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Reminder of Class Placements 2020-21

Dear Partents:  This is the final reminder of the message below.  Deadline to have requests considered is Thursday, May 21.

 

As we begin the process of organizing classes for September 2020, it is valuable for parents to understand that the ultimate goal at Wilshire E.S. is to enhance student achievement and well-being. We attempt to place students in the most positive learning environment possible; given each individual pupil’s skills, knowledge, attitudes, and work and social habits. A great deal of time is spent ensuring that each student’s academic and social needs are met. Classes at each grade level are formed using the following criteria:

  • Class sizes consistent with Ministry and Board guidelines;
  • A range of performance levels within each class;
  • Matching pupil learning styles with teaching strategies;
  • Promoting positive social relationships.

As we get closer to the end of the school year, decisions will be made based on the aforementioned criteria. It is important to recognize that while we try to place each child in the optimum learning environment, all final decisions regarding pupil placement remain the responsibility of school administrators.

If you have any information about your child that you feel would be pertinent in the placement process (conflict with other students, learning styles, twins’ placements, etc.), please inform Mr. Barlow in writing via email to cory.barlow@yrdsb.ca by THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020. LATE REQUESTS CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

 All emails sent should read “Class Placement 2020” in the subject line of the email. Please remember that requests for specific teachers will not be considered.  In order to assist us in our efforts to create balanced classrooms, and to create the optimum learning environments, we respectfully ask your assistance in not making specific teacher requests. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Reminder of Wilshire Gives Back

Hey Wilshire!

This is a reminder of our efforts to give back to the front line workers who are risking their safety to help others during this pandemic.

We will be leaving a donation box outside the school doors between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Monday, May 11.  We are encouraging students to write letters of thanks, create a card and, if they would like, donate store bought packaged treats for our front line workers. You could even purchase a small denomination gift card from Tim Hortons or another business.  Essentially, whatever your family is comfortable donating is perfect.

Mrs. Raso’s cousin, who is a nurse, will be delivering the package on our behalf to Humber River Hospital in Toronto.

Take a few minutes and help show hospital workers what their efforts mean to our Wilshire community!

Thank you to Mrs. Raso, Mrs. Keslassy and Ms. Pintzov for organizing this campaign.

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2020-21 Registration for New Students

Kindergarten Registration

While schools may not be open, families can still register for Kindergarten. Our school, along with all elementary schools in the Board, is now offering online registration. Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at bit.ly/KindergartenYRDSB.

Please note: A laptop or desktop computer is strongly recommended to complete the online registration, rather than a mobile device.

Alternatively, families can also complete the elementary school registration form and email it directly to the school. Once schools re-open, families will need to bring in their documents (e.g., birth certificates) for verification.

School Registration (Grades 1-12)

Families new to York Region District School Board registering a student in Grades 1-12 can submit the registration forms via email.

1. If you are required to register through the Reception Centre, please send a completed elementary school registration form to reception.centre@yrdsb.ca. Families can contact the Reception Centre directly with questions or if additional support is required.

2. Families who do not need to register through the Reception Centre can send a completed elementary school registration form to their school email address. Use the school locator tool to identify your home school. School email addresses are available on the school websites.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to our school. Families are welcome to send questions regarding registration to the school’s email address:  wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Hey Wilshire!  This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Despite the fact that your children aren’t seeing their teachers in person every day, the teachers are working hard behind the scenes to provide online instruction, give feedback on the activities students are doing, and do their best to support their learning needs in these challenging times.  If you have a minute, please send your teacher a note to say thank you and that you appreciate all they are doing.  It really means a lot to every teacher to hear that their efforts are appreciated!

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Wilshire Gives Back

Hey Wilshire!

Here is an opportunity for our community to give back to the front line workers who are risking their safety to help others during this pandemic.

We will be leaving a donation box outside the school doors between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Monday, May 11.  We are encouraging students to write letters of thanks, create a card and, if they would like, donate store bought packaged treats for our front line workers. You could even purchase a small denomination gift card from Tim Hortons or another business.  Essentially, whatever your family is comfortable donating is perfect.

Mrs. Raso’s cousin, who is a nurse, will be delivering the package on our behalf to Humber River Hospital in Toronto.

Take a few minutes and help show hospital workers what their efforts mean to our Wilshire community!

Thank you to Mrs. Raso, Mrs. Keslassy and Ms. Pintzov for organizing this campaign.

 

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#wemissyouwilshire

Dear Wilshire Families,

It has been just as difficulty for our staff to be away from our “Wilshire Family” as it has been for our students.  We miss them all and want them to know it.  Our staff has created a video to share with all of our students to let them know we miss them and our thinking of them.  It can be found at the following link:  #wemissyouwilshire

Please show your children and let them know we miss them!

The Wilshire Staff

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Dear Wilshire Families,

It is important to us that we provide a caring, safe and inclusive environment in our school that supports the academic achievement and well-being of all students. To support this environment in our new online learning setting, we want to share some important information about cyberbullying and the importance of appropriate online behaviour.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying:

· Involves the use of electronic devices or the Internet to threaten, embarrass, socially exclude and harass.

· Is often repetitive and can have significant socio-emotional implications for the victim and for those who witness the bullying.

· Can occur through various forms of social media, including texting, email, chats, websites, instant messaging, cell phones and through the use of pictures/video clips.

· Is often aggressive behaviour that can be intentional or unintentional, direct or indirect.

· May include mockery, insults, threats, racist or homophobic comments, gossip, rumours, group exclusion, humiliation and social rejection.

With the click of a button, a cyberbullying incident can reach a wide audience, resulting in someone feeling victimized and unsafe. The anonymity afforded to those who cyberbully often results in the continuation of this unacceptable behavior.

What we do about cyberbullying?

We take incidents of cyberbullying seriously. While we may not be in the school building, it is important that we continue to provide a safe learning environment for students. We will continue to address inappropriate use of technology in all of its forms, including cyberbullying, threats made on-line, incidents of hate and discrimination, hacking, breaches of privacy and personal information, including sharing passwords. All YRDSB students were expected to sign the Information Technology Acceptable Use Agreement at the beginning of the school year, which includes interacting with Board students and/or staff through technology. Instances of bullying, cyberbullying or intimidation are dealt with under the Board’s Caring and Safe Schools policy and procedures, which all students learned about in the school-wide Caring and Safe Schools assemblies held at the beginning of the school year.

What can parents and families do about cyberbullying?

· If you suspect that your child is being cyberbullied or engaging in cyberbullying, please notify your student’s teacher or school’s administration as soon as possible.

· Contact the police immediately if threats occur.

· If cyberbullying occurs on a social media site, you can also report the occurrence to the social media provider to have it blocked and/or removed.

· Follow your child’s online social media accounts, and tell them that you are monitoring their activity to help keep them safe. Discuss this with your child as some children or teens may create a fake second account for their parents to follow.

· Be aware of how your child is feeling. Children who have been cyberbullied may feel unsafe, overwhelmed and depressed.

· If your child is experiencing emotional distress due to cyberbullying, consider contacting your school principal for a consultation with the school psychology or social work professional, or explore support through resources such as Crisis Lines:

o 310 COPE: 1-855-310-2673

o Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

o Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

o York Hills Help Line: 905-503-9561

· Avoid taking technology away. Technology is an important tool for most youth. Taking away all forms of technology is a way to further isolate your child from their peers that are able to support during this difficult time.

· Remind your child:

o If you experience cyberbullying online, do not respond and do not retaliate, but rather, report it.

o If you witness cyberbullying online, if you feel safe, then stop and name it (“that is bullying” or “that is racist”). As upstanders, students play a critical role in stopping incidents of bullying, hate and discrimination and ensuring the well-being of each other.

o Block the person doing the bullying and tell your teacher, an adult or a family member. If the adult doesn’t listen, keep trying with other adults!

o You also need to know that you can report something without the other student or adult knowing. This includes using the YRDSB Report It Button. For more information and resources on bullying and cyberbullying, please visit the Board website.

Thank you for helping us create a safe, respectful and inclusive school community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s administration.

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Vaughan Public Libraries

In mid-March Vaughan Public Libraries temporarily closed its branches in the interests of public health. While our physical locations are not currently open, we’re still able to provide a vast array of resources to the public, and during this time we’ve extended our collection, borrowing limits and added a wide range of online programming. Many of these items can supplement learning at home, or keep children of all ages entertained. We also offer materials and programming in both English and French.
We are able to offer FREE audiobooks, e-books, learning courses and more, all of which can be accessed at www.vaughanpl.info. Just click on the GET STARTED button in the middle of your screen to see the services we have available separated by age group. To borrow items from the library, you will need a library card, and if you do not have one, you can receive a temporary digital one online by visiting:  www.vaughanpl.info/online_registration 

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Calling all 2020 NEW Kindergarten Students!

Kindergarten Registration Started January 17, 2020

Kindergarten registration began Friday, January 17 for the 2020-21 school year. We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to our school. DON’T DELAY- register NOW!

Children who turn four or five years old during 2020, live within the school boundary and whose parents/guardians are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten.

To register for Kindergarten:

• Online. You can access the online registration information at bit.ly/KindergartenYRDSB.  A laptop or desktop computer is strongly recommended to complete the online registration, rather than a mobile device.  Once you have completed the forms online, you will need to take some required documents to your school for verification only and this can happen when school re-opens.

Thank you!