Grade 4 - Sept. 12 / 2019


Welcome to the Grade 4 Flash. We will use the Flash to keep our parent community informed about activities in the classroom, routine reminders and upcoming field trips, events etc. We encourage you to read the Grade 4 message every week and the reminders on the main page. A big thank you to parents who were able to attend the Curriculum Evening. We enjoyed meeting so many of you and we are both looking forward to an exciting year! 

A few reminders to kick off the year:

  • Students should have a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes

  • Water bottle for the classroom to prevent students from leaving during lessons

  • Agendas will be sent home on most Mondays with a note for the week and should be kept in school bag in case we need to add a reminder

  • Students are to go outside in the morning for drop off and should not be coming upstairs to their cubbies before 8:15AM

Unit of Inquiry

We have just kicked off our first unit of the year, Digital Citizenship. This unit falls under the Transdisciplinary Theme of ‘How We Express Ourselves’. Our Central Idea is, ‘Media is a powerful tool that influences the decisions people make.’


We have started our first math unit of the year. The focus is on number patterns and the learning goals are, identify the rule for a number pattern, extend and create number patterns, use patterns to solve problems.


In PHE, students have been participating in team-building and cooperative games. Students have been challenged to work together to complete a common goal. It has been great seeing them communicate, listen, respect, and have fun over this past week.

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Students listened to music and explored how music can change how we are feeling. We took note of feelings/energy levels before and after each listening experience and noted differences. Students discussed how this could be useful to apply to their everyday lives.


Bonjour! Bienvenue! 

The grade 4s have had an amazing week speaking French and getting to know the classroom routine. Students are only allowed to speak in French once they step into the French room and must use the resources around them to express what they want to say. Every class we say the date and review useful vocabulary through interactive activities were the students take the lead. We are learning the weather, numbers, emotions and lots more. The Grade 4s have succeeded in only speaking French and being risk-takers in their learning! I can’t wait to LEAR, SPEAK and HAVE FUN in French with everyone this year! 

Au Revoir! À Bientôt! Salut! 

- Mme. Calhoun


Looking forward to another year of creativity and imagination. The art room is in need of unwanted magazines for upcoming collage work. Please drop donations off in the art room anytime. As well, I am looking for some large button-down shirts that we can repurpose as smocks for messy work. Thank you in advance for your support! 


Terry Fox Run

The York School Terry Fox Run is taking place on Wednesday, September 18th! The Middle and Senior School will be joining us for the run this year on the beltline to make this a full community event. Please see the timing of the event below.

  • Grades 6 & 7 will join their JK/SK buddies at 1:30 in the Junior School Playground. After a warm up, they will head out together through the cemetery to the Beltline.

  • Grades 8 & 9 will join Grades 1 - 3 at 2:00.

  • Grade 10 & 12 will join with Grades 4 - 5 at 2:30.

Students are to come to school wearing The York School gym uniform or an official Terry Fox t-shirt from 2019 or before.

Parents! Come join in on the fun! Meet us in the Junior School Playground at your child’s allotted run time.


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

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