Grade 5 - March 29 / 2019


What a week of provocations! A big thank you to all of the teachers, parents and guests for their inspiring presentations from this week. We have discussed culture, dance, music, passions from sports to personality. Over the weekend we hope that you continue the conversation into what your passion is and what makes you tick. Check out the exhibition workspace and add a thought to the brainstorming padlet!

Next week we will look at choosing our WIPPs and write our lines of inquiry.

The Grade 5s continue to build a book cover using the art of collage. These unique covers will become a personal journal of reflections that document their process during exhibition. The students are really enjoying the beginning stages of these creations.


In Math we have started to explore measurement, using standard units and non-standard units. We will continue to look at area and perimeter over the next few weeks.


It was great to see all the students back this week! We had a lot of fun in PHE playing challenge games and celebrating a few birthdays. Next week we will have a guest teacher who will be teaching dance. Students will explore movement patterns and learn a choreographed dance.


In Music, we are busy memorizing the Junior Choir pieces for CISMF. For the students who are participating in the concert at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday April 7th, we have our second off-site rehearsal during the on Friday, April 5th at St. Paul’s on Bloor Street. We will depart school at 8:45 AM and arrive back around 3:00 PM. Final details for April 7th have not been released yet, but usually our call time is noon at Roy Thomson Hall, with an hour for lunch and then we are busy from 2-6pm. I will confirm Sunday’s times in an email as soon as I receive them from the CISMF co-ordinators.


Before the break the grade 4s finishing filming their plays “Le Bistro des animaux.” They have worked so hard and they did such an amazing job. Videos are being edited and will be sent out to parents soon.

Encouraging the language at home

This week students started to brainstorm about their passions and how these passions make them who they are today. At home you can start to develop this vocabulary with your kids by looking up words as they occur in our daily lives. WordReference or a English to French dictionary is your most reliable source for unknown vocabulary.

-Mme. Evelyn

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to

As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms Kate or reception.


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Our next contest date  will be taking place Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. Students will be reminded to bring Chromebooks to the cafeteria for the contest. The next interactive question will be the two weeks prior to the contest.


Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the information meeting on Tuesday morning. If you were not able to attend, you may view the slideshow here. At the meeting, parents asked about an example of an inquiry. Here is an example of a group’s inquiry from last year.

WIPP: Digital Creativity
Central idea: Digital technology has helped people to show their creativity in more ways than in the past

Lines of inquiry:

  • AR and VR helps people in daily lives

  • How Youtube affects youth and behaviour

  • Positive and negative effects of Youtube

  • The changes in animation over tim

Here is the timeline of the exhibition.

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If you have any questions, please ask either the Homeroom teachers or the Director of Curriculum, ext. 1616


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

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