June 10

Summer Reading List

Hello Grade 4 students and Families,

Here is the summer reading challenge – click here for a copy of the instructions

Get reading this Summer and you could win prizes from the OJCS library.  Prizes include new books, fidgets, stationary supplies, and posters.  All you need to do is read 4 chapter books – either from the recommendations on the OJCS Library Summer Reading List for your grade, or the chapter books of your choice.


Return this sheet and the parent/guardian signature form in September to claim your prize

  • Book 1 _________________________________________________
  • Book 2_________________________________________________
  • Book 3_________________________________________________
  • Book 4_________________________________________________


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April 19

Explore the World: Why Learning Languages Matters!

Hey there, Grade 4 Language explorers! I am Señor Parkinson, I am a French and Spanish High school teacher (and Ms.M’s husband!)

Have you ever wondered why learning languages is so cool? Well, get ready to embark on a journey as we discover the exciting world of language learning together!

Imagine being able to talk to people from all around the world, understand different cultures, and explore new places without ever leaving your classroom. That’s the magic of learning languages! When you learn a new language, you open doors to new friendships, new adventures, and endless possibilities.

Make Friends Around the World:

    • Learning languages is like having a superpower—it lets you talk to people from different countries and cultures.
    • Imagine chatting with someone from Japan, France, or Israel! You can learn about their favourite foods, games, and traditions.
    • So, learning languages helps you make friends all over the globe! 🌎

Boost Your Brain Power:

      • Think of your brain as a superhero headquarters. When you learn a new language, it’s like adding an extra gadget to your utility belt.
      • Bilingual brains are super flexible—they can switch between languages faster than a ninja! 🥋
      • Plus, being bilingual makes your brain stronger and smarter. 🧠💪


Open Doors to Cool Jobs:

    • Imagine working as a travel guide, helping tourists explore ancient ruins in Egypt or bustling markets in India.
    • Or maybe you’ll be a language detective, solving mysteries using your language skills!
    • Learning languages opens up exciting job opportunities. It’s like finding a secret treasure map to success! 🗺️💼
So, young language learners, keep practicing those words and phrases. Who knows? You might become a language superhero one day! 🌟🦸‍♀️

Let’s Get Started!

So, are you ready to dive into the wonderful world of language learning? Whether you’re interested in Spanish, French, Hebrew or any other language, there’s a whole world of fun waiting for you to explore! Talk to your teachers, check out some language apps or books, and get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Leave a comment below in a language of your choice and say hi!

The world is waiting for you, Grade 4 language explorers – let’s go! 🌍✨

April 17

Guest Blogger: Skycoo_Forever shares about the Grade 4 Model Seder

A Seder is when you get to dress up in fancy clothing. This is the order of how you would do the Sedar at home but it is in Hebrew.

קדש, ורחץ, כרפס, יחץ, מגיד, רחצה, מוציא, מצה, מרור, כורך, שולחן עורך, צפון, ברך הלל, נרצה

And now these are the 10 plagues of Egypt                דם








here is my model Sedar book

There are some specific songs that you will sing here they are

The Ballad of the Four Sons                                    
(to the tune of “Clementine”) 

Said the father to his children,
“At the seder you will dine,
You will eat your fill of matzoh,
You will drink four cups of wine.” 

Now this father had no daughters,
But his sons they numbered four.
One was wise and one was wicked,
One was simple and a bore.

And the fourth was sweet and winsome,
he was young and he was small.
While his brothers asked the questions
he could scarcely speak at all.

Said the wise one to his father
“Would you please explain the laws?
Of the customs of the seder
Will you please explain the cause?

And the father proudly answered,
“As our fathers ate in speed,
Ate the paschal lamb ‘ere midnight
And from slavery were freed.”

So we follow their example
And ‘ere midnight must complete
All the seder and we should not
After 12 remain to eat.

Then did sneer the son so wicked
“What does all this mean to you?”
And the father’s voice was bitter
As his grief and anger grew.

“If you yourself don’t consider
As son of Israel,
Then for you this has no meaning
You could be a slave as well.”

Then the simple son said simply
“What is this,” and quietly
The good father told his offspring
“We were freed from slavery.”

But the youngest son was silent
For he could not ask at all.
His bright eyes were bright with wonder
As his father told him all.

My dear children, heed the lesson
and remember evermore
What the father told his children
Told his sons that numbered four.

מה נשתנה הלילה הזה

מכל הלילות

מכל הלילות

שבכל הלילות אנו אוכלין

חמץ ומצה, חמץ ומצה

הלילה הזה, הלילה הזה

כולו מצה.

שבכל הלילות

אין אנו מטבילין

אפילו פעם אחת, אפילו פעם אחת

הלילה הזה, הלילה הזה

שתי פעמים.

שבכל הלילות

אנו אוכלין

בין יושבין ובין מסובין

בין יושבין ובין מסובין

הלילה הזה, הלילה הזה

כולנו מסובין.

שבכל הלילות

אנו אוכלין

שאר ירקות, שאר ירקות

הלילה הזה, הלילה הזה

כולו מרור.

מה נשתנה הלילה הזה מכל הלילות 

Here are some pictures from our Sedar at grade 4

April 15

Independent Study Skill practise – Preparation for Grade 5

As we approach Passover break, we start to think about the final months leading you to the summer break and (maybe!) the terrifying transition of Grade 5!!! Can I let you into a secret… it’s not scary upstairs! It is so much fun!

What may feel overwhelming is the unknown and not knowing what to expect. As we prepare for this, we complete several ‘walkthroughs’ to familiarize you with the space before the summer break.

Another area that students regularly feel overwhelmed about is the amount of homework and tests/quizzes. The content isn’t usually the big issue, it is developing independent study skills that you may be unfamiliar with. With this in mind, you are going to be practising independent study skills for this week’s homework. The below slide deck is a fun way to practice these skills:

Parent link alert! Here are some tips to help your child develop these skills – comment below if you have strategies that have helped develop independence


April 9

Homework and Study Skills

Just a reminder about checking the grade 4 homework board for all updates about homework.

As we prepare for Grade 5, students will be taking part in a variety of workshops about organization and study skills preparing them for both using a paper and an electronic version and finding out what works best for them.


Check out this video which will help you get the best out of using a paper agenda

If you choose the electronic version, you can start to familiarise yourself with the tools within the Google suite such as Google Keep or Google Tasks. 

Check out this video about Study skills – Comment below about how you study and what skill you might try out next time!

April 1

Stop Motion Project

Hello, Grade 4 Families,

….And the Oscar goes to…

I cannot wait to be named in all of the future animator’s Oscar speeches when they thank all those who inspired them!

Check out our Stop Motion Movie clips! Just in time for the real Wild Robot Movie which will be released later this year… field trip anyone!?


March 1

Upcoming School events!

Hello, Grade 4 Families,

Here are the upcoming events. Each child will be coming home with the below slide.

*For Monday, March 25th dress down day during Ruach Week, we decided as a class that each person will wear whatever costume they want (school-appropriate) for the Carnival!