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Showing posts from August, 2018

Message from our Trustee

Message From Our Trustee I am pleased to welcome all of our students and families to the start of the 2018-2019 school year. This is an exciting time of year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and is looking forward to the months ahead. York Region District School Board is committed to advancing student achievement and well-being. The Trustees’ new Multi-Year Strategic Plan , developed based on feedback from the community, outlines four priorities that will guide this work: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, Build Collaborative Relationships and Empower Ethical Leadership. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts. Our schools are stronger when families are engaged. There are many different ways families can support their child’s learning and get involved in life at the school, and I hope that you find opportunities to get engaged. I wish you all the best for the upcoming school year. Susan Geller

Co-Existing With Wild Animals in our Community

Dear Families, We were advised last week by a community member that there have been sightings of a coyote-like animal in the park attached to our school yard.   In order to ensure student safety as we return to school, please be assured that we will continue to carefully monitor our school property throughout the day, including checks of the yard and park before school, before recess and lunch, and before the end of the day.   One of the key reasons wild animals come into our communities is easier access to food.   This year, students at Westminster will only be eating food indoors .   This will help reduce garbage in the yard, and help eliminate a food source for animals. Below is information that can help us as community members to live side by side with wild animals. What you can do at home Never feed wild animals Keep pet food indoors. Secure garbage in durable plastic containers with locking lids. Store garbage indoors until  collection day. Protect ga

Welcome Back!

Welcome and welcome back to our new and returning students and families! Our office is open this week each day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first day of school is next Tuesday, September 4th and we can't wait to see everyone!   Please be advised that classes begin at 8:35 a.m. sharp, our lunch hour will is 12:15 – 1:15 and school ends at  2:55 p.m. for all grades .   P lease ensure that your child has a lunch and healthy snacks each day at school. On the first day of school,  our grade 1 to 8  teachers will greet students at the rear of the school where teachers will be holding signs with grades on it.    Families can speak with the appropriate teacher to find out what classroom their child will be in.    Our K2 (Senior Kindergarten) students will proceed to the Kindergarten yards where they will be met by the Kindergarten Educator teams.    Our K1 (junior kindergarten) students will come to school just for the afternoon on Tuesday, September 4 th .    Please come to the g