Dear Wilshire Families,
As you are aware, the Ontario Ministry of Education has announced that following the winter break, all Ontario schools will be closed to elementary students until January 11th, 2021. During this period, students will participate in online learning. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On January 4, your child’s teacher will connect with you with information about access to synchronous (live) online learning.
If your child needs to borrow a Chromebook device in order to access online learning during this period, please let us know. Please complete this Google Form for each child requiring technology by December 30, 2020. We will be in touch shortly with a pick-up time at the school.
We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available. You can also follow the Board’s Twitter feed: @YRDSB, or for information about YRDSB’s reopening plan, visit: www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.
Wilshire Elementary School
Thank you to everyone who has sent kind messages and gifts of appreciation this week. I have truly appreciated all of your words and recognition. Wilshire’s new principal, Ms. Franklin, came to visit yesterday and she is well prepared for the transition into her new role. I know she will do a fantastic job and hope everyone will welcome her to the Wilshire community.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa to everyone who is celebrating over this winter break. I hope you all have time for relaxation and recharging your batteries while enjoying time with loved ones.
Thank you for a wonderful 2 1/2 years at Wilshire. It has been a pleasure to work with your children and serve this community. All the best to everyone in 2021!
Dear Wilshire Families,
Last night the York Region District School Board confirmed that, effective January 4, 2021, the new Principal of Wilshire Elementary will be Ms. Janine Franklin. Ms. Franklin is currently the Vice Principal of Kettle Lakes Public School and has a wide range of experience that she will be bringing to her new role. I will be moving on to the position of Principal at Glenn Gould Public School.
Although this change is quick, Ms. Franklin and I will be working together to ensure her transition to Wilshire goes smoothly. I know our staff will support in this transition and that the Wilshire community will make her feel welcome.
I am sad to be leaving Wilshire as I have truly grown to care about your children, their well-being and their academic success. I appreciate the cooperative relationship I have had with our parent community to ensure that we are providing the best possible learning environment for your children. Thank you for your support over the last two and a half years. I know I am leaving the school in great hands with our fantastic teachers and support staff.
Mr. Cory Barlow
Thank you to all of the students and their parents who submitted videos for our first ever Wilshire Virtual Talent Showcase. Instead of presenting a live version of the showcase, we have created a video that can be viewed at any time between now and the first week back at school in January. To view the video, you must be logged into your child’s YRDSB Google account. Only YRDSB Google accounts have permission to view the video (for privacy reasons).
The Talent Showcase can be viewed by going to this link: Wilshire Talent Showcase once you are logged into the YRDSB Google account.
If you are prompted to Request Access to view the video, that means you are not logged into a YRDSB Google Account. Please do not request access. Log out of your current Gmail account, and log into your child’s YRDSB Google account. You will then be able to see the video.
Enjoy the show, and thanks again to all of our talented student participants!
We continue to have concerns raised both from staff and parents about the safety of drivers going through our parking lot and Kiss and Ride area during drop-off and pick-up times.
Here are the things we have done at the school to try and reduce these issues: increased staff on duty, focused on safety of students; multiple messages sent to parents and students reminding of safe procedures; reporting to York Regional Police about the general concern and reporting specific drivers who are driving unsafely.
The bad weather conditions (snow and rain) tend to lead to more people to drive their children to school. This also leads to more traffic, longer time to get through the drop-off area, and increased impatience on the part of drivers. Please give yourself extra time in the morning if you are dropping your child off at school. Children can begin entering the school at 8:40, so you do not need to wait until 8:55 to drop them off. Speeding around a car in the school driveway is not worth the risk of hitting a child in order to save a couple minutes because you are running late.
If at all possible, drop your child off on a side street and have them walk the short distance to the school. Coldwater Court and Forest Lane Drive both have paths that go directly into the school yard so children can walk safely into the school and avoid the parking lot traffic and the traffic on Beverley Glen.
The parking lot on the West side of the school is for Staff Parking. It is not for student drop-offs in the morning or pick-ups in the afternoon. We have had more than one close call with children almost being hit by people backing up out of parking spots or pulling in at the end of the day. Please arrange another pick-up point with your child at the endo of the day and use the Kiss and Ride at the front of the school for morning drop-off.
Here are reminders for parents who are using the Kiss and Ride area to drop off students. Please share this information with others who are responsible for dropping off or picking up your children:
- Please pull up past the crosswalk and into the hatched marked “Kiss and Ride” area to drop off your child.
- Please make sure your child is ready to leave the car promptly when you stop. They should already have their belongings in their hands so they can jump out quickly and not keep others waiting.
- If you need to put your car in Park and get out to help your child, please pull into a parking spot to do this. The Kiss and Ride area is just for quick dropping off of children.
- Please have your child(ren) exit from the passenger side of the car for their own safety.
- If you are just dropping off, please don’t pull over to the side of the area. If you pull to the side, people will pass around you.
- Please do not pass other cars in the Kiss and Ride area. Children could be getting out on the driver’s side and get hit. Please wait until you are past the Kiss and Ride zone to go around cars.
We are counting on all drivers to remember that a school parking lot is a dangerous place with children everywhere. We need you to put the safety of children over the inconvenience of having to wait for cars in front of you. Moving forward, we will be reporting the license plates or identities of all unsafe drivers to York Regional Police as they also take the safety of school zones very seriously. Thank you for your support and assistance.