Grade 5 - September 8 / 2017

Weekly Highlights:
Welcome to Grade 5. This week has been fantastic and we both look forward to an amazing year full of growth, increased independence and leadership. 

We spent the week learning about each other through a photo from the summer, which will be displayed on our 5’s-tagram board in the classroom. As well, both classes had time together playing a variety of “get to know you games.”

Our placemats were the highlight of the week, showing our creativity skills and showing who we are through our art skills.


We will begin the Scholastic reading program this week. We are sending home the September Book Club order forms today. They are due back at school on Thursday, September 14th. Any questions please ask Barb or Jill. 

Food Policy
Please have a close look at our new and improved Food Policy for the school. It is important we all following these new policies to ensure a healthy and fulfilling year.

Co-Curricular Programme Registration
Online registration for the Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme has commenced and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th. Please refer to the Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme Guide (which is also on YorkNet). Programmes commence the week of September 18th.

Homework Policy
At The York School, we constantly reflect on and review our practices, ensuring that the values of The York School are present in each classroom and assigned homework. As a faculty, we reviewed current research and understanding of development and learning, and reflected on our homework policy. We are happy to share the new Junior School Homework Policy. The policy is an articulation of current and best practices. It is considerate of young learners’ development and the importance of balancing school and family.   

In alignment with the new policy, students in Grades 4 and 5 will continue to use IXL as one possible resource, while students in JK to Grade 3 will not. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Junior School Director of Curriculum, Karen McCallum-Ryan,

Looking Ahead:

Terry Fox Run
On Friday, September 15th, the Junior students, staff, parents and guests will join together for the 24th annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. All students are to come to school wearing their gym uniform and running shoes or an official Terry Fox t-shirt from 2017 or before. 
At 1:15 p.m., all Kindergarten to grade 5 students will gather in their houses and participate in warm-up, Terry Fox team building activities and a walk/run along the Kay Gardner Beltline. If you would like to order a 2017 Terry Fox t-shirt (a great souvenir of a memorable day and 75% of the price of the of the t-shirt cost benefits cancer research!), please have your child return this T-Shirt Order Form to Ms. Hickman as soon as possible as quantities and sizes are limited.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Athletic year! We’ve got lots to offer this year so we hope you are excited about joining a team or two. Our Junior School teams started on Wednesday, September 4th after school. The Fall practice schedule is as follows (the schedule can also be found online under Junior School, Athletics):

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We are also pleased to offer for sale our Gladiator wind suits, perfect for team travel and for our outdoor practices/games. Please click here to order.

Our Athlete Institute is gearing up for our Fall sessions. Please check them out and sign up here.

Let’s have a GREAT Fall season, Gladiators!