Grade 3 - May 31 / 2019



This week in homeroom, the Grade 3s inquired into perimeter and area by designing their own park. They began this inquiry project last week, but wrapped it up this week. We then moved on to another concept, which is a student favourite in math - data management!


During guided reading, we focused on features of a non-fiction text and how to check for understanding. We learned some pretty cool things about compost, volcanic soil and soil safety.


The Grade 3s were excited to begin designing their “super plants” for our final unit, Sharing the Planet. The central idea is an inquiry into how plants adapt to survive in their habitats. Students researched a habitat - desert, arctic or rainforest - and began designing a plan that had special adaptations to help is survive in its habitat. This inquiry will take us into the final weeks of school, which we’re in!


In Music, the Grade 3s are transferring their composition to a new tool - Soundtrap! This tool has a voice recording option and the students are excited to experiment with loops and further enhancing their existing composition. On June 7th at 8:30 AM, G3 students will perform a piece from Mary Poppins to open our scheduled Junior School assembly.


In Art, the Grade 3 students continue to explore optical illusions. We have attempted a number of techniques to create illusions within our artwork and we are having fun with it! As well, the art department is looking to replenish the art room with magazines we can use for collage work during the 2019/2020 school year. If you are looking to recycle old magazines that you think would be great for collage, please consider donating them to our art room. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support!


In French, we have started consolidating the use of question starters, questions and responses through oral and written activities. This week we learnt the difference between Où? (where?) and ou (or). Through oral comprehension games students were able to differentiate between these two new terms and express a full a oral response in full sentences. Next week, we will be learning new question starters and doing question/response activities.   

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that Before Care does NOT start until 7:30 AM.  There is no supervision before that time.


Track and Field

On Thursday, June 6th we have our Track and Field Day. The activities will be held at Oriole Park. JK-Grade 2 students will participate in the morning from 9:00-11:00 am and Grades 3-5 in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00. Students need to come to school in their PHE uniform, house shirt and black TYS shorts. They may accessorize with house colours. Students also need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen and hat.


Showcase auditions this week were a huge success. Please encourage your children to practise at home. Showcase will be taking place on June 11th at 10:45am. Parents are welcome. Please email Andrea Hughes at if you have any questions.

Junior School Book Drive

Next week is the Junior School Book Drive! House bins will be located in the gathering place from June 3rd - June 7th for donations. Please donate gently used books from your home library that you are finished with to give the gift of reading to someone else. All books will be donated to The Children’s Book Bank. The Children’s Book Bank, is a non profit - organization located in the Regent Park area of Toronto. Gently used children’s books are donated and distributed, free of charge, to children who might not otherwise have a chance to own their own books.