Grade 4 - January 25 / 2018

Dear Junior School Parents,

Thank you to all the families that joined us for our parent feedback meetings over the past week. We received lots of great feedback on what we are doing well and suggestions for areas where we can do even better.

For those parents that were unable to join us, we would like to offer you an opportunity to add your voices. During the meetings we asked for feedback through the following "compass points" lenses:

N - what information do you Need to know
S - what Support do you need? From whom?
E - what Excites you about the Junior School?
W - what are you Worried about?

If you would like to provide your feedback, please send it to Kate Boynton at  (JS Admin Assistant) an email with the NSEW headline by Wednesday, January 31st.

We look forward to sharing the feedback from all parents in the FLASH next week and scheduling a meeting for all Junior School parents to follow up with next steps.

Thank you for being partners in your children's education.


Valerie and Struan


We have been busy wrapping up our light and sound unit! Students have enjoyed exploring the principles of light and sound and were able to apply their knowledge with objects used in daily life. We will be starting our next unit, Where We Are In Place And Time, next week.

We will continue with procedural writing and have started a new unit in our spelling programme.

Next week, we will also begin a new literature circle. Students will be assigned a group and book. Each week they will be responsible for reading a section of their book. They then will have a different role each week which will help to guide their group discussions during literature circle meetings.

We are wrapping up our patterning unit and will be starting geometry next week.

With the ever-changing weather, we recommend that students bring an extra pair of socks and we encourage them to change when needed. We have also noticed that many of our students need some reminders when tying shoelaces. The winter uniform requires black dress shoes and often these have laces. We ask that you practice tying laces at home and we will work on it here as well.

All students should have headphones/earbuds in the classroom. They are necessary for many of the programmes that we use in Homeroom, as well as in Music and French. Headphones or earbuds do not need to be high end.

Looking Ahead

Please see the separate email about filming the French plays. Filming will take place on Monday, February 12. Please email Mme. Beatty ( if your child is NOT available during French that day.

In PSE classes this term, we will focus on how we are all changemakers. A changemaker is someone who wants change and uses skills and resources, such as teamwork, knowledge and empathy to help effect this change. We will begin by focussing on our school as a place where change happens and discuss the change we can see and the change we want to see. By end of the term, we will celebrate ourselves as changemakers and the positive impact of our efforts.  


Don’t forget:

  • Agenda/Homework folder every day
  • Black shoes!
  • Read every night!
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Extra socks

Some parents had asked how to download items from SeeSaw. At the bottom-right of each SeeSaw item, there is a box with three dots. Click it, and click download item. Parents can also download a whole archive of their entire child’s collection. Here’s the link!

Student-centred conferences

On February 7th or 13th, students in Grade 1 to 5 will be participating in Student-centred conferences. A Student-centred conference differs from the traditional Parent-Teacher interview as the student is present at and is an active participant. The focus of the conference is on student goal setting in order to support learning. During the Student-centred conference, each participant - teacher, student, parent - have a specific role. The teacher facilitates the discussion and the student and parent are encouraged to contribute. A Student-centred conference should focus on recognising and celebrating the progress that a student has made in his/her learning and to identify the next steps that need to be taken, within a supportive environment. Parents should be aware that the priority of Student-centred conferences is to focus on discussing student’s progress in ways which motivate and encourage the child in his/her future learning. Finally, a Student-centred conference is not intended to be a rehearsed ‘performance’ by the student, but a genuine conversation that encourages objective and realistic discussion of the student’s learning progress.  

A reminder that students in Grades 1 to 5 need to present with parents at all conferences with homeroom and specialist teachers.

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

This week we will be kick starting our India donation drive (clothes and toys). Bins will be placed by fireplace in the Gathering Place for donation drop off. Please take a look at our "wish list" link below. This list will also be posted in each classroom and communicated in the FLASH for the next few weeks.

Junior School Pancake Breakfast - REGISTER NOW!

We are thrilled to host a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by The York School Parents’ Association (YPA) on February 22nd and 23rd.

Students are invited to bring a family member or friend to join them for a pancake breakfast at the school. Please RSVP to one of the four seatings below.

February 22 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
February 23 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

RSVP here!  

Important Dates

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