Grade 3 - May 10/ 2019

Grade 3 Homeroom News

We wrapped up our unit on children’s rights this week, although we hope that discussions continue at home around how we can all stand up for the rights of each other. We are moving on to our final unit of inquiry for Sharing the Planet. We jumped into this unit on Monday by viewing BBC’s Life video, The Challenges of Life, and discussing how living things adapt in order to survive different challenges in their life.



In Math, we worked on adding and subtracting money amounts and introduced another concept in measurement: length (perimeter and area).


In French, students started their dress rehearsals for our play “Comment y aller” in preparation for our final filming next week. Students are encouraged to act out their parts in front of family members or practice in front of the mirror. To continue the conversation at home please ask your children what the play is about and their part in the play. Students can log in to the AIM Portal at home to practice their play “Comment y aller” and memorize their lines.

How to login:

Next week, the students play will be filmed during class time throughout the week. 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. Please, you do not have to buy costumes, costumes should be found or made at home using found materials. Costumes should remain at school until filming is complete.


In PHE, the Grade 3’s brainstormed “What is Violence”. We talked about emotional and physical violence and the difference between fictional and real violence. We also started our track and field unit and working on the correct technique for a standing long jump.


In Art class, the Grade 3s begin to work on optical illusions and drawing skills.


In Music, the grade 3’s composed an accompaniment to Groovy Music for a new rap composition project.

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.



The Junior School Showcase is right around the corner and we want students to be a part of it! We are looking for all kinds of different acts to showcase their talent. Examples of talent acts include:

  • Juggling

  • Singing

  • Dancing

  • Making a video

  • Playing an instrument

  • Telling jokes

We would even love to see some ‘hidden talents’ at auditions.

The sign up sheet for showcase is available to students outside of the cafeteria. Students have until Tuesday, May 14th to sign up. Auditions will be held the following week from May 21st - 24th. All students who signed up will be given to opportunity to perform during Showcase.

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