October 12 / 2018


Guest Speaker: Chris Vollum

On Friday, October 19 at 8:30 AM in the gym, parents are invited to hear a Guest Speaker, Chris Vollum. Mr. Vollum will speak to the Grade 4 and 5 students about using social media. More information can be found on his website https://cmvsocialmedia.com/about/. He is a very engaging speaker and students will leave more prepared to tackle social media. Parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP here. Any questions, please contact Karen McCallum-Ryan kmccallum-ryan@yorkschool.com.


Reminder that attendance is taken after O Canada at 8:25am


Students working in groups on their summative project. Each group has selected an issue that is at the forefront of the municipal election. On October 22nd, they will be giving a presentation on the three most important reasons why their issue should be at the top of the city’s agenda.

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This week in Art, the Grade 5s “zoomed in” on Canadian Municipal, Provincial, and Federal architecture. Students created three mini line drawings of three different buildings and displayed them together.

Physical Education

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The Grade 5’s have been enjoying playing invasion games. They are enhancing their tactical skills which include maintaining possession, attacking and/or defending a goal, and sportsmanship.

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In Math we continue to work on multiplication and working with numbers. By using games like Yahtzee we are using real life experiences to build our number sense. Over the weekend explore multiplication in your everyday life. Practice those math facts and ask your student how the “break up method” works for double digit by double digit multiplication. By learning how numbers interact conceptually we ultimately grow a better understanding of how multiplication works, AND often we get better at it, while having more fun! Math Is AWESOME.LEARN WITH IXL

Curriculum Support

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IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to the provincial curriculum. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home!

IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child's demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child's results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.

I hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here's to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

1. Go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/yorkschool

2. Enter your child's username →  first initial + last name + graduation year  i.e. jryan28


3.         Enter Password → 123456

4.         Click "Sign in."

5. Start praticing!

Homeroom teachers may direct specific skills to focus for homework (for example, Grade 5 may be assigend A4-A8 to complete) or students are invited to explore the different skills for extra pratice and review of their choice.


Any questions, please email Mr. Shaikh ashaikh@yorkschool.com

Looking Ahead

Caribou Contest Math Club

The first Caribou Contest will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at 10:30 AM in the cafeteria.

Students may access practice tests and activities on the Caribou Contest site: https://cariboutests.com/ To log in to their account, please enter the student’s first name and last name. Each student has an unique access code. Students were provided with a hard-copy of their access code this week.

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