October 19 / 2018


Dear York School Community,

It’s a busy time at The York School as the Admission & Advancement Team has started hosting Open Houses and organizing small-group information sessions for prospective families and their children. The Fall is a wonderful opportunity for our student ambassadors to showcase their school and Gladiator Pride! The feedback we’ve received in recent weeks is that York students are so genuinely polite and articulate. Their role in the community is strong in them, and it’s great to watch them shine as they show their school spirit touring families.   

Over the past few years, interest in The York School has continued to grow at home and abroad, extending our local reach across this great city as well as attracting students from 35 countries. When we say we are prepared to “Take on the World!” we really mean it.

Tomorrow we will be at the annual “Our Kids” event at Roy Thomson Hall meeting upward of 200 prospective families and speaking to them about how to choose and apply to The York School. It’s always an exciting time, representing such a strong and open community, and I thank you for being an Ambassador to The York School, promoting the merits of our teaching to friends, colleagues and relatives!

Following Conor’s announcement last week about our exciting Playground Project at the Junior School as part of The York Fund initiative, I also wanted to reiterate that great and ambitious plans are underway at the Middle and Senior School as well.

We will continue to support enhancements to the overall student experience, from supplying e-textbooks and University Counselling software to supporting sports and debating. The Wizard of Oz production is our flagship initiative this season.  

Thank you to parents Erin Iles and Daniela Tixi for acting as Ambassadors to help communicate some of The York School Fund initiatives at the Middle and Senior School. Keep an eye out for a note from them in the coming weeks.

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If you have questions about the Playground (check out Struan’s note in the Junior School all news section of this week’s Flash) or any other element of The York Fund that excites you, or wish to recommend families (and their children) to The York School next year, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

Thank you again for your engagement and support. Your participation keeps the community animated and helps position The York School as one of the best and most enviable schools in Canada.   



Digital citizenship and wellness week where we engaged with the whole community was a great success across The York School.

Guiding our students to make thoughtful, responsible decisions in their digital lives is critical. We know that these decisions have a direct impact on the quality of their sleep, the well being of their relationships, their ability to attend to their academic responsibilities and their experience of family and social life.

JUNIOR SCHOOL - For the Junior School, digital competency expert Chris Vollum spoke to the students of the responsible use of technology and respectful communication (top three excuses for 3 excuses when students make bad choices on #socialmedia 1.Freedom of speech 2. I was joking 3. I got hacked).

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MIDDLE & SENIOR SCHOOL - With our senior student mentors leading our digital citizenship initiative, students have had the opportunity to role play authentic scenarios, parents have had the opportunity to hear from other parents and the community has had the opportunity to consider how to place healthy boundaries around their digital lives. For parents who were unable to attend our Digital Wellness discussion, please click here to access the slides from the presentation.

We look forward to a continued partnership and conversation.

Elissa Kline-Beber Director of Wellness and Justin Medved Director of Learning, Innovation & Technology



SAVE THE DATE(S) for games vs. Miami, Memphis and Portland

Drake wants to know….Interested in attending a Raptors game this season? The York School has a limited number of these hot tickets available for you to purchase! Maximum 5 tickets per family per game. Views? From the lower bowl (parental translation: All tickets are in the lower bowl). Deadline for orders is October 19th – so don't miss out! Tickets are $125 each, and will be charged to your child’s York School account.

November 25th vs Miami Heat
January 19th vs Memphis Grizzlies
March 1st vs Portland Trail Blazers

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Performance Parenting - Shifting perspective through disruption

October 23rd - 6:00 - 7:30PM at York School Cafeteria

For the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, P&G released it’s famous “Thanks Mom” commercial. It was a powerful campaign that closed with the message: “Thank you for teaching us that falling only makes us stronger.” What else it showed, was that behind every determined athlete there is a positive support team spurring them on with grit and love. Is your child that athlete? As a parent, what is your role?

Join us on October 23 for a powerful evening of discussion led by three master coaches and thought leaders as they tackle performance parenting in 2018. This will involve 3X20minute presentations followed by a panel discussion + Q&A.

Talk 1 - Discover your role in defining your child’s experience in school.

‘There is no try, only do’ - Yoda.

There has been a great deal of research, and much more written on how one’s attitude affects how we look at successes and failures through the arc of a students’ academic progress. We realize that it is important to explore the mechanisms through which this attitude is formed. By understanding the mechanism, it’s possible to create an experience characterized by emotional fulfillment. One’s approach to life affects how one looks at their own ‘narrative’.

The talk will be lead by Johnny Cassels, founder of Cassels Tutoring - a UCC old boy and McGill graduate - who focusses both on helping students understand challenging curriculum material and also how they can be accountable to themselves. A parent plays a large role in developing a positive can-do attitude.

Talk 2 - You are not what you do

How to use Mindfulness to detach from identity and find value within yourself and those around

you. The answer to everything is love - when we are constantly seeking love from others, this can leave one feeling empty. When we give the same love to ourselves, this is fulfilment. Learn how to detach from your identity and the reliance of external validation.

Vince Luciani is the founder of The Legacy Coaching: Mindful Mental Training - he is a former CFL and NCAA Football coach who now guides people to discover who they are beyond what they do.

Talk 3 - Do you want your child to be a champion? Does your child want to be a champion?

Well, that process starts with you... Children don’t listen, they watch. They observe everything you do. Discover the possibility that exists when you as a parent put into action and lead with the mindset, behaviour and character you expect from your child.

Martin Reader is a 2012 Olympian, award winning fitness trainer and speaker specializing in human performance. Martin is the creator of OFFBALL Athlete which mentors and educates athletes around the world on body, mind and life.

Interested on how best you can help channel the best in your child? RSVP below and bring a guest who would be interested!




SAVE THE DATE - NOVEMBER 27 at 7:00 PM in the Gym

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Sleep better and you’ll eat better. Eat better and you’ll move more. And if you move more, you’ll sleep better and ultimately think and feel better. This is the ripple effect of good health and high performance.

Join us for an evening with author Greg Wells who will explain how with an improvement of just 1% in your sleeping, eating, exercising, or thinking habits, you’ll see dramatic improvements in energy and health.

Greg will explain how:

  • Sleep controls the hormones that regulate hunger and appetite

  • An hour of exercise can turn a B grade into an A

  • Muscular meditation helps reduce stress and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Join Us November 27 for an evening that could alter your life (plus, you’ll also learn that watermelon decreases muscle soreness after a workout).


As many of you have noted, images of The York School and our students have been spotted in magazines and billboards throughout the city of late. You’ll recall from when you applied with your children, that October and November are busy months for the Admissions department. We have been booking tours, attending fairs, and gearing up for Open House season!

So if you see one of our billboards (the one at Billy Bishop is notably impressive!), or spot an article in the local paper, give us a shout out on social media using #yorklearns and help spread the word! Let your friends and colleagues know that our community is “Progressive, Contemporary, International, Urban and Unique….but most of all, friendly!

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