March 8 / 2019


Dear Parents,

The purpose of this letter is to share some changes to the upcoming Middle School June 2019 Closing Ceremony.

At the upcoming Middle School June Closing Ceremony,  the school will highlight and celebrate the achievements and growth of all students.  As well, the event will offer students closure to the school year as they head into a well deserved summer vacation.  We will continue with the tradition of grade speakers sharing highlights of the year, creative performances at each grade level, and a special segment to highlight the grade 8 cohort who will be moving on from middle school. We will be adding to the ceremony a recognition of all grade 8s on stage for a middle school pin,  a student slide show highlighting their learning. Two grade 9 scholarships, the Barbara Goodwin-Zeibots scholarship and the 2007 scholarship will be announced and a video montage to showcase the academic school year will conclude the ceremony.

The segment of major awards at the Closing Ceremony will not be highlighted on the last day of school.  The major awards will be recognized at the May recognition morning assembly and other awards will be distributed in student homerooms.

The school is putting together a committee to review the role of awards at both middle and senior schools, and in the academic, athletic and co-curricular domains of the school.  We hope to have a renewed approach to student recognition for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

I look to your partnership and support in celebrating all of our student’s growth, learning and achievements at the upcoming Closing Ceremony on June 14, 2019.


Helen Gin
Middle School Principal


We have been getting some feedback from the community that there has been an erosion of process at pick up and drop off. For the safety of the children we ask those who are involved with (vehicular) pick-up and drop off re-familiarize themselves with the process. Additionally, two of our staff are on hand to provide added safety and flow at these peak times. We ask that you follow their guidance and direction.

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If you are dropping off your child in the morning, you must proceed to the laneway south of 1320 Yonge Street.This is a one-way lane hat conveniently exits onto Woodlawn Avenue. If you require short-stay parking, the garage will be open from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. For safety purposes, you will be required to escort your child to the school door. Please note that the entrance and exit from the parking garage is a one-way lane, so please be courteous to other drivers. The right turn out of the garage is tight for large vehicles, so please take care with this turn. The York School will have staff members stationed at the garage entrance to help aid the flow of traffic and ensure student safety.The laneway door of the school will be open from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM; otherwise students must enter through the front door.

We recommend that students take the TTC (we are conveniently located between St. Clair and Summerhill stations), cycle, or arrange drop-off and pick-up a few blocks from the school. If you still wish to pick-up, please proceed to the visitor parking and arrange to meet your child there. The parking garage will be open for pick-up between 3:15 PM - 4:0 PM. Please note there are only 16 spaces. As an idle free zone, we ask that you turn off the car for your health and for those of others.



On Monday March 4th, the Grade 7 Speech competition took place in the gym. Congratulations to the student finalists: William Cheskes, Sasha Fedyuschenko, Emily Rosen, Grace Liang, Anjali Seshadri and Lauren Gori for speaking to the entire middle school community.

Congratulations to the competition winner: Grace Liang (The Notion of Giving Up). We would also like to congratulate the runner-up, Lauren Gori (The World of Dreams) and third place winner, William Cheskes (Censorship).

Thank you to our faculty judges, Grace Nolan and Sarah Bauld as well as our student judges, Ben Singer and Jamie Rygiel-Baba



The Middle School Dance will take place on Friday, March 29th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the Gym. We are excited to announce that this year’s theme is a Masquerade Ball. There will be a phenomenal DJ, dancers, photo booth, snacks, games, prizes and masks! Tickets are $10 and will be charged to the account of attending students. Ms. McParlan is looking for any Middle School parent volunteers who would like to help out with set-up from 5:30-7:00pm or clean-up from 9:00-9:45pm on Friday, March 29th. Please email Katie McParlan at if you can help out with set-up or clean-up.



We will be hosting our first International Week on Monday, April 15th to Thursday, April 18th. There will be a Parade of Nations in the Junior School and a Casual Day in the Middle and Senior School where students are invited to wear the traditional dress or flag colours of their home country or their family’s country of origin. Take advantage of your March break trips to different countries to assemble clothing, jewelry, accessories, flags or cultural items so that we are prepared for this week of celebration.


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Our next sessions for the Athlete Institute will be for High Performance basketball  led by NBA and International Shooting/Skills Development Coach, David Nurse. This is a great opportunity to come and learn and develop your basketball skills.If you partake in The York Basketball community you should sign up for at least 1 of these sessions that are being offered. Sessions are scheduled for Friday, March 29th to Sunday March 31st. You can sign up using the google form by clicking here.


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

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