Grade 3 - April 6/2018

Uniform return and or exchange with Top Marks.  Please bring any new uniform purchase that you wish to return or exchange to Top Marks on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Junior School York Shop from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Spring Athletics

Welcome to the Spring Season for Athletics!  Our Track and Field teams have started their practices, and our GADPs start next week!  If you still have not registered for any GADPs, there’s still time! Click here to register. If you have a child participating in athletics this season, you can easily see their schedule on The York School website, by clicking on your child’s name (top left of the menu bar) and scrolling down to Athletics near the bottom of the page. Click on their team (it will be in blue) and you will be taken to the team page.  Click over to the schedule for all the team practices and games. Have a great season, Gladiators!

Our Community Blue Jays game tickets are now on sale.  If you’d like to purchase tickets to the Sunday, June 10th game against the Baltimore Orioles, please click on the poster.

International Day of Pink

The York School will recognize the International Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 11. Next Wednesday, students can wear pink clothing and accessories (pink t-shirt, socks, ribbons, etc.) in addition to their uniform. In their classrooms, students will engage in activities and discussions on themes of diversity, inclusion and bullying.


Thank you for joining us on Wednesday in homeroom for our Celebration of Learning. Your children have been working hard to demonstrate their learning of the different landform regions in Ontario. They did this through their contour maps in Art, their research and writing during guided reading and in taking action by sharing their learning on Wednesday. Here are some pictures of the morning.

Have you ever felt discriminated against due to your gender, race, religion, abilities or who you love? If so, start an age-appropriate discussion with your child about your experiences as this relates to our new Unit of Inquiry on children’s rights. On Thursday, the Grade 3s had a first-hand experience related to gender discrimination. Inspired by this video, we took all of the Grade 3s outside for a short garbage clean up activity in advance of Earth Day on April 22nd. Afterwards, the boys were given a full cup of popcorn and the girls were given half of what the boys were given. See here for some pictures and videos of the experience. Once they realized the disparity (that they did not receive the same amount of popcorn for the same amount of work), it sparked some interesting discussions around gender equality in Canada and around the world. Issues related to this included: sports, workplace pay, education and more. We encourage you to continue the conversation at home by asking questions and listening to your child. They are full of insight and wonder at such disparity. The boys came up with a solution to this imbalance. They wanted to share their popcorn with the girls to ensure they had an equal amount. In fact, we topped up the girls’ cups to make sure that both the boys and the girls had the same.

During Math, we have moved on to exploring the concept of fractions. During this unit, your child will:

Find fractions of a whole, of a length, and of a set.

Solve fraction problems.

Explore mixed numbers

We use fractions everyday in many different situations. Encourage your child to recognize the use of fractions in daily life; for example, when filling a glass half full, measuring ingredients for a recipe, or sharing cookies.


There was huge excitement this week as the long-awaited recorders finally arrived. The students are so excited to begin learning their first wind instrument. First and foremost, we learned how the recorder needs a soft flow of air to make a beautiful sound. The pads of the finger, where our fingerprints are, cover the holes. We don’t use finger tips. If the sound from the recorder is not a beautiful one, they know to check those two things and make adjustments. This will be the focus of their practise at home this week. Ten minutes every other day is all that is required. They have recorder books, which I will send home next week.


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)


Please keep an eye on the ever changing temperatures and ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Students should have outside shoes for recess and dismissal.

Looking Ahead

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.

On Wednesday April 25, Grades 1-3 will be seeing the talented Gregg LeRock in concert en français! Students are encouraged to listen to Gregg LeRock’s music at home by clicking on the link here.

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.