Grade 1 - December 8 / 2017


As you know from Class Dojo, this week the students dove into a new Unit of Inquiry. The provocation involved three phases: accessing prior knowledge, constructing an animal home (e.g., beehive, etc.) and reflecting upon new discoveries. Throughout the week the students continued to refine their understanding of habitats by watching videos, sorting and looking through books and developing new vocabulary lists. At the end of the week, the students chose a habitat they are interested in learning more about. 

In literacy, we continued writing friendly letters and exploring the different forms that letters come in (e.g., postcards, cards, invitations, emails, etc.).

In math, we continued to explore time to the hour and half hour. Next week, we will begin data management in the form of survey taking. This ties in nicely with our Sharing the Planet UOI.

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In Art, the Grade 1s learned all about American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Students were able to describe his artwork, discuss the colours and lines used, and compare him to our past artist of the month, Pablo Picasso. The Grade 1s began creating pieces inspired by his unique style.

In French, this week, the students finished their marionnettes. They will be using them in the near future to practise their play. The children will be put in a group, each member with an assigned part and will be filmed sometime in the early New Year.

Looking ahead

Next week, we look forward to delving into the research of each habitat!


Winter temperatures have arrived. During the school day, students in Grades 1 - 5 are outside for recess three times a day and at the end of the day for pick up/aftercare.

To fully enjoy the excitement that the winter season brings, appropriate winter clothing will enhance their outdoor experience.

Grade 1, 2, and 3 students are expected to wear winter coats, snow pants, hat, mittens/gloves and waterproof winter boots at each recess. Even if it is dry and there is no snow, it is still cold. As it warms up, snow pants can be replaced by rain pants, rain boots and a lighter jacket. The clothing is standard for this age group.

Grade 4 and 5 students are expected to make good choices in the clothing they wear outside for recess. Once outside, they are not permitted to go back inside to get pieces of clothing that they forgot to put on. We encourage them to be responsible for their choices.

Spirit Week! Monday, Dec. 11th - Friday, Dec. 15th 

Next week, we are celebrating Spirit Week! Please see the details below:

Students will come to school in their regular school uniforms on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are welcome to wear accessories that correspond with the spirit theme on those days.

Tuesday and Friday will be full spirit days. Students do not have wear their school uniform on those days and are encouraged to dress according to the spirit theme.

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New Circles Clothing Drive

Next Wednesday, December 13th, we will be launching our winter clothing drive. All donations will be brought to New Circles, a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada. Here is their website for more information about the organization.

The Junior School will be collecting winter clothing items such including:

  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • boots
  • sweaters
  • long pants
  • socks
  • girls’ tights

All child, youth and adult sizes are welcome. Collection bins will be in the gathering place from Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 20th.

Important Dates

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

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