Grade 5 - February 2 /2018

Dear Junior School Parents,

Thank you to the more than 60 families who recently participated in our 3 parent coffee mornings. We hope they provided an opportunity for you to share feedback as we, together, move forward to improve the Junior School experience for your children and our community.

Below is a summary of the feedback from the 3 meetings through the lens of our Compass Points learning engagement. As well, we will be scheduling 2 parent meetings (after conferences) where we will do our very best to answer questions, respond to concerns, offer next steps and celebrate our partnership in your children’s learning journey. Stay tuned for the meeting dates.

Sincerely,

Valerie and Struan

NORTH: What info do you Need to know?

  • Parents have expressed the desire to know more about personal/human resources issues (eg. extended absences, departing faculty)
  • The plan for the current Junior School Leadership team and direction of the school
  • What are students learning on a daily basis?
  • Want to know more about the Athletics, PSE (Personal Social Education) and PYP programs in the Junior School
  • Discipline Policy and Code of Conduct

SOUTH: What Support do you need? From whom?

  • Desire for workshops on bullying, the discipline policy/practices, social media and other relevant topics to schools and parenting
  • Desire for more social worker support in the Junior School and clarification about the role of the counselor/PSE teacher
  • Clear, consistent communication and a clarification of the role of the FLASH, weekly emails from teachers and class parents

EAST: What Excites you about the Junior School?

  • Overwhelmingly, parents are very excited about the amazing teachers and staff
  • Kids love the school and feel very “at home”
  • Excellent support/resources for learning
  • International, multicultural and inclusive community
  • A very engaged parent community
  • Lots of extracurricular activities and athletics

WEST: What are you Worried about?

  • Student behaviour - lack of clarity regarding discipline policy, confusion about the role of Think Sheets, inconsistent parent communication, fair and equitable application, are there incidents of bullying in the Junior School?
  • Communication - too much or not enough, timely, many sources?
  • Parent feedback - would like more opportunities for face time with leadership team
  • Are we celebrating our international cultures and traditions? eg. Harmony Concert
  • Class size - is the formula meeting the learning needs of students?
  • The transition from Junior School to Middle School - are the students ready?

Mindful Morning

Next Friday, February 9th the Junior School will participate in our 3rd annual Mindful Morning. From 8:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Grades 1-5 will participate in four different mindful activities. Students will rotate through the stations with their house groups. Students should dress in York School athletic wear for the day.

Highlights

Exhibition bonanza! We are researching machines in Grade 5. We received great Google tips from Mr. Shaikh (check out the workspace!) and we are working hard at learning how to read an article, highlighting only the IMPORTANT parts, and then creating jot notes on our Cornell notes sheet. We have been encouraging the students as they read to record any other questions that they might have. For example, “Wow, I never thought about how VR could help people with learning disabilities. I wonder how else VR could be used to help people?”

Keep on reading and asking questions Grade 5s! You are becoming experts on your issues!!

This week, in math, we inquired into finding the perimeter of objects around the classrooms. This led to adding and subtracting using decimals as the students measured to the nearest mm, cm and m.

Exhibition research in action - students are engaged and enjoying the process of finding books, articles and websites to answer their guiding questions.

Looking Ahead

Ski forms are due on Monday - please sign Venturing Out form on-line and bring in the Horseshoe Valley waiver to your teacher.

Next week, in Exhibition news, we will begin to focus on finding a primary resource as well as starting to brainstorm different action plans. What kind of action can you take?

Our summative Decimals test is on the horizon

On February 14th, students will have the opportunity to exchange Valentines with their peers. Students do not have to participate in the exchange; however, if they do, we ask that they make a Valentine for all members of their class or grade.

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 - lyorke@yorkschool.com, as I need to submit our numbers in advance of the first rehearsal on February 6th.  Trip Form  Link

Grade 3-5 Cross Country Ski Trip to Horseshoe Valley

Students in Grades 3-5 will be going to Horseshoe Valley on Thursday, February 15th to cross country ski.

There are two permission forms that parents will need to submit.

1. The York School Venturing Out Form

You will be sent the VO form that can be accessed on YorkNet. Please be sure to sign into your YorkNet accounts to submit the permission form online.

2. Horseshoe Valley Parental Consent Form

Please read, sign and return this form to your child's homeroom teacher by Monday, February 5th.

We are also looking for a few parent volunteers from each class. We would very much appreciate your time to come and join us for the day! Please inform your child's homeroom teacher if you would like to volunteer.

On the day of the trip please make sure that your child has appropriate winter clothing. It is often quite cold and it is strongly encouraged for the kids to bring extra warm clothing.

Students who are on the school's lunch programme will be provided with a bagged lunch. All other students and parent volunteers will need to bring their own nut-free lunch and snacks. There is a small cafeteria where students can purchase snacks, but they are strongly encouraged to bring extra snacks and water.

Circulation Policy for Junior School Students


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 mystudentdashboard.com. 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.

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Grade 3-5 Cross Country Ski Trip to Horseshoe Valley

Students in Grades 3-5 will be going to Horseshoe Valley on Thursday, February 15th to cross country ski.

There are two permission forms that parents will need to submit.

1. The York School Venturing Out Form

You will be sent the VO form that can be accessed on YorkNet. Please be sure to sign into your YorkNet accounts to submit the permission form online.

2. Horseshoe Valley Parental Consent Form

Please read, sign and return this form to your child's homeroom teacher by Monday, February 5th.

We are also looking for a few parent volunteers from each class. We would very much appreciate your time to come and join us for the day! Please inform your child's homeroom teacher if you would like to volunteer.

On the day of the trip please make sure that your child has appropriate winter clothing. It is often quite cold and it is strongly encouraged for the kids to bring extra warm clothing.

Students who are on the school's lunch programme will be provided with a bagged lunch. All other students and parent volunteers will need to bring their own nut-free lunch and snacks. There is a small cafeteria where students can purchase snacks, but they are strongly encouraged to bring extra snacks and water.

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.

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