September 16

All in a week!

Hello, Grade 4 and Grade 4 parents,

What a week! It has been amazing to see all the wonderfully, masked but happy faces sitting in front of me and behind the screens (shout out to the virtual learners who are showing really amazing examples of persistence, patience, and problem-solving from afar! Well done guys and gals!)

Here are a few images from our classroom showing the amazing work our in-class learners and at-home learners are doing to stay connected. To name a few, our math breakaway groups, our Social studies discussions and popcorn reading time, collaborative docs and soon to start our reading groups… I am amazed each day at the resilience and empathy shown by the Grade 4 class.

Thank you for sending in the blogfolio permission forms, we hope to launch in the next few weeks! If you have not already returned the form, please send it with your child. Here is an electronic copy if it has been misplaced. If you would like to discuss anything blog folio related please, feel free to contact me.

What an amazing start to our ‘new normal’. Thank you Grade 4!

MissM and The Grade 4 Team!

June 5

A Trip Back in Time

Oh, how time flies! It is hard to believe we have been learning online for two and a half months. We thought it would be fun to take a little trip back in time to highlight some of the activities and holidays that have taken place.

Israel Connection

We connected with a Grade 4 class in Tel Aviv a few times. Here is a little piece Sarah wrote on how we got ready for our first meet:

Hello, I am going to be talking about our ‘special Google Meet.’ (it’s a Zoom, though);) so for this, we are going to be meeting another country. We have no idea what country yet, but we will be asking questions to them. They will give us clues, and soon we will be able to find out. Some of the questions were: Do you live in a small or big country? Do you live on an island? After we got all the questions answered, we figured out they lived/came from Israel! for our first meet.

We loved talking with each other about learning Hebrew and English and about our favourite Jewish holidays. We also talked about how we learn from home, and how Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations would be different this year. During a follow-up meeting, we played a special Kahoot game to learn about our countries. We ended our sessions by saying, even though our countries are so far apart, we are connected by our hearts. Gali Ben Avri, the English teacher, also invited us to meet the mayor of Tel Aviv: we were so excited. Unfortunately, our meeting was canceled when businesses and schools were opened up again in Israel.

Yom Hazikaron

The Grade 4 classes had a special guest visit our virtual class for Yom Hazikaron. Tobin Kaiman talked of his firsthand experiences as a former lone soldier in the I.D.F. The students were engaged throughout the talk and asked meaningful questions. They were very surprised to learn that our special guest was also Morah Yardena’s husband. Tobin was also my student in first and second grade

Yom Ha’atzmaut

We celebrated in seven minutes and 20 seconds with Dr. Marcovitz. We also created some poems and songs about why we love Israel. The day ended beautifully with Yom Ha’aztmaut celebrations streamed in from Israel.

By: Eden                                                 

Your flag is blue and white,               
You shine a very bright light.
The people are strong,
We sing your song,
The land of milk and honey.

Israel Haikus

by Emet

 Israel’s awesome

 Duh obviously

 I like falafel  


 Magen David and

 Tallit stripes blow in the wind

  Flag of Israel


ישראל הייקו

5.מגן דוד ו- 

7.תליית פס נשוף רוח

5.דגל ישראל

Grandparents’ Day

It was special welcoming all of our grandparents into our virtual classroom. We had grandparents from Israel, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa come and spend time with us. We had a chance to share a special video about the kind and caring activities we did this year. Time was also spent discussing mitzvahs our grandparents did as children and making a plan to show kindness in the future.


Public Speaking

This had to be the event that most of the students were waiting for in 4th grade. We started to prepare ourselves for this event in 3rd grade by holding our own in-class public speaking day. The students knew that by the time they hit the 4th grade the speeches they wrote and presented could get them into the finals to compete against the 5th-grade students. All I can say is each and every speech was terrific. Morah Yardena and I learned about endangered animals, dogs, cats, the heart, viruses, stress, keeping Canadian waters clean, and nature. We wish our top six finalists good luck as they head to the Public Speaking finals next week.

Maccabiah Games

It was a day full of fun and ruach.  Students, parents, teachers, all took part and had so much fun. The missions were terrific and creative. The captains taught us dances and songs. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Bertrand and the whole organizing team.


March 24

Persuasive Writing

The Grade 4 students were challenged to write a persuasive essay just before we left school in the second week of March. The idea of trying to persuade someone had many of the students thinking of how they could persuade their parents to get them an apple watch or a dog. Other students thought about trying to persuade Dr. Mitzmacher into having more breaks during the school day, having quieter classrooms, and the need for school without uniforms. The children had fun filling out their graphic organizers and imagining ways to be persuasive.


Fast forward two weeks and it is funny because some of the things the children were hoping for happened with the closure of the school. The students could take some breaks during the day, they didn’t have to wear their full uniform just the uniform top, and the classrooms became a little quieter with everyone at their own house.

Some students were successful at persuading their parents and one student is now the proud owner of an apple watch that happened to arrive on her birthday. We hope to share our persuasive essays on our blogs one day with hopes of Dr. Mitzmacher reading them. Who knows we might just give him some good ideas.


March 17

Spirit Week in Grade 4


Spirit Week was full of Ruach, costumes, and laughter. It was also our last four days in school together, and boy what a week it was.
Our classes enjoyed Crazy Hair Day, Purim, Dress like a Teacher/Student Day, and finally a Book or Movie Character Day.

Our favourite day had to be Dress like a Teacher/Student Day. Morah Yardena and I dressed like students and a few students dressed like each of us. It was uncanny to see how the students know us and could even act like us as well. One of the students dressed up like Dr. Mitzmacher our Head of School. He had the chance to visit the office and even sit in Dr. Mitzmacher’s chair.

Morah Yardena and I decided to take all the teachers to the staffroom so our new Dr. Mitzmacher could conduct a staff meeting.


We had so much fun during the week that we will always remember the last physical week in school with fondness









February 25

Innovation Day at OJCS Thursday March 5th

Thursday, March 5th is Innovation Day at OJCS. Parents are invited to Grade 4 from 8:45 am- 9:45am to see our projects.

Our traditional Science/STEM Fair has turned into Innovation Day and the students to share how they are honing their design thinking and engineering skills. The students have been working on brainstorming and designing their ultimate Rube Goldberg machine.

As engineers, we are ready to build and test our machines. We are fully prepared for the failures we will encounter and are ready to persevere and adjust our designs until we achieve success. There is much excitement in the air.

We look forward to sharing our projects with you next week. If you are unable to attend please know that I will send you a video of your child and their Rube Goldberg machine in action. You will get an up-close and personal look at the project so you can share in the fun and excitement of the day.

February 14

A special week in 4A & 4B

Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat is a holiday where we celebrate the birthday of the trees and the fruit that grow in Israel. The fruits are 







 We had a Seder where we said the different blessings and ate these fruits. We had lots of fun here are some pictures. I liked celebrating Tu Bishvat in my class.

By Noah


JDAIM2020 Door Decorating Challenge

February is Jewish Disability Awareness Acceptance &Inclusion month. The Knesset brought forth the idea to have all classroom doors decorated to showcase how important we feel about acceptance and inclusion for everyone of all abilities. Morah Yardena and I had fun working with the children to decorate our classroom doors. Two of our North Stars at the school are We learn better together, and Each person is responsible for the other.

והדרת פני זקן Vehadarta P’nei Zaken Project

This past Wednesday the grade 4 class is started a special program called והדרת פני זקן Vehadarta P’nei Zaken: Respect the ElderlyIt is an intergenerational program that will links the children with residents at Hillel Lodge. The goal of Vehadarta P’nei Zaken is to provide the children with an enriching opportunity to establish a relationship with an elderly person and learn about his/her lifetime achievements. In return, the Hillel residents will have the opportunity to make a connection with our students.

On Wednesday the students had the opportunity to meet their residents and get to know them and start the interview process. It was wonderful to see the interaction between the students and the residents. The students were very sweet, polite and great interviewers. One student was lucky to be paired up with her Zaidy for the interview. Marilyn who runs the program was touched when she saw a resident smile for the first time in a very long while. I have to admit I teared up when I saw Marilyn get emotinal. It is such a beautiful program.We will conduct our second round of interviews after the February Break.

In addition to the interview, we will have other opportunities to share time together, (such as Shabbat, Passover Seder, lunchtime chat/games, etc…) build a rapport with the residents and thus enhance the students’ appreciation of the elderly while engaging in this worthwhile activity. 

The students will then work on writing narratives about the residents’ lives. A final presentation will be prepared and to be presented to the residents and their families.

February 10

Student Blogfolios

We are very excited to share the news that we will be launching student blogfolios in Grade Four. The students are very excited to take greater ownership of their learning and have a platform to share their thinking and learning with others. Your child will be bringing home a letter regarding student blogfolios (it should be in their note tote)


The ultimate goal is to help students learn communication, reflection, and digital citizenship skills, including online safety, that will help them throughout their lives. Here are some examples of the different types of blogfolios from one of the older grades in our school.

Public Blogfolio  – This student has been blogging since Kindergarten. It’s wonderful to see how her learning has grown and developed over time.

Public Avatar Blogfolio – This student has just begun her blogging journey and has chosen to keep her name and identity private. We are still able to see her growth and interact with her on her journey. Notice how students have learned to respect her privacy by using the alias in the comments as well.

Password Protected Blogfolio – This student has shared her name and is open to leaving some posts public, however when she shares pictures or videos, she has password protected the post. Only those who have been approved by her or her parents are allowed to know the password.

Private Blogfolio – This blog is completely private. Unless you have an Edublogs account and have been granted access to this blog, you will not be able to see the content.

If you could please sign and return the permission form by Thursday, that would be greatly appreciated!

The students and I are ready to take our learning to the next level. This past summer I even started my own blog so that I would be ready to help them on their own blogging journeys.

February 7

Senators Reading Challenge


Hi, I’m Adam and I am going to talk about the Grade 4 class reading challenge with the Ottawa Senators. OJCS and their Grade 4 classes are doing amazing. Almost every single month they get over 10,000 pages and surpass their monthly reading goal. The challenge is to meet the reading goal we set for our class each month. Classes who meet their goal have the chance to win a prize. The prize is a class pizza party with SPARTACAT!!! Our teacher encourages us to read every night, not as homework! This is just me but I’m into it. Hey! that gave me an idea. Let’s have a survey if people like reading not as homework. Out of 100%,20% said no and 80% said yes. One person said, “Yes because then you have an excuse to stay up later”.

Here is the first month, September. We couldn’t believe that we read 17000 pages.

We read 15 000 pages in October which is still pretty good because we had all the holidays.

This is our latest reading of the month!JANUARY!

We really like reading! I think we will surpass our February Goal. Hey, what is our February goal? Let’s ask Mrs.Bennett! Our goal is 30,000 pages! I love reading graphic novels.

Here I am adding up the pages we have read in the month. Different students take turns doing the math and figuring out how many pages we read throughout the month.

Teacher’s Note: I love how much the classes are reading this year. In my defense, I do tell the students that they should not stay up to midnight reading 🙂  A couple of students have told me they do the opposite and get up early each morning to read.



January 29

General Studies Homework Jan. 29 – Feb. 5th

The students had the opportunity to choose their homework again this week. The new homework packet should consist of three pages of math and one page of writing. The students are able to choose additional math pages if they wish. I just tell them they can’t stay up until midnight doing homework 🙂 There are also a number of math links on this blog that the students can choose to work on in addition to their homework.


January 28

LILY – Blogger of the week 



Today in English we read Front Desk. Front Desk is a really good book. It is about a girl named Mia who is trying to win a motel. She entered a competition, but she did not win. After reading, we then did multiplication. We worked on our multiplication chart. If we finished the multiplication chart, we could then play multiplication games. The next thing we did was story writing. Story writing is where you make a story by yourself or with a partner and when you are done the story you can present it to the class. We love story writing! Next we had a Rosh Chodesh assembly. It was about the habit win-win, Israel facts, helping people that are lonely, and recycling plastic.

We also did a science experiment. It was about light. We tried to shine light off of a mirror and make it go through a paper that is hole punched and the mirror would make the light reflect on someone’s shirt. 



In Gym class, we played World Domination. World domination is where there are four teams and you try to hit the other teams with dodgeballs. If you hit one person from another team, that person joins your team. When one team hits all of the people in another team those two teams join into one team you try to get everyone on one team and you have to run to one side of the gym to another and you try not to get hit and if you did you going the people throwing dodgeballs and try to get everybody out. It is really fun


 In Hebrew class, we are working on bringing Passover to life.We have to make people and things out of clay.We also have to make backgrounds and learn the lines that we say for the play. Each person gets a partner and each person gets a role for a play that you have to do with your partner. We will videotape the play with our clay people. The project is really hard but fun! We did the wow board is a board and if you are being really good in class you get your name on the wow board and when you are good but your name is already on the wow board you get a check mark. Our teacher writes all the  times that we have been good and then our teacher picks three people and the three people get to choose a prize. Show and tell, a day off homework, become a teacher assistant are some of the favourite prizes we pick.



In French class, we are working on our verbs. Today we are working on the verb faire. We are also doing a play, about not to bully someone or not to get in trouble at school. We love it and it is very fun! We played verb bingo. We made pizza out of playdough and talked about all the ingredients in french.



In Music class we are doing something where you have a partner and you and your partner get to choose a song that you have to do on a recorder. You have to master that song with your partner and when you master the song with your partner on your recorder you then play it to the class! We love music class!



In Art class, we made a picture of a tree with a background. We were weaving a tree with string and we panted a paper plate to make the background then we could decorate the tree. We are very good at art!