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York Hills Services for Families

York Hills has released their Fall Group services. For the most accurate and updated information you can access all our upcoming groups and webinar through our website. These sessions are all FREE!

You can find all webinars and sessions on Eventbrite.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/york-hills-centre-for-children-youth-and-families-10725006171

Some of the sessions include:

  • Geniune Connection – The Teen Edition
  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Challenges
  • Myths & Realities of Learning to Pay Attention
  • The Power of Positive Parenting
  • Raising Confident Competent Children
  • and more!

If you should have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to our Group Services Coordinator:

Lisa Visinski

905-503-9560 Ext: 9593

lvisinski@yorkhills.ca

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From the Office

Another fabulous week at Wilshire and December is just around the corner! Please review some exciting events and information:

Wilshire Athletics

Our intermediate boys volleyball teams competed in the Area Volleyball tournament this past week at Louis Honore Frechette PS. They played hard, had fun and set goals for next season! A huge thank you must be extended to our amazing coach, Mr. Gluck and families who drove our athletes to and from the event. Go Wilshire!

Gifted Screening Grade 3

The York Region District School Board offers the opportunity for students in grade 3 to participate in system-wide screening for possible identification as a Gifted student. The Grade 3 Gifted screening procedure is a two stage process. Stage One for grade 3 students will take place at Wilshire ES on November 29, 30, and December  1. All students will be given the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT), a test of thinking and reasoning skills. It takes approximately 90 minutes to complete all three sections of the test.

Only those students who meet the threshold on the Stage One CCAT will be considered for Stage Two, which is a one-on-one intellectual screening with a member of the YRDSB Psychological Services department. If your child qualifies for Stage Two, you will receive a ‘Consent for Intellectual Screening’ form by January 16, 2023.

Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.  
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Some of our classrooms will be participating in the event from December 5 – 11th.  

Late Bus Challenges

As many of you have experienced recently, several issues have arisen with buses.  Please note, that any time a bus issue is reported to the school by Student Transportation Services, we will send an email to you via INFORM. 

Do Good December

A new month marks a new challenge for Wilshire ES! We would like to encourage families and staff to use the prompts from Action for Happiness to share a little love this December in your home, school and community.

Wilshire Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Your votes have been tallied Wilshire and the winners are in. The competition was fierce this year with 29 creative entries. CONGRATULATIONS to Aran, Arvin & Sergei for their 1st and 2nd place pumpkins. Families will receive a gift certificate to dinner and a movie. Thank you to our incredible Wilshire School Council for another great community event.

Progress Report Card Distribution

There was a delay this year with loading the system’s progress reports for electronic distribution. Your child’s Term 1 Progress report has be distributed electronically between November 23-25, using your child’s GAPPS accounts. 

IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS THE PROGRESS REPORT CARD, PLEASE CONNECT WITH YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER.

The Progress Report for Grades 1-8, provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas.  The Report Card has only the following Ministry provided indicators: 

  • Progressing with Difficulty
  • Progressing Well 
  • Progressing Very Well

The Progress Report also provides you with attendance information (absences/lates). If there are discrepancies in your child’s attendance, please contact the main office. 

Overall, progress reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first part of the term.  We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home.  

Masking in Schools

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended that individuals wear masks in indoor settings. We continue to consult with York Region Public Health, who are strongly recommending masking in indoor settings

York Region schools and workplaces continue to be mask friendly environments and masking is strongly encouraged in YRDSB schools and buildings, and on all forms of school transportation. All students, staff, families and visitors who choose to wear a mask, or who are advised or required to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. 

A limited number of masks are available; children who wish to wear a mask but do not have access to one, can connect with the office.

Upcoming Wilshire Spirit Days!

ON THE HORIZON!

Cookies & Popcorn for a $2 every Wednesday & Friday at morning recess.

November 29, 30 & December 1 – Gr. 3 Gifted Screening

Wednesday, December 7 – Virtual School Council Meeting

Friday December 23 – Last day of school before Holidays

Saturday December 24 – Sunday January 8, 2023 – WINTER BREAK

Monday January 9, 2023 – First Day back to school

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Good Morning Families,

Great news! CUPE has announced a tentative agreement and the strike will not occur on Monday, November 21. As a result, Wilshire ES will be open to students and all staff on Monday, November 21.

Please send any borrowed school devices with your child tomorrow. Chromebooks should be returned to their homeroom’s for tracking purposes.

We look forward to seeing the students!

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From the Office

Please take a moment to review the following information:

PARENT/GUARDIAN/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

On behalf of the entire Wilshire ES staff, we would like to thank families who attended Parent/Guardian/Teacher interviews on Thursday and earlier today.  As we navigate all kinds of unique challenges, it is so magnificent to be able to work with such amazing Teachers, School Assistants, School Office Personnel, Caretakers, Parents, Guardians, and of course, our multi-talented students.  We will continue to work together to support student achievement and well-being.

POPCORN & COOKIES

Our Gr. 8 students are selling popcorn and cookies on Wednesday and Friday at morning recess for $2. We have chocolate chip cookies, Butter & Salt Popcorn and Sweet & Salty Popcorn. All profits will go towards their Gr. 8 Graduation!

RE-POST OF VERY IMPORTANT YRDSB MESSAGES TO FAMILIES

IMPORTANT MESSAGE #1

Dear families,

Strike Action Beginning November 21, 2022

Yesterday, we sent you a message regarding the notice from CUPE regarding province-wide strike action of full withdrawal of services beginning on Monday, November 21, 2022. As a reminder, if a settlement is not reached and the strike proceeds, schools will be closed to students beginning on November 21, 2022, until the strike action concludes. 

If the strike action proceeds, synchronous (live) learning will begin on Monday, November 21, 2022. We appreciate that some children may require technology and may not be able to participate on the first day. Please contact your child’s school if you need support. Your child’s teacher will communicate with their class regarding learning for the potential closure.  

Letter from York Region Public Health

York Region Public Health has issued an important message for families regarding masking and other measures families can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, RSV and influenza.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate provincial bargaining and promote public health measures to keep our schools and communities healthy. 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE #2

Re: Masking in Schools and Preparing for Severe Weather

Dear families, 

With yesterday’s announcement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding masking and winter weather approaching, we want to provide families with an update on masking and the steps we take to keep students safe when severe weather occurs. 

Masking in Schools

Yesterday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended that individuals wear masks in indoor settings. We continue to consult with York Region Public Health, who are strongly recommending masking in indoor settings. York Region schools and workplaces continue to be mask friendly environments and masking is strongly encouraged in YRDSB schools and buildings, and on all forms of school transportation. All students, staff, families and visitors who choose to wear a mask, or who are advised or required to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. A limited number of masks are available; children who wish to wear a mask but do not have access to one, may contact their school. 

School Transportation Cancellations

School transportation (buses and taxis) may be cancelled due to extreme cold or inclement weather. On these days, schools will remain open unless otherwise stated. If school transportation is cancelled in the morning, it will also be cancelled in the afternoon. Any special or hot lunch days and field trips will also be cancelled. 

Families should use their best judgment to decide whether to send their children to school on extreme cold or inclement weather days. Students will not be penalized for missing school on those days. For safety reasons, please let the school know if your child will not be attending school that day. 

School Closures

Emergency closures will be considered when conditions may not be safe for students and staff members to attend school for the full day. This may include events that significantly limit school operations or access to the school site (e.g., widespread, prolonged power failures or downed power lines).

In keeping with our current practice, we will continue to keep our schools open as much as possible. However, it is important that families have alternate childcare arrangements planned for the rare occasions when schools may be closed. Before and aftercare programs will not operate if schools are closed.

Communication to Families

Decisions about school transportation and school closures will be made as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. We will do our best to notify families in advance when we may be considering closing school and Board offices. Transportation cancellations or school closures are communicated through:

For more information on severe weather days, please visit our website www.yrdsb.ca

PROGRESS REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION UPDATE

There was a delay this year with loading the system’s progress reports for electronic distribution. Your child’s Term 1 Progress Report will be distributed electronically between November 23-25, using your child’s GAPPS accounts.  Further information on how to access this report will be shared prior to November 23. 

The Progress Report for Grades 1-8, provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas.  The Report Card has only the following Ministry provided indicators: 

  • Progressing with Difficulty
  • Progressing Well 
  • Progressing Very Well

The Progress Report also provides you with attendance information (absences/lates). If there are discrepancies in your child’s attendance, please contact the main office. 

Overall, progress reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first part of the term.  We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home.  

OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERESTED BLACK IDENTIFIED STUDENTS

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Join Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre and Black Health AlliancePathways to Care (PtC) Project us for a free virtual self-care workshop. In English: Tuesday November 22 from 5:00 PM EST – 6:30 PM EST En Français: Tuesday November 29 from 5:00 PM EST – 6:30 PM EST Participants are invited to learn mindfulness skills by learning self-care strategies. Learn more about mindfulness practices, express yourself through body movement, engage in open discussion, and gather resources for you and your loved ones. All registered participants will receive a gift card. This interactive workshop is for you if: you are a Black youth. Note: This is a sacred space for Black youth only. If you are not a Black youth, please join us at one of our future events. Hosted by: Aisa Athena and Myriam Georges-Estigene.
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ON THE HORIZON…

  1. Tuesday, November 22 – Intermediate Boys Area Volleyball Tournament
  2. Wednesday, November 23 – Progress Report Cards shared via GAPPS accounts
  3. Friday, November 25 – Picture Retake Day
  4. Wednesday, December 7 – Virtual School Council Meeting
  5. Friday December 23 – Last day of school before Holidays
  6. Saturday December 24 – Sunday January 8, 2023 – WINTER BREAK
  7. Monday January 9, 2023 – First Day back to school

Have a fabulous weekend!

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From the Office

Today is World Kindness Day. May you find kindness, share kindness and bring a smile to someone’s face!

Please take a moment to review the following information:

REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY AT WILSHRE ES

Friday morning, our phenomenal Grade 7 & 8 students from Mr. Rosenfeld’s class hosted our students and staff through a meaningful time of reflection to mark Remembrance Day and Indigenous Veterans Day. A number of students from other classes participated in the assembly by sharing poems, poppy wreaths, and their postcards to veterans. For many of our Wilshire students, Friday marked the first time they’ve ever participated in such a large group gathering.  Thank you students of Wilshire for your excellence.

PARENT/GUARDIAN-TEACHER INTERVIEWS…AND PROGRESS REPORTS

As a follow-up to some questions regarding student progress, please review the following information:

  • Access to EDSBY for interviews close Monday, November 14th at noon (12:00pm). If EDSBY closes before you get to book your time, you will need to contact the HOMEROOM TEACHER directly to set up an interview time
  • Log into EDSBY and select an available slot to meet with the HOMEROOM TEACHER;  When you log in, you’ll either see “book” or “available” for any slots not yet selected, or “blocked” if the slots are not available
  • If for some reason, you cannot make the times available, please connect directly with the HOMEROOM TEACHER for alternate arrangements
  • If your child has 2 teachers and you wish to meet with the non-Homeroom teacher, please connect with the Non-Homeroom teacher via email or phone to coordinate a time.  Unfortunately, there are not enough time slots on the 17th and 18th for non-Homeroom teachers to see all parents/guardians
  • Due to technical issues, Progress Reports will be distributed the week of November 23rd. This will occur after Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews).  Homeroom Teachers will be able to speak to your child’s progress to date at the Parent/Teacher interview.
  • Parent/Guardian-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday November 17 in the evening, and in the morning of Friday November 18.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Wilshire’s Scholastic Book Fair will take place this week! The inperson fair is Monday November 14th 2022 to Thursday, November 17th 2022 and the online fair is November 11 – 18 (LINK for VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR @ Wilshire ES).  Classes will be scheduled to visit throughout the week to view and to make purchases.  You may also come by the book fair on the evening of the 17th before or after your interview.

KIDS HAVE STRESS TOO!

Vaughn Community Health Care (VCHC) is offering a workshop to support students in dealing with stress. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

IMPORTANT SCHOOL START-UP PERMISSION FORMS REMINDER

If you have not yet completed the School Start-Up Permissions forms online please follow these instructions:
• Sign in to your child’s GAPPS account
• Go to https://startupforms.yrdsb.ca/
• Complete the forms online.

If you have more than one child, you must log out of the first GAPPS account and log into the next one before filling out the form. 

ON THE HORIZON…

November 14 – 17 – Scholastic Book Fair in the Library (virtual fair until November 18)

Monday, November 14 – EDSBY Parent Teacher Interview Scheduler closes at noon (12:00pm)

Tuesday, November 15 – Gr. 8 Open House at Westmount CI

Thursday, November 17 – Parent Teacher Interviews (evening)

Friday, November 18 – PA Day – no school for students (Parent Teacher Interviews in the morning)

Tuesday, November 22 – Boys Area Volleyball Team Tournament

Friday December 23 – Last day of school before Holidays

Saturday December 24 – Sunday January 8, 2023 – WINTER BREAK

Monday January 9, 2023 – First Day back to school

Have an amazing weekend!