Grade 4 - January 25 / 2019


  • On Thursday, February 14th we will be traveling to Horseshoe Valley for our annual ‘Great Canadian Outdoors Day’. We would love for parents to join us on this trip; however, we can not guarantee that there will be room on the bus. In the past, many parents have carpooled together. Please let your homeroom teacher know if you can join us.

  • We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 13th. Students do not have to exchange cards but if they do, we ask that they include everyone in their class. Here are the class lists for your reference: 4A and 4B.



We will continue to explore unit of measurement as well as perimeter and area.


We will continue our work with poetry, learning how to use literary devices and playing with words!


Next week we will begin our next unit, Where We Are In Place and Time. Here is a snapshot of the unit: Central idea - Our way of life today has been greatly influenced by past civilizations.
Key concepts - form, function, reflection
Lines of inquiry

  • Ancient civilizations' innovations (pulley and gears, etc.)

  • Key characteristics of selected early societies

  • Early societies influence on current Canadian society


This week in Art, the Grade 4s learned about Georges Seurat, the French artist famous for his unique style of painting, pointillism. Students were given a tiny canvas and used toothpicks to create a dotted landscape. The art room is always looking for recycled materials for free art time and Art Club. If you have any boxes, containers, toilet paper rolls, cardboard, or anything else you can think of, we would love to take it in the art room!


In Music, we are connecting to the current UOI by exploring how sound vibrations are produced in different instruments. We are also learning about new studies and discovery in the science world and the role acoustic engineers play in designing buildings and performance spaces. Recorder playing will return next week!


This week in PHE, the grade 4’s have been fine-tuning their sport-specific volleyball skills such as overhead pass, forearm pass and serving. We have been playing volleyball-like games and are progressing to a volleyball game. Everyone has been applying these skills, working as a team, and having fun!


Our school-wide Wellness Week is coming up! Please see the poster below for each day’s details.

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Dear York Families,

We are pleased to report that Learning Strategies teachers Robyn Tarshis and Susan Gray will be offering a new club this term called Morphology Magic.

Morphology is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words in the same language. We will analyze the structure of words and parts of words, such as bases, prefixes, and suffixes. Morphology gives us an opportunity to play with words in a multisensory, playful approach. We will have fun creating word sums and matrixes such as these!

This program will be open to students in Grades 2 - 4, but spaces are limited! If you wish to have your child join us, please email or Please join us for either Tuesday or Wednesday in the Learning Strategies room from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. The start dates are Tuesday, February 12 or Wednesday, February 13. We look forward to seeing your kids there!

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

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