Grade 2 - December 8 / 2017


We had a fun start to our new unit on traditions. We had a whole grade surprise birthday party to to launch our unit and to explore different traditions that occur on birthdays.

If any parents would like to speak about a tradition that most children may not know about, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. It would be wonderful to have you visit.

We are also asking students to bring in an object, book or artifact that is unique to your family to share with the class by Wednesday, December 7th. We will be sharing these a few each day for the next few days.

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It is that time of year when we are learning about time! Grade 2 has been talking about the change of seasons as well as using pendulums to record seconds. The students have been using their estimating skills to make educated guesses on how long an activity will take.

Next week, we will be looking at telling time using 15 minute increments. If you have analog clocks and watches at home, this is a good time to begin practising telling time. Terms used are quarter after or quarter past, half past or nine thirty, quarter to or nine forty five.


In French, this week, the students finished their marionnettes. They will be using them in the near future to practise their play. The children will be put in a group, each member with an assigned part and will be filmed sometime in the early New Year.


Winter temperatures have arrived. During the school day, students in Grades 1 - 5 are outside for recess three times a day and at the end of the day for pick up/aftercare.

To fully enjoy the excitement that the winter season brings, appropriate winter clothing will enhance their outdoor experience.

Grade 1, 2, and 3 students are expected to wear winter coats, snow pants, hat, mittens/gloves and waterproof winter boots at each recess. Even if it is dry and there is no snow, it is still cold. As it warms up, snow pants can be replaced by rain pants, rain boots and a lighter jacket. The clothing is standard for this age group.

Grade 4 and 5 students are expected to make good choices in the clothing they wear outside for recess. Once outside, they are not permitted to go back inside to get pieces of clothing that they forgot to put on. We encourage them to be responsible for their choices.

Spirit Week! Monday, Dec. 11th - Friday, Dec. 15th 

Next week, we are celebrating Spirit Week! Please see the details below:

Students will come to school in their regular school uniforms on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are welcome to wear accessories that correspond with the spirit theme on those days.

Tuesday and Friday will be full spirit days. Students do not have wear their school uniform on those days and are encouraged to dress according to the spirit theme.

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New Circles Clothing Drive

Next Wednesday, December 13th, we will be launching our winter clothing drive. All donations will be brought to New Circles, a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada. Here is their website for more information about the organization.

The Junior School will be collecting winter clothing items such including:

  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • boots
  • sweaters
  • long pants
  • socks
  • girls’ tights

All child, youth and adult sizes are welcome. Collection bins will be in the gathering place from Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 20th.

Important Dates

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

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