Grade 4 - December 21 /2017


Grade 4 enjoyed an action-packed day at the Science Centre. The presentations and lab experiences were hands-on and engaging. We will continue with the sound portion of our unit after the holidays.

We want to thank our parent community for an excellent first term and we are looking forward to the new learning, challenges, opportunities that await us in 2018.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! See you in the New Year!

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!

All students enjoyed French crêpes after their field trip on Tuesday thanks to members of the French Café and Chef Christian!

In PSE we have concluded our Relationships unit with a focus on “My Best Self”. The students made posters, which included a list of qualities that represents who they are when they are their best self.

Qualities such as patience, honesty, generosity, tolerance, flexibility and kindness make it easier to make good choices for ourselves and our relationships at school and home.

The students identified that when they are not feeling their best self, that is a good time to take a break and use the choice “wait and cool off” from our problem-solving wheel.

Asking, “Am I ready to be my best self?” is a reminder that we can be honest about how we are feeling in the moment and always have the power to make good choices.  

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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!


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!

Looking Ahead


The York Shop next Customer Service date for uniform exchanges and or returns is Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Junior School just outside the Junior School Shop. If you have any questions please email

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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