Grade 4 - December 8 / 2017


The winter break is right around the corner and we realize many of you will be travelling. If you plan to leave before December 21st, please let your homeroom teacher know so we can plan accordingly.

Parents: please note that the students are to go directly outside in the morning so they can be supervised in the playground. Students should not be coming upstairs to drop off their bags. Please remind your child to pack their bag at night and to make sure their black dress shoes stay at school.


The students have finished their presentations and had an opportunity to reflect on their learning and new knowledge from the unit. We began our unit about light and sound. The unit is under the transdisciplinary theme of How The World Works. We are excited to visit the Ontario Science Centre on December 19th, to learn more. Please email your homeroom teacher if your child cannot attend.

Central Idea: Exploring light and sound can help us understand scientific principles and the world around us.

An inquiry into: 

  • The scientific principles of light and sound (Form)
  • How light and sound are used in daily life (Function)
  • Technological innovations involving light and sound have an impact on the environment (Causation)

We continued our exploration of multiplication and division by consolidating a number of strategies used to multiply numbers. As we go, we are strengthening the students’ conceptual understanding of multiplication. When practicing at home, try working on one times table at a time. For example, if working on the 4 times table, have your child start by skip counting by 4 to 40, so the numbers are in their working memory, and then start practicing. Students may benefit from short, repeated practice sessions; 5 minutes here and 2 minutes there rather than 45 minutes all at once works well.

Crafting pen pal letters! 

Crafting pen pal letters! 

Our pen pal letters are off! We can’t wait to get the replies. Students are authoring one final letter to demonstrate what they have learned while writing letters, including constructing paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details and adding sentence variation to avoid repetitive sentence structures. Students continued reading and responding to texts to show their comprehension, as well as identify text features.

In Grade 4 French, students continue to rehearse their lines for the play, Louis la grenouille. Regular practice (by watching the video of the play or listening to the narrated version of the play) is encouraged to keep the lines fresh. This week, students wrapped up their Canada unit in French as well! Please see the photos of their final project (4B on top; 4A on the bottom) below:


Winter temperatures have arrived. During the school day, students in Grades 1 - 5 are outside for recess three times a day and at the end of the day for pick up/aftercare.

To fully enjoy the excitement that the winter season brings, appropriate winter clothing will enhance their outdoor experience.

Grade 1, 2, and 3 students are expected to wear winter coats, snow pants, hat, mittens/gloves and waterproof winter boots at each recess. Even if it is dry and there is no snow, it is still cold. As it warms up, snow pants can be replaced by rain pants, rain boots and a lighter jacket. The clothing is standard for this age group.

Grade 4 and 5 students are expected to make good choices in the clothing they wear outside for recess. Once outside, they are not permitted to go back inside to get pieces of clothing that they forgot to put on. We encourage them to be responsible for their choices.

Spirit Week! Monday, Dec. 11th - Friday, Dec. 15th 

Next week, we are celebrating Spirit Week! Please see the details below:

Students will come to school in their regular school uniforms on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are welcome to wear accessories that correspond with the spirit theme on those days.

Tuesday and Friday will be full spirit days. Students do not have wear their school uniform on those days and are encouraged to dress according to the spirit theme.

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New Circles Clothing Drive

Next Wednesday, December 13th, we will be launching our winter clothing drive. All donations will be brought to New Circles, a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada. Here is their website for more information about the organization.

The Junior School will be collecting winter clothing items such including:

  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • boots
  • sweaters
  • long pants
  • socks
  • girls’ tights

All child, youth and adult sizes are welcome. Collection bins will be in the gathering place from Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 20th.

Important Dates

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

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