Grade 2 - April 18 / 2019


As part of our Unit of inquiry on air and water, students took part in a hands on experiment.  In groups, students built a water filtration system using natural materials. They used moss, sand and rocks to help filter the dirty water. Students were able to see how nature can naturally filter water and the impurities. Students recorded their hypotheses and observations using scientific language.

We have begun our new on Measurement. Students were able to explore non-standard units on measurements. They have fun measuring objects around the room, estimating and comparing which non-standard unit they used. Next week we will look at standard units of measurement using centimetres and metre sticks.


In Music, the Grade 2s reviewed rhythmic patterns on lummi sticks and then transferred these skills to the djembes (drums). The Grade 2s also learned a fun Maori stick game which involves beat, rhythm, community and coordination.


Grade Two continues to explore printmaking in art class this week. The kids are excited to bring home their edition of prints next week.


In French, the students finished their marionnettes (puppets), that they will be using to practice our play, Les trois petits cochons.


In PHE, the students continued their healthy eating unit. They looked a Canada’s new food guide particularly the protein group and played a fun game of couch potato again.

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms. Kate or reception.


Next week we will continue to explore ways in which we can help the environment and the impact of our choices. We will look at plastic consumptions and simple changes we can make in our lives to help our earth.

We will continue to work on our Independent book study. Students have been working diligently reading and creating chapter summaries. They are excited to share this with you during their Student-led conferences .

Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please contact me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan
Director of Curriculum, Junior School

Grandpals & Special Friends Day

Join us for a special morning at the Primary school! To rsvp, click here.

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

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