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Orange, Black and Halloweeeeen....

Question: Did you ever wonder why the traditional colours of Fall and Halloween are orangeand black??   
Answer: Orange represents the harvest in the fall and black represents the darkness of the approaching winter.
...so now you know... Today we had our Spirit Day at WPS! Monday, October 31st! Happy Halloween!!!

Students were encouraged to wear orange and black or a costume.  Since not all our community celebrate Halloween, we were happy to see many participate in our colour spirit day instead. We hope all felt included and had fun for the season.  

Regular instructional programming continued throughout the day, however, the primary division Grade K-3  hosting a short parade through the school in the spirit of fun for Halloween and the fall season.. Their older student buddies upstairs loved to encourage them as they paraded along the halls upstairs.  

Our fun-loving staff also got into the spirit dressing up for the occasion and even took the time to share a pot-luck meal treat.  Even our …

Our Family Autumn Ball was lots of fun.... again!

Thank you to all those who attended our annual Family Autumn Ball and making it a huge success again. Each year we enjoy seeing the happy faces of young and old alike when they walk into our gym which has been transformed with colourful and glow- in- the- dark lights especially for our Autumn Ball. It's great to see children and adults dancing to the music together. Some came out in their Halloween costumes that delighted and intrigued but all came out to have fun! 

Thank you to our school council for their hard work putting on this family event. We hope that such community outreach events help our school community feel connected with one another and with our school. Also remember that every time you come out to these events you support your child's school through the admission fee and purchases. All proceeds from these events are fundraising for our school to support programs and upgrades for your children. So thank you for your support and hope to see you at all our school fa…

News from our Kindergarten Classes...

Our Kindergarten classes had a fabulous trip to Chudleigh’s Apple Farm! After the exciting bus ride, they had the opportunity to pick apples from the trees and learn some interesting apple facts. It was great to meet a whole bunch of farm animals, play in the hay and enjoy lunch in the fresh country air. A great time was had by all!
Last week, the Kindergarten classes walked over to the Dufferin-Clarke fire station to donate food that they have been collecting since Thanksgiving. They dropped the non-perishable food donations into the bin that is distributed amongst local food banks on a regular basis. 

This was wonderful experience for our students as they had the chance to learn about charity and the importance of giving back to those less fortunate then themselves. They also learned that by donating food, they are community helpers! Finally, we had a visit from a very special person, Mrs Schwartz our Kindergarten teacher from last year and her new baby Brooke Isabella came to say &quo…

October 31st Spirit Day and Primary Parade

This week, we will be learning about Halloween as one of the many celebrations recognized in our community during the month of October.  As you know, Halloween is an exciting time for some; yet we do acknowledge that it is not celebrated by all and not everyone will observe or participate in it. 
To encourage school spirit, our School Spirit Committee has planned a spirit day on Tuesday, October 31st where children are encouraged to wear the colours black and orange” or a “costumefor those children who celebrate Halloween. 
All primary classes will also be participating in a short parade through our school halls at 1:30 p.m.  At this time, the children may wear their costumes if they so wish or similar their spirit colours of orange and black.  We ask that you please avoid sending costume accessories such as replica weapons or masks to school as they are against our safety rules.  Please also be advised that treats and loot bags are not allowed at school. 
Aside from the planned spiri…

Bus Safety

Earlier this week, our students participated in a Bus Safety presentation and workshop. Members of our Transportation department and bus drivers came to speak to all ages regarding how to keep safe on and around our school buses. Students practice how to conduct a safe evacuation of the bus in the event of an emergency.

Our school bus drivers have an important job to transport our children to school and back home safely. Their main focus must be on the road and upcoming traffic. Children must remember to follow our safety rules and behave in a respectful manner at all times while on the bus. Otherwise, they contribute to distracting the bus driver and could cause a dangerous situation. Riding the bus is a privilege and children who do not adhere to these rules may lose the privilege of riding the bus. 
Please remind your children of all ages that they must follow all safety and behaviour rules while on the bus. These rules include:
follow direction and instruction from the bus driver at …

We're going to BORC!

Each year in York Region, students in Grades 2, 4 and Grade 7 get the opportunity to spend the day outdoors at  BORC, The Burrlington Outdoors Resource Centre in Kleinburg for educational lessons about nature. 

On Wednesday, October 25 our Grade 2 students got to learn about nature, animals and our environment during their day at BORC. On Thursday, October 26 our Grade 4s will be going to enjoy this learning in nature and on December 8th will be Grade 7s turn.  

Children are asked to dress appropriately for the weather.  The day will include both indoor and outdoor activities. More specific information about the day's activities was sent home to parents earlier. We're sure our students will have a fun-filled and educational day!

Our Family Autumn Ball is coming October 25th....

Remember to come out for our fabulous Family Autumn Ball Wednesday October 25th!  It is going to be an amazing community event and we hope we get a huge turn out like we did last year. DJ music, dancing and glow in the dark lights will be fun for all ages.  Come out and have enjoy dancing and singing with your family and friends. Reconnect with our school community and meet new members of our school family.   
Come out with your children for some yummy pizza, dancing and fun for all ages. The family fun is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Get in the spirit by wearing the fall colours orange and black, white to glow in the dark or costumes for the whole family. Snacks and glow toys will be on sale as well. Its $2 for admission and pre-ordered pizza packages available. 

For those coming with costumes, reminder that our safety policy does not allow masks and replica weapons at school. Thanks. 
See you there!

Invitation to Parenting Presentation

Blue Willow Public School Invites all parents and caregivers to join us for a free parent presentation.   A Simple Gift:   Emotional Regulation For parents of children birth to 12 years of age   
This presentation will provide information and practical strategies to help families about:  
Negative emotions (e.g., anger, sadness, fear, jealousy) and the difficult behaviours that may follow (e.g. temper tantrums, whining) are normal in young children. Not learning to manage negative emotions in the early years may result in later problems. You will learn about: 

 What is emotional regulation  Long term implications of negative emotions  The importance of learning about your child’s unique temperament, strengths and areas of improvement  Triggers that set off emotions  The 8 principles of emotional regulation and how you can teach you child to identify and cope with their feelings     
Location:  Blue Willow Public School          250 Blue Willow Dr.  L4L 1E1  
Date:         Thursday Novem…

Westmount Arts Program Open House October 19th

Grade 8 students and parents are invited to an Open House at Westmount Collegiate 
The Arts Westmount is a fun-filled YRDSB program for those students who want to continue their love of the arts in high school. We offer arts courses to artistically motivated students interested in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. Come to Westmount to experience high school through the arts!
Open House:  October 19th, 2017 Westmount Collegiate 1000 New Westminster Drive Thornhill 7:00 p.m.

PA day October 20th

A reminder that this Friday, October 20th is a P.A. Day for elementary schools in the York Region District School Board including Westminster P.S. Classes will resume on Monday. Wishing you a good weekend.

Happy Diwali!

To all families in our school community that celebrate Diwali, we want to wish you much joy and happiness during the Diwali festival! Happy Deepavali 2017

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated on October 18th.  Diwali (short for Deepavali, meaning 'line of lamps'), also known as the Festival of Lights is a Hindu, Sikh, and Jain festival that originated in India. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

4th Annual Family Autumn Ball October 25th

Our fabulous Annual Family Autumn Ball is coming up next week on October 25th!  It is going to be an amazing community event and we hope we get a huge turn out like we did last year.  
Come out with your children for some yummy pizza, dancing and fun for all ages. The family fun is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Get in the spirit by wearing the fall colours orange and black or costumes for the whole family. Snacks and glow toys will be on sale as well.

This year again, thanks to requests from student representatives, we're extending the dance from 8:00- 8:30 for grades 6-8 only.
Please remember to place your orders for dinner packages either online with our cash online registrar or send them in to the office by October 23rd so we can order enough for everyone.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

Tribal Vision Dance: Visions of Turtle Island October 16th

Westminster welcomes the Tribal Vision Dance (Visions of Turtle Island) performance on October 16th at 10:35 a.m.  We are exciting to provide this performance as part of the Arts/Athletics Enrichment package.
Students will explore First Nations history and traditions and confront stereotypes in this high-energy, multidisciplinary performance. Visions of Turtle Island includes live singing, dancing, and video and image presentations to help explain the dances and illustrate the cultural experience of First Nations peoples in Canada. The performance includes traditional Hoop Dance which embodies a message of interconnectedness.

We look forward to this interactive and exciting performance and learning more about the cultural experience of our First Nations peoples of Canada.

Thank you for your contributions to our Terry Fox campaign

Thank you to all those who sent in their $2 for our "Toonie for Terry" campaign or went online to make your donations. Together we collected $293.25 to go directly to the Terry Fox Organization for Cancer Research. You are welcome to continue making contributions online under our school at http://www.terryfox.ca/WestminsterPublicSchoolThornhill.

Sadly, many of us have been touched by this terrible disease either through family or friends that have had to combat this serious illness. We are happy to be able to help raise funds to try to find a lasting cure for cancer. 

Thank you!






Our Healthy Schools Committee

“The research is clear: healthy students are better prepared to learn, and education is a key determinant of health.”Ontario’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource (p.2)
As a designated Healthy School, Westminster has been working on bringing a focus on healthy living to our students and staff. Good health includes both physical and mental well-being with an emphasis on positive school climate to support student achievement socially, emotionally and academically.
Today, Ms.Porat, Ms. Yang and two of our intermediate Healthy School Committee members, Aryana, and Maisha attended a Healthy School’s Workshop with other schools from our Board. They got to participate in a variety of interactive workshops that covered enhancing mental health through Resiliency & Stress Management, Healthy Eating, and Physical Activity.
Students were introduced to school initiative ideas such as the Healthy Schools Student Club, a Lead-On workshop and participated in a fun activity on Communication…

Invitation to Parenting Presentation: Emotional Regulation

Our Westminster families are invited to...

Forest Run Public School  Invites all parents and caregivers to join us for a free parent presentation  

A Simple Gift:  Emotional Regulation For parents of children birth to 12 years of age   

Negative emotions (e.g., anger, sadness, fear, jealousy) and the difficult behaviours that may follow (e.g. temper tantrums, whining) are normal in young children. Not learning to manage negative emotions in the early years may result in later problems. 

This presentation will provide information and practical strategies to help families.    
You will learn about: 

What is emotional regulation Long term implications of negative emotions The importance of learning about your child’s unique temperament, strengths and areas of improvement Triggers that set off emotions The 8 principles of emotional regulation and how you can teach you child to identify and cope with their feelings   

Location:  Forest Run Public School   -  200 Forest Run Blvd., Concord L4K 5H3�…

Teen Read Week

With the support of the Canada council for the Arts, we are inviting your students to the Vaughan Public Libraries Event: Unleash Your Story, in celebration of Teen Read Week:
Saturday October 14, 2017 @ Pierre Burton Resource Library 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM
This is an afterhours event for teens only (grade 7 and up) that is all about unlocking your own story, and to celebrate those narratives that mirror your life.

The night will feature an author reading with Allan Stratton, who will talk about his new book “The way back home”. Followed by a writers’ workshop led by Deborah Kerbel, author of “Under the Moon”. Teens will have the opportunity to ask these authors questions about their books, the writing process, and more. We will close the night with a celebration of young adult literature.

Parenting Presentation Invitation

German Mills Public School  Invites all parents and caregivers to join us for a free parent presentation:   
Parenting Traps and Strategies For parents of children birth to 12 years of age   

This session explains how parents may get “trapped” in escalations and power struggles.  It explains why parents experience “defiance and non-compliance” when they ask or request their children to do something.  Understanding various traps and help parents learn ways to avoid these traps and develop age appropriate and do-able strategies.    

Location:  German Mills Public School          
61 Simonston Blvd. 
Thornhill, L3T 4R5  

Date:         Wednesday, October 11, 2017  
Time:         7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.     

Free child minding will be available    

To register please contact: Oksana Majaski, Community & Partnership Development Facilitator Oksana.majaski@yrdsb.ca  or 416-568-2252     

This presentation is brought to you by German Mills P.S. in partnership with Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and…

Cross Country Meet October 11

Our cross country team is excited to be heading to the Area Cross Country meet this Wednesday, October 11th. Our students from grade 4-8 have been practicing for the last few weeks to build up their stamina and speed and they're ready to compete against other schools in our area. Thanks goes to our coach, Mr. Zuker who has been working with our athletes. Parents of those who are on the team are reminded to send in permission forms.
Go Wildcats!

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all those celebrating Thanksgiving, we would like to wish you and your families a very happy celebration. To all our families we wish you a terrific long weekend! A reminder that there is no school on Monday.

See you on Tuesday!

World Teachers' Day October 5th

Celebrate World Teachers' Day 
Join me in wishing the wonderful teachers at Westminster a Happy World Teachers’ Day! Caring and supportive teachers like the ones who teach at our school can inspire greatness in students. 

Thank you for your commitment to the academic achievement and well-being of our students. You are very much appreciated for what you do every day.

EQAO Results

We were happy to see significant improvements in our EQAO results for our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students in 2016-2017. Students working to standard expectations in Reading, Writing and Mathematics from the previous year have improved by up to 28%. At Westminster, Math and Literacy coaches support our teachers to participate in professional learning opportunities and build their own learning and teaching strategies to support student growth. Innovative strategies such as our "Math Adventure" from last year, where children worked collaboratively with different classes and teachers to improve their problem solving abilities, proved beneficial. We trust that these and other strategies to support math and literacy skills will continue the improvements our students are making.

EQAO results are one of the many ways we measure student success and provide a snapshot of results across our Board and the province. EQAO data, along with other data sources, is used to inform school and board…

School Council Corner September

We were happy to see parents come out to our School Council meeting last week. Much information was presented about school initiatives by our Principal and teacher representatives. Parents were able to ask questions and hear how they could contribute to our school and their child's education.  
School Council elections were held and we are pleased to announce that our executive for the 2017-2018 year is:
Co-Chair:     Ellen Crackower and Edna Benaquen Treasurer:    Alice Ko Secretary:    Brandi Sherman and Mark Burton
We also had parents sign up for several committees to help on different projects throughout the year. We always need more help to make things happen smoothly. If you are interested in helping with one of these committees, or have any other ideas to support the school, please send Ellen a quick email at  ellen@eigenmachtcrackower.com
Committees included:  Community OutreachParent OutreachFundraisingSpirit WearHot Lunches GrantsFAMILY AUTUMN BALL: As you know our first Commun…

Our Terry Fox Walk/Run

Our Terry Fox Run/Walk was very exciting on Friday! It started with a terrific Character Assembly on "Courage" hosted by Mrs. Einhorn's 1/2 class.  
This was supposed to be followed by an invigorating walk/run outside....after a day of indoor recess, we were so happy to be able to go outside....but then it started to rain again! So we continued our walk/run in our hallways and gym...

Thank you to all those who sent in their $2 for our "Toonie for Terry" campaign.You are welcome to continue to do so next week, or preferably, you can go to make contributions online at www.terryfox.org to sponsor our school or a student at our school.These funds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. Unfortunately, many of us have been touched by this terrible disease and we are happy to be able to help raise funds to try to find a lasting cure for cancer. 

Thank you!