Grade 4 - May 11 / 2018

Camp George
Students in Grade 4 will be heading to Camp George for one night starting on Wednesday, May 30th to Thursday, May 31st. A VO form has been sent. Andrea Lossing, The York School Trip Coordinator, will host a parent information meeting on Tuesday, May 15th from 8:00-8:30 AM in the Junior School Library. Ms. Faba and the homeroom teachers will also attend.

Highlights
The Grade 4s have busily been working away at their final project for our unit about habitats and communities. After researching an ecosystem of their choosing, they began recreating it in a diorama box. It’s so wonderful to see all their creativity shine through as they use a variety of different materials to recreate animals, plants, and human impacts in their little worlds. We are also working on our final piece of persuasive writing. Some students are even writing to their parents and sharing their opinion about something (allowance, pets, etc). Good luck saying “no”…!

In Math, we have wrapped up our investigation of how decimal tenths and fractions are related. Presently, we are exploring money and performing simple calculations to find change. Now is a good time to let your child try paying for their own things at the store counter if paying in cash. You can also help them with their estimation skills. For example, when shopping at the grocery store, they could watch the cost of the different things going in the basket and make an estimate for the total purchase.

In French, Grade 4s were introduced to a new challenge! To continue playing at home, use the link here.

Reminders
Summer uniform is in full effect! Please see the infographic below as a guide to summer uniform.



This month, we will be looking at the human development component of our programme. Human development is a part of the Health and Physical Education Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will benefit them throughout their lives and enable them to lead healthy lives.

Students may have awkward or nervous feelings about this unit. In light of these potential feelings, students will never be called on to answer questions. Only students who volunteer to answer a question will be called upon. There will be an anonymous question box available throughout the unit for those who have questions they may not be comfortable asking in front of the class.

The Human Development component in Grade 4 focuses on the following outcomes:

Puberty - the physical changes that occur in males and females

Personal Hygiene - Personal care needs and the application of personal hygiene practices associated with the onset of puberty (body, skin and oral care)

For your reference:
Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum (health expectations start on page 155 in the document) http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health1to8.pdf

In Music, Grade 4s are working on a Battle of the Bands unit. On Friday, May 25th, they will present a medley of their band performances at the Junior School assembly at 8.30 AM. The students are excited to share their learning, instrumental and vocal skills with the community. Parents are welcome to attend.

Closing Assembly
On Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10:45 AM, the Junior School students and faculty will gather in the gym at the Junior School for our closing assembly. In the past, a closing ceremony was held at the Middle and Senior School on the last day of school; however, this year, to include our JK and SK students and to make the length of the assembly more reasonable for our young learners, the assembly is at the Junior School.

Parents will have an opportunity to view the assembly via a live stream and a video that will be shared after the assembly. Students look forward to welcoming parents to the class parties that will take place in the afternoon in each classroom. Thank you for your support!

Class Parent Recruitment for 2018-19

We are ideally looking for 2 parents per class (4 per grade) to act as a liaison with the school for various roles and events.  For example, class parents perform a key role in helping to organize class parties, treats for teachers and parent socials. Class parents will also liaise with the administration on any issues presenting to their grade. While we welcome the involvement of all parents, our goal is to identify 2-4 parents per grade to consistently liaise with the administration.

If you are interested in becoming a class parent, please fill this form and if you have questions about the role please email ddsa@yorkschool.com. The school will be in touch with you in June.

Important Dates

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

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