Grade 4 - May 3/ 2019


Thank you for attending our Student Led Conferences!



We will continue our work with geometry and will begin to look at identifying and comparing different types of quadrilaterals. Students may continue to do some extra practice on IXL (Section P).


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 will explore deeper into the human impact on the environment. Also, the students will be assigned an ecosystem for which they will build a diorama to demonstrate all the parts of a healthy habitat as well as adaptations and examples of human impact.


We have some great dancers in Grade 4! Students displayed open-mindedness, tremendous effort, and risk taking qualities. As the weather begins to warm up, we will be moving some PHE outdoors where students can practice their track and field skills and work on their fitness levels.


This week in Art, we prepared for the Junior School Art Show! We hope that you enjoyed viewing and learning all about our creative masterpieces!


In French, students have been focusing on our new play “Chat Angora”. This week in class students have been practicing their lines and working on tricky pronunciation. We have been building our comprehension of the play and learning the new vocabulary. Students are expected to have learned some of their lines and have a better understanding of the play and the events. Next week, students will split off into their groups and practice acting out the play in preparation for filming. Students are able to access “Chat Angora” on the AIM Portal for at home and are encouraged to log in for at least 10 mins a day to practice their lines.

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?  One of the students’ favourite songs is Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey. We analyzed chord patterns contained in this piece and played a boomwhacker accompaniment. Students are welcome to add ukulele, piano, guitar or any other instrument they would like to perform in addition to singing the vocal part.


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.


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


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