Grade 4 - March 2 / 2018

Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

Compass Points.PNG

Dear Parents,

Our second and final Compass Points Feedback coffee morning will be taking place on Tuesday, March 6th @ 8:30 am. For parents who could not attend either coffee morning, we will include a summary in the FLASH.

We hope you are able to attend.


Val and Struan


Grade 4 students had an exciting week learning about a variety of different early societies. They explored a few facets of Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. We had opportunities to read, find relevant information, ask questions, and share our learning with the rest of our classmates. Some of the activities included designing an Egyptian cartouche, building a model replica of the Great Wall of China, Chinese lettering, and game of Nim. We have been consolidating our learning using Google’s My Maps feature. It’s a platform for students to annotate their learning through a geographical lens! The students will have an opportunity to share that with you during their Student-led conferences in April. We are wrapping up our exploration of two-dimensional geometry and have completed some review activities to put it all together.

Next week, students will conduct an independent inquiry into an early society that intrigues them, as well as work towards completing a narrative they have been authoring. We also finish our novel study and will have our final literature circle on Friday.

Reminder: Grade 4 will be attending Medieval Times on Wednesday, March 28th. Lunch will be provided.

Please keep an eye on the ever changing temperatures and ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Students should have outside shoes for recess and dismissal.

If any students will be missing school immediately before and after March Break, please let us know.

On March 6, the Grade 4 class is walking to 1320 Yonge Street, the Senior & Middle School, to see a play performed by the Middle Years students called “Appropriate Audience Behaviour”.
Synopsis: Carol and Ashley are expecting a tale of woe as they take their seats to watch Hamlet, but the real tragedy is that they're sitting next to the world's noisiest weirdos. The audience takes the spotlight as everyone from a cough-drop obsessive to a guy watching the play like a football game steals the show from the unseen Shakespearean masterpiece. An outrageously meta-comedy that reminds us where the drama belongs--onstage.

Please see the link here for videos of Louis la grenouille!

We are mixing computer design and graffiti in Art class. The students have created their street artist persona, come up with a message that they want to express and a symbol or image to express it.  They are now hard at work using Tinkercad to turn their street art designs into stamps that will be 3D printed and displayed at the upcoming Art Show!

Grade 4 Flash.PNG

In PHE the Grade 4 students have started their Invasion Games unit. An invasion game is the term used for any game where the aim is to attack an opponent's territory and score a goal or point. This unit focuses on developing an understanding of the concepts and strategies that are common to all invasion games. We will also continue to development fundamental movement skills as well as sport specific skills.

Exciting Grade 5 Exhibition Student Action

Our Grade 5 students are currently engaging in an independent inquiry named the Exhibition. It showcases the skills and demonstrates the IB Learner Profiles attributes and attitudes that students have acquired through their time in the PYP. The Exhibition focuses on student action. As part of the student action of our exhibition some of the students would like to communicate to the parent community and share their action.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kaleigh and I am a Grade 5 student. As most of you know, in Grade 5 we do a big inquiry called Exhibition. If you have not heard of this, then here is a quick explanation. You get to pick an investigation  under the category of your Unit of Inquiry. Our theme is How We Express Ourselves. We independently have to research about our topics and later on, we write a five paragraph essay about our matter. Now we are working on our action piece.

My topic is studying cultural food on New Years. For part of my action, I am making a recipe book of different cultures foods. And for my action I would like you to help me out. So please, if you have any recipes at home or know anyone who has yummy and delicious recipes that express a culture or who you are, please put them in the brown box that says “recipes” on the fireplace mantle in the Gathering Place. Also, feel free to give more than one recipe. Please give the recipes in by Friday, March 9th.

Finally, I will put all the recipes together and make my recipe book! When it is completed, it will be on display in the Gathering Place so you can flip through and take pictures of the recipes that you like and that your family will enjoy too!

Thank you so much!


Kaleigh Metser

Dear Parents,

Hello, my name is Hayden. I am in grade 5, and, as many of you know, we are in the middle of completing the Exhibition. We had to pick a topic, research it, have a primary resource, and finally take action to make a difference. My topic is protest music. For my action, I have made a short video of protest songs and what issues they are about. I would appreciate if you could take the time in your day to watch my video. I hope that you can learn something new about the music that you might listen to on an everyday basis. Thank you!


Hayden Laurie

Protest Music Video

Looking Ahead

Spring Athletics are just around the corner!  To sign up for our Spring Teams and GADPs, please click here.  The schedule for our spring offerings is here . If you have any questions, please email our Athletics Assistant, Norah Baine, at

To coincide with the CISMF music festival, the 5th annual CIS Winter Classic starts tomorrow!! Grade 4-12  students from all participating CIS schools will be drilling their rhythm concepts by playing Hockey Shoot ’n Score - playable on any device! It is live now and continues to Wednesday March 7 2018 (at midnight!)  So warm up your fingertips and get your slap shot ready!!

Again, for parents who are new to the CISMF this is a fun way to get all our kids (even students not performing in the concert) learning rhythm fundamentals; put a smile on their faces as they reinforce important concepts both at school and at home!

We have front-loaded in music class by reviewing rhythm concepts. The instructions plus access to the the special game can be found at this link:

The winning school will be announced at the CISMF concert on April 8th. Go York!


March Break.PNG

Junior School Showcase

A favourite event in the Junior School is the annual Junior School Showcase. It is back again this spring but with a little change. Instead of one showcase for students from Grades 1 to 5, there will be two showcases, one for Grades 1-3 on April 13th and one for Grades 4-5 on May 4th. The showcases will take place during assigned assemblies from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in the gymnasium. Students from Grades 1 to 5 are invited to participate. Parents of students participating in showcase are invited to attend. Each student may present for a maximum of 90 seconds. Videos may also be submitted to be shown during the showcase. If you have any questions, please email Jessica Smart at We welcome all students to participate.

The Showcase

  • Builds our Junior School community
  • Celebrates interests and passions of students
  • Demonstrates the diversity of students
  • Develops independent self-management skills

The Showcase process is:

  • Students sign-up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria.
    Sign-up starts on Monday, March 5th and ends on Friday, March 9th.
  • Student will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to commit to:

  • Prepared, practiced and rehearsed performances
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • To be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • To be responsible for props and any accessories needed


India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

Important Dates

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