Grade 4 - April 18 / 2019


On Wednesday April 24th, we will walk to Oriole Park to celebrate Earth Day and participate in experiential activities related to our unit. Please consider the following to help your child prepare for this outing:

  • Students on meal programme will be provided a packed lunch for the day, but they need to bring a water bottle with them

  • Dress for the weather! Students are allowed to wear their gym clothes to school. It is advisable to have extra layers and be prepared for rain/cooler temperatures.

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.

Grade 4 and 5 Camp: Parent Information Meeting

Andrea Lossing, Trip and Camp Curriculum Coordinator, hosted a parent information session about Grade 4 and 5 camp in May. Please see the presentation here. If you have any questions about the Grade 4 and 5 camp, Andrea can be reached at ext 1221 or



In Math, we will continue to explore the relationship between fractions and decimals. The students will be comparing and ordering, adding and subtracting decimals, working with fractions and mixed numbers, and finding lowest common denominators.

If you are looking for some Mathematics apps to add to your child’s at-home device, here are some recommendations:


The Grade 4 students are making their own ceramic planters in art class over the next weeks. Once complete, we will be planting some seeds and watching a variety of herbs and vegetables grow in the cafeteria windows.


Next week, we will begin our next writing form - persuasive writing! The students will learn how to use both fact and opinion to prove their point and convince their readers to take action! After some practice, the students will use their written voices to persuade one another to take action to lessen our human impact on the natural environment.


In Unit, we will continue to inquire into how human interactions impact the natural resources and all living things in a habitat.


In PHE, we have wrapped up our Badminton unit. All students showed a growth mindset when learning new skills and showed great sportsmanship. When students return from the break, we will begin a brief dance unit with Miss Megan, a dance instructor. Students will explore movement patterns and learn a choreographed dance.


In Music, we are analysing songs from different decades and discovering how the elements of music are similar or different. Students are creating a musical profile to illustrate the different genres, artists they enjoy listening to. The musical profile will also include music skills which are strengths.


In French, students were happy to start their new play “Chat Angora.” They learned new vocabulary and were able to explore the new AIM Portal. Students are now able to access the AIM Portal for “Chat Angora” at home and are encouraged to login for at least 10 mins a day. Students selected their parts and next week their characters for the play will be announced. For the AIM Portal, the login information is the same as before.

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith27

  • Password: grade4


Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan
Director of Curriculum, Junior School

Junior School Environment Club

Grade 4 and 5 students were invited to join a Junior School Environment Club starting in April 2019 led by Madame Almeida and Ms. Emer. Students who are members of the Environment Club will partake in creating a butterfly garden at 1320 Yonge Street on Wednesday, April 24th and a Beltline clean-up on Friday, April 26th. This will be done to celebrate Earth Day. Parents whose children are participating will receive a note with a Venturing Out form early next week.

Caribou Contests

Our sixth and final contest date is Wednesday, May 1, 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 MAZES which students can practice now on the games page. If you or your students have any problems with the game, please let Ms. Ryan know. There is not a history question.

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.


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

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