Dear Junior School Parents,
We have made some improvements to our schedule for the next couple of weeks to celebrate the end of the year with less formal, more intimate gatherings that not only reflects who we are as a school but as a community as well. Please mark your calendars where applicable and make note of the following:
Monday June 4th - Grade 5 Celebration (4:00PM -5:15 PM) -- NEW!
Our Grade 5 students and their families have been invited to a special moving on celebration to recognize their transition to Middle School. We look forward to recognizing each individual student's contribution to our JS community through the eyes of their teachers.
Friday June 8th - JS Track & Field Day (JK - Grade 2 @ 9:00 AM -11:00 AM and Grades 3-5 @ 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Organized and run by our teachers and staff, this fun tradition is beloved by our students and faculty alike. Parents are more than welcome to attend if their schedule permits. Location - Oriole Park (Davisville Ave. & Chaplin Cres)
Thursday June 14th - JS Games Morning hosted by the YPA -- NEW!
We look forward to a fun-filled morning at Oriole Park. Parents are asked to ensure their children have a hat, water bottle and proper sunscreen and are welcome to join us as volunteers, or to attend if their schedule allows.
Friday June 15th - Last day of school -- NEW!
We listened to your feedback and have modified our last day of school to ensure a full day for our students. Dismissal is at 3:30pm.
- Junior School Friday Assembly (10:45 in JS Gym): This year, in place of our Grade 1 to Grade 5 students attending the larger, longer closing ceremonies at the Middle/Senior School, we will gather our entire Junior School student body (JK to Grade 5) for a final Friday assembly to be attended by students, teachers and staff. The focus of this assembly will be less about ceremony and more about reflecting on our year together as a school community. While our space in the Junior School Gym is unable to accommodate parents at the final assembly, we will live stream the event for families who wish to watch and then throw our doors open to our entire parent body in the afternoon for our class parties (details below).
- Junior School Class Parties (1:30-3:30): All parents are welcome to join us for the class parties in the afternoon and then take your child(ren) home at dismissal. We do hope you will join us then!
Our staff, in collaboration with the YPA, have worked hard to incorporate these fun new ideas into our cherished traditions to create a series of end of year festivities that offer something special for everyone. We believe these changes will enable our parents, students and faculty to celebrate a wonderful year of growing and learning in a variety of settings and ways. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
This week was the last week for our GADPs for the Spring Season. We will be opening registration soon for our Fall, 2018 sessions. Our Athletic Practice Schedules have been finalized so please click here to see the 2018 - 2019 schedules (the schedules for all school divisions are posted on the athletic page on our website.)
In Math, we have begun our unit on multiplication, division and fractions. This week, the children explored the idea that multiplication is the process of counting groups of object through a number of hands-on activities. Next week children will continue to investigate how multiplication is repeated addition and division is the sharing of groups.
As part of our unit of inquiry, students have been learning to give directions on a map, using North, South, East, and West, as well as learning to read legends. We have also been exploring different books to learn about characteristics of animals. Next week, the students will be discussing the importance of protecting animals in their habitats to ensure they would not become extinct or endangered.
In French, the students are pleased to share their performance of the play, Les trois petits cochons. A link to the play will be sent via e-mail.
Congratulations to the Grade 2s who with the Grade 1s sang and danced very well at the Assembly on Friday! Great job. In Music, we are exploring pentatonic (5 note scales) with xylophones and boomwhackers in the song Chatter with the Angels.
Junior School Track and Field Day - Friday, June 8th
Next Friday, June 8th we have our Track and Field Day. The activities will be held at Oriole Park. JK- Grade 2 students will participate in the morning from 9:00-11:00 am and Grades 3-5 in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00.
Students need to come to school in their PHE uniform or in their house coloured tie-dyed t-shirt (made at the house meeting on Friday, June 1st) and black TYS shorts.
Students also need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat.
Library Summer Reading Book Fair
Please click HERE to complete electronic permission form for your child to purchase books and charge them to their York student account.
In Unit of Inquiry, the students will be exploring how to protect animals and their habitats for their final unit of the year. Next week the students will be discussing how we help, and harm, animals.
In Mathematics, the students will review skip counting and then start some basic multiplication.
In Literacy, the students will be writing some persuasive paragraphs and putting the final touches on their reading projects.
As we wind-down the school year and gear-up for the summer, it is important to take a moment to discuss the “summer slide”. The summer slide is the loss of learning and reading skills that occurs when students are away from school. We know from research and experience that the impact of the summer slide on students in general, and for at-risk students in particular, is significant.
The antidote for this problem - summer reading! Children and teens who read just four or more books over summer break have a good chance at avoiding the summer slide. Rather than backsliding, daily reading helps children solidify the gains they've made all year. Daily reading is the most effective way to engage students in the summer.
Remember, reading can be done in a variety of ways. Students can read to themselves or read to another person. Students can listen to a book either read aloud by another person or listen to an audio book. Students can reread favourite books or books that are “easy” or they may try to tackle a book that they thought was too difficult before. Literacy is the key to learning. Here are some book recommendation sites:
We are fortunate at The York School to have an amazing library collection. Junior School students may check out up to 10 books for the summer. Additionally, our digital collection, accessed through Overdrive, is available all summer long. The digital collection has books to interest all readers and has a massive selection of audio books. Audio books are perfect for a long car rides or airplane rides as they can be downloaded on different devices. Click here for The York School Digital Library.
If you are new to the digital library here are some links to help you get started:
- OverDrive - Getting Started with a Kobo tablet
- OverDrive - Getting Started with eReaders
- OverDrive - Getting Started with iOS devices
Looking for Parent Volunteers for Fun Morning!
The YPA is looking for some more volunteers for the Fun Morning on Thursday, June 14th. It will be a fun-packed morning with games, sports, crafts & more at Oriole Park! Please see link with sign up options. If you have any questions please contact Lara Teoli or Kate Corrin, YPA Junior School Co-Chairs.
Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.
- September 2019
- Aug 23, 2019 Grade 2 - August 22 / 2019 Aug 23, 2019
- June 2019
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- December 2018
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- October 2018
- September 2018
- Aug 22, 2018 Grade 2 - August 22 / 2018 Aug 22, 2018
- June 2018
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- December 2017
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