Grade 4 - April 13 / 2018

April 13, 2018

David Nurse Basketball Sessions

This past weekend, our York School students had the opportunity to participate in some basketball sessions, run by NBA and international shooting skills coach, David Nurse. The sessions were incredibly informative, and we even had a visit by Toronto Raptors Norm Powell and Ogugua Anunoby!  #goglads

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Spring Athletics

Our Community Blue Jays Game tickets are now on sale. If you’d like to purchase tickets to the Sunday, June 10th game against the Baltimore Orioles, please click here. Order by April 17th!


We will be continuing our fractions and decimals unit. Feel free to use IXL at any time if you would like your child to review skills at home.

During our unit periods we have been unpacking our lines of inquiry. Students have enjoyed exploring animals and the five elements of a healthy habitat.

We have also been exploring persuasive writing and the how persuasion is used in media texts including advertisements.  

In art, the Grade 4s have now completed their unit on street art and are moving into a stand-alone optical art unit that focuses on the power of line, value and colour to create the perception of depth.  

Congratulations to Alice, Bruna, Annie, Tate, Ella, Simine, Roksana, Rosa, Layla, Mackinley, Lindsay, Marissa and Helen for their dedication and hard work at the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival this weekend. They were wonderful York School ambassadors amongst the almost four hundred voices in the CISMF Junior Choir. I hope to see them participate again next year.

Grade 4 and 5 York School representatives in the CISMF Junior Choir.

Grade 4 and 5 York School representatives in the CISMF Junior Choir.

For the Finale Performance, the Junior Choir participated from the balcony at the back of the hall to give the audience a surround sound effect. There were eight hundred combined voices singing, Will Ye No’ Come Back Again, arranged and conducted by our guest conductor, Dr. Mark Sirett.

Our PSE focus this term will be on developing self-awareness and self-management skills using The Superflex program. The program introduces 14 “Thinkables” and 14 “Unthinkables” characters. These characters personify aspects of our thinking mind that can create unwanted or wanted behaviours. By learning Superflex powers, students gain self-awareness and self-management skills. The first Superflex power we have discussed is Noticing Power. Students reflected on their top Thinkable and Unthinkable and where and when they might appear. Noticing the characters in oneself, without judgement, is an important step to building self-awareness skills.

Looking Ahead

As part of an ongoing celebration of the myriad languages spoken in our community, students will have the opportunity to greet their peers in their mother tongue during morning announcements. If your child is interested in showcasing their first language, please have them speak with Mme. Beatty.

WE Week

Next week (April 16th - April 20th) is WE Week. The students will be participating in activities in class throughout the week with a different theme each day. The themes are based on the WE Villages Pillars. For more information visit the WE organization website.

Along with classroom activities, the Student Action Team will be leading the following initiatives.

Children of Hope Uganda Jewellery Sale  

Please look for our Student Action Team in the Gathering Place during drop-off. They will be selling jewellery to help support Children of Hope Uganda. This initiative was brought forth by one of our house captains who feels strongly about supporting education and opportunity. Children of Hope Uganda (COHU) is a non-profit organization which works to empower war-affected youth impacted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. To date, COHU has helped transform the lives of over 1100 youth through a two-part development model which aims to promote self-sustainability through supporting social enterprise and education. Please visit their website for more information.

Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling

Throughout the week we will be collecting used batteries for Zinc Save Lives battery recycling campaign. For every battery we recycle as a school, Teck will donate the cash equivalent to the value of zinc it contains to WE’s zinc and health programme in Kenya. For more information, check out this fact sheet. Please bring all your used batteries to be recycled, and help dispose of them in a safe way and donate to this worthy cause. Donation bins will be in the Gathering Place from Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th.


OverDrive - Getting Started with a Kobo tablet

OverDrive - Getting Started with eReaders

OverDrive - Getting Started with iOS devices

If you have OverDrive tech queries, please feel to email or Ms. Spencer: or x1623

Junior School Showcase

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We are in the midst of students working hard to prepare their performances. Please note, there has been a change in the dates and times of the Showcases.

Grades 1-2: Friday, April 27th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Grades 3-5: Friday, May 4th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Parents of students participating in a showcase are invited to attend. Each student may present for a maximum of 90 seconds. Videos may also be submitted to be shown during the showcase. If you have any questions, please email Jessica Smart at

The Showcase

  • Builds our Junior School community
  • Celebrates interests and passions of students
  • Demonstrates the diversity of students
  • Develops independent self-management skills

The Showcase process:

  • Students will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to make the following commitments:

  • Prepare, practice and rehearse performance
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • Be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • Be responsible for props and any accessories needed

Spring Fulford Debate Tournament

On Saturday, April 21st The York School is hosting the Spring Fulford Debate Tournament and we need judges! Established in 1949, the Fulford League is the oldest student debate league in Ontario. There will be about 16 CIS schools (as host, York is not participating) debating in three rounds. The first two rounds are prepared: "This House (as Canada) would rescind Aung Sang Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship." There will be a briefing which will teach you how to judge debate, but if you can fill out a rubric, you're good!

The day will run form 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

It would be great if you can join us and see what student debate looks like (it's actually quite delightful, in our humble, objective opinion). If you're free, please fill out the form here and join us!


Grace Nolan, Rob Burkett and Shannon Barber


Please keep an eye on the ever changing temperatures and ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Students should have outside shoes for recess and dismissal.

Important Dates

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