Grade 4 - October 19 / 2018


  • Tuesday, October 23 - Field trip to Oriole Park

    • Pack a nut free lunch (if not on meal plan)

    • Bring a water bottle (all students)

    • Wear gym uniform

    • Wear extra layers and be prepared for cold or wet weather (raincoat, rain pants, rain boots, toque, mitts)

    • Pack an extra pair of socks!  

  • Friday November 2 - Field Trip to the Norval Outdoor School

  • Fall Weather - we encourage students to wear raincoats, and appropriate outdoor footwear for recess. Students will be expected to go outside and should be prepared for wet weather

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

  • Uniform reminder - students should be wearing black dress shoes and grey or green socks with their uniform. Girls can wear the green socks or tights with their kilts/tunics.

Family Tech Morning

Thank you to all the families who joined us for Family Tech morning on Wednesday. Here is the presentation from the morning including the scenarios and links.  


Math - Number Sense and Numeration

We practiced various mental math strategies for addition this week. Be sure to ask your child about different ways to add and test each other over dinner! Next week, we will continue practicing 3 and 4 digit addition and begin to explore subtraction. Again, we will learn about lengths and units of measure.


Next week, we will continue with our Canada themed spelling words. Please look for the spelling list on Monday and review with your child throughout the week for the quiz on Friday

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

Unit of Inquiry:

We continue to explore Canadian Provinces/Territories as well as the seven physical regions. Students will be exploring the natural resources found throughout Canada and the industries connected to each resource.

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 continued working on their ‘Window to Canada’ art piece. They added detail with Sharpie marker and painted their entire board with watercolour paint. Also, the art room is always looking for clean recycling (boxes, paper towel rolls, take out containers, egg cartons…)!


In PSE, we have we have begun using a tool called the Blueprint to understand multiple perspectives, build the skills of empathy, and resolve conflicts. Here is an example of the Blueprint for Grades 4-5. Currently, we are using the Blueprint to help sort through conflicts in literature. The students are building understanding of the steps as we use the tool to help us sort through the issues of the characters in our stories. The students have quickly recognized that although conflict is a natural part of life, the more empathy and responsibility people exercise when these conflicts occur, the stronger and more successful our friendships and our community will be.


Recorders are back! There are still some recorders missing in action somewhere at home. I’m sure they will be found soon. I will lend a recorder to your child until their instrument turns up. If it’s permanently missing, I can issue a replacement which will incur a charge of $15. This week we reviewed our G3 notes and will begin adding new notes next week.


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!


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

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