JK - April 13 / 2018

Spring Athletics

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This week, we started our segment in measurement. Our first provocation was searching for items around the room that were longer/shorter than a train (i.e. 10 unifix cubes linked together). The children had fun with this interactive activity. They also compared their own lengths. We will divide this unit into four categories: length, height, capacity and weight. If you have any interesting measuring items that you can donate/loan to us for this unit, it would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for child-friendly tape measures (we have lots of rulers), measuring cups, measuring spoons and scales (table top and stand-on). Although our focus will be on non-standard measurement, the children love to use real objects.

We also compared living versus nonliving as a provocation to our unit “Sharing the planet”. We are planning to plant seeds and watch them grow. Through this we will be investigating plant growth and cycles. We ask that each child please bring in two packets of seeds - one being a vegetable and the other being a flower. We will start planting these seeds as soon as possible in order for the children to see them grow.

This week in music, we practiced rhythm patterns using percussion instruments and sang a song about a donkey named Tingalayo.

We had an amazing trip on Tuesday to the AGO! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for making it such a success. Students were able to see the gallery and talk about art while participating in art-related activities. The JKs were also able to use the AGO studio to create collagraph prints. As well, the JKs learned all about our Artist of the Month, Yayoi Kusama, and painted dots inspired by her artwork.

In French, the students have been continuing to practise their play, Petit poussin. In the next month or so, the children will be filmed performing their play.

In PSE, we are focussing on developing self-awareness and self-management skills. Students continue to check in with the Engine Metre, asking “How is my engine running?” or use the Metre to reflect on how the engine of a character in a book is running. Building self-awareness through recognizing and labeling states of emotion is an important step towards building self-management skills. Students have begun to explore ways to change from one state on the Engine Metre to another. For example, if they were “running too low”, they might drink water or get a hug if they wanted their engine to run “just right.” We have been practicing breathing as a self-management tool. Taking 3 deep breaths can be used to change one’s engine whether it’s running too low or too high. Breathing is a useful tool because it’s always with you and it’s free! Intentional breathing takes practice. Ask your child to show you three different types of breathing - bunny breathing, piggy breathing or candle breathing.

Looking Ahead

Grandpals & Special Friends Day - April 20, 2018

A friendly reminder to those of you who have not registered a grandpal or special friend that the deadline to register is Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. Click here to RSVP!

WE Week

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Next week (April 16th - April 20th) is WE Week. The students will be participating in activities in class throughout the week with a different theme each day. The themes are based on the WE Villages Pillars. For more information, visit the WE organization website.

Along with classroom activities, the Student Action Team will be leading the following initiatives.

Children of Hope Uganda Jewellery Sale 

Please look for our Student Action Team in the Gathering Place during drop-off. They will be selling jewellery to help support Children of Hope Uganda. This initiative was brought forth by one of our house captains who feels strongly about supporting education and opportunity. Children of Hope Uganda (COHU) is a non-profit organization which works to empower war-affected youth impacted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. To date, COHU has helped transform the lives of over 1100 youth through a two-part development model which aims to promote self-sustainability through supporting social enterprise and education. Please visit their website for more information.

Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling

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Throughout the week we will be collecting used batteries for Zinc Save Lives battery recycling campaign. For every battery we recycle as a school, Teck will donate the cash equivalent to the value of zinc it contains to WE’s zinc and health programme in Kenya. For more information, check out this fact sheet. Please bring all your used batteries to be recycled, and help dispose of them in a safe way and donate to this worthy cause. Donation bins will be in the Gathering Place from Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th.

Important Dates

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


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May 1st- JK trip to Toronto Botanical Gardens (details to follow)

Important Dates

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

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