Grade 4 - November 30 / 2018


  • Please read the Venturing Out form for our upcoming field trip to the Science Centre on December 18th. We are looking for volunteers from each class to help us chaperone the trip. Please let us know if you can help!

  • Extra snacks needed! On Wednesday December 5th we will walk to the Middle/Senior school to see their dress rehearsal for the Wizard of Oz. We will eat lunch a little later that day, so please pack an extra snack for your child.

  • We have a student teacher in our classes. Alison Bondy is visiting us from the Dr. Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto.



We will continue to practice multiplication, including two and three digits multiplied by one digit. The students have been practicing various strategies to show their thinking. Also, the students will learn how to multiply a number by 10, 100 and 1000. Please continue to support your child by helping him/her build fluency with the multiplication facts.


Next week we will focus on procedural writing. The students will practice writing procedures for various tasks and apply their skills to the experiments we will conduct in our unit of inquiry.

We will take a break from spelling next week.

Lit Circles Reminder - All students are reading a book for our current Literacy Circles. Assigned chapters and roles are due every Friday for the next three weeks. Please refer to your child’s Lit. Circle Duo-tang for assigned chapters and roles. We ask that students do not read ahead of the chapters as it will change the direction of conversation during the Lit Circle meeting.

Unit of Inquiry

We introduced the Scientific Method this week and will explore the principles of light and sound next week.


This week in Art, the Grade 4s began creating pinhole cameras in groups of two. They used a shoebox and followed detailed instructions to make their boxes light-tight and are ready to take photographs next week.


In PSE, we have continued with our Blueprint problem solving tool. The students have practiced recognizing the different perspectives in a disagreement through role play. They concluded that when they identify more perspectives they feel more open-minded, more calm, and more ready to “make it better” by taking responsibility for their part.


In Music, the rehearsal process continues in preparation for our Harmony Concert on December 21st. Here is a link to audio files and PDFs of pieces for practise at home.


Just a reminder that students can login to the AIM Portal at home. They are encouraged to practice their plays “Louis La Grenouille” and listen to french music.

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith27

  • Password: grade4  

SAVE THE DATE - December 14

*New* Junior School Celebration Assembly

On Friday, December 14th at 8:40 AM, students in Grades 1-5 will join together in the Junior School gym for our first Celebration Assembly. The assembly is a time for the community to celebrate the many achievements of our students in the first term, including recognizing student athletes from our fall teams:  the U11 Girls’ basketball team, U9-U11 Cross country team, and the U9 to U11 Soccer. Additionally, there will be a choir performance and the Junior School students who are participating in the Caribou Math Contest will be recognized. Families are welcome to attend!

Please note that rather than having one Junior School Athletic Assembly in June, as there has been in the past, this new Celebration Assembly format recognizes our student athletes at the end of each term along with other student achievements.


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

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