Grade 4 - November 17 / 2017


We enjoyed a presentation by Norval leaders in preparation for our trip on Monday. Students designed their boats and they are ready to go!

A few reminders for our trip to Norval:

We will be leaving at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Please ensure your child is here by 8:15 a.m. at the latest.

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1. WATER BOTTLE: All students need to bring a water bottle.

2. LUNCH: Student houl rin hei w nack n unches. hos tudent he

mea la il av acke unche rovide o hem. e ask that all students exercise

caution when packing snacks for the bus and are aware that people in our community have

serious allergies to foods. A NO NUT and NO PEANUT policy is in effect.

3. CLOTHING: Please check the projected weather forecast for the day. From Norval:

“In order to fully enjoy their day, students need to be properly attired. Especially with

younger students, it is advisable to send a few extra clothing items in case they get wet.

All clothing should be labelled with the student’s name and extra items should

be packed into a single backpack for easy access by the student, and to facilitate

loading on the bus.”


  1. Warm Layers
  2. Rain gear
  3. Rubber boots or winter boots
  4. Insulated jacket
  5. Mitts or gloves
  6. Toque
  7. Neck warmer or scarf


The students inquired into the relationship between the natural environment and industrial development. Using books, students considered the different perspectives on the forestry industry. With a partner, they made predictions the texts prior to reading, and then had to identify the author’s message and purpose in their own writing. They wrote a response evaluating their perspective on forestry so far. Next week, we’ll look a few other important Canadian industries and consider the relationship these industries have with the natural environment.

We have been working on measurement (mm,cm,m,km), perimeter and area. Students are encouraged to start reviewing their times tables as this will help them when calculating area and prepare them for our next unit: multiplication and division.

We have been busy writing friendly letters. Students are working on sentence variation and adding detail and voice to their writing. Both classes are writing pen pal letters to Grade 4 students. Next, we will be looking at informative letters which will tie in nicely with our unit summative. We are continuing with guided reading with a focus on text features and summarizing. Our spelling programme will resume next week.


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In French this week, we began learning about the provinces and territories, as well as the capital cities of Canada en français! To practise at home, students can use this fun interactive online game found here. Students are also encouraged to practise their lines for the play Louis la grenouille. Two great ways to do this are:

  1. Listen to the story of the play on the AIM portal.

  2. Watch La pièce avec les actions. Turn off the volume and say the lines when it’s their character’s turn.

Final Uniform Return / Exchange for 2017

Date: Thursday, November 23rd from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Junior School

Please bring your uniform items you wish to return or exchange with the paperwork provided upon delivery of the uniform items.

Please email with any questions.

Important Dates

Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.

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