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Showing posts from December, 2017


Wishing all my Westminster friends a fond farewell. 
Merry everything and happy always!
Love, Mrs. Joseph

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year To all!

Wishing all our Westminster families who celebrate Christmas a happy holiday! We hope everyone makes many wonderful memories with your family and friends.  
To all, we want to thank you for your kind words, season greetings, yummy treats and gifts. Your kindest is much appreciated. 

From all WPS, we wish everyone a happy and healthy winter break and a wonderful New Year! May 2018 be filled with good will and compassion for all our children, families and staff. School is closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 8, 2018.

With much love,
Mrs. Joseph and the Westminster Staff

Winter Break Equity Assembly

The Equity Team and Intermediate students have been working hard to prepare for this week. Friday's Winter Break Equity Assembly will mark the culmination of an inquiry task the 7/8's have been working on over the past few weeks.  

Their goal was to bring awareness to the different ways people observe or celebrate around this time of year. We hope that all staff and students make a personal connection and/or see themselves represented throughout week in the different activities and presentations. 

The question developed that formed their inquiry was: 'What significance do traditions and celebrations observed by people throughout the world around the winter break have on various cultures and/or religions?'  In addition to learning the factual history of more than 25 celebrations throughout the world, they were required to make judgments on the significance they have had historically and the role they play today.  They have come to some amazing conclusions - many of which …

Volleyball anyone?

At Westminster students from our Junior Volleyball Team have been busy at their lunch time practices. They've been learning proper volleyball technique from their coaches Mr. Zuker and Ms Beckles as well as their Grade 7/8 student assistant coaches. Our focus on good sportsmanship is key for all our sports activities and we're proud of our students for showing excellent sportsmanship!  All those who have come out to practices will be playing in our own house league tournaments. In January, a Junior volleyball team will be chosen to represent our school at the area tournaments. 

In the meantime, everyone is having lots of fun playing the game.  We are also very excited to be hosting our annual WPS Student Vs Staff Volleyball game this Friday with the whole school watching to cheer us on....we wonder who will win?? Go Wildcats!!

A Message from our new Principal!

We welcome Westminster's new Principal, Mrs Murray. Please see her message below: 

My name is Melissa Murray and I am thrilled to be joining the staff of Westminster Public School as Principal in January of 2018.
I am passionate about learning and people. I’ve been an administrator in the North area of the Board for the past three years, and have enjoyed working in the WJ Watson (Keswick), Black River (Sutton) and Sutton Public School communities.
Prior to entering administration, I was a Curriculum Consultant with the Board, supporting our K-12 school libraries, literacy, social studies, and modern learning.  Before that, I taught grades 4-8, Special Education and library in both York Region and Toronto.
Along with being a proud educator, I’m an even prouder parent of two children, one in secondary school and one graduating this year from elementary school. My husband and I love our north Richmond Hill community, and especially appreciate how close we are to parks and walking paths t…

Thank you children....

This week at our Character Assembly, I had the pleasure of receiving presentations from all my students and staff from Kindergarten to Grade 8 congratulating me for my upcoming retirement. I was touched by the lovely words and beautiful pictures that each class prepared for me which was put together in a memorable scrap book. I was also touched by the presentation from parents of our School Council. I am so very grateful for the opportunity that I have enjoyed these last few years working with this wonderful WPS community.  Thank you!   Love, Mrs. Joseph

Happy Hanukkah!

To all our families who celebrate Hanukkah, we wish you a happy and enjoyable celebration full of light and happiness with your family and friends!

Character Assembly on Honesty and Empathy

On December 11th we will be having a double Character Assembly to remind us of two important character traits "Honesty" and "Empathy" and to honour those children who have demonstrated these traits. Ms Yang and Ms Barrett's Grade 4/5 classes are hosting this assembly and will be sharing their thoughts on how to demonstrate these traits at school and at home. 

We are all reminded of the importance of continuously developing positive character traits in our children and always modelling how we hope that they will behave with others ourselves. Thank you.  honesty /ˈɑːnəsti/noun :the quality of being fair and truthful:the quality of being honest
"Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity."  Em·pa·thy

noun: empathy                               "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another"
To help our students understan…

Having fun and learning at BORC!

Our Grade 7 class will be enjoying a day at BORC, Outdoor Education centre this Friday, December 8, 2017.  With hands-on artifacts and experiences, students have the opportunity to learn about the life and times of our early settlers and how they worked with the land. Last year, Mr. Kaiman got to try on an official Hudson's Bay trapper you recognize the colours?    N’wiiwijnookiimin “We learn together”

When learning of Canada's history whether in the classroom or at experiential learning environments such as BORC, we start by acknowledging that we are on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, whose presence here continues to this day. We also would like to acknowledge that Westminster PS is located on the lands subject to the Toronto Treaty #13 and the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We thank them and other Indigenous peoples for sharing this land with us. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Ge…

National Day of Observance

To mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. 

All YRDSB schools are asked to lower the Canadian flag to half staff at the end of the school day on Tuesday, December 5th, and then raise to full staff on Thursday, December 7th.

Our Modern Learning Club motivates collaborative learning and curiosity...

Our students are encouraged to continue their coding skills at our Modern Learning Club which meets in the library at lunch recess. At this extremely popular club our students are given the opportunity to engage in activities that they find of interest to stimulate their curiosity and problem solving skills. Those that participate quickly spread out throughout the library and pick the activity that they are most interested in doing. Our Makers Space is very popular and allow for individual student inquiry and experiementation. Some choose to build with Lego or blocks while others built communities on Minecraft on IPads or create their own code on the computers. All enjoy collaborating and sharing with their peers.  

Donations of Lego, Lego kits, gears or any building games to add to our collection would be greatly appreciated! If you have any that your family is no longer using, our students would love more and will make good use of them here. Thanks!

Our Hour of Code

Westminster will be participating in our 4th annual “Hour of Code” this week when our students learn about coding and are instructed on how to code.  

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. Coding 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.

Message From Our Trustee

In November, about 1,000 students, staff members and community partners came together from across the Board to form a Ring of Peace and stand together against hate, discrimination and intolerance. The student speakers at the event shared meaningful messages about the importance of feeling welcome, valued and respected.
At York Region District School Board, we are committed to listening to the voices of our students and communities. We will continue working with our school communities to ensure our schools provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for everyone.
Last month, our annual Quest conference brought together educators from across Ontario, Canada and around the world to share, learn and discuss how to foster well-being in schools. Some of the themes covered included equity and inclusivity, and safe and caring environments.
It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the positive things happening in our own schools and other districts. In recent months, we…