JK - October 3 / 2019


We have had a wonderful week inquiring about communicating with others during play. JK students have been noticing and developing new strategies when entering and engaging others in play. We have been talking about being caring and respectful towards one’s self and others, taking turns and listening to each others' ideas. We encourage the children to “cooperate” and work together with their classmates and play together peacefully, while at the same time advocating for themselves when they do not like the type of play. We have been going on “Nature Walks” outside of the school and talking about the changes we are noticing in our seasons. The students have been collecting natural materials and we have used them in all areas of our learning such as counting leaves, building patterns with pinecones, painting pictures of leaves and on leaves and sorting all of the different materials. This has been a great week connecting with our outdoor learning environment! 

Unit of Inquiry

This week we have been talking and thinking about What Play Is and How We Play in the season of Autumn. We noticed that there are many activities that we love to play specific to the season of autumn. Have a conversation at home about what different activities you like to play together at home during the Fall. 


We continue to work with patterning, sorting and numeration. This week we sorted the different materials we found on our “Nature Walk”. We have been talking about the numbers one to five. We have also been looking at how we count, showing how many and placing numbers in order.As well, we have been looking at the shape of numbers and talking about where we see numbers. In Patterning, we have been investigating patterning using different materials around the room such as playdough, whiteboards, and with paint. 


The students have been practicing writing their names as well as the names of others in the class. They have been writing at the Graphic Communication center and during Writers Workshop. At the beginning of JK writing can look like squiggly lines, a mix of familiar letters or letters that represent the sound of the words they are trying to write. When students are writing independently we celebrate any symbols they make that match their story. 


In PHE this week, the JK’s continued to focus their locomotor skills particularly running skills which is the foundation for many sports. We played Red Light, Yellow Light and Green light and speedway and enjoyed being our favourite car.


This week in Music, the JKs reviewed loud and soft sounds in the game The Grizzly Bear. They all got to be the bear and gradually walk closer to the class as we got louder. The students also chose different ways of reciting the poem Linary Lanary Lock.


In French, the students learned a new song called Le boogie woogie des chiffres. It is a song about counting from one to eleven. It is a wonderful way for the students to learn to start how to count in French. Please follow the link below to view the song:

Le boogie woogie des chiffres


Outdoor Play: We are going to be going outside in all types of weather. Please make sure that your child comes to school with clothing that is appropriate for the weather outside. This week we had lots of rain so rainboots, raincoats, and rain pants are perfect for our time outside. 

Water Bottles: labelled and left at school during the week. They will be sent home on Fridays for a good wash and then please return 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 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM).

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

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


On Monday, October 21st please send in a small “Pumpkin Pie” pumpkin to observe, investigate and decorate in JK. This is just another activity that we love to play during Autumn and will have many connections to our Unit of Inquiry. 

As the weather begins to get wet and cold, please continue to have conversations with your child about appropriate clothing for outside. Support them in learning how to put on and take-off some of those tricky sweaters, jackets and boots. 


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

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