Junior School - All News October 19

Dear York School Community,

Following up on Conor’s exciting announcement in last week’s Flash, we are shifting gears from talking about the need for a new playground, to building one!

As we work towards shovels in the ground in late June, we’ll keep you updated on developments, continuing to consult, and sharing design proposals (including some great ideas from the grade 5 class!) - and the thinking behind playground elements - as the project gets underway.

“First thing we climbed a tree.” - Gord Downie

In Conor’s note, he emphasized the joy of play. The input from your children, their participatory role, and the fun-factor will inform much of the design.

In terms of how the playground will enhance the learning of your children, from science to arts and math, elements of each of the six PYP themes can be taught outdoors. The playground will help us further spark inquiry based learning, focussing on the whole child as they explore themes such as “how the world works” and “how do we organize ourselves.”

Much of the knowledge, concepts, skills. attitudes and action that children take up are learned both in the inside classroom, but equally important - in the outside classroom as well. Examples include taking turns, sharing, inclusion and problem solving. (But don't tell your kids - we'll just let them PLAY!!!)

I’d like to thank the Playground Committee, co-chaired by Romy Libfeld and Parham Aarabi, for all their work in getting us to where we are now, helping draft the request for proposal (RFP), and drumming up the support.

Anyone wishing to become more involved - see the RFP for example - can reach out to Praveen at advancement@yorkschool.com Also, we will be posting regular updates on The York School Fund website, where you will also have the opportunity to join us.. We look forward to building something great together!

Kind regards,



The next uniform exchange date is October 25th, 2018 from 11:00 - 1:00. The location for the Top Marks uniform fitting/exchange will be in Room 119 at 1320 Yonge Street (NOT IN THE Gladiator Centre as previously communicated). Parents are asked to enter and sign in at the main reception at 1320 Yonge Street, where they will then be directed to meeting room 119 (Room 119 is at the end of the hall just past where Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Hanna's offices are located).


The YPA & The York School have an EPIC afternoon planned on Halloween! For a howling good time PARENTS WELCOME!

Timing for Halloween Party at the Junior School on October 31:

  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Children change into Costumes

  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Parade around the block and return to playground for Time-Warp Dance in the playground

  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm - Special Show in the Gym for Grades 1-5. JK/SK will go to their area for special activities and party. Grade 1-5 Parents to go to Gathering Space for refreshments during the show.

  • 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Floor Parties - Crafts, Games & Snacks

Note: There will be a staggered start for the parade with Grades 1-3 first, Grades 4-5 second, and JK/SK last. (Note: JK/SK will return to the classroom after the parade to start their class party at approximately 2pm. They will not participate in time warp dance).

If you want to practice the time-warp dance, please see this video “How to do the Time Warp” (it’s as simple as a jump to the left, and a step to the right!)

Parents are welcome to attend any or of all of the activities from 1pm on. Dressing up is welcomed!


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Post Halloween Candy Drive

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with Forest Hill Orthodontics to join their Swap your Sweets Candy Drive. At the Junior School, from Nov. 1st to Nov. 9th we will be collecting all extra or leftover candy from Halloween in a box in the Gathering Space. For every pound of donated candy, Forest Hill Orthodontics will donate one dollar to their JACKPOT. The school who brings in the most candy will win the entire jackpot up to a maximum of $1000. The candy will be donated to less fortunate children overseas. Some of these children have never had candy before. This is a great way to save your teeth and share sweet treats with others.