Grade 2 - January 25, 2018

Dear Junior School Parents,

Thank you to all the families that joined us for our parent feedback meetings over the past week. We received lots of great feedback on what we are doing well and suggestions for areas where we can do even better.

For those parents that were unable to join us, we would like to offer you an opportunity to add your voices. During the meetings we asked for feedback through the following "compass points" lenses:

N - what information do you Need to know
S - what Support do you need? From whom?
E - what Excites you about the Junior School?
W - what are you Worried about?

If you would like to provide your feedback, please send it to Kate Boynton at kboynton@yorkschool.com  (JS Admin Assistant) an email with the NSEW headline by Wednesday, January 31st.

We look forward to sharing the feedback from all parents in the FLASH next week and scheduling a meeting for all Junior School parents to follow up with next steps.

Thank you for being partners in your children's education.

Sincerely,

Valerie and Struan


Highlights

The grade 2’s had a wonderful experience at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto,  learning about traditions and celebrations from some of our First Nations. To quote Grace Fischer in 2A, “It was the greatest field trip ever!”

In French, the students finished up the set of centres that were started last week. Among other things, the students practised the play, Ou est mon chien?, with their small groups and the teacher.

Looking Ahead

The students in both classes are busy researching a holiday or tradition of their choosing that may be unfamiliar to them. They will be creating a poster from their research, and will present and share with the class.

The students are completing a short unit on money. Following this, they will start being introduced to strategies in addition and subtraction.

In literacy, the students are writing “hamburger paragraphs” using a topic sentence (bun), three supporting details (toppings) and closing sentence (bottom bun). They will continue to work on these for the next few weeks.

In French, next week, the students will be filming the play, Ou est mon chien? The students will be needing some props such as dog/puppy stuffed toys and police officer accessories or costume. If you happen to have such items at home, we could appreciate borrowing them for a few days. Merci!

In PSE classes this term, we will focus on how we are all changemakers. A changemaker is someone who wants change and uses skills and resources, such as teamwork, knowledge and empathy to help affect this change. We will begin by focussing on our school as a place where change happens; and discuss the change we can see and the change we want to see. By end of term we will celebrate ourselves as changemakers and the positive impact of our efforts.  

Reminders

Student-Centred conferences

On February 7th or 13th, students in Grade 1 to 5 will be participating in Student-centred conferences. A Student-centred conference differs from the traditional Parent-Teacher interview as the student is present at and is an active participant. The focus of the conference is on student goal setting in order to support learning. During the Student-centred conference, each participant - teacher, student, parent - have a specific role. The teacher facilitates the discussion and the student and parent are encouraged to contribute. A Student-centred conference should focus on recognising and celebrating the progress that a student has made in his/her learning and to identify the next steps that need to be taken, within a supportive environment. Parents should be aware that the priority of Student-centred conferences is to focus on discussing student’s progress in ways which motivate and encourage the child in his/her future learning. Finally, a Student-centred conference is not intended to be a rehearsed ‘performance’ by the student, but a genuine conversation that encourages objective and realistic discussion of the student’s learning progress. 

A reminder that students in Grades 1 to 5 need to present with parents at all conferences with homeroom and specialist teachers.

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

This week we will be kick starting our India donation drive (clothes and toys). Bins will be placed by fireplace in the Gathering Place for donation drop off. Please take a look at our "wish list" link below. This list will also be posted in each classroom and communicated in the FLASH for the next few weeks.

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Great Canadian Skating Afternoon

The JK- grade 2 classes will be going on a trip to Ramsden Park on Thursday, February 15th for our annual skating afternoon. We will be departing from school at 1:00 pm and returning at approximately 3:00 pm. You will be sent the VO form that can be accessed on YorkNet. Please be sure to sign into your YorkNet account to submit the permission form. Students are to come to school that day dressed in their grey York School sweatpants and sweatshirt. As well, your child must have the appropriate winter clothing,  such as snow pants, hats and mittens. Please note,  there are no skate rentals available at the rink and that a hockey or a ski helmet are mandated by the City of Toronto. If you would like to volunteers please let your child’s homeroom teacher know.

Junior School Pancake Breakfast - REGISTER NOW!

We are thrilled to host a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by The York School Parents’ Association (YPA) on February 22nd and 23rd.

Students are invited to bring a family member or friend to join them for a pancake breakfast at the school. Please RSVP to one of the four seatings below.

February 22 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
February 23 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

RSVP here!


Important Dates

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

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