Grade 5 - May 16 / 2019

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HIGHLIGHTS

Action Week!

The students got deep into ACTION this week sharing knowledge and helping to change behaviour and attitudes. Some students visited classrooms and taught lessons, some students marched down Yonge Street and others presented their work during a Marketplace. We are getting more and more excited for Exhibition Day Thursday May 23rd!

Literature Circles

We introduced Science Fiction, Dystopian and Fantasy Novels in library this week. We will start to read our books slowly or if we get really into it, perhaps we can choose a second when we return from the May long weekend. The students will be expected to share connections they make with the story and their word wizard, and vocabulary discoveries. The week after Exhibition, we will dive deep into reading strategies and how to write a 5 paragraph persuasive essay, which will be written before the end of term.

We are gearing up for Camp George - May 28th to May 30th. Please return your forms ASAP and if you have any questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out!  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 alossing@yorkschool.com.  

PHE

This month, we will be looking at the reproductive system and human development component of our programme. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will benefit them and enable them to lead healthy lives.

Students may have awkward or nervous feelings about this unit. In light of these potential feelings, students will not be called on to answer questions. Only students who volunteer to answer a question will be called upon. There will be an anonymous question box available throughout the unit for those who have questions they may not be comfortable asking in front of the class. Most classes for this unit will be co-ed. In addition, Mr. Daoust will teach one class with the boys, while Ms. Cornacchia will teach the girls.

The Human Development component in Grade 5 focuses on the following outcomes:

  • Identify the parts of the reproductive system, and describe how the body changes during puberty;

  • Describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis, and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development;

  • Describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty (e.g., questions about changing bodies and feelings, adjusting to changing relationships, crushes and more intense feelings, conflicts between personal desires and cultural teachings and practices), and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being (e.g., being active, writing feelings in a journal, accessing information about their concerns, taking action on a concern, talking to a trusted peer or adult, breathing deeply, meditating, seeking cultural advice from elders)

Our main teaching points during the health unit will be:

  • Puberty - stages of development, and emotional and social changes

  • Personal Hygiene - cleanliness (body, skin and oral care)

  • Reproductive Systems - female and male reproductive systems, with a focus on the menstruation cycle and spermatogenesis (and how they relate to reproduction and development).

For your reference:

In 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Education removed the Human Growth and Sexual Health topic from the Health and Physical Education document and replaced it with Growth and Development curriculum expectations from 1998. We have chosen to address the curriculum expectations from the 2015 document:

Human Development and Sexual Health

C1.3 identify the parts of the reproductive system, and describe how the body changes during puberty

C1.4 describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis, and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development

Music

In Music, students are putting the finishing touches on their exhibition vocal performance with instrumental accompaniment. We look forward to sharing it with you next week.

Art

In Art class, the students are finalizing the details in their personal accordion books, and we are preparing them for the gallery on Exhibition Day. We are looking forward to sharing all of our hard work and progress with you next Thursday, May 23rd!

Reminder

A gentle reminder that Before Care does NOT start until 7:30 AM.  There is no supervision before that time.


LOOKING AHEAD

Camp George

We are gearing up for Camp George!! May 28th to May 30th. Please return your forms asap and if you have any questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out! 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 alossing@yorkschool.com.  

Field Trip

Friday June 7th we are taking a field trip to Harbourfront to discover different ways to express yourself in different cultures. It will tie into our final unit How We Express Ourselves. VO Form for your reference.

Grade 5 Celebration

Our Grade 5 Celebration will take place on Monday, June 10th at 4:00pm at the Junior School. This celebration recognizes each individual student with photos and stories. Students will also receive their PYP certificates. Please RSVP to let us know how many family members will be attending. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Andrea Hughes at ahughes@yorkschool.com

Showcase

Next week, May 21st - 24th, is audition week! The audition schedule will be posted outside of the cafeteria and given to every homeroom teacher. If students are playing an instrument, please have them bring it to their audition. A piano will be available in the audition room. All students who audition will be able to perform in Showcase on June 11th. Parents are welcome to attend. More details to follow. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Andrea Hughes at ahughes@yorkschool.com

Exhibition

Here is the timeline of the exhibition.


IMPORTANT DATES

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

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