May 10 / 2019

Dear York School Community,

This week, the Student Wellness Team had the privilege of attending “Schooling Social Brains: Promoting Social Skills, Interactions, and Collaborations in a Digital Age” conference in New York City. Grounded in data, this was an incredible opportunity to hear from leading researchers on the neuroscience which informs our understanding of social minds, the value of social emotional learning (SEL) and the challenges of the intersection with the addictive digital landscape. This morning, Dr. Christine Lay presented to York School parents on the adolescent brain. Her message aligned perfectly with the focus of the Learning and the Brain conference. For those of you who were not able to attend the conference, Dr. Lay has generously shared her Keeping Young Brains Healthy presentation slides.

As the world continues to change and students are faced with an ever evolving array of challenges, we seek to align our York School wellness initiatives with best practices which foster growth and resilience in our students. The message that challenge is healthy for young people was repeated again and again by conference presenters. It is through challenge that students stretch and grow. What a timely message this week as our Grade 12 students embarked on their final IB exams, our Grade 11s tackled their Extended Essays, and our grade 6-10 pushed their own limits of comfort on their Challenge Week trips. It is through these experiences that young people grow their capacity to cope, gain insight into their own strengths and learn to manage anxious moments.

Shortly, parents will receive our new Medical Information form which reflects our recognition that both physical and mental health issues have implications for our students’ school experience. Please take the opportunity to share, in confidence, the critical information we need to care for your child. The home/school partnership is fundamental to our support of the whole child. We look forward to continuing to collaborate and learn together for our students’ wellbeing.

Elissa Kline-Beber
Director of Student Wellness


Dear York School Community,

The Welcome Package has been sent to new families coming to The York School in September 2019. It’s a great reference guide for transitioning and returning families as well!

For New Families - Questions on pick-up, drop-off? Uniforms? Textbooks? Curriculum?

From key dates to how to find out what’s on the lunch menu, this Welcome Package provides you with everything you need to know as you prepare for September and familiarize yourself and your child to The York School.

For Transitioning Families - From JS-to-MS-to-SS

While already seasoned veterans to The York School schedule, you might have some questions on curriculum and process as your child transitions from the Junior School to the Middle School, or from the Middle School to the Senior School.

For Returning Families - Refresher

As cultural ambassadors and champions for your children, your friendship and hospitality in extending a warm welcome and supporting new families is much appreciated. Thank you for sharing and telling them all about the great things happening in our community.

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We hope you joined along on Challenge Week via our social media channels, following along on #YORKLEARNS.

We will share more photos in the coming weeks.

Grade 10
New Orleans: Resilience of a City (The Effects of Hurricane Katrina)
New Orleans: Jazz Train (Playing and discovering the music of New Orleans)
Montreal: Savourez Montreal (Learning to cook en francais)
Toronto STEM Week! (Experiential approach to learning the physics of motion)

Grade 9
Squamish, B.C. Reaching the Summit (Environment and Peoples of B.C.)
Alberta: Prairies to Mountains, AB (Foothills and Badlands of Alberta)
Quebec: Je Me Souviens (The terrain and Quebecois culture of the north shore of the St. Laurent)
Newfoundland: Exploring the Rock (Geology, history, ecology and cultural traditions of Newfoundland)
New Brunswick: High Tides of Acadia (Marine Life and Peoples of the Bay of Fundy region)

Grade 8
Algonquin Park / Haliburton Highlands Water Trails: Challenge by Choice

Grade 7
Quebec City / Montreal: “L’histoire en Action”

Grade 6
Ottawa: Canada’s Capital City


Starting May 13th, the York School Community Service Club will proudly present a week of awareness-based activities designed to build a more inclusive world.

The week will build an understanding of the life experiences of children and youth living with physical challenges as well as adults living with intellectual disabilities.

A special highlight will be the May 14th assembly, where speakers from Holland-Bloorview Kids’ Rehabilitation Hospital and Dramaway will share impacts of their organizations’ programming, present stories of inspiration, and describe how York School students can get involved.

The week will culminate at the York Dramaway Cabaret, an artistic celebration on Thursday, May 23rd from 7-9 pm. York students will perform alongside Dramaway adult actors in a celebration of our important partnership. All are welcome.

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The YPA is looking forward to the next school year and how we can make The York School the best community yet!

We are currently looking to fill a few spots on the YPA Executive as well as Committee chairs for the 2019/20 school year. If you are interested in getting involved please click here. If you would like to connect with us about a particular role, feel free to email us at

Our AGM, where we elect the YPA executive members is on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. In order to officially register your interest in a position please e-mail Deloan D’sa, our Events & Alumni Coordinator at  with a short bio highlighting your experience volunteering at the school, your child(s) names and grades and the role you are interested in. All submissions should be handed to the Advancement team by May 16th, 2019.

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