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Showing posts from December, 2016

Happy New Year Westminster!

Wishing all our families and friends a happy and healthy 2017!

Winter Break and Happy New Year!

From all WPS, we wish everyone a happy and healthy winter break and a wonderful New Year!  School is closed for the winter break December 26, 2016 -January 6, 2017. We want to thank you for your kind words, season greetings, yummy treats and gifts. Your kindest is much appreciated.  May 2017 be filled with good will and compassion for all our children, families and staff.  See you on January 9th, 2017 in the New Year! With much love, Mrs. Joseph and the Westminster Staff

Twin Day and Holiday Assembly

On December 23rd, our last day of school before the winter break, we'll be having a TWIN SPIRIT DAY .  Your children are invited to pick a friend or two...or more and dress alike. Just like twins!! We're also having a Holiday Assembly at 11:15 a.m. We will have our Glee Club and a few classes perform, then we'll all sing along to our favourite holiday songs. We're looking forward to singing in the holiday season and the new year together. Parents are always welcome to join us. Tis the season to be, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!      Happy Holidays everyone!

Holiday Food Drive reminder...

A reminder to bring in your Food Drive donations. Our Holiday Food Drive is underway until Thursday morning December 22nd. The food we collect will be donated to the Humanity First Food Bank and will be given to families and individuals in our community who are in need of food this holiday season and beyond. On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Kaiman's Grade 7/8 class will be delivering our contributions to the food bank themselves and helping to sort packages to be given to those in need. This is an authentic example of charitable giving and giving back to the community.  We know that the contributions from our school and our students will be gratefully received by this charitable organization.  Please send non-perishable food items to school with your children or place them in the bins located in the hallways outside of the office.  Thank you.  

Hockey mornings at WPS!

Our students and staff have been having fun with early morning pick up hockey games this week... check out this mornings announcements by our hockey teams... "Good morning hockey fans...Winterfest is in full swing.  The student "Montreal Canadians" took on the All-star Staff...the All-staff staff won 11 to 6 but the first star goes to Sarah K. for a stellar job in goal for the "Canadians".  In tomorrow's game the student Boston Bruins take on the All-star Staff again.   PS. The staff are undefeated...bring it on!!" Go Wildcats!

Message from our Trustee

As we near the end of 2016, I hope everyone has had a great school year so far and found opportunities to get involved with the life of the school.  It is wonderful to have opportunities to see not only what our students are learning, but to see how they are learning – collaborating and problem solving, using technology in exciting new ways, and engaged in hands-on activities.  I want to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated staff members, students, families and community members across our Board.  Thanks to all of the great people we have in our system, we continue to advance student achievement and well-being. Our Board continues to have a strong commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive learning environments that enable all of our students to thrive. Engaging families in your child’s education and the school community is in an important part of creating that environment. There are resources for families available on our Board website at

We're Collecting Recipes for our WPS Cookbook!

Do you have a favourite recipe that you like to cook with your children? Do you want to have it published in our Westminster School Cookbook so all can enjoy these yummy treats? So here's your chance to share it with our whole community and contribute your recipe to our school cookbook. We're collecting the best recipes from our community for our first fabulous WPS Cookbook!  Once we've got them all published they will be for sale with all proceeds going to enhance our fabulous school!  Over the winter break why don't you practice your favourite recipes with your children, type out the measurements, ingredients and instructions...have your children practice their procedural writing and have fun while using their writing and authentic math skills. If you want, take a picture of your creations. Then email them to our school council. Make sure you let us know your child's name and grade. Our School Council Cookbook Committee will try to include as many as possible

Popcorn and Frozen Yogurt Fridays!

Our Intermediate fundraising committee is selling popcorn and frozen yogurt on Fridays starting December 16th and 24th to raise funds for their end of the year events. If your child would like to participate and buy a healthy snack, please send them to school with $2 for each item.   Thanks from our student committee!   

Kindness Campaign

This month we've talked much about the importance of taking our responsibilities seriously. Our students show responsibility in many ways.  At Westminster, we often talk about our responsibility toward our environment, through our recycling campaigns and the world at large, through our charity drives. We also discuss each students' responsibility  for their learning and their work habits. They are also responsible for their actions and how they act towards each other.   We remind our students that creating a positive school climate is everyone's responsibility. This responsibility is important to ensure the emotionally well-being of all our students. This begins by caring for one another and showing kindness and compassion to each other.  We encourage our students to acknowledge "random acts of kindness".  An act of kindness helps everyone feel better. Thank you for helping your children identify kind acts in their everyday life and their responsibilities at

December Character Trait "Responsibility"

During the month of December we focus on the character trait of "Responsibility".  On December 14th we will be having a character assembly to recognize those who have displayed this character trait as well as those who displayed November's character trait of "Honesty". Parents are welcome to join us for this assembly hosted by Ms Parekh and Ms Basta's 5/6 classes at 9:15 a.m.  We are responsible for ourselves, our school and our environment. We are also responsible for the well-being of others. Please help us support this message and remember to send in your donations for our Holiday Food Drive. Thank you. 

Quest Conference Reflections

A couple of weeks ago York Region hosted our annual YRDSB Quest Conference. Quest is in its 20th year of providing relevant and inspiring professional learning for educators in York Region as well as all over Canada and the world. Each year at WPS, we arrange for some of our teachers to join the discussion and bring back new research and teaching strategies to our school. Our teachers come back  rejuvenated and invigorating after connecting with like-minded people in a different environment. Here are some of their reflections: "There's so much to take away from the Quest Conference that it's difficult to focus on just one thing. The focus this year was 'Deep Learning in a Digital World' ... a clear connection to the Modern Learning work we have worked on. We listened to a variety of keynotes and breakout sessions. It became clear that there was a common resounding message.   The message was the importance of authentic, meaningful learning that provided student

Bathurst Clark library programs

Thinking of things to do with your children? There are some exciting events and programs coming up at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library. They include: Helping Hands, a family volunteering project, on Sunday, Dec. 11 th at 2pm Make It! Learn It! Create It! programming, including: Hour of Code on Friday, Dec. 9 th at 4pm Colouring 2.0 on Thursday, Jan. 5 th at 12:30pm Let’s Build a Computer on Friday, Jan. 20 th at 11am (for ages 8-12, limited to 10 participants. Pre-register at the Service Desk at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library) Robot Day on Friday, Feb, 3 rd at 11am STEAM Club, Tuesdays at 7pm between Jan. 10 th and Feb. 28 th (for ages 7 and up) Puppet Show on Thursday, January 5 th at 11am Kid’s Book Club, first Wednesday of each month at 7pm (ages 8-12) Family Literacy Day on Thursday Jan. 26 th at 6:30pm at the City Playhouse (pick up your free tickets at any VPL branch beginning Monday, Jan. 2 nd ) Family Day celebration on Monday, Feb. 20 t

Family Movie Night December 8th Reminder

Remember to come out to our Family Movie Night December 8th. Have fun with your family and friends at this Community Outreach event brought to you by our School Council. When: December 8th, 2016  Doors open 6:00 p.m. Snacks and Pizza dinner available while supplies last Movies start 6:30 p.m.  Remember to bring your food donations for our Holiday Food Bank as well. 

Holiday Food Drive

A reminder that our Holiday Food Drive is underway December 5th- December 21st.  The food we collect will be donated to the Humanity First Food Bank. The food will be give to families and individuals in our community who are in need of food this holiday season and beyond. This year, Mr. Kaiman's Grade 7/8 class will be delivering our contributions to the food bank themselves and helping to sort packages to be given to those in need. This is an authentic example of charitable giving and giving back to the community.  We know that the contributions from our school and our students will be gratefully received by this charitable organization.  We ask that everyone please help to make this year's drive as successful as possible and help our children see how they can personally make a difference to the life of someone else. Let's work together as a community and make everyone's holiday season happy and joyful. Please send non-perishable food items to school with your chil

Our learning from the Holocaust survivor presentation...

Both our Grade 7/8 students and staff were very affected by Mme. Hans' presentation about her experiences during the war as a "hidden child" in France. Mme. Hans expressed that she felt it was her duty to share her difficult story to help our next generation learn from the mistakes of the past and the importance of tolerance and acceptance of one another. She also reminded our students of the debt they owe their parents and explained that her efforts to share her story were a homage to her mother who worked so hard to save her eight children and keep them from harm during the war. It was her way of saying "thank you" to her mother. Mme Hans evoked a great deal of emotion from all and she enjoyed the hugs of thanks from our students and staff after her speech very much. We thank you Mme Hans for coming to our school.  Below are some of the reflections from our students: "The most important lesson I learned from Ms Hans' story is to be grateful f

Hour of Code

Westminster will be participating in our 3rd  annual “Hour of Code” this December 5-9.   This international initiative for all grade levels K-8 is an introduction to computer science.  It is designed to demystify computer programming (coding) and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. C oding provides a foundation for all students to learn fundamental skills in metacognition, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and inquiry. They get lots of good learning while having fun! Many of our students love to play video games such as Minecraft which practices their critical thinking skills and collaboration, now they will get to learn how such games are designed and maybe design their own game!  Continue the learning at home as a family by investigating  to be a maker, creator or innovator.

Family Movie Night December 8th, 2016

Hi Westminster! Room 218 Grade 5/6P, is taking over the blog once more! We wanted to remind you about the Family Movie Night coming up soon on December 8th. It’s going to be lots of fun! How exciting is spending time with your friends & family watching a great movie and, enjoying lots of different snacks such as popcorn and even pizza! How much better can it be? So we hope to see you there at our Family Movie Night! Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. Movies start at 6:30 p.m. Pizza and snacks will be available for purchase. We are also having a Holiday Food Drive beginning Monday, December 5th to December 21st. So bring your non-perishable food items to contribute to our food drive at the Family Movie Night too.  

"You're the Chef" Equipment needed

As one of our Healthy Schools initiatives, Westminster is pleased to announce that we are planning to offer our students the "You're the Chef" after school cooking program. These sessions will teach basic cooking skills to a limited number of students in grades 5-8 that the whole family can enjoy. Stay tuned for registration forms going out in the new year. In the meanwhile we're getting ready and are looking for help with our essential cooking utensils. "You're the Chef" cooking sessions require basic cooking utensils and equipment. The following list is the type  of cooking equipment the classroom will need to prepare the recipes. The more equipment available in each station tbe more smoothly the lessons will run. We are asking for donations from our community to help gather the equipment posted below. Please take a moment to check which of the equipment below you may have access to and can donate to our school. Also, if you would like to volunteer