Loud and Proud in Grade 4!

As we get ready to celebrate our learning at our Millgrove Open House today, we have lots of things to be proud of!

One highlight of our year has been the citizenship and leadership shown by the Grade 4’s throughout the year.  We have enjoyed our activities with our younger buddies, whether it be reading or special events.  When there is a job that needs to be done such as recycling, book shelving or being tour guides at the Kindergarten Open House, Grade 4’s are perfect for the position!  We decided to share the good feelings with our “Honk For Kindness”.

We are also proud of the work we’ve done in Science this year.  Earlier this year, the entire school enjoyed visiting our rooms and seeing what we had created for our Caine’s Arcade projects.  Last week it was time for the annual Millgrove Science Fair!  Our classrooms were busy places as students from Grades 1 – 3 toured our projects and learned about Light and Shadow, Plants, Wheels and Levers, Moving Devices and Waste and Our World.

We’ve enjoyed sharing our learning in Social Studies as well.  It was great to learn about our family histories through our Alberta Projects and Heritage Feast.  Currently, the Grade 4 students are working at persuading our MLA Doug Horner to think carefully about the priorities for the Education Budget.  They’ve identified what they think is important in our school – do you agree?

These are just a few of the things that make us proud to be part of Grade 4 at Millgrove!  Please take a moment to add what makes you proud of our Millgrove Grade 4’s in the comments.

Honk for Kindness

We just shared this movie with our Grade 4 students

Our classes have been working with our PLC team led by Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Stumbur on our current CAVE theme of Kindness.  There have been random acts of Kindness occurring all over Millgrove – you might even have been the recipient of a cup of coffee in the parking lot last week.  After watching “Honk if You Love Someone”,  the Grade 4 students agreed with Massoud Adipour that holding a sign is a simple project – one that we could do too!

So, if you happen to be driving by Millgrove on Calahoo Road tomorrow afternoon between  2:35 and 3:00 pm, don’t be surprised to see us waving signs at you … and feel free to honk!


Heritage Feast

Our Alberta Stories have been amazing!  We have learned so much about Alberta and its history from each other.  So far we have learned about soddies, immigration, homesteads, muskeg, the Metis, and so much more.

We are looking forward to celebrating our Heritage Feast on Monday, November 5.

Students are invited to bring a dish to school that reflects either their cultural heritage, or a dish that reflects their Canadian/Albertan story.  We will be eating lunch in the gym, and our Alberta Stories will be on display for students and guests to see. Students may also invite a family member to dine and view the projects.

Please have your dishes at the school, ready to serve by 11:30 am. It is helpful if you have your child make a label with the name of the dish and the country/province it represents. Remember to also include any serving utensils needed, as we do not have a wide selection here at school. All plates/platters/bowls/spoons/etc. should be clearly labelled with your child’s name, so that they make it safely home again.

We need help to make this event successful, and greatly appreciate your time.  If you are able to assist with setup and/or clean up with this event, please write a note in your child’s agenda.

A Heritage Feast page has been added to our Grade 4 Blog where you are welcome to add your recipes and any stories about your family dish.  Check it out at http://www.psdblogs.ca/millgrove4/heritage-feast/

We are excited about sharing our Alberta Stories with each other, and looking forward to finding out more about when, how and why our families came to this province.  We love that we get to learn so much about each other and Alberta’s history in the process!

Alberta Bound!

 Thanksgiving dinner

This weekend, as we gather with relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t be surprised if your child asks about how, when and why your family came to Alberta.  We will be beginning our “My Alberta Story” projects next week and Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect opportunity for a little research!

Students will be developing criteria for their projects next week, and will begin sharing with their classes the week of October 22.  The criteria and more details will be posted next week.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us in Grade 4!

Bright Ideas and an Oreo Cookie…

Bright ideas and an Oreo cookie can lead to a whole lot of learning (and maybe a little fun…)  This Friday, Grade 4 students will join classes around the globe for the O.R.E.O Project (Our Really Exciting Online Project).  In addition to several math related activities, students will see how many cookies they can use to create an Oreo stack.  After two attempts, their highest score will be totalled with the rest of the class.  Students will then calculate the average and submit the score. We will be able to compare our results with other classes from around the world.  This project gives us opportunities to practice

  • estimation
  • measurement (time and height)
  • addition and subtraction
  • multiplication and division
  • learn vocabulary (mean, median, mode, average)

as well as creating and solving a variety of problems.

Students are welcome to wear black and white clothing to go along with our Oreo theme of the day.

We will be sharing our results (and some pictures of the fun!) next week.  Stay tuned!

The Big Reveal

Thanks to everyone who participated in trying to match the Grade 4teacher to their Grade 4 picture. Congratulations to all of you for guessing that Mr. Whalen was photo # 2.  Most of you guessed that photo #3 was Ms. Graham. After that, it got a little tougher! Something that hasn’t changed is Mrs. Constantin’s brilliant smile, and that was the giveaway to recognizing that she was photo #4, leaving Mrs. Holden as photo #1.

Mrs. Holden

Mr. Wahlen

Ms. Graham

Mrs. Constantin


Caine’s Arcade – Global Cardboard Challenge

In just a few weeks, The Grade 4’s at Millgrove School will be participating in the Global Cardboard challenge with the Imagination Foundation. We have joined the world to play while raising funds to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids. Over 100 events in 25 countries have already signed up…and we are one of them! A new video was just released, take a few moments to watch this short film about a 9 year old boy’s cardboard arcade, located in his dad’s used auto parts store in East LA. We are so excited to have our students explore with their imaginations and see where it will take them.

More details of the project are posted right of this blog titled Caine’s Arcade page. We will be posting photos as we start creating !

“…The kids who are building and sharing their own cardboard creations can instantly see themselves as part of a real movement.” -MacArthur Foundation

“It’s not a stretch to say that “Caine’s Arcade” makes a convincing case for “connected learning,” a model that embraces social media as a way for kids to link up with peers and mentors—a kind of crowdsourced education.” -New Yorker

“Caine’s story proves that sometimes if you build it—no matter how improbable or crazy or unrealistic it might seem—they actually will come. And that is something worth celebrating…It’s a powerful statement about what the Web and social tools can do…I think we are only beginning to see the potential of that ecosystem.” -Bloomberg Businessweek


We know that Grade 4 is going to be a memorable year, for the students and the staff. Looking back on our memories of Grade 4, there are a few that have stood the test of time. We’ve also found some pictures that have lasted (some longer than others!) Can you match the picture with the memory? Hover over the picture to see the number. Leave a comment with your guess, and check back to see the answers next week.

A. Mrs. Constantin remembers  learning how to handwrite and the pride I felt when I could write my entire name. I distinctly remember the fear that gripped my heart and grew butterflies in my stomach as I got on stage at my school’s yearly talent show to perform a tap dance to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”! I did great and finished with a huge smile!

B. Ms. Graham says Grade 4 was the year I started developing my artistic side. I began taking music lessons in flute and clarinet. I remember playing solos during our Christmas concerts! I also realized my potential with painting and drawing. I won a drawing contest with the reward being McDonald’s for a year! Grade 4 was a great year!

C. Mrs. Holden remembers that Grade 4 was my first year in a new school, so I made lots of new friends.  I also got to read a book about the man called Grey Owl, and I built a miniature beaver lodge as a book project for it.  A memory that really stands out is that during recesses, we built the biggest snow fort in the world, as big as the school (or at least it seemed like it at the time!).

D. Mr. Wahlen says some of my best memories happened outside of school and I was able to bring my experiences in and share with my class.  It made me an individual and I felt special.  Karate and swimming were my passions during this time.  Karate only lasted a year, but swimming became a part of my life even through University where I swam for the varsity team.