As we know that some families are starting their March vacations early this year, please make sure that you notify the office, preferably through Edsby, or by phone call, if you will be taking your child out of school before March 9 or extending your vacation past March 17. If vacations begin without reporting the absences, our office staff will need to get a hold of you to find out the reason for the absence. Reporting ahead of time can help to avoid all of this. Thanks in advance for your assistance!
|What is ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behavior, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate verbally. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different.
Where is the money going?
The money is going to Autism Ontario. Autism Ontario is an organization that ensures that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.
We are selling candy grams for $1.00 from March 1st-March 8th.
From March 19th – March 29th please bring in $2.00. Your money will go towards Autism awareness and research. It will also help develop programs for people that have ASD.
Bringing in $2.00 will also help you earn a ticket to having an extra 20 minute recess.
Wednesday, February 27 is Pink Shirt Day at Wilshire and across Canada. It is a day to celebrate Anti-Bullying initiatives and encourage students to stand up against bullying whenever they see it. It was initiated by two high school students in Nova Scotia who bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a Grade 9 boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. The movement has now spread across Canada and around the world. All Wilshire students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt, or some other pink clothing item this Wednesday. Our Healthy Schools team has also organized various anti-bullying activities for all classes on that day.
The Grade 5 and 6 classes are hosting a food drive!
It will run from February 20th until March 7th and all items collected will be donated
to the Food Bank of Thornhill . Please bring non-perishable food items that are within
their best before dates. There is a contest between the classes and the class that brings in the most items will win a pizza party!
Some of the most needed items are:
● Pasta sauce
● Baby food and formula
● Peanut butter and jam
● Hot and cold cereal
● Canned fish and meat
● Soup and stews
● Juice and applesauce
● Sugar free and gluten free items
● Meal replacements
● Cooking oil
● Milk powder
This is just a reminder that tomorrow night (Thursday, February 21) is our “Amazing Race” Family Math Night from 6:00-7:30. All families are welcome to take part in some fun math-related games, puzzles and challenges as you make your way “around the world”. There will be refreshments, take-home activities and door prizes for attending families. If you have not yet RSVP’ed for the event, it is not too late. Just go to bit.ly/2DGhOv9 to RSVP.
Come prepared with a team name and ready to have some math fun with your family!
Thank you to everyone who made yesterday’s Valentine’s Day Dance-a-thon such a great success. Between student donations, profits from the dance, and corporate sponsors, we were able to raise approximately $4200, exceeding our goal! By using this money and accessing the YRDSB’s technology cost-sharing program, we should be able to purchase two new class sets of Chromebooks for student use!
Thank you to all of the families who donated money. Thank you also to our School Council volunteers who gave up their time and efforts to make the day a success, particularly Jen Brinder who coordinated the full event.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors, Crescent Oral Surgery and Walt Orthodontics for their generous donations. Thank you also to Felix Swim School and Shoppers Drug Mart (Bathurst St.) for their prize donations and to Levy Design for the flyer design.
Don’t forget that the Wilshire “Amazing Race” Family Math Night will be held next Thursday, February 21st from 6:00-7:30. This will be a great opportunity to have fun as a family while also learning about different games and activities parents can do at home to support their child’s learning in Math. Families will be deciphering clues and participating in games and puzzles as they make their way “around the world”.
There will be take-home packages, door prizes and refreshments. Our teachers have worked hard to put together a fun night so we hope to see many families attending. If you are able to attend, please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2DGhOv9 or send a note to your child’s teacher. Hope to see your family there!
Tomorrow is our Valentine’s Day Dance-a-thon, featuring DJ services from Bounce Entertainment. By the end of today, all students who have brought in pledge money will have received their ballots and will have dropped them into the boxes for the prizes that they hope to win.
At the dance, a variety of gummy snacks, chips and water will be sold, all for $1.00. Please consider sending a loonie or toonie to school for the dance refreshments.
All proceeds from the refreshments will be added to our fundraising totals for the new classroom Chromebooks.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated towards our fundraiser. We are looking forward to a fun event tomorrow!