TDSB & PIAC Conversations

TDSB families are invited to join us for a series of engaging and informative conversations on topics we heard you want to learn more about. Hear from leading experts and participate in question and answer sessions in these three sessions jointly hosted by the TDSB and PIAC.

Mental Health, Well-Being & Routines in the Early Years

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Speakers:

Moderator: Heather Johnson, Social Work, TDSB

Join here!

 

Mental Health Well-Being and Routines in Adolescents & Teens

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Amy Cheung, Psychiatrist Sunnybrook
  • Scott St. Marie, Keynote Speaker, YouTuber & Podcast Host

Moderator: to be confirmed

Join here!

 

Talking Race With Your Children

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Speakers:  

  • Dr. Kang Lee, OISE
  • Vidya Shah, Associate Professor, York University

Moderator: Michelle Munroe, Co-ordinator Family Engagement, TDSB

Join here!

June 2 - Retrieval of Student Belongings

Dear West Prep Families,
 

The TDSB has secured a protocol for access to schools with strict guidelines from Toronto Public Health.  In accordance with these guidelines, we will be opening up our school on June 8, 9 & 10th for families to come into the school to retrieve any items left behind by children as well as to return any school items, textbooks, library books, sports uniforms, music instruments and any other school items. 

 

Entering the school is not mandatory.  IF you choose to not enter the building, we will have a bin outside so that you may drop off labelled items.  Families that have music instruments at home, please feel free to drop off the instruments at the front desk at Exit 3. - West Prep Children’s Centre.  If your child has a TDSB Ipad or Chromebook device, please do not bring it as your child will have access to the device for the summer. Instructions regarding TDSB devices will be sent at a later date.

 

Our protocol will follow strict directions from Toronto Public Health where everyone will be required to wear a mask and only allowed to spend no more than 15 minutes in the building. We appreciate your patience and support as we work through this together.  

 

In order to gain access to the building, please fill our West Prep Family Retrieval form before June 6th.  

 

Retrieval of Personal Belongings

The health and safety of individuals – staff, students and parents – is of utmost importance. Everyone must follow Toronto Public Health prevention measures during visits (e.g. masks must be worn, hand sanitizing before entering, physical distancing).  Please note that Caretaking staff on site will be performing enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the day, but that schools/sites have not been deep cleaned and/or sanitized during the closure period. Also, any personal belongings that are retrieved are in an as-is state and no items have been cleaned or sanitized prior to collection.  We ask that everyone bring a bag or two to retrieve their child's belongings and to not touch any other desk or items that do not belong to your child.

 

We ask the following of everyone coming in:

  • Be patient, as only 10 families will be allowed per 15 minute time slot in the building
  • Try to come alone, though we recognize this may not be possible for all families
  • Conduct a self-assessment based on this list of symptoms and if you have any, please do not come 
  • Access will not be granted to anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Arrive at your designated time
  • Enter through the designated door - Exit 3 West Prep Children's Centre door
  • Use hand sanitizer and wear a mask or face covering
  • Respect all physical distancing requirements, staying at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you  
  • Follow directional signs throughout the building
  • Please drop off classroom textbooks, classroom library books and other classroom items in your child's classroom
  • Please drop off items, such as library books, sports uniforms and musical instruments at the entrance door (please label the item with your child’s name, teacher)
  • Bring at least one or two bags to retrieve your child's belongings 
  • Retrieve belongings from your child’s classroom(s) quickly
  • Put any garbage in the bins provided  
  • Exit by following the directional arrows and signs out of the building and property promptly
 

We understand this may seem like a lot to process but we will be with you every step of the way to make this as comfortable as possible.

 

On behalf of our entire West Prep staff, be safe and be well. 

Mr. da Luz

May 25 Update - Covid19

Greetings to our entire West Prep Community,

 

On behalf of all of us at West Prep, we sincerely hope that our students and families continue to be healthy, safe and well as we continue to navigate through these times. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone in our school community who continue to engage in remote learning to the very best of their abilities.

 

Please see the letter, sent to TDSB Parents/Guardians on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from our Director, John Malloy, for the most recent update and information regarding TDSB School Closures. As noted in the letter, "the Government of Ontario announced that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and that remote learning will continue until the end of June."  West Prep staff will continue to their very best to teach and engage students remotely for the remainder of the year.

There are still many unanswered questions for all of us, but please be sure to stay up to date with our website as well as our West Prep School Twitter for timely and up-to-date details on any and all information.

 

Access to West Prep

March 13, just before the March Break, very few, if anyone expected to be away from our school for this long.  With the Ministry of Education's announcement earlier this month, we know now that all Ontario schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year.  With this in mind, the TDSB has submitted a plan to Toronto Public Health to allow families to retrieve children's belongings in schools.  As soon as we receive direction from TPH, we will share with all of our West Prep families as to how they will be able to safely come to West Prep and retrieve their child's belongings and to return any school books and equipment.

 

Moving?

Each year at this time the school is busy working on class organization for the following school year. In order to assist us in our planning and organization for September 2020, we would appreciate it if families that are moving over the summer please email westpreparatorypsjr@tdsb.on.ca



Summer Programs – TDSB

TDSB's elementary summer school program focus is to close the achievement and well-being gap and to continue student engagement into July. Programs for students currently in Grades 3 to 8 will be delivered from July 6 to 31, 2020 from 9am to 12pm. French programs will also be available for students currently in a French Immersion or Extended French Program. Remote synchronous learning will be offered. There is a possibility that learning may move from remote learning to in-class learning environments in accordance with the ongoing guidance of the Ministry of Education. Registration is online and is currently open to the public. More information is available at www.tdsb.on.ca/summer

 

International Languages Elementary/African Heritage

The International Languages Elementary/African Heritage Program offers language classes to students Kindergarten to Grade 8. Classes will run from July 6 to 31, 2020 from 1:30 to 4pm. A minimum of 23 students is required to open a language class. Remote synchronous learning will be offered. There is a possibility that language learning may move from remote learning to in-class learning environments in accordance with the ongoing guidance of the Ministry of Education. Registration will be online and open on Monday, May 25, 2020. More information is available on www.ileprograms.ca.

 

Community Programs

Adult General Interest courses will be offered in July to continue to engage with existing learners, while increasing the presence and awareness of Learn4Life programs to new learners. Courses will be offered from July 6 to 31, 2020 through a synchronous online delivery model. Registration will be available through our website at www.learn4life.ca.

 

Adult ESL

Adult ESL is planning on delivering a remote synchronous learning model, with whole group and small group instruction, from July 6 to July 24, 2020 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Classes will be five days a week for three weeks. We will also be implementing a modified Portfolio-Based Language Assessment program to include 1 to 2 assessments. The number of classes and levels will be based on student enrollment, interest and funding. More information is available on www.ESLtoronto.ca

 


To our entire community, we miss you and all of us would all rather be back together at West Prep.  However, we must continue to stay safe by being diligent in regards to our physical distancing, hand washing and following health guidelines. Our number one priority will always be the health and well-being of our school community.


Stay Home, Social Distance and Lots of Hand Washing!  

Wishing everyone the very best!

May 19 - TDSB Update

A message from TDSB Director John Malloy:

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Government of Ontario announced today that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those in the Toronto District School Board, will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and that remote learning will continue until the end of June. We know that news of the extended closure may be challenging for some but this decision was made with the safety of students, staff and school communities in mind.

An expanded summer learning plan was also announced by the government. Summer learning programs will take place in July and August and will include new and existing credit and non-credit supports for students including summer school, course upgrading, and targeted programs for vulnerable students, students with special education or mental health needs, and Indigenous students. The Ministry of Education is asking school boards to plan for summer learning to be delivered through remote teaching and learning, however in-person teaching and learning could be possible should emergency measures be eased or lifted during the summer. With today’s announcement, the TDSB can now finalize its summer learning plan and will be sharing that in the near future.

A gradual reopening of child care centres located in TDSB schools is expected to begin when the province transitions to Stage 2 of its Framework for Reopening our Province and will be based on the best advice of public health officials and will include strict safety protocols. As for TDSB Extended Day Program Summer Camps, the Ministry of Education says that, assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, they may be permitted in July and August of this year with strict health and safety guidelines.

We know that some students and families are eager to collect personal belongings that remain in our schools. Please be assured that plans are underway to determine how this can be done safely. We are working with Toronto Public Health on next steps and will share the plan as soon as it is finalized.

I want thank you again for your input on our recent parent/guardian survey where nearly 40,000 people joined an online conversation to share their thoughts. Expectations of what learning looks like vary greatly, but the common theme we heard was that students enjoy interaction with teachers and peers and the connection and engagement it offers. Just like in the regular classroom, interaction happens in a variety of ways and we continue to work with staff and partners to support student learning, engagement and well-being.

Finally, many of you are no doubt wondering when students will return to school and what it may look like when that happens. The government has said that it will announce a plan at a later date with regard to resuming school in September and that the necessary adaptations will be made to classrooms and the rhythm of the school day to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please note that the Minister of Education has also provided a letter for parents/guardians with more information on today’s announcement.

Sincerely,

May 4 Update - Covid19

Dear West Prep families,

We hope this post finds you healthy, safe and well, as we continue into the month of May with remote learning. On behalf of our entire West Prep team, thank you for continuing the course and doing everything you can to help stop the spread of Covid19. Thank you for staying home, social distancing and of course washing your hands. :) Please know that our West Prep team is thinking of our students and all of our West Prep families. 

As we move forward into May we have begun planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Our tentative school model is based on the following information:

  • 5 Kindergarten classes
  • 3 Grade 1 classes
  • 1 Grade 1/2 class
  • 2 Grade 2 classes
  • 1 Grade 2/3 class
  • 2 Grade 3 classes
  • 2 Grade 4 classes
  • 1 Grade 4/5 class
  • 2 Grade 5 classes
  • 2 Grade 6 classes

Enrolment projections across the board are more unstable this year, given the pandemic, and therefore we may see realignment in the fall. Please note that changes to our model may happen.

If you are not returning to West Prep in September or have moved residence, please email Ms. Ramcharan at Cherry-Ann.Ramcharan@tdsb.on.ca as soon as possible.

Class Placements

As we begin to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, all schools follow an established class placement process. Our teaching staff is fully committed to ensuring the best possible placement for students as we follow a process that takes into consideration a number of factors. The following are key criteria used in placing your child and creating next year’s classes:

  • Balance of class sizes
  • Balance of achievement levels
  • Balance of gender
  • Students’ abilities and strengths (Learning Profiles)
  • Students’ needs and learning skills/behaviour
  • Student social dynamics that will enable them to learn together productively


West Prep teachers are committed to establishing classes that will provide for the best learning opportunities for each and every child. This being said, we recommend that you speak to your child's teacher and let them know of any information that you feel will help when it comes time to place students in next year's classes. Your child's teacher will be the best advocate for your child's placement next year. Once you have spoken to your child's teacher, you may wish to provide an email addressed to Principal da Luz, Manny.DaLuz@tdsb.on.ca, with any additional insights that you believe may be helpful in placing your child. All correspondence must be received by no later than May 15th, 2020.

The letter should state the unique qualities about your child that we may not be aware of or describe a learning environment that will support your child’s progress. Please note we will not accept requests for specific teachers. The information you provide will be taken, when possible, into consideration by staff during class placement meetings. Your child’s class placement for the 2020-2021 school year will be noted in his/her June report card. If there are any adjustments to class placement that need to be made, they will be done in September 2020 during school re-organization.

The placement decisions are the professional responsibility of staff who work closely with your child throughout the year. However, the final placement decision of any particular student rests with the Principal and is based on what is best, not only for each individual, but for the school as a whole.

Thank you for your support.

Wishing everyone strength, patience and courage in these trying times. We are all in this together!

Apr. 28 Update - Covid 19

To our West Prep families:

okWe hope that you and your family are doing well, as all of us do our very best to social distance, remain healthy and stay at home. All of us at West Prep are thinking about and missing our students as we continue to miss our regular school routines.  In addition we are thinking about and are extremely grateful to the many West Prep families that provide so many essential services in our city ...Thank You!

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Education recently announced that schools will remain closed until May 31st.  Until then, West Prep staff will continue to reach out to students to provide remote learning experiences in partnership with all of our families.  As we continue learning at home, we mustn't forget that children's mental health and well-being will continue to be at the forefront.  There are several Student Resources that the board has provided, but also please reach out to your child's teacher if you need support. 

In the meantime, please take care.  We may be apart physically, but we remain unified in getting through this global pandemic together and coming out on top in the not so distant future.

Please check our school twitter feed regularly for updated information - twitter.com/tdsb_westprep

Wishing our entire West Prep community the very best!!

March 31 Update - Covid19

Greetings to our West Prep community from the entire West Prep staff.

Thank you for hanging in and doing the best that you have been doing to keep our kids learning and thriving as best as possible. As you may already know, the Minister of Education has announced that we are now entering Phase 2 of the Continuation of Learning Plan, as schools will be closed for the month of April.

By now, your child's teacher has reached out to say hello as well as to gather some information about technology availability at your home.  Staff have also met over the last few weeks to plan for the start of remote learning starting on April 6th. Many of our amazing staff have used platforms like Google Classroom, class websites, Twitter and email communication in the past.  However, for many, this will be the first attempt at being Distance Educators.  We ask in advance that you bare with us, as all of us extend our learning to support new teaching techniques.

In the meantime, we ask that you continue to follow what Health Professionals and Policy makers are asking all of us to do in order to fight Covid-19.

  • Stay At Home
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Social Distance
  • Look out for One Another

In the meantime, please stay in touch with your child's teacher and please check our school's Twitter page: twitter.com/tdsb_westprep for up to date information.

Be well, stay healthy and know that we are in this together! Wishing you the very best from all of us!! 

Here is Director Malloy's letter to parents that was sent out on March 31st.

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March 24 Update - Covid19

cv19A heartfelt Hello and We Miss You to all of our West Prep students, families and extended community,

 

Like everyone, we wish that our circumstances were different.  We wish that we were back at school, having fun, learning and continuing with our school year. However, this is not the case, as we are facing unprecedented and challenging times that are requiring all of us to find new ways to keep a sense of normality going.  All of us at school hope that our students and our families are keeping well and as best as possible.  Most important, and above all else, is everyone's health and well-being.  Please take care yourself and your family and please follow Health Canada guidelines around COVID-19.

 

I cannot emphasize enough what all of the Health professionals are asking of us…

  • Stay at Home
  • Practice Social Distancing 
  • Wash your hands often
  • Limit your trips to the grocery store
  • Do not have friends over for dinner parties
  • Do not arrange play dates for children
  • Do not congregate in playgrounds or dog parks

 

Let’s all do our part to stay safe, but also to protect those that are helping to protect us, by staying at home. 

 

We would like to acknowledge and say A BIG THANK YOU to all of our West Prep families that work in the healthcare field, those that continue to work at grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses who are helping us to stay safe.

 

As we follow Ministry and Board guidelines around learning, please note that we are currently in Phase 1 of the Ministry’s Continuation of Learning Plan.

 

Having said that, support for student learning was launched with the Ministry of Education’s Learning at Home website. This portal provides supplementary learning materials in Math and Literacy for elementary and secondary students to continue their learning during the COVID-19 school closure period. The ministry stated that these resources do not replace what students have been learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate learning loss during the COVID-19 shutdown period.

 

With the recent announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools will be closed beyond April 5, the Ministry of Education will launch a second phase of Learn at Home. Those details will be shared once we have them.

 

The TDSB has also provided additional online resources that will support the Ministry’s Learn at Home initiative, covering a range of grades and subjects that may be helpful for students and parents during this time. It is important to note that these online resources are not mandatory or graded and are meant for families to use as optional resources to support independent learning while students are at home.

 

In addition, the ministry has asked school boards to use the next two weeks to develop plans to re-establish the delivery of curriculum, and to explore ways to provide students with access to devices and internet connectivity in the event the closure is extended. The Ministry and the board are exploring a range of ways that teachers will be supported to be able to reach students during the school closure period.

 

We understand that parents and students are very concerned about this interruption to student learning. We also understand the importance of teachers, administrators and all education staff to provide the learning opportunities and programs our students need.


We ask for your patience and understanding as all stakeholders finalize how direct support to students will be offered. These are challenging times, but I know that we will get through this together.

 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support, be safe and looking forward to seeing one another in the not too distant future.

Mr. da Luz 

March 5 Ward Forum

Live Webcast: Thursday, March 5 at 7-9 p.m.
https://www.tdsb.on.ca/stream/liveWebcastWF.html or join in person - Boardroom 5050 Yonge St.  Learn more at www.tdsbengage.ca


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Wash Your Hands

Hand Washing

The TDSB continues to provide information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as updated by Toronto Public Health.  The links below, are a letter from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, with the latest information:

Letter from Medical Officer of Health

Toronto Public Health has also created the following Fact Sheet with additional updated information:

Toronto Public Health Fact Sheet ​​​​​​​

Feb. 6 2020 at North Toronto C.I.

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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]

 

Toy Drive 2019

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TDSB 2020-2021 French as a Second Language

FSL2020-2021 GRADE 4 JUNIOR EXTENDED FRENCH PROGRAM

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