4C: Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Thank you for making the time to sit down with us at conferences yesterday, it was a great reminder that wonderful children come from wonderful families.

One quick note to please remember we’ll be heading to Dragon Valley on February 6th, the Thursday following break.

Warmest wishes for a healthy and happy new year. Safe travels if you’re heading out of town, and all the best to your families.

See you next year!

Darren and Team

4C: Market Service Day was a hit!

4C Families and Friends,
This is been a fantastic week, highlighted by Market Service Day on Tuesday. Your kids became true entrepreneurs, marketing products with a greater purpose in mind. The excitement of the market could be felt throughout the school. We’ve been doing some reflecting and the kids are very excited about the money raised and the difference they’ll be making in the Vietnamese community.
We’ve also begun to investigate multiplication through different models. Students are building multiplication arrays in order to understand how factors work and making connections to the area model for multiplying.
And, we spent some quality time with our buddies this week too!
Hopefully you’ve made your appointment for our conference next week. We will be welcoming you in to the classroom on Wednesday, January 22nd. Please bring your child to your conference as we will be reflecting on your report card, which will arrive to you electronically early next week.
Please take a moment to look over your child’s report together with your child, keeping in mind that learning is a process, not a race. Every child has strengths and areas of growth, and our purpose is to work as a team to support your child as a learner. We’ll treat our time together as a learning conversation.
With wishes for a restful weekend, looking forward to sitting down together next week!
Darren and Team

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