From the Staff of WSPS
Save the Date! Our Family Movie Night, Thursday, December 19th, is fast approaching! Doors open at 6pm and the feature movie, Rise of the Guardians, begins at 6:30pm in the gymnasium! Popcorn, juice and water will be sold for $1 each. We hope to see you one last time before the holiday break!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Our December Newsletter is now posted!
Please find the link under the School tab where the newsletter link can be found.
Full Day Kindergarten Information 2014-15
- Comprehensive curriculum focused on intellectual, physical and social development
- Led by caring professionals in a safe and nurturing environment
- Full time, Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK), Early Learning Program (ELP)
- Average class size of 26 students in FDK/ELP classes.
In January of each year, the Durham District School Board conducts telephone pre-registration for its Kindergarten program. On January 14, 2014, the DDSB will hold its telephone pre-registration, as scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year.
The following links will provide more information on the Full Day Kindergarten Program and on registration for the Full Day Kindergarten program for the 2014-15 school year:
December Food and Toy Drive
Whitby Shores P.S. is once again launching a Food and Toy Drive which will run from December 2nd to December 13th, 2014. Please help us reach our goal of 600 food or toy items (one item per pupil) by sending in nonperishable food or a new, unwrapped toy by December 13th.
Donations can be left under our tree in the front foyer.
Thank you, in advance, for your donations!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for your generous donations towards our Free the Children initiative of building a school in Kenya. All donations are highly appreciated as you are helping us reach our fundraising goal. So far, your donations have equalled just over $1 000, enough for 52 bricks!!
This week, as we do our pajama movie afternoons, we will continue to work towards our ultimate goal of $10 000 by the end of the school year, enough to give children in Kenya the opportunity to go to a clean, strong, healthy school where they can learn.
You have helped to make a difference in the lives of others. We are making a difference together.
Free the Children Club (Grade 8 students)______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Whitby Shores Public School Special Needs Committee
The WSPS Special Needs Committee is a group of energetic, committed and resourceful parents wanting to help the children at WSPS. We welcome the participation of all families including those with kids who are identified and not, those with physical, neurological, emotional, social, sensory, or learning challenges.
A Special Needs Comittee Open House will take place at the school in the New Year.
Details will be posted on the WSPS website soon!
November 18th to 22nd is Bully Prevention and Awareness Week!
As part of the on-going commitment to Bully Prevention, the Ministry has identified this week as the 4th annual Bullying Prevention Awareness Week in Ontario schools. At Whitby Shores Public School we will be focusing on the key messages: 'we care about each other; we respect each other; we see each other; we support each other.' Our staff will focus on a variety of grade and age appropriate large and small group activities that connect to this message such as:
- brief student only school wide assembly to kick off Bully Prevention Week - we shall frame the assembly through a power point presentation
- stories relating to conflict resolution and support for each other
- media/web based information and messages about standing up and not standing by
- lessons that teach the difference between conflict and bullying and how play escalates into conflict into bullying
- examples that teach the difference between tattling and telling (ie. getting someone into vs out of trouble)
These activities are designed to open the door to courageous conversations about bullying and promote a proactive, positive approach to teaching students how to get along with each other.
We shall be sharing a shortened version of our presentnation to students with parents at our next SCC meeting on Thurs. Nov. 28th at 6:30pm in the Library Commons.
Helpful and informative resources for parents can be found at the following sites:
- http://ddsb:durham.edu.on.ca (follow links to the DDSB Parent Resources Safe Schools Website)
Your SCC Parent Engagement Committee (PEC) is pleased to bring you our first Read-a-thon!
All students who complete their required minutes of reading and return their completed calendars by November 27th, will get a coupon for a FREE individual size pizza from Boston Pizza. If you have misplaced your blue calendar, there are extra copies on the counter in the main office. You can also download one from the school website, under "The Community" tab, in the "S.C.C" section, under the "Parent Engagement Committee" heading.
There is nothing more important than the safety of our students at Whitby Shores P.S.. To that end, we are passing on a brief list of Safety Guidelines for you to review with your children, now, or at any time of the year:
- Always walk with a buddy to and from school.
- Do not talk to strangers, nor accept rides or gifts from strangers.
- Inform your parents or the school if a stranger approaches you.
- Remember, adults do not ask for directions from children.
- Always let your parents know if there has been a change in your plans.
- Avoid taking short cuts through fields or parks.
- Never walk alone, especially at night.
- Always be aware of your surroundings when wearing earphones and hoods.
At school, teachers will be reviewing these important messages with all students and, as always, staff will be vigilant in supervision.
Please, No "Wow" Butter at School
We would like to remind parents that Soy Butter, also sold as "WOW Butter" is not permitted at school. Although the product is actually peanut free, it creates a stressor in the classroom for our students with allergies as it looks and smells just like peanut butter. Know that this is not a request made specifically by Whitby Shores P.S., but rather it is a DDSB recommendation.
Information from Anaphylaxis Canada and the Durham Regional Health Department supporting this recommendation can be made available to parents upon request.
We thank you, in advance, for your support.
Equitable Practice and Inclusive Education
The Durham District School Board values and respects all members in its school community.
We believe that it is important that our school libraries and classroom resources reflect inclusivity and serve to foster sensitivity towards individuals and groups that have traditionally been/and are currently marginalized within the broader society. These resources serve to identify and remove barriers that may exist for various groups and families. They may touch on topics of ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, family status and marital status. They are intended to help students to acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to challenge unjust practices, and to build positive human relationships as members of a global community.
Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to promote equity and social justice.
Parking Lot/Kiss and Ride Safety - Thank you to parents/caregivers who access our parking lot and kiss and ride area safely. Please adhere to the following reminders to ensure safety for children and all pedestrians:
- Please have your child(ren) exit on the right hand side of the vehicle to the sidewalk, not into traffic. If you need to circle the lot during busy times, please do so rather than letting children out of the vehicle into traffic.
- Please signal your intentions when merging back into traffic after pulling away from the curb, or when merging into the Kindergarten Kiss and Ride marked by the orange pylons.
- Please do not park and leave your vehicle unattended in the Kiss and Ride area. If you must park please park in designated spaces or on the street.
- When exiting the parking lot, please obey the yield and stop signs at the east side of our lot. This will ensure the safety of all who use our sidewalk.
- Within our parking lot, please take your time. Drive slowly. Practise safety over convenience. It will keep our parents and children safe.
- When leaving the parking lot in the 8:40am to 9am, we are appealing to parents to please make right turns only to keep our lines moving. Thank you for your support of our safe practices!
We are appealing to volunteers who would be able to assist in our Kiss and Ride area from 8:30am to 8:50am and from 3:15 to 3:30pm. If you can volunteer to assist one morning per week, please contact the school and we will be in touch with you. Please indicate that you are volunteering specifically for help in the Kiss and Ride area. Thank you!____________________________________________________________________________________________
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