Grade 2 - November 30 / 2018


Thank you to all those parents and friends who came out to see students Rube Goldberg inspired Machines last Tuesday. The students had a wonderful time presenting.

We have begun our new unit on Celebrations. We kicked off the unit with a whole class birthday party. This lead to lots of interesting discussions on how students around the world celebrate their birthdays. We compared and contrasted different traditions.


In Math, students continue to practise telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hours on an analogue and digital clock. Please take the opportunity to practise with your child at home. Next week, students will begin to look at money and apply counting strategies when finding the value of money amounts.


In Music, the grade 2’s continue to practice the songs for the Harmony Concert on December 21st. The Grade 2’s started the listening to the story of The Nutcracker. Just a reminder that the Primary Choir will be singing at the December 21st concert as well as participating in the three other songs with the class.


This week in Art, the Grade 2s began creating a repetition sculpture. Students added repeating shapes and patterns to small pieces of white paper and rolled them into tubes. Next week, students will be using the tubes to create a sculpture.


In PSE, we have continued with our Blueprint problem solving tool. We have discussed how to tell if we are ready/not ready to “make it better” or forgive. The students read a book called, What James Said, and noticed that we can tell if we are ready or not ready make it better or forgive by tone of voice, facial expressions, body language, and feelings inside. It made sense to the students that when we try to make it better or forgive when we are not ready our Blueprint tools will not feel sincere and may not work. Try asking your child for examples of ready/not ready expressions.


In French, the students have been finishing up the French manipulation activity copie et dessine les phrases, which means copy and draw silly sentences. The students have been copying silly sentences pertaining to our play, Ou est mon chien?, and illustrated them to show their understanding. They should be creating their own phrases folles next week.

SAVE THE DATE - December 14

*New* Junior School Celebration Assembly

On Friday, December 14th at 8:40 AM, students in Grades 1-5 will join together in the Junior School gym for our first Celebration Assembly. The assembly is a time for the community to celebrate the many achievements of our students in the first term, including recognizing student athletes from our fall teams:  the U11 Girls’ basketball team, U9-U11 Cross country team, and the U9 to U11 Soccer. Additionally, there will be a choir performance and the Junior School students who are participating in the Caribou Math Contest will be recognized. Families are welcome to attend!

Please note that rather than having one Junior School Athletic Assembly in June, as there has been in the past, this new Celebration Assembly format recognizes our student athletes at the end of each term along with other student achievements.


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