Wednesday, 7 November 2018

What's Happening in Grade 4

Parish Community
On November 6th, Father Matthew from St. Isidore parish presented each of the grade 4 students with a Bible. This is a new tradition that he is starting with our community. It was such a pleasure to have him visit and the students were very grateful for the gift! As a follow-up, our class wrote thank-you letters to send to Father Matthew to show our appreciation. This one way we are trying to build on the theme of "Be Community at our school."

Math
As we move through our Place Value unit in math, we are now working with decimals. To apply these concepts, the students will be exploring decimals through Measurement. Students will apply their knowledge of decimals with money, length and time.  Please check the blog for an updated tab page for this math strand.

Ask your child how swapping the meaning of the Base Ten Blocks helps to describe decimals.

You can also ask your child how this model connects to money!


IMPORTANT DATES:

November 11th - Remembrance Day
                            10:45 Assembly
November 16th - PD Day (no school)
November 23rd - News Show 10:30
November 27th - Double Lunch Day

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Learning Skills and Progress Reports

Progress reports will be going home on Tuesday, October 30th.
 Interviews will then be held on Thursday, November 1st.

Our school focus for learning skills and work habits for the progress report will be responsibility and collaboration. The chart below outlines some of the criteria for the two learning skills. As a class, we have co-created anchor charts outlining expectations in our classroom, yard, and group work. Students have been developing these skills through STEM challenges, group problem solving, and other daily activities.

On Friday, students will be bringing home their student work folders. These folders contain some of the work that we have completed to date. In this folder, you will also find a list of work from their Google Drive that the students would like to show you. This can be accessed from home by logging in to Google (Gmail - and then the Drive). Please review the work with your child. You may keep the work at home but it is asked that the folders are returned to school.

Also look for forms sent home for two websites/resources students can access at home to reinforce concepts we are working on in class. In the work folders, you should find access codes for Raz-Kids and Xtra Math.

Please check out the Global Read Aloud tab on our blog to see some of the cool things we have been working in during project so far!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

What's Happening in Grade 4

October will be an exciting month as there are many things happening in our classroom and school.

LANGUAGE
Yesterday, we started the Global Read Aloud project. Like many other classrooms across the world, we will read the book "A Boy Called Bat" by Elana K Arnold. Over the next 6 weeks, we will read every day and complete several tasks, assignments and connect with others about this book. Follow us on Twitter and check out the new tab on this blog to see what happens!

MATH
In math, we will continue working on our unit of Whole Numbers. There will be a quiz on Thursday October 4th on the concepts we have learned so far (place value, rounding, addition and estimation). We will then move into place value - decimal numbers.

IMPORTANT DATES:
 Oct. 3 -- Terry Fox Run
 Oct. 4 -- Cleaning up the Capital
           -- Pizza & Movie night
 Oct. 5 -- PD Day 
          Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy this long weekend together.
Oct. 10 -- Thanksgiving Mass
Oct. 12 -- Cross Country Meet
Oct. 30 -- Picture Retakes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Program Night

We will be hosting Program Night on Thursday September 20th at 6:00pm. There will be two sessions during the evening for those families with multiple children at our school.

Program night offers an opportunity to share classroom routines and expectations, curriculum goals and grade focus. Looking forward to meeting you all! 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Be Community - Grade 4

Last week, our focus was on building community in our classroom. This will be something that we work to maintain throughout the year. This is also in line with the OCSB's strategic commitments for this school year: Be Community, Be Well, Be Innovative.

Students were asked: "Our classroom should be _______ every day." Here are the results of student answers created in a word cloud. You can see which word are the most common responses by the size. Sounds like a wonderful enviornment to learn!


After, we co-created anchor charts for expectations in the classroom and school.




Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Welcome to Grade 4

Welcome to our class blog! I am excited to begin a new school year with you all.  I will post important updates about things happening at the school, notes, homework and updates from our classroom about what we are learning about.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Summer Update: It's a Boy!

As the school year came to an end, the students were very curious as to when my baby would arrive and whether or not it was a boy or a girl. Some students were even sharing Google Docs with a list of possible baby names for me! As promised, I am updating our blog to share the news!

I am pleased to share the news of the birth of our baby boy! Oliver was born on Monday July 18th. His big sister is excited to have us home and loves to help out.

Wishing you a happy and safe summer with your families!