Grade 4 - March 29 / 2018

Spring Athletics

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


The Grade 4 students were thrilled to reconnect with their classmates after being apart for two weeks! Despite being an extra short week due to Good Friday and our trip to Medieval Times, we went back to work and spent some time this week wrapping up some loose ends from before the break in the various subject areas. Students are excited to share some of their learning with you during Student-Led Conferences in April! We will be commencing our new unit on Habitats and Ecosystems shortly. If this is an area of expertise for you or anyone you know, please do not hesitate to let us know! We will also be commencing a new math unit on fractions and decimals. Our new writing focus is persuasive writing.

We wanted to extend a big thank you to Francesco Bizzotto, Pierpaolo’s father, who visited the Grade 4 students on Tuesday to share the story of Rome’s founding and its importance in the Ancient world. The students were engaged and made many connections to previous things they had learned about during our unit on where we are in place and time!

In French, we started a new play in French this week. It’s called Chat Angora. Students are encouraged to learn the new vocabulary for the play by practising the actions on the AIM Portal (Section A), as well as playing the vocabulary games on Quizlet.

In Art, the Grade 4s, have nearly all completed the design for their 3D street art stamps. While the stamps print, they will be writing a brief description of the message they wish to convey with their art and drawing a graffiti-like version of their street artist name.  


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.

Looking Ahead

For students who participate in Junior Choir on Wednesdays, the CISMF performance is next week on April 8th. Here is the link containing PDF versions of sheet music, so students can continue to memorize the four pieces before our rehearsal at St Paul’s Church on Bloor on Friday April 6th. Here is the trip form link. On April 8th, drop-off will be at Roy Thomson Hall at the Artists’ Entrance at 10.50am. They will warm-up, rehearse on stage and will be dismissed at 12:00 until 1:15 when the finale will be rehearsed. This is a long, but exciting day for the students so we encourage parents to take students out of Roy Thomson Hall for lunch nearby for an hour. Once they are back for the finale rehearsal at 1:15, they will remain with us until the end of the concert, which will run approximately two hours, including intermission. The students are very excited and have been working very hard to prepare for this performance.

As part of an ongoing celebration of the myriad languages spoken in our community, students will have the opportunity to greet their peers in their mother tongue language during morning announcements. If your child is interested in showcasing their first language, please have them speak with Mme. Beatty.

Junior School Showcase

We are in the midst of auditions this week and next and the students are working hard to prepare their performances. Please note, there has been a change in the dates and times of the Showcases.

Grades 1-2: Friday, April 27th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Grades 3-5: Friday, May 4th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Parents of students participating in the 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

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 signed up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria. Sign-up started on Monday, March 5th and ended on Friday, March 9th.
  • Students 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

Spring Fulford Debate Tournament

On Saturday the 21st of April, the York School is hosting the Spring Fulford Debate Tournament and we need judges! Established in 1949, the Fulford League is the oldest student debate league in Ontario. There will be about 16 CIS schools (York is not participating, as we host) debating in three rounds. The first two rounds are prepared: "This House (as Canada) would rescind Aung Sang Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship". There will be a briefing which will teach you how to judge debate, but if you can fill out a rubric, you're good!

The day will run from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

It would be great if you can join us and see what student debate looks like (it's actually quite delightful, in our humble, objective opinion). If you're free, please fill out the form here and join us!


Grace Nolan, Rob Burkett, and Shannon Barber

Important Dates

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