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French Immersion for Current Senior Kindergarten Students

Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

What is French Immersion?  

  • In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.
  • The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French. 
  • In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction. 
  • The French Immersion program continues in high school.
  • Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.

Important Considerations 

  • For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.
  • There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful  French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.    
  • Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews. 
  • Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them. 
  • There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.

Information Sessions

This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January 14, 2021.   A link will be shared with you via email where you will be able to view a pre-recorded information session which includes commonly asked questions and answers.


FI registration will begin on January 15, 2021. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2021, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol.   The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 5, 2021.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 5, 2021.  Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

Accommodation Plan

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools. 

More information is available on the Board’s website: Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

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Virtual School Council Meeting

The Wilshire Virtual School Council Meeting is Wednesday, January 6th at 7:00 pm. All parents are welcome to attend. The link is

If you wish to call into the meeting, use the following information:

Phone  +1 647 374 4685 Canada

Meeting ID: 927 1423 5038   Passcode: 123

Hope to see you there!

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Happy New Year from Ms. Franklin

Dear Wilshire Elementary School Families,

Happy New Year to all our families.  I hope this message finds you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for a new year.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy new year!

Thank you to our students and staff for giving me a warm welcome on my first visit to Wilshire Elementary School in December.  Mr. Barlow has been wonderful in sharing the warmth of the school community through this transition. It is clear that the students, staff and families at Wilshire are committed to creating a caring, inclusive learning environment and I’m excited to join the team. Over the next weeks, I look forward to getting to know you, your child and the staff at Wilshire ES.

On January 4, your child’s teacher will connect with you with information about asynchronous (online learning activities) and synchronous (live) online learning. For those families who have requested a Chromebook in order to access online learning, we will be in touch on January 4th, 2021 with a pick-up time at the school.

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.

Please review the message below from our Board sent out to families on December 30th, 2020.  We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available.

Your partner in learning,

Thank you,

Janine Franklin  

(and this is me, the unmasked version!)


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Message from the Director

December 30, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope that you are enjoying some much-deserved rest and relaxation during the winter break. As we look forward to the start of the new year, we would like to take this opportunity to share additional information with you related to the reopening of schools in January 2021. 

As you know, on Monday, December 21, the Ontario government announced changes to return to school plans for all schools following the break. Further to the information shared on December 21 and 23, we would like to share some additional details. There is an emphasis placed on limiting the spread of COVID-19 by delaying a return to school.


As mentioned previously, for the period of January 4-8, 2021, learning for all students will take place virtually and schools will be closed to students.    

As a reminder, for students in our Elementary Virtual School (EVS), teaching and learning will continue as previously planned without changes. Your regular timetable of synchronous and asynchronous learning will be followed beginning January 4, 2021.

Based on current information from the ministry, students attending school in person for face-to-face (F2F) learning will participate in virtual learning January 4-8 and return to in-person learning at schools on January 11, 2021. If your child does not currently have access to a Google Classroom, by the end of the day on January 4, their teacher will communicate how to access a Google Classroom for the remainder of the week.

Where possible, regularly scheduled times are maintained including recess and lunch.  Recess and lunch times are not supervised by staff.  This provides an opportunity for students to take a break during the day. 

Special Education Elementary

All students with special education needs will be supported virtually from January 4-8, 2021. At this time, the provincial government has announced that elementary schools will reopen for in-person learning on January 11, 2021. As such, students with special education needs attending in person can return to in-person learning at that time. 

During the last several months, beginning with an online summer program for students with Developmental Disabilities and students with Autism, Principals, Teachers and Educational Assistants have been providing meaningful and engaging online learning opportunities to students with special education needs.  Thousands of students with special education needs have been enrolled in our elementary and secondary virtual schools since school began this year and many more are currently waiting for virtual school placement for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.  We are currently accommodating hundreds of students with community class placements in online learning programs and achieving excellent outcomes. 


School staff will be mindful of each family’s decision to participate in virtual learning. However, if your child will be absent for any reason, please continue to notify the school as you have previously.

Online Learning Resources

Due to the possibility of a higher than normal number of teacher absences that cannot be filled during the shutdown period, there may be times when students are asked to access asynchronous learning resources. In this event, schools will provide affected elementary families with access to centrally posted resources as needed. 

In addition, the Ministry of Education launched TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison. These new portals include educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers. 

Technology Distribution (Elementary)

For those who require technology devices or internet connectivity, schools will connect with families to set up a January 4th or 5th, 2020, technology pickup. To ensure safety, schools will follow the same drive-through pickup procedures as employed in spring and will provide instructions to families as needed. 

Please continue to follow the Board’s Twitter account @YRDSB or visit for updates. 

Thank you for your ongoing support for public education and understanding and cooperation as we all do our best to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. 


Louise Sirisko, Director of Education