Trip into NYK and Hikawa Maru in Yokohama

We spent the day learning about the boats that have been made in our very own port city of Yokohama. We have found out about the luxury liners that travelled the globe and helped the trade routes to America and the rest of the world. Exploring the ship and its old charms made us think about the Titanic which sank in 1912. As we have looked back at historical facts in our Reading and Writing Workshops, we continue to strengthen ways to improve our understanding of social studies.

January 2018 Units of Study

Dear Parents,🎉
As we begin to settle into 2018, we want to give you a heads up on what we will be studying in the next few weeks. It’s going to fly by and before you know it, they will be in Grade 5!

Author Visit📚 
On Thursday, January 18th we will be welcoming Adam Gidwitz to talk about his well loved book: A Tale Dark and Grimm.
Number Fun Day🔢 
We shall be celebrating Maths on our Nutty Number Day on Friday, January 19th, 2018We will enjoy a free dress day wearing a number on our clothing or even something creative using mathematics! Our day will be set out as a normal school day and there will be no changes to lunch. We will enjoy making and playing number games inside and outside. Please have your child come to school in normal winter uniform and change at school into their number outfit.
As we are starting Unit 4: Size, Shape and Symmetry, please find the unit letter in your child’s red Go Home folder.
Reading and Writing
We will be taking a trip down memory lane in our new history focused units. We will start by looking at our own lives and that of our parents. Please expect some interesting questions coming your way! We will move on to looking at the chronological history of food in Japan. 🍣 If you are able to enrich our project in any form, please let us know as soon as possible. We are also looking into field trip opportunities to support this unit. As you have noticed, we have not been on any day field trips yet this academic year… we are excited to make this happen. As soon as dates are decided we will be putting out a request for parent volunteers. Please watch this space for more to come.
Student Led Conferences 🗣 
As Student Led Conferences are coming up on the 12th of Februarywe will be excited to share our learning in these upcoming units.
Kind regards,

Sharon and JoAnna
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Last days of 2017 in school!

Grade 4 Parents, 

Wow, where has all the time gone? This semester has flown by! We are down to the last two weeks before Christmas holiday.
Today we are especially excited to share in our Christmas performance, we look forward to seeing you in the auditorium at 6pm.
We would like to inform you of upcoming events. 
Spirit Week
Please view our Spirit Week Calendar from December 11 to December 14. Students get to choose their costumes throughout the week based on the themes: Elementary Spirit Week Calendar.  Your child will share the class theme with you for Tuesday.
Please be aware that students must come to school in winter uniform and can change into costume before the 8:10 bell.
Secret Santa🎅
We are excited to select our Secret Santa names today. The maximum cost of the gift is 500 yen. We will exchange these gifts on Wednesday, December 13th during our
Grade 4 Christmas party🎄.
Sundae Party 🍧
On December 13th, there will NOT be a potluck, class moms are kindly bringing in ice cream for a make your own sundae party. 🍧
 We request each student to bring  one ice cream topping to share. 🍨
 This will also be an opportunity for our class students to say a formal goodbye to leaving students. If parents would also like to also come and say goodbye and take photos, we invite you from 3:00pm till the end of the school day.
Christmas and New Year Holiday
Please be mindful that Thursday December 14th is the last day of school and classes resume January 8th. We are looking forward to an author’s visit with Adam Gidwitz in our second week back to school.
We hope Santa will bring some nice books for your children to read over the holiday.📚 Be safe and happy!
✴Seasons greetings ✴,
Your Grade 4 Teachers,
Sharon and JoAnna
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