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Grade 3, 4 and 5 Sports Day

The final Inter house event of the school year, Sports Day, will take place this Friday.

All students will need to have the following for the day:

  • Swim suit, goggles (optional), swim cap( optional) or long hair tied back, towel and everything in a bag
  • Inter-House t-shirt on, shorts, athletic shoes. No sandals or crocs should be worn.
  • Water bottle and hat

The event is scheduled from 7:20 AM to 11:30 AM (approximately). Hope to see you there!

Additional Languages

Kiswahili? French? Spanish?

Additional Language Surveys will be coming home this Wednesday 11th May! These are the annual forms that Grade 2, 3 and 4 students and their parents fill out to inform the school of their Additional Language request for the following year. Please fill out the form and return it to your homeroom teacher no later than Tuesday 17th May.

This year there is a slight change in the selection process for Additional Languages.

What remains the same? Children already in an Additional Language this year (Grade 3 and 4) and who request the same language for the following year will be guaranteed a space.

What is different? The remaining spaces will be selected randomly from the pool of students requesting a language change.

There is also a change in what happens during Additional Language time.

What remains the same? Children in the same grade level all have Additional Languages at the same time. English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Skills Group (for Learning Support students) also happen at that time.

What is different? This year, we will also offer a Language Enrichment program during Additional Language time. Parents of those students participating in the Language Enrichment Program should have already been informed, and this will be indicated on the form.
If you have any questions or need clarification about the Additional Languages program, please feel free to contact Shona Sarkar, Additional Languages Coordinator, at



Grade 3 Aquathon Inter-house this Friday, May 6th

Please join us on Friday morning for the Aquathon. This event includes a 2 or 3 lap run, followed by a 50 or 100 meter swim.

All students should come prepared wearing their swim suit and Inter- House tee-shirt and sports shoes. They should also bring a hat, towel, googles, and water bottle. 

We will begin at 7:20, and should be finished by 9 AM. 

We hope you can make it! Karibu

Sharing the Planet

Dear Grade 3 Families,

We are excited to be launching our new unit of inquiry this week! The trans-disciplinary theme is Sharing the Planet. Over the next six weeks we’ll be considering the importance of water in our daily lives and as a resource necessary for all living things. Students will be inquiring into the water cycle, how water is distributed on Earth along with its varying levels of accessibility, human impact on water, and ways that we can use resources wisely.

This week’s homework is to collect data about home water use for one day. We’ll use this information to reflect on the significance of water, to self-assess personal use of water, and to compare differing levels of use.

As the unit continues, students will have the opportunity to learn about water-related issues around the world and to explore possible solutions for some of those problems.

In writing, students will develop their persuasive writing skills to educate others about importance of water and how to take care of water responsibly.  

This unit will help students become more aware of our natural resources and hopefully become more thoughtful about the way we share the planet.  We welcome any feedback on how your child is implementing their learning at home.

Thank you for your support,

The Grade 3 Team

Where do you get your water from???
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Things We’ve Been Doing Lately in Grade 3

  • Learning about geometry
  • Building polygons
  • Drawing and measuring angles
  • Researching inspirational people that interest us
  • Working with classmates
  • Teaching our classmates about people that inspire us
  • Writing about ourselves
  • Competing in Word Play Interhouse
  • Preparing for our Student Led Conferences

We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you on Thursday!

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Language Diversity Week

A big thank you to all of the parents who planned and led the language carousel activities today! In grade 3 we learned greetings, numbers, letters, games and songs in Portuguese, Kiswahili, Norwegian, and Dutch. There will be a whole school assembly to celebrate language diversity at IST on Friday morning from 7:20 to 8 AM. Karibuni!

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