Our School Council meeting scheduled for this Thursday evening has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 18th at 7:00 in the school library. As always, all parents are welcome.
As per the message that was sent out by the Director of Education last week, this week’s full two strike days by ETFO will occur on Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13. Similar to this week, if no agreement is reached between ETFO and the province, elementary schools will be closed to students on Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13. Please make other arrangements for your children on these days.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario has announced more strike dates for next week. This would affect elementary schools in the York Region District School Board on Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13. As a result, we have decided to postpone the X Dance program until the week of March 24th to March 27th. Hopefully, the program will be able to run more smoothly at that time.
All YRDSB elementary schools, including Wilshire E.S., will be closed this Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7 due to strike action. There will be no school for students.
For those families who have ordered Kids’ Kitchen hot lunches for Thursday, Kids’ Kitchen will cancel all lunch orders.
This month’s School Council meeting is being rescheduled to Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 in the Wilshire Library. All parents are welcome.
We are excited about an initiative returning to Wilshire Elementary School next month. To support the Arts Curriculum and our commitment to champion Equity and Inclusivity, we are welcoming back XDance. Through exploring a variety of dance styles from around the world, students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will understand where in the world they belong, celebrate what makes them diverse and celebrate others for their uniqueness. During the week of February 10-13, students will take part in a series of workshops that will support the Dance Curriculum and our school goal of enhancing students’ feelings of well-being and belonging.
To help support the cost of these workshops, we are requesting a donation of $10 from each student. *Due to the teacher work-to-rule campaign, we are trying to limit the amount of cash collected at the school. Please use School Cash Online if possible.
For School Cash Online, please visit https://yrdsb.schoolcashonline.com
click “Get started Today”. You child’s student number is required to register.
Please do not hesitate to call, if you have any questions.
Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday night to our Family Bingo and Pizza Night! We had a great turnout from our Wilshire community. Congratulations to the bingo winners and a huge thank you to our School Council parent volunteers who organized and ran the event!
This is a reminder that Friday, January 31 is a P.A. Day which means no school for students. Teachers will be participating in professional Learning and planning, as related to student learning and assessment needs.
We are looking for any adults who are interested in a paid position as a Lunch Hour supervisor at Wilshire.
Lunch hour supervisors work from 12:35-1:35 daily, supervising students as they eat their lunches and assisting to provide supervision on the playground during recess.
All applicants must submit a Criminal Records Check. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please see Mrs. Kakish in the office for an application package.
We know that there has been much media attention lately around the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, some of this attention has led to misinformation and fear among students. A message from the Ontario Ministry of Health is attached which reiterates that the risk to Canadians from this virus is low.
Some of this misinformation among students has also led to generalizations and comments directed at or about people of Chinese background or Chinese culture that are inaccurate and untrue. As our Director Louise Sirisko states in her message to families:
As a school board we pride ourselves on our diversity, and we continue to see this a source of great strength. In York Region, our East Asian Chinese community is diverse with origins that are not limited to mainland China. We have East Asian Chinese with origins in Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia, and many other countries throughout the world.
While the virus can be traced to a province in China, we have to be cautious that this not be seen as a Chinese virus. Those who are afflicted or are potential transmitters are not just people of Chinese origin. The virus has appeared in many countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada. At times such as this, we must come together as Canadians and avoid any hint of xenophobia, which in this case can victimize our East Asian Chinese community and we must rely on our shared values of equity and inclusivity.
We are aware of an escalated level of concern and anxiety among families of Chinese heritage. Situations such as these can regrettably give rise to discrimination based on perceptions, stereotypes and hate. Individuals who make assumptions, even with positive intentions of safety, about the risk of others, request or demand quarantine can be seen as demonstrating bias and racism.
York Region District School Board works to ensure our classrooms and workplaces are safe and caring for all students and staff. It’s important that we not make assumptions about students or staff based on their race or travel history.
Please reiterate this in your conversations with your children at home, particularly if they are asking questions about the virus and what they are hearing about in the media or at school.
Please see attached a memo from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health: