JK - December 7 / 2018



Both classes have been reading many stories--both fiction and nonfiction--about animals and more specifically, Canadian animals in the winter. These texts have continued to introduce the students to new vocabularies such as migration, adaptation, habitats, hibernation, prey and predator. We have been extremely impressed with how the students have been able to use these new words in their own descriptions.


This week we continued to look at numbers, patterns and sorting according to different attributes. The children have looked at these mathematical concepts through the lens of the unit. For example, they are sorting animals according to whether they migrate or hibernate, as well as different attributes of the animals (fur, feathers, habitats). They have also created patterns using the animal footprints!


In French, the JK students have been practising their play, Le lievre et la tortue. The children will be filmed next week performing the play. The video of the play will be shared with you in the next few weeks.


In Art class, the Junior Kindergarten classes have finished their 3-week long project! Ms. Melissa will share each project to families via Seesaw. The projects will be kept for the April Art Show, at which time, they can go home. We are inquiring about shape and form; we are planning, rolling, and forming animals that are threatened or are endangered from clay. We will be painting these, and then creating animal habitats for them over the coming classes before the holiday break.


In Music, the JKs are busy practising for the Harmony Concert. The JKs continue listening to the story and music from The Nutcracker Suite. Next week, we will watch the ballet in class.


We all love winter play outdoors! And, as the Norwegians say: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”.

So with that in mind, please be reminded for outdoor recess during the winter weather students in JK, SK and Grades 1 - 3 are expected to have and wear a coat, snow pants, hats, mittens and boots to keep them both warm and dry from the time of the first snowfall or as of December 1, whichever comes first. This is for all outdoor recess play times.

Students in Grades 4 and 5 are expected to have and wear the winter gear they feel they need to keep them both warm and dry during outdoor recess play times. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will not be permitted to stay inside for recess if they have forgotten or chosen not to bring their gear to school. They will also not be permitted to go back inside the school to get their gear if they have chosen to leave it inside their cubby.


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

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