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Summer Institute 2018

Summer Institute Looking for summer learning and fun activities for students entering Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8?Summer Institute offers academic, recreational and athletic programs and activities with intentional links to the Ontario Curriculum. The program runs for six weeks during July and August. It is offered at 11 school sites around York Region. For more information on dates, programs and locations, please visit the Summer Institute page on www.yrdsb.ca. Registration opens March 7.  Families can now register online, as well as in person or by mail. Base Registration Weekly Fees: York Region District School Board students: $105 (4 day weeks) $120 (5 day weeks)
Non- York Region District School Board students: $130 (4 day weeks) $155 (5 day weeks)
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Dance Recital Monday!

Throughout the week last week our students participated in dance instruction.  To celebrate the hard work of our students, we are having a Dance Recital on Monday afternoon beginning at 1:15 p.m.  Each class will perform a short dance.  Families are welcome to attend!  And please remember to wear RED and WHITE to celebrate Canada on Monday too!

Strategic Planning at YRDSB - Upcoming Town Halls

Contribute to Strategic Planning at YRDSB - Upcoming Town Halls
York Region District School Board is revisioning its Multi-Year Plan (MYP) and Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being. The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of public education in York Region public schools. The MYP incorporates the direction established by the Trustees with feedback received from all stakeholders, and will inform decision making at the Board in the years to come. Town halls will be taking place across the region and feedback collected from families and community members will inform the creation of a new MYP. Your voice is important and your input and feedback will help York Region District School Board support student achievement and well-being. There will also be other opportunities, including a survey available in April, to share your thoughts if you are unable to attend a town hall.
Save the Date! 
TOWN HALL DATES AND TIMES LOCATIONS Monday, April…

Spirit Day - Celebrating Canada!

We will be celebrating Canada's outstanding achievements at the 2018 Winter Olympics this Monday with a RED and WHITE spirit day!  Students are invited to wear RED and WHITE and any Canadian spirit wear.  Join us in celebrating Canada on Monday, February 26th!

Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys Basketball Team!

Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys Basketball team who represented our Westminster Wildcat spirit with skill and perseverance at the Area Tournament on Tuesday!
With a final tally of two wins and two losses leading into the finals, the boys lost the final game of the day by one point - a challenging loss.  However, this loss was balanced by our boys' incredible stamina and excellent sportsmanship.  Congratulations to the team, Coach Beckles and Assistant Coach DelGobbo (one of our student teachers)!  Go Wildcats!

Boys Intermediate Area Tournament

Congratulations to our Intermediate Boys Basketball team for their awesome playing so far at the Area Tournament!
Although they lost their first game, the team rallied back to win the next two.  They progressed to the semi-finals, and lost the first game but are now playing for third place.
Go Team!

Westminster Spirit Wear - Orders due February 22!

We are excited to announce that Westminster Spirit Wear is back! All Spirit Wear will include the official WPS logo and comes in both youth and adult sizes. You can view all of the clothing options at our virtual storewestminster.topuniforms.store. Sample sizes of the clothing are available in the office. All orders must be made and paid for online. Please do not send any money with your child. Orders are due by February 22, 2018, and will be delivered to the school by March Break. Go Wildcats!

Lunar New Year

February 16, marks the Lunar New Year for members of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities. 
Lunar New Year is a cultural and religious celebration for many Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese. This is the year of the Dog. People born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006 were also born in the year of the “Dog”. Many rituals are associated with this festive occasion. They include cleaning house, paying off debts, settling old arguments, and other means of making a "fresh start." To celebrate, people may light firecrackers, hang poetry, enjoy a family feast (oranges and apples are considered lucky fruits), exchange gifts (adults may give children laisee, red envelopes filled with money), and buy new clothes or new shoes. We wish all staff, students and community celebrating Lunar New Year a happy and joyful celebration in the company of family and friends.

Reminders Re. Valentine's Day

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and we look forward to celebrating with our students a spirit of kindness and compassion for all of our fellow learners.  Please wear red, pink or white to help us get in the spirit!
As we celebrate kindness, we respectfully remind families choosing to share a kind word to be inclusive of all students in a class.  We look forward to sharing kindness tomorrow!

Flu Activity in York Region

Increased Absenteeism Due to Illness in York Region Schools York Region Public Health has noticed an increase in school absenteeism due to illness. When York Region Public Health receives reports of increased absenteeism, we support the affected schools by providing infection prevention and control measures as well as monitoring of absences in collaboration with the school. Many viruses are active at this time of year in the community, including enteric viruses (like norovirus) and respiratory viruses (like influenza, commonly known as the flu.) Preventative measures can help reduce the spread of illness in the community. Norovirus The most common symptoms of norovirus illness are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. The illness often begins suddenly, about 24 to 48 hours after exposure, and the infected person may become very sick with frequent vomiting and/or diarrhea. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults. To lower the spread of norovirus within our c…

Term 2 Report Cards Go Home February 15th

Term 2 report cards will be sent home on Thursday, February 15th. Taking time to review your child's report card with them is a great way to help your child celebrate their successes, and to set goals for Term 2. Questions that can support this reflection and goal-setting could include: 1) What learning skill or work habit were you most successful in demonstrating in Term 1? 2) What learning skills or work habit will you work on improving in Term 2? How will you show that improvement (e.g., Completing tasks on time and with effort? Reviewing learning goals and success criteria for assignments? Participating (more) in class conversations? Actively listening to teachers and peers and sharing key ideas heard at home? Reviewing homework at home? Using the agenda? Setting time aside to review key concepts each weekend?)? 3) What subject area did you most enjoy learning about this term? What do you want to know more about? 4) What subject area do you think you could improve …

Inclement Weather Day - Buses and Taxis Cancelled All Day

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.

Westminster Spirit Wear!

We are excited to announce that Westminster Spirit Wear is back! All Spirit Wear will include the official WPS logo and comes in both youth and adult sizes. You can view all of the clothing options at our virtual store: westminster.topuniforms.store. Sample sizes of the clothing are available in the office. All orders must be made and paid for online. Please do not send any money with your child. Orders are due by February 22, 2018, and will be delivered to the school by March Break. Go Wildcats!

Trustee Greetings

February 2018 – Trustee Greetings for School Newsletters Message From Our Trustee With report cards coming home, this is a good time of year to review your child’s progress and to set goals for the rest of the school year. As trustees, our goals are set out in the Board Multi-Year Plan. In the coming months, trustees will be reviewing and updating this plan. This process will include opportunities for public input, and trustees will be out in the communities talking about this. More information will be shared about this in the spring. Developing and reviewing the Multi-Year Plan is just one of our responsibilities as publicly elected officials. Trustee responsibilities also include hiring the Director of Education, setting Board policies and the annual budget, and communicating with the public. This is a good time to learn more about the role of trustees with the next municipal election taking place later this year on October 22, 2018. York Region District School Board has…