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Spirit Days

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Fun Hair Friday spirit day last week.  We had many students, staff and even parents taking part in the fun.  Thanks to Bar, Aiden, Vali, Riley, Elijha, Lili, Rosie, Hudson (and Dad), Mrs. Fisher, and Mrs. Chrysosotomou for sharing their photos below.

This Friday will be Wilshire Gear Spirit Day.  Dress in your Wilshire gear (hats, shirts, pants) if you have them.  If not, dress in our school colours – Purple and Grey.

Show your Wilshire Spirit this Friday.  Even though we are separated, we are still a community!

And don’t forget our Wilshire Staff Baby Photo Contest.  Remember:  to view the album and enter your guesses, you must be logged into your Student Google Account.  To play, go to the following site:   Wilshire Baby Photo Guessing Game   Submit your guesses here: Submit Your Guesses  by this Friday, June 5.

Have a great week, Wilshire!

 

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Supporting Online Learning

While schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, we will continue to support your child’s learning and well-being. We know that learning at home looks different for each family. We have developed a number of resources and tips to help students and families, including:

 

To learn more about our Learning and Caring Plan, access these resources and more, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/covid19. Google translate is available on our website.

 

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Note about Baby Photo Guessing Game

As mentioned in the first message, you must be logged into your York Region student Google account to be able to access the Wilshire Baby Photo game.  If you get a message saying to Request Access, that means you are not logged into your school Google account.  Don’t request access – log out of your personal gmail account and log into your school Google account and try again.

Thank you!

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Wilshire Baby Photo Guessing Game

Students – Have you ever wondered what your favourite teacher looked like as a baby or little kid?  Now is your chance to find out.

All students and families are invited to participate in the Wilshire Baby Photo Guessing Game.  To play, go the following site:   Wilshire Baby Photo Guessing Game   You must be logged into your school Google account to play.

Check out the names of all of the staff members on the second slide and then try to match the correct name to each of the pictures.  Play on your own or work together as a family.  Submit your answers at this page:  Submit Your Guesses

The student or family with the most correct guesses will be announced on June 8.  Have fun and good luck!

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Fun Hair Friday

A reminder to all of our Wilshire families that tomorrow is “Fun Hair Friday”.  Use your hair to express yourself by styling it in a cool way.  Add some colour to it.  Make it big, small, curly, straight.  However you want to show your school spirit and have some fun.  Add a photo or video of your new ‘do to your Google Classroom.  If you want to, send a photo of yourself to our Wilshire email address – wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca  and we might share your photo on our Wilshire blog and Twitter page!

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Message from our Trustee

Dear families,

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well and healthy. The past few months have been full of change and uncertainty as we respond to the global pandemic and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As your Trustee, I know that the pandemic and school closures are challenging for everyone. We are all in this together.

Since the beginning of this crisis, I have continually advocated for the rapid introduction of distance education to support student well-being and provide continuation of learning for more than 127,000 students. A program that would meet each family’s unique needs and maintain a caring, safe and inclusive learning environment. To date over 20,000 pieces of technology were distributed to ensure that all of our students could access the learning opportunities available to them, and I will to continue to advocate that our resources and plans support all of our learners, including students with special education needs and English language learners.

More information about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan  as well as tips, resources and supports for students and families to support well-being and online learning can be found at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19.

We are all part of a larger community and I am inspired to see the many different ways schools, families and students maintained their connections with one another. It was also moving to see the many inspiring ways our school board, students, staff and families acknowledged our frontline workers and made contributions to the fight against COVID-19. As a school board, for example, we donated over 145,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks and more.

Each and every one of us has made a difference – in staying home as much as possible and following public health guidelines. I know that this has meant making sacrifices.

To our graduating class of 2020, I know this is not the graduating year you had hoped for. I appreciate that the school closures will not affect your ability to graduate, however this unique situation and the need to postpone graduations has been disappointing. I remain tremendously proud of all of our graduates and look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you as soon as we are able to reschedule the graduation ceremonies.

In addition, I know that you have missed out on field trips, awards events, athletic banquets, spirit days, assemblies, our annual Celebrating Student Success awards and the many other ways we extend learning, connect as a community and celebrate the achievements of our students.

We have also been unable to gather together as we normally would in our schools and communities to celebrate or recognize important dates, including Sikh Heritage Month, Pesach, Good Friday, Easter (Western), Vaisakhi, Holy Friday, Orthodox Easter (Eastern), Ridvan, Jewish Heritage Month, Asian/South Asian Heritage Month, Ramadan, Pride, National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month and Portuguese Heritage Month. As a Board, these dates of significance are important for us to acknowledge and we will continue to celebrate and value the wealth of diversity in our community.

As the school year comes to a close, I want to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy summer. I look forward to a time when we can welcome your children back into our schools again. We know that families have questions about what the return to school will look like. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue following public health guidelines and to stay connected.

A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees is also available on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca.

David Sherman,

Trustee, Markham Ward 1/Vaughan Ward 5

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“Fun Hair Friday” and a Fun Contest Coming Your Way

Hello Wilshire Families,

Even though we are apart, we are still part of the Wilshire community and want to make sure we can still have some fun together.

We will be having a School Spirit Day this Friday, May 29 – “Fun Hair Friday”.  Use your hair to express yourself by styling it in a cool way.  Add some colour to it.  Make it big, small, curly, straight.  However you want to show your school spirit and have some fun.  Add a photo or video of your new ‘do to your Google Classroom.  If you want to, send a photo of yourself to our Wilshire email address – wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca  and we might share your photo on our Wilshire blog and Twitter page!

Keep an eye out for another fun activity coming later this week.  Ever wondered what your favourite teacher looked like as a baby or little kid?  The Wilshire Baby Photo Contest is going to be coming your way very soon.  Your family will be able to work together to identify the photos of all of our Wilshire staff as babies.

Do you have an idea for a fun virtual Spirit Day activity for the month of June?  Send your ideas to wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca .

Have a great week, Wilshire!!

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Wilshire Gives Back – Video

Thank you to everyone who donated to our front line workers, through our Wilshire Gives Back donation box.  The items were delivered on the weekend to very appreciative members of the Humber River hospital staff.  See the video summary below, courtesy of Ms. Raso, Ms. Pintzov, and Ms. Keslassy!

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Letter to Families from the Director of Education and Chair of Trustees

Dear families,

We have received notice from the Premier and Minister of Education that the current closure of all Ontario schools will be extended until the end of this school year, as part of the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools in York Region District School Board will continue to be closed for the rest of the school year. 

It is critically important at this time to continue to follow the direction of public health to practise social distancing to flatten the curve of this pandemic virus. Please note that, in accordance with the Provincial Emergency Declaration, school grounds remain closed and inaccessible to the public, which includes playgrounds and school yards.

Items in the Schools

The provincial emergency order requires that schools be closed to students, however we know families will have questions about picking up items left at school. We are working with public health on a safe process for families to pick up these items. As soon as we have information, we will share this with families.

Online Learning

We will continue to support your child’s education through online teacher-led learning, and I thank you for your patience as we have been implementing new ways of teaching and learning on this scale. If you have any questions about your child’s online learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher. While our schools may be closed, we remain dedicated to supporting your child’s learning and well-being.

We also continue to prioritize the mental health and well-being of our students and families, and have supports and resources available. Please speak with your child’s teacher, principal or visit our website www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 for more information.

I’m sure you have a lot of questions and concerns about what these closures mean for your child’s education. The Minister of Education continues to reassure Ontarians that school closures will not affect students’ ability to graduate and that Ontario students will not lose this school year. As the Premier mentioned today and we had previously communicated, students will receive an end-of-year report card. More details will follow as we receive them.

Summer Learning Programs

The Premier and Minister of Education also announced enhanced summer learning opportunities. At this time, we don’t have additional information on the implementation of this announcement. We will send more details as soon as we are able.

Graduations and Celebrations

I know many students are also concerned about the postponement or cancellation of graduations and other important milestone events. Due to the extension of the closures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel end-of-year celebrations such as proms and semi-formals. In addition, we are regrettably postponing June graduations with a goal to reschedule for the fall of 2020. More information will be made available as soon as logistics are finalized, including information on how graduates may obtain a copy of their diploma.

On our website www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 you can find information about school closures, answers to many of the questions you may have about school closures as well as resources to support student learning and student and family well-being. You can also follow the Board’s twitter feed @yrdsb for up-to-date information.

I wish you continued health and well-being.

Sincerely,

Juanita Nathan, Chair                                                 Louise Sirisko, Director of Education