On Thursday, October 8, you are invited to join us for Meet the Teacher Night. Due to Health and Safety priorities, this year’s event is being held virtually (online). Each family will be invited (via email) by their child’s teacher(s) to a Google Meet where they will have an opportunity to meet the teacher, hear about the upcoming year, take a peek into the school/ classroom, and have an introduction to the new Ministry Math Curriculum.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
5:00-5:30 – Classroom Presentation
5:30-6:00 – Second Classroom Presentation
Each teacher will present the same information twice to allow for parents with children in different classes to see two presentations. You may join the presentations at either time slot.
You will receive an email from your child’s teacher with information about how to join the virtual event. A stable internet connection is needed to join.
Once you join the meeting, please follow the meeting guidelines below:
Please keep your audio on mute so all participants can hear
Please turn your camera off
Please be aware that during the Meet the Teacher presentations you must refrain from:
recording any aspect of a Google Meet (including pictures, voices or video) using internal or external recording devices;
taking photos or screenshots of anything other than when given explicit permission or direction by the teacher to do so (e.g. a visual used for instructional purposes that won’t be reposted later).
distributing/posting any recorded, copied or distributed materials in any way, including to all social media platforms; and
English as a Second Language (ESL); Language Instruction for New Comers (LINC); and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Classes
YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for those who want to develop effective language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for daily life in Canada. We also offer specialized classes in Citizenship and Conversation.
Adult ESL Program Registration – In person and online options available!
The Wilshire School Council is a group of parents, staff members and community members who meet monthly to discuss issues that impact the school, and organize activities that promote parent engagement and financial support for school programs. Due to the restrictions on public gatherings, our meetings this year will be held virtually (using the GoToMeeting online platform).
Our first meeting for the new school year will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM. All parents are welcome to attend the first meeting to find out more about School Council and be a part of this important committee. The agenda for the first meeting will include: Overview of the Role of School Council; Executive Member Nominations and Elections; Recap of the School Start-up; Overview of Fundraising from Last Year and Potential New Initiatives.
To attend the meeting, use the following information (online or via telephone):
I know many of you have heard from community members that many schools are having to reorganize their classes now that families have been able to request again to move their children to virtual school.
At Wilshire, we have had almost no families opt to switch their children to virtual school. As a result, there will be no changes to our organization. Students will remain in the same classes that they currently are in. The next opportunity to change from virtual to Face-to-Face will be at the end of January.
We continue to receive clarification from York Region Public Health around when students should stay home from school, and when they can return to school, if they have had symptoms associated with Covid-19. Please see the two attached Decision Trees that you can follow when making this decision.
If a student is experiencing symptoms associated with Covid-19, they should receive a Covid test, or see a medical practitioner before returning to school.
Please remember that these are unprecedented times and we must take more precautions than normal to keep all of our children and families safe.
We have two special events happening this Wednesday, September 30th at Wilshire.
First, we will be having our Annual Terry Fox Walk/Run. Classes will be going outside, one group at a time, to run or walk in honour of Terry. If you have not already, please consider donating at www.terryfox.org. Thank you to Mrs. Bonura for organizing this even.
Also, Wednesday is Orange Shirt Day, which recognizes the Indigenous survivors of residential schools. The colour orange is connected to the experience of a little girl who went to her first day of school wearing a brand new orange shirt. Her shirt was taken away from her and she was forced to wear the school uniform instead. We honour all of the children who were sent to residential schools for their bravery. When we wear orange, we show that every child matters. We are encouraging all children to wear orange on Wednesday.
As we near the end of our second full week of school, just some reminders that will help everything run smoother here at Wilshire.
Yom Kippur – Please remember that if you will be keeping your child home for Yom Kippur on Monday, you need to report it to the school through Edsby or by phoning the school. This can be done immediately and any time leading up to Monday. If you do not pre-report the absence, our Safe Arrival Procedures mandate that we must call parents to confirm that your child is safely at home with you. To avoid this disruption to your holiday, please pre-report the absence.
2. Extra Masks – We have many students each day coming to the office to get masks for a variety of reasons (e.g., they have forgotten it at home, it is dirty, they lost it, etc.). It is very helpful if students come to school with 3 clean masks in their backpacks. This way they have an extra if they need a replacement throughout the day and they do not need to miss instructional time to deal with this. Thank you!
3. Terry Fox Run – We will be having our annual Terry Fox Walk/Run on Wednesday, September 30. Classes will be going out individually to complete their Run. Please consider supporting this cause. Donating online to The Terry Fox Foundation is fast and easy. Donors get a receipt immediately by email.
4. Enter the name of your school and follow the prompts to donate
Your child may also choose to set up their own fundraising page by clicking the “Donate to a Student” button. Their page will connect automatically to our school’s fundraising page and they’ll receive a link to email friends and family to help them reach their fundraising goal. This is the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s run, and we hope that despite this unusual year, the Wilshire community will help us to support this worthy cause.
We have had many students riding their bicycles to school, which is great exercise. Unfortunately, our students are not always mindful of their own and others’ safety when riding. Our parking lot is very busy at the end of the day. Some students have been riding in a dangerous manner and at least one student was almost hit by a car yesterday when they rode into the middle of the intersection on Beverley Glen.
Please remind your children of the following safety rules when riding their bicycles. Any students who are repeatedly riding in an unsafe manner will have their parents notified and will be asked to keep their bicycles at home.
Always wear your helmet when riding.
Walk your bicycle until you leave school property. There are many adults and young children walking around and riding bikes in this crowded area is not safe.
Walk your bicycle across intersections. Make sure that all traffic is stopped and you have seen the driver look at you and is aware that you are there.
If you are riding on the street, be sure to ride along the edge of the road so that drivers can pass you.
If you are riding on the sidewalk, be sure to go slowly near pedestrians and give them lots of space.
We would like to remind everyone of the procedures we have in place in our parking lot to ensure the safety of all students. Please use the Kiss and Ride loop at the front of the school to drop off students. Staff members are there to ensure that students get safely to the sidewalk and around to the school yard. Please follow the directions of staff members who are working in the Kiss and Ride loop as they may need you to move forward or stop, depending on the traffic and the arrival of buses and vans that bring our students to school. When cars are stopped to drop off children in the Kiss and Ride loop, please do not pass them. This could be dangerous for children exiting their cars. For the safety of all of our children, please be patient!
The Staff parking lot is for staff members only. Please do not park in the staff lot or drop students off there. We know that there is a great deal of congestion on Beverley Glen, but we ask for your patience. Our staff members in the Kiss and Ride loop are working very hard and standing outside for a long time. Please show them the respect that they deserve as they are working to keep your children safe.
We would encourage as many students as possible to walk to school, both for their health and to reduce the traffic congestion at the school. If you wish to park your car and walk with your child to school, please do so on one of the side streets around the school.