Grade 1 - March 8 / 2019



In Music, we found clues that Liam, the leprechaun might be visiting the Music classroom. The Grade 1 students then sang two songs about leprechauns including a solo response in one of the songs (Who has the Shamrock?) and marched to the beat in March of the Leprechauns. They have many great ideas about how Liam got into the classroom. I’d also like to congratulate all of the Grade 1 students on an amazing performance of Little Wheel last Friday. Thank you for all of your hard work and practice getting our musical presentation ready!


This week in French, Grade 1 students were true risk-takers. The students attempted, for the first time, to write a story retell of the play, La poule Maboule. The students practised paraphrasing and synthesizing the play in their own words after studying it since September. They did an amazing job in developing their writing skills. Bon travail les amis!


This week in Art, the Grade 1s learned about contrast. They created a black and white art piece that shows both contrast and symmetry.


In PHE this week, the Grade 1s worked on their wrist and slap shot skills. They compared the differences and did individual and partner work to help develop the skills.


Hard to believe we are already at March Break! That didn’t stop us from packing in as much learning as we could this week. In literacy, we wrote personal responses about Spring and leprechauns and St.Patrick’s Day. When it comes time to think about heading back to school in two weeks, it would be much appreciated if you could spend a few minutes with your child reflecting on the activities you embarked on over the break! On Monday, March 25th the students will be writing about their break and so a “highlights” conversation at home beforehand might be helpful for the students.


In Math, we continued exploring and using different strategies for addition and subtraction. We began “thinking about our thinking” and trying to recognize what our brains are doing when we mentally add and subtract.


We launched our new UOI this week! The UOI is “How we organize ourselves” and centers around our community and community helpers. If you (or someone you know) might be interested in coming in and talking to both Grade 1 classes about your job, and how you help your community, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher as we would love to hear from you!

Have a great break!


Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms. Kate or reception.


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Travelling or staying home this March Break and need something to read? Here are the iPad instructions for Sora -- our OverDrive Digital Library.

[1] Go to the App Store and download the free Sora App
[2] Find the York School [it should appear on your screen if you have your location on]
[3] Type in your child's library number / York username [First letter of your first name + your
last name + last 2 digits of the high school graduation]
[4] A password is not necessary.

Each patron can check out and DOWNLOAD 5 digital books for a two-week loan period.

Happy Reading!
Ms. Spencer


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

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