Welcome to York! Your family can look forward to joining a friendly and dynamic community. Follow this checklist to ensure that you are ready for September.
Connect with The York School on social media.
Start building relationships.
Between now and September, there will be opportunities for incoming parents and students to connect and have questions answered. A sense of familiarity and the feeling that you are part of a network will make for a smoother transition to a new school. Here’s what’s coming up:
- New JK & SK parents and students are encouraged to attend the JK/SK Playdate & Parent Orientation on Thursday, May 24 from 9:00 – 10:15 AM at the Junior School (1639 Yonge Street). RSVP HERE.
- New Grade 1 – 11 parents are encouraged to attend the New Family Orientation Evening on Thursday, May 24 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Middle & Senior School (1320 Yonge Street). RSVP HERE. New Grade 6 – 11 students are encouraged to attend as well.
- Look for an email in June connecting your SK – Grade 5 child to a returning York School student who will be their Class Partner in September. Partners are in the same grade and/or class as the new incoming students they are paired with. Partners make new students feel welcome during the first weeks at The York School.
- Parents of children entering Grade 6 – 11 should look for an email in the coming weeks from a member of the 2018 York Student Welcome Team. These are returning York School students in the Middle and Senior School whose job is to make new incoming students feel welcome during the first weeks of school. The Welcome Team will be in attendance at the New Family Orientation Evening.
Use the 2018-19 Welcome Package as a key resource.
Look for an email by mid-May linking you to the online Welcome Package. The Welcome Package will provide you with key information (like how and when to order uniforms and laptops) to get you off to a great start! Here’s a tip: make sure you follow the New Student checklists at the beginning of the guide.
Don’t let The Flash end up in your spam folder.
The York School publishes a weekly parent newsletter called “The Flash” during the school year. In the summer, the school sends a “July Flash” and an “August Flash” to the community. These newsletters are full of important information to get ready for returning to school in September, so look for them in your inbox. Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list, and if you do not receive the first Flash by the end of July, please contact our communications department at 416-926-1325 x1214.
Mark Thursday, August 30, 2018 on your calendar.
- All new Grade 8 – 11 students are required to attend a New Student Laptop Orientation from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Middle & Senior School campus (1320 Yonge Street). Grade 6 and 7 students will have their own laptop orientation after the first week of school.
- All JK – Grade 5 parents and students are encouraged to attend the Junior School Drop-in from 2:00 – 3:30 PM at 1639 Yonge Street. Find out which class your child is in and visit their classroom. Meet the teachers. Meet other parents. Meet other students. Visiting the school before the official first day of school makes the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 much smoother for everyone!
Make a point of meeting these people during the first week of school.
- Main teacher: Core Teacher (Junior School), Homeroom Teacher (Middle School), ICE Teacher (Grade 9), Advisor (Grade 9 – 11).
- Counsellor: Each division (Junior, Middle and Senior) has a Counsellor focused on the academic, social, and emotional well-being of our students. The Counsellor acts as an important resource and ongoing source of support.
- Receptionist. Our receptionists at the Junior School and Middle & Senior School welcome all students and parents with a smile and are your first point of contact when you call the main school phone number. They look forward to getting to know all our new families!
- Principal. Each division (Junior, Middle and Senior School) has a Principal who is responsible for the leadership and support of all the students and academic staff. They ensure the daily life of the school runs smoothly and effectively.
- Leadership Coordinator. Each division (Junior, Middle and Senior School) has a Leadership Coordinator responsible for developing, administering and overseeing meaningful, inclusive, and engaging student opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.
Transitioning to a new school is an exciting yet uncertain time for students and parents. Take advantage of all the opportunities outlined above to ensure you are well prepared for September. And, as always, we are here to help so do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have – big or small!