JK - Semptember 8 / 2017


Weekly Highlights:
Welcome to JK! We have had a great few days getting to know your children. We enjoyed hearing about their summer activities, and seeing them draw pictures of their adventures. We enjoyed attending the whole school assembly on Wednesday afternoon where students new to The York School were introduced.

Reminders:
Please note on your child’s timetable when they will be having PHE. On those days, the children come to school wearing their PHE uniform. Also, please return library books on the days the children have it scheduled.

Please ensure that your child has extra clothing in their cubbies at school including socks and underwear. We also ask that you have a pair of shoes strictly for indoor wear (running shoes with summer uniform, black shoes with winter), as well as whatever outdoor footwear they come to school in (rubber boots, winter boots, running shoes, etc.). 

Junior School Food Policy
Although the children are all on the meal plan which includes two light snacks, we do recommend sending extra snacks if you know that your child gets hungry throughout the day or is a “particular” eater. Please review The York School Food Policy. This year, there have been some significant changes, especially around birthday treats. We encourage you to read the policy and pose any questions on Curriculum Night. 

Kindergarten Drop Off Policy
To foster your child’s independence, the Discovery Zone is closed to parents and caregivers.
Children will be dropped off in the back playground with their backpacks or in the Gathering Space if the weather is inclement. At every occasion, we want to encourage student independence and responsibility.

If arriving late, (after 9:00 a.m.), Mr. Pascal will meet students outside of the Discovery Zone. If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment, email or call. 

Kindergarten Pick Up Policy
At 3:30 p.m., students can be picked up from the playground or outside of the Discovery Zone. If your child needs to be picked up early, please let the teacher know ahead of time. We will ensure that your child is ready and waiting in the Gathering Place, supervised by reception.

If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment, email or call.

Homework Policy
At The York School, we constantly reflect on and review our practices, ensuring that the values of The York School are present in each classroom and assigned homework. As a faculty, we reviewed current research and understanding of development and learning, and reflected on our homework policy. We are happy to share the new Junior School Homework Policy. The policy is an articulation of current and best practices. It is considerate of young learners’ development and the importance of balancing school and family.   

In alignment with the new policy, students in Grades 4 and 5 will continue to use IXL as one possible resource, while students in JK to Grade 3 will not. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Junior School Director of Curriculum, Karen McCallum-Ryan, kmccallum-ryan@yorkschool.com.

Co-Curricular Programme Registration
Online registration for the Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme has commenced and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th. Please refer to the Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme Guide on YorkNet..

Programmes commence the week of September 18th.

Looking Ahead:

Terry Fox Run
On Friday, September 15th, Junior School students, staff, parents and guests will join together for the 24th annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. All students are to come to school wearing their gym uniform and running shoes or an official Terry Fox t-shirt from 2017 or before. 
 
At 1:15 p.m., all Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will gather in their houses and participate in warm-up, Terry Fox team building activities and a walk/run along the Kay Gardner Beltline. If you would like to order a 2017 Terry Fox t-shirt (a great souvenir of a memorable day and 75% of the price of the of the t-shirt cost benefits cancer research!), please have your child return this T-Shirt Order Form to Ms. Hickman as soon as possible as quantities and sizes are limited.

Athletics
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Athletic year! We’ve got lots to offer this year so we hope you are excited about joining a team or two.

Our Junior School teams started on Wednesday, September 4th after school. The fall practice schedule is as follows (the schedule can also be found online under Junior School Athletics):

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We are also pleased to be selling our Gladiator wind suits, perfect for team travel and for our outdoor practices/games. Please click here to order. 

Our Athlete Institute is gearing up for our Fall sessions. Please check them out and sign up here..

Let’s have a GREAT fall season, Gladiators!

Important Dates
Curriculum Night: September 14th, 7:00 PM
Terry Fox Run: September 15th
Casual Day: September 29th
Thanksgiving Weekend - no school Friday or Monday: October 6th - 9th