Grade 5 - November 24 / 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended the Mathematics presentation after the Grade 5 Transition parent meeting on Tuesday evening. Please see here for the presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Karen McCallum-Ryan,  

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Environmental forces affect the design of structures. This is the focus for our weeks leading up to the winter holiday break. Students have been talking about bridges they have seen or been on; some are being creative in class and drawing different types of bridges in their spare time; and discussions of weather patterns in different parts of the world are heard in the hallways. All of this is great action to show their enthusiasm towards this unit. We are front loading with this information to prepare ourselves for an exciting three days at Norval. Upon our return, we will be designing, constructing and learning to use the 3D printer to create a bridge designed on the computer. We have been working with an excellent website called Building Big. Have a look at home.


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Our math unit on geometry will compliment the Unit of Inquiry, as we will be looking at different types of triangles and measuring angles. If you have a protractor around, this is the unit to learn how to use it!

What Are Some of the Big Ideas?

• Figures can be classified by their attributes, such as the number of sides or angles.

• Triangles can be identified and named according to the number of equal sides.

• Polygons can be named by the number of vertices, sides, and angles.


We are looking forward to Norval next week! Please remember to be at the school by 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28th. We will meet in the front lobby and depart on the bus by 8:00 a.m.

Grade 5 parents are invited to join the Grade 5 team on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in Ms. Baptist’s classroom to learn about the upcoming Grade 5 Exhibition and how to support your child through the process. Please RSVP using the following link: 2017-2018 Grade 5 Exhibition Parent Information Meeting


Please collect at home and bring in paper towel and toilet paper rolls along with any egg cartons you have. We will be using these items among other tools to build bridges for our unit in December.

From Norval:

“In order to fully enjoy their day, students need to be properly attired. Especially with

younger students, it is advisable to send a few extra clothing items in case they get wet.

All clothing should be labelled with the student’s name and extra items should

be packed into a single backpack for easy access by the student, and to facilitate

loading on the bus.”


  • Warm Layers
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots or winter boots
  • Insulated jacket
  • Mitts or gloves
  • Toque
  • Neck warmer or scarf

Important Dates

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

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