Grade 4 - March 29 / 2019


Welcome back! We have enjoyed hearing all about everyone’s March Break adventures and it  has been a very productive week. A gentle reminder that students need to bring their black dress shoes back to school as well as indoor gym shoes. The weather is forever changing and students need to have indoor and outdoor shoes at all times.

Students were busy working on our current summative, researching their selected early society. The research side of this project will take place at school and the building of the artifact is a homework piece. The due date for the artifact is Thursday, April 18th, 2019.

We encourage students to take the lead on this project with support from their parents.

Artifact Guidelines:

  • The artifact needs to connect to your child’s selected early society.

  • The artifact does not need to be life-sized. It can be a miniature replica.

  • You may use any material, tools, or objects (plasticine, LEGO, paper mache etc).

  • If you have any questions, please email your teacher and we would be happy to assist.

Ideas from the previous years include:
Egypt - Canopic Jar
China - Coins
Rome - Gladiator Shield
Greece - Clothing
Egypt - Mummies
Mayan - Calendar
China - Wall of China
Egypt - Jewellery, Head pieces

The options are endless!

We have just started our new math unit, fractions and decimals. Students will be exploring the relationship between fractions and decimals. They will be comparing and ordering, adding and subtracting decimals, working with mixed numbers and finding lowest common denominators.


In PHE, we have finished up our basketball unit, where students worked on skills such as passing, shooting, and dribbling. We will begin a net wall unit, focusing on badminton on Monday. If your child wears glasses they will still need to wear goggles while playing badminton unless their glasses are made with shatter-proof glass. If your child has shatter-proof glass in their glasses, please email Ms. Cornacchia; otherwise, students will be asked to wear goggles. Thank you!


In Art class, the students finished creating an art piece that reflects the society we live in today. These “time capsules” were created using various found objects embedded in plaster for a contemporary feel. The students also considered the elements of line, shape, texture, balance and emphasis while creating their art pieces.


Before the break the grade 4s finishing filming their plays “Louis la grenouille.” They have worked so hard and they did such an amazing job. Videos are being edited and will be sent out to parents soon.

Encouraging the language at home

This week students engaged in guided interactions about things they did over the March Break (Les vacances de printemps.)  At home you can start to develop vocabulary on different activities with your kids by looking up words as they occur in our daily lives. WordReference or a English to French dictionary is your most reliable source for unknown vocabulary.


In Music, we were very fortunate to have David Weind from Orgelkids visit. Imagine if you could go to Ikea and buy a pipe organ. This will give you an idea about how the students built and played the miniature pipe organ. They collaborated together during the building and playing stages and were enthralled with this amazing instruments and artefact.

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms. Kate or reception.


Our next contest date  will be taking place Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. Students will be reminded to bring Chromebooks to the cafeteria for the contest. The next interactive question will be the two weeks prior to the contest.


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

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