Grade 1 - October 12 / 2018


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IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to the provincial curriculum. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home!

IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child's demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child's results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.

I hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here's to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

1. Go to

2. Enter your child's username →  first initial + last name + graduation year  i.e. jryan28


3.         Enter Password → 123456

4.         Click "Sign in."

5. Start praticing!

Homeroom teachers may direct specific skills to focus for homework (for example, Grade 5 may be assigend A4-A8 to complete) or students are invited to explore the different skills for extra pratice and review of their choice.


Any questions, please email Mr. Shaikh


We had a great trip this week! We have been busy using our new knowledge to discover more about what makes Canada such a unique place for the Arts to develop.

MATH: We have been assessing the children’s understanding of number quantity and practising our understanding of place value and the base ten system.

LITERACY: We have been discussing how using expression while reading enhances the experience for the listener. The students have been asked to try and practise using expression when recording themselves reading on RAZ Kids. We have also been looking at perspective in writing, and noticing how it changes the narrative when the perspective shifts.

This week we sent an email to give you access to SeeSaw. SeeSaw is an app we will use to document learning. It gives you a window into our world, which may serve as a catalyst for dinner conversations. Let us know if you are having any issues using the programme, as it is new to us also.

FRENCH: The students started to create les marionnettes (puppets) for our play, La poule Maboule. They have also been practising the gestures and saying the words (of the play) in small groups with the teacher with the rest of the class cutting and colouring their paper puppets.

MUSIC: We listened and reacted to “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, music by Edward Grieg. Students moved to the music as it increased in volume and tempo. We continue to learn the accompaniment on xylophones for the Hallowe’en song, “I’m Not Scared”

What a great trip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers. This week in Art, the Grade 1s looked at art pieces by Halifax artist Gerald Ferguson. Students went outside to create black and white line landscapes.


Toronto Raptors Tickets

Once again, we are pleased to offer tickets to the York School community for various Toronto Raptors games.  Please click here to order your tickets!

Boot Camp with Mr. D.

Calling all parents!  Mr. D.’s Friday morning Boot Camp is back on October 19th, at 7:10 am in the Strength And Conditioning Centre!  Please email our new Athletic Coordinator, Emily Beazley, at if you would like to participate in this FREE session.


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