Grade 1 - April 13 /2018

April 13,  2018

Spring Athletics

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 here. Order by April 17th!


This week, we wrapped up our unit in measurement and students completed tasks to show what they learned. Next week, we will delve into the world of geometry, while also weaving in some lessons on different strategies to use while problem solving. In literacy, we finished our pioneer stories with our Learning Buddies and focussed on the editing process. We wrapped up our unit of inquiry this week by having the students create posters depicting aspects of life from “Then” and “Now”. We also launched our new unit of inquiry, which centres around the helpers and services that exist in a community. Part of this unit focuses on the jobs community helpers do and the “tools” they use in their practice. If you would be interested in coming in to speak to both Grade 1 classes about your job, please let us know!

Somewhere within the week we also found time to launch our next research project, known to the students as their “Passion Project”. The students chose a topic they were interested in learning more about and first learned how to narrow their focus. Next, they brainstormed what they already know about their topic. Afterward, they developed their own research questions and listed some keywords for their topic. Next week, we look forward to going to the library to find resources to help support our inquiry. Please ask your child what they chose for their Passion Project and follow along with us as they guide their own learning!

In music, we used the pitched percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels and bass bars) and performed a piece about rain. We also started a song about trees and the environment called “The Sun is Mine.”

In French, the students started a new set of centres that will continue over the next two weeks. Among other things, the students have been practicing to read the play, Le petit chat cherche une famille.

This week in art, the Grade 1s learned all about our Artist of the Month, Yayoi Kusama. They listened to a book about her life titled, Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! and created dotted pumpkins inspired by her work.

In PSE, our focus is on developing self-awareness and self-management skills using The Zones of Regulation. More information about the Zones can be found here. We are building self-awareness by recognizing and labelling emotions. Students worked in pairs to add as many feelings words as possible to the Zones. We also practiced reading in the “zones voice” of a book character. An easy way to practice recognizing and labelling emotions at home is to ask students what “zone” a book or movie character is in. Parents and children can try to name the zone and the emotion.

Looking ahead

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.

Grandpals & Special Friends Day - April 20, 2018

A friendly reminder to those of you who have not registered a grandpal or special friend that the deadline to register is Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. Click here to RSVP!

WE Week

Next week (April 16th - April 20th) is WE Week. The students will be participating in activities in class throughout the week with a different theme each day. The themes are based on the WE Villages Pillars. For more information visit the WE organization website.

Along with classroom activities, the Student Action Team will be leading the following initiatives.

Children of Hope Uganda Jewellery Sale  

Please look for our Student Action Team in the Gathering Place during drop-off. They will be selling jewellery to help support Children of Hope Uganda. This initiative was brought forth by one of our house captains who feels strongly about supporting education and opportunity. Children of Hope Uganda (COHU) is a non-profit organization which works to empower war-affected youth impacted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. To date, COHU has helped transform the lives of over 1100 youth through a two-part development model which aims to promote self-sustainability through supporting social enterprise and education. Please visit their website for more information.

Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling

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Throughout the week we will be collecting used batteries for Zinc Save Lives battery recycling campaign. For every battery we recycle as a school, Teck will donate the cash equivalent to the value of zinc it contains to WE’s zinc and health programme in Kenya. For more information, check out this fact sheet. Please bring all your used batteries to be recycled, and help dispose of them in a safe way and donate to this worthy cause. Donation bins will be in the Gathering Place from Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th.


OverDrive - Getting Started with a Kobo tablet

OverDrive - Getting Started with eReaders

OverDrive - Getting Started with iOS devices

If you have OverDrive tech queries, please feel to email or Ms. Spencer: or x1623

Junior School Showcase

We are in the midst of students 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 a 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

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:

  • Student will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to make the following commitments:

  • Prepare, practice and rehearse performance
  • 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, April 21st 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 (as host, York is not participating) 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 form 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!


Grace Nolan, Rob Burkett and Shannon Barber

Important Dates

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