Grade 2 - Sept. 12 / 2019


We would like to apologize regarding any difficulties you may have had last week with opening the “getting to know your child” google form. If you were unable to open the form previously, please click on the links below to access the google form:

Mr. Rand’s class:

Ms. Purcell’s class:

As you may have heard from your excited child this week, we assigned the students their Chromebooks this week! The students were thrilled to log in and take on this new responsibility. The Chromebooks will be a valuable tool for all our learning this year. Speaking of technology, if you have not yet sent in headphones for your child, please send in a pair this upcoming week. We also look forward to sharing photos with you next week on Seesaw. For new families, Seesaw is our online portfolio of student learning. Feel free to log in next week to see what we have been up to!

In grade 2 children are expected to read for 20 minutes daily to help build their reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension. To help complement your home reading program, we recommend that children make use of their Raz-Kids online reading account. Instructions on how to access Raz-Kids were sent home this week. However, if you encounter any problems logging in, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

In preparation for our Terry Fox run, the grade 2 children were lucky to welcome a guest speaker into class. The children listened to Meredith speak about her experience living with a prosthetic leg and how prosthetic limbs work. This generated great discussion about Terry Fox's resilience when he set off on his marathon of hope and what an accomplishment he achieved.

Unit of Inquiry

This week the students were given various images and asked to sort them into two piles. Students were not given any other instructions or hints. They all came to realize that some images portrayed healthy habits, while the remaining images highlighted unhealthy living habits. Next, they were given individual words and were tasked with arranging them into a sentence. The sentence turned out to be our central idea: We need to care for our bodies to be healthy. From here, we discussed the meaning of this sentence and began brainstorming questions we had about healthy living. If any parents have a particular interest or expertise in this area, please feel free to reach out to your child’s respective teacher.

Friendly reminder that we will be going to Ninjaz on Monday, September 16th.


This week we focussed on journal writing and discussed the format and audience required when writing a journal entry. Some mini lessons this week therefore centred around discussions based on appropriate capitalization and punctuation. 


In math we will be revising number bonds up to 10 and began to learn related subtraction facts. The children will be extending their learning by deriving number bonds to 20. Being able to recall number bonds to 20 provides your child with a mental picture about the relationship shared between two numbers and do mental arithmetic. 


In PHE, students have been participating in cooperative games to build community and team building within the classroom. This week was also the first time the Grade 2’s changed for PHE class. It went very well! To help your child not mix up their clothing with other students, we advise that your child’s name is written on all of their belongings. This will help them and myself identify any missing clothing.


In Music, the students reviewed rhythms in canon (in a round). They clapped through given rhythmic patterns and then transferred that skill to hand drums. The Grade 2s also learned a new song “Sing a Song” and sang that in canon and with movements. The students reminded me of their routines of the class.


In French, the students were presented to all of the with the class routines. They were reintroduced to the ligne magique (the magic lign). When the ligne magique is put on at the beginning of every class, the students are expected to only speak French except for the three allotted English words every class. At the end of class, the lign is removed. It is part of the daily routine in French.  If the students succeed in only speaking in French, they receive a ticket. Every two Fridays, there is a draw with the sac a surprises (the prize bag) where two children receive a prize for only speaking French. The students were true risk-takers in French class! 


Looking forward to another year of creativity and imagination. The art room is in need of unwanted magazines for upcoming collage work. Please drop donations off in the art room anytime. As well, I am looking for some large button-down shirts that we can repurpose as smocks for messy work. Thank you in advance for your support! 


Terry Fox Run

The York School Terry Fox Run is taking place on Wednesday, September 18th! The Middle and Senior School will be joining us for the run this year on the beltline to make this a full community event. Please see the timing of the event below.

  • Grades 6 & 7 will join their JK/SK buddies at 1:30 in the Junior School Playground. After a warm up, they will head out together through the cemetery to the Beltline.

  • Grades 8 & 9 will join Grades 1 - 3 at 2:00.

  • Grade 10 & 12 will join with Grades 4 - 5 at 2:30.

Students are to come to school wearing The York School gym uniform or an official Terry Fox t-shirt from 2019 or before.

Parents! Come join in on the fun! Meet us in the Junior School Playground at your child’s allotted run time.


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