Grade 1 - March 2 /2018

Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

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Our second and final Compass Points Feedback coffee morning will be taking place on Tuesday, March 6th @ 8:30 am. For parents who could not attend either coffee morning, we will include a summary in the FLASH.

We hope you are able to attend.


Val and Struan

Spring Athletics

Spring Athletics are just around the corner!  To sign up for our Spring Teams and GADPs, please click here. The schedule for our spring offerings is here. If you have any questions, please email our Athletics Assistant, Norah Baine, at


This week we have spent time looking at our own personal family histories and moments that shaped our families. The stories that we are learning about your families are wonderful. We continue to build on our story writing by applying what we have learned about setting, characters and now,  descriptive details to make the stories engaging. In Math we are looking at specific strategies that help to make estimating more accurate, such as using a benchmark or grouping items to make counting easier. We are having fun!

This week in Art, the Grade 1’s began learning about proportion. Students looked at the proportion of a human using wooden mannequins and sketched ideas for a wire sculpture. Students then began working with wire to create a human figure doing their favourite activity.

In French this week, the students, along with the teacher, practised how to do a story retell as a class, with the play, La poule Maboule. Madame first modeled the activity with the students. The students then created a class story retell of the play completely in the students’ own words in French. The children also started a new set of centres. At one of the centres, the students were given a few sentences that were not in order. They had to put the sentences from the play into the right order and glue them onto a paper.  The children are working on their fluency and their ability to express their ideas in different words.

In Music, students started making rhythmic sentences with music notation cards. The Grade 1 students learned the accompaniment to the song, Little Wheel,  on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments

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Exciting Grade 5 Exhibition Student Action

Our Grade 5 students are currently engaging in an independent inquiry named the Exhibition. It showcases the skills and demonstrates the IB Learner Profiles attributes and attitudes that students have acquired through their time in the PYP. The Exhibition focuses on student action. As part of the student action of our exhibition some of the students would like to communicate to the parent community and share their action.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kaleigh and I am a Grade 5 student. As most of you know, in Grade 5 we do a big inquiry called Exhibition. If you have not heard of this, then here is a quick explanation. You get to pick an investigation  under the category of your Unit of Inquiry. Our theme is How We Express Ourselves. We independently have to research about our topics and later on, we write a five paragraph essay about our matter. Now we are working on our action piece.

My topic is studying cultural food on New Years. For part of my action, I am making a recipe book of different cultures foods. And for my action I would like you to help me out. So please, if you have any recipes at home or know anyone who has yummy and delicious recipes that express a culture or who you are, please put them in the brown box that says “recipes” on the fireplace mantle in the Gathering Place. Also, feel free to give more than one recipe. Please give the recipes in by Friday, March 9th.

Finally, I will put all the recipes together and make my recipe book! When it is completed, it will be on display in the Gathering Place so you can flip through and take pictures of the recipes that you like and that your family will enjoy too!

Thank you so much!


Kaleigh Metser

Dear Parents,

Hello, my name is Hayden. I am in grade 5, and, as many of you know, we are in the middle of completing the Exhibition. We had to pick a topic, research it, have a primary resource, and finally take action to make a difference. My topic is protest music. For my action, I have made a short video of protest songs and what issues they are about. I would appreciate if you could take the time in your day to watch my video. I hope that you can learn something new about the music that you might listen to on an everyday basis. Thank you!


Hayden Laurie

Protest Music Video


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Junior School Showcase

A favourite event in the Junior School is the annual Junior School Showcase. It is back again this spring,  but with a little change. Instead of one showcase for students from Grades 1 to 5, there will be two showcases, one for Grades 1-3 on April 13th and one for Grades 4-5 on May 4th. The showcases will take place during assigned assemblies from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in the gymnasium. Students from Grades 1 to 5 are invited to participate. Parents of students participating in showcase are invited to attend. Each student may present for a maximum of 90 seconds. Videos may also be submitted to be shown during the showcase. If you have any questions, please email Jessica Smart at We welcome all students to participate.

The Showcase:

  • Builds our Junior School community
  • Celebrates interests and passions of students
  • Demonstrates the diversity of students
  • Develops independent self-management skills

The Showcase process is:

  • Students sign-up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria.
    Sign-up starts on Monday, March 5th and ends on Friday, March 9th.
  • Student will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to commit to:

  • Prepared, practiced and rehearsed performances
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • To be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • To be responsible for props and any accessories needed


Author Visit

On Tuesday, March 6th, the Library will be hosting Phyllis Bordo reading her book to the Grade 1-3 students. She will be reading her debut picture book entitled "Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries". Mrs. Bordo is Max Bordo [2B]'s grandmother.

Period 1 - 8.30 - 9.15 AM - Classes 1A, 1B and 2A
Period 2 - 9.15 - 10 AM - Classes 2B, 3A and 3B

Parents are welcome to attend this reading in the Library.

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

Important Dates

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