Grade 1 - April 18/ 2019


A short, but busy week in Grade 1! The students thoroughly enjoyed engaging in all the International week activities!


In Literacy, students branched out from having discussions about story elements (characters, setting, plot, ending) to writing their own stories. International week served as great inspiration for many of our student authors! Next week, we will focus on the editing and revision process.


In Math, we continued to investigate 2-D and 3-D shapes. Students were focussing on “shape language” this week, which as explored by playing games. One such game involved a partner choosing a mystery shape and giving clues (“I’m holding a shape with 6 faces. It has 8 vertices. It has 12 edges. What shape do I have?”).


In Music, the Grade 1s listed people that they find in their community. Next week, they are going to write poems about them and set them to music. One part of community is dance and the students have really come together to learn partner and group moves to I’s the B’y.


This week in Art, students finished their stained glass windows. They are filled with shape, line, and lots of colour!


In French, the students finished their marionnettes (puppets), that they will be using to practice our play, Le petit chat cherche une famille.


This week in PHE, the Grade 1s began a dance unit with Megan Nadain. They are working on everyday movement creating links with partners by putting different body parts together.

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


Job Fair

This week, we worked diligently preparing for our upcoming Job Fair. The students have spent much of their time researching their chosen profession and are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to show what they know! If you could talk to your child about possible costume options, that would be much appreciated. On April 25th, your child can come to school dressed with their career costume over their school uniform.

Grandpal’s Day

On April 26th at the Grandpal’s Day assembly, the students will be reciting a poem called Families. We have attached a copy of the poem. If you would like to practice with your child at home, that would be much appreciated! The poem can be accessed here.

Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan

Director of Curriculum, Junior School

Grandpals & Special Friends Day

Join us for a special morning at the Primary school! To rsvp, click here.

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

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