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New Year's Day

January 1 marks the New Year in the Gregorian calendar, and is celebrated by many communities world-wide.
Korean New Year was originally a lunar festival, called Son-nal, held at the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice (December 21 or 22). Nowadays, New Year's is often celebrated on the solar New Year, January 1st. Many Korean families use this day to honor ancestors, have special food, and play traditional games.
Oshogatsu (January 1-3) is an important festival for many Japanese people. Some gather with friends and families to say good-bye to the old year at forgetting parties. They also say hello to the New Year. Many Japanese, some of whom practice Shintoism, welcome in the New Year with prayers for renewal of hearts, good health, and prosperity.
In North America, January 1 has become a day for Buddhists of all schools to attend a special service in the local temple.
For many people, New Year's Eve is a secular holiday and has become an occasion for l…


Kwanzaa is a cultural observance created in 1966 to celebrate African inspired traditional values and African American ancestry and heritage. Kwanzaa ("first fruits of the harvest" in Swahili) is being observed by increasing numbers of African Canadian families.
On each day of the week during Kwanzaa, a candle is lit in a seven-branched candelabrum called a kinara, to represent one of the seven principles celebrated during Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Children often receive educational and cultural gifts, and the week may end with a great feast - the Kwanzaa Karamu - followed by dance, music and readings.


December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches, such as the Ukrainian Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas on January 7.
For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God, and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January.
Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, or the Day of the Three Kings. Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed my many non-Christians. Many celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family …

Lunchbox Orders - Program Cancelled

Dear Parents,
This is to inform you that due to low student enrollment in LunchBox orders we have to cancel this program for the rest of the school year.  The week of December 17th to 21st will be the last week you can place your orders.  
If you have any other suggestions in any other lunch programs please let us know.
Thank you, WPS School Council

Support our School through FlipGive!

Dear Parents This year we want to make our fundraising efforts for Westminster Public School a lot easier by using a service called FlipGive. With FlipGive we can ask for donations, shop online with popular brands like Walmart, Apple, Under Armour or buy gift cards to restaurants and our School will earn cash!
You can check their website here:
THEN......Join our School now using our invite code GG4WDH in one of 2 ways:
1. Download the FlipGive app at
2. Join online at
Remember to use FlipGive before you shop online so we'll earn cash back. If you make a purchase in the next 7 days our school will receive a $5 bonus!

Crossing Guard Needed!

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
The City of Vaughan is hiring School Crossing Guards. Currently there is vacancy at Westminster Public School (Milner Gate and Mullen Drive“L-Shape” North and East Sides).As you can imagine, the safety of children is paramount, and the community is urgently feeling the impact of the vacancies.
The program typically runs from September to June each year. Guards are required to work 2 or 3 shifts per day (lunch hour coverage may be required at limited locations).Guards are paid for a minimum of 3 hours per day. The rate of pay as of January 1, 2018 is $14.00 per hour, to be $15.00 per hours as of January 1, 2019.Those travelling farther than 5km receive a flat rate of $4.00 per day for travel (to be increased to $6.00 in January 2019).
Full training on proper procedure and health and safety matters, as well as proper attire and equipment are provided for all Crossing Guards.Anyone wishing to apply should be able to speak some English, have sound judgment in deali…

Chanukah Begins - December 2

Chanukah, the Jewish "Festival of Lights," also known as the "Feast of Dedication," begins at sunset. In Judaism, Chanukah is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah the Maccabee for religious freedom and rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C.E. and to celebrate the power of God and the faithfulness of Israel. During the celebration, the eight candles of the menorah, the Chanukah lamp, are lit one day at a time. Card-playing is traditionally associated with the festival, as is spinning the dreidel (a spinning top). Schools will be acknowledging the festival through a variety of activities that promote learning and understanding for all students. We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who will be lighting the menorah in their homes a joyful time of sharing.

Bathurst Clark Resource Library 25th Anniversary

Eye See Eye Learn - Year 1 (JK) Vision Program

Children born in 2014 are eligible only until June 30, 2019 to participate in the Eye See...Eye Learn® program for the 2018-19 school year.

If required, Eye See...Eye Learn® will provide one pair of glasses, courtesy of our participating optometrists and corporate partners Plastic Plus and Modern Optical Canada. The frames are fashionable and are made with high quality and impact resistant polycarbonate lenses. The estimated value of the glasses is over $250.

Find a participating optometrist near you and book your child's Eye See...Eye Learn® eye exam.
Participating doctors will have Eye See...Eye Learn Doctor next to their name.

For more information in different languages,click here.

Book Fair - Extended Hours!

Due to an overwhelming request, our Book Fair has been extended until Wednesday, November 28th.  Sales will be offered during LUNCH RECESS ONLY, per the following schedule:

Tuesday -- Gr 1 to Gr 3s.

Our FDK students will be accompanied by staff during instructional time.

Wednesday -- Grades 4-8.

Students will need to have their money with them to make their purchases. Once finished, they will proceed outdoors for regular recess.  As with the ever-changing weather, students need to be dressed appropriately for outdoor play.

Fresh from the Farm - Order Pick-up November 28

Fresh From the Farm orders will be arriving on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018. Please ensure your orders are picked up the SAME DAY between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
We want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for participating in this fundraising event and helping to support our students and local farmers. We hope you enjoy your orders!
Sincerely, WPS School Council

Grade 3 Gifted Screening - November 28-30

Our Grade 3 students will be undertaking the "Gifted Screening Activities" during the period of Nov 28th - 30th (Wednesday - Friday).
Please ensure students arrive to school on-time during this period. Any appointments that may be required, should be booked for after lunch.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Front Office.

Grade 7 trip to Milne Outdoor Education Centre

The Grade 7s will be going to Milne Outdoor Education Centre on MONDAY, NOV 26th, 2018. Please ensure your child has a LITTER-LESS SNACK & LUNCH, and a WATER BOTTLE. It is expected that the students will be OUTDOORS ALL DAY, so please DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER. The students will be departing from the school as soon as the bell goes -- PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME; they will return for regular school dismissal.

Windows Replacement

Dear Families,
Our long-awaited window replacement project will soon begin!
We will be attempting to keep disruptions to students and our community at a minimum, but we will certainly appreciate your support and patience over the next few weeks.
Construction begins at the west side (primary tarmac area) of the school on Monday, November 26th.  Equipment being used by the construction team will be fully fenced off from students. Throughout this week, the junior basketball courts will be out of bounds, and large areas of the primary tarmac will also be inaccessible.  At times, we may need to divert students to enter through a different set of doors.  We may also have to temporarily relocate teachers and students to accommodate the construction. We will continue to have full supervision of students at the morning bell and will also have supervision during construction at the end of the day.
Once the windows on the west side of the school are replaced, construction will move to the south side…

Raising Innovators and Entrepreneurs - Workshop for grade 7 & 8 Students and Families

Swiss Chalet Hot Lunch - November 29th!

Thursday November 29th - Swiss Chalet
Your School Council is excited to let you know that Swiss Chalet will be offered for delivery on the Lunchbox Orders Calendar for Thursday November 29th.
The menu will feature: 2 Mini chicken sandwiches -             $10.00 Kids Quarter Chicken -white meat  - $10.25 Kids Quarter Chicken -dark meat   - $10.00 Baked Potato and Garden Salad  -   $7.00 Chicken Noodle Soup (*oz cup)   -    $4.75
All hot meals are served with a side of Chalet sauce and your choice of baked potato, rice, corn or steamed vegetables.
Orders for Swiss Chalet may be placed until Sunday, November 25th at noon.
Go online at  to place your order.
With every meal purchased, a donation is made to Westminster Public School to  support student programs at school.
Thank you for your support!

Reminder - Every Student Counts Survey

Dear Families, A reminder that your child (K-6) received information lasts week about the Every Student Counts Survey.  The survey can be completed online any time between November 12th and November 30th.  The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, but the information shared will be very helpful for both school and board planning.  Students in grades 7 and 8 will be completing the survey this week at school. Please let the office know if you have any questions.

Human Rights Commissioner's Office

York Region District School Board is committed to creating safe, equitable and inclusive learning and working environments. As part of this commitment, the Board established a Human Rights Commissioner’s Office (HRCO).
The HRCO was created in response to a growing awareness that a space was needed within the school board environment to effectively address issues of discrimination and harassment specific to the Human Rights Code.
The HRCO is an arms-length office for Human Rights Code compliance under the Board’s Human Rights Policy.
The HRCO website provides the YRDSB community access to important information related to human rights, a confidential complaint reporting process and contact information for the office.
The website can be found at

Blog Ending December 21

With our school board moving to full use of the EDSBY communication tool, this blog will no longer be updated after December 21st, 2018.
If you do not yet have access to EDSBY, please contact the school office for information.

School Bus Cancellations

Every Student Counts Survey

Dear Families,
Children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 received information today about the Every Student Counts Survey.  Please check your child’s school/communication bag for directions on how to complete the survey and your child’s unique survey code (K-6 students).
The survey can be completed online any time between November 12th and November 30th.  The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, but the information shared will be very helpful for both school and board planning. 
Students in grades 7 and 8 will be completing the survey electronically at school in the next two weeks.
If you have any questions, please contact the office.

School Council Survey

Our School Council is hard at work planning fundraising events for this school year.  We would love to hear your feedback as to what events you are interested in so that we can focus our efforts.  Funds raised will go towards purchasing additional resources that will directly benefit your child here at Westminster.  This survey will take less than 3 minutes to complete.  We appreciate your feedback!
Please visit the link below to complete the survey:

Student-Led Conferences - Book Starting Tomorrow via EDSBY

A reminder to all families that the Parent - Teacher Interviews/Student Led Conference schedule opens tomorrow at 8 am for booking. An invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email. You can find further information and a helpful video at the following website: Should you have any questions, please contact the office and we would be happy to help.

Booking Student-Led Conferences on EDSBY

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Dear Parents / Guardians:
Westminster PS is pleased to announce that we will be using an online process through Edsby to manage our Parent Teacher Interviews/Student Led Conferences scheduled for Nov 22 & 23, 2018.
Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families.
Families will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler for their child’s teachers for Student Led Conferences. Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened on November 7th will have access. For help signing up for Parent-Teacher interviews/Student Led Conferences, please visit
If you require assistance in setting up your Edsby account, or have any questions about the booking process, please contact our ma…



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. Diwali signifies many different things to different people. For most Hindus, Diwali is dedicated to the Goddess of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. In Bengal, Diwali honours the goddess Kali. For Sikhs, the festival commemorates the return of the sixth guru to the Holy city of Amritstar after his release from detention. For the Jain community, it commemorates the passing into Nirvana of Mahavira. It also may be the beginning of a new year for farmers who plant their  crops after Diwali, as well as for business people and merchants who traditionally settle all accounts on this day and begin the new financial year. Everywhere it is celebrated, it signifies the renewal of life.  To celebrate this joyous and important festival, people get tog…

Flu Shot Information

Hallowe'en Spirit Day Tomorrow

Dear Families
Tomorrow is our Hallowe'en Spirit Day!
Students are encouraged to wear bright fall colours (red, yellow, orange, etc.) or orange and black.  If they would like, students may also choose to wear a costume.  We encourage students to bring their costumes with them to change into later in the day.  This will help ensure that students can engage in active play at recess and at lunchtime.
As a reminder, if a student chooses to wear a costume, the costume needs to:
-be an appropriate length so students don't trip, especially if playing outside
-include just the costume - NO ACCESSORIES especially anything that looks like a weapon
-have easily seen faces - NO MASKS
Please refrain from sending in any additional food treats for the class.
Finally, for those families who will be trick or treating tomorrow evening, please remember that we are a NUT SAFE school.  Please help ensure the safety of all of our students by being vigilant in checking your child's lunches and sn…

Upcoming Parent Workshops

Student-Led Conferences - this year on EDSBY!

Family/staff interviews are set for the evening of Thursday November 22, 2018 and the morning of Friday November 23, 2018. This year we will use of an online process through Edsby to manage our interview scheduling.

Edsby is an intuitive, cloud-based platform that will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. YRDSB in partnership with Edsby have created a secure platform that protects the privacy of information for our YRDSB families.

Families will need to create an Edsby account to access the online appointment scheduler for their child’s teachers for interviews. Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened November 7th will have access. For more information on EDSBY please see

If you have not yet registered, you will receive an email from York Region District School Board with instructions on how to create an Edsby account. If you do not see the email, please check your junk mail f…

Message from the Lunch Lady

Dear Parents It is that time of year again!  One day we are still in shorts and thinking winter will never come, and then all of a sudden it’s here!
IF THE BUSES ARE CANCELLED ON A LUNCH LADY SERVICE DAY– THERE IS NO LUNCH LADY DELIVERY!   You will need to pack a lunch from home for your child. All Lunch Orders will be CANCELLED and credited to your Lunch Lady Account. Please Email lavinia@thelunchlady.caif you have any questions.  

School Council Meeting Tonight - Please Join Us! Babysitting Available 6:30-8:00

EQAO - Save the Dates

Dear Grade 3 and 6 Families, 
From Tuesday, May 21, 2019 to Friday, May 31st, 2019, students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 will participate in the Education Quality Accountability of Ontario province-wide testing, known as EQAO. These tests are administered to all students in Ontario and provide the Ministry of Education and the public with information about how children are performing in Language Arts and Mathematics. 
Please avoid scheduling any vacations, appointments or other absences during this time. Thank you for your support. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Upcoming Legalization of Cannabis

As of October 17, 2018, it will be legal for individuals 19 and older to buy, use, possess
and grow recreational cannabis. It remains illegal for anyone under the age of 19. This
is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.
Regardless of age, cannabis is not allowed on school property or at
school-related events at any time.

It is illegal for anyone regardless of age to smoke or vape any substance, including

● at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds
● on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds
● in child care centres, or where an early years program is provided
● in places where home child care is provided – even if children aren’t present

There will be consequences for students if they are believed to be in possession or
under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or cannabis. Suspension will be considered.
There are exceptions if the medicinal use of cannabis is outlined in t…

Fresh from the Farm Fundraiser - Orders due Sunday!

LunchBox Orders

4th Annual Autumn Ball

Westminster School Council is holding their 4th annual Autumn Ball.  There will be a live DJ and pizza and snacks! You can wear a child friendly costume.  Please remember that this is NOT a drop off event. Parents must be present to supervise their children at all times.

When: Wednesday, October 24th  Time:   6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Westminster P.S. 

Cheese Pizza: $3 per slice  or $5 for 2 slices
Kosher Pizza:  $5 per slice or $8 for 2 slices
Water:  $1 per bottle
Admission:  $3 per child or $5 for 2 children Parents/Guardians are FREE.
Buy your pizza online at schoolcashonline.  Please place your orders by Sunday, October 21st
The funds raised from our events goes towards enhancing the school environment with the purchase of technology, athletic equipment, books, and special events and programs like “Scientists in the School.”

We look forward to seeing you all there! 
Glenn Gould 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:Glenn Gould Public School 675 Vellore Park Ave., Woodbridge L4H 0G5
Date:Thursday October 18, 2018.
Time:6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Autumn Ball!

Fundraiser - Fresh From the Farm!

Orange Shirt Day - September 30

Since the date of September 30, 2018 falls on a Sunday, our board will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Friday September 28, 2018 in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the future generations.

The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973. Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform. Webstad has felt the impact of that event long after it occurred, “that feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first …

IB Information Night

Meet the Staff Night - Wed., October 10th 6-8 p.m.

We cordially invite all Westminster PS families to our Meet the Staff Evening on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

This is an evening for families to meet our amazing staff and to discover more about what their child will be learning this year.  You will have an opportunity to hear about the curriculum, learning skills, and classroom routines and how home and school can work together to support our students. Please note that staff are always available should you need to reach them to discuss your child’s progress.

Staff will be presenting information at two different times - 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Both presentations will be about 15 minutes long and will be the same, allowing families with more than one child attending our school to meet all their children's teachers.  In between presentations will be time to look around your child(ren)'s classrooms and explore the school.

At 7:00 p.m., all families are invited to the gym for a special presentation on…

Every Child Counts Survey

September2018  DearFamilies, Studentvoice is importantto us.In November2018,the YorkRegion DistrictSchool Board will invite all studentsto participate intheEveryStudentCounts Survey(ESCS).Thepurpose ofthiscensussurvey istobetterunderstandYRDSB’sdiverse studentpopulation aswell as students’ experiences in schoolandoutsideofschool.The surveyresultswill be used tohelp improve ourschoolsand to:
●Identifyandeliminate systemicbarrierstostudentsuccess;