Our First-ever Virtual New Parents’ Evening

On the evening of October 6, York House hosted its first-ever virtual New Parents’ Evening live on Zoom. More than 80 new families attended and were officially welcomed to the school community by Head of School, Julie Rousseau, and Chair of the Board of Governors, Michelle Ostrow ‘89. The evening was hosted by President of the Parents’ Association, Farrell Eckman, and featured speeches from Head Girls of the Junior and Senior Schools, Zyra (Grade 7), and Lauren (Grade 12), along with a moving performance of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” by Sheba (Grade 10). New faculty and staff to YHS also attended the event

In collaboration with the Advancement & Alumnae Relations team, volunteers from the New Parents’ Committee—led by Committee Chair Zena Zou—delivered welcome hampers to new families in the 24 hours before the event. These included delicious snack boxes and a bottle of wine courtesy of event sponsors The Graze Company and Township 7 winery along with a copy of a video featuring new students in their first days as Yorkies! 

Guests also spent time in break out rooms for an opportunity to meet other families and share their experiences as new members of the YHS community. A special thank you to members of our Board of Governors and staff for hosting our breakout groups and the Communications and IT departments for their support in making the event a success! 

Graduation 2020

This is certainly not how anyone imagined how graduation would look. Despite everything, we still wanted to find a special way to honour the Class of 2020—and what a unique celebration it was!

Our physically distanced graduation ceremony was recorded over two days and was shared with families and staff to watch on the actual graduation day – June 19th. Our grads were invited to the school for a closely guarded secret celebration. A parade of faculty and staff lined the streets of Alexandra and West 26th to cheer on the arrival of our Class of 2020 grads twice on the day so that we could honour the limitations of no more than 50 people at a time for an event. Once they arrived, they were guided onto the athletics field where they were met with the photo op of a lifetime—a special art installation by the Big Love Ball. The Big Love Ball installation, the brainchild of past parent Wendy Williams Watt, made for a very memorable graduation—our Yorkies even donned surgical masks for some of the shots to mark this extraordinary moment in history. 

Class of 2020, we are so proud of your resilience and amazing accomplishments. Remember to always lead with love. Onward and upward, Yorkies!

@BigLoveBall installation created by Wendy Williams Watt.

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*Please note: the large group photo is a compilation of two separate groups, shot during two events. With the magic of Photoshop, we were able to include the entire Class of 2020 in one photo.