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From the Office!

Happy Friday Wilshire. The sun is shining and the snow is behind us (hopefully). Thank you to all staff, parents and students for their flexibility and quick pivot to online learning.  We all prefer face to face learning; however, the rapid increase of daily Covid-19 case counts is alarming and remote learning is our safest option for now.  Please review a few important details for your information:

Attendance

Please continue to ensure your child(ren) log on to their google classrooms at 8:55 am. We continue to take attendance each morning and afternoon.  Attendance will be reflected on your child’s term two report card.  If your child(ren) will be away, please let us know through EDSBY or iNFORM.

Technology

Should you experience any technical issues, you will need to complete the following Student Tech Help Form online.  Please complete all the required fields to ensure a quick response.  For all other inquiries, please feel free to email us wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

Human Development and Sexual Health 

In September 2019, the Ministry of Education released a revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum.  The curriculum helps students learn the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy, active lives and to make healthy and safe choices.  There are four parts to the curriculum:

  1. Social-Emotional Learning Skills
  2. Active Living
  3. Movement Competence
  4. Healthy Living (including mental health)

Under the Strand of Healthy Living, students will learn the skills and knowledge to help them make healthy decisions about:

  • Healthy eating
  • Safety at home, school, online and in the community
  • Drugs, alcohol and other substances and habits
  • Human development and sexual health
  • Mental health

The complete curriculum by grade can be accessed online:

Health and Physical Education in Grades 1-8

In the coming weeks, classes in grades 1-8 will be teaching lessons around Human Development and Sexual Health.  Our staff will be communicating to you the following:

  • Topics/expectations taught at that grade level for Human Development and Sexual Health
  • Dates and times that these lessons will take place

Should you wish to exempt your child(ren) from these lessons you will need to complete the Request for Human Development and Sexual Health Curriculum Exemption Form.  We anticipate that these lessons will be taught online.  Should you wish for your child to be exempt, you will have the choice of total exemption (student is free for the period) or an asynchronous task to be completed.  

Families Invited to Provide Input into YRDSB Budget

All YRDSB families are invited to participate in the annual budget consultation process. Fill out the online 10 minute survey by Thursday, April 29, 2021 or take part in a virtual consultation on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.

More information on how to join the virtual consultation is available on the YRDSB website. The results of the consultation will be used to inform the 2021-22 school year budget allocation. Questions regarding the budget process may be directed to Budget20212022@yrdsb.ca.

Mental Health COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented unprecedented issues and concerns for our community, our country and the world. As we focus on keeping ourselves healthy and containing the spread of COVID-19, we must also keep ourselves mentally well. 

The link below is dedicated to supporting student mental health during this pandemic. Resources for students, parents/guardians as well as community resources are listed. In addition, there are various links to YRDSB mental health supports as well as community supports available during the school closure. Please consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with the Mental Health and Community Supports During COVID.  Continue to check out the YRDSB website for updated information as well as the Twitter account @YRDSB

Sincerely,

Janine Franklin, Principal

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Welcome Back from Spring Break!

As you are aware, the Ontario Ministry of Education has announced that following the spring break, all Ontario schools will be closed to elementary students beginning April 19th, 2021.  Beginning on Monday, students will participate in online learning. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please have a look below for some important items for this week and some general information.

Monday April 19th (Day 3)

  • Teachers will post work for students and will communicate with families what the days ahead will look like.
  • If you require technology for learning at home, please email us at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca and we will arrange a time for you to pick it up from the school this week – most of you have already received what you need

Tuesday April 20th (Day 4)

  • Online classes will begin at 8:55 a.m.
  • Regular schedules will be followed and teachers will provide the timetable if you don’t have a copy already
  • 60% of the day will be synchronous for Kindergarten and 75% will be synchronous for grades 1-8
  • Teachers will be taking attendance in EDSBY starting today and for the remainder of online school. If your child is going to be away from school, please report it through EDSBY or iNFORM

Wednesday April 21st (Day 5)

  • April 14, 2021 is the International Day of Pink. However, due to the revised Spring Break, this year the YRDSB will be acknowledging the International Day of Pink on April 21, 2021. The International Day of Pink is a day when communities across Canada and across the world unite to celebrate diversity and raise awareness about the need to stop homophobia, transphobia, discrimination and all forms of bullying. On this annual day in April, individuals wear pink to show respect for diversity and to demonstrate support for learning and working environments which are safe and inclusive of people from all different backgrounds.

Thursday April 22nd (Day 1)

  • This is ‘Earth Day’ and the theme for this year is “Restore our Earth.” Consider ways your family can help protect, appreciate and respect our environment.

Friday April 23rd (Day 2)

General Information

  • Reminder to report absences in EDSBY or through iNFORM
  • Office staff will be working remotely but will be in the school as needed – please email us or leave a voice message and we will get back to you in a timely manner wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available.

Your partner in learning,

Thank you,

Janine

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From the Office…

As we head into our April Break we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a restful and safe holiday! It is essential that we all continue to adhere to all health and safety measures and the public health guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

50 Ways to Take a Break

Be inspired by this list to create your own ideas of how you and your family can take time over the next week to dream, exercise, and spend quality time together. (50 Ways to Take a Break: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gps-guides_b_1632700)

UPDATED Screening Tool

We are also pleased to share that York Region Public Health has provided a new way to access the screening tool via a HTML webpage that has full Google translate capabilities. The new screening tool will be available on our website. The PDF will also remain available, for those who would like to access a PDF version.

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy-YRDSB

On March 8, 2021 students, staff, families and community members were invited to the virtual Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launch event featuring guest presenter Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives; consultant Tana Turner; Director Louise Sirisko; Board Chair Cynthia Cordova; Trustee Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair; student performances and more.The program examined anti-Black racism in educational institutions and unveiled the Board’s strategy on how to move forward.

Nur Muslim Mentorship Program 

New deadline for all applications is April 13. What is the Nur Muslim Mentorship Program? Nur is a Mentorship Program to support Muslim students in the YRDSB to feel valued, heard and empowered. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive space that helps build a sense of belonging for Muslim students. NOTE: This is not a tutoring program. Student Application form. For more information about the Nur Muslim Mentorship Program, please contact:

Wahid Khan wahid.khan@yrdsb.ca or (437)984-7778

Rizwana Kaderdina rizwana.kaderdina@yrdsb.ca

Zahra Kaba zahra.kaba@yrdsb.ca

Planning Ahead

If you will be leaving Wilshire ES for the next 2021- 2022 school year, please let the office know as soon as possible at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca

Kindergarten Registration 2021 – 2022

Children who turn four or five years old during 2021 and live within our school boundary will be eligible to register for kindergarten. Registration information is available on the YRDSB website at Kindergarten Registration. All new kindergarten registrations will be done online this year. Please see the link or email our school office at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca  for more information.

We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available. Please contact us at wilshire.es@yrdsb.ca should you have any questions or concerns.

We hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Spring Break!

Your partners in learning,

Thank you,

Janine Franklin

Principal

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Extension of Wilshire ES Closure

Dear Families,

This is a further update on the temporary closure of Wilshire ES. Due to ongoing requirements for self-isolation for some of their staff and resulting challenges with school operations, the closure of Wilshire ES is being extended to April 19. The closure is due to requirements for self-isolation for some of our administration staff, teachers and educational assistants and resulting challenges with school operations. 

Wilshire ES will be closed to students from March 29, 2021 through to April 19, 2021.  On the advice of York Region Public Health students can return on April 19, 2021, for regular school operations. Unless otherwise stated, other YRDSB schools remain open at this time. 

If you have not received direct and specific communication from Public Health, there is no additional action for you to take.  Families and students of classes who have not previously been excluded, do not need to start to self isolate at this time. The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our priority.

During this time, learning will continue virtually for all classes. 

We recognize that this information may be concerning for families. Please know that this decision was not taken lightly, and was made to ensure continuation of student learning and to support student safety and well-being. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. For up to date information, please visit www.yrdsb.ca and the Board’s twitter feed @yrdsb

Sincerely, 

Janine Franklin