All News April 12, 2019

Dear Parents,

This year Student-led conferences will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Families are invited to visit both Homeroom and specialist classrooms. Each Homeroom conference is expected to take approximately 30 minutes. The conferences for students in JK and SK  will take place in the Homeroom classroom and the Discovery Zone area.

Through portfolios and active demonstrations of learning, students feel a strong sense of ownership of their work and take pride in sharing their progress with you during the Student-led conferences, while giving you the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of their achievements.

Throughout the year, students continually select and reflect on samples of work from a variety of subject areas. They think about their strengths and areas for growth and set goals for the final term. Students look forward to sharing their work and their developing understanding of themselves as learners. As your children share their learning during their conference time, please look for opportunities to discuss those areas requiring some growth, goals they have set, concerns they may express. Above all, we encourage you to take the opportunity to celebrate their achievements.

Please book the time for your conference through YorkNet beginning on or after 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Sign in to YorkNet and begin the booking process by clicking on the “Student-led Conferences” button. If you have any difficulty, do not hesitate to call Kate Boynton at 416.926.1325 ext.1614 and she will be glad to assist you.

In order for the teachers to set up their classrooms for the student-led conferences, dismissal on May 2 will be at the following times: 1:45 p.m. for JK – Grade 2 and 2:00 p.m. for Grades 3 - 5. Students who are scheduled for the first conference time will remain in school until their conference begins at 2:15 p.m. Other students, who are not picked up at the early dismissal time, will go to the Junior School library where they will be supervised until their conference time or until they are picked up.

In order to set your child up for a successful Student-led conference, we ask that you please put your phone on silence and away except to take photos.  As well, we encourage you to give each of your children individual attention. Supervision is available in the Library for any siblings.

Finally, we invite you to visit all of the specialist subject teachers in their individual classrooms, the gymnasium, and at our annual Art show in the cafeteria.

 If you have any questions, please email kmccallum-ryan@yorkschool.com.

We value your partnership in your child’s learning journey; and, we look forward to seeing you on May 2nd.

Kind regards,

Valerie Turner
Junior School Principal


DEADLINE APRIL 18 - CLASS PLACEMENT

We are beginning the class placement process to ensure that our Junior School classes are balanced in academic skills and ability, gender, number, and social dynamics and, we do this in consultation with your child’s current team of teachers.

At this time we welcome friend requests or insights to your child's learning style needs for students entering SK through Grade 5.  Please understand that we do not accept teacher requests or exclusionary requests for students. All class groupings will be communicated at the end of June 2019.  

Please complete your request by Friday, April 19th, 2019. We ask that you complete a separate request for each one of your children. While we can't  make any promises that your request will be accommodated, we will carefully consider each request. Please click here for the form.

LOOKING AHEAD

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK - (PARADE OF NATIONS THURSDAY)

We will be hosting our first International Week from 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.

Please send your child to school on Thursday with an outfit to represent their country, that they can change into after lunch. This could be clothing, jewelry, accessories, flags or cultural items. The Parade of Nations will take place from 1:15pm - 2:00pm on Thursday, April 18th and students will be following a parade route around the neighbourhood. Parents are welcome to come to this event. If you have any questions about International Week, please e-mail Andrea Hughes at ahughes@yorkschool.com. In preparation for our Parade of Nations can you please fill out this FORM so we know what country signs the students will need to make.

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JUNIOR SCHOOL ATHLETIC PRACTICE SCHEDULE - SPRING 2019

Winter is almost over! Sign up for Spring athletics here. 

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