June Newsletter

So long, farewell! It’s hard to say “Good Bye”

Grade 4 June Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope that this newsletter finds you well and ready for the summer. It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is approaching so quickly. It just seems like yesterday that we were going over routines, expectations and meeting the parents at the “Meet the Teacher” night and here we are. The Grade 4 students have been a wonderful group of children to work with. They have been creative, helpful, compassionate, reverent and engaged in Mass. They have also been involved in school activities and have been eager to learn new things as well as share their knowledge with their classmates and teachers. We would like to extend a special “Thank you” to all of the parents who have volunteered countless hours in our classrooms, on field trips and in the school. Your help has been greatly appreciated.

As summer approaches many parents begin to wonder about summer programs, camps or lessons. Here are a few suggestions to keep your child engaged, active, make new friends and take on leadership roles.

  1. Visit the public library as often as possible. Take out informational texts (non-fiction) as well as fiction books. Keep a record of how many books your child reads over the summer. Set a realistic goal of say 10 books. If this goal is achieved then perhaps you can celebrate by going for ice-cream.
  2. Be a tourist in your own city. Visit Science World, The Burnaby Art Gallery, The Vancouver Museum, Stanley Park, The Museum of Anthropology, The Police Museum, Chinatown, The Japanese Gardens, The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, The Capilano Suspension Bridge, The Granville Island Market, Maplewood Farm, The greater Vancouver Zoo or The Fort Langley National Historic Site.
  3. Visit Vancouver Island or Haida Gwaii
  4. Visit Barkerville
  5. Visit Vancouver Kids Books
  6. The Vancouver School Board has numerous programs available for children. For more information please check www.vsb.bc.ca/summerprogram
  7. Be active : Go hiking, biking, swimming, running or learn a new sport


A note from the classroom:

This is a reminder that all library books and textbooks should be returned to the school. Library books should be returned as soon as possible to the library and textbooks should be returned to the classrooms by the last week in June.

This month we will be completing our study of the early Canadian explorers in colonial Canada, Light and Sound, Handwriting, Chance and Probability and looking at poetry.

Important dates:

  • June 10…Fun Day (12:00 P.M. dismissal)
  • June 16…Assessment and Reporting (12:00 P.M. dismissal)
  • June 17… Teacher Planning Day (no school)
  • June 24…Grade 7 Farewell Mass & Celebration (12;00 P.M. dismissal)
  • June 29…Last Day of School (Report Cards sent home-noon dismissal)

Have a wonderful and safe summer,


Mrs. Brenda Lockhart and Ms. Sophie Chong

Thursday Homework

No School Tmrw

French- Comic strip draft (Tue)

Mandarin- poster

Bazaar on Saturday: please arrive at 1:00 pm.  Performance starts at 1:20 pm.  Appropriate casual clothes please


Tuesday Homework

Spelling-Lesson 28 Post Test (Thurs)

Lit Circle Ch. 10 Role (Thurs)

French- pg. 19 and comic draft (Thurs)

Socials Explorer Research (Wed)

Math – Fractions Quest (Wed)

Mandarin – Test (Wed)


** Special Reminders:

Juicy-O Project Due Monday, June 13

Bazaar this Saturday- Performance starts at 1:20 pm; pls be there by 1:00 pm


Friday Homework

Socials- Finish explorer research on 7 explorers:

1. Date of Birth 2. Place of Origin – which country did they explore for 3. continents/ countries 4. one important event 5. Date of Death and 2 interesting facts

** James Cook, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Sir Francis, Samuel de Champlain, Henry Hudson, Christopher Columbus

Math- Fractions Quest (Wed)

Mandarin- topic test (Wed)

Photo Day Next Wed

Have a wonderful long weekend! 🙂

May Newsletter

Marvellous May 2015 News from Grade 4

Dear Parents,

We hope that this newsletter finds you well. It is hard to believe that we are in the last two months of school. Where has the time gone? The Grade 4 students have been busily working on many activities.

Social Studies:

We are continuing to learn about the Explorers and how the Europeans began to explore North America just before the 1500’s. We are reading about John Cabot, Christopher Columbus and Jacques Cartier. We are talking about a sailor’s life and what life must have been like on the rough seas as well as examining the sailing ships that were the main form of transportation. Our Social Studies text book provides information for our students but they are also encouraged to seek out other reading material from their local libraries or the main branches in Vancouver or Burnaby. It is important for the Grade 4’s to practise reading a variety of informational texts. As a parent, you can review some of the important features of an informational text with your child.

Some of these features include:

  • Pictures or photographs
  • Maps or graphs
  • Captions
  • Glossary, labels. bolded word,
  • Timelines
  • Table of Contents
  • Index
  • Text (facts)

Language Arts:

We will be moving into poetry and poetic forms. Poetry is fun. You get to play with words and sound. Students can work with rhyming couplets, haiku, limericks and free verse. They can experiment with rhyming words to create images by showing and not telling.

Who Has Seen The Wind            Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you;

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing through


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I;

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by

The students will learn about various poets and write some of their own poems. Poets that your child may like are:

  1. Shel Silverstein
  2. Jack Prelutsky
  3. Dennis Lee
  4. Langston Hughes
  5. Judith Voirst
  6. Robert Frost
  7. Paul Janeczko
  8. Christina Rossetti

Dates to remember:

  • May 20 Noon Dismissal
  • May 23 Victoria Day (no school)
  • May 27 SFX Bazaar Set-up (no school)
  • May 28 SFX Bazaar (both classes will be singing together at the bazaar)

Thank you for your co-operation, volunteering in the classroom and on field trips and for participating in your child’s learning. Enjoy your Victoria Day long weekend. Also, we would like to wish a very special Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers in the 4L and 4C classes. May God continue to bless you all with good health, happiness and peace.


Mrs. B. Lockhart and Ms. S. Chong