JK - January 12 / 2018

Weekly Highlights

Happy New Year! Ms. Maria and Ms. Meg hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. We are excited to be back and ready to tackle 2018. Please remember to send back your child’s black shoes and running shoes for gym, as well as, an extra set of clothes in case of an emergency.

This week, the children spent time recording moments from their holiday in their journals; they did a great job drawing and adding text to their illustrations. We have also been working on understanding rhyming words, and the children are having a great time finding rhyming words and making up their own creative rhyming words.

We reviewed which animals hibernate and migrate, and what these terms mean. As well, we continued our discussion on what it means to adapt to our environment.

In French, this week, we practised saying the date and saying our song about Winter, C’est l’hiver!

C'est l'hiver!

This week in Art, the JKs learned about our Artist of the Month, Vincent van Gogh. Together we read the book ‘The Artist and Me’ by Shane Peacock and discussed one of van Gogh’s most famous paintings, The Starry Night. Students then created their own pieces inspired by van Gogh’s artwork, learning how to make colours lighter or darker using black and white paint.

Looking Ahead

We will begin this term with a focus on Geometry and Spatial Sense. We will investigate both two- and three-dimensional shapes and apply our mathematical problem-solving skills to different activities. The children will be provided with provocations and encouraged to create different shapes and solids with various materials.

We are also starting to gear up for our unit summative task, which is Building Habitats. We are going to be asking the children to collect little sticks/twigs, rocks and greenery to bring in for their habitats.

A new face in JK

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My name is Alison Roy and I am returning to the York School as the new Primary Music specialist. From 1993-1999, I taught Music and Grade 7 Core at The York School. I have spent the last seventeen years working for the TDSB as a Vocal Itinerant, working in eight schools a week, teaching teachers and their students about music. I have also worked as a professional musician in Toronto for 24 years singing primarily with Chamber Choirs such as The Elmer Iseler Singers, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Elora Festival Singers, Choir 21 and St James Cathedral Choir. As a chorister I have sung for Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli and Roger Hodgson of Supertramp.  At the end of January, I, with the women of The Elmer Iseler SIngers, will be singing with the Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall and later in the year for the Harry Potter movie show.  I love all things choir and have directed Primary, Junior and Senior choirs. I am really looking forward to directing the Primary Choir at The York School. I am very excited to back at The York School and to become a part of this friendly community.

Important Dates

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

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