October 20 / 2017

Message from
Elissa Kline-Beber,
Director of Student Wellness

As parents, we want so much for our children; we want them to be happy, we want them to be successful, we want them to be kind. To this end, many see it as their parental duty to valiantly try to remove every obstacle from their children’s paths. We chauffeur them to a litany of after school programmes, we run home to retrieve forgotten lunches, we explain missed deadlines. Yet, in this pursuit of doing parenting right, Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Dean of Freshman at Stanford University, cautions that parents have fallen into the “trap of overparenting”. By over directing and doing too much, parents are inadvertently limiting young people’s ability to successfully and independently navigate their own lives as they enter young adulthood.

At The York School, we are tasked with many important objectives, none more important than ensuring that within our walls our students grow the confidence, skills and mindset to enable them to tackle the hurdles they will inevitably face. To this end, parents are our greatest ally. This is our collective goal, our shared task and together we must look for ways to foster resilience and self reliance in our students.  In this vein, our new student-centred conferences in the Middle and Senior School reflect our belief that students ought to be at the table alongside their parents and teachers, taking ownership of their own learning and heightening their sense of academic responsibility.  We look forward to seeing what these rich, collaborative discussions will yield.

Julie Lythcott-Haims invited us to allow our children the space to discover their own truths, make their own mistakes and follow their own dreams. She challenged us, as parents,  to grow wildflowers, not prune bonsai trees. For us parents, this will not always be easy. These wildflowers may grow in winding, unexpected ways and we may need to fight the urge to pick up the clippers. But what a spectacular, vibrant and robust garden we will watch bloom.

With heartfelt thanks again to the YPA for the opportunity to be inspired by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

Elissa Kline-Beber, Director of Wellness


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The York School AGM will take place on October 25th, 2017 at 6:00 PM at 1320 Yonge Street. 

National Teen Driver Safety Week - October 15 - 21, 2017

Our Student Climate & Culture Directors Sasha Devine and Alex Wilson rallied the support of the Senior School Mentors to honour National Teen Driver Safety Week. In partnership with Parachute, an organization that promotes injury prevention and driver safety, they launched a Positive Ticketing Blitz, an event to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

On Thursday morning, the mentors were outside 1639 and 1320  handing out informational pamphlets to parents. We also took this opportunity to remind parents about safe drop off and pick up procedures here at York. We want our community to be safe on city streets. Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Your Hands on the Wheel and Your Mind on the Task.

Please click here for 1639 Drop Off Info, and here for 1320 Drop Off/Pick Up Info.

  • Drugs and Driving Don’t Mix: 1 in 4 teen drivers who died in a motor vehicle crash between 2000 - 2010 tested positive for cannabis. Make your car a drug-free zone.
  • Texting is Like Driving Blindfolded: Research shows texting behind the wheel is equivalent to driving with your eyes closed for almost five seconds! Reduce the temptation - keep your phone out of reach. It could save your life.
  • Speak up to Stop Distracted Driving: A recent survey of Canadian drivers found 96 per cent would stop driving distracted, if a passenger asked them to. Simply asking can save your life and others.
  • If You Drink, Don’t Drive:  Over half of teen deaths from drunk driving occur on the weekend. Plan ahead for a designated driver, taxi or a family member to give you a lift.
  • Mind Your Speed and Stay Alive: Speed is a factor in a third of teen driver deaths.

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Our 2017/2018 Calendar is available for download.

Thursday, October 26 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Junior School (basement level just outside the York Shop).
Please have your paperwork that was sent with the uniform completed with your uniform return or exchange items.

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