Grade 5 - March 1 / 2019


We are deep into Genius Hour this week. We have topics ranging from  

  • PLASTIC. What it is? (How it's made?) and why is it bad for the environment?  

  • WASTE MANAGEMENT and how we throw out garbage and where does it go.

  • ENERGY SOURCES - renewable vs non-renewable.

  • CARBON and POLLUTION and what are companies doing to stop it.


Lit circle activities can be found on the Life in Grade 5 workspace. We are drawing pictures of our characters’ bedrooms, imagining what their dream vacations might be, and creating dioramas of our favourite scenes!

Our first drafts of our Harris Burdick stories are finished and we are working on self-editing and using our peers to help revise even more!


In Math, we have explored equivalence, ordering and comparing fractions and now even how fractions relate to decimals!

This week we used number lines and pictures to show comparisons and we started to look into finding common denominators.  -- Check out IXL for extra practice with this.


In PHE this week, we began our badminton unit. Students learned the rules of the court, different style shots, and how to serve. We will begin to play badminton games next week while also beginning our Health unit on Awareness and Action. We will explore advertisements, what influences us in the media, identify personal and social factors that affect our decisions, and identify people and support services that can assist children in difficult situations and to help them make positive choices. If you could please send to school one or two magazines to help support this unit, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


In Music students are participating in the Breezin Thru Theory CIS Winter Classic. This annual fun competition flexes students rhythmic knowledge and the winning school in each level are recognised with a certificate of achievement at the upcoming CISMF concert at Roy Thomson Hall in April. Here is the link to the contest. No login necessary, students just select our school and play on any device.  Here is where we started this week.


The Art department is in need of some new collage materials. If you have any magazines or picture books you are looking to recycle, please send them to school with your child as an art room donation. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support!


Students are strongly encouraged to sign into the AIM Portal at home to practice their lines for the upcoming filming of our play “Le Bistro des animaux.”

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith26

  • Password: grade5  

Next week, students are going to be filming their final performances for our play “Le Bistro des animaux.” This is very exciting because the students have been working all year in preparation for this moment. The students have been putting together a list of things they need for their performance and are encouraged to bring everything to class Monday or the day of their performance. Performances will be filmed in class and sent to parents.  

Here is the scheduled days of the performance so students are prepared.

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Merci, Thank you,  
- Mme. Evelyn


Wednesday, March 6th will be Simcoe and McClung House Colour Accessory Day. This is a reward to Simcoe for bringing in the most donations for the New Circles Clothing Drive and to McClung for winning the 'Bring It' challenge. Students in those two houses can wear red and yellow accessories with their regular uniform.


Grade 5 Exhibition - Parent Meeting: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 8:00 AM in the Junior School library

The Grade 5 students will begin their exhibition journey in March after the March break. The exhibition is a unique learning engagement and culminating event of Grade 5. To help parents understand the exhibition and what a parent’s role is please mark your calendars for a meeting on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 @ 8:00 AM in the library. Ms. Ryan and the Grade 5 teachers will run through the expectations and answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions, please email:


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Our next sessions for the Athlete Institute will be for High Performance basketball  led by NBA and International Shooting/Skills Development Coach, David Nurse. This is a great opportunity to come and learn and develop your basketball skills.If you partake in The York Basketball community you should sign up for at least 1 of these sessions that are being offered. Sessions are scheduled for Friday, March 29th to Sunday March 31st. You can sign up using the google form by clicking here.


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

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