4C: Gratitude

4C Families and Friends,

If there is one word, one feeling, one message we all want to pass along, it is gratitude. Thank you all for helping us do the important work of learning. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this is certainly a wonderful one.

Please check your child’s Seesaw account for a personal message as we enter break.

Also, please note that when we return from break we’ll be full-on into our preparation for Market Service Day. It will be a busy week of bringing everything together and finalizing details, so your kids will want to spend time over break thinking about and/or preparing their product or service.

In the meantime, we’re sending along wishes for a restful and restorative Winter Break, and safe travels if you’re heading out of town. We’ll look forward to seeing you and your wonderful children again soon!


Darren and Your 4C Team

4C: Word Inquiry in Action

4C Families and Friends,

Dropping in with a couple updates from 4C.

Tuesday, we spent time with Ms. Fiona Hamilton, an expert in Word Inquiry, a structural look at affixes, bases, and how words are formed. 


We shared some favorite books with our buddies Thursday.

And of course, we looked at what toothbrushes tell us about inequality. Thank you for sending in your photos, please be sure to keep an eye on Seesaw for your child’s post on tooth care from around the world.


Market Service Day is Coming

You may have heard the buzz from your child that Market Service Day is approaching. Market Service Day is one of the highlights of grade 4 and for our ES community. Through Market Service Day, students raise money to donate to an organization that links closely with the Children’s Rights they feel most passionate about.

January 14, 2020, is the day!

We will need your support with this project over the next couple of weeks. Here is a rough outline of the happenings:

December 2-7 is a focus on business, looking at profit, market forces, supply and demand, and unique selling points. Students will be looking at the Child Rights they are passionate about and groups will be formed during this time.

December 9-14 is a focus on writing up their business plan, looking at costs, and applying for their loan. Before we head out on the winter holiday students must have their plans finalized with teacher approval.

January 6-10 is finalizing their product or service for Market Service Day, creating a slide/poster for the advertising campaigns and checking equipment needs. There is a very high chance that the weekend of January 11 and 12 groups will want to get together and work on their plans/product/shopping.

Please check the blog each week for any important updates from the homeroom.

Thank you in advance for all of your support,

Darren and the Grade 4 Team

4C: Sharing our Planet

4C Families and Friends,

It’s been a week to dive into our unit of inquiry and celebrate wonderful books. We’re dropping by with a couple quick updates as the week draws to a close.

Sharing Our Planet through Outdoor Play

We spent a portion of our Thursday morning buddying up to learn through play. A number of classes got together to celebrate each other and the beautiful sunny morning.

UOI: Sharing the Planet

We’re diving into our investigation of access to opportunities and how it affects equity for all children. We’ve launched our inquiry into the rights of children, the circumstances that determine a child’s opportunity, and our responsibility towards equity. We’re eagerly anticipating a number of guest speakers, please watch this space for some field trip information!


Finally, a quick reminder that Monday is a Professional Development day here at school so we’ll see your children on Tuesday. As ever, it’s a perfect opportunity to curl up under a tree or on a sofa with a great book. Today we made an intentional stop at our beautiful library so your child should be amply prepared with couple great books!

Also, a number of your kids are participating in the Youth Sport Soccer Festival on Tuesday . If your child is attending, please send him or her to school with lunch from home, and a reminder that he will not be taking the normally scheduled bus home that afternoon.


Darren and Team

4C: Celebrating our Community in Style

UN Day Gratitude

What an amazing morning and lunch we enjoyed on Monday. We’re so grateful for your support and active involvement as we celebrate the ideals of the United Nations. And, a big thank you to Inger for her organization, and to all the family members who helped organize our delicious lunch – we were extremely impressed by the amazing variety and selection of food!

Units of Inquiry: How the World Works >>>>>>>Sharing the Planet

In the coming days we’ll be launching Sharing the Planet. Students will be exploring the central idea that access to opportunities affects equity for all children. We’ll be inquiring into the rights of children, the circumstances that determine a child’s opportunity, and our responsibility towards equity.

On Tuesday, we’ll be putting students into random groups where they’ll experience strikingly different perspectives of equity depending on the ‘luck of the draw’. We anticipate kids will raise compelling questions and might come home disappointed (or delighted) at the lot they’ve drawn. We encourage you to reflect together over dinner that evening.

Our hope is to help your children consider and weigh their rights, privileges, and responsibilities as young citizens. You can expect details of some rewarding and eye-opening field trips in the weeks to come.

Volleyball Travel for Mr. Darren

One of my responsibilities is coaching the Junior Varsity Boys high school volleyball squad. It’s been a rewarding season and will culminate next weekend with the MRISA tournament in Ho Chi Minh. I’ll be traveling from Wednesday through Friday to attend this event. Your children will be under the tutelage of the wonderful Ms. Thao and Ms. Nicole during my absence, so you can rest assured they’ll be in good hands.

Estimation Station

This week’s estimation challenge for you and your family:

How many kids do you estimate are on stage?

What’s your ceiling (too high)? What’s your floor (too low)? What’s your estimate, with your reasoning (do better than “I guessed”)?

Grateful, as ever, for your support!