Grade 4 - October 5 / 2017


Students took home a “Problem of the Week” on Monday. They are due on Fridays (Or Thursdays for short weeks). Students are encouraged to first attempt independently, and then seek assistance as needed. There is an extension challenge on the back.

Students inquired into the power of words and considered things they may have seen or heard that can be considered “toxic.” The learned how to STOP (step away, tell an adult, ok sites only, and pause and think) when confronting rude language online or witnessing cyberbullying. Students identified the places they have seen and heard this kind of language, such as in Youtube comments and chats in online games. We will continue inquiring into the effects of our online actions on ourselves and others as we learn about digital footprints.

Students have been honing their ability to write recounts. This week, they considered how recounts are structured and focused on organization of their writing. They read from a non-fiction text about media literacy and continued their novel study on their “Who Is” book while focusing on questioning as a means to build comprehension. We have begun our Words Their Way spelling program. Students work at school with word lists that are a good fit for their level of spelling knowledge. Unlike a more traditional approach where students memorize a list of unconnected words, the Words Their Way program requires students to think about the commonalities between their words, whether it be prefixes, vowel sounds, or spelling rules. They then sort their spelling words based on these commonalities. Over time, it improves their ability to spell familiar and unfamiliar words based on the rules they uncovered during small-group lessons.

Students continued their exploration of mental addition strategies using friendly numbers and adding on. We also began learning how to compare sets of data in a visual representation, such as a bar graph. Students worked collaboratively in pairs to create double bar graphs with all the appropriate elements (scale, legend, axis labels, etc).

Students are reminded to return their homework folders and agendas to the classroom every morning. 

In addition to the AIM portal, students are also building play-relevant vocabulary through an online program called Quizlet. Here is the link to try out at home!


Family Tech Morning: Please mark your calendars for the Grade 4 Family Tech Morning on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Junior School cafeteria. Join Grade 4 students and teachers alongside Justin Medved, Elissa Kline-Beber, and explore what being a digital citizen is like at The York School. Students will be a part of the discussion for the first 45 minutes and then they will return to class. Parents are invited to stay to discuss how to parent a digital native. A tough job! An invitation and R.S.V.P. will be sent soon. 

Michael Mitchell Canada is for Kids Performance - Friday, October, 13th
We have the privilege of welcoming Michael Mitchell to the Junior School next Friday, October 13th. Michael Mitchell is an award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller. He is on a never-ending mission to stir up some patriotic spirit in the hearts and minds of all Canadians through lively songs and humorous stories of our history, geography and some of the wacky oddities that identify us as Canadians. He is also the former co-host of the CTV children’s program Story Time, and has also written and recorded songs for Sesame Street and PBS. In honor of this special guest and in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, students and staff will have a Red and White and/or Canadian apparel casual day on Friday, October 13th. 


The Junior School will be collecting gently used costumes from Monday, October 2 to Friday, October 13th. Bins will be in the Gathering Place for items. 

Attendance: If your child is going to be absent, please send an email to the homeroom teacher and attendance (

As well, if your child will be attending aftercare, please send an email to be sent to the homeroom teacher and Carol Klestinec (

Co-Curricular Programme Dates:
December 18th - 21st       Last week of Fall 2017 Co-Curricular Programme
November 24th                 Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme Guide online
December 7th - 10th         Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme online registration
January 9th - March 9th    Winter 2018 Co-Curricular Programme