JK - October 17 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

This week in JK,  we read stories about playing in the Fall and how play looks around our world. We have been talking about the clothing we need for playing outside in this Fall weather. We noticed that we have many more layers of clothing and have more to keep track of before going outside. 

As one of the main Approaches to Learning Skills in the PYP programme, we continue to practice and look for Social Skills inside and outside of the classroom. In JK, this practice has looked like “Making Friendship Moves” and solving “Friendship Blocks”, discussing the concepts of Caring and Gratitude, practicing problem-solving strategies and helping our peers. Students have been showing growth in communicating with their peers throughout the day.  


This week we thought about how numbers are represented. We noticed that sometimes we use numerals, pictures and dots to show “how many”. We read stories that helped us count forwards and backwards, noticing that sometimes we add one more and sometimes we take one away in the story. 


During our Writing Workshops we thought about the importance of illustrations in stories. We noticed that illustrations give us so much detail about what is happening in the story. We will continue to talk and think about how and why illustrators make choices for their drawing. We continue to promote sound-symbol association, fine-motor/printing, working with materials from our Handwriting Without Tears programme and journal entries. We have also been continuing to co-create our Alphabet letters for our Word Wall. Now that our letters have been built with clay we are painting each one. While we work we talk about why the letters are important and what they make us think of. Some students have shared that they see some of the letters in their name, some are found in our friends’ names and others we associate with different words or objects.  


In PHE this week, JKA had their first health lesson due to photo day being in the gym. We had a discussion about germs and what they can do to us. We looked at how germs spread and how we can prevent them from spreading. JKB worked at jumping centres where we jumped into hula hoops, jump over hurdles, jump in and out of an agility ladder and crawled through a tunnel to finish off our locomotor unit.


In Music, the JKs practiced twinkling sounds on the glockenspiels as they sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The students also sang a spooky song called Bony Skeletons.


In French, the students practised their play Le lievre et la tortue again.


Outdoor Play: Please remember to send your child in rain boots, raincoat, and splash pants on rainy days (no umbrellas). We will go out even if it’s raining. Please remember that boots also need to be labelled!

Splash Pants: Please send in splash pants (labelled) for your child to wear. These pants will save their clothing from getting wet and covered in dirt. Be sure that the splash pants are roomy enough for taking on and off with ease. MEC has a great splash pant.  Try and refrain from purchasing a splash pant that is lined as it is difficult for the children to put on.

Water Bottles: labelled and left at school during the week. They will be sent home on Fridays for a good wash and then please return on Mondays.

Library: Please return library books on the days the children have it scheduled (you may accompany your child to the library daily: 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM).

*Indoor Shoes: These shoes will stay at school and be worn for indoor use and PE.

PHE: Please note on your child’s timetable when they will be having PHE. On those days, the children come to school wearing their PHE uniform.

Kindergarten Pick Up Policy

If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment, email or call. 

Maria Barnden - mbarnden@yorkschool.com  416 926-1325 ext 1621

Claire Doyle - cdoyle@yorkschool.com 416 926-1325 ext 1639 


If you have a need to place your child into Aftercare on an occasional basis, please contact Lamar Khatib at lkhatib@yorkschool.com

As well, if your child is in Aftercare but has plans to go home with another student from Aftercare, please contact Lamar with the details.

Reporting an Absence?

If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school for any reason, please send an email to 1639attendance@yorkschool.com as well as their homeroom teacher. If your child is returning to school during the day, please have him/her sign in with reception.


On Monday, October 21st please send in a small “Pumpkin Pie” pumpkin to observe, investigate and decorate in JK. This is just another learning experience that we have planned to investigate during Autumn and will have many connections to our Unit of Inquiry.

As the weather begins to get wet and cold, please continue to have conversations with your child about appropriate clothing for outside. Support them in learning how to put on and take off some of those tricky sweaters, jackets and boots.

Please note that when signing up for parent-teacher interviews, you sign up for 15 minutes.


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

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