Grade 4 - November 3 / 2017

Weekly Highlights:

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!

Go Gladiators!


Nutrition Committee

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

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.

Important Dates

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


November 8, 2017

Junior School Lice Check

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

November 9, 2017

Remembrance Day Assembly

November 10 - 13, 2017

Mid-Term Break

Classes resume Nov 14

November 17, 2017

Junior School Admissions Open House

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

November 23, 2017

Fast Forward Capital Campaign Celebration

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

November 24, 2017

Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme Guide online

November 29, 2017

Term 1 Birthday Celebration Treat

(provided by Aramark)

December 7 - 10, 2017

Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme Guide online registration

December  8, 2017

Treats for Faculty & Staff

From the JK/SK parents

December 13, 2017

JK/SK Holiday Music Assembly

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

December 18 - 21, 2017

Last week of Co-Curricular Fall Programmes

December 20, 2017

All School Holiday Concert

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

December 21, 2017

Junior School Casual Day

December 22, 2017 - January 8, 2018

Winter Holidays

School begins on Jan 9, 2018

January 9 - March 9, 2018

Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme