Grade 1 - November 3 / 2017



Another great week in Grade 1! As you may have seen on Dojo, we have been exploring various forms of poetry and testing out our ability to write rhyming poetry. The students enjoyed listening to poets read their poems online and have been experimenting with their own expression when reading aloud. In mathematics, we used food to build numbers. So much for not playing with your food!! In our UOI, we used plasticine as a way to express Canadian identity by creating a symbol of Canada on a tile. Ask your child to tell you all about his/her tile this weekend!

In French, the students have started to read the play, La poule Maboule. The students have also been singing O Canada in French.

O Canada

In Music, the students are developing their music literacy using hand signs for the pentatonic scale (do,re,mi,so,la) and using this knowledge as well as their ears to discover where this song fits onto pitched percussion.

This week in Art, the Grade 1s reviewed their knowledge of Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau. They also created a drawing using oil pastel inspired by his Woodlands style of art.

This summer, all IXL accounts for SK to Grade 3 students were closed. The decision was made to better align with the revised homework policy and to promote real-world math activities. Many families have shared that IXL had become a part of their routine and they missed having an account. As such, we have reopened all student accounts from Grade 1 to 3. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you reengage with IXL!

Looking ahead:

Nutrition Committee
Are you interested in becoming the next Chair of our Nutrition Committee? Now is the time to put your name forward to join a group of parents, teachers, administrators and food service providers to lead conversations about healthy eating at our Junior School. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Wyatt at

Birthday Treat Policy
On another note, we are delighted with the changes we have made to the Birthday Treat policy as we look forward to celebrating all of your children's birthdays in the Junior School this year. Each child celebrating their birthday will be made to feel special by their classroom community and teachers on their special day but without a treat accompaniment.

We will also be celebrating birthdays as a whole school on three occasions during the school year - November 29 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of August, September, October and November; March 28 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of December, January, February and March; and, June 6 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of April, May, June and July.

In lieu of individual families providing the treat for their child on their special day, the school will be providing mini cupcakes from Sweets From the Earth, which will be free of gluten, nuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Our food service provider, Aramark have sourced these treats so that all of our children can enjoy together.


Every morning, the Junior School takes a mindful moment, led by Ms. Mary Moffat-Johansson at 8:25 a.m. In order to help our students and staff effectively practise, we require the hallways on the second and third floors to be silent. Students arriving during the mindful moment will be asked to wait on the first floor with Ms. Faba or another staff member until the mindful moment is over.

There are still some spots available in our GADPs - please click here to register for those!

Important Dates

Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.