Grade 2 - December 15 /2017


Continuing our unit on traditions and celebrations, the students are exploring the clothing, music/dance, and food that are involved in various traditions. We will also be discussing the various holidays and traditions we have during the months of December and January.

If any parents would like to speak about a tradition that most children may not know about, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. It would be wonderful to have you visit.

As the students are becoming more confident identifying the hour and minute hands, we have been challenging students to identify time to the actual minute. It has been great to see so many students recognizing how many minutes each number on the clock represents. The students have also created their own clocks that they can use in class to assist them in telling time. Next week, we will be using calendars and using the units of days/weeks/months.

In French, this week the students started their last set of centres before the winter break. Among other things, the students have been practising their play along with their marionnettes with their group. In the New Year, the students will be filmed performing their play.

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New Circles Clothing Drive

Our  winter clothing drive has launched and thank you for your support, thus far! All donations will be brought to New Circles. New Circles is 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 who 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:

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  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • Boots
  • Snow pants/suits
  • 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.


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, waterproof 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.

Important Dates

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

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