Grade 5 - November 30 / 2018


“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” --Albert Einstein

Cash for change. Our DD (Dinner Discussion) this week is to go to a store and buy something (small) and make sure the correct change is given (with the help of an adult). Counting out the change to see if it is correct.



Norval was such a blast. The students wrote reflections on their time in nature. Many of them also thanked their parents for paying and letting them have this experience. Thank you for letting us have fun outdoors with your sons and daughters.

View slideshow here.

Class presentations on First Nations groups were a success this week. Students are learning what it takes to create and present a good slideshow. Next week, we will be researching a specific European Explorer.


Our literature circle discussions, next week, will be Connector (connecting text to self, world and text) as well as thinking up 2-4 discussion questions to share with the group.


Decimals are the focus in math. Looking at tenths and hundredths, equivalent decimals and comparing and ordering decimals.


This week in Art, the Grade 5s began learning about form while creating an abstract sculpture. They used wire coat hangers connected to a wood panel to create the shape of their piece. They then covered the wire in pantyhose and painted the piece with gesso to show beautiful curves and form.


In PSE, we have been practicing communication strategies to help students express and acknowledge emotions. During classroom meetings, students have had the opportunity to share by choice any social emotional frustrations. Students use “I statements” to express their situation and the accompanying emotions in a way that promotes empathy - for example, “I feel hurt when…” instead of “You always…” After a student shares, someone offers an acknowledgement, “I understand how you feel.” “I have felt that way too.” which also strengthens empathy and validates our common humanity.


Just a reminder that students can login to the AIM Portal at home. They are encouraged to practice their plays “Louis La Grenouille” and listen to French music.

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith26

  • Password: grade5  


In Music, the rehearsal process continues in preparation for our Harmony Concert on December 21st. Here is a link to audio files and PDFs of pieces for practise at home. Students have also chosen a recorder part and now have either an alto or soprano recorder. We will be performing a piece with G4 students at the Harmony concert and G5s will provide the harmony line, instead of the melody. They need to bring their recorders to school Mondays and Wednesdays.


Junior School Celebration Assembly

On Friday, December 14th at 8:40 AM, students in Grades 1-5 will join together in the Junior School gym for our first Celebration Assembly. The assembly is a time for the community to celebrate the many achievements of our students in the first term, including recognizing student athletes from our fall teams:  the U11 Girls’ basketball team, U9-U11 Cross country team, and the U9 to U11 Soccer. Additionally, there will be a choir performance and the Junior School students who are participating in the Caribou Math Contest will be recognized. Families are welcome to attend!

Please note that rather than having one Junior School Athletic Assembly in June, as there has been in the past, this new Celebration Assembly format recognizes our student athletes at the end of each term along with other student achievements.


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

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