March Newsletter- Sorry a bit late!

Spring is around the corner!
Grade 4 March Newsletter
Dear Parents,
We hope that this newsletter finds you well. It is hard to believe that yet another month has passed by and that term two is almost over. February was an active month for all the students as we prepared for the FSA testing, practised our Choric Speeches for the upcoming Speech Arts Festival, crunched numbers, used our problem solving skills and learned about the Inuit culture.
Social Studies:
We have been learning about the Inuit culture of Canada. Both classes have worked on Inuit projects and models and learned many interesting facts. Did you know that:
• A nanook is a polar bear
• The Inuit used dog sleds to travel over ice and snow
• Early Inuit clothing was sewn by hand and made out of caribou skin and seal skin
• The Inuit lived in winter homes called ”igloos” which were made out of blocks of snow piled in circular rows
The students also learned how to read informational texts in order to elicit specific information. Students are now able to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction books. They have been encouraged to read legends and stories that the First Nation Peoples are known for. Some examples are:
• Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Nothwest
• Alego
• The Gift of the Inuksuk
• Old Turtle and the Broken Truth
• The Lonely Inuksuk
• A Promise is a Promise
The season of Lent is underway. It is a time of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. We will be discussing the importance of Lent as a time for prayer, reflection and renewal of our baptismal vows and sacrifice. The students are encouraged to pray the Stations of the Cross and pray for themselves, their families and others in the world.
Upcoming dates to add to your calendars:
• March 11 Last Day before Spring Break (12:00 P.M. dismissal)
• March 12 Professional Day (no school)
• March 13 Feast Day (no school)
• March 23 School Reopens
• March 25 Second Term Reports
• March 26 Student-led Conferences
Spring Break
Here are a few suggestions about what to do during the spring break:
• go to your local library and spend some time reading your favourite books
• go for a walk and look for animal habitats at Stanley Park
• visit Science World and look at their exhibitions
• visit the Vancouver Art Gallery and enjoy the Emily Carr exhibits
• have a picnic at your local park (depending on the weather)
• play a sport outside (run, skip, bike, play basketball or soccer)
Please remember to continue signing agendas.
Mrs. B. Lockhart and Ms. S. Chong
B. Lockhart and Ms. S. Chong

Friday Homework

Math- JM pg. 4.2 – pg. 233-234 (Mon)

Scholastic Orders (Mon)

Parent Observation form from student led conferences and Report Covers and envelopes (Mon)

Mandarin- complete chinese poem  and worksheet, text 8 (Mon)

Tuesday Homework

French- Student Led-

1. Show your recent test

2. Show your other French activities

3. Show your Haiku Deck

Math- 4.2- pg. 228-230 (pg. 227) (Wed)

Mandarin- Finish English meaning of the poem ; Term 2- stamp counting day (Wed)

4C Potlatch!

This term, the Grade 4s learned about the culture of the First Nations in Canada.  To celebrate the end of this Socials unit, 4C hosted our very own potlatch.  We made Bannock bread; a traditional flat quick bread eaten by the Inuit peoples, Coast Salish, and First Nations of the rest of Canada.  Before all purpose flour, the First Nations used available resources such as maize, roots, and tree sap to make the flour and they cooked the bread in euchalon oil or over a fire pit.   We also ate smoked salmon and dried berries to represent the other foods that the First Nations ate in their daily diet.  It was a great way to end our unit this term!



Katrina enjoying her Bannock bread, smoked salmon, and dried berries!


The First Nations would dry and preserve their salmon by hanging them on poles and racks to be dried by the wind, sun, or over a fire pit. By drying or smoking the fish the First Nations were able to store enough food to last them through the winter. Left overs were used to host large feasts or potlatches. The Coast Salish would use their smoke houses to prepare the fish and would dry them there for 2-4 days. Smoking or drying was the most common way of processing salmon.

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Rainforest Science Workshop


Learning about the different layers of the Rainforest: Forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer

Brainy Beatrice simulating rainfall in the Rainforest

Brainy Beatrice simulating rainfall in the Rainforest

Zoe making her very own rainforest!

Zoe making her very own rainforest!


Wildlife in the Rainforest



This term, Grade 4 students learned about Healthy Habitats.  The Rainforest workshop focused on the different wildlife and habitats of these amazing organisms that live in this ecosystem.  The students enjoyed learning and building their very own Rainforest ecosystem.