Grade 5 - 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


Skills Week for Exhibition has been very successful. Students have been able to relate their topic to discussion on website resources, 5 top Googling tips, using Cornell Notes for their research pages, developing their Central Ideas and Lines of Inquiry and understanding the importance of teamwork.

Please help and assist your child when and where possible with finding appropriate web resources, and articles related to their topics. Topics will change and grow over time, as we try and hone in on the aspects of their questions that work with resources.

In math, we continue to learn decimals. This week focussed on placing decimals on number lines as well as adding and subtracting decimals.

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 term, we will celebrate ourselves as changemakers and the positive impact of our efforts. 

Looking Ahead

The Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF) is on Sunday, April 8th at Roy Thomson Hall. All Grade 5 students are welcome to be part of the Junior Choir. It is usually a four hundred voice choir on average and it is a wonderful opportunity for students to sing with a large number of fellow CIS students. We believe all students should experience this at least once in their lives. There are two rehearsal days off-site at Havergal College on Tuesday, February 6th and Friday, April 6th. Students who would like to participate in the concert on April 8th must participate in both rehearsals. We will travel together there and back on a school bus and will return in plenty of time for regular dismissal on both days. All other rehearsals will be during regular Grade 5 scheduled classes. We have already started to learn one of the songs - Africa by Toto. If you would like your child to be part of this exciting opportunity, please email me -, as I need to submit our numbers in advance of the first rehearsal on February 6th.


Here is a link to help you sign into Google Chrome at home. This will be important especially during Exhibition time!

Please make sure that you have access to our classes Workspace. It can be reached once you sign into your Google account and type in Please let Mr Shaikh or the classroom teachers know if you are having difficulty.

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 fire place 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!


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