black youth only. If you are not a Black youth, please join us at one of our future events. Hosted by: Aisa Athena and Myriam Georges-Estigene.
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Join Hope and Me and Black Health AlliancePathways to Care (PtC) Project on Thursday November 24 from 6:00 PM EST – 7:30 PM EST for a free virtual 2SLGBTQ+ Black youth gathering. Participants are invited to learn self-care strategies. Learn more about mindfulness practices, express yourself through body movement, engage in open discussion, and gather resources for you and your loved ones. All registered participants will receive a gift card. This interactive workshop is for you if: you are a 2SLGBTQ+ Black youth. Note: This is a sacred space for 2SLGBTQ+ Black youth only. If you are not a Black youth, please join us at one of our future events. Hosted by: Yas
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ON THE HORIZON…

  1. Tuesday, November 22 – Intermediate Boys Area Volleyball Tournament
  2. Wednesday, November 23 – Progress Report Cards shared via GAPPS accounts
  3. Friday, November 25 – Picture Retake Day
  4. Wednesday, December 7 – Virtual School Council Meeting
  5. Friday December 23 – Last day of school before Holidays
  6. Saturday December 24 – Sunday January 8, 2023 – WINTER BREAK
  7. Monday January 9, 2023 – First Day back to school

Have a fabulous weekend!