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Rosh Hashanah - Shanah Tovah

To all our families and community members who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we want to wish you all a happy and sweet New Year.  Shana Tovah!

Oct. 6 @ 7pm Curriculum Night - Save the Date!

Save the date!

On Thursday, October 6th, Westminster will be hosting Curriculum Night starting at 7pm.  All families and student's accompanied by a family member are welcome.

You can expect to ...




Meet the WPS staff including your children's teacher.Learn about current and upcoming school initiatives.Be introduced to the curriculum your children will be exposed to this year.Find out about expectations, rules, routines and procedures expected.Have an opportunity to ask questions.

P.A. Day Reminder

A reminder that this Monday, September 26th is a P.A. Day for most elementary and secondary school in the York Region District School Board including Westminster.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 27th.
The Y.R.D.S.B. calendar can be found here: http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/calendar/Pages/default.aspx
Did you know that Westminster maintains an online calendar?  You can view the calendar (or add it to your personal calendar) by using this link: http://bit.ly/WPSCommunityCalendar

Are you looking for activities to do with your children on the P.A.Day?  Consider your local library (Bathurst Clark) or another Vaughan Public Library.  Additional details about a variety of engaging learning activities prepared for the P.A. Day and throughout the year can be here: http://www.vaughanpl.info/index.php

"International Dot Day"

Today our Kindergarten students celebrated "International Dot Day" inspired by the book "The Dot" by Peter H Reynolds. We sure "made our mark" today. Everyone came to school wearing dots and participated in activities that demonstrated everyone can be an artist if they have a growth mindset. A student brought in the same book, written in Hebrew! We had an amazing day celebrating creativity and perseverance.

Yummy Apples!

Due to popular demand our yummy apples are back! Thanks to our healthy schools initiatves, we have a bowl of lovely apples in the office for those students who are hungry or in need of an extra snack. Healthy snacks are important for young minds to grow so remember to pack your kids lots of fruit and vegetables in their lunch bags. Happy munching!

Our New Kindergarten Sunshades

Oh the heat! Oh the heat! We know it's definitely something to complain about...But we're happy to say that our kindergarten children aren't complaining outside today thanks to the new sunshades that were just installed in our south facing kindergarten enclosure.... just in the nick of time because soon we'll be complaining about the snow!  Enjoy kids!

Great First Day!

We had a fabulous first day of school!
Our students spent the day meeting their friends and getting to know their teachers and routines.
At our first day assembly, we talked about our goals for the year and our hopes for ensuring a happy and positive school climate for all our children and staff.
It was a very hot day and we have to admit that we were all tired and looking forward to going home to some air-conditioning at the end of the day....but....we will be happy to be back again tomorrow.... :) Remember to send your children with a water bottle they can fill up at our water fountains and a hat they can wear outside.
Thanks Westminster!

Happy Labour Day and First Day of School!

Wishing all our WPS family community a Happy Labour Day!  We hope you enjoy the day with your family and friends.

We are looking forward to seeing your children back to school on Tuesday morning bright and early. Staff will meet them in the back yard of the school and class lists will be called out at 8:30 a.m.

We know that the first day of school is an exciting time and many of you like to escort your children to school on the first day. For safety reasons and to make things run smoother for your children, we remind you that parents will not be allowed to enter the school and are asked to say goodbye at the back doors once class lists have been called. 

Besides this, please plan to regularly use our Kiss 'n Ride program in our front drive way area. We have designated staff supervising safe traffic for all students and ready to escort our kindergarten children to their doors. Please remember NOT to park in this Kiss 'n Ride area even for a few minutes to take your children into s…

Prevent Morning Madness!

An article in parenting.com asks whether you feel like you've run a marathon by 9 a.m every school day?  For many parents, the answer is yes. Getting to school on time has a direct relationship to how your child performs at school, how well they are able to cope with the expectations of being at school.  

New habits take time to create. They say it takes 21 days of repetition for a habit to form. Help your kids create good habits from the beginning of the school year to get to school on time and relieve morning stress for both you and them. 
Here are tips on improving your mornings:
Get your child to do the prep work rather than doing it all yourself. Children can pack their own backpack, set out their clothing, think about what will need to be done in the morning, and set the alarm clock.Set aside the same slot of time each day, either right before bed or maybe before reading time, to do the morning prep.Talk to your child about what she needs for school the night before. Right bef…