Grade 2 - March 2, 2018

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Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

Our second and final Compass Points Feedback coffee morning will be taking place on Tuesday, March 6th @ 8:30 am. For parents who could not attend either coffee morning, we will include a summary in the FLASH.

We hope you are able to attend.


Val and Struan

Spring Athletics

Spring Athletics are just around the corner!  To sign up for our Spring Teams and GADPs, please click here.  The schedule for our spring offerings is here . If you have any questions, please email our Athletics Assistant, Norah Baine, at


We are having a great time learning about the evolution of technology. The students are amazed at how fast technology has changed. This week we have practised our persuasive writing skills, arguing for and against the use of technology.

We have been busy learning about various ways to collect, sort and display data. The students have been practising how to display their data on bar graphs and pictographs. They are learning strategies needed to develop meaningful questions prior to collecting data.  

In French, the students started a new round of centres. Among other things, the students have been doing a story retell of the play, Ou est mon chien?. The teacher first modeled the activity with the students and then, in the students’ own words, created a class story retell of the play completely in French. The students then, along with Madame, wrote their own story retell in their own using only French words. The students have done an amazing job of expressing themselves!

How do you mix fashion and math in one art class? Tessellations and textiles, of course! The Grade 2 students have begun their exploration of tessellations and how they relate to textiles. They learned how to create their own tessellations using polygons and will be creating unique tessellating designs that will be transferred onto a cloth tote bag to create their own fashion piece.

In Music, we have been creating body percussion patterns while singing partner songs (3 different songs in groups performed at the same time).  The students having just started learning about escape songs and children’s hand games as part of Black History Month.


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Exciting Grade 5 Exhibition Student Action

Our Grade 5 students are currently engaging in an independent inquiry named the Exhibition. It showcases the skills and demonstrates the IB Learner Profiles attributes and attitudes that students have acquired through their time in the PYP. The Exhibition focuses on student action. As part of the student action of our exhibition some of the students would like to communicate to the parent community and share their action.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kaleigh and I am a Grade 5 student. As most of you know, in Grade 5 we do a big inquiry called Exhibition. If you have not heard of this, then here is a quick explanation. You get to pick an investigation  under the category of your Unit of Inquiry. Our theme is How We Express Ourselves. We independently have to research about our topics and later on, we write a five paragraph essay about our matter. Now we are working on our action piece.

My topic is studying cultural food on New Years. For part of my action, I am making a recipe book of different cultures foods. And for my action I would like you to help me out. So please, if you have any recipes at home or know anyone who has yummy and delicious recipes that express a culture or who you are, please put them in the brown box that says “recipes” on the fireplace mantle in the Gathering Place. Also, feel free to give more than one recipe. Please give the recipes in by Friday, March 9th.

Finally, I will put all the recipes together and make my recipe book! When it is completed, it will be on display in the Gathering Place so you can flip through and take pictures of the recipes that you like and that your family will enjoy too!

Thank you so much!


Kaleigh Metser

Dear Parents,

Hello, my name is Hayden. I am in grade 5, and, as many of you know, we are in the middle of completing the Exhibition. We had to pick a topic, research it, have a primary resource, and finally take action to make a difference. My topic is protest music. For my action, I have made a short video of protest songs and what issues they are about. I would appreciate if you could take the time in your day to watch my video. I hope that you can learn something new about the music that you might listen to on an everyday basis. Thank you!


Hayden Laurie

Protest Music Video


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Junior School Showcase

A favourite event in the Junior School is the annual Junior School Showcase. It is back again this spring but with a little change. Instead of one showcase for students from Grades 1 to 5, there will be two showcases, one for Grades 1-3 on April 13th and one for Grades 4-5 on May 4th. The showcases will take place during assigned assemblies from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in the gymnasium. Students from Grades 1 to 5 are invited to participate. Parents of students participating in showcase are invited to attend. Each student may present for a maximum of 90 seconds. Videos may also be submitted to be shown during the showcase. If you have any questions, please email Jessica Smart at We welcome all students to participate.

The Showcase

  • Builds our Junior School community
  • Celebrates interests and passions of students
  • Demonstrates the diversity of students
  • Develops independent self-management skills

The Showcase process is:

  • Students sign-up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria.
    Sign-up starts on Monday, March 5th and ends on Friday, March 9th.
  • Student will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to commit to:

  • Prepared, practiced and rehearsed performances
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • To be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • To be responsible for props and any accessories needed


Author Visit

On Tuesday, March 6th, the Library will be hosting Phyllis Bordo reading her book to the Grade 1-3 students. She will be reading her debut picture book entitled "Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries". Mrs. Bordo is Max Bordo [2B]'s grandmother.

Period 1 - 8.30 - 9.15 AM - Classes 1A, 1B and 2A
Period 2 - 9.15 - 10 AM - Classes 2B, 3A and 3B

Parents are welcome to attend this reading in the Library.

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

Important Dates

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