November 30 / 2018

AND THE JUNIOR SCHOOL PLAYGROUND BUILD GOES TO…..!

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.

Conor
Head of School


EXTRA EXTRA!! - WITCH SQUASHED BY A HOUSE! FLYING MONKEYS STEAL DOG! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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The online box office is now open for The Wizard of Oz. We've been working hard to bring this show to the stage and can't wait to share it with you. 

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Performances:

Thursday, December 6 @ 7:00PM (SOLD OUT!)
Friday, December 7 @ 7:00PM
Saturday, December 8 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM

Seats are not assigned so we recommend that you arrive early to claim your desired spots.

SHOUT OUT TO VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS!

A warmhearted thanks to all the volunteers, faculty and parents! The Wizard of Oz was brought to you in part by your kind support to The York School FundThank you for helping our students shine.


SAVE THE DATE - DECEMBER 21

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The York School’s Harmony Concert celebrates the end of a successful term, the upcoming winter holidays and how music is an international language that unites us all.

On Friday, December 21st we will have two performances in the gym at our 1320 campus; Middle/Senior School (from 9:15 - 10:15) and Junior School (10:45 - 11:45), in order to accommodate all of our student performers, staff and parent audience. We invite all parents to attend the performances(s), recognizing that families with children in multiple divisions may stay to watch both.

Refreshments will be available for parents in the Cafe at 1320 prior to both performances until the doors open for audience seating.

Please join us for our annual Harmony Concert celebration.

Doors Open @ 9:00 Middle & Senior School Concert 9:15-10:15

Doors Open @ 10:30 Junior School Concert 10:45-11:45



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