Box 10, 3900 Arthur Drive, Delta BC V4K 3N5
1 604-946-2611

Welcome to Grade 4 at Sacred Heart!

Sacred Heart Catholic School
At Sacred Heart Elementary we aim for excellence in education and endeavour to meet the unique needs of every student. Guided by our Catholic faith, and supported by the fabric of family and community, we are committed to meeting the spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional needs of individual students,  Within a learning environment that is both stimulating and supportive, we foster in our students a love of learning, a strong work ethic, and provide them with a solid academic foundation.  It is our hope that when students graduate from Sacred Heart, they leave with a strong moral compass and the self confidence to meet all of life's challenges head on.

5 Finger Rule

If your child reads aloud to you and on any given page, does not know more than 5 words, then the book is at a level too high for them. Some of the kids love reading large novels, but often do not comprehend what they are reading. A novel is not the only piece of literature a child can read. They can read a multitude of material through non-fiction fact books, magazines, online articles as well as fiction books. The main goal is to get them reading and to enjoy what they are reading. Finding a book about a boy who is lonely and finds a dog, and giving that book to a boy who hates reading but loves dogs, might just spark enough interest for him to try the book out. Check out Scholastic for more information about age appropriate new books! The best help you can give your child is to have them read aloud to you.


Reading Suggestions

Fiction and Graphic Novels Non-Fiction
  1. The Bone series by Jeff Smith
  2. The Island and Everest Series by Gordon Korman
  3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  4. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
  6. Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  7. Dear Canada Series
  8. Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi
  9. 39 Clues Series
  10. 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids by Amy Zuckerman and Jim Daly
  1. George's Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking
  2. How much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
  3. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
  4. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
  5. The Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  6. 100 Scariest Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne
  7. Be a Writing Superstar by Joel A. Sutherland
  8. The Hilarious History of Hockey by Helaine Becker
  9. Horrible Histories Series by Terry Deary
  10. Horrible Science Series by Nick Arnold

Read 20 mins
All LA/Journal/Math/Religion notebooks to be collected for marking Thursday- complete outstanding assignments, file work, & fix up before then!
FSA dates posted on Website- Quick Updates section
Read 20 mins
Read 20 mins
Notebooks due Tom.
Read 20 mins
Read 20 mins
Bring home PE strip

Important Dates for October:

October 2nd-13th: Chalice Coin Drive to purchase farm animals for needy families globally in honour of St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day (Oct. 4th)

Oct. 25th:  Hot Lunch

Oct. 26th: Photo Day

Oct. 26th: School Mass Class 3A

Oct. 26th:  Parent Teacher Interviews 3:30-8:30

Oct. 27th: No School- Parent Teacher Interviews 9am-12

Oct. 23rd- Nov. 3rd: Tentative FSA testing days





Homework Policy

Please check your child's planner as your student will write his or her homework in it and it may contain notes from the school that need your attention.  Please feel free to leave notes in the planner if you need to communicate to the school.

Homework:  Work assigned to be completed at home.

Completion Work:  Work sent home to be finished up after a reasonable amount of class time was provided.  

If you find that your child is bringing home a significant amount of completion work, it may be because they are not making good use of class time, or are having difficulty with the material.  Feel free to contact your child's teacher with any concerns you may have.  Please note:  Completion work does not count as homework on the weekends.

Check out these great resources!

Sacred Heart School 

Nelson Math Focus Four
Good website for practicing for upcoming tests

Supplementary Math Resource - Khan Academy

Supplementary Math Worksheet Generators

Nelson Science Probe Four
Check out this website for practice quizzes before tests as well as some links to great websites to supplement your child's learning and interests at home.

Cursive Handwriting Animation

Students have been hard at work inquiring into our first thematic unit, Identity and Perspective.  As we wrap up, I thought I'd share some highlights with you!  Students have been learning about their own identity.  We've discussed culture, religion, gifts & talents, abilities, weaknesses, learning styles, likes & dislikes, and life experiences. Students have been working on their emotional awareness through our Zones of Regulation program, and their ability to reflect through their Reflection Journals.  Currently, students are working on a collage of their "likes" for our Fall bulletin board, and are about to start work on a personal crest of their gifts and talents that they can use to help others as part of a community. We studied optical illusions as a fun way of discussing different perspectives and how identity shapes our point of view.  Students surveyed each other in Math to see other people's preferences on a variety of different topics, as well as studied Behavior Mapping to gain insight into how their actions affect others' thoughts and actions. Students wrote their own (very entertaining!) "Fractured Fairytale" where they wrote a fairytale from a different perspective.  In Social Studies, students have been learning about the Aboriginal Perspective and comparing it to Western and Catholic perspectives through learning about the lunar cycle (13 Moons on Turtle's Back) vs the Gregorian Calendar, and Aboriginal vs Catholic creation stories.  Students have learned about Aboriginal legends and performed Legend Skits in Fine Arts.  We will soon be learning about other Legends from around the world in Language Arts.

In Religion, students are learning about the 10 Commandments and how they are still relevant today.  They are writing their own set of "Grade 4 Commandments" which highlight what they think is important, from their perspective, for students in Grade 4.  We are also learning about "Celebrities of the Bible" particularly focusing on Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses.

Our next thematic unit is on Community and Interconnectedness. Next week we will be starting our "Delta Detectives" Kit from the Delta Museum.  Students will be learning about the history of our community as well as learning about primary and secondary sources.  Stay tuned for our next update!

All the best,

Mrs. Ballarin

FSA Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 24th 10:30-12:  Online Math e-FSA

Thursday, Oct. 26th 10:30-12:  Online Reading e-FSA

Monday, Oct. 30th 10:30-12:  Reading Comprehension/Short Write FSA

Wednesday, Nov. 1st 10:30-12:  Long Write FSA

Friday, Nov. 3rd 10:30-12:  Written Math FSA

About Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Elementary is a Catholic Independent school serving the communities of Ladner and Tsawwassen in South Delta, BC.  With a beautiful campus, dedicated staff and a wide range of extracurricular activities, students in K-7 receive a well rounded education within a loving Christian environment.

Contact Us

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Box 10, 3900 Arthur Drive Delta, BC, V4K 3N5
1 604-946-2611