Grade 2 - April 13 /2018

April 13,  2018

Spring Athletics

Our Community Blue Jays Game tickets are now on sale. If you’d like to purchase tickets to the Sunday, June 10th game against the Baltimore Orioles, please click here. Order by April 17th!


Last week students commenced their summative project for the unit Where we are in place and time. In partners, they researched an invention using books and a website called Britannica, which is accessed through the Junior School Library. This week, the students presented their research in the form of a timeline.

In math, we are reviewing regrouping strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems. We will continue to develop these strategies to solve more challenging problems over the next few weeks.

This week in music, we discussed what sounds long and short tubes would make (low and high) and created a rondo (a piece with the form ABACADA) using Boomwhackers and body percussion.  

In art, the Grade 2s have begun to delve into the connection between literacy, performance and visual art. They have created a “causation” story (e.g. How The Zebra Got Its Stripes) and are creating puppets and set designs to tell their stories. Please take a look at SeeSaw to see the photos from our excursion to the Textile Museum of Canada.

In French, the students started a new set of centres that will continue over the next two weeks. As well, the students have been practising to read the play, Les trois petits cochons.

In PSE, our focus is on developing self-awareness and self-management skills using The Zones of Regulation. More information about the Zones can be found here. We are building self-awareness by recognizing and labelling emotions. Students worked in pairs to add as many feelings words as possible to the Zones. We also practiced reading in the “zones voice” of a book character. An easy way to practice recognizing and labeling emotions at home is to ask students what “zone” a book or movie character is in. Parents and children can try to name the zone and the emotion.

Looking Ahead

Next week we will begin our new unit of inquiry under the theme Sharing the planet. Our central idea is: “Changes to air and water affect living things and the environment.” We will look at the water cycle and explore the importance of air and water and the many ways we can contribute to keeping the environment healthy.

As part of an ongoing celebration of the myriad languages spoken in our community, students will have the opportunity to greet their peers in their mother tongue during morning announcements. If your child is interested in showcasing their first language, please have them speak with Mme. Beatty.

On Wednesday, April 25th, Grades 1-3 will be seeing the talented Gregg LeRock in concert en français! Students are encouraged to listen to Gregg LeRock’s music at home by clicking on the link here.

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Grandpals & Special Friends Day - April 20, 2018

A friendly reminder to those of you who have not registered a grandpal or special friend that the deadline to register is Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. Click here to RSVP!

WE Week


Next week (April 16th - April 20th) is WE Week. The students will be participating in activities in class throughout the week with a different theme each day. The themes are based on the WE Villages Pillars. For more information visit the WE organization website.

Along with classroom activities, the Student Action Team will be leading the following initiatives.

Children of Hope Uganda Jewellery Sale  

Please look for our Student Action Team in the Gathering Place during drop-off. They will be selling jewellery to help support Children of Hope Uganda. This initiative was brought forth by one of our house captains who feels strongly about supporting education and opportunity. Children of Hope Uganda (COHU) is a non-profit organization which works to empower war-affected youth impacted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. To date, COHU has helped transform the lives of over 1100 youth through a two-part development model which aims to promote self-sustainability through supporting social enterprise and education. Please visit their website for more information.

Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling

Throughout the week we will be collecting used batteries for Zinc Save Lives battery recycling campaign. For every battery we recycle as a school, Teck will donate the cash equivalent to the value of zinc it contains to WE’s zinc and health programme in Kenya. For more information, check out this fact sheet. Please bring all your used batteries to be recycled, and help dispose of them in a safe way and donate to this worthy cause. Donation bins will be in the Gathering Place from Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th.


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OverDrive - Getting Started with a Kobo tablet

OverDrive - Getting Started with eReaders

OverDrive - Getting Started with iOS devices

If you have OverDrive tech queries, please feel to email or Ms. Spencer: or x1623

Junior School Showcase

We are in the midst of students working hard to prepare their performances. Please note, there has been a change in the dates and times of the Showcases.

Grades 1-2: Friday, April 27th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Grades 3-5: Friday, May 4th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Parents of students participating in a 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

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:

  • Students will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to make the following commitments:

  • Prepare, practice and rehearse performance
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • Be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • Be responsible for props and any accessories needed

Spring Fulford Debate Tournament

On Saturday, April 21st The York School is hosting the Spring Fulford Debate Tournament and we need judges! Established in 1949, the Fulford League is the oldest student debate league in Ontario. There will be about 16 CIS schools (as host, York is not participating) debating in three rounds. The first two rounds are prepared: "This House (as Canada) would rescind Aung Sang Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship." There will be a briefing which will teach you how to judge debate, but if you can fill out a rubric, you're good!

The day will run form 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

It would be great if you can join us and see what student debate looks like (it's actually quite delightful, in our humble, objective opinion). If you're free, please fill out the form here and join us!


Grace Nolan, Rob Burkett and Shannon Barber


Please keep an eye on the ever changing temperatures and ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Students should have outside shoes for recess and dismissal.

Important Dates

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