Heads Up

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Message from Year 4

It’s hard to believe this will be our last Heads Up entry before the end of the school year. The Year 4 classrooms are a hive of activity as the boys wrap up their work for Monday, June 10. Please watch the agenda as there will be end-of-year details coming.

In Inquiry, we are completing our summative projects. The boys have chosen a biome to research and they are creating a Keynote presentation to describe the biome and how they’d survive in it. They are highly motivated to create these survival plans and have been searching through their research for examples of food, shelter and fresh water. These creative thinkers have many ingenious solutions for how they might survive!

In math, we are finishing up unit eight where we explored area and perimetre. We’ll be having our final unit test shortly. We’ve also been working on the end-of-year math assessment. This assessment is not sent home, as it’s passed along to next year’s teachers to help them better know your son as a mathematician. Once the boys have completed their math assessment, they’ll post a photo of their results to SeeSaw. We’ll be doing mini-lessons and have worksheets available in class for the boys to get a recap of where they were unsure. While we don’t formally send home math work for all of the Year 4 students over the summer months, we strongly encourage your son to continue to work on his mental math (in particular, his multiplication and division facts).

In language, we have completed our adventure-genre book clubs. The boys gained knowledge about survival skills by reading their novels, and engaged in many discussions that require critical reading skills. Over the year, Ms. Love and Ms. Basinski in the Prep Wilder Library create reading lists based on the boys’ interests. This list is shared in Heads Up. If your son has returned all his library books, he’s able to borrow books over the summer months if a parent is present when the books are signed out.

As we ready ourselves for the end of the year, please encourage your son to continue to check the lost and found for any items that may have been misplaced throughout the year. The lost and found class bins are to the left of the dining hall and any unmarked items are stored on shelving units to the right.

On behalf of Michael Bushey, Sarah Campbell and me, we’d like to extend our thanks to the Year 4 parent community for your support throughout the year. From checking your son’s Seesaw, bringing him to weekend tournaments, finding missing gear, packing for Norval, unpacking from Norval, signing the agenda, helping to solve Skills Sheets, quizzing multiplication facts, encouraging healthy reading habits… and on and on. We deeply value what you do to ensure our classroom communities flourish.

A special thanks to our Year 4 parent volunteers: Clara Leung (4O), Stephanie Sykes (4O), Sarah Baker (4B) and Martha Weeman (4B). Their help in organizing the grade-level events and activities has been greatly appreciated.

We all would like to wish you a safe and restful summer, filled with sunshine and wonderful memories.

Kathryn O’Brien kobrien@ucc.on.ca
Michael Bushey mbushey@ucc.on.ca
Sarah Campbell scampbell@ucc.on.ca