Grade 4 - December 15 /2017

This year, Grade 4 students began documenting learning using the digital platform, See Saw. Recently, See Saw was shared with families so that you can see your child's learning journey. See Saw is being introduced in other grade levels as well. Please take a moment to answer a few questions regarding See Saw, here. Thank you in advance!

Highlights

The winter break is right around the corner and we realize many of you will be travelling. If you are planning to leave before December 21st, please let your homeroom teacher know so we can plan accordingly.

A friendly reminder to parents and students that they are to go directly outside in the morning so they can be supervised in the playground. Students should not be coming upstairs to drop off their bags. Please remind your child to pack their bag at night and to make sure their black dress shoes stay at school.

This week we jumped right into our new unit, Light and Sound. We explored the Scientific Method and completed our first experiment by observing how light travels through transparent, translucent and opaque materials. We encourage students to look for examples of transparent, translucent and opaque materials in their home.

We are looking forward to our trip to the Science Centre on Tuesday, December 19th. Students on meal plan will have a packed lunch provided, all other student must bring their own lunch.

We learned some strategies to divide whole numbers and how to interpret the remainder depending on the context of the problem. We’re reading non-fiction texts about light and sound and asking some questions from the reading in order to prepare for our inquiry. Our informative letters are complete and students will be selecting a school of their choice to send it to for the Great Canadian Mail Race!

All-School Concert

In preparation for the all-school concert on December 20th, Grade 4 students visited the Senior School campus on Thursday. Students will spent time in the gym (the performance venue), had a short tour,  performed a song in the Learning Commons and rehearsed some of our repertoire with the Grade 10 music class. It was a wonderful experience for the students to combine our voices with Senior School students. Please join us for the concert on December 20th in the Senior School Gym at 10.30am.

In Grade 4 French, students continue to rehearse their lines for the play, Louis la grenouille. Regular practice (by watching the video of the play or listening to the narrated version of the play) is encouraged to keep the lines fresh. This week, students wrapped up their Canada unit in French as well!

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Looking Ahead

New Circles Clothing Drive

Our  winter clothing drive has launched and thank you for your support, thus far! All donations will be brought to New Circles. New Circles is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents who are newcomers to Canada. Here is their website for more information about the organization.

The Junior School will be collecting winter clothing items such including:

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  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • Boots
  • Snow pants/suits
  • sweaters
  • long pants
  • socks
  • girls’ tights

All child, youth and adult sizes are welcome. Collection bins will be in the gathering place from Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 20th.

Athletics

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Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month for November/December.  Jamie Katz was chosen from the U11 Boys Basketball team for his tremendous dedication to the team.  And Roksana Perminova was picked from the U10/U11 Girls Volleyball team, as she is a focussed team player, who is always working hard to improve her skills.  Congratulations to our Gladiators! (photo, right)

Reminders

Winter temperatures have arrived. During the school day, students in Grades 1 - 5 are outside for recess three times a day and at the end of the day for pick up/aftercare.

To fully enjoy the excitement that the winter season brings, appropriate winter clothing will enhance their outdoor experience.

Grade 4 and 5 students are expected to make good choices in the clothing they wear outside for recess. Once outside, they are not permitted to go back inside to get pieces of clothing that they forgot to put on. We encourage them to be responsible for their choices.

Important Dates

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

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