Middle School - December 21 /2017

Dear Parents,

We have arrived to the last day before the winter vacation break, a time to reflect on the first term of the school year.  The newly renovated space at 1320 has enabled us to enjoy a brighter and more modern learning space.  Our teaching faculty continue to be among the most committed, hardworking and innovative. Their patience, support and guidance in supporting your children through the middle years is evidence in our students’ confidence, connection and curiosity. The students have been exceptional in embracing so many of the IB learner attributes - caring, risk-taking, knowledgeable, inquiring, and  open-minded. I am impressed by their achievements in and out of the class.  Most notable, however, are the untold stories of persisting and overcoming challenges.  I thank parents for your partnership in this journey, one that often takes us three steps forward and one step backwards, but always moving forward.

I wish all families a restful, safe and fun winter vacation break and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

Warm regards,

Helen Gin

Middle School Principal

Middle School Community Building Day

This year’s annual end of term community-building event in the Middle Division was an eclectic mix of different activities. We decided to host this event in our newly renovated space rather than traveling to the Downsview Hangar. We kicked off the day at Cineplex Odeon for a private screening of the animated film Breadwinner based on an award-winning novel by Deborah Ellis. The story is about Parvana, an 11-year-old girl, growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. What makes this film even more special is that the heroine Parvana is voiced by none other than Grade 8 York School student, Saara Chaudry. It was spectacular film and we had the privilege of a Q & A following the performance with one of the producers, Andrew Rosen, from Elevation Pictures. Upon our return to school, we enjoyed class parties and two activity rotations.  Students participated in karaoke, dodgeball, slime making, improvisations, card games/chess, yoga, trivia games, holiday card making and cookie decorating.

The day culminated with a Winter Wonders Talent Showcase hosted by the Middle School Student Council. Singers, comedians and instrumentalists performed for their peers in a wonderful showcase of their unique gifts and talents. It was an incredible day to bond and nurture friendships before heading off for the winter break.

Important Dates

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

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