Grade 4 - May 16/ 2019


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

  • The Venturing Out forms for Camp George were due Wednesday May 15th. Please complete outstanding forms ASAP!

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



Next week, we will wrap up our unit on Geometry. Students will continue to build 3D figures and practice classifying  the figures based on their geometric properties. We will also continue our ongoing work with data management.

IXL Sections:

  • Geometry - Section P (all sub sections)


Our second round of literacy circles has begun! Students have been assigned a literacy circle group. They are responsible for reading selected chapters and completing their weekly assignments. All reading and assignments will be due every Wednesday.

The students will write persuasive paragraphs, using the OREO structure. They have been practising using persuasive language, as well as facts to convince their reader about their opinions and ideas.


Next week, will begin our final unit, Sharing the Planet. Here is a snapshot of the unit:

Central idea: Geological resources are finite and require responsible use to ensure sustainability.

Key concepts:

  • Function

  • Causation

  • Responsibility

Lines of inquiry:

  • Natural process that forms rocks, minerals, and natural resources

  • How we use geological resources

  • Sustainability and responsibility of geological resources


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


This week, the Grade 4s planted vegetable, flower or herb seeds in their very own handmade ceramic pot. We have placed our pots in the cafeteria windows and hope to see our seeds germinate over the next few weeks!


In Music, students are finishing their musical profiles and beginning to rehearse their chosen piece from Jukebox Time Machine. In this piece, students will be featured in a small group performance in addition to the three pieces chosen as a full G4 performances. 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 Before Care does NOT start until 7:30 AM.  There is no supervision before that time.

Looking Ahead


Next week, May 21st - 24th, is audition week! The audition schedule will be posted outside of the cafeteria and given to every homeroom teacher. If students are playing an instrument, please have them bring it to their audition. A piano will be available in the audition room. All students who audition will be able to perform in Showcase on June 12th. Parents are welcome to attend. More details to follow. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Andrea Hughes at


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