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Yearbook Orders

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We are having a wonderful year at Westminster and now you and your child(ren) can remember good friends, teachers and school events forever!We are currently working on our school yearbook so that all students and families will be able to look back at the 2017/2018 year with joy for years to come.
This full-colour, professionally printed yearbook will include pages and pages of pictures of various student activities, assemblies, school events, student clubs and teams, class pictures, and much more!Each child, grades K-8, will appear in the yearbook.Of course, there will be a special section for our Grade 8 graduating class that is a must for every graduate.
See your children play, have fun, and learn at Westminster!These are the moments that you do not want to miss! Each year is unique and can never be repeated. Begin or continue your yearly collection of such priceless memories.All yearbooks must be pre-ordered.
Ordering a Yearbook
If you are interested in buyi…

Parent Workshop - Stop Arguing With Your Kids

Maple Mosaic 2018

Ridvan Greetings

Ridvan (pronounced Riz-wan) is a twelve-day festival, the most important one of the Baha'i year. Ridvan, which means "paradise", is the name of the garden in which Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, proclaimed His identity as a Messenger of God. This happened in 1863 as Baha'u'llah was about to be exiled from the city of Baghdad.
The twelve days of Ridvan, April 21 to May 2, commemorated the twelve days that Baha'u'llah spent in the Garden of Ridvan, on an island in The Tigris River. The First, Ninth, and Twelfth Days of Ridvan are considered significant holy days by Baha'is. The First Day (April 21) was the day that Baha'u'llah identified himself as a Messenger of God. On the Ninth Day (April 29), His family joined Him in preparation for the journey into exile. The Twelfth Day (May 2) represents the day that Baha'u'llah and His family were banished from Baghdad to Constantinople.
On the three holy days of Ridvan…

First Annual Well-Being Day - What a Success!

We had a wonderful First Annual Well-Being Day today!!
Please ask your children about the strategies they learned today to help them stay mentally well.  They may mention dancing, mindfulness, breathing, and more. 
Thank you to the families who were able to join us today and to our amazing staff for supporting the learning.  A special thank you to our intermediate students who led the workshops.
See more of our learning on Twitter!  @wpsyrdsb

2017-2018 Yearbook Order

April 16, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We are having a wonderful year at Westminster and now you and your child(ren) can remember good friends, teachers and school events forever!We are currently working on our school yearbook so that all students and families will be able to look back at the 2017/2018 year with joy for years to come.
This full-colour, professionally printed yearbook will include pages and pages of pictures of various student activities, assemblies, school events, student clubs and teams, class pictures, and much more!Each child, grades K-8, will appear in the yearbook.Of course, there will be a special section for our Grade 8 graduating class that is a must for every graduate.
See your children play, have fun, and learn at Westminster!These are the moments that you do not want to miss! Each year is unique and can never be repeated. Begin or continue your yearly collection of such priceless memories.All yearbooks must be pre-ordered.
Ordering a Yearbook
If you are in…

School Parking Lot and Field Conditions

With the significant ice buildup over the weekend, our parking lot, tarmac and field are quite slippery.  All students are asked to enter the building through the front doors until the ice has melted.
Parents using the kiss 'n' ride and/or the parking lot are reminded to use caution, drive slowly and watch for pedestrians. 
Thank you for your support and care!

Inclement Weather 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.

Miraj-un-Nabi

Miraj-un-Nabi
This year, April 13th, is an important day for those practicing the Islamic faith. Muslims believe that Miraj-un-Nabi marks the day when Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven following his night journey to Jerusalem from Mecca. The story of Prophet Muhammad's ascension states that the angel Gabriel gave the prophet a wonderful winged horse named Buraq to take him to heaven where it was revealed to him that he should pray daily.
On this day, many Muslims choose to reflect upon the life of Prophet Muhammad and the qualities that made him an exemplary practitioner of the Islamic faith. In doing so, they commit themselves to emulating these qualities within their own lives.
We join you in recognizing Miraj-un-Nabi as a day of personal and religious significance in the lives of staff, students and community members who practice Islam.

Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, is celebrated in April every year. Vaisakhi is also celebrated in some other parts of India, particularly in some of the northern and eastern states.  This year Vaisakhi is celebrated on April 13th
For Sikhs, Vaisakhi celebrates the birth of the Panth Khalsa order (the Order of the Pure Ones) established by Guru Gobind Singh. It is at this time that Guru Gobind Singh gave the Khalsa order the five distinct symbols of purity and courage which would make Sikhs identifiable: the Kesh (unshorn hair); Kangha (the wooden comb); Karra (the iron bracelet); Kirpan (the sword) and Kachera (underclothing). Some of the ways that this day is traditionally honoured include visiting a place of worship, participating in a mela (fair), indulging in mithai (sweets), fruits and lassi (a sweet yogurt drink), and taking a ritual bath or renewal.
We extend good wishes to all staff, students and members of the Sikh and Indian communities who will be celebrating Vaisakhi.

Equity & Inclusivity Advisory Committee IAC Antisemitism and Islamophobia Consultations

Orthodox (Eastern) Easter

Holy Friday on April 6th, commemorates the passion of Jesus Christ. The Eastern churches focus on the burial. Many of the traditions that bond generations together in the Orthodox tradition occur during the celebration of Easter. One of the most prominent rituals of the Orthodox Easter is the forty-day Lenten fast, where no meat or dairy is eaten. The fast is typically broken on Sunday morning at 1 or 2 a.m. following the evening Church service where candles are lit and a celebratory hymn is sung in the honour of the resurrection of Christ.
We join you in wishing a Happy Easter to all staff, students and community members who will celebrate Easter in the Orthodox tradition.

April Eco Theme - Reusable Containers

The spotlight this month is on Reducing waste by promoting the use of Reusable containers.  Empower our students and to make positive changes for our planet by packing food and beverage in reusable containers.

Well-Being Day - Please join us!

On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, families are invited to participate in our school’s first annual “Well-Being Day”. The event will begin at 8:45 am and will end at 12:15 pm. The day, which will be led by both staff and students, is meant to provide students and families of students a “tool bank” of strategies that they could use to improve their overall health and well-being. This year, we will have a specific focus on how healthy eating, mindfulness, physical activity and use of mindful technology such as “GoNoodle” can be used to improve overall mental health and well-being. This learning is directly connected to the curriculum, and adds to learning that students have been doing in their classrooms throughout the year.
The day will be experiential with students participating in activities at four different twenty-five minute activity centres. These centres will be led by students, who have volunteered to both help plan and run the centres, and staff, who will serve as both mentors and e…

Upcoming YRDSB Town Hall Meetings

April3,2018  DearFamilies, Trusteesarecurrentlyrevisingthestrategic planthatsetsthedirectionfortheBoard.Thisplan guidesdecision-makingandprioritiesinYorkRegion DistrictSchoolBoard,andtrusteeswantto ensureitreflectsthevoicesinour community.

Therewill beseveral opportunitiesforfamilies andcommunity memberstosharetheirinput and bea partofthis planningprocess. Yourvoice can helpguidethe workoftheBoardin advancing studentachievementandwell-being.

TownHalls

First Annual Student Well-Being Day - April 17th

On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, families are invited to participate in our school’s first annual “Well-Being Day”. The event will begin at 8:45 am and will end at 12:15 pm. The day, which will be led by both staff and students, is meant to provide students and families of students a “tool bank” of strategies that they could use to improve their overall health and well-being. This year, we will have a specific focus on how healthy eating, mindfulness, physical activity and use of mindful technology such as “GoNoodle” can be used to improve overall mental health and well-being.

The day will be experiential with students participating in activities at four different twenty-five minute activity centres. These centres will be led by students, who have volunteered to both help plan and run the centres, and staff, who will serve as both mentors and experts in the planning process. This is a unique opportunity for our students to take on a very meaningful leadership opportunity at our school.

Safety Reminders

It’s time to remind children about being safe in our community.

With the warmer weather approaching, it’s a good time for parents to remind children about personal safety.
Here's what children need to know:
Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province.This can be done through rhyme or song.How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.How and under what circumstances to call 911.To never approach or enter a stranger's vehicle.A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or any other question for that matter.Make sure they know they have a right to say "no" to an adult, especially when the adult is asking them to do something they have been taught is wrong or feels uncomfortable.Reminding children of this right is important because children are taught from a young age to respect adults.To always tell parents where they will be and to never enter someo…