Grade 3 - November 3 / 2017


This week concluded our second round of parent-teacher conferences. We want to thank all parents for their time in meeting with us. It was such a pleasure meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress so far this year.

This week in math, we have been focussing on adding and subtracting two- and three-digit numbers. We have developed a variety of strategies for doing this including: breaking apart the ones and tens, counting up/down, as well as the traditional algorithm. We will continue to work on 3-digit subtraction next week.

In language, we explored the concept of summarizing a fable by using the format Someone Wanted But So Then. See here for further details. We will take what we know about summarizing to help us master our next reading and writing skill of retelling stories.

In inquiry, we’ve been sharing the cultural artifacts brought in by the students. We’ve been impressed with the variety of artifacts ranging from family heirlooms like special jewellery and Chinese foot binding shoes to special books and symbols from different religions.

This summer, all IXL accounts for SK to Grade 3 students were closed. The decision was made to better align with the revised homework policy and to promote real-world math activities. Many families have shared that IXL had become a part of their routine and they missed having an account. As such, we have reopened all student accounts from Grade 1 to 3. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you reengage with IXL!

In French, students are practising their numbers from 1 to 20 with a catchy tune found here. Also, students are encouraged to practise their gestures or watch the video of the play Comment y aller on the AIM portal. Please log in with your child and explore all the videos and activities. Lastly, students are encouraged to practise vocabulary from the play via Quizlet.


Nutrition Committee
Are you interested in becoming the next Chair of our Nutrition Committee? Now is the time to put your name forward to join a group of parents, teachers, administrators and food service providers to lead conversations about healthy eating at our Junior School. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Wyatt at

Birthday Treat Policy
On another note, we are delighted with the changes we have made to the Birthday Treat Policy as we look forward to celebrating all of your children's birthdays in the Junior School this year. Each child celebrating their birthday will be made to feel special by their classroom community and teachers on their special day but without a treat accompaniment.

We will also be celebrating birthdays as a whole school on three occasions during the school year - November 29 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of August, September, October and November; March 28 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of December, January, February and March; and, June 6 for all birthdays celebrated during the months of April, May, June and July.

In lieu of individual families providing the treat for their child on their special day, the school will be providing mini cupcakes from Sweets From the Earth, which will be free of gluten, nuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Our food service provider, Aramark have sourced these treats so that all of our children can enjoy together.

Congratulations for a great Fall Season!  We are ready to start our Winter season next week. Anyone interested in playing a sport should come to the first practice/meeting. The start dates are as follows:

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Practice schedules are on our website - or you can click here for easy reference (make sure you scroll down to the Winter schedule). There are still some spots available in our GADPs - please click here to register for those!

Go Gladiators!


We hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween this week! There was a lot of excitement around the festivities and we want to kindly remind you that our school food policy remains in place and that no candy, chocolate or bags of chips be brought to school.

As part of our new unit, we will be visiting the Aga Khan Museum. This is a very fun and engaging trip. The students not only get to view the exhibits, but also get to make their own clay tile and water colour painting with real gold leaf! If you would like to volunteer for this trip, please email Ms. Cummings or Ms. Newell.

Here is the link for the Venturing Out Form for this field trip. Please note the Special Information section of the form. The Aga Khan Museum is not a nut-free facility.

Every morning, the Junior School takes a mindful moment, led by Ms. Mary Moffat-Johansson at 8:25 a.m. In order to help our students and staff effectively practise, we require the hallways on the second and third floors to be silent. Students arriving during the mindful moment will be asked to wait on the first floor with Ms. Faba or another staff member until the mindful moment is over.

Important Dates

Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.

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