Last Day of Grade 3

It began with some fun in the pool where Ethan lost his loose tooth. Big thanks to Max for helping it out with a swift kick;)

Morning Meeting run by Emma Rose and Lily was a slight challenge with excitement brewing for the party. But they managed incredibly with a great check in, share, and activity of Pen Apple Apple Pen…

Party Time! Lots of food, fun, and decor. Awesome, amazing 3C celebration committees! It is great to see how 3C has become more independent, and has taken more ownership and responsibility for their learning and their FUN!

Sharing our final learning for the year with presentations about how different products are produced and distributed, and how it impacts the earth.

An Afternoon Meeting with Max, Nathaniel, Lee and a guest host, Oli from 3B. It’s a great way to end as Lee began our independent hosting, and it is only fitting that he help us close off the year.

And finally, to finish, a Grade 3 – 4 assembly. A great shout out to Ethan and Alex who supported the making of this movie to share:

And if you find that you’re bored over the summer, and want some ideas for fun and learning, here is a list of options:

  1. Send a postcard of your travels to a friend or me. (Address it to the school.)
  2. Send an email updating me on your summer adventures.
  3. Create a book in Book Creator about your summer. Take photos and caption them. There is no need for you to write long, long, long paragraphs. Be concise. Choose words wisely. Or create an iMovie about your summer. Share it with me.
  4. Build your math by seeing math all over the world. Flight costs. Estimating the number of people on a plane. Planning the day and scheduling time. Looking for symmetry, patterns, tessellations… Calculating distances or costs. (Go grocery shopping with a calculator or estimate instead. Add up all the prices as you go along. When you check out, how accurate were you? If you weren’t, what went wrong? What could possibilities be?)
  5. Type. Practice typing. You’re going to need to get speedier for Grade 4.
  6. READ! There is no better cure for boredom than a good book that can take you places you’ve never imagined.

Finally, to the parents of 3C. Thanks for an incredible year. Your children have been a great highlight. The smiles and superb thinking each day in the classroom put me in awe. The future is in good hands. Have a great summer. If you’re in Toronto, drop me a line. If not, I’ll see you all back in August.

Thank you for subscribing to my website this year, as we are closing this academic year and getting ready for the new school term, I recommend you unsubscribe from my website so that you won’t receive updates intended for next year’s class.  Please follow these steps to unsubscribe to my website. I highly recommend you subscribe to your child’s new teacher’s site next school year.  

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From Ms Williams…

Dear 3C Parents,
Thank you so much for the Starbucks gift card! I appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. Perfect timing, too! My insulated Starbucks coffee cup recently broke, so I’m going to buy a new one, plus I’ll be able to enjoy a bunch of Chai Tea Lattes! 
It’s been my pleasure to teach your kids information literacy skills and also get them jazzed about books and reading. Summer is coming up so plenty of opportunity for reading! Remember that the library provides lots of resources for ebooks, so kids can keep reading all summer long! This library blog post has more information!
Thanks again, enjoy your summer and happy reading!
Ms. Williams
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Important Notice – Computers in Grade 4

Apple has announced a new MacBook Pro which is going to affect ordering.  Senco has informed us that the MacBook Pro Bundle order will be automatically upgraded to:
13-inch MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Processor, 256GB Storage, 8GB Memory)
If you have already ordered the Gr.4 MacBook bundle from Senco-Masslink, there will be a refund of HK$85 of cash from Senco for the balance between the old and new MacBook. The difference will be issued to you from Senco on August 11 at the MacBook Pick Up session.  If you have not ordered the MacBook for your child, please visit the Senco website as soon as possible to make an order.  
Please contact Senco by email ( if you have any further questions.
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Camp Day Fun Day

It was a super great and awesome and amazing way to end Grade 3. Camp Day Fun Day! We began with some super silly, ridiculously absurd songs with hats on curls and curls on girls and girls on seats. A hundred hugs and kisses to Ms Benusa!

3C then headed off to yoga with Ms Mumford in the Dance Room all the way on the 4th floor. They were ready for some rest and relaxation after the hike down from 13. Tree poses, lotus poses, and some savasana to end the session. Namaste Ms Mumford for a calming session. Om.

Lunch! Pizza! And some veggies and fruit. We had bananas, grapes, cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks. But not baby carrots (because we learned that those are soaked in chlorine)! Then a sweet treat. Japanese freezies. Yum!

“I live my day as if it was the last
Live my day as if there was no past
Doin’ it all nite, all summer
Doin’ it the way I wanna

Yeah I’mma dance my heart out ’til the dawn
But I won’t be done when morning comes
Doin’ it all nite, all summer
Gonna spend it like no other…” lip synced Annabel and Amelia.

Lana, Pippa, and Aubrey danced and lip synced,

“This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me…”

Two great songs about living life to the fullest and being strong! Great messages as we head to Grade 4.


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3C Creepers Update

A few reminders and updates about what’s going on in 3C:

  1. More great Home Learning this week! Creativity, ingenuity and saving a penny with the creation of your very own fidget spinner with pennies. Great work, Alex! I can’t wait to get my homemade spinner. More on Home Learning: delicious cookies from Sophia and Pippa (who learned about how far our food travels); why dogs are better as pets from Isaac; an Eggyville from three collaborative home learning ladies – Summer, Nicole, and Lily; and of course, more collaboration from expert film maker Ananya who went to Ding Tai Fung with Emily and Sophia to learn about how dumplings are made. Made me drool…
  2. Personal Inquiries: 3C is looking into how different products are made. Lana and Pippa are looking into hot dogs and discovering some pretty nasty stuff. Same goes for Annabel and Amelia who are looking into Chicken McNuggets. On the same note we have Ethan and Sean who are looking into KFC and using great research skills by beginning with Kiddle. Wenjun and Isaac are off on a fidget spinner hunt, looking into their purpose and how they are made. (Perhaps a chat with Alex, a fidget spinner maker, might be a great primary source.) Nathan and Daniel are checking in on how computers are produced and are using a resource we discovered earlier: The Story of Stuff: Electronics.
  3. It’s almost the end. 3C has its own class party on Thursday P3 and 4. Parents are more than welcome to attend this event. Those whose children are on the food committee will be receiving an email on Monday to ask for some support in supplying goodies.
  4. Report cards go home this evening. Focus on the positives and see where your children have grown. They need reassurance that learning is a journey and not just a bunch of grades. Instil a growth mindset about how they can do better with continuous effort and focus.
  5. Bring an extra bag on Wednesday – stuff is coming home!
  6. Next Thursday is DDD (no theme) and Free Swim. 3C will be swimming during our regular swim time in the morning but there will be no lesson. Wear swimwear under their free dress. Regular dismissal time.
  7. Library Books are overdue. If you have any books from the library, please make sure they get returned as soon as possible.
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Transition Day

It was sad to see Grade 3s head off this morning to Grade 4 for Transition Day. I can’t believe it’s been a year! Looking back, they have not only grown taller, but they have grown bigger in their thinking, too! They are more expressive and eloquent, and are able to back up their opinions and ideas with evidence.

It has been a great year with 3C. We have had excellent Morning Meeting hosts, great presentations about energy, collaborative buildings of Trump Towers, and of course, the best assembly ever!


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Order Your MacBook!

Attention Prep and Grade 3 Parents: iPad and MacBook
Students who will be in Grade 1 and Grade 4 next year require their own iPad (Grade 1) or MacBook (Grade 4) as part of their learning journey. Parents may order these items now. Detailed information of the 1:1 iPad and MacBook programmes and online ordering procedures can be found right here. Please order your devices by Wednesday, May 31.
iPad Order Website:
MacBook Order Website:

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From chocolate to cotton! 3C is finding out about where their T-shirts come from, how they are produced, and distributed to us.

To begin, they shared their thinking about the system of clothing production. Most students understood that our tees come from raw materials such as cotton. Some made assumptions about silk, and others thought sheep.

Applying what they discovered about chocolate, 3C also assumed that slaves or children are employed as cotton pickers. But they soon discovered that technology now powers that harvest.

Then it’s onto the machines. Machines suck the cotton, flatten the cotton, and twist the cotton until they’re stretched into what the industry calls yarn. Then it’s knitted by giant machines that turn all those threads into fabric. Where are these machines? Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Columbia!

Here is when people actually come into the process. Up to now, very few people have been involved in a tee’s production.

Women work in factories, sewing for minimal pay. A woman in Bangladesh makes $80 USD a month. Some students thought that it was a lot! Others disagreed.

It seems that the value of a dollar is lost on 3C. Next time, you’re out and about, share with them what you buy, how much it costs, and ALL the other expenses you still need to cover!

On Wednesday, we will find out about shipping…


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End of Year Party

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

Can you believe the end of the year is just around the corner? It seems like this year has just flown by with all of the exciting experiences we’ve had in Grade 3!

To celebrate a successful year, we’re organizing a day full of fun activities on Tuesday, June 6 at school for all Grade 3 students. This is a separate event from our in class celebrations. We have more than enough support for the activities, so parent volunteers will not be needed.

All students will be going to Chinese in the morning and to any specialists they have scheduled during the day. All students should wear their PE uniforms as it will be an active day and we want to ensure that everyone is comfortable.

We’d like to make this day a special event so, we’re asking that each student bring in $40 for a pizza lunch and delicious snacks. Please send the $40 to school with your child by Wednesday, May 31.

Thank you again for all of your support this year!

All the best,

The Grade 3 Team

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Breaking News…

Baby carrots are swimming in chlorine! Watermelons are exploding! Apples sit in storage for a year! Berries are contaminated with Hepatitis A!

Check out the news reports from Grade 3C CDNIS onsite reporters and news broadcasters.


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