Grade 2 - April 26 / 2019


The Grade 2 students have been busy learning about different types of pollution and how polluted air, soil and water affects our lives. This sparked great conversation on how we can reduce the amount of waste we throw away. We also watched several videos regarding plastic waste and examined our own plastic use and ways in which we can eliminate single-use plastics from our lives.

The Grade 2 children also wrote touching tributes to their grandparents or a special person in their lives and we look forward to sharing them this Friday on Grandpals’ Day.  


In Math, the children have been practising how to measure in centimetres and comparing and ordering lengths of everyday objects. We will continue with measurement next week by looking at how many centimetres are in a metre and when to use metres for measuring.


This week in French, the students started a new language manipulation activity called Choisis le bon mot (choose the right word). The students need to read sentences pertaining to our play, Les trois petits cochons. There is a word missing in these sentences and the students need to correctly select the missing word. This exercise helps the students with their reading and writing comprehension in French.


In PHE this week, the students continued their healthy eating unit. They reviewed  Canada’s new food guide and what their plate should look like. They played some fun relays with different equipment while they filled their plates with the different food groups.


In Music, the Grade 2 students demonstrated drumming patterns on the djembes. The children also practiced their two circle dance for Grandpals Day.

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.

Grandpals and Special Friends Day

Thank you to all the Grandpals and Special Friends who visited the Junior School today! Students from the JK-Grade 2 classes were overjoyed to give you a glimpse of a day in the life here at The York School.

”You are teachers, playmates, caregivers and friends to these beautiful children. And, you are dearly loved. You provide the essentials that all children need and desire - unconditional love, comfort, kindness, patience and humour.”

View more photos from today here.


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


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

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