Grade 3 - March 2, 2018

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Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

Our second and final Compass Points Feedback coffee morning will be taking place on Tuesday, March 6th @ 8:30 am. For parents who could not attend either coffee morning, we will include a summary in the FLASH.

We hope you are able to attend.


Val and Struan

Spring Athletics

Spring Athletics are just around the corner!  To sign up for our Spring Teams and GADPs, please click here.  The schedule for our spring offerings is here . If you have any questions, please email our Athletics Assistant, Norah Baine, at


In PHE, the Grade 3’s were busy participating in the Grade 3 York School Olympics! The students used teamwork and worked on their fundamental movement skills while participating in activities such as two-person bobsled, luge and skeleton with scooter boards, hockey skills challenge and speed skating with scarves. All the Grade 3 Olympians showed tremendous teamwork and sportsmanship!

This week, we started a new unit on measuring length, perimeter and area. In this unit, your child will:

  • Estimate and measure in centimetres, metres and kilometres;
  • Estimate and measure perimeter in centimetres and metres
  • Estimate and measure area using non-standard units;
  • Recognize that different figures may have the same area and /or perimeter

Measurement is an important tool. The measurement skills students learn and develop in school will be invaluable in their life experiences. Measurement allows students to apply knowledge that they have learned in other areas of mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

During guided reading, we have continued our research into the three different regions of Ontario. Your child has also been writing poetry inspired by photos of their region’s landforms and animals. Next week, students will be designing a postcard to attract visitors to their region.

Exciting Grade 5 Exhibition Student Action

Our Grade 5 students are currently engaging in an independent inquiry named the Exhibition. It showcases the skills and demonstrates the IB Learner Profiles attributes and attitudes that students have acquired through their time in the PYP. The Exhibition focuses on student action. As part of the student action of our exhibition some of the students would like to communicate to the parent community and share their action.

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kaleigh and I am a Grade 5 student. As most of you know, in Grade 5 we do a big inquiry called Exhibition. If you have not heard of this, then here is a quick explanation. You get to pick an investigation  under the category of your Unit of Inquiry. Our theme is How We Express Ourselves. We independently have to research about our topics and later on, we write a five paragraph essay about our matter. Now we are working on our action piece.

My topic is studying cultural food on New Years. For part of my action, I am making a recipe book of different cultures foods. And for my action I would like you to help me out. So please, if you have any recipes at home or know anyone who has yummy and delicious recipes that express a culture or who you are, please put them in the brown box that says “recipes” on the fireplace mantle in the Gathering Place. Also, feel free to give more than one recipe. Please give the recipes in by Friday, March 9th.

Finally, I will put all the recipes together and make my recipe book! When it is completed, it will be on display in the Gathering Place so you can flip through and take pictures of the recipes that you like and that your family will enjoy too!

Thank you so much!


Kaleigh Metser

Dear Parents,

Hello, my name is Hayden. I am in grade 5, and, as many of you know, we are in the middle of completing the Exhibition. We had to pick a topic, research it, have a primary resource, and finally take action to make a difference. My topic is protest music. For my action, I have made a short video of protest songs and what issues they are about. I would appreciate if you could take the time in your day to watch my video. I hope that you can learn something new about the music that you might listen to on an everyday basis. Thank you!


Hayden Laurie

Protest Music Video

Looking Ahead

In French, students are continuing to practise their plays, Comment y aller. We look forward to filming after the March Break. Stay tuned for more details!

On Friday, March 7th, students will present their Mo-Li-Hua piece at assembly, commencing at 8.30am. They will be singing, playing xylophones, playing drums and performing a ribbon dance as well as singing a section in Mandarin.


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Junior School Showcase

A favourite event in the Junior School is the annual Junior School Showcase. It is back again this spring but with a little change. Instead of one showcase for students from Grades 1 to 5, there will be two showcases, one for Grades 1-3 on April 13th and one for Grades 4-5 on May 4th. The showcases will take place during assigned assemblies from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in the gymnasium. Students from Grades 1 to 5 are invited to participate. Parents of students participating in showcase are invited to attend. Each student may present for a maximum of 90 seconds. Videos may also be submitted to be shown during the showcase. If you have any questions, please email Jessica Smart at We welcome all students to participate.

The Showcase

  • Builds our Junior School community
  • Celebrates interests and passions of students
  • Demonstrates the diversity of students
  • Develops independent self-management skills

The Showcase process is:

  • Students sign-up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria.
    Sign-up starts on Monday, March 5th and ends on Friday, March 9th.
  • Student will attend at least two practices between Tuesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 12th.

To participate, students and families need to commit to:

  • Prepared, practiced and rehearsed performances
  • One audition at school
  • One rehearsal at school
  • To be at school at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the showcase
  • To be responsible for props and any accessories needed


Author Visit

On Tuesday, March 6th, the Library will be hosting Phyllis Bordo reading her book to the Grade 1-3 students. She will be reading her debut picture book entitled "Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries". Mrs. Bordo is Max Bordo [2B]'s grandmother.

Period 1 - 8.30 - 9.15 AM - Classes 1A, 1B and 2A
Period 2 - 9.15 - 10 AM - Classes 2B, 3A and 3B

Parents are welcome to attend this reading in the Library.

India - Global Pathways School Donation Drive

Important Dates

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