The Wilcox Word

As we prepare to return to school after a long weekend, we want to remind you to be vigilant in following the protocols that have been put in place as the actions of one impact the health and safety of all in our community.

Toronto Public Health Guidelines – What to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms

If your child has one or more (new or worsening) symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay at home, self-isolate, and get tested. It is important that you contact us at school to let us know that your child has COVID-19 symptoms. Then make an appointment at an Assessment Centre near you to get tested. Children can get a throat or nose swab. Saliva tests are also available. If a child is at school when they develop symptoms, we have saliva tests available for children to do at school with parental consent.

The siblings or children in the same household as the child with symptoms also must stay home and self-isolate. If the child with symptoms was a close contact of someone with COVID-19, everyone in the home needs to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

We recognize that sometimes children are sick for other reasons. If your health care provider has said your child’s symptoms are not related to COVID-19, your child may return to school 24 hours after their symptoms have improved. Siblings can also return to school. For colds or respiratory symptoms, your health care provider cannot rule out COVID-19 without a test.

If your child was home from school due to symptoms of COVID-19, or someone in the household being a close contact of a person with COVID-19, it is important to complete the Back to School Confirmation form. Forms can also be found on the TPH website and are also available in Arabic | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Farsi French | Gujarati | Hindi | Punjabi | Slovak | Somali | SpanishTamilTibetan | Urdu ).


Coffee and Conversation

We covered a variety of topics during the Coffee and Conversation on April 1st. Thank you to a parent who summarized the highlights below for those who were unable to attend:

Topic: Oakwood Collegiate asymptomatic testing from last month. Larger turnout than ever before. Women’s College Hospital and testing network has since adjusted the framework to reduce waits and exposure. No positive cases at the school uncovered at that testing session.

Topic: Vaccination advocacy for education workers.  Apparently phase two (2) of the provincial plan begins in April, and includes teachers. Advocating to have teachers vaccinated over April break to required time off during school hours.

Topic: Next year’s staffing framework was released to Toronto schools this week. Teacher and Parent consultation teams have been set up to look at various models.  Estimate 366 students registered for 2021/2022, and expect to operate with all students in-school.  In May, school will email families requesting input on best learning environments for their child to assist in planning classes.

Topic: Budget for next year.  All school budgets are available online here to see the breakdown of allocated funds. School board has advised that September 2021 will revert to pre-pandemic budget levels, but details are not released yet. School works to optimize funds available. For instance, able to obtain 30 new chromebooks this year for the school without using the school budget.  


April is Sikh Heritage Month at the TDSB

Sikh Heritage Month is proudly recognized at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the month of April. On March 22, 2016, the Board of Trustees voted to designate April of each year as Sikh Heritage Month, making the TDSB the first school board in Canada to do so. This designation matches the recognition by the province of Ontario that proclaimed the Sikh Heritage Month Act in December 2013.   This year our theme is Growing our Future: The Legacy of Sikh Farmers.Sikh Canadians have lived in Ontario since the turn of the twentieth century. They have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario and their traditions and culture continue to be a vibrant part of every aspect of life of Canadians today. This includes many Sikh families who are engaged in farming throughout Canada.We are inviting all TDSB community, students and staff to join our virtual Sikh Heritage Month launch to recognize the contributions of Sikh Canadians. Join us for a remarkable afternoon of information and celebration – Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – click here.


April is Latin-America History Month at the TDSB

During the month of April, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) proudly recognized Latin-America History Month. In April 2016, our TDSB Board of Trustees voted that April be designated as Latin-America History Month. The motion was a result of advocacy on behalf of TDSB students, educators, parents/caregivers as well as community organizations within LAEN-The Latinx, Afro-Latin-America Abya Yala Education Network. Together, hundreds of community members called for the TDSB to take up the work of addressing social inequities harming TDSB school families with ancestry from the Lands that are known in Western mainstream culture as Latin-America.This year’s theme – a “(DeColonizing) Latin-America History Month: Learning together, from the Eagle, Quetzal and Condor about our pasts with our relatives of today,” – braids the different elements of our complex and diverse personal, academic and professional identities, lived experiences, ways of knowing and teaching, social positionality and levels of impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to grow stronger as a TDSB community by sharing our stories of resilience, struggle and success, in relation to intentionally honouring and co-creating with the many territories and peoples over which the Eagle, the Quetzal and the Condor fly.Please join us for the Latin-America Virtual Launch Celebration taking place on Wednesday, April 7th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Click here


April is Hispanic Heritage Month at the TDSB

During the month of April the TDSB recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month. In March 2010, our TDSB Board of Trustees voted that April be designated as Hispanic Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board.As stated in the Hispanic Heritage Month Act, (May 5, 2015): “Ontario is home to more than 400,000 first-, second- and third-generation Canadian of Hispanic origin. As early as 1914, Canadians who originated from 23 Hispanic countries began immigrating to the province and today the Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing in Ontario. Hispanic-Canadians represent a dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario.By proclaiming the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario, the province recognizes the rich contributions of Hispanic-Canadians to our social economic, political and multicultural fabric. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in the province.”


Prime Minister’s Awards

Canada’s educators are showing resilience and commitment to students in the face of COVID-19. We have some exceptional educators at J.R. Wilcox. Consider nominating one of them for a 2021 Prime Minister’s Award! This program honours innovative and outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and early childhood educators who are helping prepare Canadian youth for the challenges of tomorrow. The nomination deadline has been extended for the 2021 competition until April 27, 2021. Looking for inspiration? Check out previous teaching and early childhood education award recipients. 2021 nomination packages are available at www.pma.gc.ca. The nomination deadline is April 27, 2021 at 11:59 a.m. (Pacific Time).


Elementary Summer School 2021

The focus of the Elementary Summer School Program is to support student learning and engagement through the month of July. Programs, embedded in Literacy and Numeracy, are developed by the local summer school principal to reflect the local school focus.  Thirty-eight programs are offered to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, from July 5 – 30, 2021, in-person or online through virtual instruction. Registration is now open! Click here for a full list of participating schools and registration information.


Morning News

Did you know that our announcements take on a different format on Fridays? The Morning News show is created with students and has regular features, such as the Land Acknowledgement, O Canada, and student birthdays. Our news anchors also plan special news segments. Past segments have included book recommendations and interesting facts our students are learning about. Today’s news celebrated J.R. Wilcox students who won awards in the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Contest. Kymani, Jestina, Therra, Lukas M. and Sofia R. won awards in the poster category, and Leo D. won for his poem in the literary category. It was exciting for students to see themselves celebrated for their work. Each week, we have more and more students volunteering to anchor the news. The link to watch the news at 11:25 on Fridays is on our Google Calendar.


School Council

School Council is looking to drive more attendance and engagement at their meetings so next week, March 31 from 7-8 pm the council will be giving away prizing via Q&A to those in attendance. Click here for the agenda. Additionally, if you have any questions you’d like answered, please log them here so we answers can be provided in the meeting. See you next week!


Thank you to Yael in the EarlyON Centre for sharing this neighbourhood bingo game. All the photographs included were taken in close proximity to the school. Print out this page or use the photo above. As you walk around your neighbourhood, try to find each of the items shown on the bingo card. When you have found all of the items, shout “Bingo!”


Coffee and Conversation

Join Ms. Vine and Ms. Collins for Coffee and Conversation on Thursday, April 1st at 9:30. It’s a chance for us to connect as a community, ask questions, and share stories. No agenda, just casual conversation. A link will be sent out closer to the date.


COVID-19 Health Protocols

We appreciate everyone’s support in using the COVID-19 screening tool and following the Toronto Public Health guidelines should a child or family member display COVID symptoms. If your child has been absent from school due to exposure or symptoms and has gone for a COVID test, it is essential that you complete and submit the BACK TO SCHOOL CONFIRMATION FORM. The safety of our students, staff and their families depends on open communication and following the protocols that we have in place. 


We Fight Racism

J.R. Wilcox and the Toronto District School Board commit to standing up against  discrimination and acts of racism in all of its forms. Anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, whenever and wherever they occur. Now more than ever, we need to work together, to build a more just and inclusive world for all of us. This year to honor the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, the United Nations has chosen its theme, “Youth Standing Up Against Racism” using the hashtag, #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of anti discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial injustice. Here is a glimpse into what some of our classes did to #FightRacism.

Mrs. Thackray’s Grade 1 and 2 students read the story Say Something by Peter Reynolds and discussed what an important tool our voice is for combating racism. Then, working with the Koffler Gallery, they created miniature posters for their galleries with words that inspired them.

We Miss Our Virtual Students

Is your child in the TDSB Virtual School? We would love to see some of the work they’ve been doing. Consider sending a photo of your child “in school’ or something they are working on and we’ll feature it in a future edition of The Wilcox Word.


Greek Heritage Month

March is Greek Heritage Month at the TDSB. It is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Greek Canadians to Canada, and an occasion to mark and enjoy the history of Greek culture. This year marks the 200th year of Independence for Greece. The theme for this year is: 1821-2021 Freedom and Unity – Ελευθερíα και Ενóτητα Learning From Our Roots…Shaping Our Future. For more information and resources, please visit the GHM website https://sites.google.com/a/tdsb.on.ca/greekheritagemonth/

Parent Engagement Speaker

Screenagers Next Chapter — Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience Screening 

◾Speaker: Screening followed by facilitated conversation with Director Delaney Rushton 

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m. 

High stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people. In the documentary Screenagers, we witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought-leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teen’s mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.


COVID-19 Screening Before Students Come to School

Every student must complete a COVID-19 screening before coming to school each day. Toronto Public Health has a COVID-19 screening questionnaire for students JK to Grade 12 that you can use. If your child has one or more symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Keep your child home, even if the symptoms are mild.
  • Siblings and other children in the home must also stay home.
  • Arrange for your child to get tested or contact your health care provider.
  • Without testing, your child and their siblings must stay home for 10 days. A doctor’s note is not needed for return to school.
  • Monitor your family for symptoms. Adults must stay home if they have one or more symptom.

For more information, visit: Toronto Public Health’s Information for Parents and Caregivers.

Bedtime Story

Join Ms. Vine for a bedtime story on Twitter , on Sunday March 14th 7:00 p.m. Hop into your pjs, and settle in for a story. Together #WeAreWilcox

A Glimpse Into our Classrooms

Mrs. Saskin’s Kindergarten class focussed on the special women in their lives.

Parent Engagement Speakers

This week, Michelle Munroe, Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator, joined us to talk about how we can better serve our parent/caregiver community at J.R. Wilcox. We had open and honest conversation around race and inclusion, what works on our School Council and what needs improvement. We are always looking at ways to reach more parents/caregivers in our community.

Join us for our next Parent Engagement opportunity on Tuesday, April 27th, when we welcome our social worker, Suzy Brotman, and psychologist, Alison Blakely who will speak with us about Mental Health and Well-Being during this difficult time in our history. This parent engagement opportunity will be the latter part of our School Council meeting.


We have had another busy week of learning and building community at J.R. Wilcox. On Monday, we said goodbye to Roberto Tontodonati, who has been our head caretaker and welcomed Brad Sullivan to the role. We are pleased to have him join us.

On Wednesday, our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students enjoyed meeting Luca Lazylegz Patuelli, who is a dancer and choreographer. He told us he was born with a condition that made his legs weak, taught himself to dance, and then broke his leg at a competition. Nothing has stopped him, however, and he continues to dance and perform. He shared stories of resilience and overcoming challenges and introduced us to his “Ill Abilities” Crew. His message to us all – there are NO LIMITS to what we can do.

On Thursday evening, School Council organized our family activity night, offering programming in yoga, music, nutrition, origami, and dance. Students and their families were able to enjoy family programming, while coming together as a community. It was truly a #WeAreWilcox event!

A Look inside our Classrooms

There has been a lot of discussion around Black History happening in our classrooms. Below are some images from Mr. Clement’s Grade 5/6 class and Mrs. Winston’s Grade 2/3 class.

Mrs. Rath’s Grade 7/8 class made marble runs as part of their learning. Click on the photo below to see how this wall-size run works.

Our Kindergarten students have been working on animal habitats (Ms. Haidarali) , current events (Mrs. Hetherington), and building with 3D shapes (Ms. Saskin).

Parent Engagement

Join us on Thursday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. when Michelle Munroe, Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator, talks with us about how to build a stronger and more inclusive parent/caretaker community at J.R. Wilcox. Click here to join the conversation.

Join us on Tuesday, April 27th, when we welcome our social worker, Suzy Brotman, and psychologist, Alison Blakely who will speak with us about Mental Health and Well-Being during this difficult time in our history. This parent engagement opportunity will be the latter part of our School Council meeting. Click here to join the School Council meeting and mental health conversation.

Thank you to our families for your diligence in completing the Daily Health Screening. By keeping all children in the household home when one member has a symptom of COVID-19, we are all able to stay healthy.

Stronger Than Hate

This week, our Grade 6-8 students (including Mr. Clement’s Grade 5s) participated in a live virtual program, Stronger Than Hate – A Call to Action. It was a joint presentation by the TDSB’s African Heritage Committee, Jewish Heritage Committee, Liberation75, USC Shoah Foundation, and Peel District School Board. Over 10,000 people/classes joined in the conversation to hear the stories of how the 761st Tank Battalion, the first all African-American Tank Battalion in World War II, helped to defeat the Nazis as well as liberate several concentration camps. We heard stories from Max Eisen, a survivor of the Holocaust, as well as Joe Wilson Jr, son of a member of the 761st Tank Battalion. With the world seeing an increase in anti-black racism and anti-semitism, this conversation helped us consider what we have learned from history and witnesses to genocide, and reflect on how that knowledge can help us take action to counteract hate.

We also want to acknowledge the anti-Asian racism and violence that has increased under the COVID-19 pandemic. J.R. Wilcox condemns racism of every kind, is actively working to be anti-racist, and wishes to offer support to families, students, and staff throughout this very difficult time in our history. Click here for supports available for mental health and well-being. As well, please reach out to us – we are here to support you.


Virtual Family Fun Night – Thursday, March 4

J.R. Wilcox School Council is bringing our community together for a Virtual Family Night this Thursday, March 4th from 6:30-7:30. Register for 2 of 5 sessions, including nutrition, music, dance, yoga and origami. Click here to register and a zoom link will be sent to your email to log on at the scheduled time.


Hearts & Minds February Newsletter from TDSB Psychological Services

Click the image below to read the full issue.


Midtown’s Got Talent – March 25


We were thrilled to welcome everyone back to school this week! Our students did an amazing job following the routines and procedures put in place to keep everyone safe. We are grateful for the cooperation of our parents and caregivers who continue to be diligent with the daily health screening. We welcomed our Public Health Nurse on Friday as she visited to ensure that we were doing everything possible to ensure the safety of everyone in the building.

Did you know that Toronto Public Health has provided schools with a Decision Tool to assist us in knowing when a student or staff member needs to be excluded from school? If you are unsure what to do if a member of your household has a symptom, tests positive for COVID-19, or is considered a close contact of someone who has tested positive, please reach out and we will assist you.

Parents and caregivers are reminded to send extra masks with their children and review how to store the mask when taking it off to eat or to have a mask break.


Ms. Hunt’s Grade 3 Students Air Their Dirty Laundry

Click the image below to see the creative ways students used clothing to create art while learning virtually at home.


Support for Parents and Caregivers

Virtual Office Hours for Parents and Caregivers will happen every Tuesday at 10am-11am and Thursday at 7pm-8pm.  Every session will have  3 representatives from the different Professional Support Services Departments including: Child and Youth Services, OT/PT, Psychological Services, Social Work and Speech-Language Services.  While this is not a space for therapeutic intervention, it is a space where parents/caregivers can get some support in navigating their children’s needs in relation to Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Interpretation will be available as required.


Morning Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., we are unable to provide parking for families as all spots are needed for staff. When dropping off your children, please park along Winnett Avenue or Atlas Avenue. Please do not park along Ava Road as the school busses stop on the south side and congestion builds up on the north. Thank you for your cooperation.


Fun in the Snow! Students Enjoyed our First Big Snow Fall.


School Council

Our School Council meets the last Tuesday of each month. Please join us on Tuesday, February 23rd from 7-8 p.m. for our next meeting. Click here for this week’s agenda.


Returning to School

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school when in-person learning resumes on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Further to the message from Toronto Public Health earlier this week, we want to remind you of a few important things we must continue to do to help keep our schools safe and healthy for both students and staff before we come together again.

New TPH Screening Tool for Students

One of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools is for students to screen themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and also follow the circumstances in which they should stay home. Toronto Public Health (TPH) has revised its screening tool for students.The update is that everyone in a household must now complete the updated COVID-19 screening daily. The TDSB Student Health Pass has been updated with this change. Students will receive a hard copy of the new Health Pass on Tuesday. Specific changes to the school screening tools include the following:

  • Household member has symptoms: If anyone in the household has one or more COVID-19 symptoms, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home from school until COVID-19 has been ruled out. If the household member with one or more symptoms does not go for testing, the children and adults in the home who attend a school setting must stay home for 10 days.
  • Household member has travelled: If anyone in the household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home from school until the person who travelled completes the federally-required 14 days of self-isolation. If the individual is exempt from this self-isolation because they perform an essential job (e.g. truck driver, pilot), the rest of the household can still attend school.
  • Close contact of someone who had COVID-19: If anyone in the household is self-isolating at home because they were a close contact of someone who had COVID-19, all children in the household will need to stay home from school until the person who was a close contact completes the 14 days of self-isolation. Adults who attend a school setting can still attend school as long as the person who was a close contact does not have symptoms.

Testing for COVID-19
Toronto Public Health recommends staff, students and their household members who have even one mild symptom of COVID-19 get tested. TPH will continue to recommend asymptomatic testing in schools where necessary and will work with testing partners to coordinate testing in high-risk cohorts. We will provide updates on testing as it becomes available.

Continued Health and Safety Practices
Please remind your child of the continued importance of hand washing, physical distancing and mask wearing, which is required for all staff and students. Toronto Public Health offers guidance on the qualities of a good mask, which includes being made of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric and, if possible, a middle “filter” layer. 

Masks are required for all adults and students. When outdoors, children should remain physically distant as much as possible. They can play with members of their cohort. Even with members of their own cohort, if they are not able to physically distance, they must wear masks. Staff will schedule mask breaks outdoors throughout the day and take advantage of the outdoor classroom spaces we have designated. Please remember to send extra masks with your child so they can be changed when soiled or wet.

Lunch and Snack Breaks

Students will remove their masks in the school for scheduled lunch and snack breaks. While masks are off for eating and drinking students are reminded to stay physically distanced from others and refrain from talking.

Reminders for Morning Entry and Afternoon Dismissal

  • All parents/caregivers will be required to wear masks.
  • Arrive at school as close to the bell time as possible.
  • Once your child has arrived at their classroom meeting spot parents/caregivers are asked  to leave the school property so that we do not have too many people congregated together in one spot.
  • Teachers will meet students at their line up, check health screening passes, and enter the building through their designated doors.

Please remember that parents and students are not to congregate in the school yard, and, outside of school, students should not gather with others, even with those in their cohort.


Return of Student Devices

Families who borrowed J.R. Wilcox devices the week prior to, or during our recent online learning, are asked to return them so that they can be sanitized and redistributed for use in the classroom. Please return borrowed devices and cords to a staff member who will be located at one of the following places: Ava Road near to the kindergarten gate, Winnett Avenue by the basketball court, or Atlas Avenue at the gate opening to the yard.


Hats Off to Educators

This week, our students showed their appreciation for all the hard work our teachers and support staff have been doing over the past 6 weeks. Class Parents asked students to wear hats in the morning and then remove them after lunch. Thank you to the families who sent in their photos!


Delayed March Break

March Break — originally scheduled for March 15 to 19, 2021 — has now been delayed by approximately a month in the hopes of reducing community transmission of COVID-19. The break is now scheduled for April 12 – 16, 2021.


Reminders

Call-out for parents/caregivers to join our Equity and Anti-Racism Committee

Online Storytime with Councillor Josh Matlow February 15, 2021


February 6, 2021

This week was a busy one in the world of online learning. On Monday, our entire school came together to get fit and have fun with X Movement. On Wednesday, our Grade 4-8 students met Jeff Martin, a motivational speaker who captivated us all with his messages of positivity and empowerment. He referenced influential people like Martin Luther King Jr., Malala, Viola Desmond, Walt Disney, and Canadian fashion model, Winnie Harlow. He asked us to imagine what would have happened if these people had allowed others to dictate their dreams, or value their worth. He reminded us that what we say after, “I am…” is critical to our future (see image below for our students’ responses). Each one of our students was reminded that, “There will never be another you” so when the world brings negativity, believe in who you are!

On Thursday, our Kindergarten to Grade 3s joined with students from Brown JPS and welcomed back X Movement for their second visit. They exercised, learned some dance moves, shared something they liked about themselves, and did some mindful breathing. This week they will have their third and final session with X Movement.

Reminders:

Call-out for Virtual Family Activity Leaders
Our 100th Anniversary Logo Contest ends February 14th

Equity and Anti-Racism Committee: Call for members

J.R. Wilcox is committed to equity and anti-racism. We are looking for parents/guardians to join our Equity and Anti-Racism Committee. It is our hope that the committee will consider applying for funding to build our school’s capacity and commitment.

School Councils may submit one request for supports up to $1,500 to support initiatives/activities that engage parents/caregivers (including virtual), and builds School Councils’ capacity around Human Rights, Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Black Racism. School Councils may collaborate and submit one application, however allocation will remain at a maximum of $1,500 per school. Possible activities include:

  • Workshops;
  • Information sessions with guest speakers;
  • Parent Resource Creation;
  • Conversation Circles.

Student and staff activities are not eligible.

More information can be found here.

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/School-Councils/Parents-Reaching-Out-Grants


Starting school is an exciting time for your child. Our schools provide a rich learning environment for all children to learn and grow. In the Kindergarten program, your child will develop their skills and abilities through inquiry and intentional play-based learning that includes literacy, math, science and the arts. Teachers and Early Childhood Educators work together to plan engaging classroom experiences where children are learning and thinking creatively.

Online Registration is now open. To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four years old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years old by December 31.

Please use the link below to register online. For any questions or concerns, email the school office at jrwilcox@tdsb.on.ca A member of our office team will connect with you once they receive your submission.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child at our school in September!

For more information about the Kindergarten program and registration requirements, please visit:

www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten

New registrants will be invited to attend a  Welcome to Kindergarten session in the spring.


An Example from Math Class

Students in our Primary Autism class were studying data management. They created surveys and one was sent out to widely. They had about 50 staff and students from across J.R. Wilcox participate in the survey. It was great to see the different grades and the way in which they were engaging in online learning. Thanks to everyone for making this project possible!


Thank you to our friends at the Mabin School for inviting us to join in an evening of learning with Dr. Alex Russell (co-author of “Drop the Worry Ball: Parenting in the Age of Entitlement”). His talk on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:00 pm: “Keeping Them Safe While Helping Them Grow: Supporting Children’s Emotional Growth in Challenging Times” promises to be an informative evening. You can sign up here. Zoom details will be provided closer to the date.


Councillor Josh Matlow will be hosting an Online Family Day Storytime for Young Families on February 15th at 3 pm live on Facebook with Mabel’s Fables and various authors. For more information, visit www.joshmatlow.ca/storytime.


January 29, 2021

This morning, we launched a new Morning News show. Two of our Grade 3 students anchored the news and shared a special segment recommending a book to everyone. We look forward to including more students in our weekly news show. Interested in being part of the pre-recorded broadcast? Send an email to Ms. Vine.

The Morning News January 29, 2021

X Movement

This week, we brought X Movement to the whole school to support the fitness and well-being of our students. Unfortunately, not all students were able to participate. We will be hosting a new school-wide event with X Movement on Monday, February 1st from 10:30-11:30 a.m. All students are encouraged to participate. When the event ends, students will go straight into lunch and then join their teachers for their regular afternoon program.


Bell Let’s Talk Week

This week, many of our students discussed the importance of mental health. Take a look at how some of our Grade 4s take care of their mental health.


Sick Kids Panel:  COVID-19 & Kids — The Sequel

J.R. Wilcox families are invited to join the Mabin School on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. for a dialogue with Sick Kids Hospital panelists, Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO, Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Paediatrician-in-Chief, and Dr. Michelle Science, Infectious Disease Consultant. They will each share their thoughts on COVID-19 and keeping our children safe during the second wave. All are welcome! Spread the word! Zoom link will be provided closer to the event. The session will be recorded. Sign up here.


Creative Cooking

Students in Mrs. Rath’s and Ms. Gjoliku’s Grade 7/s class are learning more than the regular math and language curriculum. Each Friday, they prepare food together. Early on in the week, they get a list of ingredients needed and then set to work in their kitchens on Friday morning. Take a look at some of their creations below – from nachos to salad to pizza.


School Council Virtual Activity Night

We’re hosting a FREE virtual activities night with our kids on March 4th and we’d love you to be a part of it! 

What is it? A virtual event where we’ll host a number of online workshops. Your family can select which ones they want to take part in

What Are the Events?: Events may include baking, art, music, yoga, chess, tai chi, web design, etc.

What Do We Need: If you – parents and guardians – have a special talent, we need you to lead the virtual class. For example, if you’re a baker, this will involve you choosing an easy recipe and walking the kids through it on zoom on March 4. 

The Ask: Let us know if you have a special talent and would like to lead a virtual activity for our kids. Do you love dance? Art? Music? Yoga? Chess? Tai chi? Graphic Design? Web design? Robotics? Want to run a virtual class? Reach out to your class parent or email jrwilcox@tdsb.on.ca and a member of School Council will confirm next steps.


Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC Life Literacy Canada creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

Bedtime Story with Ms. Vine

To celebrate Family Literacy Day, join Ms. Vine for a bedtime story on Twitter , on January 27th at 7:00 p.m. Hop into your pjs, and settle in for a story. Together #WeAreWilcox


Bringing Arts and Wellness to You

This week we kicked off some upcoming school wide events with a magic show from Magician Tyler. The show was engaging and fun and he even shared some of his magic so we could become magicians of our own!

In the coming weeks, we will be bringing other artists and experts to provide meaningful experiences for our students. In doing this, we have partnered with our friends at Brown Junior Public School, so not only will our students hear about resilience, engage in fitness, yoga, music and spoken word, they will also connect with students at another Toronto School. We have worked in partnership to coordinate the events and each one connects to our goals in equity, achievement, and well-being.


Food for Kids Grocery Cards

We are pleased to share that the Toronto Foundation for Student Success is again able to support students and their families through the Food for Kids program. This program supplies gift cards for grocery stores. If your family would like to be part of the program, please click here to complete this form. The information you provide will be shared with Ms. Vine and the TFSS only.


School Council

Join us this Tuesday, January 26th from 7-8 p.m. for our School Council meeting. Responding to feedback from our recent survey, meetings will be 1 hour in length and the reports will be posted ahead of time so parents/guardians have time to review them. Click here for next week’s agenda and reports. We hope to see parents and guardians from both our virtual and brick-and-mortar families.


Bell Let’s Talk Day

Get ready to join the world’s biggest conversation about mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 28! Now more than ever, every action counts – On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. Messaging volumes directly drive Bell’s donations to Canadian mental health programs at no cost to participants. Visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk to download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit and other resources.


TDSB families are invited to join in 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 online.

These conversations are jointly hosted by the TDSB’s Parent and Community Engagement Office and the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee.

Saturday, January 30, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m.

How Children Understand Race and How Adults Can Help

Many people avoid discussing race and racism with children because they believe that children don’t see race, or because they’re unsure how to have a conversation about it. Join us to hear from Professor Erin Winkler who will guide parents, families, and educators to help children understand racial identity, racism, and racial inequities in age-appropriate ways that empower the young children in their lives. Click here for more information.


January 16, 2021

With the announcement of the extended school closure, we are continuing to work hard to engage and support all of our students. We are grateful for the feedback we have received and continue to use it to drive us forward. 

This week, we moved forward with Week 2 of Remote Learning. We see how hard students, staff and parents/guardians/families are continuing to work to adjust to constantly changing times and new norms. We thank you for your efforts related to this.

We will be putting together some special #WeAreWilcox Events for our students in the coming weeks. Sometimes it will be for the whole school and other times it will be done by division (Kindergarten, primary, junior/intermediate). Our first event is scheduled for this week. On Wednesday January 20th at 1:00 p.m. we are hosting a school-wide magic show with Tyler Fergus, a 3 time Diamond Award winner for Best Family Entertainment and Activities for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

As always, we are always available if you have questions or concerns. Please reach out to us via email at jrwilcox@tdsb.on.ca.


Ontario Government COVID Support for Learners

There is one-time funding to support children, youth and students during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

You are eligible to apply if you live in Ontario and are a:

  • parent or guardian to a child or youth up to Grade 12
  • secondary school student over the age of 18
  • parent or guardian to a child or youth that is 21 or younger and has special needs

Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.


J.R. Wilcox is continually striving to improve the ways in which we engage our parents and caregivers. Michelle Munroe is a dynamic speaker and will provide an exciting forum for discussion. Click here to register for the forum.


Grade 7 Extended French Program

Do you have a child in Grade 6? The Grade 7 Extended French program offers students who have successfully completed three years of Core French the option to enter into a more intensive program in Grade 7. These students spend approximately 40% of their day in French classes at the Extended French school. While the TDSB has decided to phase out this program, the last cohort to begin the Grade 7 entry Extended French starts in September 2022. The Grade 7 Extended French program is offered in only 14 schools in the TDSB. The attendance area for an Extended French school is created by “associated” English feeder schools and home address.

For more information about the Grade 7 Extended French program, visit the TDSB site here. The application process is now open. Applications are to be submitted electronically to jrwilcox@tdsb.on.ca by January 29, 2021. We are hosting a Virtual Information session on January 20 at 6:30pm.The link to the session is  here and on the TDSB site.


Grade 8 to 9 Transition

This week, the TDSB is hosting four (4) Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Information Sessions  for parents/guardians of Grade 8 students that will focus on the Top 10 Tips and Considerations in the Transition to High School process. This presentation will supplement the work already taking place through secondary school virtual open houses and at Grade 8 schools.

Presenters will highlight the key practical aspects of the process of transitioning to high school, as well as share the social-emotional factors that often surface with Grade 8 students as part of this transition.

Tuesday, December 8, 20206 to 7 p.m.LC1 & LC4 Schoolshttps://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/s/91822966960ID: 918 2296 6960 Passcode: 7516913000
Tuesday, December 8, 20207:30 to 8:30 p.m.LC1 & LC4 Schoolshttps://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/s/93533687339ID: 935 3368 7339 Passcode: 8014143000
J.R. Wilcox is part of Learning Centre 1

To join by phone, please dial +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588 and enter the Webinar ID and Passcode.

The webinar will be available for joining 15 minutes before the start time. Families who require an interpreter can request Interpretation Services for the event.

If you are unable to join the live Zoom webinar due to the capacity limit, please watch the YouTube Livestream. Please note that questions can only be posted from the live Zoom webinar.


January 8, 2021

Our first week of remote learning has now come to an end. We appreciate all that parents/guardians have done to support your children in navigating their digital platforms so they were able to connect with their teachers and classmates. We recognize that this has not been an easy task for you while juggling your own responsibilities. Our staff is working hard to adjust to the new expectations of online learning as set out by the Ministry of Education. Teachers are required to take attendance twice a day, much like we do when students are present at school. Students are expected to take part in synchronous (live/online) learning throughout the day and these times must align with the Ministry of Education guidelines:

Kindergarten180 minutes
Grades 1-3225 minutes
Grades 4-8225 minutes
*This is in addition to asynchronous (independent work) learning time.

As you know, the Ministry of Education has announced that online learning will continue until January 25th. With the news of this new timeline, our teachers will continue to plan how best to connect and make learning meaningful and engaging for your children. This involves reflecting on what has been working well, chatting with colleagues for tips on best practices, and hearing your feedback. 

Our goal is to provide a full learning experience for students for the coming weeks. At the same time, we recognize the challenges that this can present for families. We remain dedicated to supporting all students and ask that you keep in touch with your child’s teachers.

School Council Meeting

Please mark your calendars for our next School Council meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Based on feedback from the parent/guardian survey, the meeting will run for one hour, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The agenda will be sent to parents next week, along with any reports that will be discussed. We look forward to connecting with you then.

January is Tamil Heritage Month

Tamil Heritage Month is recognized nationally since October 2016, provincially since March 2004 and by the Toronto District School Board since January 2016. The month of January was chosen as it coincides with one of the most important celebrations for Canadians of Tamil heritage, the Thai Pongal harvest festival. Millions of Tamil people around the world irrespective of their religion celebrate Thai Pongal and offer thanks for an abundant harvest.

This year, the chosen theme selected by the volunteer planning committee is உண்மை – உரிமை – ஒற்றுமை: Truth – Rights – Unity. Unmai (உண்மை) recognizes that our lived experiences are our truths and these truths shape our understanding of the world around us. Urimai (உரிமை) examines our right to flourish and shine. Otrumai (ஒற்றுமை) emphasizes our shared lived experiences with other marginalized communities and our shared humanity.


Toronto has the largest Tamil population outside of the South Asian subcontinent with thousands of TDSB students and staff members’ heritage identified as Tamil. The importance of building awareness, creating a strong self-identity and understanding one’s own roots and rights are important objectives of the Tamil Heritage Month volunteer planning committee.

A poster challenge is currently underway, and the TDSB will be posting the two winning designs that reflect this year’s theme in early January. We are proud to share with you this power point that will provide you with information about the Tamil Heritage Month.

A Funny Look at Online Learning from our Grade 7/8 Drama Club

Created by our Grade 7/8 Drama Club during our first week of remote learning

Revised Optional Attendance Procedures for the 2021/2022 School Year

The Toronto District School Board is adjusting the Optional Attendance process due to school closures and the heightened need to reduce potential Covid-19 exposures. Parents/Guardians should have received an email from the TDSB on Friday, January 8th, outlining the revised process. Parents/Guardians are to complete the Optional Attendance form and email the current school principal who will sign and email the completed form to the receiving school. Optional Attendance forms and information regarding can be found here.

December 18, 2020

This week has been a busy one with thoughtful discussions about holidays and health, beautiful art projects, and a special musical presentation for our students and families, both in school and at home. We have ended our 2020 year stronger as a community. We have been recipients of amazing generosity and, at the same time, been able to help people in our own school and the broader community.

This week, the TDSB asked us all to prepare for a possible move to online learning. Today, we distributed devices to families and sent children home with resources. If you received a device, please access our Chromebook Tips for Home Use here. Our goal is to ensure that we are able to resume learning in the best possible way when school resumes on January 4th. We are here to support student learning and well-being.

The staff at J.R. Wilcox wishes all of our families a safe and healthy holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.


Covid Safety Episode 3

Today our Morning News show featured a final segment to the COVID-19 Safety Tips. We are so proud of the leadership from our Drama Club in Room 208.


December Hearts & Minds Newsletter from TDSB Psychological Services

Click on image above to read the full newsletter featuring winter activities and mindfulness ideas.

December 13, 2020

Preparing for the Winter Holiday

From Monday, December 21, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021 (inclusive), all TDSB Schools will be closed for the Winter Break. This Friday, please send your children with an extra bag so that they may take home their indoor shoes and other items they may need over the holidays or beyond. While we are planning to return to school on January 4th, we want to ensure we are prepared should we need to pivot to online learning. Please be sure you have completed the brief survey regarding your child’s access to technology sent to you by your children’s teachers.

Toronto Public Health has asked us to share their Holiday Planning Guide with ideas for us to safely show our holiday spirit and make this season memorable. To learn more about how to celebrate safely during this holiday season, click here.

Covid Safety Episode 2

Our Grade 7/8 Drama Club created a new segment to their COVID-19 Safety Guide. We first aired it on Friday’s Morning News show.

School Council Survey

If you haven’t yet had a chance to complete the School Council survey, it’s not too late to do so. Click here to share your ideas with council around the best time to meet, ideas for events, and more.

December 2, 2020

This week, we were fortunate to be able to host an on-site testing for COVID-19 for students and families who had been asked to self-isolate, as well as interested staff. We also hosted a Q&A with our school social worker and a doctor from Women’s College Hospital to answer questions that families might have. We know that many of you are concerned about the positive cases at J.R. Wilcox. Our school continues to take all measures recommended by Toronto Public Health to keep students and staff safe. As well, this past week, many of our classrooms received air purifiers to assist in the air flow in the rooms.

On Friday, Toronto Public Health updated the Student Screening tool. Students brought home a green paper that explains the new screening and includes the Daily Health Pass. Please review it carefully and be sure to ask your children these questions on a daily basis.

As part of this guidance, if a child has one or more new, or worsening COVID-19 symptoms, parents will now be required to:

  • Keep their child home
  • Keep siblings and other children home, even if they do not have symptoms
  • Arrange for the child to get tested or contact their health care provider
  • Without testing, the child must stay home for 10 days
  • Monitor the family for symptoms – Adults must stay home if they have one or more symptom

All staff also complete a daily health self-assessment and do not enter the building if they have one or more symptoms.

Check out our Grade 7/8 Students’ Public Service Announcement to remind us all how to be safe at school.

Math IXL

We recently purchased a new subscription to IXL!  It’s a great platform for students to work on skills at their own level in math and language.  All classes and students have been set up with accounts. Not sure how to access it? Talk to your child’s teacher.

School Council News

Be sure to check out the latest events from our School Council, including our Virtual Book Fair this coming week from Tuesday December 8th to Thursday, December 10th.

Have you stopped by the northeast corner of our school and checked out our Little Free Pantry? Feel free to leave some food items and take some food items.

Mabel’s Labels

Did you know we have a Mabel’s Labels fundraiser campaign? 20% of all sales through the school portal are paid directly back to J.R. Wilcox. Go to  http://campaigns.mabelslabels.com/ to find the school listing.

Flipgive

There’s a new way to raise money for J.R. Wilcox! Now the school earns between 1%-20%*
when you shop online or buy gift cards. Visit FlipGive.com or download the FlipGive app and use the code 45DBLW. Every time you shop, you will be helping the school raise funds.

Message from our Principal

Please view this short video message from Ms Vine. Then join us tonight from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a Q&A with Dr. Suvendrini Lena, from Women’s College Hospital, and our school social worker, Suzy Brotman. We wish to reassure you that it is safe to send your children to school and will be available to answer questions you may have. Please use the link sent to you in today’s email message. We look forward to seeing you tonight.

November 28, 2020

Health and Safety Reminders

This week, while we had our first positive case of COVID-19, we are grateful that all who work at, and attend J.R. Wilcox, are healthy. Steps have been taken to continue to keep everyone safe and some students and staff are self-isolating at home out of precaution and as directed by Toronto Public Health. We must continue to be vigilant and follow all of the guidance set out by Toronto Public Health. As a reminder, please send your children to school with a number of masks so that they can be changed throughout the day. Don’t have spare masks? We’ve got you covered – literally. We’ll be sure to give children masks who need. Please remind your children to stay 2 metres apart from anyone they do not live with. As well, since Toronto is currently in the GREY-LOCKDOWN category, please refrain from having indoor playdates, even with children in your children’s classes.

Did you know that Toronto has a voluntary isolation centre available for individuals living with others who need a free, safe and comfortable space to self-isolate if someone in the household has COVID-19? Visit ow.ly/vfs650CxoAS to learn more.


Snack Program

The results are in from our Snack Program survey created by one of our Grade 8 students. 77 students (33%) completed the survey. 72% of students responded that they felt satisfied and had more energy after they’d eaten the snack. We’ve shared some of our additional data below. This information will also be shared with the company who supplies our food.


Class Parents

We had a wonderful response to our request for volunteers for Class Parents. Parents who have been selected will be contacted this week. We will send out an email to all parents asking if you would like to share your email address with the class parent so that they may build a distribution list for your class. We are still looking for a class parent for JK/SK B (Ms. Haidarali’s class).


Celebrating 100 Years of J.R. Wilcox Community School

We are gathering memories of J.R. Wilcox from the past 100 years. If you have something to include or know someone who might, please share this form with them. The memories shared may be included in a virtual celebration of our 100 year anniversary.


JOIN THE CLASS PARENT COMMUNITY!!

We are seeking 2 volunteers from each class to be this year’s Class Parents. Responsibilities may include:

  • Organizing volunteers
  • Sending reminders to parents
  • Acting as a volunteer coordinator in support of School Council events
  • Liaising between the teacher and parents/school council and parents

Note: This job does not require a great time commitment.

Click here to volunteer as a class parent.


This past week, parents/guardians had the opportunity to connect with their children’s teachers around their strengths, areas for growth, and next steps. We recognize that using a virtual format created a different kind of conference, however, learned that for some families it was easier to connect this year. We also recognize that there is not only one way or one prescribed time for parents to connect, so please continue to reach out to staff for updates, progress and how you can continue to support your child at home.

November Hearts & Minds Newsletter from TDSB Psychological Services


211 Ontario helpline

As Toronto heads into another lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, we want to ensure that families have access to all forms of support. Knowing the right number to call will help people find the right services for their situation. 211 is answered live, 24 hours a day, every day of the year including holidays, in more than 150 languages. Residents can call, email, or live chat with 2-1-1 for information on community, social and health services, as well as municipal, provincial and federally funded services like housing, employment and mental health and addiction agencies. Residents can also call 2-1-1 for services like food banks or for the non-emergency police number. Residents should always call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies or crimes in progress that require police, fire or paramedic services.


Toronto Public Health Update

Principals continue to meet weekly with Toronto Public Health. We take our job of keeping everyone safe very seriously. This week we were reminded about the importance of students wearing masks even when they are outside, if they are closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. Below are some reminders about when to send your child to school, as well as who is considered a close contact.

Online Donations

Parents/guardians and members of the community can now donate to school fundraising initiatives online. If you would like to donate to our school, please visit our School Cash Online site. Select J.R. Wilcox from the drop down menu and indicate the purpose of the donation in the “Message to the school board” field (optional). Donors will automatically receive tax receipts through email for donations $1 and over. For more detailed instructions on making a donation online, please see the step by step instructions.


Friday, November 13, 2020

This week, we came together as a community to reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day. While our assembly looked different with classes staying in their rooms, we were able to share the experience of remembering with parents and students in the virtual school as well. Many of our classes wrote postcards to veterans or created art to reflect their learning about the day. Below is a glimpse of some of the work our students created.

Anaphylaxis Allergies

Please take a moment to review the class list of students/staff anaphylaxis allergies. We aim to be a nut-safe school. Please do not send any products containing nuts in your child’s lunches or snacks. We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping all students and staff safe.

Progress Reports (Grade 1-6) and Initial Observations (JK/SK)

Next week, parents/guardians will receive Progress Report/Initial Observations for their children. This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. It is important to remember that students’ 2019-2020 school year was halted, leading to a very different March through June. Please know that our focus on supporting student safety and mental health and well-being is a priority this year, along with academic learning and growth. Wherever your child is right now, praise them for their strengths and work with them to support their next steps for growth. We are partners in your child’s education. Please ensure you have scheduled a conference with your child’s teachers for this week. Our teachers are committed to provided ongoing communication with you.

Outdoor Learning

This week, many of our Grade 4 to 8 students participated in outdoor learning with the Toronto Urban Studies Centre. Since our students are not attending field trips, the educators from the centre came to us and helped students make connections between their learning and the environment. Want to learn more about Outdoor Education activities you can do as a family from home? Check out the Learn from Home with Outdoor Ed website.

School Council

Did you know School Council has its own page on our website? Check it out and join us this Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. for our next School Council meeting. We hope to see our in-school and virtual families there. Click here for the link to our meeting.

Friday, November 6, 2020

This week our new ramp and sidewalk were completed. Parents/Guardians with strollers and people who require barrier free access can now reach the accessible door with ease. We are awaiting TDSB Facilities to come and paint our parking lot with two accessible parking spaces.

Despite the end of week warmth, we had our first bought with cold and snow this year. Masks and cold weather bring extra moisture and students are needing to change their masks more often. Please ensure you send your child with extra masks and wash them regularly. Mittens and gloves also add an extra layer to our routines. Children will still need to sanitize their hands and since they sometimes wipe their noses with mittens/gloves Toronto Public Health reminded us that gloves and mittens need to be washed regularly as well.

Remembrance Day
On Wednesday, November 11th, students and staff at our schools and across the city will mark Remembrance Day. For Remembrance Day, teachers make connections between global events and students’ lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace. Parents/Guardians and Virtual School Families are invited to join us on Google Meet for our Remembrance Day assembly Wednesday, November 11th at 9:15 a.m. Click here for the linkClasses will be encouraged to do their own 2 Minutes of Silence at 11:00 a.m. to reflect, honour, thank and remember our fallen soldiers.

Join us for a virtual Coffee and Conversation Thursday, November 12th at 9:15. This is an opportunity to get to know each other, learn more about the school, and ask questions. Click here for the link on Zoom.

UPCOMING P.A. DAY AND PARENT/GUARDIAN -TEACHER CONFERENCES

In-Person students:

Tuesday, November 17th Progress Reports (Grade 1-6) and Kindergarten Initial Observations go home.

Friday November 20th is a P.A. Day. There will be no school for students as teachers will be conducting Parent/Guardian-Teacher conferences. You can expect to hear from your children’s teachers to schedule yours. Conferences this year will take place virtually or by phone.

Virtual School Students:

November 20th will be a regular instructional day for Virtual School Students.

Friday December 4th is a P.A. Day due to Parent/Guardian-Teacher conferences.

Early French Immersion (Senior Kindergarten Entry)

To register for Early French Immersion in Senior Kindergarten – Please visit the application site www.tdsb.on.ca/pars, select the Early Immersion Program (SK) from the drop-down menu, and complete the application process. Deadline for applications: November 27, 2020


Friday, October 30, 2020

School Council

Our first School Council meeting was held on Wednesday night and we had a record 31 people in attendance! We had parents/guardians from both virtual school and in-person. Now more than ever, it is so important to all stay connected. We have an enthusiastic council and look forward to a great year together. A complete explanation of council, positions, bylaws and draft minutes of our meeting will be shared with parents/guardians.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Early French Immersion (Senior Kindergarten Entry)

Applications to the Early French Immersion program are made the year your child is in Junior Kindergarten (or is of Junior Kindergarten age) for entry in Senior Kindergarten. It is an entirely online process. All communication will be sent via the email address you provide. Please check your email regularly, including junk mail folders.

To register – Please visit the application site www.tdsb.on.ca/pars. You will need your child’s date of birth and OEN. The OEN is a 9-digit number found on any report card from the TDSB. For non-TDSB students, please select the “Non-TDSB Student” option and follow the steps to generate an identification number. You must then return to the PARS site and follow the application procedure with this number. Please select the Early Immersion Program (SK) from the drop-down menu, and complete the application process.

Important Dates:

  • Application process opens: November 2, 2020
  • Deadline for applications: November 27, 2020

For a downloadable version, please click:

Please note: While every effort will be made to place students in the school identified as their area French Immersion school, this is not always possible. In cases where the number of applications in a given area is greater than the number of allotted program spaces in the school, students may be redirected to schools with available program space. Placements are made based on the child’s primary home address of record prior to the application deadline. If the address changes between the application deadline and the fall of the SK year, there is no guarantee of placement in the new area.

November is Indigenous Education Month at the TDSB

In November, we honour Indigenous Education Month at the TDSB. This month reminds us to centre First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives, histories and contemporary realities. In classrooms across the TDSB, it is an opportunity to learn about treaties, Indigenous leadership, achievements, and resistance.

Over the course of this month, students, staff and community members recognize a number of important days to deepen knowledge, to learn together about our shared history, and to build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learn more at https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1551/November-is-Indigenous-Education-Month-at-TDSB.


Friday, October 23, 2020

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and I am incredibly proud of the way in which our school community came together this week to keep each other safe. Thank you to the many parents and guardians who have reached out to staff to share their appreciation.

It’s Fall Spirit Week October 26-30

  • Monday HAT DAY
  • Tuesday WILCOX DAY – wear your school clothing or our school colours
  • Wednesday PYJAMA DAY – no stuffies please
  • Thursday BLACK & ORANGE FALL COLOURS
  • Friday COSTUME DAY

Thank you to our Grade 7 and 8 leaders who have organized this day for us.

Hallowe’en Costume Day

The final day of our Fall Spirit Week is Costume Day. We recognize that not all students and families choose to observe this celebration and participation is voluntary.

When helping your child choose a costume, please keep in mind:

  • Appropriate face coverings for COVID are required
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering and should not be worn over a cloth mask as it may make it difficult to breathe
  • All other masks for costumes should be left at home
  • Since students are required to wear masks, it is recommended that students not wear costume make-up, from below the eyes to ensure their face coverings are not dirtied
  • No replica weapons or additional accessories should be brought to school as part of a costume
  • Culture is not a costume – costumes should be fun and creative. Please avoid anything that would demean, stereotype, appropriate, or mock different races, genders, religions or cultures. Click here for a 5 minute video titled, “My Culture is Not a Costume.”

This year it is important that students do not bring Halloween treats to share.


Friday, October 16, 2020

This week, we had a virtual assembly with our Junior and Intermediate students. We focussed on the WE in our #WeAreWilcox hashtag. What makes Wilcox such a great school is the way it brings so many people together. We are a school with students from different races and religions, different neighbourhoods of Toronto, and different needs. We have special programs, such as Extended French, Autism, Learning Disability, Diagnostic Kindergarten and Gifted. We are a microcosm of Toronto and, as such, we have advantages and challenges that go along with that. Students were reminded how to solve problems, how to ask for help, and how to get help for others. In the end, students were given the opportunity to work with me to create a school spirit group. This will be an opportunity for students to lead in a positive way – to come together to create more Wilcox spirit, more good citizenship. I look forward to seeing what our students are capable of doing when they work together. #WeAreWilcox!

Grade 7/8 Self-Portraits

Dressing for the Weather 

This week, we spent time outside in rainy weather. Most of our students really enjoyed the opportunity to take a mask break and get some fresh air. Many even commented on how much they enjoyed the rain. As a reminder, please be sure to send your children to school with extra clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather.

Start of the Year Permission Forms

An email was sent with Start of the Year Permission forms. Please complete them as soon as possible. The forms provide us with important information about medical concerns, permission for photographs/videos, walking excursions in the neighbourhood and more. Please email the school office if you need the link sent again.


October 13, 2020

TDSB  has recently updated their mask guidelines. All students, staff and visitors must wear a mask at all times when indoors, and outdoors when unable to maintain a physical distance of two metres/six feet. Due to the large number of people at school during entry and exit times we are requesting all visitors (including parents/guardians) wear a mask outside. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping our school community safe.


October 3, 2020

It is hard to believe we’ve been back in school for three weeks now! Our students have adjusted well to the new routines and procedures we’ve put in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Please help to remind your children to keep their masks on at all times (wearing them properly above the nose) and to keep a distance of 2 metres from other students. This continues to be very important.
 This week was the deadline to switch between virtual and in-person. TDSB had thousands of students who selected to go virtual for the next date (October 13th). J.R. Wilcox had no one choose to move to the virtual school at this time. We are proud of how hard our staff has been working this year. They have done an EXCELLENT job of making students and families feel safe at school. We are also grateful to you, our families, for the support and encouragement you have given us.



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