Grade 5 - April 26 / 2019


It sounds like everyone had a great weekend and is feeling well rested!

This week started off full speed ahead. As we wrap up our research we are working hard at trying to figure out how to pull it all together. Not only that but we are starting to truly ask “SO WHAT?!” why does our research matter?

We have started exploring volume and capacity. We will continue to review area and perimeter to ensure a deep understanding.

Our lit circles this week have been a blast to write and share. We love to read in grade 5!


In French, we have started the first chapter of our novel study, “Brandon Brown veut un chien” by Carol Gaab. Students were very excited after reading the first chapter and were eager to start their reading circles with their new groups. Each student received a book that they must take good care of and bring to each French class. At the end of the year books will be returned. For any lost or damaged books there will be a fine. Each week students are to complete an independent activity of their choice for each chapter. Students will be given a list of different activities that they can choose from. Students have lots of class time to complete these activities but can bring them home if needed. The independent chapter activity will be due on the Friday of each week. HAPPY READING!  


In PHE, we looked at alcohol advertisements and what strategies and perceptions companies use to have people purchase their product. We discussed what personal and social factors affect our decisions (for example personal goals or peer influences). We also worked through scenarios that youth may encounter where they will have to think critically to make positive choices.


In music, se have begun rehearsing the chosen song for exhibition opening ceremony and learning about chords. Students read rhythms using boomwhackers grouped according to the chords of C, F and G. Next, we will learn how to play the chords in their exhibition song and play them on piano, ukulele, guitar and xylophones. Their Inquiry Cycle compositions continue to expand and are sounding great!


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.

Andrea Lossing, Trip and Camp Curriculum Coordinator, hosted a parent information session about Grade 4 and 5 camp in May. Please see the presentation here. If you have any questions about the Grade 4 and 5 camp, Andrea can be reached at ext 1221 or  


Caribou Contests

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Our sixth and final contest date is Wednesday, May 1, 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 MAZES which students can practice now on the games page. If you or your students have any problems with the game, please let Ms. Ryan know. There is not a history question.

Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan
Director of Curriculum, Junior School


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

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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