JK - October 10 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

This week, the JKs continued to look at pictures of how children play in different parts of the world, often with very limited resources. We discussed how our creativity and imagination allow us to play in many different ways. The children explored items that we collected on our nature walk last week. Some students spent their time trying to figure out what was inside of a pinecone. We also looked at children with different abilities and how everyone is able to 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 don’t like the type of play. Some of the phrases the JK students are learning are “friendship moves and friendship blocks,” which refer to actions that would help a friendship develop vs. actions that would block a friendship. We have also been talking about whole body listening and following the group plan (listening to and following instructions). 

The children made a beautiful class Thankful Wreath and as a group, we discussed what we are thankful for. 


We continue to investigate patterning, counting, tracing and drawing numerals. The children are understanding early addition concepts through calendar and attendance talk!


The children are busy with all the various activities that promote, sound-symbol association, fine-motor/printing, working with materials from our Handwriting Without Tears programme and journal entries. Some children are even attempting to build and read simple three-letter phonetic words.


In PHE this week, the JK’s played Jump the Brook working on how to travel safely within a given space and how to control our bodies when jumping with one or two legs. The JK A experience jumping centres where we jumped into hula hoops, jump over hurdles, jump in and out of an agility ladder and crawled through a tunnel. JK B  will experience the centres next week.


In Music, the JKs continue to listen and move to the different animal sounds that were composed by Camille Saint Saens in his Carnival of the Animals orchestral piece. They also made up new verses in the song The Witch Rides for Hallowe’en.


In French, the students started to learn the alphabet in French. Please follow the link below to view the song that we are learning about the alphabet.


Art Studio

This week in Art Studio, we continue to work on acrylic pieces that we started last week. Through this learning experience, we are learning and practising coverage, texture, and colour theory. These process pieces will be elevated even further when the core classrooms complete a sort of their Beautiful Stuff. When students aren’t working on their acrylic pieces in the studio, they are being agents-of-their-own-learning; choosing between sculpting, building, painting, and sketching. If students have Art Studio on Fridays, we have “Open Studio” available to our learners. During this time, students choose materials that speak to them as artists, and are invited to be agents in their own artistry. 


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 learning experience that we have planned to investigate 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 note that when signing up for parent-teacher interviews, you sign up for 15 minutes or 3 x 5-minute slots.

The JKA and JKB classes are looking for old magazines to use for cutting and pasting. We would appreciate child-friendly magazines if you have any old ones to spare.


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

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