Thank you for coming to the parent teacher conferences! We enjoyed the opportunity to discuss your child’s growth and successes. A special thank you to the parents who helped organize and deliver the fantastic Halloween celebration! The students held it together on Wednesday morning!
Students have continued exploring the Canadian landscape, with a slight pause for a chance to take action as a result of our Digital Citizenship unit. The Grade 4 students were divided into their houses and shared a presentation about online safety and personal responsibility while using digital media. The students had an opportunity to rehearse and practise their presentation skills (face the audience, speak audibly, speak at a reasonable pace). There was sharing of their knowledge, as well as opportunities for the rest of the Grades 1-3 students to ask questions to our panel of experts. They also had an opportunity to share their poster presentation.
We will continue with guided reading groups. The literacy focus will be Text Patterns and Summarizing. While reading nonfiction texts at home, you can encourage students to begin thinking about the features on the page like fact boxes, captions, labelled diagrams, charts, and more, and how they help convey meaning and engage a reader in the text. We will also be using the R.A.C.E method to help students express their reading comprehension in writing.
We encourage students to use Typing Club in their free time. This can be found on the Junior School Resources.
IXL passwords have changed recently. All students are now using ‘123456’ as their password to access IXL Math and English. Sorry for the confusion!
We are ready to start our Winter season next week. Anyone interested in playing a sport should come to the first practice/meeting. The start dates are as follows:
Practice schedules are on our website - or you can click here for easy reference (make sure you scroll down to the Winter schedule).
There are still some spots available in our GADPs - please click here to register for those!
Are you interested in becoming the next Chair of our Nutrition Committee? Now is the time to put your name forward to join a group of parents, teachers, administrators and food service providers to lead conversations about healthy eating at our Junior School. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthday Treat Policy
On another note, we are delighted with the changes we have made to the Birthday Treat policy as we look forward to celebrating all of your children's birthdays in the Junior School this year. Each child celebrating their birthday will be made to feel special by their classroom community and teachers on their special day but without a treat accompaniment.
We will also be celebrating birthdays as a whole school on three occasions during the school year - November 29 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of August, September, October and November; March 28 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of December, January, February and March; and, June 6 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of April, May, June and July.
In lieu of individual families providing the treat for their child on their special day, the school will be providing mini cupcakes from Sweets From the Earth, which will be free of gluten, nuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Our food service provider, Aramark have sourced these treats so that all of our children can enjoy together.
A quick reminder about food: Ms. Turner spoke to the Grade 4 students about treats, including Halloween treats, to clear up any confusion about the food policy. The students know what is appropriate to bring (which means no Halloween candy).
Every morning, the Junior School takes a mindful moment, led by Ms. Mary Moffat-Johansson at 8:25 a.m. In order to help our students and staff effectively practise, we require the hallways on the second and third floors to be silent. Students arriving during the mindful moment will be asked to wait on the first floor with Ms. Faba or another staff member until the mindful moment is over.
We encourage all students to keep a water bottle in the classroom to cut down on the trips to the water fountain. A gentle reminder that students need to be wearing black shoes with their winter uniforms.
Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.
- September 2019
- Aug 23, 2019 Grade 4 - August 22 / 2019 Aug 23, 2019
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- Aug 22, 2018 Grade 4 - August 22 / 2018 Aug 22, 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017