Grade 4 - April 26/ 2019


We look forward to seeing all of you at Student Led Conferences on Thursday, May 2nd.

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



Next week we will begin our unit on geometry, with a focus on measuring and classifying angles. Some IXL sections to support this work include:

  • Grade 3 - W.8, W.9

  • Grade 4 -  P.11


We are currently working on our persuasive writing unit. 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.


We are continuing our habitats unit. We have been looking at elements of a healthy habitat, adaptations, food chains/food webs and the transfer of energy and human impact on the environment.


In PHE, we have begun our dance unit with Miss Megan. Students are learning a choreographed dance to the song “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers - it’s a hit with the students! Everyone is putting in their best efforts, having an open mindset, and being a risk-taker. You will be able to see the final dance at Student-Led Conferences.  


In French, students were given their characters based on their performance for our new plays “Chat Angora.” Students were also split into their groups for the final performance. These are the groups that they will be working with to act out the play and practice for the remainder of the year. Right now students are focusing on learning their lines and understanding the play before practicing as a group. 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 to practice their lines. For the AIM Portal, the login information is the same as before.

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith27

  • Password: grade4


In music, students are continuing their musical profiles and analyzing songs from Jukebox Time Machine. In what ways are the musical elements (pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, style, timbre) similar and/or different from decade to decade. It would be very helpful to discuss your favourite music with your child at home using this language. What is it about your favourite music that makes it memorable and stands the test of time?


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

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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