February 6

Weekly update

Reminders for this week:

  • Reminder about getting your ski forms and money into class! Winter Fun Day is fast approaching!
  • Want to support the Grade 8 grad trip? Each Friday hot chocolate will be sold outside of the gym!


Whats happening in grade 4:

  • We started our entries for the JOIN competition as a part of JDAIM (Jewish Disability Acceptance Inclusion Month) from interviews to raps to skits and artwork…

Learning ASL:

Building sound background for an inclusive rap…

Interviewing younger students:

January 30

Weekly updates

Reminders for this week:

  • Reminder about getting your ski forms and money into class! Deadline is Friday February 3rd
  • Want to support the Grade 8 grad trip? Each Friday hot chocolate will be sold outside of the gym!
  • Calling all budding Grade 4 artists – click here for the Ottawa Kindness Art competition
  • Dress Down for CHEO on Friday, January 27 th – Don’t forget your loonies and toonies!


  • Week 3 of Novel study and task check in. Next, Monday, February 6th is the final check-in where a minimum of 8 tasks should have been completed and your novel finished.

Whats happening in grade 4:

Stop motion recording time… some films have been shot and are in the editing stages!

Taking ownership of their own learning through self reflections and assessment:

Of course… More snow fun at recess!

January 16

Weekly Newsletter

Welcome back Grade 4 families,

*I am trying out a new format for Grade 4 updates (This post was in slide format last term). I will be setting it up to go out on a Monday with information for the upcoming week.*


Homework in Grade 4 is set on a Monday. Please check the Homework page for update homework information.

Language Arts homework this month is a reading homework with tasks. 

What’s happening in our classroom?

We are deep in the planning stage of our Wild Robot – Stop motion project! Exciting times! Learning about all that goes into pre-production; story boarding the full scene then breaking it shot by shot deciding what props and movement is needed. We are also learning about script writing and sound effects… that was my first week back! The sets are being built so behind-the-scenes sneak peeks will appear soon!

We also started our pre-public speaking persuasive writing practise looking at what persuasive writing is, what persuasive writing tool are using our knowledge of PEEL paragraphs to back up our points with evidence.

Science is paused for a few weeks but when we begin again we will be starting our cross-curricular innovation day project looking into pulley and gears in the Medieval times!

Here we are on PJ day:


December 20

Ms. Brigitte… Our Librarian Extraordinaire!

A simple book request was all that was asked…

…Students created a book profile with likes and dislikes and it was left with Ms. Brigitte to share some recommendations ready for our independent novel study that begins in January. Also, some students had asked for book recommendations over the Winter break.

We walked into the library to a range (at least 3!) of chapter books based upon likes/dislikes for each student:

Brigitte ALWAYS goes above and beyond for the students (and for teachers!) The care and attention she puts into each and every workshop and task is beautiful! Thank you Ms. Brigitte!

December 16

Understanding your learning style




If this does not sound familiar, do you even work in a school? I even find myself asking these questions when completing tasks for Dr. Mitzmacher and Ms Gordon…”Do I need to complete my report cards in sheets, can I use google docs?”

Ownership and autonomy over our learning and work is closely linked with how much effort and what mindset we then proceed to complete the task in. As our journey through Grade 4 continues and students continue to evolve, it makes sense to begin to look into different learning styles and what works best for each person. I am very much a kinaesthetic learner who learns through doing but I also need to take notes and enjoy creating visual sections in my work… One never fully falls into one style, most people have a dominant style and then other ways can compliment. Understanding your learning style can really switch up your mindset and attitude towards learning! For educators, understanding your student’s learning styles can make it easier to create, modify, and develop more efficient curriculum and educational programs. For students, understanding their learning style can completely change their view on school. Here is a great resource to find out more about learning style and multiple intelligences.

Students completed a simplistic learning style quiz this week and began to build a study plan of strategies that works best for them. At the OJCS, we OWN our OWN learning…

Understanding Your Student's Learning Style | Connections Academy



December 15

Building community workshop

Today, 4B attended a community building workshop with Quinn, our in-school councillor. The students took part in a variety of games  to practise using focused communication, when working as a group and how to use our strengths to positively help others. Our workshops will continue after the Winter break with 4a.

We finished with an activity that is always a crowd pleaser… the human knot!

December 15

Bilingual Social Studies Makerspace Project

Both Grade  4 Social studies classes have completed a research task about the Canadian Provinces and Territories in French and English. Students then used Tinkercad to design their cookie cutter in the shape of their chosen province or territory.

Here is our cookie cutters being made! The final update will land next week with the classes making a salt dough and then cutting out the map of Canada, allowing it to harden and then painting into a jigsaw! What fun!

Les deux classes d’études sociales de quatrième année ont terminé une tâche de recherche sur les provinces et les territoires canadiens en français et en anglais.