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A message from Form 4

unnamedIt’s been a busy week in Form 4. Highly-acclaimed and award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace dropped by the Prep on Monday to talk about his work in the story The Great Canadian Railroad Trilogy. The book is based on the Gordon Lightfoot song of the same name, which describes how the Canadian Pacific Railway was built. The boys read along with Wallace as he discussed the unnamed-1inspiration for each illustration in the book.

We’ll begin skating on Monday, Nov. 24 during phys-ed. Please bring skates, gloves and a helmet with a full face mask. Skating backs can be left in the boys’ PHE lockers. We won’t skate on Wednesdays or Thursdays due to basketball practice.

Our unit on “Where We Are In Place & Time: Ancient Societies” is in full swing. The boys will compare the daily life in a few early societies (3000 BCE–1500 CE), each from a different region and era, and representing a different culture. They will describe some key similarities and differences between these early societies and present-day Canadian society.

Place Value
We’ve begun the fourth mathematics unit, which focuses on decimals and their uses. The unit summarizes the concepts that underlie decimal notation and focuses on some special uses of the notation. Students will solve problems involving addition and subtraction of decimals using estimation, mental arithmetic, algorithms and a calculator. After reviewing place value for whole numbers, place-value concepts will be extended to decimal numbers.

With only four more weeks of school until the holidays, we’d like to remind you that the last day of the term is Thursday, Dec. 18, with dismissal at 11:40 a.m. Please send your son to school on Thursday with an empty school bag. He’ll have quite a bit to take home for the holidays. It would help to take all athletic clothes home on Wednesday, Dec. 18. We look forward to our last few weeks of term.

We hope you enjoy the Festival of Christmas Music and Readings in Laidlaw Hall on Sunday, Nov. 30. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.