Grade 4 - February 23 / 2018



Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

Dear Parents,

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Thank you for continuing the home-school partnership over the past week as part of the parent/teacher interviews and student-centered conferences. We received so much positive feedback about the process and about our amazing teachers. We also talked to students about their learning, their growth and how they took control of their learning. So cool!

In our January 26th FLASH, we shared the Compass Points feedback from our parent coffee meetings. Now that conferences are finished, we would like to invite parents to attend follow up coffee meetings on either: Monday, Feb. 26th or Tuesday, March 6th at 8:30 a.m. in the Junior School Cafeteria. Both meetings will cover the same content and are geared towards any interested Junior School parents. For parents who can't attend either coffee morning, we will include a FLASH summary article the week before the March Break.

We hope you are able to attend.

Val and Struan


We are coming to the end of our geometry unit. Students have been working with quadrilaterals and identifying characteristics. We have also enjoyed learning all about angles and working with protractors. Students are able to classify, draw and measure angles.

We continue to look at social and physical characteristics of early societies and this week we did a class project about the ancient Aztecs. This activity prepares students for our upcoming summative. They have been working on their research skills online and with books. As well as taking notes, putting info into their own words, citing their resources and making connections.

We are continuing with our spelling programme as well as narratives and creative writing.

Filming for the French plays was a huge success! Please click here for the link to the videos. They are labeled according to class and group number. Enjoy!

In PSE class, as part of our “changemakers” theme, we have been using a “choice map” to help answer the line of inquiry, “Can we change our thoughts and feelings?” We read the story, A Bike Like Sergio’s, and used the problem of the main character to map out his choices and help to see the connection between actions, thoughts and feelings. In the story, the main character, Ruben, was faced with the decision to keep the $100 he found and buy a bike like his friend’s, or return the money to its rightful owner. Through mapping, the students discovered that a mix of thoughts and feelings are involved when making choices, but when Ruben wanted to feel proud, happy and relieved, he knew he had to give the money back.

Looking Ahead

Spring Athletics

We are nearing the end of the Winter Season, and looking forward to Spring!  We are pleased to offer several GADPs and team sports for our Spring Season - click here to see the schedule (scroll down to page 3 for Spring).  The registration link will be in The Flash next Friday.

Important Dates

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