Grade 5 - May 11 / 2018

Camp George
Students in Grade 5 will be heading to Camp George for two nights starting on Monday, May 28th to Wednesday, May 30th. A VO form will be sent shortly. Andrea Lossing, The York School Trip Coordinator, will host a parent information meeting on Tuesday, May 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Junior School Library. Ms. Faba and the homeroom teachers will also attend.

The Grade 5s have been doing some research, making posters, and creating ways to present their ACTION for our Unit Sharing the Planet. They have decided our school community should take care with our waste management systems. They are going to ensure all classrooms are fit with composting, recycling and garbage bins. We are even going to give it a try and have a worm composting system to watch our compost become fertile soil for our gardens!

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Looking Ahead
This month, the Grade 5s will be looking at the reproductive system in the human development component of our programme. Human development is a part of the Health and Physical Education Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will benefit them throughout their lives and enable them to lead healthy lives.

Students may have awkward or nervous feelings about this unit. In light of these potential feelings, students will never be called on to answer questions. Only students who volunteer to answer a question will be called upon. There will be an anonymous question box available throughout the unit for those who have questions they may not be comfortable asking in front of the class. Most classes for this unit will be co-ed. In addition, Mr. DeMarinis will teach one class with the boys, while Ms. Smart will teach the girls.

The Human Development component in Grade 5 focuses on the following outcomes:

  • Identify the parts of the reproductive system and describe how the body changes during puberty
  • Describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development
  • Describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty (e.g. questions about changing bodies and feelings, adjusting to changing relationships, crushes and more intense feelings, conflicts between personal desires and cultural teachings and practices) and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being (e.g. being active, writing feelings in a journal, accessing information about their concerns, taking action on a concern, talking to a trusted peer or adult, breathing deeply, meditating and seeking cultural advice from elders)
  • Our main teaching points during the health unit will be:
  • Puberty - stages of development, and emotional and social changes
  • Personal Hygiene - cleanliness (body, skin and oral care)
  • Reproductive Systems - female and male reproductive systems, with a focus on the menstruation cycle and spermatogenesis (and how they relate to reproduction and development)

For your reference:
Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum (health expectations start on pg. 155 in document) -

Teaching Sexual Health -

Closing Assembly
On Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10:45 a.m., the Junior School students and faculty will gather in the gym at the Junior School for our closing assembly. In the past, a closing ceremony was held at the Middle and Senior School on the last day of school; however, this year, to include our JK and SK students and to make the length of the assembly more reasonable for our young learners, the assembly is at the Junior School.

Parent will have an opportunity to view the assembly via a live stream and a video that will be shared after the assembly. Students look forward to welcoming parents to the class parties that will take place in the afternoon in each classroom. Thank you for your support!

Summer uniform is in full effect! Please see the infographic below as a guide to summer uniform.

Class Parent Recruitment for 2018-19

We are ideally looking for 2 parents per class (4 per grade) to act as a liaison with the school for various roles and events.  For example, class parents perform a key role in helping to organize class parties, treats for teachers and parent socials. Class parents will also liaise with the administration on any issues presenting to their grade. While we welcome the involvement of all parents, our goal is to identify 2-4 parents per grade to consistently liaise with the administration.

If you are interested in becoming a class parent, please fill this form and if you have questions about the role please email The school will be in touch with you in June.

Important Dates

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

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