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March Reminders

Spring is just around the corner! Over the last month, our Wilshire has been an exciting place with a number of incredible activities including:  Black History Month & Trivia, Virtual Family BINGO Night, Primary Read-a-Louds, Mindful & Friendship Challenges and Wilshire Spirit Days of Purple. Thank you to our School Council, Staff and Families for all your support. Please make note of the following information items and review with your child(ren).

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child brings a reusable water bottle to school.  Due to safety protocols, the water fountains are closed but the water fill stations are open.  We no longer are able to give out water bottles from the office.  Thank you for doing your part in protecting the environment and keeping your child hydrated!

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Warm at Recess

At this time of year, when weather conditions are frequently changing, students need to come to school  dressed to play outside at recess.  We recommend that students continue to wear winter coats, boots, hats and mittens to school each day.  As children may get wet while playing, we suggest keeping an extra set of clothing at school, especially pants and socks. They can be kept in a labeled bag at school.

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Lunch Guidelines

  • All students are asked to remain at school for lunch and eat in designated areas (i.e., classroom).
  • Students must bring their lunch and snacks, including hot lunches, for safety reasons; lunch drop offs will not be permitted.
  • All special lunch programs/food days (e.g., pizza, sub) will be cancelled.
  • All food delivery services (e.g., UberEats, Skip the Dishes) will not be accepted.
  • Students are to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • Students are to be reminded not to share food, utensils or drinks.
  • It is expected that parents/guardians first contact the school by telephone if assistance is required.

Cell Phone Use

It has become clear that many students now possess a cell phone or small tablet that they regularly bring to school.  While these devices can be effective tools, they can also be a source of distraction and often create problems in the classroom.  A few reminders:

  • Cellphones are to be turned off during the day unless permission has been given by the teacher to use the device during instructional time.
  • Students are not permitted to use their cell phones during recesses and lunchtime as they are not directly supervised at those times and staff cannot appropriately monitor how the phones are being used.  Cellphones are not to be used in the washrooms.
  • All communication between students and families is to be done directly through the office during the 8:55am – 3:15pm school day. If your child is not feeling well, they are to tell their teacher and go to the office so we can contact a family member.

Daylight Savings Time is March 14

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a way of making better use of the evening daylight hours during the longer days of summer, by setting the clocks forward one hour in the spring, and back again in the fall.  In the spring, the clock moves ahead (= losing one hour) when DST starts, and falls back one hour (= gaining one hour) when DST ends in the fall.   To remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind the sayings:  “spring ahead” – ” fall back”. 

Remember to spring forward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time | WGME

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Scholastic Book Fair: Save The Date! March 17th-31st

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Dear Wilshire E.S. families,

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place on

March 17-31, 2021.

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5158117

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:
  • SAVE itto your browser
  • WATCH videos of popular new titles
  • PREVIEW our Featured Books

Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!

Happy reading!

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The Value Of A Well-Written Thank-You Note

Last night was our Wilshire Virtual Family BINGO Night. What an incredible time of fun as a school community. There were many excited faces during play and for our winners. We have over 70 families join us and 150+ players. WOW! Thank you to our wonderful School Council, Ms. Volpentesta and Ms. Byrne for all their behind the scenes work and effort in making the night so memorable.

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Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Launch Event–REMINDER

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The York Region District School Board is committed to championing equity and inclusivity. In response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism in Canadian institutions, including in education, the Board has co-developed an anti-Black racism strategy.

The Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black-affirming learning and working environments was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. The launch of the strategy marks a coordinated effort to address anti-Black racism at the Board.

On March 8, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. students, staff and families are invited to the virtual Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launch event featuring guest presenter Robyn Maynard.

The program will examine anti-Black racism in educational institutions and unveil the Board’s strategy. The strategy is designed to dismantle anti-Black racism in all its forms in our schools and workplaces.

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Reopening Update

Dear families,

This communication contains important information related to new health and safety measures and your child’s education. In this email:

  • New Screening Guidance
  • COVID-19 Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Testing
  • Preparing for potential school staff shortages during in-person learning
  • GAPPS profile images
  • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) graduation requirement
  • Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment Field Test 

New Screening Guidance

Earlier today, York Region Public Health released its new screening guide. All students are required to complete the screening guide daily before coming to school. Secondary school students and staff members must provide confirmation of completing the tool prior to entry. The tool for secondary students is available on the Board’s website

COVID-19 Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Testing

In partnership with York Region Health and Ontario Health, two recurring testing sites have been set up at the unoccupied sites of George Street Public School in Aurora and George Bailey Public School in Maple. Please see this message from York Region Public Health for additional details. 

Preparing for potential school staff shortages during in-person learning

We continue to work with York Region Public Health to ensure our schools are safe for students and staff. In doing so, there are occasions, where students and staff members are required to self-isolate. These measures require the board to rely on ensuring adequate student supervision for safety. In previous years, where no occasional teacher or other staff member was available, schools combined classes for short periods of time. During the global pandemic, student contacts must be minimized and classes cannot be combined. As such, we may face specific situations where schools are required to close to in-person learning due to self-isolation requirements, even if COVID-19 case counts do not appear significant. We will continue to take all necessary planning and precautions to keep schools open, but may also need to make difficult decisions to close to ensure safety. 

In the event of a school closure to in-person learning, all learning will move to virtual according to provincial requirements for live (synchronous) learning

GAPPS Profile Images

With the move to online learning, many students have been choosing to add profile images in their Google Applications for Education (GAPPS) accounts. This is the image that appears along with the student’s name in Google Classroom, Google Meet, etc. 

It has come to the Board’s attention that some individuals are using inappropriate profile images, including images that are racist and discriminatory. We do not tolerate any form of hate or discrimination. These images cause pain and harm and can make other students and staff members feel unsafe, marginalized, and unwelcome in our learning environments. Appropriate actions are being taken to address this issue when inappropriate profile images have been used. 

Through the Board’s ongoing commitment to dismantling racism and creating welcoming and inclusive learning environments, all GAPPS profile images will be temporarily removed on Friday, February 26, 2021. All students’ images will appear as an icon showing the first letter of their name. In the coming weeks, all staff and students will engage in learning in support of our collective responsibility to dismantle hate and racism online. After the learning is completed, your child will regain access to uploading profile images to their YRDSB Google account.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) graduation requirement

The Ministry of Education has waived the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2020–2021 school year. This means that a student who is expected to graduate in the 2020-21 school year and has not already successfully completed the literacy test, will not be required to do so in order to graduate. This applies to 2020-21 graduates only.

You may be aware that this school year, the EQAO is field testing a new online assessment for OSSLT. YRDSB will not be participating in this field test during the Spring of 2021. The decision to not participate in the field test was made first and foremost to prioritize the well-being of students and support the continuity of learning in response to COVID-19. The current adaptive model of alternating in-class opportunities does not align with EQAO’s Field Testing recommendations. 

Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment Field Test 

EQAO is  field testing a new online assessment tool in the 2020-21 school year for Grade 9 Academic and Applied mathematics courses. York Region District School Board has decided that students will not participate in the Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment Field Test.

Our current Adaptive rotation model of alternating in-class opportunities does not align with EQAO’s Field Testing recommendation. This decision was made with the well-being of our students in mind. 

Staff will continue to support students with an emphasis on student well-being in an inviting and inclusive math learning community.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to support our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal.

For more information on what this means for you and your child, please visit www.yrdsb.ca.

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Elementary Model Change: Update

Dear Families of Elementary Students,

We are writing to provide a brief update about our upcoming Elementary Program Model Change.

Families who previously completed the model change survey requesting a change will receive information about their new classroom and teacher by Tuesday, March 2.

For students moving from the Elementary Virtual School (EVS) back to face-to-face (F2F) learning, you will receive a communication from your F2F school with additional information.

For students moving from F2F into EVS, you will receive information from your new EVS teacher or administrator.

A reminder, all changes will take effect on Wednesday, March 3.

We thank you for your patience and support.

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Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Launch Event

The York Region District School Board is committed to championing equity and inclusivity. In response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism in Canadian institutions, including in education, the Board has co-developed an anti-Black racism strategy.

The Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black-affirming learning and working environments was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. The launch of the strategy marks a coordinated effort to address anti-Black racism at the Board.

On March 8, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. students, staff and families are invited to the virtual Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launch event featuring guest presenter Robyn Maynard.

The program will examine anti-Black racism in educational institutions and unveil the Board’s strategy. The strategy is designed to dismantle anti-Black racism in all its forms in our schools and workplaces.

The systemic nature of anti-Black racism requires that school boards act proactively to support equitable access to quality education and opportunities for all students, and to challenge the marginalization of Black students, staff and families.

Please visit www.yrdsb.ca for more details and to register for the event.

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Wilshire Family BINGO Night!

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Dear Wilshire Families,

You are invited to Wilshire’s Family BINGO Night. 

Date: Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Virtual (a google meet nickname will be shared with participating families on March 4th)

This is a FREE school community event brought to you by the Wilshire School Council! You won’t want to miss the great fun and prizes.

ACTION: Please take a minute to complete this survey to let us know who will be joining our Wilshire Family BINGO Night. After completing this form, you will receive an email from noreply@bingobaker.com with instructions on accessing and printing each players BINGO card.  You must complete this survey to play.

A step-by-step instruction card has been emailed to you!

Hope to see you there.