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Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health by De-stressing Family Life April 6th at Westminster P.S.

For all families with children of all ages on April 6th. 7:00-8:30 p.m. WPS library

Come and hear dynamic mental health specialist, Michelle Cassidy speak about mental health and wellness issues that affect our children and how, as parents, we can help.

Come get tips and strategies for what you can we do to reduce stress and anxiety
for your children and your families today!  See you there. 

“Caring for the mind is as important and crucial as caring for the body. In fact, one cannot be healthy without the other.” (Sid Garza-Hillman)

Child care age 4-12 available. Please RSVP by sending in your tear-off portion of the flyer sent home with your child or email   Thank you.  

Good Sportsmanship Spirit Day March 31st

To have good sportsmanship, one must learn the character traits of honesty and fairness as well as responsibility and respect.  On Thursday, March 31st we are having a spirit day to celebrate this connection and help our students apply these traits with having good sportsmanship.  

All students and staff at WPS are encouraged to wear logos of their favourite sport team or our own WPS spirit wear...hats, t-shirts, jerseys... whatever to show our spirit and symbolize good sportsmanship and good character.  Go Wildcats!

Parenting and Life Courses

April 2016 Jewish Family and Child Centre Courses
EFFECTIVE PARENTING- A four session afternoon group to help parents of children ages 2 to 10 years, learn what they can do to raise a happy, motivated and well behaved child. Topics include: how to; nurture self- esteem, encourage problem solving, increase communication and set appropriate limits and discipline. Wednesday April 6/16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 4600 Bathurst St- Lipa Green Centre.
WIDOW/WIDOWERS under 65 BEREAVEMENT- A six session evening group for men and women under 65 years of age and who have recently lost a partner or spouse. Topics to be discussed may include: coping with grief, living with loneliness, changing relationships, and new beginnings. Tuesday April 12/16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  at 4600 Bathurst St- Lipa Green Centre.
WIDOW/WIDOWERS 65+ BEREAVEMENT- A six session daytime group for men and women over 65 years of age and who have recently lost a partner or spouse. Topics to be discussed may include: coping with grief, l…

Happy Purim!

Wishing all those who celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim a happy celebration with your family and friends.

Good Friday and Happy Easter!

Wishing all our families who celebrate the Christian holidays of Good Friday and Easter a good celebration with your family and friends. A reminder to all that Friday, March 25th and Monday, March 28 is a national holiday and there will not be school.

Wishing everyone a safe and pleasant long weekend.

Busses cancelled today

Please be advised that due to weather warnings issued by Environment Canada,  all school busses and taxis are cancelled both this morning and this afternoon. Schools remain open and classes will continue.  Following our safe arrival process, please call the office to let us know if you will not be bringing your child to school.Drive carefully. Thank you

WPS Yearbook 2015/2016

We are having a wonderful year at Westminster and now you can remember your friends, teachers and school events forever!  Our dedicated yearbook committee is currently working on our school yearbook so that all students and parents will be able to look back at the 2015/2016 year with joy for years to come.
This full-colour, professionally printed yearbook will include approximately 60 pages, with pictures of various assemblies, school events, student clubs and teams, class pictures, and much more!  Each child from grades JK-8 will appear in the yearbook with a special section for our Grade 8 graduates of course.  This yearbook is over 20 pages bigger than last year with an extra page of pictures for each classroom as well.  
See your children play, have fun, and learn at Westminster!These are the cherished moments that you do not want to miss! Each year is unique and can never be repeated.
Ordering a Yearbook
If you are interested in buying a yearbook, you can pay online at https://yrdsb…

Swim to Survive

We are pleased that our Grade 3 students will be participating in the "Swim to Survive" program in the upcoming weeks beginning this Wednesday.

The "Swim to Survive" program was developed by the Lifesaving Society, to provide Grade 3 students the basic skills required to survive an unexpected fall into water.

The disturbing statistic is that over 400 people drown each year in Canada. Basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning.  

Swim to Survive” is a drowning prevention program that aims to reduce drowning by 50% within 10 years.  In particular, the program teaches the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water which include rolling into deep water, treading water for one minute and swimming fifty metres. The Lifesaving Society in partnership with York Region District School Board offers this program free of charge to Grade 3 age students for those schools who apply. We are pleased that…

Fruit Face-Off #5

Welcome to our final Westminster Fruit Face-Off!
Here are some true or false questions to get you thinking about our familiar fruit… the strawberry!
True or False? - Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.

True! The average berry has over 200 seeds on it.
True or False? - The strawberry plant is a perennial plant.
True! This means if you plant one now, it will come back next year and the following and the year after that. It may not bear fruit immediately, but once it does, it will remain productive for about five years.
Now try these ones about our unfamiliar fruit - which may be familiar to some of you - the blackberry!
True or False? - Blackberries are a good source of antioxidants (healthy vitamins like C, D and beta-carotene).
True! The dark blue colour ensures blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. But remember, if you want to get the most out of their health benefits, you need to eat them fresh or frozen (not in pies!).

Happy St Patrick's Day!

March 17 is St Patrick's day! As the one Irish national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.Parades, shamrocks and the colour green can be seen is festivities all over the world today. So happy Paddy's day Westminster.  Have a lucky day!

Welcome back to school!

We hope you all had a nice March Break with your family and friends. I know we look forward to welcoming your children back to school to complete our school year. 

Let's hope this last third of school brings with it many sunny days to bring in the spring season.  

See you Monday, March 21st!

March Break March 14-18

It's March Break and time to spend with your family and friends.  We wish you a happy and safe holiday this week and look forward to see you all again on March 21st. When hopefully spring will be hear to stay!

Happy March Break!

Earth Hour at WPS

It's Earth Hour—March 11th at WPS!There is no doubt about it: the world is facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in its history. That may make the journey to a sustainable future seem difficult to imagine, but it is far from Impossible.  

Together our individual actions add up to make a difference collectively.  On Saturday, March 19th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. join with communities from across the world and celebrate a commitment to the planet by switching off non-essential lights for this one designated hour.  

At Westminster we will be switching off (i.e. computers, printers, non-essential lights) for one hour Friday, March 11th from 1:30-2:30 p.m.Every bit helps!

When can I leave my child alone?

Periodically, parents ask us these common questions regarding when children can be left alone.  Please see the information we have from the Children's Aid Society (CAS) to help us keep our children safe. 
Common Questions When can my child babysit?
• A child should be at least 12 years of age before they are permitted to care for younger children. A babysitting course for this child is also recommended.
• Parents are responsible to determine when an older child is ready to provide reliable care for younger children.
• When choosing a babysitter, there are many factors to consider. The person’s maturity, abilities, reliability, past history and problem solving skills should be considered.
Should I leave my 9 1/2 year old child alone?
• A child under the age of 10 should not be left alone. Although you may have taught him/her what to do in certain situations, a child under 10 years just does not have the ability to make a judgment you can count on. The bottom line is he/she might do the ri…

VIP Program

For the last couple of weeks we have been happy to have our YR Police officer come to our school to speak to our Grade 6 students about Values, Influences and Peers, the VIP program. This community outreach program between York Regions schools and the YR Police has been very popular for years and is a very successful educational tool to help prevent our students from making bad choices as they move into their their adolescence. 

The Grade 6 program discusses peer pressure, cyberbullying and how to keep yourself safe. Our community liaison officer also speaks to our Grade 7 and 8 students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse and our grade 3 students about bullying prevention.   

We thank the YR Police and Officer Alex for partnering with our school and coming out to Westminster to provide this valuable information to our students. 

Thanks for supporting our Book Fair!

A quick thank you to everyone for your part in a very successful Book Fair last week! The results are in and I'm pleased to say that it was our best on record.  We are now able to use the 'rewards' from Scholastic to replace some of our aged inventory and allow for some necessary 'weeding'.  Stay tuned for some great new additions to our library for all our students to enjoy.  Happy Reading!
Mr. Tamblyn  Librarian 

Thank you for a fantastic Math Mania Night!

Wow Westminster! Thanks for coming out to our Math Mania Night!  We had a huge turnout, even more than expected...and it was great!  Hopefully, you all had an interesting evening and an opportunity to learn something with and from your children about math and the Problem Solving model we are teaching them to use. 

Thanks for coming out to our Book Fair as well and purchasing new books for your children. 

It was a successful night for all!

Remember, math is all around us and we are all mathematicians. We love math!

Fruit Face-off Day 4

Question: Why did the grape stop in the middle of the road?
 Answer: Because he ran out of juice.
Question: What did the green grape say to the purple grape?
 Answer: Breathe! Breathe!
Question: Why did Mrs Grape leave her family?
 Answer: She was tired of raisin kids! ————————————————————————- Welcome to Day 4 of our Westminster Fruit-Face Off! Have you figured out our familiar fruit for today?
That’s right - grapes! 
Here’s one really cool fact about grapes:
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics record the cultivation of purple grapes, and history attests to the ancient Greeks and Romans growing purple grapes for both eating and wine production.
And competing against the great grape is…. The pomegranate!!!
Here are 5 cool facts about pomegranates:
1.Pomegranates belong to the berry family.
2.They are good for the heart. 3.Each pomegranate contains hundreds of pomegranate seeds, and the word pomegranate means apple with many seeds.  4.Pomegranates can be stored for two months in the refrigerator. 5.In G…

What's a Healthy School?

Recently, a group of our student representatives along with teacher, Ms Porat and School Council co-chair, Ms Benzaquen attended our Board's Healthy Schools Workshop. Students learned much about what goes into making a school healthy and creating a positive school climate. We are proud of the initiatives that we are already doing to promote a healthy school at Westminster such as our Fruit Face-off, Random Acts of Kindness, growth mindset and "mindfulness" activities to name a few. 

We will continue to look at other ways we can continue promoting healthy school initiatives at our school. The students who participated in the workshop discussed ways they can bring back the new information to their peers, including making morning announcements, posters, and going class to class to show new stress relieving strategies they learned. Lots of ideas!

"We attended a Healthy Schools workshop on Friday, February 26th. We learned that Healthy Schools is an integrated approach tha…

Math Mania Night Tonight!

We are so excited that our Math Mania Night has finally arrived. Remember to come out tonight, March 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m. 

All week, students have been putting in their ballots for our Estimation Jars. We will be announcing the students who put in the closest estimation at our Opening Assembly at 6:00 p.m.  So don't be late!

Fruit Face-off Day 3!

Knock Knock Who’s there? Figs! Figs who? Figs the doorbell, it’s broken!
Welcome to Day 3 of our Westminster Fruit Face-Off!
Sometimes some of our favourite fresh fruits are difficult to find in the winter months. They can be expensive or not as sweet and flavourful as we like. Dried fruits can last longer in your pantry and are great for snacking when going on long car trips. 
For these reasons, dried fruits can be a popular alternative! But keep in mind, dried fruits are higher in calories because they are more concentrated once the water has been removed. 
It is also important to remember that some vitamins are lost during the drying process. A single serving of fresh fruit is 1 cup, but when fruit has been dried, a single serving is only one half of a cup.
When selecting different dried fruits, be sure to read the packaging label. Look not only at the appropriate portion size, but also what else has been added to the fruit. Often dried fruits have additional sugar added to make them taste …

Busses cancelled today

Please be aware that YRDSB has declared an Inclement Weather day for today.  All busses have been cancelled. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they are also cancelled for the afternoon.For safety reasons, you may choose whether or not to send your child to school; however, if you keep him/her home and your child is NOT bused, you MUST call the school and report the absence. Our Safe Arrival Program dictates that we know where all absent students are – if we cannot reach you, we will  contact your emergency contact person. If we cannot reach that person, we are obligated to contact the police.There may be a modified program in your child’s class due to numbers of students attending and absences of some teachers. Otherwise, regular programming will continue. If your child does not attend school on a day that buses are cancelled due to inclement weather, your child will not face attendance related repercussions. Once students arrive, they are expected to stay. You can, however, make…


In February we have been focussing on the character trait of Perseverance. This trait is very important for students to practice at school but in life as well.  By having perseverance we can develop a growth mindset.  A mindset that allows for failure yet does not accept failure instead, learns from it.  With optimism and perseverance.... anything is possible!  
On Monday, February 29th we had our Character Assembly hosted by our grade 7/8 class. We celebrated those students who have been demonstrating this character trait at school.Students also acknowledged Black History Month and connected the contributions of Canadians from African-Caribbean descent to the perseverance they displayed to make improvements to our society. 
We hope to encourage all our students to embrace this mindset and always persevere through their challenges towards success.  You can do it Westminster!