Grade 4 - June 1 / 2018

Dear Junior School Parents,

We have made some improvements to our schedule for the next couple of weeks to celebrate the end of the year with less formal, more intimate gatherings that not only reflects who we are as a school but as a community as well. Please mark your calendars where applicable and make note of  the following:

Monday June 4th - Grade 5 Celebration (4:00PM -5:15 PM) -- NEW!
Our Grade 5 students and their families have been invited to a special moving on celebration to recognize their transition to Middle School. We look forward to recognizing each individual student's contribution to our JS community through the eyes of their teachers.

Friday June 8th - JS Track & Field Day (JK - Grade 2 @ 9:00 AM -11:00 AM and Grades 3-5 @ 1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Organized and run by our teachers and staff, this fun tradition is beloved by our students and faculty alike. Parents are more than welcome to attend if their schedule permits. Location: Oriole Park (Davisville Ave. & Chaplin Cres.)

Thursday June 14th - JS Games Morning hosted by the YPA -- NEW!
We look forward to a fun-filled morning at Oriole Park. Parents are asked to ensure their children have a hat, water bottle and proper sunscreen and are welcome to join us as volunteers, or to attend if their schedule allows.

Friday June 15th - Last day of school -- NEW!
We listened to your feedback and have modified our last day of school to ensure a full day for our students. Dismissal is at 3:30pm.

  • Junior School Friday Assembly (10:45 in JS Gym): This year, in place of our Grade 1 to Grade 5 students attending the larger, longer closing ceremonies at the Middle/Senior School, we will gather our entire Junior School student body (JK to Grade 5) for a final Friday assembly to be attended by students, teachers and staff. The focus of this assembly will be less about ceremony and more about reflecting on our year together as a school community. While our space in the Junior School Gym is unable to accommodate parents at the final assembly, we will live stream the event for families who wish to watch and then throw our doors open to our entire parent body in the afternoon for our class parties (details below). 
  • Junior School Class Parties (1:30-3:30): All parents are welcome to join us for the class parties in the afternoon and then take your child(ren) home at dismissal. We do hope you will join us then!

Our staff, in collaboration with the YPA, have worked hard to incorporate these fun new ideas into our cherished traditions to create a series of end of year festivities that offer something special for everyone. We believe these changes will enable our parents, students and faculty to celebrate a wonderful year of growing and learning in a variety of settings and ways. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!


This week was the last week for our GADPs for the Spring Season.  We will be opening registration soon for our Fall, 2018 sessions. Our Athletic Practice Schedules have been finalized so please click here to see the 2018 - 2019 schedules (the schedules for all school divisions are posted on the athletic page on our website.)


Here are some pictures from Grade 4’s trip to Camp George! Here are some photos of the the fun that we had:

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Junior School Track & Field Day - Friday, June 8th

Next Friday, June 8th, we have our Track & Field Day. The activities will be held at Oriole Park. JK-Grade 2 students will participate in the morning from 9:00-11:00 AM and Grades 3-5 in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Students need to come to school in their PHE uniform or in their house coloured tie-dyed t-shirt (made at the house meeting on Friday, June 1st) and black TYS shorts.

Students also need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat.

Library Summer Reading Book Fair

Please click HERE to complete electronic permission form for your child to purchase books and charge them to their York student account.

Looking Ahead

In French, students will begin filming their final play, Chat Angora, the week of June 4th.

Please note the dates below for filming. Please try to schedule appointments outside of these dates if possible. All students should be prepared to film on either day. If a student is absent the first day of filming, their group can be filmed the second day. If the student is absent again on the second day of filming, another student will substitute for them.

4A & 4B: Tuesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 7 - FILMING IN CLASS

Students are encouraged to practise their lines at home using the AIM Portal.

As we wind-down the school year and gear-up for the summer, it is important to take a moment to discuss the “summer slide”. The summer slide is the loss of learning and reading skills that occurs when students are away from school. We know from research and experience that the impact of the summer slide on students in general, and for at-risk students in particular, is significant.

The antidote for this problem? Summer reading! Children and teens who read just four or more books over summer break have a good chance at avoiding the summer slide. Rather than backsliding, daily reading helps children solidify the gains they've made all year. Daily reading is the most effective way to engage students in the summer.

Source:, taken on 28 05 18.

Source:, taken on 28 05 18.

Remember, reading can be done in a variety of ways. Students can read to themselves or read to another person. Students can listen to a book either read aloud by another person or listen to an audio book. Students can reread favourite books or books that are “easy” or they may try to tackle a book that they thought was too difficult before. Literacy is the key to learning. Here are some book recommendation sites:

We are fortunate at The York School to have an amazing library collection. Junior School students may check out up to 10 books for the summer. Additionally, our digital collection, accessed through Overdrive, is available all summer long. The digital collection has books to interest all readers and has a massive selection of audio books. Audio books are perfect for long car rides or airplane rides as they can be downloaded on different devices. Click here for The York School Digital Library.

If you are new to the digital library here are some links to help you get started:

Looking for Parent Volunteers for Fun Morning!

The YPA is looking for some more volunteers for the Fun Morning on Thursday, June 14th.  It will be a fun-packed morning with games, sports, crafts & more at Oriole Park! Please see link with sign up options. If you have any questions please contact Lara Teoli or Kate Corrin, YPA Junior School Co-Chairs.

Important Dates

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