All News December 14


Dear York School Community,

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Two weeks ago we announced that - through the great work of The Playground Committee - we had chosen IBI as our design partner to help us build the new Junior School Playground.

In that note (shared again here below), I promised to follow up with an invitation asking you to join us for RECESS! where we would share design ideas and seek input.

The date for RECESS! is January 25 at the Junior School from 8:45 - 10:00.

We’re looking to the community for support, so if you have any questions, or would like to participate in the ‘Junior School Playground journey’ to help realize the best space possible for our children, please contact Praveen Muruganandan, Director of Admission and Advancement at 416 926 1325 X 1129 or via e-mail .

Head of School


Dear York School Community,

As adults we know school is about education. Our children need to be prepared for the future. That means the ability to think, apply mathematical skills, read for education and enjoyment.  It also means developing the so called ‘soft skills’ of social development. We, as adults focus on the classroom and curriculum as the place where these skills are learned and applied. We only have to ask our children to know that for them, it is the playground.

For our children the playground is all fun and games, except when it is perhaps life or death, (have you had that conversation?). The playground is the board on which our children’s real life crosses with their imagination seamlessly and several times each day. We as adults know outdoor play is a crucial component in developing a healthy body, intellect and attitude. Our children may not know that intellectually but they understand it viscerally.

It is with these thoughts in mind that the Playground Committee went looking for a Design team to create a unique York School Junior playground. Discussion, consultation, and research led to a request for proposal (RFP) that laid out the practicalities of our postage size space with the hopes and dreams of those who play on it.

Of the proposals submitted to our RFP, we shortlisted three and invited them to present their ideas. All presenters had passion, and each proposal had elements we liked, though one stood out. The unanimous decision as our design architect, by secret ballot, is IBI Group.

IBI Group is a global team of architects, engineers, planners, designers, and technology professionals dedicated to creating livable, sustainable, technologically advanced urban environments. World famous, but originating right here at home in Toronto, Canada. IBI will help us build a space where our children can play, imagine, excel, have fun and be themselves.

In terms of next steps, we would like to invite you to join us for RECESS! No better name for a meeting with the Junior Playground Design Team in January. We will share design ideas and seek input. Once the design is finalized, we will move into the preparation stage to have those ‘shovels in the ground’ by end of June to be ready for our children in September 2019.

Thank you to the members of Playground Committee, and the other parent advisors and volunteers, who dedicated their expertise and many hours so far to this process.

Parham Aarabi
Romy Libfeld
Kristin Blakely-Kozman
Melanie D’Alessandro 
Kimberley Hebel
Helen Rattee
Erin Sternberg
Heather Ursu
Alan Wang
Angel Wu

Let’s work together to make a playground that is an appropriate stage for our children as they play out their dreams.

Head of School


We all love winter play outdoors! And, as the Norwegians say: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”.

So with that in mind, please be reminded for outdoor recess during the winter weather students in JK, SK and Grades 1 - 3 are expected to have and wear a coat, snow pants, hats, mittens and boots to keep them both warm and dry from the time of the first snowfall or as of December 1, whichever comes first. This is for all outdoor recess play times.

Students in Grades 4 and 5 are expected to have and wear the winter gear they feel they need to keep them both warm and dry during outdoor recess play times. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will not be permitted to stay inside for recess if they have forgotten or chosen not to bring their gear to school. They will also not be permitted to go back inside the school to get their gear if they have chosen to leave it inside their cubby.