Grade 5 - April 5 / 2019


Grade 4 and 5 Camp: Parent Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 8:00 AM in the Junior School Library

Students in Grade 5 will be heading to camp on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, returning Thursday, May 30, 2019 while Grade will leave for camp on Thursday and return on Friday, May 31.

Andrea Lossing, the Trip and Camp Curriculum Coordinator, is hosting an information meeting for parents on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM, in the library. Andrea will be there to answer any questions you may have about camp as well as present about camp essentials, what to bring, what not to bring, etc. If you have any questions, Andrea can be reached at extension 1221 or

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.


Exhibition is in full swing! We ironed out our topic choices and found lines of inquiry that will inspire us to learn something new about a passion, issue, purpose or wonder that we already have. It is very exciting. However, it can be a little bit daunting. It is very tempting to want to “Google” your topic right away, but we know that this is not always the best path. At school, we try to use the most trusted resources we know, Dogo News, Newsela, Britannica, World book, National Geographic, just to name a few. When at home,  students are encouraged to continue to use those sites, however, we know that might not always be the case. Parents, this is where you come in. Please spend some time with your child finding appropriate news articles to read or websites to peruse. Students have had a workshop on how to Google topics properly with Mr. Shaikh. The students do have some tools to use to help with the safe Google searches. Homework will never be to explore the internet on your own. Over the weekend feel free to explore together. We will be diving more deeply into research next week.

Math has been very square lately (wink wink)! As we explore perimeter. This is one of the first times where we introduce a true formula! Yipee! Do you have tiles in your bathroom or on your kitchen floor or maybe the driveway? Can you find the perimeter by measuring (counting the tiles) the length and the width?

Have fun!

This week the students selected from a variety of realistic fiction books in the library to begin our next round of literature circles. The students have been asked to think about the characteristics of realistic fiction as well as the characteristics of the main character in the book. Here is a video we shared with the class on how to identify Realistic Fiction.


In Music, students collaborated in a composition activity to create a melody underscoring how it feels to participate in the “Tuning In” segment of the Inquiry Cycle. Good luck to the students participating in the CISMF Junior Choir performance at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday, an email with logistics was sent directly to parents. Please contact me directly if you need further information. It’s going to be an amazing experience for our students!


In PHE, students learned a choreographed dance in the style of STOMP. In this style, there is no music used. Students create the beat using their hands and feet. Using their musicality skills, students must work to perform in unison to achieve a dramatic effect.


Encouraging the language at home
This week students engaged in guided interactions about things they did over the March Break (Les vacances de printemps.)  They are now working on formulating a paragraph with this new vocabulary. At home you can start to develop vocabulary on different activities with your children 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.

Get REAL Presentation

On Friday we had an amazing presentation by Marley Bowen and Lucah Rosernberg-Lee from Get Real, The presentation focussed on building inclusivity and peer-support, unlearning about LGBTQ discrimination and bullying, and showed through interactive activities that everyone has unique challenges in their lives, a story to share, and a chance to impact someone else's life for the better. It was an amazing and engaging presentation and the students learned a lot about accepting each other and making our school a safe and inclusive space for everyone.


International Day of Pink

On Wednesday, April 10th, The York School will recognize Day of Pink. Students can add pink accessories to their uniform (t-shirt, socks, headband, tie, necklace, etc.) Please do your best to find pink accessories, but if necessary, red will be accepted. Students and teachers will participate in classroom activities promoting diversity, inclusion and caring friendships.


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

If you are looking for some Mathematics apps to add to your child’s at-home device, here are some recommendations:


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

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