JK - February 23 / 2018

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Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

In The FLASH last week, we invited all Junior School parents to attend a follow up Compass Points coffee morning on either:

Monday Feb. 26th @ 8:30 a.m. or
Tuesday March 6th @ 8:30 a.m.

Both meetings will take place in the Junior School Cafeteria and will cover the same content. For parents who can't attend either coffee morning, we will include a summary in the FLASH.

We hope you are able to attend.

Sincerely,

Val and Struan


Highlights

What a busy month February has been, from Parent Teacher Interviews, Valentine’s celebrations, Wellness Week to Skating Day; it was a lot of fun!

With this unusual, warm weather, we are finding that our playground is extremely wet. Please make sure that your child has an extra set of labelled clothing in their gym bag above their cubby. Please also send in slush pants for the days that are too warm for snow pants.

We read the story, Rosie’s Walk, this week as a way of reinforcing our knowledge of positional words such as under, above, beside, below. We played games where the children moved around to show the meaning of each word.

Students had the opportunity to build shapes with Playdoh and stir-sticks and this sparked a discussion about sides and corners on different shapes. We also created shape art by tracing different objects.

PHE JK A had their first dance class with Ms. Megan this week. The class is working on creative movement which is a fun, yet focused way to develop coordination, posture, imagination and fundamental dance skills. She will visit again on February 28th and for JKB on March 1st and 8th. Alongside the dance unit,  we will be doing a scooter board unit which will involve teamwork, manipulation and control.Students will participate in relays and other games that can be adapted for the scooter board.

In French, the students have been reminded that when the ligne magique (the magic line) is put on in class, the students are only allowed to use three words in English at most in class. They can ask Comment dit-on… for two words at at time. This has been reiterated in class to push the students to only speak in French during class time. One of the founding tenets of the Gesture Approach is that the target language should be used during instruction time (with some exceptions).

In PSE class, as part of our “changemakers” theme, we are continuing to use the “How is my Engine running” meter tool as an analogy to build awareness of the different states our bodies experience. Students have been practicing noticing their “engine speed” throughout the day. We discussed some ways that their engine can change - some of the student responses were: “I hug my mom to change from low to just right.” “I draw a picture to change from low to just right.” “I take a drink of water to change from high to just right.” “I look at a book to change from high to just right.”

Looking Ahead

Spring Athletics

We are nearing the end of the Winter Season, and looking forward to Spring!  We are pleased to offer several GADPs and team sports for our Spring Season - click here to see the schedule (scroll down to page 3 for Spring).  The registration link will be in The Flash next Friday.

Important Dates

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


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