JK - January 19 / 2018

Dear Junior School Parents,

As you know, in last week's FLASH we included reminders of the Junior School's procedures and expectations for all community members with regards to drop-off and pick-up.

As many of you are aware, the nightmare scenario became a reality this week in Toronto for the St. Raphael School community and the family of 5-year old Camila Torcato. This tragedy is simply unacceptable (see link below) and we must act now to ensure the continued safety
for our school community.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/01/16/stop-driving-children-to-school-it-could-be-a-lifesaver.html

I have now had the chance to be part of the Junior School community for a few weeks and have really enjoyed getting to know the students, teachers and families. This time has also provided opportunities to observe some shocking behaviour at drop-off and pick-up, behaviour that if we don't act now, could put our students, students in the Yorkminster parking lot, staff and families at risk. Such examples include disobeying posted road signs/regulations, u-turning in the middle of Yonge St. and speeding through our parking lot. To be clear, this is unacceptable.

As we said last week, we are all busy, we all need to get to work or to an after-school activity, however, we can all agree that the safety and well-being of all members of The York School and neighbouring community is priority number one for all.

We have again included the procedures and expectations for drop-off and pick-up. Thanks to some parent suggestions, we have now defined two maps of the immediate area; one for the morning and one for the afternoon, highlighting the differences in flow and traffic regulations.

  • Please take the time this weekend to re-familiarize yourself with these reminders.

  • Please think about how you drive to/from school and if there are opportunities to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

  • Please help all of us make The York School community safer for all.

Thank you.
Struan Robertson, Deputy Head, Academics

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Highlights

We will be wrapping up our unit on “How The World Works” over the next two weeks.The children have begun their animal projects. They will be asked to speak about which animal they chose, how it behaves in the winter and what type of home it might live in.

We will begin our math 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.

Mrs. Meg’s class will be doing a whole class picture retake. Please have your child arrive to school on January 23rd wearing full formal uniform. The children may change into their gym uniform if they like or they may stay in their uniform of the day. Please be sure that they have their runners for the gym. Thank you in advance.

Ms. Maria’s class is changing the dramatic centre into a grocery store and would love your help with the following donations: empty food boxes, cans, plastic juice/carton containers, grocery bags, etc. Thank you in advance.

In French, we have been practising the date in French, singing about Winter and revisiting our story about how animals adapt to the cold weather.

Looking Ahead

We are looking for parent support for our Great Canadian Outdoor Day. Please email either Meg or Maria if you are able to help out on the afternoon of February 15. We will be going skating in and would love for you to join us on the ice if possible to help your child skate. The teachers and children will be going to the rink by school bus and then returning to school to enjoy hot chocolate and a treat in the cafeteria. Please note that in order to go on the ice, skates are mandatory. Let us know if you will be able to join us so that we can properly plan for this outing. Also note that all children planning to skate must wear a helmet. If children do not have any skates, they will still attend and watch from the side of the rink.

Reminders

Re-Take pictures: Whole class picture for JK B January 23rd.

Please be sure that your child has a few pairs of extra socks in their cubbies (labeled). Often their socks are wet from recess and they need dry ones to change into.

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

This week we will be kick starting our India donation drive (clothes and toys). Bins will be placed by fireplace in the Gathering Place for donation drop off. Please take a look at our "wish list" link below. This list will also be posted in each classroom and communicated in the FLASH for the next few weeks.

https://bbk12e1-cdn.myschoolcdn.com/ftpimages/353/misc/misc_158794.pdf

Junior School Pancake Breakfast - REGISTER NOW!

We are thrilled to host a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by The York School Parents’ Association (YPA) on February 22nd and 23rd.

Students are invited to bring a family member or friend to join them for a pancake breakfast at the school.

RSVP here!  


Important Dates

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

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