Grade 3 - April 12 / 2019


This week was full of provocations to get the children thinking about their own rights and how it feels when they are violated. We discussed the right to privacy, the right to learn without interruptions, the right to eat healthy foods, the right to play, the right to be free from gender discrimination and many more. We watched this video about gender inequality. We also extended the conversation by talking about what their responsibilities are to protect and respect these rights - for ourselves and others. It is our hope that these conversations continue at home and that the children can make more meaningful connections to their rights and responsibilities.

In Math, we explored the concept of mixed numbers. The grade 3s answered the question, “What makes a mixed number a mixed number?”, kind of like what makes a dog a dog?  Each have their own characteristics which sets them apart from other things. The children said a mixed number is when you have a whole and a part of that whole, like one and a half cookies. Also, that it’s like leftovers.  Another student shared that a mixed number is when you have more parts than can fit in the whole like 7/3 is 2 and ⅓. Next week, we will be moving on to measuring of time and money.

This week, Mr. Shaikh, came to each class to show students how to use Google Drawings and insert images in Google Docs. Students practiced how to make a safe image search online and how to ensure the image is allowed for reuse (not copyrighted). We look forward to building on these skills in the coming weeks.

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms. Kate or reception.


In Art class, the Grade Three students will be using Keith Haring as inspiration to create a painting that communicates children’s rights in support of their current unit of inquiry.

Ms. Cummings is back on Twitter! Follow me at @edujcummings. It’s been a year-long hiatus, but after a recent course with the renowned inquiry guru, Kath Murdoch @kjinquiry, I have been reminded that there is an amazing community of teachers and learners on Twitter. So, not only do I have SeeSaw, but I will also be sharing the Grade 3 goings-on on Twitter.

In PHE this week, the Grade 3s finished up the hockey unit by playing sideline hockey and mini hockey games. Next week we will be starting a dance unit with Megan Nadin who is an amazing dance instructor.

In Music, students have been using SeeSaw to record individual vocal and recorder performance. During mindful listening, we followed the direction of melody and harmony and created beautiful artwork to illustrate the music of Satie.

In French, students were happy to practice their plays in their groups again. Students are starting to act out their plays and memorize lines. Students can log in to the AIM Portal at home to practice their play “Comment y aller” but should start trying to memorize their lines. Students are encouraged to act out their parts in front of family members or practice in front of the mirror.  

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith28

  • Password: grade3  

Next week, students will continue practicing their plays.

Mme. Evelyn   

International Week is Here!

The York School’s very first International Week is set to take place from Monday, April 15th to Thursday, April 18th. Students will participate in an international activity every day, culminating in a Parade of Nations and activity afternoon on Thursday, April 18th. Please send your child to school on Thursday with an outfit to represent their country, that they can change into after lunch. This could be clothing, jewelry, accessories, flags or cultural items. The Parade of Nations will take place from 1:15pm - 2:00pm on Thursday, April 18th and students will be following a parade route around the neighbourhood. Parents are welcome to come to this event. If you have any questions about International Week, please e-mail Andrea Hughes at

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