All News October 17, 2019

Dear Parents,

On October 21st, we will have the first lockdown drill of the school year. The purpose of a lockdown drill is to prepare for a perceived or actual threat such as having an intruder in the building. The intention is to familiarize students and faculty to a procedure that can be followed quickly, effectively and safely.

Tomorrow, teachers will facilitate discussions with their students about why lockdown drills are practiced. We want students to know that ensuring the safety of our community is our most important priority. Like fire drills, these are practice for an event that will most likely not happen. By taking proactive steps, the goal is to augment the students’ sense of control and competence. Knowing the school has a plan can heighten students’ sense of safety and help to reduce anxiety. We recognize that these drills may generate questions. Teachers and parents are encouraged to be open to any questions their children may have and be as honest in their responses as possible.

Please note our lockdown procedure is as follows:

  • The lockdown tone will be broadcast over our PA system with a verbal message indicating that “all people in The York School are to initiate lockdown procedures”.

  • Students and staff who are in a room with a door will close and lock the door and draw the blind, ensuring that they are out of the line of sight.

  • Students, staff and visitors in open common spaces will quickly move to a lockable space, the specific location will depend upon where they are in the school.

  • During the lockdown drill, students will be asked to remain silent, all cell phones must be turned off.

  • When the lockdown drill is over, the all-clear signal will be broadcast over the PA system. Students and staff will remain in their rooms until the doors are unlocked, from the outside, by an administrator.

We plan to hold two lockdown drills this school year. Going forward, we will not inform students in advance of the drill. However, if you believe your child requires advance warning, please advise Elissa Kline-Beber, Director of Student Wellness.

Struan Robertson
(Interim) Head of School


Elissa Kline-Beber
Director of Student Wellness


WE Scare Hunger Food Drive (Oct. 21st - Oct. 31st)

As part of The York School’s commitment to the WE organization, we are holding our annual WE Scare Hunger food drive to benefit Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank from Monday, October 21st - Thursday, October 31st. Bring your items to the Gathering Place and put your items in your house coloured box. Every item brought in is a point for your house during this House Challenge! 

CLICK HERE to hear our student leaders tell you more about this important service initiative. 

What food can I bring in?

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  • Canned soup

  • Canned stew or chili

  • Oatmeal

  • 100% fruit juices

  • Baby food

  • Formula

  • Diapers

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned vegetables

  • High fibre/low-sugar cereals

  • Canned fish (i.e. tuna in water)

  • Pasta

  • Pasta sauce

  • Rice

  • Beans (i.e. kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.)

You can also donate extra, unopened Halloween candy on November 1st to The Daily Bread Food Bank! That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat; the feeling of helping others. There will be a collection box at reception clearly labeled for Halloween candy. No nuts, please.

Thank you for participating in WE Scare Hunger!

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Junior School Athletic Practice Schedule Fall 2019

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