Grade 4 - October 4 / 2018



  • Attendance is taken after Oh Canada at 8:25am.

  • Full winter uniform starts on Tuesday (black shoes included!)

  • Fall weather - we encourage students to wear raincoats, and appropriate outdoor footwear for recess

  • Agendas - help your child to get in the habit of checking his/her Agenda and bringing it to school every day

MATH - Number Sense and Numeration week - We will practice adding and subtracting two digit numbers, using mental math, as well as adding and subtracting four digit numbers using standard algorithms and student generated algorithms. To support your children at home, help them to notice numbers in their everyday lives. Share times when you use mental math and estimating in your day.

LITERACY - We started our first spelling unit last week, and will continue with the same word lists next week. The focus is on developing an understanding our the spelling rule and learning to apply the rule to new situations. There will be a dictation at the end of next week, and the students will be asked to apply their knowledge and sort words following their spelling rule.

ART - This week in Art, students continued creating their Frida Kahlo inspired animal paintings. They also created landscapes using line, shape, and pattern.

Unit - Who We Are

Next week, we will continue to learn about how the natural environment impacts people and communities. We have started to look at Canada’s political and physical regions, and activities that take place on them. Although, we will use Canada as lense to focus our inquiry, the children are welcome to share their knowledge and experiences from other countries.

Grade 4 - Family Tech Morning on Digital Literacy

On Wednesday, October 17 @ 8:30 AM, we invite you to attend the Grade 4 Family Tech Morning which will be held in the cafeteria. Elissa Kline-Beber, the Director of Wellness and Justin Medved, the Director of Innovation and Technology, will led parents, teachers, and faculty through activities to explore, navigate and discuss the ever-changing digital world. In the past, parents have said that the morning helped to start a dialogue with their children about using social media and managing digital use. All families are invited to attend. Please RSVP here. Any questions, please contact Karen McCallum-Ryan

Caribou Contest Math Club

The first Caribou Contest will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at 10:30 AM in the cafeteria.

At 10:30 AM, students who are taking part can proceed to the cafeteria with their Chromebooks. They will log in and complete the contest in 1 hour and then return to class.

Students may access practice tests and activities on the Caribou Contest site: We have been meeting on Fridays to practice and answer questions. Any questions can be directed to Karen McCallum-Ryan

Guest Speaker: Chris Vollum

On Friday, October 19 at 8:30 AM in the gym, parents are invited to hear a Guest Speaker, Chris Vollum. Mr. Vollum will speak to the Grade 4 and 5 students about using social media. More information can be found on his website He is a very engaging speaker and students will leave more prepared to tackle social media. Parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP here. Any questions, please contact Karen McCallum-Ryan


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