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Ballet Creole

Westminster will be hosting an arts performance titled Toukande by Ballet Creole on February 5th at 1:15pm (K-8). "Ballet Creole’s exhilarating dances open up a world where music and movement inspire and motivate. Toukande is a special presentation for Black History Month that explores the vibrant cultural heritage of Guinea’s Malinke people!"

Valentine's Day Cookies!

Westminster Public School will be selling cookies for Valentine’s Day delivery for $2.00 each. Your child can order cookies for themselves and their friends. Labels will be available for your child to decorate during lunch hour the week of Valentine’s Day. Cookies will be purchased from the Terra Cotta Cookie Company and are nut free. Cookies need to be pre-ordered . A limited supply of cookies will be available for sale the week of Valentine’s Day for purchase during morning recess (Feb. 12, 13 and 14). Please order using https://yrdsb.schoolcashonline.com and return this form to school by Monday, February 5, 2018.

Bell Let's Talk Day

Today's the day we break the silence—and talk about mental health. For every Tweet using #BellLetsTalk, Bell Canada will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives. So speak up, speak out, and end the stigma. Let's talk.

Literacy Event on Wednesday!

Our Literacy Event is coming up this Wednesday! Please join us to hear our "stories" as told through our artifacts. The event begins at 10:35 a.m. and all are welcome! We will be celebrating our January Character Award winners at the assembly as well.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This date was designated by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in November, 2005. The day is an international memorial day for the victims of the Nazi holocaust, which saw the murder of 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma people, and 15000 people who were LGBTQ. January 27 was selected because it is the date when the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945. Each year, Canadians and individuals all over the world take this opportunity to remember the victims of the atrocities of the Holocaust and reflect on the dangers of antisemitism.

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. Please see the Family Literacy Day website for literacy activities you can do with your children today!

Police Chief for a Day!

Literacy Event January 31st!

Dear Families, Westminster’s Equity Team is excited to host our annual Literacy Event taking place on January 31st, 2018 between 10:35 am and 12:15pm. We invite you to join us for this curriculum connected event which will emphasize equity, well-being and identity through the art of storytelling. It will begin with a whole school assembly followed by a collaborative task with another class in the school. We ask that your child bring in an item prior to the event that represents their identity that they can share the story of. This artifact can represent anything that your child identifies as being important (i.e.: something that reflects your family's culture, such as a blanket or toy handmade by a family member, or perhaps a special piece of art). Homeroom teachers have created a place in their classroom for these artifacts to be safely displayed and celebrated. We ask that artifacts that are valuable or have special sentimental value are shared through the use of a photo…

See the School Calendar!

We've now added a link to our school calendar on the blog. Our calendar is updated daily and includes information on PA Days, school events, the day of the cycle and more. You can access the calendar from the main page by clicking "School Calendar" (beside "Home") or by clicking here.

Junior Volleyball Team

Congratulations to our Junior Volleyball team who finished third in yesterday's tournament. Our students once again demonstrated excellent perseverance, losing the first two games but fighting back to win the third and making it into the semi-finals. Way to go, Wildcats!

Letter from our new Director

Monday, January 15, 2018 Dear Families, I am honoured and privileged to be joining York Region District School Board and to focus on what is best for students. I have held many positions in my career in a large district school board including teacher, Principal and Superintendent roles, and more recently as Director of Special Education at the Ministry of Education. I look forward to supporting our students and their families and our staff members with my knowledge, skills and passion for student well-being. As we begin the New Year, I want to express my gratitude for the dedication of our staff and families to our schools and students. Schools play such an important role in the lives of our students – whether that is ensuring they have a safe pathway in the yard, supporting their personal needs, teaching them, keeping track of attendance, leading their school, or ensuring we are actively engaged in their learning. Being new to the Board, my priority will be to listen and learn from …

Inclement Weather Day - Buses and Taxis Cancelled

Today is an inclement weather day.  All school transportation is cancelled, including taxis and buses.
The school is OPEN and classes will continue as scheduled.
If your child attends today please send him/her with a lunch.
For safety reasons, you may choose whether or not to send your child to school; however, if you keep him/her home you MUST call the school and report the absence.
If you bring your child to school and s/he normally takes the school bus you must also provide transportation home for your child today at 2:55 p.m. dismissal. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee - Community Conversations

Please see the information below for details about upcoming Community Conversations about:1) those marginalized by low income and class-based discrimination and 2) actions taken by YRDSB following Ministry Review to support the learning of students of African descent and their families.










January is Tamil Heritage Month

On October 5, 2016, Motion M-24 was passed in the Federal Parliament, officially proclaiming January of every year as Tamil Heritage Month.  Tamil Heritage Month aims to celebrate the richness of the Tamil language and its literature, as well as to highlight the vibrant traditions, histories, arts, and cultures of Tamil Canadians. In addition, it seeks to recognize the significant contributions of Tamil Canadians in key areas of social, cultural, economic, and political spheres. 
According to the Tamil calendar, January 14, 2017 is the start of the Tamil New Year during the month of “Thai”. On this day Tamils around the diaspora will be celebrating Tamil New Year and Thai Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival. 
Thai Pongal is the most important and widely-celebrated festival amongst Tamils around the globe. Thai Pongal is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year and a time to look forward to the New Year. Pongal refers to rice cooked in milk and sweetened with chakkarai…

OTIP Teaching Awards 2018

Nominations open for
OTIP Teaching Awards 2018
Nominations are open for the 2018 awards. The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 31, 2018.

There are three categories of awards: elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher and beginning teacher in the first five years of teaching. A teacher may be nominated by anyone – professional colleagues, students, parents, or the general public.

The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) are proud sponsors of the OTIP Teaching Awards. For many years, these awards have recognized the excellence of our teachers in publicly funded education.

We are proud of the excellence of teachers throughout the province. These awards allow us to recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions that our members make to their students’ education, to their schools, and within their communities.

Further information is available at www.teachingawards.ca.

Dental Screening Tomorrow

As a reminder, tomorrow students in grades JK, 2, 4, 6, and 8 will participate in dental screening.  Dental screening is a quick inspection of a child’s mouth by a registered dental hygienist with York Region Public Health. The screening takes place in a quiet, private room.

Upcoming Triple P Parenting Seminar Series

OHIP+

OFIP+

Starting January 1, 2018, more than 4,400 drug products are free for anyone age 24 years or younger. You don’t need to enroll – all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription.

Please see the "Learn About OFIP+" website for further information.

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

The staff at Westminster hope that our students and their families have had some time to rest and recover (and stay warm!) over the Winter Break.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to 2018 on Monday!