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New Hot Lunch Option Available

Westminster School Council is happy to offer a trial hot lunch option through Lunchbox Orders. Not familiar with Lunchbox Orders? Lunchbox Orders is a convenient, online ordering platform featuring local restaurants. An ordering calendar has been coordinated for the Westminster community and may be found at  Please note this is only for online payment. NO CASH.
All orders are submitted on the website and payment is processed on-line by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Visa Debit. Prepaid MasterCard and Visa cards are also accepted on the site. Astoria Shish Kebob House is scheduled for delivery every FRIDAY from May 5 – June 23. Check out the ordering calendar at The ordering calendar is NOW posted and OPEN for ordering.
How to Order: 1.Go online at and click on “ORDER LUNCH”. 2.Click on the green “sign up” button to register your family account. 3.In placing your first order for this school year, please add your child…

Character Assembly for "Empathy" and "Optimism"

Our character focus for March and April has been Empathy and Optimism. Two essential character traits to develop in our children and remind ourselves to demonstrate everyday.

On Friday, April 28th at 11:15 we will be honouring students who have demonstrated these traits at school. Our host class is Ms Beckles' grade 7/8 students. Parents are welcome to join us.

Backwards Spirit Day Friday April 28th!

Our Spirit day on Friday is all "sdrawkcab" backwards! Your children are invited to come school with their clothes on backwards and make each other laugh!

Funny day....yad ynnuf!

Scientist in the School for Gr. 1-3 is coming!

On April 26, we are excited to welcome the Scientist in the School program again, this time to support the Science curriculum in Grade 1-3.
There will be lots of hands-on learning going on for everyone and a great opportunity to enhance the Science program that is going on in our Primary classrooms. 
Grade 1-Structures under Construction Join our engineering team and build a structure capable of supporting yourself. Discover the concepts you will need to make this happen. Explore the role of fasteners with different materials using real tools. Examine a variety of natural and man-made materials and learn their properties. Build a framework and test it for strength and stability.
Grade 2-Move It! As masters of all that move, discover how simple machines make work easier. Motor along as you construct your own car while exploring wheels and axles. Go fishing to experiment with levers. Raise the flag using a pulley. Investigate wedges to discover what doorstops and airplanes have in common. …

Grade 3s are going to the Heritage House

Our Grade 3 students are excited about their chance to go back in time! Back to a time without cell phones, televisions, cars or even plastic bottles! On Tuesday they will be going to the Heritage House to get a glimpse of how life used to be during the time of the European pioneers in Canada. Children are encouraged to dress up for the occasion and bring litter-less lunches try to closely resemble pioneer life. Children will also experience a school setting of that era and see how much school has changed since that time too.

Have fun boys and girls on your trip to the past. What a cool way to learn about history! 

Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday April 26th

As everyone knows, the ladies in the school office at WPS are tops! If it's things like helping us order supplies, manage the budget, organize school events or provide our students with yummy apples or a needed bandaid, they always do it with a warm smile and caring attitude. We want them to know that their countless responsibilities and efforts on behalf of our students, parents and staff are very much appreciated. 

April 26th is Administrative Assistant Day and our opportunity to give Sylvia, Cheryl and Reannon a big thank you for all they do to keep our school running and our students and staff safe and happy!  If you see them in our school office or speak to them on the phone this week, please help us say THANK YOU!

We're getting an Outdoor Classroom!!

We wanted to bring our classroom outdoors so we're building an outdoor classroom! As part of our Eco Schools initiatives we know that an outdoor classroom will encourage our students and teachers to take their learning outdoors and enjoy nature while they learn. 

Our outdoor classroom will consist of two semi-circles of stone boulders and shade trees for a class to sit outside and learn. It will be installed on our property by the north school yard hopefully early next week weather permitting. Just in time for our Earth Day celebrations!

Thanks to our School Council for their efforts to raise funds and apply for an Eco Grant to support this initiatives! We know this will be enjoyed by our students for years to come especially now that the good weather is here!  Our students and community members are asked to please stay clear of this area until the installation is complete to ensure everyone remains safe to enjoy it once it is finished. 

Thank you!

Earth Day and 20-Minute Vaughan clean-up at WPS

Earth Day is everyday!

With spring having officially arrived, much of the garbage that was covered underneath snow is now littering our school yards, neighbourhood parks and our communities. 

Westminster will be a proud participant of the  20-Minute Vaughan Makeover that will be taking place across the city.  When weather permits, we're going out to clean up our yard, and adjoining community park. 

Members of the community are also encouraged to take 20 minutes out of their day and to pitch in the cleanup from home, work or school. With everyone pitching in together, we can clean up this world class city and enjoy the warm months ahead in a clean and healthy environment. Earth Day:International Earth Day is April 22!  How can you help our planet?

Yearbook Orders are due!

Don't forget to order your Yearbook! Orders are due by May 1st so hurry, hurry, hurry!!! 

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 2016/2017 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. 
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 …

Events this week

Reminders for our families: 

April 19th 7:00 p.m. - School Council Meeting  

April 20 6:30 p.m - Literacy Night and Author Visit  - Rock and Roll Literacy Performance 

See you there!

The Rock & Roll Literacy® Show April 20th

Remember to come out to our "Rock and Roll" Family Literacy Night and Author Visit. Canadian author Sigmund Brouwer is coming to Westminster P.S. Thursday, April 20th for an entertaining and educational evening event for all family members.  The Rock & Roll Literacy® ShowThe Rock & Roll Literacy® presentation was created for kids (and adults) of all ages. Sigmund Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write. Armed with music, humor and heart, he connects the dots for people who work with kids to cultivate reading and writing skills. Thank you to our School Council for applying for a Ministry grant to support this family learning event.  Performance April 20th 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Snacks available for purchase

Happy Easter and Good Friday!

Wishing all those in our community who celebrate Easter and Good Friday a healthy and happy celebration with family and friends.
A reminder that school is closed on Friday, April 14 for Good Friday and April 17 for Easter Monday. 

School Council Meeting April 19th 7:00 p.m.

We have our monthly School Council meeting tonight, Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. All parents/guardians are welcome and child care is available if needed.

Come and get involved in your child's school. Learn about what is happening and have your voice heard. 

See you there!

Such fun at Family Math Mania!

Our Family Math Mania was a great success last week. Families with children of all ages came out to experience math activities and learning first hand. Teachers and our Grade 8 student leaders prepared learning activities that demonstrated how math is all around us. We are doing math in everything we do such as art, music, sports, science, media and everyday problems. It's everywhere! We just need to help our children identify it.  

Parents and family members were shown how math instruction must change to ensure that our students are prepared for how we use math in the 21st century. This is so different from how many of us were taught as children. Here at Westminster and throughout York Region and Ontario, we are helping our students become comfortable and proficient problem solvers, collaborators and critical thinkers. 

Parents are asked to help us with our data collection by filling in this short survey to help us understand attitudes regarding math. Even if you were unable to att…

Day of Pink April 12th at WPS!

The International Day of Pink is a Canadian anti-bullying event held annually on the second Wednesday of April (April 12th, 2017). The event started when students saw another student, who was wearing a pink shirt, being bullied in their school, and deciding to show support for the student by getting everyone at their school to wear pink the following day. The initiative inspired youth who founded The International Day of Pink, an effort to support their peers internationally with resources and ways to make their schools safer. More than 8 million people participate each year - including Westminster P.S! We ask everyone to show your support by wearing pink (or red) on April 12th! More information can be found at 

Junior Basketball

Good luck to our Boys Junior Volleyball team at their tournament this Monday. Well done on all your practices and congratulations to all our boys who made the team and are representing our school so well. Thanks to coaches, Mr. Kaiman, Mr. Zuker and Ms. Beckles.
Go Wildcats!

Happy Passover!

Wishing all those in our community who celebrate Passover a healthy and happy celebration with family and friends. Hag Samach!

Parents for Children's Mental Health Support Groups

PARENTS’ Support Group  Does your child’s anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, learning disability, or behaviour challenges make parenting difficult? 
Benefits of PCMH Support Group: 
• meet other parents with children who have similar challenges 
• find encouragement and emotional support 
• learn strategies to help your child or youth at home/school 
• learn how to access resources in the community

When: every second Monday of every month in Aurora location below. For more information email
When: every second Tuesday of every month in Richmond Hill location below. For more information email

See flyer below or call the school for a copy. 

YRDSB Parent Symposium

Last week we were pleased to have representatives from our school council attend the YRDSB Parent Symposium. This event with an attendance of over 800 parents, staff, guests and students from all over York Region participated in a variety of workshops and heard interesting speakers all with the intention of finding innovative ways to support our schools and our students. It is widely known that parent involvement and engagement in a school community is key to successful learning for all students. Below are some of the sessions that we attended.  We look forward to sharing the insights we learned at our next School Council Meeting on April 19th, 7:00. Hope you can join us.  
Mindsets and Habits. The key to supporting your child's success in school and in life.  Summary:Based on the best-selling book by Stephen Covey, this Introduction to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will give parents the opportunity to explore practical leadership principles and mindsets their kids can ap…

Our Math Mania Night is coming April 6th

Dear Westminster Families, 

On Thursday, April 6th, 2017 we will be having our Family Math Night: Mathemania. We are excited to continue our learning together as a community. This experience is for families with children of all ages K-8. We hope you can join us!

Focus: Mathematical Experiences
Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner pizza/snacks for sale (while supplies last)
          6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Learning Overview Assembly 
          7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learning Activity Stations

Our Family Math Night offers you an opportunity to experience a variety of hands-on math activities with your child in a cooperative and fun environment! Get ready to have some fun and learn a few things too! Activities will range from Art, Math games, physical activities and much more. There are activities for ALL grade levels! There will be six stations in which you will be able to flow freely. After you have visited them you will get a stamp on your passport Your completed passpo…


April is a busy and educational month for the whole family! In April we are happy to be able to provide our Westminster families two evening events with great opportunities to have fun while learning together with your children. Please put the following dates in your calendar and get ready to come to school with your children of all ages in grades K-8.

April 6th - Family Math Mania Night! Beginning with an assembly to give you all an overview of our teaching and learning in Math, you will then move to different rooms with lots of fun activities connecting math with different aspects of real life. You will follow a Math Passport to experience different tasks in a type of math scavenger hunt and drop off your completed passport for a chance to win our final prize draw.  All events and centers will be run by our teachers and Grade 8 students so you know it will be fun and educational for everyone.   
April 20th - Family Literacy Night and Author Visit for "Rock and Roll Literacy Show&q…