Grade 3 - December 8 / 2017


What a great trip to the Ontario Science Centre! Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that come with us on this trip. We hope that you had fun. Here are some pictures from our amazing trip!

This week, the Grade 3s have completed their Cinderella stories and are looking forward to sharing them with you.

In Math, we have started a new unit about 2D and 3D shapes. We will be investigating the various properties of both of these groups.

In Inquiry, we have also begun a new unit about structures.

The central idea for this unit is: All structures are built with a common set of rules.

The lines of inquiry are:

  1. How a structure has both form and function (form)

  2. How structures need to be strong and stable to be useful (function)

  3. How structures are affected by forces acting on them (causation)

In French, students are strongly encouraged to spend time on the AIM portal watching the video of the play and/or practising their gestures. Quizlet is another engaging online tool to build vocabulary related to the play, Comment y aller.

Looking Ahead 

New Online Learning Tool: IXL

As mentioned in last week’s Flash, we will be assigning the following questions for math homework next week. Please see our letter to parents about how and why we’re using it. Log-in information is also included.

IXL is in lieu of the POW and we will be tracking students’ time spent on their IXL practice. The goal is to spend a minimum of 30 minutes. Below are the questions we would like your child to focus on. Please choose with your child that is comfortable for them to do independently. Should you have any difficulty with the new routine, please speak with your child’s homeroom teacher.

Week of December 4th:

Data & Graphs

  • 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

**Finish off their group from last week and then move on to this week’s IXL groups.

Week of December 11th:

Geometry - Identifying 2D + 3D shapes

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


Winter temperatures have arrived. 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, 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.

Grade 4 and 5 students are expected to make good choices in the clothing they wear outside for recess. Once outside, they are not permitted to go back inside to get pieces of clothing that they forgot to put on. We encourage them to be responsible for their choices.

Spirit Week! Monday, Dec. 11th - Friday, Dec. 15th 

Next week, we are celebrating Spirit Week! Please see the details below:

Students will come to school in their regular school uniforms on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are welcome to wear accessories that correspond with the spirit theme on those days.

Tuesday and Friday will be full spirit days. Students do not have wear their school uniform on those days and are encouraged to dress according to the spirit theme.

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New Circles Clothing Drive

Next Wednesday, December 13th, we will be launching our winter clothing drive. All donations will be brought to New Circles, a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. They provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada. Here is their website for more information about the organization.

The Junior School will be collecting winter clothing items such including:

  • hats
  • mittens
  • scarves
  • coats
  • boots
  • sweaters
  • long pants
  • socks
  • girls’ tights

All child, youth and adult sizes are welcome. Collection bins will be in the gathering place from Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 20th.

Important Dates

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

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