Wednesday, 16 January 2019

New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! 


Students have been working on writing about their holidays or choosing goals for themselves. They are using KidBlog to post their writing for their classmates to read and comment on. In the near future, we will be opening up our writing to family and other classroom connections so that we can expand our community.

Students are currently in the process of writing a narrative and they are going through the entire writing process; they are brainstorming ideas, making a plan, writing, editing, and self-assessing their stories. Once they are complete and ready for publishing, I will be sharing the stories with you. Stay tuned!

We are also focusing on reading. Students are working on finding books that they can be successful reading independently and working on sustained silent reading. So far I am very impressed.


Students are learning about elapsed time and our learning goal is, "I can estimate and measure how long an event takes."

This will be a fairly short unit and with our learning about time, students have also been working in centres with micro:bit software, binary coding, and small guided math groups. 

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week!

Mrs. Gill

Friday, 23 November 2018

First Two Weeks

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome to St. Martin de Porres. I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone these past two weeks, and I am really looking forward to the exciting year ahead.

In language, we are beginning narratives and will be writing our own stories. I am very impressed with the creativity I have seen so far!

In math, we will be beginning our measurement unit, as we just finished place value and ordering numbers.

During math today, everyone did very well trying to solve this math puzzle. Give it a try this weekend!

See you Monday!

Mrs. Gill

Friday, 19 October 2018

October Update

Happy Friday!

I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have been enjoying all that the fall season has to offer!

We have had such a busy few weeks! I apologize for not updating the blog last week.

We are well on our way with our class blog. The students all know how to login to KidBlog and write/edit their posts. They have really enjoyed being bloggers and have written two posts each so far. They are encouraged to work on their blog posts at home if they do not finish them in the class time or want to improve their work.  We will begin to add comments to each others blogs next week.

We have been participating in the Global Read Aloud where students all around the world participate in reading the same novel at the same time. We have been reading a novel called "A Boy Called Bat". We are all enjoying the novel and have been discussing and working with different writing elements as we go.

In math we are working on comparing and understanding representations of four digit numbers through a variety of tasks and activities. Ask your child to show you how to write a cheque!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

-Mrs. O'Connor

Friday, 21 September 2018

Week 3 - September 21/2018

Happy Friday! 

Thank you to all the families that came to program night on Wednesday. It was wonderful to meet so many of you.

We have had a busy week!
In language, we have started our "Daily 4" where students are rotating stations each day. We have started up our classroom blog (KidBlog) and have each linked our accounts as authors. We're excited to share the link with you all next week once we have our first posts ready for you to read!

In math, we are working on patterning and exploring growing, shrinking and repeating patterns. We have examined both number patterns, and shape patterns. We can extend patterns using t-charts, drawings, number lines and equations.

Toonies for Terry will be in full swing in the coming week, with our Terry Fox Walk on Friday, September 28th (lets hope for nice weather!).

Have a wonderful weekend! 

-Mrs. O'Connor
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Great Start to the School Year - Sept. 11/2018

Hi everyone!

We have had a wonderful first week in grade 4. We have spent so much time getting to know each other and learning our new routines and schedules. What a wonderful group of students we have in our class.

In math, we have started working on the patterning unit. We have been searching out number patterns within items we see everyday and describing their rule. Ask your child what number patterns we were able to find in a calendar!

A few reminders...

If you have not already done so, please return the Informed Consent form to us as soon as possible (it was sent home on the first day of school).

Our Program Night will be on Wednesday, September 19th/2018 from 6:30-8 pm. Please meet in the school gym for a short presentation. Following this, you are welcome to walk through the school and come see our classroom. I'm looking forward to meeting many of you!

Our school will be participating in the Terry Fox Walk again this year. The run is on Friday, September 28th/2018 at 2:30 pm. Information on fundraising and the walk  will be sent home this Friday. The class that raises the most money in each division will win a class pizza party!

This Friday, the grade 4 students will be heading to the Richmond Fair on a field trip! Forms were sent home today (Tuesday, Sept 11) and need to be returned ASAP so your child can attend!

The school sent out an e-mail regarding school pizza lunches. Please check your school messenger for information on how to sign up.

Thank you for a great first week! 

- Mrs. O'Connor

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Welcome to MRT Grade 4!

Happy September! It's hard to believe we are ready to begin another school year.

Welcome to our class blog! Here you will find updates (typically weekly) about our class. It will range from week to week, but it is made with the purpose of keeping you informed on what we are up to in the classroom. It will also include any school reminders, and copies of important communication notes.

Mrs. O'Connor will be running the class blog until early November when Mrs. Gill will return from her maternity leave and take it over. The blog address will stay consistent all year.

Our class introduction newsletter will go home on the first day of school, or you can view it here.

Looking forward to a great school year!

- Mrs. O'Connor