Grade 5 - December 14 / 2018



Math continues to be an exploration of decimals and of number lines. As we get closer to our holiday break, please continue the math conversation at home. Practicing multiplication facts and solving mathematical problems, only helps to deepen our students understanding and ability to work with numbers. If you explore some of the questions on IXL this can help guide your conversation and practice.

Unit of Inquiry

As we come to the end of our unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, the students are developing a greater understanding of perspective and the consequences of contact. Although, we don’t go deeply into residential schools, they have come up in conversation and we have read a few picture books introducing the idea.  As our summative assignment (which can be found on the workspace) we have asked the students to imagine if they were to go exploring, how would they like to express themselves. What types of symbols, colours or images might they put on to a flag or crest to take traveling with them? The summative will be due on Wednesday/Thursday of the last week of school.


Our historical fiction novel study is also coming to a close. We have handed out the final book report and will be looking for the students to convince us to read their book (or the opposite as the case may be). We hope that you continue to read novels over the holiday and maybe even keep up with a gratitude journal as we do in class. There is always a benefit to practicing writing paragraphs!


Excitement is mounting for our our Harmony Concert on December 21st. We would like students to wear their long-sleeved green sweater with the white shirt for the concert. If you don’t have a sweater, the green cardigan or the long-sleeved green polo shirt will also work. Here is a link to audio files and PDFs of pieces for practise at home. Students will need to memorize their songs and pieces. Short frequent practise sessions at home work best.


This week in Art, the Grade 5s watched and discussed “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” by artist Damien Hirst. This is the exploration story of a shipwreck that ended in an art exhibition of hundreds of artifacts that were displayed in Venice, Italy. Students sketched their own artifacts and even created titles for their work beginning with “Treasures from…”, imagining that they were explorers discovering an unknown place. Students then used clay to create their artifact which they will glaze in the new year.


Are you ready for a week of Spirit?! For our last week of the term, we are going to show our house team spirit with some special fun spirit days. See the chart below for what each day will be representing!


Reminder for outdoor recess during the winter weather...

Students in Grades 1 - 3 are expected to have and wear a coat, snow pants, hats, mittens and boots to keep them both warm and dry from the time of the first snowfall or as of December 1, whichever comes first, for all outdoor recess play times.

Students in Grades 4 and 5 are expected to have and wear the winter gear they feel they need to keep them both warm and dry during outdoor recess play times. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will not be permitted to stay inside for recess if they have forgotten or chosen not to bring their gear to school. They will also not be permitted to go back inside the school to get their gear if they have chosen to leave it inside their cubby.

Grade 4 and 5 lunch time intramurals with Ms Birch will end this week.

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 1:00 PM Junior School students in Grade 1-5 will walk and JK/SK will take a bus to 1320 for a rehearsal for the Harmony concert. On Friday, December 21, 2018, at 9:30 AM, Junior School students in Grade 1-5 will walk and JK/SK will take a bus to 1320 to participant in the Harmony concert!


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