Grade 3 - May 3/ 2019

Grade 3 Homeroom News

Thank you for your time in attending Student-Led Conferences. It always amazes us how much the children have to show for their day-to-day lives at The York School. We hope you enjoyed the window into their learning!

This week was an exciting one! It started off with our Creation Day on Monday to stand up for children’s rights. The students created their own piece of art to answer the question, “why do children’s rights need to be protected?” This was the culmination of several weeks’ work on researching, writing and discussing what these rights are and what our responsibilities are to protect them.

In Math, we began identifying, estimating and counting money amounts. We hope you enjoyed the money game at conferences!


Watch the Grade 3 performance at today’s Junior School Assembly!

3A Performance | 3B Performance


In French, students continued to practice their plays in their groups. Students can log in to the AIM Portal at home to practice their play “Comment y aller” to 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 be doing a dress rehearsal in class to prepare for filming the plays. On Monday, students should come prepared with costumes from home that go with their character or costumes they are willing to lend to other members of their group. Costumes can remain at school until filming is complete.


In PHE, the students work hard preparing for the student-led-conferences. Over the next few weeks weather permitting we will be starting our track and field unit.


This week in Art, we prepared for the Junior School Art Show! We hope that you enjoyed viewing and learning about our creative masterpieces!

Bravo Grade 3 for your lovely impromptu performance on Boomwhakers at this morning’s assembly. 3A performed Morning, by Grieg and 3B performed Oh When the Saints, which happens to be the melody of a song they learned in French “Quel temps fait-il.” Thank you, Ms Evelyn, for this wonderful transdisciplinary connection! The students loved singing it today as much as they enjoy playing boomwhackers.  Mark your calendars for June 7th at 8.30am for Grade 3’s official assembly performance. Today’s was not a planned performance but we thought we would share it with the community.

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