SK - April 13 /2018

April 13, 2018

Spring Athletics

Our Community Blue Jays Game tickets are now on sale. If you would like to purchase tickets to the Sunday, June 10th game against the Baltimore Orioles, please click here. Order by April 17th!


Thanks so much to those of you who were able to make it to our learning celebration yesterday. We are very proud of the children, how engaged they were during our unit, and how much they learned about our five senses. They were very empathetic and curious when learning about being blind or deaf and had many interesting questions. We are excited to start our unit on Where we are in place and time with a special focus on shelters around the world.

We read a few stories related to bullying on Wednesday’s The International Day of Pink and discussed friendship moves and blocks, as well as role playing scenarios related to bullying.

The children are loving our new dramatic play doctors’ offices. They are completing patient intake sheets, using scales to weigh each other and measuring tapes to record height. They are enjoying using doctor tools and discussing what they are for. Thank you to the families that sent in materials for our centres.

We are learning to subtract using hands-on materials. The children will doing word problems and are listening for key information that will help them problem-solve. Our next unit is on measurement and we will be measuring with non-standard units as well as learning to tell time to the hour and half hour.  

We have begun guided reading with the children in small groups of three or four, focussing on strategies such as breaking a longer word into smaller parts, looking for little words within larger words, identifying contractions and using picture clues. Following the reading exercises, we are discussing the characters, setting, problem and solution, and completing some short answer questions, writing activities and drawing pictures.

In music this week, the SKs continued practicing with the Boomwhackers. They were very excited to perform their two songs about senses on Thursday!

This week in art, the SKs completed their art piece inspired by famous landmarks from around the world. They also learned about our Artist of the Month, Yayoi Kusama, and created self portraits filled with dots!

In French, the students have been continuing to practice their play, Boucles d’or et les trois ours. In the next month or so, the children will be filmed performing their play.

In PSE, we are focussing on developing self-awareness and self-management skills. Students continue to check in with the Engine Metre, asking, “How is my engine running?”, or use the Metre to reflect on how the engine of a character in a book is running. Building self-awareness through recognizing and labeling states of emotion is an important step towards building self-management skills. Students have begun to explore ways to change from one state on the Engine Metre to another. For example, if they were “running too low”, they might drink water or get a hug if they wanted their engine to run “just right.” We have been practicing breathing as a self-management tool. Taking three deep breaths can be used to change one’s engine whether it’s running too low or too high. Breathing is a useful tool because it’s always with you and it’s free! Intentional breathing takes practice. Ask your child to show you three different types of breathing - bunny breathing, piggy breathing or candle breathing.

Looking Ahead

The mornings may still be chilly, so please be sure that your child is dressed suitably for the cool mornings with hats, mitts and splash pants. We would also like to clarify that umbrellas for children are not permitted during drop-off or outdoor recess for safety reasons. They may keep them in their cubbies and use them to and from school.

We are looking forward to our field trip to The Design Exchange on the morning of May 1st in connection with our unit about shelter.

Grandpals & Special Friends Day - April 20, 2018

A friendly reminder to those of you who have not registered a grandpal or special friend that the deadline to register is Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. Click here to RSVP!

WE Week


Next week (April 16th - April 20th) is WE Week. The students will be participating in activities in class throughout the week with a different theme each day. The themes are based on the WE Villages Pillars. For more information visit the WE organization website.

Along with classroom activities, the Student Action Team will be leading the following initiatives.

Children of Hope Uganda Jewellery Sale  

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Please look for our Student Action Team in the Gathering Place during drop-off. They will be selling jewellery to help support Children of Hope Uganda. This initiative was brought forth by one of our house captains who feels strongly about supporting education and opportunity. Children of Hope Uganda (COHU) is a non-profit organization which works to empower war-affected youth impacted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. To date, COHU has helped transform the lives of over 1100 youth through a two-part development model which aims to promote self-sustainability through supporting social enterprise and education. Please visit their website for more information.

Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling

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Throughout the week we will be collecting used batteries for Zinc Save Lives battery recycling campaign. For every battery we recycle as a school, Teck will donate the cash equivalent to the value of zinc it contains to WE’s zinc and health programme in Kenya. For more information, check out this fact sheet. Please bring all your used batteries to be recycled, and help dispose of them in a safe way and donate to this worthy cause. Donation bins will be in the Gathering Place from Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th.


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OverDrive - Getting Started with a Kobo tablet

OverDrive - Getting Started with eReaders

OverDrive - Getting Started with iOS devices

If you have OverDrive tech queries, please feel to email or Ms. Spencer: or x1623


If you have not done so already, please send us a picture of your house for our shelter unit. Emailing one is fine. Thanks!

Important Dates

Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.

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