JK - December 15 /2017

Weekly Highlights

We are so proud of the JKs and their performance at the music assembly! Thank you to everyone that was able to attend. It was a crazy and wild spirit week, it was great fun to see all the children participate! Thank you to the parents for their support.

This week in math the children have been busy enjoying math games involving rolling dice, playing with cards and counting. The goal of working with dice and cards is to solidify the children’s concept of numbers in an engaging manner. The children continue to work on letter formations and are encouraged to write in different contexts around the room. We have been using our mini whiteboards to practise making words and letters. If you are working with your child at home, please remind them about the proper pencil grip and to start their letters at the top.

In French, the students have been practising their play, Le lievre et la tortue, all week long in order to be filmed next week. The video will be shared with you sometime in the next few weeks.

In Art, the JKs continued learning about author and illustrator Eric Carle. They finished creating their birds using cut out shapes.

In French, we have started to speak about animals and how they adapt to the seasons. In particular, we have been speaking about how animals adapt to the Winter. We have also been singing songs about winter and the snow falling.

C'est l'hiver

La neige tombe

Next week, we will look at videos and books and discuss habitats. We will be focusing on what an animal needs to survive and what constitutes the best type of habitat for the animal.  We will continue to work on formulating and asking questions.

On February 15, the students will be participating in Great Canadian Outdoor Day where we go skating for the afternoon at Ramsden Park. In preparation for this exciting excursion we ask that, if possible, your child try skating before the big day so they feel comfortable getting out there and participating. What a great winter holiday activity!

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New Circles Clothing Drive

Our winter clothing drive has launched and thank you for your support, thus far! All donations will be brought to New Circles. New Circles is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents who are newcomers to Canada. Here is their website for more information about the organization.

The Junior School will be collecting winter clothing items such including:

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  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • Boots
  • Snow pants/suits
  • sweaters
  • long pants
  • socks
  • girls’ tights

All child, youth and adult sizes are welcome. Collection bins will be in the gathering place from Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 20th.


Please make sure you are sending your children in appropriate clothing for cold, wet weather. We rarely ever stay inside, therefore making it essential that children come prepared to go outside everyday. We ask that children have warm, waterproof boots that they can independently put on and take off and waterproof mitts/ gloves to endure the building and digging they are doing in the snow to keep their hands dry and warm.

We also ask that you remind your child to take off their outside boots before coming into the discovery zone (if you could also refrain from walking in the discovery zone with boots). The water on the floor from the melting snow results in wet, cold feet for the day if the children walk through it in their socks. We appreciate your support during this time of year.

Important Dates

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

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