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Message from Our Trustee

February 2023

I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to 2023, and enjoyed their winter break. 

One of the most important roles of school board trustees is communicating with the public. I hope to use this newsletter as one way to keep you updated on Board news, to communicate my role as trustee and how I can support you, and to answer some of the questions I am often asked as a trustee. 

Communicating with the public includes both sharing information and attending events to build relationships with families, but also ensuring I am available to you. If you have questions about Board policies or budget, concerns about your community, ideas and suggestions, or have a question and don’t know who to call, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to assist you. 

Our Board of Trustees is made up of 12 trustees elected during the municipal election process, and one Indigenous trustee appointed through a separate process. Eight of the 12 elected trustees are new this term, and we are all looking forward to connecting with families and fulfilling our roles to support student achievement and well-being. 

What do Trustees Do?

In addition to communicating with the public, we are also responsible for:

Establishing a Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out our priorities as a school board and guides our direction and decision making as a system.

Setting policy. Policies govern the operation of our schools and organization, including field trips, school transportation, homework, caring and safe schools and much more. You can find out which policies are up for review in our meeting agendas, or which policies are out for comment on the website. Your participation in this process is important to ensuring our policies are serving our communities and align with our priorities. 

Setting an annual budget. I look forward to sharing more information about this process with you in the coming months as we engage in budget consultations. 

Participating on Board and Advisory Committees. You can find the dates and agendas for these meetings on the Board website. You are welcome to attend and observe any public Board, Advisory and Board Committee meetings

Hiring the Director of Education. This process is governed by the Director of Education Selection Policy, and we will keep you updated as this process progresses. In the meantime, I am deeply grateful to Interim Director of Education Scott Yake for his commitment and service.

Advocating for quality public education. I became a school board trustee because I believe in public education. I believe in the potential of each and every one of our students and our responsibility to nurture their learning, growth and achievement. Our decisions as a board are centred on our commitment to deliver the best for our students. 

What’s Happening in YRDSB

Kindergarten registration opened January 20 for families with children who will start Kindergarten in September 2023. 

French Immersion registration is open from January 20-February 6 for students entering Grade 1 in September 2023. 

Student trustee elections are currently underway. All students in Grades 5-12 will have an opportunity to vote for the student trustees who will represent them next school year. 

In February, we recognize Black History Month, celebrating the contributions of Black people to the fabric of our society. I encourage you to visit the Board’s Centre for Black Student Excellence webpage and newsletter to learn more about upcoming events during Black History Month and what’s happening in the Board to celebrate Black excellence. 

Family Day and the March Break are also approaching and we hope everyone enjoys the break.

There are a number of other events for families coming up and I encourage you to check the Board calendar.

New Schools

One of the other questions I am asked, particularly in growing communities is about new schools or capital projects. I can let you know that in our municipality the following capital projects have received approval:

There are many ways you can stay up-to-date with what’s happening in our school board. Visit the newsroom or website homepage at www.yrdsb.ca. Listen to our podcast. Follow the Board on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. Read your school newsletters and emails. I look forward to staying connected with you. 

Best regards,

Estelle Cohen

Trustee, Vaughan Wards 4 and 5

estelle.cohen@yrdsb.ca

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From the Office

To our families celebrating the Lunar New Year this month, we wish you good fortune and happiness – Kung Hey Fat Choi!

Term 1 Report Cards

This month you will be receiving the Term I Report Card. Ongoing communication between home and school remains key to student success. Report Cards are just one tool in our continuous efforts to increase student achievement and celebrate our collective learning. We encourage you to continue to stay informed about your child’s progress through teachers’ newsletters, google classroom and work sent home. As always, we value your support and feedback as we strive to meet all challenges and opportunities with optimism and enthusiasm. Report cards will be shared electronically the week of February 21st.

Kindergarten Registration is now Open for the 2023 -2024 School Year!

Families can register using the following options:

  • Online – Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at www.yrdsb.ca/kindergarten > Registration. It is recommended that families use a laptop or adesktop, rather than a mobile device to complete this registration.
  • By email – Families can download the Elementary School Registration Form at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten and email the completed form to their school email address.
  • By phone – Families can request support to complete the registration form on their behalf by collecting the required information by phone. Families can request an interpreter, if needed, during this phone conversation.
  • In-person at the school – Families may visit the school office to drop off or complete aregistration form.

French Immersion

In place of the in-person information session, a pre-recorded French Immersion video session is available on the YRDSB website. In addition, you can also hear all about the French Immersion program on the Tune In YRDSB: French Immersion Podcast. Program locations and additional information is also available on our website.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 20, 2023. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2023, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol. The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 6, 2023.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 6, 2023. Late registrations will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

Grade 8 Transition to High School

Gr.8 students will be selecting their courses for next school year. To support this process, our intermediate team at Wilshire ES have been working closely with the secondary schools to share information with students and families. Please note a few important dates:

  • February 3, 2023: Due date for elementary or secondary schools to submit student transfer requests in Google form
  • February 7, 2023: Regional programs (IB, ARTs, and BCSS) provide a list to the elementary schools of the Gr. 8 students who have been offered and accepted placement
  • February 16 – 24, 2023: All students submit course selection. Current YRDSB Gr. 8 students complete their registration for a YRDSB secondary school by submitting their course selections in My Pathway Planner

Registration

Register

On the Horizon

  • January 22- Lunar New Year
  • January 25 – Bell Let’s Talk Day
  • January 25 – The Rhapsody Viewing LINK
  • January 27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • January 27 – Jersey Day (wear your favourte sport’s team colour or jersey)
  • January 31 – Grad & Whole Class Photo Day
  • February 1 – Virtual School Council Meeting
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Senior Kindergarten: French Immersion Information Night cancelled due to inclement weather

Dear Senior Kindergarten Families,

Due to inclement weather, the French Immersion Information Session scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at all French Immersion program locations has been cancelled. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, however, the safety of our families, staff and communities remains our priority.

In place of the in-person information session, a pre-recorded French Immersion video session is available on the YRDSB website. In addition, you can also hear all about the French Immersion program on the Tune In YRDSB: French Immersion Podcast. Program locations and additional information is also available on our website.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 20, 2023. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2023, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol. The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 6, 2023.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 6, 2023. Late registrations will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

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Inclement Weather Day Today – Buses Cancelled

Good Morning Wilshire Families,

The following message comes from YRDSB:

Please be advised, that due to freezing rain warnings from Environment Canada, school bus transportation is canceled for today, THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2023.

Due to weather conditions, an inclement weather day has been declared. School transportation services (buses and taxis) have been cancelled. Schools remain open.  For more information, including information on when schools and Board locations are re-opening, visit www.yrdsb.ca or follow us on Twitter @YRDSB

YRDSB

In addition to the message, please be advised of the following information:

  • Wilshire is still open today for our students and staff
  • There is no bus service today
  • When buses are canceled in the morning, they are also canceled for the afternoon
  • Please pay attention to weather alerts, and drive or walk safely

Thank you.

Janine Franklin

Principal, Wilshire ES

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Kindergarten Registration Starts on January 20!

Kindergarten registration for the 2023/2024 school year begins on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Kindergarten Registration Options for Families

Families can register using the following options:

  • Online – Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at www.yrdsb.ca/kindergarten > Registration. It is recommended that families use a laptop or adesktop, rather than a mobile device to complete this registration.
  • By email – Families can download the Elementary School Registration Form at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten and email the completed form to their school email address.
  • By phone – Families can request support to complete the registration form on their behalf by collecting the required information by phone. Families can request an interpreter, if needed, during this phone conversation.
  • In-person at the school – Families may visit the school office to drop off or complete aregistration form.