Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Days

As we head into the 3rd week of October, we can truly appreciate the change of seasons. The foliage has begun to change colour, trees are becoming bare, and the air is getting cold and crisp. With that, I would like to remind students to dress warmly for school. It's easier to take a jacket or sweater off if you are too hot, than to not have enough clothing when you are cold.

In Math, we are developing our numeration and place value skills. Students are encouraged to practice their skip counting skills at home. Try to practice skip counting by 2's (2,4,6, 8,10,12,etc.) and 3's (3,6,9,12,15,etc.).

In Language, we are comparing features of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students should be reading for at least 15 minutes a night. At home, have your child read some non- fiction texts, such as a newspaper or magazine article, a cookbook recipe, or a biography. Non-fiction texts have photographs, captions, titles, facts, etc.

Our Socktober! social justice initiative continues in all grade 3 classes. If you haven't donated already, please send in new socks for men at the Ottawa Mission. This campaign is running until October 31st.

Important Dates:
Fri., October 20th - Hat Day! Bring a donation for the United Way and your child can wear a hat for the day.

Looking Ahead:
Wed., October 25th - Parent Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Thurs., October 26th - News Show at 10:45 a.m.
Fri., October 27th - Family Halloween Dance
Mon., October 30th - Grade 6 Play for Change, Cardboard Arcade Game Day. Bring in spare change to play arcade games!
Tues., October 31st - Wear Orange and Black Day (no costumes please)

Look at the picture below and answer the following questions.

1. Show the sum of Model 1 in Standard Form & Expanded Form.

2. Show the sum of Model 2 in Standard Form & Expanded Form.

3. What is the sum of both Model 1 and Model 2 altogether?

Below is an example of a non-fiction text.
List at least 3 features of a non-fiction text that you don't usually see in a novel.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you. We hope that on this special day you are surrounded by family and friends and that you are enjoying a long weekend together.  We want you to know that we are so very thankful to have your children in our lives and that we are blessed to have the job of educating young people. That's what we are thankful for!

We believe that children need to build more resiliency and perseverance in order to be the best they can be. This is commonly called Grit. Here are two amazing videos that are valuable for everyone to see. 

For Parents - Eduardo BriceƱo - TEDx Talks The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success

For Parents and Students - Grit: The Key to Your Success at FLVS


In Language, students will be beginning to learn about the differences between fiction and non-fiction writing. They will be learning how to find the important details in a non-fiction text so that they can begin the process of researching a topic. Ask your child to tell you some of the features of non-fiction writing. 

In Math, they are learning how to represent numbers in different ways and to understand the place value of each number. This will lead to addition and subtraction with and without regrouping (carrying). This can be a difficult concept for some children so they may need some extra practice at home. Learning the facts to 20 by heart really helps the children to learn the newer concepts more easily.

This year, the Grade 3 groups social justice initiative will be Socktober. We will be asking all students and parents to help with our sock drive and please, only give what you can. We can help so many people in need, and it all starts with a warm pair of socks. You can find more information about Socktober from the following website: SoulPancake Soctober

This Thursday, Oct. 12 is our Outdoor Classroom day. Students are encouraged to walk to school. If you drive your child to school, try parking your car a few blocks away and walk to school. We want to encourage an active healthy lifestyle for all of our students. We will also be doing our "Clean Up the Capital" event on this day. Students are encouraged to bring a pair of gardening gloves for picking up garbage and litter in our schoolyard.

Looking ahead:

  • Fri. Oct. 27th - Family Halloween Dance
  • Tues. Oct. 31 - Wear Orange & Black (no costumes please)
  • Sat., Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. - Grade 3 Choir Performance


Write a paragraph recounting your Thanksgiving weekend. Did you go somewhere or did someone come to visit you? Did you have a big family meal? What was your favourite part of the meal or weekend? Did you get to go to church? Do you have any special traditions that you do each Thanksgiving? If you answer these questions in full sentences, or add your own, you will have a nice paragraph. Don't forget to hook your readers with a good opening sentence and a closing sentence that maybe tells how you felt about the weekend.


Solve this problem using numbers and words to explain how you got your answer.

Mrs. Brennen and Mr. Ho's classes had a pumpkin seed counting contest against Mrs. Isaac and Mr. Graitson's classes. They had a lot of seeds that they gathered from their class pumpkins. Can you figure out which ones are the winners? 
Mrs. B.'s class had 43 seeds                        Mrs. I.'s class had 30 seeds
Mr. Ho's class had 21 seeds                         Mr. G.'s class had 42 seeds

What team won? How do you know and how did you figure it out?

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Has Arrived!

We can’t believe that we are already in the month of October! The month of September went by in the blink of an eye. The Grade three students have had a great first month together and we look forward to see what October holds in store.

We would like to send a big thank you to all the parent volunteers who came to walk with us for our Terry Fox Walk last Thursday and who helped make it a huge success. It was a great way to commemorate an amazing Canadian hero and to help continue his "Marathon of Hope".

What we’ve been up to:
In Math we are wrapping up our unit on data management. The students have really enjoyed creating their own classroom surveys, collecting data, presenting their findings on different types of graphs, and analyzing different graphs and groups of data. In our next unit, we’ll be focusing on representing numbers, rounding, and addition and subtraction with regrouping.

In Language we are finishing up our unit on recount writing. Throughout the month of September, the Grade three students have looked at all of the parts of a recount and have written personal recounts. In our next unit, we’ll be focusing on detecting important ideas in a text, as well as the main idea. We will also be looking at and comparing fiction and non-fiction texts.

In Science, we are still continuing our unit on Soil. Many of our classes have already taken on the scientist role and have begun investigating different samples of soil.

Important dates this week:

Monday, Oct. 2nd - wear orange to honour residential school survivors
Tuesday, October 3rd - Thanksgiving Mass 1 p.m. - the Gr. 3's are hosting this mass!
Friday, October 6th - PD day (no school for students)
Monday, October 8th - Thanksgiving Day (no school for everyone)

HOMEWORK (reminder - homework will be due Thursday this week!)


The Terry Fox Walk last week was an amazing success and a lot of fun. Please write a recount paragraph about your experience during the walk. Remember to include an introduction sentence, a closing sentence, and detailed writing. Don’t forget to pay attention to capitals and punctuation.

Math: Analyze the Pictograph below and answer the following questions: 

1.     What is the mode? Why is it the mode?
2.     How many students picked Red as their favourite colour?
3.     How many students picked Orange as their favourite colour?
4.     How many students picked Blue as their favourite colour?
5.     How many students picked Purple as their favourite colour?
6.     How many students were surveyed altogether?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sept. 25 - 29

Welcome to our last week of September.  Hopefully all of you enjoyed Meet the Teacher and Pizza Night. Visiting your child's classroom and meeting their teachers is a wonderful way to share in what they do everyday. I know all the teachers were very pleased with the turnout.

On Friday of this past week, the Grade 3's participated in a Fire Safety Presentation where they learned about what to do in case of  a fire at home, as well as fire prevention.

Staples Information: Information has come to us that Staples has chrome books available for purchase for families of students in the Catholic School Board.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the 3 different types, please use the link to access information.

Image result for terry fox 2017All of St. Gabriel School will enjoy the Terry Fox Walk through the beautiful Beaver Pond on Thursday, September 28th, starting at 9:15 a.m. Please ensure that your child dresses appropriately for the weather (it may be hot). Bring a twoonie and your permission to your teacher. Here is the link to the information letter and all relevant information:

Permission forms will also be sent home in the student's mailbags.

Mrs. Isaac and Mrs. Baker will be rehearsing once a week at lunch with the Grade 3 choir. The members of this choir were randomly chosen from a group of interested students from each Grade 3 class. If your child was not chosen and would still like to sing in our choir, you should know that we take on new members throughout the year for different events and to fill spots that become vacant. Our current choir will be singing at a special event on Saturday, November 18th. More detailed information will be sent home within the next week.

In Math, we are finishing up data management having drawn bar graphs, examined pictographs and their key and learning that "mode" is the number that appears the "most".

In Language, we continue to form complete paragraphs in recount writing, with particular attention to developing interesting opening and closing statements and detailed sentences in between. Including descriptive vocabulary in our writing, helps to capture the reader's attention.

This week:
  • Terry Fox Walk, Thursday, Sept. 28th (1st block)
*Please remember to send in all forms. including the Student Verification and Consent sheets, Student Activity fees ($30) and the Terry Fox Walk permission slips and donations.*

  • Photo Day, Friday, Sept. 29th

Looking Ahead:
  • Thanksgiving Mass, Tuesday, Oct. 3rd at 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6th is a PD Day
  • Monday, October 9th is Thanksgiving


Language: We continue to practice our Recount Writing (retelling a past event).  One of the features of a recount is that we use the First Person, "I" or "we" when writing.
List some of the other features for a Recount Writing.

Math: The pictograph below shows the eye colour of a group of students.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

St. Gabriel Open House and Pizza Night

Our grade 3 students have been hard at work already and it's time for parents to see what we've been up to. 

In Math we're conducting surveys, analyzing different graphs and recording data. In Language, we are examining the features of recount writing. In Science, we are discovering soil and its properties. 

This Wednesday, September 20th, we will have our Open House Pizza Night. Feel free to visit the school and mingle with the teachers and other parents. Each teacher will give a brief presentation at 6:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. to discuss classroom routines and expectations, as well as to answer any questions.

Parents are also reminded to return their Student Information Verification forms ASAP and be sure to check out their child's teacher's classroom blogs and sites for any additional information pertaining to their class.

This Week:
Wednesday, September 20th - Welcome Back Open House and Pizza Night from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., followed by School Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Looking Ahead:
Thursday, September 28th - Terry Fox Walk
Friday, September 29th - Photo Day


Math: Analyze the Bar Graph below and answer the following questions:

1. What was the most popular season?
2. What was the least popular season?
3. How many more students like summer than spring?
4. How many children were surveyed altogether?
Do you remember the first day of school? Please write a recount paragraph about your first day as a Grade 3 student at St. Gabriel. 

Remember to use proper spelling and grammar. Also, be sure to write in the past tense.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The 2nd Week Begins!

Grade three students have been busy at St. Gabriel.  We continue to focus on getting to know one another and developing wonderful classroom communities.  

This year, our school has decided to focus on our student's social emotional learning. Our motto is "Eat Well", "Sleep Well" and "Move Well". We believe that all three of these things are key to optimal student learning and happiness. We encourage parents to get involved and talk to your kids about how they can eat, sleep and move well.

Our focus on Data Management, specifically data collection and graphing, has begun. Students will be practising their data collection skills by participating in surveys. They are organizing their data using tally charts, creating graphs with their data and are beginning to make statements about their graphs.  We will focus on success criteria-what makes a great graph?

Here is a great review video:

In Science, we will soon begin our inquiry on soils.  We look forward to sharing our “wonders” and brainstorming ways to meet our learning goals for this unit.  

Sharing our reading strategies, including making connections and recount writing are our foci in Language Arts studies.  

Please see the sidebar to access the French Teacher's blogs to learn about what we are doing in French!

Did you know that the Grade 3 classes come together each Tuesday in the Learning Commons to share in a weekly liturgy?  Why not ask your child about the message we learned in the Gospel this week?

What’s happening this week?
  • Thursday:  Welcome Assembly @ 10:45 a.m.

Upcoming events:
  • St. Gabriel Open House/Book Fair - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. (more information to follow)


Please click under your teacher’s name on the right to complete the Google Form for this week.

Math:  Look at the graph below:

Language:  We have completed our first week of school.  We would love to hear about what you love the most about Grade 3!  Using your best “juicy” words, describe what you love the most about Grade 3 so far.  Remember to write in complete sentences and edit your work! (Don’t forget capital letters, punctuation, etc.)

As always, feel free to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns. We are all looking forward to a fantastic year of learning in Grade 3!

Your Grade Three team.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welcome to our Students and Families!

Hello and a very warm welcome to Grade Three!  

It's a new school year and we are so happy to have you in our classes. Mrs. Brennen, 
Mr. Ho, Mrs. Isaac, 
Mr. Graitson, Miss Haroun, Mme Christine and Mme Ingrid will be your Grade 3 team and we are looking forward to an exciting year! 

Please read below to learn a little more about our homework program for this school year:

Letter to Parents About Online Homework

Dear Parents,
Welcome to On-Line Homework!  The grade three program at St. Gabriel Catholic School includes homework that is submitted using a Google Form which students can access through the Gr. 3 Blog at www.stgabrielgr3.blogspot.comThe homework is posted each Monday and the students have until Friday to complete all tasks.

Through experience, we have found that the whole process and quality of work is best when the students complete any of the written components, such as the Weekly Paragraph, in a Word or Google document first.  This way the students can develop their editing and revising practices which are essential  skills to any writer.  It also gives the parents opportunities to read over their child’s work and give feedback. Once this is done the work can be copied and pasted into the Google Form found under your child's teacher's name.

We are aware that student’s keyboarding skills are just developing and this can cause frustration for some students and their families.  It is recommended that children use the website
 to develop these skills.  In addition, there have been students in the past who do not have access to a computer or whose access is limited.  If this is your child’s situation, the homework document can be printed off so that he/she knows what is expected and then your child can complete all sections by hand.  Your child may then submit their handwritten responses to his/her teacher on Fridays.

This process may be new to many of you and there may be questions that arise.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time. We believe there is substantial benefit to the practice of homework but also believe that home should not be a battlefield and that completing homework should not result in frustration.  If you are struggling to get your child to follow-up on his/her responsibility to complete homework please talk to your student’s teacher.  Together, we can try to find solutions to make the whole process run smoothly.


Bonjour!  We are Mme Christine and Mme Ingrid, the grade 3 French team for all Grade 3 students.  We look forward to getting to know your children and sharing our excitement about the French language.  We will also be teaching your child Social Studies in French during our time together. 

Please check our link for announcements or information about our French program and any assigned homework.  The link to our site will be located on this blog along with other important links and homework. We are excited for a wonderful year in Grade 3!

Homework for this week:

Please click the link below your teacher's name to access your homework for this week. It is all about "Getting To Know You" better! What would be the most useful thing for me to know about you as a student? What do you wish was different about school?  What do you wish I would ask you so that I can be a good teacher for you? What makes a weekend day great for you? Try and answer as many of these questions as you can!!

Thank you for your continued support,
St. Gabriel’s Grade Three Teaching Team

Autumn Days

As we head into the 3rd week of October, we can truly appreciate the change of seasons. The foliage has begun to change colour, trees are...