JK - Sept. 26 / 2019


Another fantastic week in JK! The children are becoming more comfortable at school and friendships continue to develop.

This week we watched a video about climate change and had a little discussion about what that means followed by painting their rendition of our beautiful earth. They should be hung up in our hallway very soon.

Many of the language activities that the children explore in class involve sound/symbol association, listening to and identifying the first sound of a word and/or other sounds within a word. They continue to practice fine motor skills through our practical life activities and working with Handwriting Without Tears. We are encouraging children to use the proper pencil grip. Please see below.


Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued to discuss our second line of inquiry How we communicate through play. This concept has been a little more challenging for the children but they have offered very interesting points of view. They are beginning to understand that there is a lot more to play than just playing!


We continue to work with patterning, sorting and numeration. This week we sorted according to a variety of attributes such as rough and smooth and plastic, wood and metal, colour and shape. 


This week in PHE we have started to work on our locomotor skills such as hopping, galloping, leaping and skipping. These skills are the basic ways to move which are the foundation of any sport or activity. We are learning these skills by playing a variety of fun games and through different activities.


This week in Music, we reviewed beat and rhythm by marching with our stuffies around the classroom. The students are exploring the space around them and are asked to hop, glide, swim, gallop, skip slowly and fast around the room. We have been listening to The Aquarium by Saint Saens and Happy by Pharell Williams to identity slow and fast and also how sounds can change our mood. They love the song Elephants Have Wrinkles.


This week in French, the children were introduced to their new play, Le lievre et la tortue (The Tortoise and the Hare). The students were introduced to new words such as marche, cours, vite, lentement, and so on. The children have also started to learn a rap called La classe commence en francais (The class is starting in French). This rap is played at the beginning of the class to remind the students that they are expected to speak only in French during class. They are, of course, allowed three English words in class at most in order to get a ticket at the end of the day for our biweekly sac a surprises (prize bag). Follow the link below to view the rap:

La classe commence en francais

Art Studio

This week in the Art Studio, we began by exploring line through the work of Wassily Kandinsky. Line is a fundamental aspect of early years development. Not only is it prevalent in the Art Studio, but the concept of line is prevalent in letters, shapes, numbers, and in our natural environment. Look for our artwork to be posted in the next week outside of the Kindergarten Studio. 


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 Mondays

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


We have been collecting various items from around the classroom, and, as a class, we sort them according to various attributes that the children identify. Thank you to all the families that have discussed patterns at home; we can really see how the children are excited about patterns and are quickly noticing them in their environment.

We are still continuing this investigation so please send in any objects with patterns that your children may have at home! In addition, encourage your children to sort objects at home. Have them sort toys, clothing and groceries. Have them use the word attributes to describe what they’re feeling/seeing.

In your child’s backpack you will find their first scholastic flyer with an introduction to how the programme works. The due date for your orders will be the first week of October. Please take a look with your child. Thank you in advance!

Junior School Climate Strike

This Friday, September 27th, Junior School students will spend time at their house meetings learning about climate change and Greta Thunberg’s Climate Strikes. At 9:00 am, students will march around the block with their signs for climate justice. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will participate. Kindergarten students will be partnered with older students and all students will be supervised by teachers. If parents would like to observe, please watch from the park at Yorkminster church. If you have any questions, please email Andrea Hughes at ahughes@yorkschool.com


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

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