Grade 4 - November 9 / 2017


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We continue to break down our current unit ‘Who We Are’ (Canada). Students should continue to explore all the Canadian themed websites in the Grade 4 section of the Junior School Resource Page. We also encourage students to review Canada’s provinces, territories and capital cities. Next week, we will begin exploring the concept of perspective and the different points of view that exist surrounding the relationship between the natural environment and industry.

We wrapped up our number sense unit, which involved two tasks where students had to use their addition and subtraction skills to plan a road trip and calculate distances from the VIA Rail train, “The Canadian.” Using kilometres in the distance calculations also acted as a starting place to learn about measurement. We began exploring measurement while considering the concept of perspective. For example, there are different measurement systems around the world and there is no globally accepted standard of measurement. (Should I measure my height in centimetres or metres?)

We have been exploring texts about Canada, including the provinces and physical regions. Students have begun a unit on letter writing as well!

A big thank you to Eric McGeer (Colin’s dad) for taking the time out of his busy schedule to do a Remembrance Day presentation for 4A. Last week, Robbie’s grandmother Cindy Blakely joined us for a presentation about New Circles Community Services. Thank you, Cindy! We’re thrilled to have parents and relatives involved in our classrooms.

We encourage students to use Typing Club in their free time. This can be found on the Junior School Resources. Login at Students can login with their Google login and password (the same one they used on their Chromebooks).

Just a reminder that IXL passwords have changed recently. All students are now using ‘123456’ as their password to access IXL Math and English.


The focus of our PSE classes this month have been about making choices at recess that will help to de-escalate problems (or make them smaller). The students have been working with the Problem Solving Wheel as a tool for making responsible choices. The students have also had the opportunity to redesign the Problem Solving Wheel and have contributed excellent ideas for strategies that could be added to a redesigned wheel. Please ask them about their contributions!


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Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month for September and October!  Thomas Claydon and Maya Bentley were presented with the September Athletes of the Month, and Helen Ye and Lennon Bussoli-Dobrow took the October prizes!  Go Gladiators!


A nutritionist from Aramark will be coming to speak with Grade 4 students on Wednesday, November 15 to speak about healthy choices. The talk will take place in the lunchroom in the afternoon. If you have any questions, please contact Val Turner at


Nutrition Committee

Are you interested in becoming the next Chair of our Nutrition Committee? Now is the time to put your name forward to join a group of parents, teachers, administrators and food service providers to lead conversations about healthy eating at our Junior School. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Wyatt at


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

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