Grade 2 - December 14 / 2018


Students are learning all about celebrations around the world and the traditions that go along with them. They have been exploring the importance of light, music, food and clothing during a celebration. A big thank you to Deepa MacEachern for coming into the Grade 2 classrooms to talk about Diwali and how it it celebrated.


In Math, we are continuing to explore coins and their combinations. Students are practising making combinations using the least amount of coins and how to give and receive chance. This is may great opportunity for students to practise counting money when they are out shopping with you.


We are looking forward to the Junior School’s Harmony Concert next Friday. If you are taking your child directly from the upper school after the concert, please make sure to let your child’s homeroom teacher know.


In French, the students started a new language manipulation activity called Choisis le bon mot. In this activity, there are French sentences pertaining to our play, Ou est mon chien?, with a missing word. There are two words to pick from and the students need to circle the correct one and copy the missing word. This activity is a good way to verify the students’ comprehension of the play through their reading and writing skills.


This week in Art, the Grade 2s reflected on their trip to the Aga Khan Museum. They discussed the stories and traditions of other cultures. Students then identified their own family traditions and illustrated them. Inspired by the work of Barbara Reid, students used plasticine to create a picture that is the story of their family tradition.


In Music, the Grade 2s continue to listen to the different dances in The Nutcracker ballet and discuss how the music reflects the action or the plot of the story. They have memorized all of their songs and are ready for the Harmony Concert on December 21st!. We would like students to wear their long-sleeved green sweater with the white shirt for the concert. If you don’t have a sweater, the green cardigan or the long-sleeved green polo shirt will also work.


Are you ready for a week of Spirit?! For our last week of the term, we are going to show our house team spirit with some special fun spirit days. See the chart below for what each day will be representing!



After School Study Buddies with Ms Tarshis and Ms Sue in Learning Strategies on Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19 will be cancelled. We wish you all a restful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Students in Grades 1 - 3 are expected to have and wear a coat, snow pants, hats, mittens and boots to keep them both warm and dry from the time of the first snowfall or as of December 1, whichever comes first, for all outdoor recess play times.

Students in Grades 4 and 5 are expected to have and wear the winter gear they feel they need to keep them both warm and dry during outdoor recess play times. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will not be permitted to stay inside for recess if they have forgotten or chosen not to bring their gear to school.  They will also not be permitted to go back inside the school to get their gear if they have chosen to leave it inside their cubby.


On Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 1:00 PM Junior School students in Grade 1-5 will walk and JK/SK will take a bus to 1320 for a rehearsal for the Harmony concert. On Friday, December 21, 2018, at 9:30 AM, Junior School students in Grade 1-5 will walk and JK/SK will take a bus to 1320 to participate in the Harmony concert!


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