Grade 4 - October 12 / 2018


Grade 4 Family Tech Morning

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

The York School process to Developing Digital Citizens

The York School process to Developing Digital Citizens

Guest Speaker: Chris Vollum Please RSVP here

On Friday, October 19 at 8:30 AM in the gym, parents are invited to hear Guest Speaker, Chris Vollum speak with the Grade 4 and 5 students 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


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IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to the provincial curriculum. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home!

IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child's demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child's results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.

I hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL regularly. Here's to a year of working together to make learning fun for your child!

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

1. Go to

2. Enter your child's username →  first initial + last name + graduation year  i.e. jryan28


3.         Enter Password → 123456

4.         Click "Sign in."

5. Start praticing!

Homeroom teachers may direct specific skills to focus for homework (for example, Grade 5 may be assigend A4-A8 to complete) or students are invited to explore the different skills for extra pratice and review of their choice.


Any questions, please email Mr. Shaikh



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

  • Full winter uniform is now expected (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

We will practice addition of three and four digit numbers, using the standard algorithm as well as student generated strategies. Also, we will begin to look at measurement. Specifically, we will learn about lengths and units of measure.


Next week, we will take a quick break from our spelling units and focus on learning how to spell the provinces, capitals, and physical regions of Canada.

Please encourage your child to bring a book to read daily during DEAR.


The students have selected a date to share an area of interest with the class. They may choose to share a favourite book, a current event, a special memory or experience, artwork, stories they’ve written or even teach the class a skill! They should be prepared to explain their sharing (Why did they select this item/topic/memory? What would you like us to learn about it?) The students will use class time to prepare their work; however, they may also do some preparation outside of school.

Unit of Inquiry

We continue to explore Canada with a focus on the Provinces, Territories and physical regions. Students are also getting to know all about Canada and researching some “Fun Facts” which are due on Monday, October 15. There are lots of websites on the Junior School Resource page connected to this unit, they can be found under the Transdisciplinary Theme ‘Who We Are’.


This week in Art, the Grade 4s began their ‘Window to Canada’ art piece. Each student created a window using Model Magic and sketched a Canadian landscape outside. Next week, students will paint their boards.

Physical Education

In PHE, the Grade 4’s have been enjoying playing invasion games. They are enhancing their tactical skills which include maintaining possession, attacking and/or defending a goal, and sportsmanship.


Boot Camp with Mr. D.

Calling all parents!  Mr. D.’s Friday morning Boot Camp is back on October 19th, at 7:10 am in the Strength And Conditioning Centre!  Please email our new Athletic Coordinator, Emily Beazley, at if you would like to participate in this FREE session.

Toronto Raptors Tickets

Once again, we are pleased to offer tickets to the York School community for various Toronto Raptors games.  Please click here for more information and to order your tickets!

Caribou Contest Math Club

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

Students may access practice tests and activities on the Caribou Contest site: To log in to their account, please enter the student’s first name and last name. Each student has an unique access code. Students were provided with a hard-copy of their access code this week.

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We have been meeting on Fridays to practice and answer questions. Any questions can be directed to Karen McCallum-Ryan


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