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Plastic Cutlery and Lunches

Parents:

We are going through boxes of plastic cutlery each week as students come to the office asking for plastic spoons and forks to eat their lunches and snacks.  While we want to make sure students are able to eat their lunches, this is neither environmentally-friendly nor cost-efficient.  This also takes up children’s eating time as they come to the office to get the cutlery they need. We would ask parents to please send reusable cutlery with their children’s lunches that they can then take home with them.

Thank you for your support with this.

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Every Student Counts Survey

This is a friendly reminder for families with child(ren) in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to please complete the Every Student Counts online survey at home with your child by November 30.  Earlier this month, you should have received a school letter with a link to the online survey. Families with more than one child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 were asked to complete one survey per child.

 

The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

If you have misplaced your letter, please contact the school office.  If you have already completed the survey, please disregard this letter.

The ESCS is voluntary and confidential. Survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;
  • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,
  • Improve student achievement and well-being.

A summary of the results (grouped data only) will be available at schools and on the Board’s website in Spring 2019.

 

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P.A. Day and Book Fair

Parents,

Please remember that Friday, November 23 is a P.A. Day which means there will be no school for students.  Teachers will be conducting Parent-Teacher interviews.  Please remember that the Parent-Teacher interviews are scheduled in 15 minute blocks to accommodate all of the parents who need to meet with their child’s teacher.  Please be respectful of everyone’s time by arriving promptly to your appointment and wrapping up after 15 minutes to allow the next parent to begin their meeting.  If you need more than the allotted time to talk about your child, please make arrangements with the teacher for a follow-up phone call or meeting at another time.

Our Book Fair will be open from 3:15-7:00 tonight (Thursday)!  Please stop in and support our Wilshire Library by purchasing a book for your child.

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Cold Weather and School

Parents,

As the cold weather has returned, I want to remind you that students are expected to go outside at recesses during the school day.  It is important for children’s physical and mental health that they have a chance to go outside and play with their peers during the day.  Our morning recess is 20 minutes and our lunch recess is 40 minutes. Therefore, they must be dressed for the weather.  When the cold weather comes, students should have warm coats, hats, mittens or gloves and boots.  It is advisable for students to bring extra pants and socks. A change is often necessary due to the wet and cold weather of the winter months. To avoid adding to the clothing collection in the Lost and Found, please label all articles of clothing with your child’s name.

As per the YRDSB guidelines, when temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 20 degrees Celsius, we will implement indoor recesses.  When temperatures and/or wind chill reach minus 18-19 degrees Celsius, we will consider a shortened outdoor time for the lunch recess. Before school, staff are not on duty until 8:40.  Please do not send your children to school before 8:40 as there is no one to supervise them or bring them in if the weather is too cold.

Students with health concerns, such as, but not limited to, heavy colds, coughs and flu,
which are serious enough to prevent them from participating in physical education,
recesses or other outdoor activities, should remain at home until the condition improves.

Thank you for your assistance in helping our students to have a safe and healthy winter season!

 

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Parent-Teacher Interviews

Just a reminder that Parent-Teacher interviews are this Thursday evening and Friday morning.  Interview times are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have not already signed up for an interview, you can still do so through Edsby.  If you do not have an Edsby account or are having trouble with it, please contact Ms. Kakish in the office.

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Every Student Counts Survey

Dear Families,

 

On November 12, York Region District School Board invited all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS). Thank you to all of the families who have completed the survey so far. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

This is a friendly reminder for families with child(ren) in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to please complete the online survey at home with your child by November 30.  Earlier this month, you should have received a school letter with a link to the online survey. Families with more than one child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 were asked to complete one survey per child.

The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

If you have misplaced your letter, please contact the school office.  If you have already completed the survey, please disregard this letter.

The ESCS is voluntary and confidential. Survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;
  • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,
  • Improve student achievement and well-being.

A summary of the results (grouped data only) will be available at schools and on the Board’s website in Spring 2019.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the survey (i.e., FAQs and survey questions), is available at http://www.yrdsb.ca/escs.

This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments. Parents and guardians are our strongest partners in education and we thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Barlow

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School Bus Cancellation Information

To ensure the safety of students, school bus service may be cancelled due to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and/or poor road conditions.  In these cases, parents and students should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements.

Cancellation decisions will only be made after thorough consultation with the Safety Officers of school bus companies servicing York Region and are based on several factors including precipitation, air temperature, road conditions and weather forecast.

Please note the following;

  • A decision to cancel school bus service will be region-wide meaning all school buses, vans and taxis will not operate.  Both the YRDSB and YCDSB operate many regional educational programs.  Students attending these programs are transported over large attendance areas encompassing several municipal boundaries which prevents the ability to cancel bus service using a municipality or zone methodology.
  • When bus service is cancelled all school tests and/or examinations will be cancelled and rescheduled.
  • Student trips involving the use of school buses will also be cancelled.
  • Unless otherwise stated, schools will remain open and parents can make arrangements to transport their children to and from school even if school bus service is cancelled.  If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not operate in the afternoon. Therefore students transported to school by parents will require the same transportation home.

A bus cancellation message will be available at www.schoolbuscity.com, by calling 1-877-330-3001, or by following @YRDSB and @YCDSB on Twitter.

Parents, students and school staff may also access the following radio and television stations after 6:00 a.m. to receive bus cancellation information:

RADIO

590 AM           640 AM           680 AM           860 AM           1010 AM         1050 AM

1540 AM         1580 AM         88.5 FM          89.9 FM          92.5 FM          93.1 FM

94.9 FM          95.9 FM          97.3 FM          98.1 FM          99.1 FM          99.9 FM

101.1 FM        102.1 FM        104.5 FM        100.7 FM        105.9               107.1 FM

TELEVISION

CITY TV     CTV Barrie     CTV Toronto     CP24     GLOBAL NEWS