STUDENT-CENTRED CONFERENCES (GRADE 1-5)
As an IB World School, we implement the best educational practices. At the end of January and beginning of February families in Grades 1 to 5 will be engaging in Student-centred Conferences rather than the more traditional Parent-teacher Conference, which you experienced during the fall term. The Student-centred Conference provides a forum for teachers, students and parents to share student learning experiences and acknowledge student achievement. Students lead the Student-centred Conference by explaining their learning achievements, as well as areas for further development. Students reference their work across a range of subjects as well as provide update on their personal goals. In the IB guiding document “Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education (2009)”, it explains the basic procedure of a Student-centred conference:
Student-centred conferences involve the student, parents and teacher. Students discuss their learning and understanding with their parents and teacher, who are responsible for supporting the student through this process. Students are responsible for reflecting upon work samples they have chosen to share, that have been previously selected with guidance and support from the teacher and could be from the student’s portfolio. The student, parents and the teacher collaborate to establish and identify the student’s strengths and areas for improvement. This may lead to the setting of new goals, with all determining how they can support the achievement of the goals. The teacher is an integral part of the process and takes notes of the discussion. These notes may then be used in the written report. All of the participants must understand the format and their roles prior to the conference.
THE JUNIOR SCHOOL LOVES TO READ!
We have a school full of readers who love to take books home. The importance of reading and reading every night cannot be stressed enough. According to the research and combined with our teachers’ incredible experience and knowledge, it is very clear that the volume of reading, which is the combination of time students spend reading plus the number of words they actually consume as they read, is key to developing reading fluency and proficiency. To celebrate our community of readers and to help keep books in good condition, every student in the Junior School will receive a book bag, as a gift from The York School. The book bag can be filled with books and will easily fit into backpacks or can be carried on its own. We are excited about keeping our library books in the best condition possible and hope that the students and families enjoy reading the books that will be brought home in the brand new book bags.
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SAVE THE DATE - RECESS! JANUARY 25
Dear York School Community,
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, 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 am - 10:00 am.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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