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Summer Institute

Looking for summer learning and fun activities for students entering Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8? Summer Institute offers academic, recreational and athletic programs and activities with intentional links to the Ontario Curriculum.

The program runs for six weeks during July and August. It is offered at 11 school sites around York Region.  For more information on dates, programs and locations, please visit the SummerInstitute page on www.yrdsb.ca.  Families can register on line, as well as in person or by mail.

Base Registration Weekly Fees:
York Region District School Board students: $110 (4 day weeks) $125 (5 day weeks)
Non- York Region District School Board students: $135 (4 day weeks) $160 (5 day weeks)

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Dress in Blue April 2 for Autism Awareness

Thank you to all of our families who have donated over the month of March to our Autism Ontario fundraisers.  Between the candygram fundraiser and our $2 donation collection, we have been able to raise over $1100 for Autism Ontario!  Way to go, Wilshire!  Tomorrow, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day.  We are encouraging everyone to dress in blue to show our recognition and support for people with autism, including our own friends and classmates here at Wilshire.

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Lockdown Drill

Next Tuesday, we will be holding our second Lockdown Drill of the school year.  A lockdown is a school emergency response  to the presence or suspected presence of an armed intruder or other similar violent threat within the school. It is a Ministry requirement that we practice lockdown drills at least twice each year.

During a lockdown drill, all staff and students will be notified that we are conducting a lockdown drill.  Staff will ensure that all students and staff are in a secure area behind a locked door (e.g. classroom).  Lights will be turned off, windows will be covered and students will be directed to an area away from doors and windows.  Students are directed to be silent until the drill ends.  Cell phones are not permitted to be used.

The purpose of the drill is not to scare students, but to be prepared in the event that an actual emergency were to happen.  Teachers will prepare students before the drill happens and debrief afterwards.  You may wish to discuss the lockdown drill with your child and reassure them that school is a safe place but that we need to practice in case an emergency were to happen.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

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Earth Hour

This afternoon we will join schools across YRDSB in celebrating Earth Hour.  We will be recognizing Earth Hour between 1:30 and 2:30 this afternoon.  This is an opportunity to reduce our use of electricity in order to help our environment.  During Earth Hour today, we will be turning off electronic devices and lights, as much as possible, to be environmentally friendly.

Another item that is harmful to the Earth is plastic that gets thrown out and dumped in landfills.  Plastic takes up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills and adds to pollution.  From now on, we will not be handing out plastic forks and spoons in the office.  Please make sure you send a utensil from home that your child can wash and reuse if it is needed for their lunch.

Happy Earth Hour!

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Class Placements 2019

As we begin the process of organizing classes for September 2019, 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 cory.barlow@yrdsb.ca by FRIDAY MAY 17, 2019. LATE REQUESTS CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.

 All emails sent should read “Class Placement 2019” 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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International and Indigenous Languages Program

International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Program Registration for 2019-2020

Elementary International and Indigenous Languages Program Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on Thursday, April 11, 2019. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering online registration for our elementary program. Registering online will eliminate wait times and long line-ups.  To facilitate registration, on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm, online registration will be available for the first time through Edsby on our webpage: www.yrdsb.ca/international-languages

Families can still register in person at the language site starting April 11 and in September. Please contact our office at international.languages@yrdsb.ca  if you would like to register in person before September.

Did you know that the IIL Program has over 20 languages to choose from? Currently we have approximately 15,000 students registered in our programs across the Board.  Students from SK to Grade 8 are eligible to take language classes that run once a week during weekday evenings (from Tuesday to Friday) or Saturday mornings for 2.5 hours. There are many new and exciting things in store for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year, such as the opportunity to learn the Indigenous languages Ojibwe and Cree.

Please note that due to space limitations, registration applications will take place on a first-come-first-serve basis. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrolment or lack of teacher availability.

For more information about registration, courses, dates and locations, please visit www.yrdsb.ca/international-languages or e-mail us atinternational.languages@yrdsb.ca.

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Reporting Absences – INFORM

Dear Families,

Regular and punctual attendance affects school success and is expected of all students. You are responsible for notifying the school before bell time at 8:55am if your child will be absent or late. We have a safe arrivals program so that we can account for the whereabouts of absent students if the absence has not been reported prior to bell time.

There are two easy ways you can report your child’s absence. You can also use both options to report future planned absences.

 

 

  • Online

 

If you have activated your Edsby account, you can login to Edsby at www.yrdsb.edsby.com and report your child’s absence online. You can access an online video tutorial to learn more (bit.ly/edsbyabsence) about how to do this. If you have not yet created an Edsby account, please contact your local school for information on how to do this.  

 

 

  • By phone at 905-889-6767

 

Starting April 4, you can also use our new automated phone reporting tool, iNFORM. To report your child’s absence, please call the school phone number, press 1 to report a late or absence, and follow the prompts provided. A confirmation email will be sent to all parents/guardians who have access to the student’s records.

 

Please note: for safety purposes, iNFORM will use the phone number you have provided to the office to verify the caller reporting the absence. Please ensure that your school has the proper phone number on file.

 

Please see the attached fact sheet for additional information on how to use this automated system.

 

After 8:55am:

If you are reporting an absence or late after the bell time, you can use Edsby, call the school to verify the late or absence. Parents/guardians will receive an automated call and email if your child has been marked late or absent and you have not reported it. You will be prompted to verify whether or not you are aware of the absence.

 

This automated system is part of our safe arrivals program to ensure student safety. Thank you for continuing to work with us to ensure student well-being and achievement.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. C. Barlow,  Principal

 

Reporting Your Child’s Absence by Phone:          Quick Tips for Families

Starting April 4, you can now report your child as late or absent using our automated telephone reporting tool.

Please note: for safety purposes, iNFORM will use the phone number you have provided to the office to verify the caller. Please ensure that your school has the correct phone number on file.

 

To report your child’s late/absence by phone:

 

  1. Call the school before 8:55am [905-889-6767]. Press 1 to report your child as absent/late.

 

  1. If you are calling from a number that you have not provided to the school, you will be prompted to enter the cell or home phone number that you have provided to the school.
  1. Please enter the appropriate absence code and follow the appropriate prompts.

1-Absent Today

2-Late Today

3-Absent Tomorrow

4-Late Tomorrow

5-Future Absence (also includes reporting multiple day absences)

 

  1. Please wait to press 1 when prompted to submit the late or absence to the school. If you have made an error, you can press 2 to go back.

 

  1. Use the provided prompts to enter the reason for the absence.
Reasons for Absence:

  1. Illness. There will be further prompts for type of illness: 1-stomach illness, 2-respiratory illness, 3-other illness.
  2. Medical Appointment
  3. Bad Weather/Bus Cancellation
  4. Approved Absence
  5. Bereavement
  6. Religious Holiday
Reasons for Lates:

  1. Appointment
  2. Illness
  3. Weather
  4. Missed Bus
  5. Parent Approved Late Arrival

 

  1. If you have another student in this school to report, wait until the end of the confirmation and select 1 for reporting another student absent or late.

 

A confirmation email will be sent to all parents/guardians who have access to the student’s records.

 

If you are calling after 8:55 am:

If  you have not reported an absence, and it is after bell time, you can:

  1. Use Edsby to report a planned absence online.
  2. Call the school directly.
  3. Wait for the outgoing call from the iNFORM system and answer the prompts to verify the absence.

Note: You may use the system to report absences/lates for tomorrow or a future date at any time.

 

If your child has been marked late or absent and you have not reported it, you will receive an automated phone call and email shortly after the bell time notifying you. You will be prompted to verify whether or not you are aware of the absence.

 

When you answer this call, you will be provided with the first name and grade of your child and ask you to:

  • Press 1 if you are aware of this absence/late. You will be asked to report the reason for the absence using the codes above.  
  • Press 2: if you are unaware of the absence.*

 

Important: *Please note that if you have pressed 2 (unaware) by mistake, please call the school. The school will start their Safe Arrival procedure on these absences.