Grade 1 - April 6 /2018

Uniform return and or exchange with Top Marks

Please bring any new uniform purchase that you wish to return or exchange to Top Marks on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in the Junior School York Shop from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Spring Athletics

Welcome to the Spring Season for Athletics!  Our Track and Field teams have started their practices, and our GADPs start next week!  If you still have not registered for any GADPs, there’s still time! Click here to register. If you have a child participating in athletics this season, you can easily see their schedule on The York School website, by clicking on your child’s name (top left of the menu bar) and scrolling down to Athletics near the bottom of the page.  Click on their team (it will be in blue) and you will be taken to the team page. Click over to the schedule for all the team practices and games. Have a great season, Gladiators!

Our Community Blue Jays game tickets are now on sale.  If you’d like to purchase tickets to the Sunday, June 10th game against the Baltimore Orioles, please click on the poster.


International Day of Pink

The York School will recognize the International Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 11. Next Wednesday, students can wear pink clothing and accessories (pink t-shirt, socks, ribbons, etc.) in addition to their uniform. In their classrooms, students will engage in activities and discussions on themes of diversity, inclusion and bullying.

Highlights

We spent a great day this week at Pioneer Village solidifying our understanding of how the past looks different from today and ended the week creating a time travelling story with our G5 learning buddies. We continue to compare relative lengths using non- standards units in math. We have measured using everything from paper clips to string to unifix cubes! We have used our understanding of estimation strategies to help guide our measurement activities. As well, we are conferencing with individual students to observe and discuss their reading progress. Next week, we begin our new Unit of Inquiry.

This week in Art, the Grade 1’s learned about contrast and symmetry while creating a black and white art piece.

In French, the students have started to read the play, Le petit chat cherche une famille. They have been doing an amazing job with their French reading skills!

Looking ahead

As part of an ongoing celebration of the myriad languages spoken in our community, students will have the opportunity to greet their peers in their mother tongue language during morning announcements. If your child is interested in showcasing their first language, please have them speak with Mme. Beatty.

On Wednesday, April 25, Grades 1-3 will be seeing the talented Gregg LeRock in concert en français! Students are encouraged to listen to Gregg LeRock’s music at home by clicking on the link here.

Junior School Showcase

We are in the midst of auditions this week and next and the students are working hard to prepare their performances. Please note, there has been a change in the dates and times of the Showcases.

Grades 1-2: Friday, April 27th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Grades 3-5: Friday, May 4th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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 jsmart@yorkschool.com.

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 signed up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria. Sign-up started on Monday, March 5th and ended on Friday, March 9th.
  • Students will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.
  • To participate, students and families need to commit to:
  • Prepared, practised 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

Spring Fulford Debate Tournament

On Saturday the 21st of April, the York School is hosting the Spring Fulford Debate Tournament and we need judges! Established in 1949, the Fulford League is the oldest student debate league in Ontario. There will be about 16 CIS schools (York is not participating, as we host) debating in three rounds. The first two rounds are prepared: "This House (as Canada) would rescind Aung Sang Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship". There will be a briefing which will teach you how to judge debate, but if you can fill out a rubric, you're good!

The day will run from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

It would be great if you can join us and see what student debate looks like (it's actually quite delightful, in our humble, objective opinion). If you're free, please fill out the form here and join us!

Thanks,

Grace Nolan, Rob Burkett, and Shannon Barber


Important Dates

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


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