JK - Sept. 19 / 2019


Thank you to all who helped out the Terry Fox Run.  It was a fun event enjoyed by all.

We continue to work on sound/symbol association, listening for and identifying initial sounds in words and working with activities using moveable alphabet. As we continue to investigate patterns, the children are attempting to continue a pattern and make up their own patterns for others to try to continue. We are also exploring how we can show and document a pattern. The children have also enjoyed making patterns with their bodies (ex. clapping, stomping, clapping). We have also started to sequence according to different attributes such as shortest to tallest, thickest to thinnest, and colour.

We continue to explore different types of play around the world. This week we played a game from Kenya that the children loved. We discussed and examined how great games can be created by using your imagination! We have also begun to look at how each child likes to play while at school and how to make new friends while you are playing.

This week we discussed the line of inquiry “How we communicate through play.” We will be helping the children to work on strategies on how they can stand up for themselves, applying behaviours that enhance well-being, comfort, and acceptance for themselves and others.


In PHE, with week we continued to work on following the rules of the gym and played some fun games like Red Light, Green Light and Ship Ahoy to make us move in different ways. We even played cooperative hoops to make us all work together as a group.


In Music, the JKs are learning beat and rhythm in two poems, Bananas and Criss, Cross, Applesauce. The students have been using stuffies as they move to music in the classroom and we have just started the song, Teddy Bear’s Picnic.


In French, the students are starting to gesture and say the most basic French words they need to master. For example, they are saying the words marche, court, leve-toi, assis-toi, tout le monde, and so on. The students are starting to know the routines of French class. 

Art Studio

In Art Studio this week, we spent time observing the various sizes, shapes, and colours that make-up our faces. Using mirrors, sketching pencils, and pencil crayons, we created self-portraits that help to illustrate our skills (observation, stamina, and fine-motor). These will be on display outside of the Kindergarten classrooms starting next week. 


Backpacks: should be labelled and big enough to transport large items such as artwork and library books.

Water Bottles: labelled and left at school during the week. They will be sent home on Fridays for a good wash and then returned on Monday.

Library: Please return library books on the days the children have it scheduled (you may accompany your child to the library daily: 8:00 to 8:30 and 3:30 - 4:00).

*Indoor Shoes: These shoes will stay at school and be worn for indoor use and PE.

PHE: 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.

Kindergarten Pick Up Policy

At 3:30 p.m., students can be picked up from the playground or outside of the Studio. Please note that children should be picked up as close to 3:30 unless they are in the aftercare programme. 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. Please note that aftercare is available

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

Maria Barnden - mbarnden@yorkschool.com  416 926-1325 ext 1621

Claire Doyle - cdoyle@yorkschool.com 416 926-1325 ext 1639 

Reporting an Absence?

If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school for any reason, please send an email to 1639attendance@yorkschool.com as well as their homeroom teacher. If your child is returning to school during the day, please have him/her sign in with reception.

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


Next week we will begin to learn about how we communicate through play, as this is our second line of inquiry for our unit Who We Are. We will continue to work on creating and extending patterns and sorting by varying attributes. Ms. Maria and Ms. Claire will continue working one-on-one with the children in both Math and Language doing diagnostic assessments.


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

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