Grade 3 - March 29, 2018

Spring Athletics

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Welcome back everyone! We hope that you had a lovely and restful March Break! We are so happy to see all of your children back at school and ready to go!


This week in Math, we have been investigating the relationship between area and perimeter. The students have been busy designing a park on graph paper. Each item that they place on their plan will have the area and perimeter calculated. We look forward to seeing the final projects. Our next mathematical unit will be the inquiry into fractions.


We are beginning a new unit this term under the theme of, Who we are. The unit is about children’s rights.

The central idea is: The rights of children need to be respected and protected.

The lines of inquiry are:

Rights of children around the world

Organizations that support the rights of children

Our responsibility for protecting children’s rights

Throughout this unit, we will be evaluating a variety of public service announcements about children’s rights. The resulting summative project for this unit will be the students creating a public service announcement in groups. The students absolutely LOVE this summative.

In Art, the Grade 3’s have just completed their landform models to coincide with their unit of inquiry. They will be moving onto another art unit next week that will connect with their new unit of inquiry on children’s rights.


The dates for filming the French play, Comment y aller, have been set! Please see the separate email sent to all parents with all the specific details. For your quick reference, here are the dates:

3A French: Thursday April 19 (Groups 1, 2 & 3), Friday April 20 (Groups 4 & 5)

3B French: Tuesday April 17 (Groups 1, 2 & 3), Wednesday April 18 (Groups 4 & 5)

Exciting Grade 5 Exhibition Student Action

Looking Ahead

You are invited to visit your child's homeroom classroom next Wednesday, April 4th from 8:30-9 AM.

The Grade 3’s have been working hard on their research, contour maps and poems about the different landform regions in Ontario. We invite you to come and learn all about it next week! 

As part of an ongoing celebration of the myriad languages spoken in our community, students will have the opportunity to greet their peers in their mother tongue language during morning announcements. If your child is interested in showcasing their first language, please have them speak with Mme. Beatty.

Junior School Showcase

We are in the midst of auditions this week and next and the students are working hard to prepare their performances. Please note, there has been a change in the dates and times of the Showcases.

Grades 1-2: Friday, April 27th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Grades 3-5: Friday, May 4th 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Parents of students participating in the 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

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 signed up for the Showcase on the signup form outside of the cafeteria. Sign-up started on Monday, March 5th and ended on Friday, March 9th.
  • Students 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

Spring Fulford Debate Tournament

On Saturday the 21st of April, the York School is hosting the Spring Fulford Debate Tournament and we need judges! Established in 1949, the Fulford League is the oldest student debate league in Ontario. There will be about 16 CIS schools (York is not participating, as we host) debating in three rounds. The first two rounds are prepared: "This House (as Canada) would rescind Aung Sang Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship". There will be a briefing which will teach you how to judge debate, but if you can fill out a rubric, you're good!

The day will run from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

It would be great if you can join us and see what student debate looks like (it's actually quite delightful, in our humble, objective opinion). If you're free, please fill out the form here and join us!


Grace Nolan, Rob Burkett, and Shannon Barber

Important Dates

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