Happy Last Day of School Winchester Families and Students!
Welcome to the last Day – thank you to our families for all your support and patience, through a year that tested us all. Thank you to Winchester staff who worked hard to engage students both in-person and online. Winchester is fortunate to have such committed families, dedicated staff, and engaged and curious students – great work everyone! We are hopeful that as we start the new year we will emerge from the pandemic with increasing opportunities to enjoy Winchester to its fullest.
Before we head off for the summer, below are some updates and reminders. Enjoy a safe and happy summer – looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, September 9!
Winchester school will be closed for the summer break beginning on July 2 – and will be closed on Thursday, July 1 for Canada Day. Winchester’s Main Office will re-open on Monday, August 30.
Report Cards will be mailed home via Canada Post, and emailed home through School Messenger.
Selection Forms (In-person or Virtual):
An email and repost on Dojo went out yesterday regarding Selection Forms. For more information and translations please visit:
What Class Will My Child Be in?
Because the Selection Forms will be completed mid-August, we will receive the number of students in virtual and in-person at the end of August. Student placement will occur once that information has been received. We anticipate families will receive an email through School Messenger after September 3 with class placement information, what to expect on the first few days, and updated protocols.
Toronto Public Library Summer Programs:
Welcome to June and the last few weeks of school. It's been a challenging time for families and students due to the pandemic. Winchester wanted to thank our community for their support over the last year -- without our families remote learning would not have been possible. Thank you for being partners in your child's education <3
During June we hold our Welcome to Winchester open house for SK students entering French Immersion and to Gr. 7 for our incoming students from Rose Avenue and other local schools.
Find out more about Winchesters' SK French Immersion:
June is about …
Pride Month https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1656/TDSB-Celebrates-Pride-Month
National Indigenous Heritage Month https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1657/National-Indigenous-History-Month
Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1655/TDSB-Celebrates-Portuguese-Speaking-Heritage-Month
Italian Heritage Month https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1654/TDSB-Celebrates-Italian-Heritage-Month
Welcome to May!
May is Jewish and Asian Heritage Month
Learn more about TDSB Heritage Month initiatives at:
May 3-7 is Children's Mental Health Week:
Although Provincially recognized the first week of May, this year is more important than ever to bring attention to Mental Health and Wellness. Take some time to explore the family resource and learn more about supporting your child and the whole family.
Stay well, Winchester :)
April is Latin American History Month and Sikh Heritage Month
Students participated in the TDSB kick off assembly for both Latin American and Sikh Heritage month -- thank you TDSB for the amazing opportunity.
April 7 -- students pivoted to Remote Learning. The school will follow the regular school schedule. Please watch for teachers posting links to Brightspace/Google Classroom --classroom timetables will be posted on ClassDojo for families. The school has organized a time for families to pick-up devices if required. Homeroom teachers will be taking names. Thank you for your patience! We are in this together Winchester!
Spirit Week will continue April 5-9
Spring Break April 12-16 -- no virtual classes for student
Ramadan April 12-May 12 -- Ramadan Mubarak to our families, staff and community
Virtual Talent Show April 9 -- watch for the link -- thank you Mr. Waechter!
Greek Heritage Month
International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -- March 21
Holi -- March 28-29
Pesach -- March 28-April 4
We returned to school on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. It was great to see students and their families!
New TPH Protocols
New health screening tool
New Return to School Confirmation Form
Looking for information? Check out the Toronto Public Health website for Parents and Caregivers https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-reopening-information-for-the-public/covid-19-school-information-for-parents-caregivers/?accordion=school-screening-tools
Or check out the TDSB: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning
Happy New Year! Winchester wishes our families and community health and happiness in 2021. Students will begin 2021 with Virtual Learning. The Government of Ontario announced on January 7 that Virtual Learning would continue until January 22. Students are scheduled to return to In-Person learning on Monday, January 25, 2021. We look forward to welcomed our students with enhances safety protocols. Currently, we are waiting to hear about further measures to ensure students are safe at school.
Dates to Remember:
January is Tamil Heritage Month
January's Character Trait is Teamwork
January 15 -- Professional Activity Day -- asynchronous learning day for students
Parent Workshop with Nurse Zoe -- COVID Information Session
When: Wednesday, December 9th @ 6PM
Early French Immersion Registration
Early French Immersion (SK Entry) Parent/Guardian Information Sessions (DATES BELOW).
Application opens on November 2, 2020 and the deadline to apply is November 27, 2020
This year, there will be three virtual (online webchat) information sessions for parents/guardians/community members interested in the Early French Immersion (SK entry) application process.
Please note the following dates/times of the Virtual Information sessions below:
November 2, 2020 7:00-8:00pm
Virtual (online webchat) Information Session
November 12, 2020 7:00-8:00pm
Virtual (online webchat) Information Session
November 19, 2020 10:00-11:00am
In order to participate in a live scheduled webchat, please visit the web page below and a link will be available to join on the dates/times outlined above.
For families requesting more information, please direct them to the following link:
Deadline for application (November 27) -- even for families who are currently attending the school (e.g., if you have a child already attending Winchester) -- an application is still necessary.
COVID 19 -- Update: October 1, 2020
Updates for Families:
September 25 -- Updates:
Welcome to the end of our second week!! With your support the entry and dismissal is beginning to run smoothly – thank you!
In this update are the following: inclement weather, new mask guidelines for families on school property and COVID 19 Management at School. Please note the safety protocols are being updated regularly by the TDSB – we will post any changes as they occur. Thank you in advance for helping us follow all protocols to ensure the safety of our community.
If we have severe weather (rain, snow, extreme cold or high winds) students are kept indoors. This year, the entry and dismissal will be a little more complicated, due to physical distancing, so we ask that you are prepared for the weather.
This is our inclement weather plan:
1. Families picking up or dropping off students – please arrive as close to entry/dismissal as possible. (entry: 9:15; dismissal SK: 3:15; dismissal Gr. 1-8 3:30)
2. Students will line up in the regular spot (line up in their class line-up) for both entry/dismissal
3. Students will be taken inside by staff on supervision duty beginning at 9:10
4. Students will be dismissed by their classroom teachers at 3:30 to their dismissal line. Families please line up on red line next to your child’s class line up area when picking-up students– students will line up in their class line-up both at entry/dismissal (please do not stand in front of the entry/dismissal doors – thank you!)
TDSB Updated Safety Protocols:
New Mask Guidelines: Clarification that parents/guardians who are on school property temporarily (e.g., drop off/pick up) must wear masks and physically distance.
“School visitors, including parents/guardians, are required to wear a mask/face covering when indoors and outdoors on school property, such as during pick-up and drop-off.”
COVID 19 Management at School:
Ensuring the health and safety of students and staff is a priority. TDSB follows direction from the Government of Ontario, who provided a recommended process for school boards to follow in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school. The TDSB also works together with Toronto Public Health who is responsible for determining IF an outbreak exits, declaring an outbreak and providing direction on outbreak control to be implemented as well as supporting contact tracing efforts.
The following outlines the processes in place – we thank you in advance for your patience and support. (*Please note these procedures have been revised as of September 24 – specifically, students going home with symptoms and the schools response.)
1. Self-Assessment – staff, students and parents are expected to be familiar with and recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Before arriving to school each day, everyone must perform a self-assessment prior to entering any TDSB location (please use the paper or APP https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Return-to-School/Health-and-Safety/Daily-Health-Screening) and remain home if they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or a close contact of a positive COVID case or have travelled internationally. It is recommended that they self-isolate and stay home and seek testing if they are demonstrating any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they do not pass the self-health assessment for any other reasons. These individuals are not permitted to enter the school and cannot return until they have met the requirements for entry. They will be expected to report the results of their COVID test to their Principal as soon as they are available so additional actions may be taken if necessary.
2. Showing Symptoms of COVID-19 – IF a student shows symptoms of COVID, they are encouraged to go for testing or speak to their healthcare provider. They should self-isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms unless: they have been tested and have a negative result or received an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider.*
If symptoms appear at school, student must wait in the Wellness Room until picked up. If test results are negation or they receive an alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider, and the student has not had a high risk exposure, they may return to school 24 hours after symptom free.*
*If the student who is symptomatic does NOT go for testing, they must self-isolate for 14 days from start of symptoms, unless they have received an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider. They should be encouraged to go for testing. After 14 days, if well, they can stop self-isolating, but do have to practice physical distancing. After 14 days, if unwell, contact Telehealth or primary health care provider. If student received an alternate diagnosis from their healthcare provider, they can return to school 24 hours after symptoms resolve.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our community safe and healthy!
September 14 Update:
We are back!! So nice to see everyone during the first week of school.
Below are some updates that we have shared via School Messenger and thought we should re-post here! Stay well and look after each other!
Hello Winchester Families -- We hope the first few days went well. It was wonderful to see everyone in person again!
To make morning entry smoother we are encouraging families to conduct the daily Health Screening at home. It can be done in paper or through the app. We've included a screen shot of the landing page for TDSB Website: Returning to School which explains the Daily Health Screening process and the App. Also, included is a link to the Questions and Answers about the Daily Health Screening App, which includes how to receive technical support that doesn't involving calling -- just send an email to Student Password / Device Help. Thank you for your support!
Happy Monday Winchester Families!
I hope the first week went as smoothly as possible. It was wonderful to see everyone!
As we are all very aware, this is a very different year. At Winchester, we are doing our very best to make things as 'normal' as possible for students, while adhering to TDSB and Toronto Public Health Guidelines. The items below are ones we continue to work on – and we very much appreciate your patience and support:
1. Hot Lunch -- as mentioned in an earlier Dojo post – Ms. Charmyne is working on having a bagged lunch for students. Unfortunately, Ms. Charmyne needs a little more time to organize the logistics. Please send students with lunches until Ms. Charmyne posts on Dojo that Hot Lunch is up and running. We are in the same position with Snack -- please send a snack with your child until you hear further -- apologies for the delay.
2. Class Switches -- we have been receiving requests regarding switching classes. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot make switches, as classes have a number cap and a number of considerations went into coordinating the class lists. One consideration was cohorting (e.g., bussing, after school programs etc.); the other was collapsed classes due to the number of students choosing remote learning, (Winchester lost 7.5 teachers), which resulted in reorganize while maintaining the cap. Consider this a time for your child to make new friends, a time to get to know a new teacher and enjoy being back at school! Thank you for understanding.
3. Remote Learning/In-person Learning Switches – switches can only happen during specified times outlined by TDSB. The TDSB posted the following for elementary families: “deadlines for elementary students to request a change is September 30, 2020 and the date the change would take effect is October 13, 2020.”
Need more information? Always check the TDSBWeb at: http://tdsbweb.tdsb.on.ca/
or gives us a call 416-393-1270.
We appreciate your patience and support -- THANK YOU!
Welcome to March! March is about HONESTY, Greek Heritage Month, Spring and of course March Break!
The Greek Heritage theme for this year is: "Inquire, Innovate, Inspire - Σπουδή, Καινοτομία, Έμπνευση"
Welcome to February! In February we celebrate African Heritage and Chinese Heritage Month. The Character Trait for the Month is Fairness. Winchester is looking forward to the following: Student Progress updates on February 14 with families; SAC meeting on February 20 and Career Fair on February 26 for grade 7-8.
Happy January Winchester! Welcome to 2020! January's Character Trait is Teamwork and it's Tamil Heritage Month. Students will be discussing and practicing Teamwork in class! During Wellness Week, January 27-31, we will be drawing names for students who have demonstrated Teamwork throughout the month !
Welcome to December! December is about Kindness and Caring! We have a number of events happening this month, such as the Book Fair and our annual sing-a-long.
Check out the google calendar (tab on the left Calendar of Events), your child's Classdojo and the Newsletters on this website to ensure you're up to date on all Winchester Happenings! Missed the post on Dojo about hot lunch, check out the tab on the left
Newsletters/Menu. Have a question? DM your child's teacher on Classdojo and call the main office at 416-393-1270.
Welcome to October Winchester Families!
We hope the first month of school has been a success! To find out about October Happenings, please make sure to check the Google Calendar; stay in touch with your child's class via ClassDojo and read our Newsletters post here monthly!
October is about Responsibility!
Happy Thursday Winchester Families!
Hoping everyone is enjoying the wonderful summer weather and preparing for Tuesday, September 3. The first day of school is just a few short days away – thought I would share some important details on what to expect on the first day and first week.
First Day: Tuesday, September 3
How do I find my child’s teacher? Welcome back letters were sent home on Wednesday and should arrive to you by Friday! The letter provides important details such as bell times, lunch time, your child’s room number and where to line up for entry and how to find your child at dismissal.
Students will meet their teachers in the following areas at 8:55 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. Look for the sign with the room number:
• SKs – please go directly to their classrooms
• Gr. 1, 1/2 (Rm. 6, 8, 9, 10) – Tennis Court (South Side/close to the garden)
• Gr. 2/3, 3/4, 4/5 (Rm. 7, 11, 13, 14) – Tennis Court (North Side/close to the basketball court)
• Gr. 4/5, Gr. 5/6 French Immersion (Rm. 101, 106, 102) – Basket Ball Court
• 7-8 English and French Immersion – please proceed to Gym at the bell using the Breezeway Doors
I didn’t receive the welcome back letter and it’s Friday! Don’t worry! All staff will be outside in the school yard at 8:45 to greet families. The staff can help you find the teacher and class. OR, give us a call on Friday afternoon before 4:00 and we can answer any questions. 416-393-1270
Hot Lunch and Snack? The Hot Lunch program will be available on the first day for $3 (exact change please). The Snack Program will begin September 16. Please send a healthy snack for the first two weeks. We have 2 lunch periods. Primary students (Gr. 1, 1/2, 2/3) eat lunch in the cafeteria from 11:40-12, while junior and intermediate students (Gr. 3/4, 4/5, 5/6) are outside for recess. At 12 o’clock the two groups swap; primary students go outside, while the junior and intermediate students eat in the lunchroom. Junior students (Gr. 3/4/5) must eat in the cafeteria. Once they finish their lunch, they can go back outside beginning at 12:20. With parental permission, Gr. 6-8 students may choose to have lunch off school property – for more information, please see the September Package, which will be sent home on Take-Home-Thursday (September 5).
September Package – this is a document that usually goes home with students during the first week and contains important documents that must be completed. This year we will send home hard copies, however, the TDSB will also be emailing families an on-line version of the forms for your convenience. If you have an email on file you will receive the package from TDSB. Please complete the information as soon as possible to ensure we have updated contact information. The September Package will also be posted on ClassDojo, and on our school website .https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/winchester/. NEW this year – on-line payment for t-shirts, snack, hot lunch, field trips and more! Instructions will be in the September Package. If you want to get a head start … https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. You can also contact the School Cash Online Parent Help Desk at 1-866-961-1803 and firstname.lastname@example.org. The Parent Help Desk is available to assist parents/guardians with the registration process, password recovery, accessing your account or payment issues.
After School Programs? CNH has a Before and After Care program – 416-925-4363, as does KClub 416-268-9954 and Wellesley Community Centre 416-392-0227. These programs run independent of Winchester, so checking with them on start times would be important. Each program does have a safe walk from Winchester (they pick up students at Winchester and walk them to the program location) and a designated meeting spot in the schoolyard.
Picking up your child?
Students can be dropped-off and picked-up at the following locations:
• Rm. 6, 8, 9, 10 – East Doors Heritage Building
• Rm. 11, 13, 14 – West Doors Heritage Building
• Rm. 101, 102, 106 – Rose Avenue Doors New Building (Basketball Court)
A gentle reminder if driving, please do not park in or near the bus loading zone on Rose Avenue, because of the narrow street and size of the busses, maneuvering around parked cars can be difficult and unsafe for everyone.
The first day will be a regular school day – Day 1 of the 5 day cycle. The times are as follows:
Entry bell: 8:55 (SK); 8:52 (Gr. 7/8); 8:58 (Gr. 1-6)
Dismissal bell: 3:05 (SK); 3:09 (Gr. 7/8); 3:15 (Gr. 1-6)
Lunch: 11:30-12:30 (SK); 11:34-12:30 (Gr. 7-8); 11:40-12:30 (Gr. 1-6)
Recess (Gr. 1-6): 10:32-10:42 a.m. 2:35-2:45 p.m.
Want to get involved? Winchester has a very active School Advisory Council (SAC). We will be having our first meeting on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Winchester Library. Join us and hear about all the wonderful initiative, sign up to receive updates or join one of the committee. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the school year!
Rita and DeAndra