Grade 5 - April 6 / 2018

Uniform return and or exchange with Top Marks.  

Please bring any new uniform purchase that you wish to return or exchange to Top Marks on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Junior School York Shop l from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Spring Athletics

Welcome to the Spring Season for Athletics!  Our Track and Field teams have started their practices, and our GADPs start next week!  If you still have not registered for any GADPs, there’s still time! Click here to register. If you have a child participating in athletics this season, you can easily see their schedule on The York School website, by clicking on your child’s name (top left of the menu bar) and scrolling down to Athletics near the bottom of the page.  Click on their team (it will be in blue) and you will be taken to the team page. Click over to the schedule for all the team practices and games. Have a great season, Gladiators!

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 on the poster.

This weekend, The York School welcomes David Nurse, NBA and International Shooting/Skills Development Coach.  Mr. Nurse is one of the top basketball shooting coaches in the world. As the CEO of Perfect Shots Basketball, he leads one of the best shooting skills training programs internationally.  He has worked with the top NBA talent and thousands of high school and youth teams throughout the United States and in countries on every single continent.

Session times are as follows - if you have not pre-registered, please feel free to drop in (fees are listed beside each session time).  All fees will be charged to your student account.

Friday, April 6th
4:00 - 5:00 pm for Grades 3 - 5 ($30)
5:00 - 6:30 pm for Grades 6 - 8 ($40
6:45 - 8:15 pm for Grades 9 - 12 ($55)

Saturday, April 7th
8:45 - 9:45 am for Grades 3 - 5 ($30)
10:00 - 12:30 pm for Grades 6 - 8 ($55)
1:30 - 4:00 pm for Grades 9 - 12 ($55)

Sunday, April 8th
9:00 - 10:00 am for Grades 3 - 5 ($30)
10:00 - 12:30 pm for Grades 6 - 8 ($55)
1:30 - 4:00 pm for Grades 9 - 12 ($55)

Please enter the gym at 1320 Yonge Street, through the doors on Farnham Avenue.  Doors will be open on Friday night at 3:40 pm, Saturday morning at 8:15 am, and on Sunday morning at 8:30 am.

And, in addition to the amazing Mr. Nurse, on Saturday between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, various members of the Toronto Raptors will be in attendance to compliment Mr. Nurse's sessions. Enjoy your sessions!

International Day of Pink

The York School will recognize the International Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 11. Next Wednesday, students can wear pink clothing and accessories (pink t-shirt, socks, ribbons, etc.) in addition to their uniform. In their classrooms, students will engage in activities and discussions on themes of diversity, inclusion, and bullying.


This week the grade 5’s started a narrative writing project around the pictures of Harris Burdick. We brainstormed and we planned. Moving into next week we will continue to write and then move onto editing and revising.

In Math, we continue to investigate measurement using standard and non-standard units to find area and perimeter.

In French, students have begun an independent novel study! They will be working in small groups conducting literature circles over the next few weeks.


Looking Ahead

Our central idea for our Unit Sharing the planet is Human Consumption of energy impacts the environment. We have spent the week studying various forms of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, debating the advantages and disadvantages of all and will be moving towards with what the future looks like. Next week, we will be discussing our use of “stuff” and how our consumption affects the environment.

If you or anyone you know has a connection or works closely with any environmental agency please let Ms Prevedello or Ms Baptist know!

For students who are participating in the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival, the performance is this coming Sunday. On April 8th, drop-off will be at Roy Thomson Hall at the Artists’ Entrance at 10.50am wearing their winter uniform with black shoes. They will warm-up, rehearse on stage and will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. until 1:15 p.m.. This is a long, but exciting day for the students so we encourage parents to take students out of Roy Thomson Hall for lunch nearby during this hour. Once they are dropped off for the finale rehearsal at 1:15 p.m., they will remain with us until the end of the concert, which will run approximately two and a half hours from 3:00-5:30 p.m., including intermission. There will be some down time before the performance commences, so students can bring a book, journal or sketchbook if they wish.  The students are so excited and have been working very hard to prepare for this performance. It will be an amazing experience.

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 language during morning announcements. If your child is interested in showcasing their first language, please have them speak with Mme. Beatty.


Junior School Showcase

We are in the midst of auditions this week and next and the students are 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 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 is:

  • Students signed-up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria. Sign-up started on Monday, March 5th and ended on Friday, March 9th.
  • Student will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to commit to:

  • Prepared, practiced and rehearsed performances
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • To be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • To be responsible for props and any accessories needed

Spring Fulford Debate Tournament

On Saturday the 21st of April, 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 (York is not participating, as we host) 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

Important Dates

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

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