June 27, 2018. Dear Families, We would like to thank all the
students, families and our hard working, committed staff who have made this
year at Westminster P.S. such a rewarding one.On behalf of the school, we would like to also say a special thank you
to our School Council for their continued support and encouragement of our children
and the school. To our graduates, best wishes as
you head off to your secondary schools.You have contributed greatly to our school and you will always be a part
of the Westminster Public School family.To the members of our community who are moving, thank you for your
contributions to the school and best wishes in your new community. June is a time for good byes – Ms.
Beckles, Ms. Cilia, Mr. Hainschwang, Mrs. Moliterni, Ms. Sentheyval, and Ms.
Shani will be leaving Westminster P.S.We wish them the best of luck in their new schools.You will all be greatly missed.Remember, once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat! The 2018-2019 school year begins
on Tuesday, September …
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School ends today at 11:25 a.m. Thank you to all of our students for learning with us this year. Thank you to all of our families for your support.
Best wishes for a wonderful summer and see you in September!
We have a number of clothing and lunch items in our Lost and Found. All classrooms will be visiting the Lost and Found before the last day of school to identify missing items. Any items not claimed by the end of the day on Thursday, June 28th will be donated. Parents attending the Talent Show this evening are encouraged to also review the items in the Lost and Found, on display on the way into the gym.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Today, we honour and celebrate the role of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Canada.
Starting from Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Westminster’s Clothing Drive will be taking place. Mr.Kaiman’s class is collecting gently used clothing for Diabetes Canada. Diabetes Canada collects clothing and gives it to Value Village to sell. All the profits made from sales go to Diabetes Canada research and funding for kids with diabetes to go to camp. Your donations will help support 11 million people with diabetes and prediabetes. The clothing drive will go on until Tuesday, June 26. Students can drop off clothing during school hours. Clothing can also be dropped off before the Talent Show on Thursday, June 21 from 6-6:30pm. You can donate clothing such as: Shirts Pants Coats Scarves Mittens Hats Shoes Winter clothing is preferable, but all gently used clothing is acceptable. Mr.Kaiman’s class will be hosting a party for the class that brings the most clothing. The party will be an hour long in the gym and will include snacks, dancing, music, dodgeball, and lots of fun partying. You have one wee…
A reminder that our Talent Show is taking place this Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is not to be missed! Free entry and donations to our winter clothing drive would be greatly appreciated.
We hope to see you there!
Eid-ul-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Muslim calendar, and marks
the end of the month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims who had been observing Ramadan break
the fast and celebrate its conclusion.
The day traditionally begins early with a prayer ceremony at the community mosque. Since this
is a day to celebrate the renewal of one's commitment to Islam, people may wear new clothes as
a symbol of fresh beginnings. Families typically visit one another and exchange good wishes,
hugs and handshakes and homes are often decorated to reflect the festive atmosphere of this
On this festive and meaningful occasion for many members of the Islamic community, we join
you in wishing staff, students and parents, a happy celebration
The events at the Junior Track and Field meet are running a little behind. Students will be arriving back at the school closer to 5 p.m. Parents are welcome to pick up their children at the event location (VSS) but are reminded to check-in with school staff BEFORE leaving.
Good luck to our Junior students competing at today's Area Track and Field Meet.
The Intermediate Area Track and Field Meet, scheduled for tomorrow, has now been POSTPONED because of possible inclement weather to Thursday, June 14th. The location remains the same.
Thank you to Ms. Beckles, Mr. Zuker and Mr. Feldman for supporting our students at these events!
Tomorrow is the Provincial Election and we are once again a community polling station. As a result, our school and parking lot will be busier than normal. Please continue to exercise caution and safety when entering and exiting the school.
All schools in the York Region District School Board are
committed to improving student achievement and well-being.On Thursday,
June 28, 2018, an early release day will take place to allow elementary
teachers and support staff to take part in meetings during the afternoon of
that day.These meetings will allow for
school staff to engage in culminating activities regarding the review and
revision of the School’s Improvement Plan as well as year-end and transition
activities that support student success. As has been our practice in the past, students will attend
school during the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018 only.Students will be dismissed early that day at 11:25 a.m.Arrangements will be made to ensure that students who are normally bused
to and from school will receive transportation at this time.Parents/guardians whose children attend after
school child care should make appropriate arrangements to address this change
Wesak, is the most important festival of the year for the Buddhist community. It is the observance that
commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Final Nirvana of the Buddha. Wesak falls on the full
moon day of the fifth month of the year. This year Wesak falls on May 29th.
It is said that during the full moon of Taurus, Buddha descents from his high place to bestow spiritual
blessings on the world. It is thought that at this time, great expansions of consciousness which are not
possible at other times become possible, and that energies are transmitted that assist humanity in taking
the next steps on the path of spiritual growth.
Wesak is celebrated in a number of ways around the world. There is often the ceremonial release of
small creatures, such as birds or turtles, as a symbol of the Buddha's compassion for all things. A statue
of the baby Buddha may be bathed in a ritual commemorating his birth. Dharma talks are given, often
on the eight precepts (teachings of Buddhism), sinc…