Grade 2 - February 15, 2018

Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings

Dear Parents,

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Thank you for continuing the home-school partnership over the past week as part of the parent/teacher interviews and student-centered conferences. We received so much positive feedback about the process and about our amazing teachers. We also talked to students about their learning, their growth and how they took control of their learning. So cool!

In our January 26th FLASH, we shared the Compass Points feedback from our parent coffee meetings. Now that conferences are finished, we would like to invite parents to attend follow up coffee meetings on either: Monday, Feb. 26th or Tuesday, March 6th at 8:30 a.m. in the Junior School Cafeteria. Both meetings will cover the same content and are geared towards any interested Junior School parents. For parents who can't attend either coffee morning, we will include a FLASH summary article the week before the March Break.

We hope you are able to attend.

Val and Struan



It was wonderful to get outside and enjoy the winter weather. Thank you to those of you who came out to participate and help out with the Skating Day. We hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

In Math, we have been practicing two-digit subtraction problems. We are learning to regroup as a strategy to help us solve subtraction problems. Regrouping is the process of making groups of tens when adding or subtracting two-digit numbers and is the proper name for “carrying” and “borrowing”.

In Art, the Grade 2s have been learning about the importance of giving and receiving effective peer critique to improve their work. Students watched a video, called “Austin’s Butterfly”, about how to give constructive feedback, then began sketching animals from photographs and using peer feedback between each draft to improve their drawing and the drawings of their classmates.

In French, the students started to practice answering questions relating to our play, les questions partielles. These are questions that hold part of the answer. Last week, the students practised les questions totales which are questions that hold the whole answer.  Les questions partielles are questions that hold the words who, what, where, when, how and so on. The point of practicing these questions is to encourage the students to answer in full sentences and to increase the children’s fluency regarding the play. The students have learned a rap about these called, Les questions, by Sylvia Duckworth.

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Looking Ahead

We will continue exploring the evolution of technology. The students are amazed at how fast technology has changed. Next week, we will practice our persuasive writing skills arguing for and against the use of technology.


India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

We have kicked off our India donation drive (clothes and toys). Bins have been 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.

Junior School Pancake Breakfast
We are thrilled to announce that all four sittings are full. We look forward to seeing you on February 22nd and 23rd.

Important Dates

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

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