Grade 3 - April 26 / 2019

Grade 3 Homeroom News

We hope you all had a happy Passover and Easter this past weekend! We are now in the home stretch of Grade 3!

This week, our focus in homeroom was on researching a specific children’s right in order to answer the guiding question, “Why do children’s rights need to be protected?” The students used digital resources, videos and books to explore this question. They also got started on their persuasive paragraph to advocate for the protection of their right.

Next Monday, April 29th will be Creation Day in homeroom! The children will be creating their art pieces to demonstrate their knowledge of this concept and to answer the guiding question they’ve been researching. Your child may need a few additional resources to complete their art piece at school. They have been instructed to talk this over with you, so it should not come as a surprise. We have done our best to ensure that we have the materials needed and that this is not causing out-of-pocket expenses for your family. You will have an opportunity to see your child’s art piece next Thursday at Student-Led Conferences, so stay tuned!

In Math, we have been exploring the concept of telling time, elapsed time and money. There are some helpful fluency questions to practice on IXL. This is not required, but it has been requested by a few parents, so we thought we would share:

  1. Go here and click IXL.  

  2. Username: (your child’s first initial last name 28 - no spaces)

  3. PW: 123456  

  4. Questions for fluency practice:

Grade 3 - T1-T7 (telling time)
Grade 3 - Y1-Y6 (fractions)
Grade 3 - S1-S3 (money)



In French, students continued to practice their plays in their groups. 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. Next week, students will be planning their costumes and props in preparation for the dress rehearsal.

How to login:

Ex. John Smith = jsmith28

  • Password: grade3


In PHE this week, the grade 3’s continued to look at Canada’s food guide by participating in a variety of different relays and took a look a legal/prescription drugs.


In music, students are continuing to practise sight reading skills in small groups playing boomwhackers and recorders. Students are reminded to bring their own recorder back and forth between school and home as it’s a better option than borrowing the spare recorders, which are meant for occasional use.

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.


Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan

Director of Curriculum, Junior School

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Our sixth and final contest date is Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. Students will be reminded to bring Chromebooks to the cafeteria for the contest. The next interactive question will MAZES which students can practice now on the games page. If you or your students have any problems with the game, please let Ms. Ryan know. There is not a history question.


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