JK - October 19 / 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

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The children have been busy continuing their exploration into sorting through many different activities. They have been sorting letters (curves and lines), markers and pencil crayons by colour and even sorting all their shoes in the hallway. They are starting to grasp that sorting can be done in so many different ways.

We are talking about being caring and respectful towards one’s self and others, taking turns and listening to each others' ideas. The children have really been practicing these skills during our morning meetings when some of the children have remembered to bring in their favourite toys to show and share. We encourage the children to “cooperate” with their classmates and play together peacefully.

In French, the students have been learning the alphabet in French. Among other things, they have been singing the alphabet in French. Listen along here: L'alphabet

This week in art class, the Junior Kindergarten students are exploring the properties and “skeletons” of leaves from the playground. We are creating moulds with Model Magic and tools, and then painting our leaves to be hung in a collaborative installation. Two Junior Kindergarten art pieces have been hung on the walls outside of The Discovery Zone - take a peek when you get the chance!

In Music, they continue to make music notation with popsicle sticks. They love singing the Splish Splash song and they have started a new song about Imagination.

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Flip Flop Over the Top

Teaching your child how to put their coat on independently. This simple coat trick is very well known and the one we use frequently. It’s a coat trick that has been used for decades, being passed down from one generation of teachers to the next. Have your child put the coat down on the floor (or a table). They need to stand near the tag/hood, put their arms through the arm holes, and flip the coat over their head. If you have used this flip method before, you know exactly what we mean. However, if you are not familiar with this, you can see a great tutorial, with step by step photos over at Teach Preschool. Once a child is used to looking at their coat upside down, this will be a breeze.


LOOKING AHEAD

A reminder to please send in 8 - 10 pictures of your children at play for their collage (we will also be sharing these with the Junior School Playground Committee to help inform the new design).

Kindly send in a Pumpkin Pie pumpkin for your child to decorate. After they decorate their scary pumpkin, they will bring it home for you to enjoy just in time for Halloween.

JK Action!

We have some student initiated action in JK. After inquiring about how other students play and realizing that not all students have the same amount of toys as they do, one student has brought in a toy to donate. We are encouraging all students to bring in a toy they no longer use to donate to kids in need. We will research where to donate these toys, write a letter and hopefully even deliver the toys!

School Uniform

This is a reminder to please label all pieces of your child’s uniform. We have many sweatshirts and sweatpants in the discovery zone that are not labeled. If your child is missing any clothing, please take a look in the Kindergarten area.

Scholastic

Our next Scholastic order will go out in a couple of weeks. We will keep you posted.

Toronto Raptors Tickets

Once again, we are pleased to offer tickets to the York School community for various Toronto Raptors games.  Please click here to order your tickets!


IMPORTANT DATES

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

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