Grade 4 - May 10/ 2019


Please help us enforce our ‘No Slime’ policy. It has become a major distraction in the classroom and out in the hallways between transitions

  • The Venturing Out forms for Camp George are due Wednesday May 15th

  • Please continue to check out your child’s Seesaw account



Next week we will begin to explore 3D shapes. The students will learn how to identify and describe prisms and pyramids, and classify them by their geometric properties (shape of faces, number of edges, number of vertices).

IXL Sections - P. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


We will be starting our second round of literacy circles. Students will be assigned a literacy circle group and will be reading a fiction novel. Each week they will be responsible for reading selected chapters and completing their assignments. Also, we will continue to work on persuasive writing.


Students have been busy researching assigned biomes. Next week we will be building dioramas that demonstrate a healthy habitat with at least one food chain and examples of human impact.


This month, we will be looking at the human development component of our programme. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will benefit them and enable them to lead healthy lives.

Students may have awkward or nervous feelings about this unit. In light of these potential feelings, students will not be called on to answer questions. Only students who volunteer to answer a question will be called upon. There will be an anonymous question box available throughout the unit for those who have questions they may not be comfortable asking in front of the class.

The Human Development and Health component in Grade 4 focuses on the following outcomes:

  • Puberty - the physical changes that occur in males and females

  • Personal Hygiene - Personal care needs and the application of personal hygienic practices associated with the onset of puberty (body, skin and oral care)

For your reference:

In 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Education removed the Human Growth and Sexual Health topic from the Health and Physical Education document and replaced it with Growth and Development curriculum expectations from 1998. We have chosen to address the curriculum expectations from the 2015 document:

Human Development and Sexual Health

C1.5 describe the physical changes that occur in males and females at puberty (e.g., growth of body hair, breast development, changes in voice and body size, production of body odour, skin changes) and the emotional and social impacts that may result from these changes


In Art, the Grade 4s are working on sculpting their own ceramic pots that we will be using to plant herbs and vegetable seeds next week! The kids are excited to watch their seeds germinate!


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. 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 and explore the portal.

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith27

  • Password: grade4


In Music, students are continuing their musical profiles and analysing 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 analysed 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.



The Junior School Showcase is right around the corner and we want students to be a part of it! We are looking for all kinds of different acts to showcase their talent. Examples of talent acts include:

  • Juggling

  • Singing

  • Dancing

  • Making a video

  • Playing an instrument

  • Telling jokes

We would even love to see some ‘hidden talents’ at auditions.

The sign up sheet for showcase is available to students outside of the cafeteria. Students have until Tuesday, May 14th to sign up. Auditions will be held the following week from May 21st - 24th. All students who signed up will be given to opportunity to perform during Showcase.

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.