June Graduation: Change of Date

Dear Families,

Graduations are an important event for our students, families and our staff and we remain committed to ensuring an inclusionary approach for those attending the ceremonies. 

Due to scheduling reasons, we are moving the date of our school’s graduation ceremony to June 27th, 2023.  The prior date overlapped with Eid al-Adha, a significant faith day for a number of students and families who are valued members of our school community. It is important that our graduation ceremony is held on a date when all students and families can participate and our whole graduating cohort can gather to celebrate this important milestone. The Board accepts responsibility for this oversight that has led to the need to reschedule the graduation.

We wanted to share this change of date as soon as possible as many families make plans around this very important milestone. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Paradise Banquet Hall on June 27th at 6:30 pm.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Main Office at Westmount C.I.

Sincerely,

Susan Maharaj
Principal

Exam Period Schedule and Exam Review Day Information

 

The School Board has declared today (Thursday, January 26th) as an inclement weather day. Exams scheduled today have been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Please check your email for more information.

Below you will find the updated following attachments that will help guide/support the January 2023 exam period:​

I​f you have any questions regarding exam, please feel free to complete the google form and we will follow up with you accordingly.  ​



Message from Our Trustee - February 2023

I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to 2023, and enjoyed their winter break. 
One of the most important roles of school board trustees is communicating with the public. I hope to use this newsletter as one way to keep you updated on Board news, to communicate my role as trustee and how I can support you, and to answer some of the questions I am often asked as a trustee. 
Communicating with the public includes both sharing information and attending events to build relationships with families, but also ensuring I am available to you. If you have questions about Board policies or budget, concerns about your community, ideas and suggestions, or have a question and don’t know who to call, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to assist you. 
Our Board of Trustees is made up of 12 trustees elected during the municipal election process, and one Indigenous trustee appointed through a separate process. Eight of the 12 elected trustees are new this term, and we are all looking forward to connecting with families and fulfilling our roles to support student achievement and well-being. 
What do Trustees Do?
In addition to communicating with the public, we are also responsible for:
Establishing a Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out our priorities as a school board and guides our direction and decision making as a system.
Setting policy. Policies govern the operation of our schools and organization, including field trips, school transportation, homework, caring and safe schools and much more. You can find out which policies are up for review in our meeting agendas, or which policies are out for comment on the website. Your participation in this process is important to ensuring our policies are serving our communities and align with our priorities. 
Setting an annual budget. I look forward to sharing more information about this process with you in the coming months as we engage in budget consultations. 
Participating on Board and Advisory Committees. You can find the dates and agendas for these meetings on the Board website. You are welcome to attend and observe any public Board, Advisory and Board Committee meetings
Hiring the Director of Education. This process is governed by the Director of Education Selection Policy, and we will keep you updated as this process progresses. In the meantime, I am deeply grateful to Interim Director of Education Scott Yake for his commitment and service.
Advocating for quality public education. I became a school board trustee because I believe in public education. I believe in the potential of each and every one of our students and our responsibility to nurture their learning, growth and achievement. Our decisions as a board are centred on our commitment to deliver the best for our students. 
What’s Happening in YRDSB
 
Kindergarten registration opened January 20 for families with children who will start Kindergarten in September 2023. 
 
French Immersion registration is open from January 20-February 6 for students entering Grade 1 in September 2023. 
 
Student trustee elections are currently underway. All students in Grades 5-12 will have an opportunity to vote for the student trustees who will represent them next school year. 
 
In February, we recognize Black History Month, celebrating the contributions of Black people to the fabric of our society. I encourage you to visit the Board’s Centre for Black Student Excellence webpage and newsletter to learn more about upcoming events during Black History Month and what’s happening in the Board to celebrate Black excellence. 
 
Family Day and the March Break are also approaching and we hope everyone enjoys the break.
 
There are a number of other events for families coming up and I encourage you to check the Board calendar. 

New Schools
 
One of the other questions I am asked, particularly in growing communities is about new schools or capital projects. I can let you know that in our municipality the following capital projects have received approval:
· Blue Willow Public Sch​​ool Kindergarten Addition, proposed to open January 2025. 
· Kleinburg/Nashville Elementary Sch​​ool, proposed to open September 2024. 
· E.J. Sand Public Sch​​ool replacement, proposed to open September 2023.
There are many ways you can stay up-to-date with what’s happening in our school board. Visit the newsroom or website homepage at www.yrdsb.ca. Listen to our podcast. Follow the Board on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. Read your school newsletters and emails. I look forward to staying connected with you. 
Best regards,
Estelle Cohen,

Trustee, Vaughan Wards 4 and 5
estelle.cohen@yrdsb.ca

Gratitude Graffiti

This wall of Gratitude Graffiti is a compilation of various positive and motivational affirmations from WCI’s very own students. This initiative was organized by the Mental Health Matters Club in an effort to spread positivity to students around the weeks leading up to exams!




2023 YRDSB Arts Camp

 

Celebrating over 30 years on the shores of a private lake in the Haliburton Highlands, Camp White Pine is host to a unique yearly camp for York Region District School Board students. Arts Camp is an intensive week-long immersion in visual, studio and performance art programs and experiences. YRDSB teachers, community artists and student cabin leaders plan and facilitate differentiated arts programs and support a unique, inclusive environment for campers. There are 250 students ranging from Grades 7-12 from across York Region who attend morning and afternoon arts-based programs augmented by other daily workshops and engaging whole-camp activities. This memorable and dynamic week-long camp culminates in a studio tour and performance night.

To register, please see the link below:


Course Selection Presentation

 Course Selection Presentation Slideshow

JOIN US 

for a presentation on 

“What You Need To Know About

Selecting Courses for 2023-2024”

 

 

 

 

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

6:30pm

WESTMOUNT C.I. CAFETERIA


Update From Guidance

 


GUIDANCE UPDATES – January 17



For more information, please CLICK HERE.

DO STUDENTS NEED HELP WITH COURSE SELECTION FOR NEXT YEAR? 2023-2024?

Course Selection Workshops

January 17

January 19

January 23

February 16

February 21

All workshops are during lunch in room 106.

 

Deadline to submit courses in myBlueprint:  

FEBRUARY 24.

DO YOU HAVE A STUDENT WHO IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO SCHOOLS IN THE UK?


Please see here for more information: SI-UK Fair 

Peer Tutoring


The last session of Peer Tutoring for Semester 1 will be held on Wednesday, January 18th. Good luck to everyone on exams!

See you in Semester 2 - We will be starting back up on Wednesday, February 8th at 4:15 pm in the library.

Course Selection Information


Starting February 16th at 9:00 am, students can begin submitting their couses for the 2023-2024 school year. For more information please visit our website.

The Centre for Black Student Excellence Newsletter

Please see The Centre for Black Student Excellence Newsletter for January 2023.