Grade 2 - September 8 / 2017


Weekly Highlights:
Mr. Heyes and Ms. Kendra are very excited to start this new school year with your wonderful children. We have a fun-filled, action packed year ahead of us!

Next week we will begin looking at ways we can care for our bodies. We will be inquiry into the skeletal system, consequences and benefits of our choices, and ways we can appreciate our bodies.

In math, we will explore ways we can sort, identify and create patterns. We will learn how to describe various patterns using patterning language. 

Reminders:

2A and 2B Timetables

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Curriculum Night
We look forward to seeing parents on Curriculum Night next Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 PM.

Drop Off
If your child is being dropped off between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m., they are to go directly to the playground and if they arrive after that, please have them walk themselves up to their classroom.

Food Policy
Please become familiar with our new Junior School Food Policy by following the link. Junior School Food Policy

Co-Curricular Programme Registration
Online registration for the Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme has commenced and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th. Please refer to the Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme Guide (which is also online).

Programmes commence the week of September 18th.

Homework Policy
At The York School, we constantly reflect on and review our practices, ensuring that the values of The York School are present in each classroom and assigned homework. As a faculty, we reviewed current research and understanding of development and learning, and reflected on our homework policy. We are happy to share the new Junior School Homework Policy. The policy is an articulation of current and best practices. It is considerate of young learners’ development and the importance of balancing school and family.   

In alignment with the new policy, students in Grades 4 and 5 will continue to use IXL as one possible resource, while students in JK to Grade 3 will not. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Junior School Director of Curriculum, Karen McCallum-Ryan, kmccallum-ryan@yorkschool.com.

Looking Ahead:

Terry Fox Run
On Friday, September 15th, the Junior students, staff, parents and guests will join together for the 24th annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. All students are to come to school wearing their gym uniform and running shoes or an official Terry Fox t-shirt from 2017 or before. 
 
At 1:15 p.m., all Kindergarten to grade 5 students will gather in their houses and participate in warm-up, Terry Fox team building activities and a walk/run along the Kay Gardner Beltline. If you would like to order a 2017 Terry Fox t-shirt (a great souvenir of a memorable day and 75% of the price of the of the t-shirt cost benefits cancer research!), please have your child return this T-Shirt Order Form to Ms. Hickman  as soon as possible as quantities and sizes are limited.

Athletics
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Athletic year! We’ve got lots to offer this year so we hope you are excited about joining a team or two. Our Junior School teams started on Wednesday, September 4th after school. The Fall practice schedule is as follows (the schedule can also be found online under Junior School, Athletics):

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We are also pleased to offer for sale our Gladiator wind suits, perfect for team travel and for our outdoor practices/games. Please click here to order.

Our Athlete Institute is gearing up for our fall sessions. Please check them out and sign up here.

Let’s have a GREAT Fall season, Gladiators!