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Reminder: All TDSB elementary (JK-8) and secondary (9-12) schools will be closed to students on Friday, February 21, 2020 as a result of a full strike by members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). All TDSB schools will re-open to students on Monday, February 24, 2020.
Read more about the programs and services that will be impacted.

Feb. 6 2020 at North Toronto C.I.

Ward Forum Feb. 6

Information on Coronavirus

The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In partnership with public health officials, the Toronto District School Board is closely monitoring the current situation with regards to the novel coronavirus. 

We understand that many of our families have questions and concerns. Public health officials continue to advise that the risk to the public remains low. As a result, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Public Health are not advising schools to take any additional precautions, including the wearing of medical masks or denying entry to students, at this time. 

For more information please take a look at the TDSB website.

Public Health Message

January 24, 2020

Dear school community members:

Re: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received questions from members of the school community about the spread of a new coronavirus in Wuhan, China (referred to as 2019-nCoV). There have been no laboratory confirmed cases of this new coronavirus in Canada and the risk of cases occurring in Canada is low, however, we are writing to provide you with this update on the situation....... read the entire letter

Secondary Program Review

Currently the TDSB is undergoing a Secondary Program Review.  It is important that everyone participates by providing their input, feedback and suggestions on two surveys that will be closing soon: Secondary Program Review (January 31) and Optional Attendance (February 3). Please take the time to visit the website below to maximize participation in these surveys.

Secondary Program Review and Optional Attendance
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible. As part of the Secondary Program Review, the TDSB is reviewing the Optional Attendance policy (P013), which allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address.   

Two virtual public consultation meetings are scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Join the 1:00 p.m. session here. Join the 7:00 p.m. session here. To learn more, please click here https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Secondary-Program-Review

 

Dressing For The Weather

Fresh air and exercise are important for children. It keeps them physically fit, and helps them stay alert all through the school day. Parents can help by making sure their children come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Hats, mitts, boots and a warm jacket are important to keep students comfortable during lunch and recess.The outdoors in winter is enjoyed most when chilrdren are dressed properly.

The old adage that there is no bad weather, just bad clothing, plays true during Canadian winters :) During the winter months, it's always best to stay warm and dry. Being too hot makes us sweat, creating moisture. When it is cold outside, being damp is uncomfortable as we lose body heat more quickly.

Canadian winters can be wonderful but when the weather is cold, TDSB schools keep one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students - a perfect balance of fun and safety. Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C.

With this being the case, it's important that children come to school dressed for the weather. 

Layers allow children to be more flexible to changing weather conditions. Layers create an air space between the skin and the cold and this space is what insulates best. Layers are also looser, allowing for better blood circulation which helps to maintain body temperature.

Three layers:
Inner (Base) layer: The skin should be covered in a thin layer that helps to move moisture away from the body. Keeping your skin dry helps keep you warm and comfortable. Your inner layer should cover almost your whole body: arms, legs and torso. Polyester and silk, and related modern materials are best. Cotton is a poor choice.

Middle layer: This is the insulating layer. Wool and fleece work best. The middle layer can be made up of several thin layers.

Outer layer: This is the water and wind protection layer. Gore-Tex and nylon are best. Get a long coat so that you can sit comfortably. Coats should have high collars and a hood. You should be able to easily ventilate the coat by loosening sleeve ends, opening zippers under the arms and opening a front zipper. This will help get rid of the moisture inside the coat. For very cold temperatures or for kids rolling around in the snow, bib-type snow pants are a good choice.

Layering also applies to hands and feet
Wear two pairs of socks — a thin polyester sock against the skin and a thicker sock over that. Boots should be comfortable and not too tight. Tightness will constrict blood flow and make your feet colder. Boots should also have a good sole for grip and stability on slippery or uneven surfaces and should be waterproof.  You can also wear a thin pair of gloves with thicker and waterproof mitts over them. Adjust the sleeves and cuffs so that snow cannot enter.

Dressing for the weather will allow all children to enjoy themselves outdoors but more importantly be safe as well.

 

excerpts: Dressing For The Cold-By SickKids Hospital staff

Winter Lunch & After-School Programs

Below you will find the Winter session of Lunch & After-School programs.  For more information on each program, please click here.

 

MONDAY: January 13th - March 9th

  • Yoga - lunch - Grades 1-6 Registration attached 
  • Chess - lunch - Grades 1-6 Register online at: https://chess-math.org/westprep-winter2020
  • Martial Arts - after school - Grades 1-6 will learn the basics of Jiu-Jitsu, May Tai and Shotokan Karate. Please click HEREand use the access code: WESTPREP20192020 (case sensitive)

TUESDAY: January 14th - March 3rd

  • In The Mix - lunch - Grades 1-4 - Students will learn Hip-Hop moves and produce their own music videos. Register online at: InTheMixprogram.com
  • Tinkerlab Science - lunch - Grades 1-3 will engage in a STEAM based program with hands-on experiments that explores art, science and more.
  • Cooking - after school - Grades 1-4 - Register online at: https://www.sites.google.com/site/cookingwithlesley

WEDNESDAY: January 15th - March 4th

  • Splat! Exciting Artists - lunch - Grades 1-3 students will learn a variety of art techniques and skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and more. Register online at: http://www.exploreitall.ca/registrations/
  • Ten Ten Sports - after school - Grades 1-6 will participate in Basketball, Floor Hockey, Soccer and Dodgeball. Register online at: https://www.tentenkidssports.com

THURSDAY: January 16th - February 20th** [6 weeks]

 

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TDSB 2020-2021 French as a Second Language

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A message to Grade 3 Parents:

 

What is the Junior Extended French (Gr. 4) Program?
Grade 4, 5 and 6:

Half of the day is in French and half of the day is in English
The subjects taught in French are French Language, Social Studies and The Arts
The subjects taught in English are English Language Arts, Math and Science.

If you are interested in having your child pursue French as a Second Language in the TDSB, please click the image above or visit the Package Application Page.

 

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Toronto Public Health

Message from Toronto Public Health regarding the Reporting of Student Immunization Online:vt

Toronto Public Health reviews immunization records to ensure students are vaccinated according to their age. Improving immunization coverage reduces the spread of serious diseases and keeps students and staff healthy. www.toronto.ca/studentvaccines

There is an online reporting system which is secure and easy to access 24/7. By encouraging parents to report online, it may reduce the need for your staff to collect and mail students' immunization records to Toronto Public Health.

For parents / students who are unable to report online, they can send TPH a copy of their immunization information.

Please include the student's name and birth date on the immunization record and mail to:
Toronto Public Health
235 Danforth Avenue, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Sincerely,
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program

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International Languages

Thank you to everyone who submitted the TDSB International Languages Elementary/African Heritage Programs Survey as we were looking to see whether West Prep would be able to offer language programs after-school.

In order for any language program to be run at a TDSB school, a minimum of 23 students are required to be in a minimum of 4 different program classes at one site to make the program viable. After submitting the survey package back to the TDSB offices, we were informed that we did not meet the minimum required numbers to open up a program at our school.

The TDSB International Languages program is available at several locations throughout the city. Please click on the link: Search For A Class to find the program and the nearest location to your home.

To find out more about the TDSB International Languages Elementary and African Heritage Program Guide, please click the brochure below.  For any questions regarding the program feel free to call 416 338-4100.

2019-2020 ILE Brochure

Notice - French Programs Application Deadline

From the TDSB:

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board's French Immersion or Extended French programs, we offer an online process.
At this time, we guarantee an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all on-time applicants. The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2020 are:

  • Applications for Early French Immersion which begins in SK (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 4, 2019 and November 29, 2019.
  • Applications for Junior Extended French which begins in Grade 4 must be completed online between January 6, 2020 and January 31, 2020. Please note that this will be the last entry class for this program as it will be transitioning out - Grade 4 Immersion Program will continue

Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window.

Please note that families with an older sibling currently in a French program are still required to complete an online application for the new student.

Please also note that transportation for French programming is currently being reviewed and there may be reduced bussing offered for all in French programming from 2020 and onward. Please note there may be uncertainty at the time of the application.

For further information about French as a Second Language programs, the application process and important dates, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/french.


 

Changes to French Programming

Junior Extended French (Gr. 4 Entry) Last Entry Class - September 2020 
Extended French (Gr. 7 Entry) Last Entry Class - September 2020 
Cosburn Intensive Extended (Gr. 6 Entry) Last Entry Class - September 2020
Immersion French (Gr. 4 Entry) - Continuing
SK Early French Immersion Final Entry at SK - September 2022
JK Early French Immersion First Entry at JK -  September 2022

For additional details, please click here https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/docs/QA%20Recommendations_ACCESSIBLE.PDF

 

Message From SAC

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West Prep Fall After-School / Lunch Programs

We have FUN after school and lunch programs for this coming fall 2019! 

Some of the programs have online registrations and others require you to send in a cheque to the school. Please pay attention to the grade requirements when signing your kids up for the programs offered.

 

Fall session will begin the week of Monday October 21st and will run for 8 weeks. Programs will end the week of December 9th. **Exceptions are noted below. All registration information is provided in the links below or a PDF attachment.

For questions, please contact:

Danielle Sucher - daniellesucher@gmail.com

Sarah Chris - sarahrchris@gmail.com

 

MONDAY: October 21st - December 9th

YOGA - lunch - Grades 1-6 Registration attached 

CHESS - lunch - Grades 1-6 Register online at: https://chess-math.org/westprep-fall2019 

SOCCER after school - Grades 1-6 (**Starts September 16th - November 4th**) Register online at: northyorkfc.com

 

TUESDAY:October 22nd - December 10th

DISCOVERY LAB - lunch - Grades 1-3 - In this fun, hands-on program, students will develop an understanding of how science applies to the world around us. Register online at: http://www.exploreitall.ca/west-prep-p-s/ 

COOKINGafter school - Grades 1-4 - Register online at: https://www.sites.google.com/site/cookingwithlesley

 

WEDNESDAY:October 23rd - December 11th

STUFFED MINIS & PLUSH EMOJIS - lunch - Grades 1-3 students will create unique stuffies that can be given to family and friends or keep for themselves! Register online at: http://www.exploreitall.ca/registrations/ 

TENTEN SPORTS - after school - Grades 1-6 will participate in Basketball, Hockey, Soccer and Dodgeball. Register online at: https://tentenkidssports.com/register/20

 

THURSDAY:October 24th - November 28th**

JR ROBOTICS lunch - Grades 1-3 will create projects that spark curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math while developing communication and teamwork skill. Register online at: https://creativeclubglobal.com/locations/west-preparatory-junior-public-school/

SR ROBOTICS - lunch  - Grades 4-6 will learn how to move their robots efficiently through obstacle courses. Students will lean new programming skills each week. Register online at: https://creativeclubglobal.com/locations/west-preparatory-junior-public-school/

 

 

Premier Agendas Delay

Message from the TDSB:

Dear parents/guardians,

We have just been informed that due to a significant production issue with our vendor, Premier Agendas, there will be a delay in the delivery of our school's student planners. This production issue has impacted the delivery of planners across the TDSB and across the province. While we can't confirm exactly when your child's school will receive shipment of planners, we have been told by Premier Agendas that all schools will receive their planners by the end of September.  Linked below are September and October calendars in two formats for use until planners arrive:

Should you wish to view or print the common TDSB elementary pages, please click on the link below

 


Welcome Back!

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On behalf of our entire staff at West Prep, we would like to welcome everyone back to school.  Please be sure to come by our webpage every so often, check our school calendar and especially our Twitter page - @tdsb_westprep to find out about all the amazing things that are going on at the best school in the TDSB! 

 

Welcome everyone!

2019-2020 Calendar

The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, inclusive.

First day of classes for all students is September 3, 2019
The last day of class for elementary students is June 25, 2020

19-20 calendar