Grade 3 - December 21 /2017


What an amazing whole-school concert! Thank you to all of the parents who were able to celebrate with us on Wednesday morning. We may be a bit biased, but we thought that “Donkey Riding” was the best performance! We were impressed with the way your children could coordinate themselves with the stomping and the clapping. Well done!

The Grade 3 team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful winter break. We hope that you enjoy the time with your families. We look forward to seeing our students in the new year.

In Math, we have been examining different types of figures and their attributes. This unit is very vocabulary rich. We have been discussing polygons, quadrilaterals, pentagons, trapezoids and more. We use geoboards (with elastics) to help our students develop a conceptual understanding of these concepts. We have also begun to investigate angles. In Grade 3, students need to know what a right angle is and show an angle that is greater than and less than a right angle.

In Inquiry, we dove into our inquiry around structures. We were impressed with their pre-existing knowledge about this topic. Here are some of the things that your children already knew about structures:

  • Structures are made of different materials

  • Structures are built for different purposes

  • Structures are most effective when they are strong and stable

  • Certain rules help structures to be strong

  • Structures are made with different parts

Using this prior knowledge, reinforced by the concepts the students have been investigating since their trip to the Ontario Science Centre, the Grade 3 students took part in the Marshmallow Challenge. Working in groups, 3A and 3B competed to build the tallest structure using only spaghetti, string, and tape, topped by a marshmallow. Both classes did a phenomenal job of working collaboratively, thinking creatively, and adapting strategies from our previous explorations. Please go to this link to see photos of this exciting provocation.

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In French, students were given their roles for the play, Comment y aller. They are very excited to begin rehearsing after the holidays! If your child would like to practise their lines at home, here are some suggestions for doing so:

  • Watch the video of the play on the AIM Portal

  • Watch the video of the play with the actions on the AIM Portal

  • Listen to the narrated version of the story on the AIM Portal

All students enjoyed a French meal including yummy crêpes at lunch on Tuesday thanks to members of the French Café and Chef Christian!

In PSE we have been learning about the different “Zones” of emotions. The students have identified that all emotions are valid and have a purpose. For example, when playing competitive sports, the higher energy emotions in the yellow and red zones can be helpful in reaching specific goals. The students have also identified the body clues that signal when someone is in a particular zone, why they may be in that zone and how they may affect others when they are in that zone.


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Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month for November/December. Jamie Katz was chosen from the U11 Boys Basketball team for his tremendous dedication to the team.

And Roksana Perminova was picked from the U10/U11 Girls Volleyball team, as she is a focussed team player, who is always working hard to improve her skills.  

Congratulations to our Gladiators!


New Online Learning Tool: IXL

Below are the IXL objectives that we assigned over the last 3 weeks. If your child was not able to complete the required practice time or if they would like to do additional exercises, we encourage them to do so. They are also free to try other exercises related to data management and geometry in the Grade 3 section. Have fun!


Group 1: Grade 3 - W 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9

Group 2: Grade 4 - P. 1, 2, 3

Data & Graphing

Group 1: Grade 2 - Q. 2, 3, 6, 7

Group 2: Grade 3 - U. 4, 5, 8, 9

Group 3: Grade 4 - L. 1, 4, 5


The York Shop next Customer Service date for uniform exchanges and or returns is Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Junior School just outside the Junior School Shop. If you have any questions please email

During the school day, students in Grades 1 - 5 are outside for recess three times a day and at the end of the day for pick up/aftercare. To fully enjoy the excitement that the winter season brings, appropriate winter clothing will enhance their outdoor experience. Grade 1, 2, and 3 students are expected to wear winter coats, snow pants, hat, waterproof mittens/gloves and waterproof winter boots at each recess. Even if it is dry and there is no snow, it is still cold. As it warms up, snow pants can be replaced by rain pants, rain boots and a lighter jacket. The clothing is standard for this age group.

Please send all attendance-related (pick up, drop off or absence) e-mails to as well as your child’s homeroom teacher. If you are e-mailing regarding a change in pick up, please do so before 1 pm as we are often working with the children last period and do not get a chance to check e-mail before dismissal. This will ensure that the message is received and passed on for safe pick up.

Important Dates

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

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