Grade 2 - February 8 / 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our student-centred conferences. This was a great opportunity to the children to reflect on their accomplishments and set goals for themselves for the remainder of Grade 2.

The children also had the opportunity this week to present their summative assessment task about an unfamiliar holiday that they researched. We practised our presentation skills by demonstrating how to speak in a loud and clear voice while presenting and making eye contact with our audience. This was a great confidence boost for the children as they begin to get accustomed to speaking in front of a large group of people.

We also began our new unit of inquiry about how technology has evolved through time. As part of our provocation, the children were able to explore old technology equipment and inquire about its purpose. If you have any items from the past that you would wish your child to share with the class (rotary phones, polaroid cameras, phonographs, etc), please contact Mr. Rand or Ms. Kendra.

French

In French, due to the inclement weather, our field trip to see Gregg Lerock in concert on Wednesday, February 6th 2019 was cancelled. The field trip should be rescheduled to a future date.  In other news, the students started to practise les questions partielles, which are partial questions. These are questions that hold part of the answer in the question. These questions include words such as qui, ou, quand, comment, etc. In other words, these are questions using the words who, where, when and how and so on in French. These questions and answers will be practised in French to improve the students’ fluency.

Music

In Music, the Grade 2s continue to explore the 5 note pentatonic scale with two songs, “Bow, wow, wow” and “I’ve Been to London”. With a partner, they are working well trying to match the pitches from the songs with the notes on the xylophones.

Art

This week in Art, the Grade 2s were learning about shadow. They created a background and separate drawing of themselves using Sharpie and pencil crayon. Students then cut out a shadow from black paper and pasted it below the drawing of themselves. If your child is in Art Club, it will be moving from Wednesdays to Fridays as of February 22nd. Students will be notified before this change occurs.


LOOKING AHEAD

Next week the children will continue to work on how to structure their writing into paragraphs using an introduction, supporting and concluding sentences. In math, we will continue to work on addition and subtraction with regrouping and exploring the inverse relationship that these operations share. Children will then be encouraged to apply these skills to problem-solving, as well as coming up with their own word problems. Our first inquiry for our new unit will be to look at how technology has helped improved communication between people both locally and globally. We are also looking forward to having Mr. Shaikh come back into our classrooms to continue teaching coding with our students!

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the morning of Thursday, February 14th. Students do not have to exchange cards but if they do, we ask that they include everyone in their class. Class list for Valentine’s Day Cards:

2A
Lennon
Brooklyn
Iago
Sydney
Sri
Molly
Britton
Christopher
Jackson
Richard
Ridley
Wren
Lisa
Elijah
Fabrizio
Liam
Alice
Harlowe

2B
Mason
Chloe
Soraya
Martin
Whitney
Liam
Benjamin
Seven
Ethan
Andrew
Charlie
Eddie
Shiraz
Ryan
Phenix
Grant
Temmy

WELLNESS WEEK - FEBRUARY 11-14, 2019

Our school-wide Wellness Week is coming up! Please see the poster below for each days.

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GLOBAL PATHWAYS SCHOOL

Each year a group of grade 11's travel to India during March Break to volunteer at Global Pathways School. We have a special connection with the school as the founders of the school are the previous Head of York School and Head of the Junior School. Currently, a past Grade 9 ICE teacher, Jim Brickell, is the Principal of Global Pathways School.

The students travelling to GPS enjoy two weeks of volunteering in the classrooms, taking field trips with the classes, enjoying recess on the play structures that have been donated by The York School community and spend time with students in the classes and their homes.

Before departing on this adventure we collect donations to take with us in duffle bags to hand out to the community. This years' wish list is here. If you have any of the following items stored away in your closets and are looking to find a new home for these items, please bring them to The York School, there are bins in the Gathering Place to deposit the items. We will be collecting these items until Monday, February 25th. Many thanks in advance for your donations.

-The Global Pathways School Team

Also - Global Pathways School Day - Wednesday February 20th!

Wear green, white, orange, pay what you like, making a contribution towards technology at GPS


IMPORTANT DATES

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

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