Grade 1 - January 25 /2018

Dear Junior School Parents,

Thank you to all the families that joined us for our parent feedback meetings over the past week. We received lots of great feedback on what we are doing well and suggestions for areas where we can do even better.

For those parents that were unable to join us, we would like to offer you an opportunity to add your voices. During the meetings we asked for feedback through the following "compass points" lenses:

N - what information do you Need to know
S - what Support do you need? From whom?
E - what Excites you about the Junior School?
W - what are you Worried about?

If you would like to provide your feedback, please send it to Kate Boynton at kboynton@yorkschool.com  (JS Admin Assistant) an email with the NSEW headline by Wednesday, January 31st.

We look forward to sharing the feedback from all parents in the FLASH next week and scheduling a meeting for all Junior School parents to follow up with next steps.

Thank you for being partners in your children's education.

Sincerely,

Valerie and Struan


Highlights

We launched our new digital portfolio system, Seesaw, this week with Mr. Shaikh. We look forward to collecting pieces of work to include in Seesaw as the term goes on. Last week, we launched the Changemaker unit in PSE and we are thinking about ways that we can create positive change in the school.

In Math, we are learning to interpret and analyze various pictographs and bar graphs to show information in different ways.

In Literacy, we took what we know about story elements and started writing stories based on picture prompts. As the weeks go on, we will discuss ways to improve our writing and make our stories even more entertaining for our audience.

We are beginning to discuss and think about our summative task for our current UOI and how we can best show our learning. Stay tuned!

In French, the students finished up their set of centres. Among other things, a small group of students practised the play with the teacher in order to be filming the play next week.

Looking Ahead

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

This week we will be kick starting our India donation drive (clothes and toys). Bins will be placed by fireplace in the Gathering Place for donation drop off. Please take a look at our "wish list" link below. This list will also be posted in each classroom and communicated in the FLASH for the next few weeks.

https://bbk12e1-cdn.myschoolcdn.com/ftpimages/353/misc/misc_158794.pdf

In French, next week, the students will be filming the play, La poule Maboule. The students will be needing some props such as a wolf and a cat costume or accessories. If you happen to have such items at home, we could appreciate borrowing them for a few days. Merci!

Reminders

Student-centred conferences

On February 7th or 13th, students in Grade 1 to 5 will be participating in Student-centred conferences. A Student-centred conference differs from the traditional Parent-Teacher interview as the student is present at and is an active participant. The focus of the conference is on student goal setting in order to support learning. During the Student-centred conference, each participant - teacher, student, parent - have a specific role. The teacher facilitates the discussion and the student and parent are encouraged to contribute. A Student-centred conference should focus on recognising and celebrating the progress that a student has made in his/her learning and to identify the next steps that need to be taken, within a supportive environment. Parents should be aware that the priority of Student-centred conferences is to focus on discussing student’s progress in ways which motivate and encourage the child in his/her future learning. Finally, a Student-centred conference is not intended to be a rehearsed ‘performance’ by the student, but a genuine conversation that encourages objective and realistic discussion of the student’s learning progress.  

A reminder that students in Grades 1 to 5 need to present with parents at all conferences with homeroom and specialist teachers.

Great Canadian Skating Afternoon

The JK-grade 2 classes will be going on a trip to Ramsden Park on Thursday, February 15th for our annual skating afternoon. We will be departing from school at 1:00 pm and returning at approximately 3:00 pm. You will be sent the VO form that can be accessed on YorkNet. Please be sure to sign into your YorkNet account to submit the permission form. Students are to come to school that day dressed in their grey York School sweatpants and sweatshirt. As well, your child must have the appropriate winter clothing,  such as snow pants, hats and mittens. Please note,  there are no skate rentals available at the rink and that a hockey or a ski helmet are mandated by the City of Toronto. If you would like to volunteers please let your child’s homeroom teacher know.

Junior School Pancake Breakfast - REGISTER NOW!
We are thrilled to host a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by The York School Parents’ Association (YPA) on February 22nd and 23rd.

Students are invited to bring a family member or friend to join them for a pancake breakfast at the school. Please RSVP to one of the four seatings below.

February 22 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
February 23 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

RSVP here!

Important Dates

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

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